I was having a conversation with a friend today about tennis equipment and how it impacts game play, and he began to tell me about how he couldn't hit a slice backhand with his new racquet (Babolat Aerostorm GT). He told me how he could hit the shot perfectly well with his old racquet (Prince Tour Diablo MP), but he kept popping it up in the air with his new stick. Now, he is not the first person to express this sentiment to me, but in the interest of humoring him, I asked him to show me. We get out on court and I feed him some backhands. Sure enough, he pops the next three balls into the air. They clear the net, but they look more like lobs than knifing, skidding, slices. Of course, he exclaims to me, "See, I told you I can't with this racquet!" I then tell him to use my stick (Dunlop Aerogel 4d 200 tour). He does a little better, but not much. The shots have lower clearance, but would still be best described as "floaters." I then have him feed me some balls with both racquets. I do find it slightly less comfortable to hit with the Bab (the feel is different), but all the backhands I hit clear the net by a foot or so at most, land past the service line, and skid through the court as I'm accustomed to having them do. He asked me how I did that, and I calmly explained to him that technique is primarily responsible for any and every shot one hits and spent the next half hour or so helping him with his technique. Now, like I said, he isn't the first person I've heard with this complaint. I've actually read several people complain about this very thing on these boards. I'm of the opinion that it's rather ridiculous to suggest there's such a thing as a shot you can hit with one racquet (or string combination for that matter) but can't with another. My question to you is what do you guys think about this? In your experience/estimation, is there such a thing as a shot that can be hit with one racquet, but can't with another? For the record, I'd rate my friend between a 3.0 and 3.5, but that's of course subjective.