For three years, I have been playing with various sticks; Head, Tecnifibre, Wilson, Dunlop, Babolat, and Prince. I have tried or demoed them all. Some a little too heavy, some a little too light. Some too much pop and yet others just not enough pop. Some great spin, others lacking in that department. Some played great yet provided extreme post-play pain. Two weeks ago, I pulled out one of each of my sticks, put in a new string job in all of them and headed to the courts. Each racket sitting at the end of the court and hit with each for a good 20 minutes. (I got this idea from Moz). All were great for this or that, but only one was good for me in all areas: the Prince O3 Tour MS. Ample spin, great pop when needed, light enough for good head speed, yet stable enough on off-center hits. Small enough head to be precise if strung on the tight side. To ensure that I was not in a re-kindled honeymoon phase with the stick, I put all others into storage and just played with the O3's for two weeks. I never found myself wanting to go get another stick out of the shed and take it out for a hit. Each time I went to play, I just packed up the bag with the 3 O3's in it and headed to the courts. So I did what every player should do: I gave all of my sticks away at rock bottom prices to all of my tennis buddies and those that were not wanted; I donated them to the youth tennis program in town. I now have only three sticks in the house and they are all the same. Doing so gave me consistency. I am no longer curious about what racket to use this week. No longer am I worried about whether using this or that stick will create soreness within the shoulder as the Babolats used to do. I have my strings, tension, and sticks. I only focus on the fundamentals of tennis now. Sure, maybe the stick I chose is not the Holy Grail for everyone out there. But, the combinations I found in my O3's compliment me and my game. I only think about ensuring I hit the ball out in front--no longer digging into the bag and pondering what stick to play with. I'm also not spending time stringing up sticks for the weekend that I strung two months ago as I have not used a certain stick in two months. Like Moz said, I eliminated a variable in my game. I now only focus on my game. Moz started me thinking with his comment on how he chose his stick. As well, I thought about players like Safin and Hewitt that keep coming back to the same old stick and never change. Their game is the focus--not the stick. My advice to others out there is to do the same. Get all the sticks you think you may like, give them a fresh set of strings and head out and hit with them. Once you find the one that works--eliminate all the others and focus on tennis and your game.