As a 3.0 player, a person getting back to the game after many years away, a person who's read this and that opinion, a person who's demoed many racquets, I've come to realize that there will always be two main schools of thought which differ in their approach when it comes to answering this basic question asked many times (by myself included): "What's a good racquet to start out with and improve?" There are two schools of thought that I can both understand. But rather than argue about which is "right" and which is "wrong", I'm creating this thread to see if people can share their experiences with what has worked for them, what hasn't, why and why not, mistakes they may have made along the way, and what (if anything) they might change with regards to racquet selection if they were to take their knowledge that they have now and go back to when they started out. Now I realize there are differing factors - age, body condition, etc. So please share this as well. One school seems to suggest that it's better to start out with a player's racquet, while the other says it's better to start out with something less demanding until you move up. But it not so simple, and I can find arguments for and against both approaches if I think logically. But again, I'm curious, and I think it would benefit others who ask this question all the time, to see what others who've been through this have to say now that they have and know more. For instance, are there some 30 year olds who started out with a mid+ and now use a smaller/heavier racquet? The other way around? Etc, etc. Please share!