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eLterrible
04-29-2005, 09:00 PM
I've been playing around with some of the more expensive racquets and theyr'e great....BUT...i've only been playing for a little while and i started learning with a cheap wilson impact, is it bad if i liked that racquet as much, if not more, than some of the "better" racquets i've demoed/used?

pchoi04
04-29-2005, 09:03 PM
I'm not really sure what a wilson impact is... but whatever floats your boat. Everyone likes something different. What new racquets have you been trying?

Exile
04-30-2005, 06:11 AM
The walmart special, I used to like them too because they were extremely light and I could be on court all day with them. Then I turned 9.

j/k

W/e makes you happy, no one is going to call you a noob for using a walmart special.

Though, they may greatly underestimate you.

goober
04-30-2005, 06:32 AM
If it works for you that is great. You should use it for now.

Once you start getting to advanced levels of play you will move on to other racquets I can assure you. A 110 inch titanium widebody racquet is going to hold back your game once you get skilled.

Lambsscroll
04-30-2005, 06:36 AM
We're in a day and age where even 5.0 and higher players would do fine with a cheap racquet. The problem is breakage. If you can find a cheap racquet that wont break then your fine. A lot of these cheap racquets have the same flex and weight as the more expensive ones and with just a little lead tape here and there you can tweak a cheap racquet to your liking. Even a nice string can make a big difference, infact you can take an expensive racquet and make it feel unplayable with bad strings.

joe sch
04-30-2005, 07:42 AM
Tennis skills and athletic ability are much more important than equipment ! Both of these factors can be improved on your own, without any financial investmest. My point is that you can become a very good tennis player without owning an expensive racket, clothes or any of the other stuff which the country club players will buy to impress others. When you are good enough to tell the diff between rackets, strings and tensions then treat yourself to a better setup :)

highsierra
04-30-2005, 10:58 AM
Cheap is good. Most of these ridiculously priced new models are just marketing tricks. nCode, liquidmetal, O3, etc. There is little difference from their predecessors. The racquet makers have to keep coming up with fancy names and styles to keep people interested. If some technology is proven better, like graphite, it gets copied quickly and used everywhere. The fact that you don't see most racquests with big holes in them, for example, should tell you that it make little difference, if any at all.

Of course marketing is the key to modern commercialism. If there were more people like you no company would be making racquets. :D

aj_m2009
04-30-2005, 11:21 AM
I'm not really sure what a wilson impact is... but whatever floats your boat. Everyone likes something different. What new racquets have you been trying?
http://www.wilson.com/wilson/products/product_specs.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442311 623&bmUID=1114885064090

I myself used to use this racquet. It wasn't half bad until I needed something else that suited my game better.

Kevo
04-30-2005, 01:03 PM
I had a friend who used that frame or one very similar from WalMart. The frame started collapsing and became lopsided in the first hour of hitting, so he exchanged it for a new one. The same thing happened the next time we played. He ended up buying one of my old rackets from me for $50 and he's been playing with it ever since. No frame collapses.

So once you start hitting the ball harder, you may find out that you will have to buy a new racket. Look for sales or used ones on this board. Lots of good deals out there.

As long as you like the frame and it works for you keep using it. Have fun.

aj_m2009
04-30-2005, 01:23 PM
I had a friend who used that frame or one very similar from WalMart. The frame started collapsing and became lopsided in the first hour of hitting, so he exchanged it for a new one. The same thing happened the next time we played. He ended up buying one of my old rackets from me for $50 and he's been playing with it ever since. No frame collapses.

So once you start hitting the ball harder, you may find out that you will have to buy a new racket. Look for sales or used ones on this board. Lots of good deals out there.

As long as you like the frame and it works for you keep using it. Have fun.

I bought one from Wal-Mart that would bend backwards. It was the Wilson Titanium or something like that.

ttwarrior1
05-01-2005, 12:23 PM
i have a wal mart racket from ten years ago. Best i ever had. strings never break either

orangetennisme
06-29-2005, 09:24 AM
wrong thread

orangetennisme
06-29-2005, 09:25 AM
Wrong thread

drifter
06-29-2005, 10:25 AM
LOL, that racquet is the one my wife uses now and she's just started developing wrist problems.
Obviously too heavy or too long for her or a combination of both.

martin
06-29-2005, 10:32 AM
I play with a yonex rd ti control 04 and never played better with any other racket and i've tried a lot of them. I started with the pro staff classic, babolat pure drive, head prestige and many more. My rating should be around 4.5.

ikon
06-29-2005, 10:40 AM
i bought it at a pawn shop for like 30 bucks, mine is so old u cant even find a picture of it on the net. when i went to get it restrung they didnt even have the correct model in the book. but i got a new string and a new overgrip(the handle was worn) and its a wonderful racquet to play with. Very good beginner racquet and about a 93" head. I like it, thereofre im not gonna change my racquet for like a year or so until i get better at tennis.

What kind of racquet do u think most pros started off with? A LM Prestige Mid... HELL NO! they had crappy racquets when they first learned tennis too. If i were u i would get a ok cheap racquet and use tit for like 2 years until u get better. Then start demoing new racquets and get something nice. Thats what im gonna do at least.

esrb
06-29-2005, 06:42 PM
Now, you can get an I Radical for a reasonable price.....

timmyboy
06-29-2005, 06:52 PM
i know a starting friend and I'm reccomending him to use lm rad or fp rad or i rad.

cheap racquets are fine if you're starting. They're always really big and light. anyway, i started with a cheap racquet, broke it when playing, got another, broke that one, got another cheap one, and then bought my instructors prostaff tour 90 and now i use the yonex rdx500.

FedererUberAlles
06-29-2005, 08:00 PM
A kid on my high school team uses a Wilson Impact... We moch him mercilessely

wtennis206
06-29-2005, 08:14 PM
A kid on my high school team uses a Wilson Impact... We moch him mercilessely
Some kid on my team came up with one of the wally-world sticks that say "Serena Special" on them. It's pink and purple. Little did he know the hell he would have to pay.

timmyboy
06-29-2005, 08:20 PM
those are neat as long as ur a kid. I wanted to get the federer junior and the roddick junior ones for my sister.