how often do you switch rackets?

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  1. spectastic

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    does it take you a while of demoing to realize what exactly you want your racket to be like? Or do you just pick one up, lead it up, and go? I've tried hitting around with the aeropro drive before, as well as the pure drive, and I think they're not so different, and the prince o3 white is very similar to their specs.

    I'm considering pairing up my leaded prince o3 white with a new one from tw, but a part of me is wondering if there is a better racket out there for me.
     
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  2. BreakPoint

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    The entire tennis racquet industry is geared to make you always think that for the rest of your life. They have to or else they'd go out of business. :shock: LOL
     
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    twice since you started this thread.
     
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  4. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Whenever there's a new world #1, or whenever that world #1 gets a new paintjob. Faith in the equipment is all one needs.
     
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  5. Delraco

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    That's a very good point...pedigree of a racquet tends to make resale value sky-rocket.

    I tend to buy and sell racquets pretty frequently...at any given point I will use two or three on court in one session just for kicks. Although my pure storm ltd gt tends to get the most attention and it's a great stick, I'm not keen on sticking with just one flavor..:)
     
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  6. gmatheis

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    I had my last rackets for over 15 years, switched a little over a year ago and probably wont switch again for several years minimum.

    If you spend some time demoing a bunch of rackets and find one that you like, why 6 months or a year later would this racket suddenly not be good for you anymore?

    The only exception I can really think of is a beginner (2.5-3.0) who advances their game (say to 4.0) may now need different things from their racket( like less power, smaller head, heavier frame etc).
     
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  7. Long Face

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    Once every 8-9 months.....
     
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  8. CaptinStiff

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    Most people's games evolve over time, and their equipment should follow suit. If you have a good equipment setup and you're happy why change? Although if you change your mechanics and swing path, you may want to look at a new racquet setup that adjusts for it.

    The only other time I would consider new equipment change is if a new generation of technology came out that alters the competitive balance of play. This hasn't happened in quite some time.
     
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  9. edman9898

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    It took me about 3 years to find exactly that right stick, the YT Prestige Pro. Then my stuff got stolen and I got a used Microgel Prestige Pro and like it even more because of the extra heft, more flex, and more muted feel.
     
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  10. Winners or Errors

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    I'm on my fourth racquet model in 4 years. One of those was almost instantly abandoned, and has since been sold. The second was in the bag for 3 years. The third lasted a year. The fourth and most recent... a month. All the racquets I like are similarly spec'd, so I don't see myself getting rid of any of the three iterations I currently have. The most recent combines the strengths of the other two and avoids their weaknesses. Closest to a holy-grail since I came back to the sport four years ago...
     
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  11. PBODY99

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    Not often...any more

    3 times in the last 12 years.
     
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  12. floide

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    3 times since 1993. But playtested a lot of frames in the way.
     
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  13. Tyler91

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    It definitely depends on the individual. I haven't been playing long and my skills are improving pretty quickly...I've changed sticks 3 times since March (probably unnecessary...equipment gets too much credit, right?) My pro who's been teaching for 25 years probably hasn't switched 3 times in ten years.
     
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  14. FoldingChair

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    I was using a microgel extreme pro for two years until the destructive mixture of a stiff frame and poly strings started destroying my elbow. i demoed the 4d300's in my sig and I've been in love ever since going on three years now I think(?)
     
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  15. Vertiz

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    Used wilson ksix1 for about 2 years, then blx for 1 year then made the switch to head and used the speed/igspeed for 2 years....now i'm using the ig prestige MP. As my game has evolved and i've become more in tune with my game I've switched rackets accordingly. Most of the rackets I use are in the ballpark of eachother (fairly hefty at 11.5oz+, easy to swing with SW around 320, very headlight at btwn 5-7.) I never make huge jumps from say....a 12oz 6pt headlight racket with open string pattern to a 11.3 oz 3pt headlight racket with close string pattern. YOu sort of know when your game has evolved to the point where you need to switch a racket. It's a weird feeling where you feel like the racket is holding you back from making some shots. As your rate of improvement slows down dramatically after awhile and eventually you find yourself the stick you will use probably for the rest of your life.
     
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  16. fuzz nation

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    Although it might seem like a superficial thing, it's awful once we lose confidence in our gear. Even though the problem is "between the ears", it can become impossible to ignore. I think it's reasonable to have a look around once the gear distraction becomes a problem, but don't get carried away. In some cases, racquets can run just fine for a decade or more, but if you're looking for fresh frames every three to six months, you're probably fixating a little too much on the racquets and not enough on the operator.

    I've even found occasional demo-ing to be rather healthy for my relationship with the racquets I own. If I'm feeling a little down on my current frame, sampling some other stuff can be rather inspiring. Usually when I try different frames, it reminds me just how much I like my current gear and why I put it in my bag in the first place.

    Also no crime in keeping maybe two different racquets in the bag. I've definitely been happy with a quick swap to my alternative on those occasional "off days" where my go-to frames just don't seem quite right. Once the gear distraction is out of the way, it's easy enough to get back to the more important distractions... hello ladies!!!
     
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    HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!! Me too!
     
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    At least once each time I go to the courts.
     
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  19. robbo1970

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    Have seen if there is a racket that matches the spec of your leaded 03 White? If so, maybe consider getting a racket that meets your specs without the need for any adjustments.

    I am trying to do that at the moment because I don't want to keep going through these racket searches, I'd rather just stick with one that is broadly close enough to perfect for me, then just re-string it as and when needed.
     
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  21. spectastic

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    I leaded up my prince to specs similar to a pure drive roddick, and I love it. It swings like my pure storm, but it has a way bigger sweetspot.
     
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  22. Fuji

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    I switch so frequently it's awful for me and my game. I have a hard time deciding what I need, and it really comes down to my arm health. Plus that my game is still improving tangibly every few months it makes a bit tougher to gauge what I need.

    That being said, I definitely don't recommend the path I've taken! My arm health takes priority over everything else, and now I've found a range of sticks that are okay with my arm it's even tough as I have to decide what characteristics I value second to that.

    -Fuji
     
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  23. novak.20v

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    I was with my HPS6.1s for 3 years, then another 3 years with my Volkl Tour 10 Mids (gen. 1) then went threw a period time I was switching every 2-3 months, then finally settled on the IG Prestige Pro & I don't see myself changing frames in a very long time. This racquet has everything I've been searching for.
     
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  24. effortless

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    Since i started taking an interest in what stick i use, i played with the k.six one team for about a year and played some good tennis with it. I then switched to the k tour 90, which probably wasn't the right stick for me at that time (i think i was only about 15) and used it for about 4 years. Although I think the k tour 90 forced me to develop good technique and its paying off now. I then started using the blx tour 90, which was a good choice as i improved a lot with it and i used it for about a year. Now i recently switched to the ps 6.0 85 (wilson prostaff 6.0 85) and its the first time i have picked up a stick and instantly played better with it than my previous stick. I had my doubts about this stick but there is something magical about the control it has. Somehow i found it harder to adjust from the k tour 90 to the blx tour 90.
    In my opinion i have only switched sticks once from the 'team' because both of the tour 90s and the ps 6.0 85 are so similar.
     
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  25. KenC

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    Hey Fuji! How long did you stick with the Pure Storm LTD? I have 2.5 years going with my PSLGTs but am seriously considering migrating over to the ProKennex Ki5 315.

    I developed the beginning signs of TE and a friend has a collection of these so I grabbed one of the latest paintjobs and have spent about 10 hours with it now. I'm playing pretty much the same tennis with it as I can with the PSLGT, but the Ki5 is much easier to use, especially for generating pace. Maybe I still have a bit more control with the PSLGT, but every hour more I spend with the Ki5 I see my control being dialed in.

    I never thought I would switch racquets, but as they say, never say never...

    At this point I am thinking that I will keep my PSLGTs until I am 100% certain but am already willing to sell my PSTs. I occasionally used them when I needed more pace with less effort, but it seems the Ki5 is giving me this plus more control and at least more psychological comfort that I am not doing further damage to my arm.

    All that being said, I am still a staunch believer in not switching racquets too often so that muscle memory builds up. In a crucial match situation, the last thing I would ever do is rely on a racquet I don't thoroughly know inside out. I like to forget about the racquet while playing and stay focused on strategy. Now that the season is ending I guess I can play around but come next March I want whatever racquet I have decided on to be an extension of my arm.
     
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  26. Fuji

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    I used it for around 6 months, and I regret switching away from it. I've been wanting to switch back but I only have 1, and no local shops sell them, AND TW won't ship Babolat to Canada. It blows my mind as I love the frame and no one here has even heard of it.

    It sounds like the PK might be a better fit for you if it lets you play the same game without pain! Seriously, comfort is really the be all end all of frames. I find that frames in the mid 60's cause me worlds of arm pain, while frames at either low 70s or high 50s don't. My arm definitely doesn't like that in between feel.

    -Fuji
     
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  27. willlee

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    Twice I've had a need to switch racquets. Once when I was improving from beginner to more advanced player and moving out of the OS lightweight category. The other was when I developed wrist pain using a fairly heavy racquet and moved down to something more manageable. I'm quite happy now with my Radical MPs and my wrist pain is gone.
     
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  28. Backhanded Compliment

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    I came back to the game 4 years ago (after a 16 year college injury layoff) and started playing very seriously 2 years ago. I had to completely remake my game and changed my forehand grip. In that process I went from a PDR to a Prince Black LB to a head IGPMP, The prestige always asks me to play my best but its no where near as tough as my 1980's Max 200G. I'm committed to the head MP for another 3-5 years. I tune my rackets a lot and even matched sticks never play the same so the last thing I want to change is my go to stick... My favorite Prestige MP.

    I'm more likely to mess with strings than switch my main frame... it messes with my serve and topspin backhand too much.
     
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  29. franks

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    "AND TW won't ship Babolat to Canada. It blows my mind as I love the frame and no one here has even heard of it."

    Try ********* in Montreal they carry all kinds of Babolats, and you can also look up Sporting Life in Toronto.

    Hope this helps

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  30. Fuji

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    The first one got censored! :( Would you mind mailing me please?

    Thanks for the help!

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  31. Vcore89

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    I beg to differ, I wasn't swayed to pledge allegiance to Pure Drives or Aero Pros when A-Rod or Rafa was world number 1.:) However, I have always liked my VS NCT Tour minus the much commercialized and dedicated racquets of A-Rod and Rafa.:)
     
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  32. Sreeram

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    There will always be exceptions. I never got interested in Pure Drive or APD. I never know why I dint like APD, spec wise it should suit me but seeing it in every jacks hands has bored me to try it.

    In general, the racquet played by latest sensation in ATP circuit sells more. I am sure IG RAD PRO would have sold more after Andy Murray Won the US open.

    My regular hitting partner moved from APD to Speed after Novak became no1.
     
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  33. lobman

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    More often than not, once or twice during the match! Yeah, I drank the "You can buy your game off the rack" kool aid long ago and can't shake the effects. Usually buy a new stick at least once a year, keep most of them and switch back and forth. In my head, I KNOW my game doesn't change much with the change of racquets but in my heart I KNOW that holy grail is out there somewhere. Pray for me.
     
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  34. zapvor

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    haha

    i switch like once a month. its teh worst habit
     
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  35. franks

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    Gladly, but I need an email address.

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  36. Fuji

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    Jesse_Lysenko [at] live dot ca

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  37. jonestim

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    He currently only has 37 posts. He won't be able to email through the profile until he hits 50 posts.
     
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  38. Fuji

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    Really? My mistake!

    I'll edit my post.

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  39. franks

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    I have sent you the informaation.

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  40. Fuji

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    I didn't get anything yet! I'll let you know if it comes through. :)

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  41. xFullCourtTenniSx

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    They've tried with me but they failed miserably... Though I guess it was Wilson's own fault for going downhill since the K90. The BLX Prostaff is a reasonable consideration, but it feels too good in stock form for me to want to mess with it, though a leaded up K90 is the racket for me.
     
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  42. franks

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    Sent email to the above address 2X and both times it was returned back to me wth the followng message:

    Delivery Status Notification (Failure)


    Sorry I tried my best to send you the information.
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  43. Fuji

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    That's unfortunate! Sorry for the hassle!

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  45. franks

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    No problem, I think the problem is with my hotmail account. I have sent you another email, I am not one to give up that easily, let me know if I have been successful.

    Frank
     
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