How to cure racquetholicism?

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  1. thanu

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    So, over the years, I've bought and sold so many racquets. Buying and selling the same model too, not just new racquets I've never tried before. I love the racquet that I always go back to (Prince Diablo XP Oversize). I don't know why I think a new racquet will lift my game, it never does. My auction site rating is almost +300 and it's mainly from buying and selling racquets. Are there any other racquetholics here, and how did you cure it?
     
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  2. torpantennis

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    I was. Then I found a great coach, that is great at highlighting problems in my game. Now I don't anymore have the stupid faith that racquet will make a miracle happen. Rather, that miracle is you! :)
     
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  3. thanu

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    Great point. It definitely is not the racquet! I mean, I know when I miss a shot, it's usually because of my foot work, or when I get lazy. I just wish I could stop buying and selling. Hopefully this rant/cry for help will end it! lol
     
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  4. Winners or Errors

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    There's no cure. We don't need a cure. I have four different sets of racquets and one stand-alone racquet, and am constantly looking at racquets because they're nice toys. It's like golfers and drivers or putters - can you ever have too many?

    Obviously, I tend to gravitate one direction or another, so I've started branching out into racquets that aren't in my particular spec looking for a holy grail. Thus far, I'm still stuck in the land of the mid because I just enjoy the feel of a well struck shot, but I'm open to more and am going to keep right on ho-ing through racquets until that chalice is in my hands.
     
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  5. stronzzi70

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    I dont want any cure , Im so happy with it.
     
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  6. MikeHitsHard93

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    I just stopped caring so much. There is no perfect racket. I've tried 50+ rackets and no one racket was the best. Everything has a drawback.

    I only buy rackets now because I'm looking for something different just to change it up. I can play with almost anything.
     
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  7. blip

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    You've probably done this already but try something close to spec to your Diablo but midsize or midplus. Perhaps a Prince if you prefer them over other brands.

    and/or...

    Try to find the weight you like. That will narrow your choices by about 1/3. You can then decide what type of string pattern you prefer to further narrow the pool. From there maybe the strength of the racket and your swing speed.

    I think the above will get you something you like and can play with. Then its onto real world tests and match play demos. The most wins gets the purchase.
     
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  8. MikeHitsHard93

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    Yup, I've got my static weight and string pattern figured out myself. Really narrows it down.
     
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  9. nootles

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    You cure racquetholicism by find a racquet so good that you would never even consider switching from. Of course, there will still be the occasional urge to hit with a shiny new toy, but those will just be one session flings.

    How are you picking the racquets to try? After playing with so many, you should have a good idea of what you want in a racquet. Here are a few things to consider: headsize, ball response, string pattern, swingweight, static weight and balance.
     
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  10. kailash

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    Yoga and Meditation. The book named "Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness" is a good starter. The answer is more in something called Raja Yoga or The Royal Path.

    BTW, many top players practice these, including Djokovic and Sharapova. It will help both in improving the game and life!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b-Uj5GFSkQ
     
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  11. scotus

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    The word is racquetoholism, unless you want to define Catholicism as addiction to cats.
     
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  12. rlau

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    If you really want to cure this disease, stop visiting TW forums....
     
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  13. OTMPut

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    Actually sampling racquets is one of the enjoyable aspects of rec tennis.
     
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  14. Dgdavid

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    The minute I accepted that my racket switching had absolutely nothing to do with trying to find the 'right' racket, everything got easier for me.

    I LOVE trying out new rackets whether they are the one or not. Truth be told, if I had stuck with pretty much any racket I have had over the past three years, it would have been fine and I would likely be a better player dialing that racket in. However, testing new rackets is great fun and a big part of tennis as a hobby for me so I will do it for that reason.

    I now enthusiastically and happily try out different rackets without having to justify technical reasons for a switch. I always try to have a current "go to" racket for singles and never own more than six at any time (and then enforce my own "sell before I buy rule").

    As an example, I have recently had the following rackets and they are all different but very good in their own way (G.Prestige Pro, Ai100, Ai98, Prince Tour ESP 100, ESP 98 Banana, i.Prestige MP, BB London, AeroStorm). In fact, the only racket I actually disliked was the IG Rad Pro and I have had over 100 rackets in the past three years.
     
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  15. _skunk_

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    I was watching my collection, decided what was valuable to me, and donated the rest.
    I've Donated 30+ rackets to a charity organisation for their next raising funds kermesse.
    Around 1 year ago i've bought a stringing machine, since ever i've purchased only 1 racket because the price was so cheap that i could not resist to try it out.
    I came to the conclusion i prefere much more messing up with strings instead of rackets.
    So my suggestion is buy a stringing machine with the money you would have spent for new rackets.
    Feed the little monster inside yourself with new strings instead of new rackets :) .
     
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  16. DustinW

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    Well said. My thoughts exactly.
     
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  17. SteveI

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    To me.. it is a nice cheap hobby and lots of fun and entertainment. If I was a serious tourney player (or even USTA leagues) I would find a frame and string set-up and go with it. Since those days are gone...I enjoy the fun.
     
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  18. ced

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    Age .........

    Don't worry, there will come a time when the game will pass you by. Until then enjoy every minute, try as many racquets as you like, hit as many balls as you can !!
     
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  19. Hi I'm Ray

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    Keep switching rackets until you become a pro! :twisted:

    I enjoy hitting w/lots of rackets and believe you should course play w/equipment that fits you. But Practice to improve, don't look to a racket to do it for you.
     
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  20. NLBwell

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    Unfortunately, many will never recover.
    They are the ones found sleeping under bridges or wandering the streets of the city in their tattered clothes with an old shopping cart piled high with tennis rackets. They talk nonsense to themselves where you can overhear meaningless words like swingweight and polarized. They come up to passers-by and bother them, asking "Brother, can you spare a Graphene Radical Pro?"
    Pity these poor souls.
     
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  21. A_Instead

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    Where are you getting your stash of Prince Diablo XP Oversize?
    I have been looking for new ones with out success.
     
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  22. JackB1

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    ^^^^^^^

    This is exactly me too David...word for word. We are playing for ENJOYMENT...not for our paycheck. Let's enjoy our hobby as we see fit.
    As long as you have figured out your preferred specs and stay pretty much within that, your game will stay pretty consistent. I always enjoy testing out new frames that fall into my spec zone, but it's never about a search for a magic stick to improve my game. It's mostly about curiosity and variety.
    Your game is all about your strokes, movement, technique, strategy and mental game. Any one of these things is far more important than the racquet.
     
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  23. JackB1

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    You got it Charlie! :D:D
     
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  24. JackB1

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    lol

    Does Wilson or Nike make a shopping cart? ;)
     
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  25. Dimcorner

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    Switch hobbies? :)

    I'm not that bad with tennis yet but I went thru a fair share of badminton racquets...

    Or....

    You can always be a stringaholic instead. Cheaper if you have a stringer already.
     
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  26. Chuonfood

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    Who else buys racquets unstrung and never use then?
     
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  27. Sparky

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    You rang?

    I still have 4 Wilson FPK 95s unstrung sitting in my closet.
     
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  28. c_hari_c

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    one of the previous posters mentioned to stop visiting the TW forums. have to agree partially with him there. I have made the same mistake of switching rackets every year after reading through the forums and feedback but that stopped after I hit with the blade which is my current racket.
     
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  29. Matchball

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    Forgive me father for I have sinned . . .

    :twisted:
     
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  30. Chuonfood

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    I feel like buying 3 more PS 85's along with a couple of the new Yonex Ai series just for keeps.
     
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  31. Sparky

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    OMG! I have 5 unstrung PS85s in the closet too. It's next to the 2 unstrung Babolat Pure Drive FOs and unstrung PS90 BLX.


    Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Sparky and I'm a racquetholic.
     
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  32. Alex78

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    Eventually, trying out and buying new rackets will bore you.
    If not, tough luck...
     
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  33. movdqa

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    Spend more time on fitness and technique and just stay faithful to the same racquet.
     
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  34. PDR

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    Settle on a pair of rackets. Sell everything else.
     
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  35. McLovin

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    The first step is admitting you have a problem...
     
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  36. mrc

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    I dont get caught up in racquets that are out of my known specs that work well for me and my game. Where I get tempted is when a racquet comes out and looks to fit my game and has the specs that really line up well. However, been very happy with my current stick for over 6 months. That's a hot streak for me, and I have not gone back to the Prestige which is what used to happen.
     
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  37. SCRAP IRON

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    I think the it's spelled racketolism...
     
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  38. SCRAP IRON

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    It sounds like you have this disease under control.
     
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  39. Chuonfood

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    How come I can't just buy one of the same racquet, but I have to buy them in 3s? Anyone have the same symptoms?
     
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  40. movdqa

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    I have four of my frames and two are strung with the same setup. They are four customized and matched frames and I went through all of the trouble so that these would last me for at least a decade.

    BTW, I think that buying a customized and matched set means that you're less likely to try something else because you went through the extra trouble. BTW, I bought these on specs and objective comments alone - I didn't try them out first.
     
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  41. Alex78

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    Hehe, I guess I'm lucky in comparison. I only need twosomes ;)
    Edit: Just about to order a third PB9, though...
     
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  42. SCRAP IRON

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    You are boring!
     
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  43. Chuonfood

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    Where do you get your PB9 from? I only see the pb10 - any difference?
     
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  44. LeeD

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    It's valid, and a fun exercise to boot! :):)
    Me, only 11 or so rackets the past 5 years, and I play tennis when I have time off, until my body can't handle, then it's on here to bug you guys.
     
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  45. Alex78

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    There are still some available from retailers in Germany. I have both the PB 9 and the PB 10 Mid, but I actually haven't hit with the Mid yet...
    I modified the 9 by adding a Völkl leather grip and about 1.5 grams at 2 and 10 each. Has amazing power on serve and forehand now.
     
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  46. thanu

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    I got them from somebody on the auction site many years ago. A bunch of them in 1/4 grip. I have 5 brand new, never used and a bunch that I play with. I have one in a 1/2 grip sitting around if you are interested in that.
     
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  47. TimothyO

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    It depends on why you're a racquetholic.

    If you simply enjoy tinkering then there is no cure. There will always be new frames to try and compare to old frames. The cycle will never end and there's nothing wrong with that if you enjoy it. Other people have hobbies that involve tinkering with technology and mechanics such as cars, computers, plastic models, puzzles, etc. Racquet and string tinkering is no different. The cycle of modding and testing IS like a puzzle which can be endlessly fascinating.

    I can no longer consider myself a racquetholic because my affliction was driven primarily by a search for comfort and confidence on court. I've been searching for something that felt really easy and effective to play with. I feel like I've found it and so have steadily eased out of my racquetholic behavior. I even bought a reel of my favorite poly cross and no longer tinker with frame modification.

    But I've reached that point BECAUSE of my gear head interests. After many experiments, observations, measurement, note taking, and lots and lots of on-court testing and playing I've found something that feels so good even tiny changes feel wrong (e.g. in one of my final blind tests I added a couple of grams at 12 to a frame and could easily identify it among three matched frames and it didn't feel good at all).

    So if you're a racquetholic because you love tinkering then enjoy it and don't let it bother you. It's a far better habit than drinking or gambling! :D

    And if you're a racquetholic because, like me, you want gear that feels so freakin' good you can hit with even greater confidence and focus 100% on your game then be methodical, learn everything you can, ask lots of questions, test a lot of variations, and then be fully prepared to accept when you've found your personal Excalibur and end your quest.

    Of course I blundered into picking a base frame that just went OOP at the end of my quest. DOH! But I now have three perfectly match frames and my boys have the other two so, as long as they don't crack, I'll be happy for many, many years to come. :)
     
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  48. SteveI

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    Man oh man did you nail it.... Yes.. age and injury will slow you down to be sure. Do not waste the wonderful time you get on the courts. Enjoy and hit...:)
     
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  49. SJSA

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    If there is a cure, the racquet makers will be out of business.
     
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  50. thanu

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    Hahaha... If that were the case, I'd be the best player in the history of tennis!
     
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