I'm sure this is an oft-discussed topic, but what are your current recommendations for a good racquet for someone in his upper 50s that hasn't played much in the past decade, and never really got past wooden racquets? My dad played for years with his Stan Smith Autograph. Then when he was about 40 he started playing with a group of older guys every week, and decided he needed a new racquet cause his was pretty worn out. So he bought a Wilson Sting 95, which he never really got used to, although it made a good racquet for me to play with in junior high. Eventually someone in his group gave him a Slazenger woodie in good condition, and he played with it for a while. Fast forward to 2007, when we went out to play tennis together for the first time in, well, neither one of us could remember, maybe 8 years? We were afraid the old man would hurt himself, pull something, etc., but he actually did really well for someone who hadn't been exercising much. I had to encourage him to actually do an overhand serve, but he did and it was pretty good. I ended up winning in a tie-breaker, which was fun, but not very satisfying, since last time we played he was much younger =0 Anyway, back to the racquet question. We had the Wilson Sting out there, but its string job was totally dead. We also had a red metal wilson walmart racquet as a backup. But he tried the wood Slazenger, and it still had tension, so that's what he played with. He's obviously used to old-fashioned small head-sizes. He has a one handed backhand, and long but moderate-speed strokes. So if I were to get him a new racquet, what should I get? What's out there today that feels the most like a wooden racquet and/or is most helpful to guys in their golden years?