this frame is incredible. i've got it leaded up just a bit at 3 and 9, nothing crazy. the combination of "new school' maneuverability and power, with a serious dose of smooth plow through (feels like my old green/gray prestige 600) is ridiculous. it also bombs serves. i am honestly not thinking about other rackets right now. i play a sw forehand and 1hbh, both with a lot of racket head speed through the ball, so if this sounds familiar, i can't recommend this racket enough. it's probably fine without the tape, but that little nudge really does just load this thing up, without dropping any of the knifey quality around the baseline and up at net.