It may seem counterintuitive, but I think we are doing new tennis players a disservice these days by putting oversized, light weight, super-powerful rackets in their hands. Beginners should use low-powered, arm friendly, head light "player's" rackets. When new players are practicing forehands and backhands for the very first time, they are developing muscle memory. They are gathering information about how the game works at an extremely rapid pace. During this time, both bad and good habits can be formed, and often stay with the player forever. One problem with beginning with a "beginner's frame" is that these frames encourage the wrong habits in new players. With a beginners frame, you are rewarded when you just take a poke at the ball rather than stroke the ball. By not having to take a fluid stroke, the developing player never really learns strokes; they learn bad habits that have to be broken by teaching professionals later on. You cannot learn to properly perform a forehand swing if your racket is so powerful that the ball sails beyond the baseline. Another issue is that because of bad technique, beginners are prone to arm injuries. If some advanced players were asked to use one of these "game improvement" frames for a month, a lot of them would worry about the health of their arm, yet these same players continue to recommend such frames for beginners. Why put a frame that is not arm friendly in the hands of a new player who is already prone to arm issues? What happens is that this new player gets tennis elbow, then they associate tennis with pain, then they quit before they have had the chance to enjoy the game. Super-powerful frames also send the wrong message to beginning players. Essentially, what we communicate to new players is that "since you're not very skilled yet, this racket will help make up the difference." This mentality is completely wrong. No "game improvement" frame really improves the beginner's tennis game. The best type of frame for a new player is one that teaches feel, smooth strokes, and offers consistent shot production without too much power. I'll take it a step further and say that new players should use low-powered rackets. Only when a player has developed consistent strokes should they even consider switching to a "tweener" type frame. The message we should send to new players about rackets is that "since you're not very skilled yet, this arm-friendly, low-powered racket will help you to hit more consistently. You will be able to have longer rallies, and you will learn good stroke technique which will make the game more fun." All of this commonly accepted information regarding what beginners should use and what advanced players should use is really a product of big companies' marketing campaigns. It's not based upon factual evidence that these frames actually help to improve the developing player's game. Large corporations have decided for us that beginners need super-powerful rackets. They push these rackets on new players by lavishing them with the latest "technology", and they charge incredibly high prices. "You're a new player, so how about our One model which retails for $300?" What they are actually doing is retarding the development of decent strokes in the new player, giving them increased chances for injury, and preventing many from ever enjoying the game. The way tennis equipment is marketed needs a good re-think, and we have to debunk all of the falsehoods that have been developed and nurtured by big corporations. Sure it may seem counterintuitive, but is it really? A beginner has little control, and needs an arm-friendly racket that encourages the development of good technique. Head Prestiges, Wilson Pro Staffs, Pro Kennex Redondos, and POG's are all excellent beginner frames. A player's racket provides lots of control, a predictable response, and good safety for the arm. Can a new player handle a 12 ounce racket? Of course they can! They always have been able to, and they always will. We've only recently convinced ourselves that they can't. If you put a player's frame in the hands of a beginner, and don't expose them to the commonly accepted notion that it's for advanced players only, that new player will never question whether or not they can handle it. Control oriented frames are for beginners. KSix-One Tour 90's are for beginners. The Head Prestige line is pure beginner stuff. The Jack Kramer Wood is an excellent beginner frame. Anyone else agree?