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dkt
09-16-2006, 07:02 PM
I've always felt that my grip and strings did more to make my racquet playable than the frame.

If I gave my racquet a total value of 10, I would rate the components as follows:

Grip 3
Strings 4
Frame 3

Just curious what others think.

Noveson
09-16-2006, 07:05 PM
Mine would be a little different:

Grip 2
Strings 4
Frame 4

dkt
09-16-2006, 07:20 PM
Wouldn't argue with that breakdown. It is still fairly balanced over all components. I have just found it interesting over the years how many players spend so much time and effort looking for the perfect frame instead of dialing in the equipment they have. Many of the Pro use the same frame for a career.

Noveson
09-16-2006, 07:23 PM
Yea I agree, I can see why though, frames are so much easier to tell the difference in when buying. They are a lot more shiny:)

dkt
09-16-2006, 07:33 PM
Good point. I'd like to know just how many racquets were purchased where color was the ultimate deciding factor.

Noveson
09-16-2006, 07:38 PM
Quite a few, add to that how many were decided by popularity. I can see that also as a more popular racquet is more likely to play better, but still.

varuscelli
09-16-2006, 09:21 PM
What makes my racquet great?

Me. :p

Unfortunately, I don't make it great often enough. I'm just as likely to make it mediocre as do anything else with it. :(

But...once in a while...great. :)

Noveson
09-16-2006, 09:30 PM
Haha varuscelli great post.

snoflewis
09-16-2006, 10:20 PM
Mine would be a little different:

Grip 2
Strings 4
Frame 4

that sounds right.

stormholloway
09-16-2006, 10:34 PM
People focus on the frame because there are more variables involved. A grip has a few standard sizes, as do strings, but frames have flex, head shape, string pattern, balance, weight, which can be distributed so many ways.

anirut
09-17-2006, 12:40 AM
My opponent makes my racket great ... when I win.

Otherwise, I'm crap and my racket is ... just a racket.

AlpineCadet
09-17-2006, 01:00 AM
I've always felt that my grip and strings did more to make my racquet playable than the frame.

If I gave my racquet a total value of 10, I would rate the components as follows:

Grip 3
Strings 4
Frame 3

Just curious what others think.

What makes my racket great? Just your basic generic answer. Above all else I'm used to it and trust it, so I know what to expect and what the results will be with my specific efforts. Also the strings and tension are chosen in relation to what I feel should be most important to me while playing competitively.

HBK
09-17-2006, 02:32 AM
hey, the grip is what you feel, the strings is what the ball feels. remember this though...the frame is what translates the two.

Polaris
09-17-2006, 02:51 AM
Frame 6 ( PK Redondo 98 )
Strings + Dampener 3 (Tecnifibre NRG 16 @ 60 lbs)
Grip 1 (Wilson Pro Overgrip)

varuscelli
09-17-2006, 05:19 AM
On the thread criteria I go:

Grip/Overgrip 2.5
Strings 3.5
Frame 4

Not being nearly as knowledgeable about stings, I have to say that the frame makes at least a slightly bigger difference. But I'm not as techno-savvy about strings (nor experienced with large varieties of strings) as a lot of folks here are.

On the grip/overgrip issue, I know if I don't have a good grip/overgrip to suit me (and my sweaty hands!), it can really start to affect my game as I go along, so I hate to undervalue that aspect as well.

It's early in the morning, here. I hope my numbers add up to 10. :neutral:

Tennis Man
09-17-2006, 05:30 AM
I must say physical fitness and the proper combination of a string and tension. Otherwise some frames just do magic for you.

Will888
09-17-2006, 09:26 AM
Frame: 5
String: 3
Grip: 2

Hewittfan22
09-17-2006, 09:53 AM
this is a stupid thread

Noveson
09-17-2006, 10:11 AM
Then you are a stupid poster.