Hi all, just found these forums a second ago even though I frequent the site -- I guess I just never looked up to the right to see the link. I'm having real trouble picking a racquet that fits. I'll warn you that I tend to be very descriptive when I post to forums, and I know some people don't like to read long posts. Sorry about that, I try to keep it short, but it always just snowballs! First off, the problem centers around that not only do I no longer know what I want, and I really don't know what I *need* either. Here's a summary since it turned out so long: Hand't played for years, picked up a ProStaff 6.1 on the cheap, used it for ~2months. It showed some wear so I got a Triad 4.0. Loved the extra power on the volleys and serve, and the stiffness. Didn't like having trouble keeping the big baseline shots in the court, but just shortened and slowed down my swing to compensate. After vast improvements in my game over the span of almost a year, decided I wanted a new racquet that had more feel to it, and a tad less power so I could take big swings at the baseline. I order a Prince TT Bandit OS, and was very happy with myself. Gave the Triad to my playing partner who was hating his Wal-Mart $17 racquet. I took up the ProStaff, now with all the confidence and imporvements of a year of play. ...Uh oh. Major gigantic "cold feet" here. I could really swing at the baseline and get them in, the way I liked. Net play was great too, although I still didn't like all the vibration (even with dampener) and the really un-stiff feel, and I missed the power -- I was getting slammed upon by my old Triad delivering uber-fast serves and volleys. So I don't want a ProStaff Classic 6.1. And I don't want the Triad 4.0. I realized the specs of the Bandit are almost identical (stupid me). Now I don't know WHAT I want (or need?). No one demos racquets within 70 miles of me. This place is really cool to have demos offered but the shipping charges are too high for me on my limited buget. I realize that seems silly now that I've wasted money shipping the Bandit. Can the Bandit be saved through modification (like adding weight to the tail), or should I just send it back and cut my losses? Can anyone help me out here? For those of you looking to kill some time, here, have the above in book form : Here's the situation, your help would be much appreciated: I'm 22, and I've been playing tennis on and off since I was 13. I didn't play much at all in high school, but last September I jumped back into it full time. I knew nothing about racquets, and still don't know a whole lot, but I picked up an old Pro Staff Classic 6.1 at Play it Again for 20 bucks and started playing. A couple of months later, I noticed the Pro Staff had a few fractures starting in the paint, and thought I should replace it, fearing it might up and snap on me. I played with a friend's TT Bandit for a while, and really enjoyed the lightness and the power it provided for me (I tried a Hyper Hammer 6.3 as well, which I found pleasing). I also noticed that the Pro Staff had a lot of vibration in it that I would have liked less of. I guess these racquets are designed to lure us unknowing players into making that snap judgement, eh? I ened up with a Wilson Triad 4.0 OS. You can stop laughing now. I played with it for many months and really imporved my game, playing every day. I loved the extra power on serves and volleys, but I missed being able to take really big swipes at the ball from the baseline and NOT hitting it halfway to the moon when doing so. So I was generally happy, but felt restricted after a few months of vast improvement, and thought I might like something with a tad less power and more feedback. Remembering my time with the Bandit I ordered it. So whats the big problem all about then? Well, here it is: The guy I now practice with had a real crummy Wal-Mart bought racquet that he was having an awful time with, so I let him use the Triad while I switched back to the Pro Staff. I hand't touched the thing for almost a year, and at first, I could barely get any pace on the ball and my swings were all awkward. The next day however, I found I was playing better with it, managing really nice high topspin baseline forehands just the way I wanted them, and volleys were nice and controlled, although the serve was lacking. The next day I was doing very well with it, although it felt a LOT less stiff than the Triad, which I didn't like, and I really think I could have used a larger sweet spot because I still tend to hit some off center shots, and even though I know that "heavier racquets are better" this thing just weighs a bloody ton! So... now I'm really dismayed, because I have this big OS Bandit payed for and shipped, and I suddenly realized (after I ordered it) that its specs are *frighteningly* close to the Triad 4.0. I really thought it played differently than the Triad, since I remember playing with it. I am just SO confused as to what is the "right" racquet for me now that I am doing so well with some aspects of my game with the Pro Staff -- the completely opposite racquet of the Triad or the Bandit -- that it's darn near depressing! Should I bite the bullet, blow my 20 dollars on shipping charges, and send the Bandit right on back, or what? I'd be fine with that if there is a racquet out there that really fits me better. Can anyone please lend me a clue? Some more detailed info incase anyone wants it: I'm 5'11", I play hard court singles, am a full court player, love hitting big forehands from the baseline and also getting up in some intense net play. I have a fairly full swing, I think, but I don't really have any reference for whats full or not. For example, I use an open stance on my forehand, starting at about 45 degrees behind me and following through so I'm looking over my elbow. I want more feedback than the Triad provided, and also a little less power for getting those baselines in, I think. But I don't want the very un-stiff feel, small sweet spot, and vibration that the Pro Staff gives me. Hell, I don't even know what technical aspect of the racquet all of these "feelings" are related to, so its hard for me to really pick one that works.