Discussion in 'Racquets' started by tnkGod4tns, Mar 19, 2004.
To be able to win matches against a similarly skilled player? Maybe 10-15 hours of hitting.
To be absolutely comfortable with every shot? I'd say something like 3 months with at least 5 hours of court time a week.
depends. sometimes i'll demo a racquet, and know in the first 15 minutes that it isn't for me. other times, i'll play w/ one for about a week and get all the shots. many times thou, if i can groove the frame right away, i'll have most of my shots within an hour.
now playing against a similarly skilled player is more about confidence, and how much confidence you'd put into your skill w/ a racquet after hitting w/ it for a limited time. basically more mental than anything else.
It depends on how much of a departure the new stick is from the old in terms of feel, weight, etc. I would say on average it probably takes most people 30-45 hours of on court practice time to truly be comfortable with a new racquet and understand all of what they can and can't do with it.
If you're just playing matches primarily it will take you probably twice as long.
the perfect racquet should not need a changed over period. There will be a small amount of time spent fiddling around with strings and tension, but the perfect frame should feel great relatively quickly.
I can play well with a new racket if it is similar to my old one within reason. If I pick up a HL flexible racket in the 11 to 12 oz range, I good to go. If, on the other hand, I pick up a tweener or snowshoe, I can't play well without a lot of adjustment. When I say "play well" I mean at my normal 4.5 level.
If anything, my weakest shots suffer most--e.g., backhand topspin, drop shots/volleys etc)
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