I've been lurking around for 2 years. Posting for the first time. I have the 18x20 version of this racquet (older model...2013..the gold and white). I'm a racquetaholic who has purchased many racquets over the past 2 years, since falling in love with Tennis after playing Racquetball for the past 15-20 years. Solinco Pro 10s, Prince Tour Diablo Mids ProStaff 85, Blade Lite...I've tried it all. Loved all of them but the ligther racquets were too light and the heavier ones were too heavy during match play. I thought the exo3 lacked power, especially since my regular partner is a 5.0 / 5.5 level player and hits some of the fastest, hardest serves/shots I've seen in rec level play, and so I kept searching for a heavier but still easy to swing racquet (the holy grail of racquets that we all try to find). Strung this differently with Prince Syntehtic Gut 17 Duraflex at 45lbs and now this thing is a beauty. Great power with absolutely minimal effort on my part...just a relaxed smooth swing carries the ball deep wherever I want to put it. Serves have a lot of spin and kick. Slices also go deep. I'm playing with the stock version. I understand why some might feel the need for lead, but string this low at stock weight first and try it out. You'll get power without sacrificing any of the speed which this racquet has. If this thing can stand up to my partner's shots, I'm pretty sure it will be fine against 95% of the rec players on this forum. Against the remaining 5%... if they can hit deeper, harder shots than my partner consistently in a match play ...more power to them and just shake their hands after they've creamed you in match play.