Ugly Rackets These Days...

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Regulator, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. Regulator

    Regulator Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2006
    Messages:
    121
    Generally, I find most of the more recent rackets very ugly looking asthetically or just overly flashy! What's wrong with a nice clean paint job without all the rainbow colours and candy paint. I realize it is all marketing but seriously, I'd be embarrassed to use some of the frames I have seen. I really don't know about that Wilson W line, I realize they are for women but damn!! Some female players I know think they are retarded as well. Since when are tennis rackets fashion accessories. I'd love to have an all black frame with minimal logos on it, however I am not repainting a racket. The closest thing I will get I guess is my PS 6.0. Just my rant. Anyone else feel the same?
     
    #1
  2. Redflea

    Redflea Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2004
    Messages:
    3,852
    Repeat after me: Marketing is the root of all evil. Marketing is the root of all evil... ;)
     
    #2
  3. Mike Danger

    Mike Danger Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2005
    Messages:
    843
    Location:
    Denver
    right, because theres just so much room on a stick. They really show off your personality down they? :rolleyes:

    wuss...
     
    #3
  4. Redflea

    Redflea Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2004
    Messages:
    3,852
    Dang...you are dangerous, and muy macho!
     
    #4
  5. Regulator

    Regulator Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2006
    Messages:
    121
    Less flash more class!
     
    #5
  6. spaceman_spiff

    spaceman_spiff Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2005
    Messages:
    1,509
    Location:
    The crappest town in Britain
    Buy a Vantage. They only have two paint jobs: all black and all white, with only one logo on the throat and one listing of the website. It's pretty basic.
     
    #6
  7. anirut

    anirut Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2005
    Messages:
    5,092
    Location:
    Krungthep (Bangkok), Siam (Thailand)
    Sometimes designers forget the old saying ... K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple, Stupid!

    NO! It's not the designers! It's the MARKETERS!

    One rule of marketing is: "Differentiate or Die." Yet, these marketers themselves forgot one important word in marketing, and that is: "identity".

    So what they did was trying to "get attention" and almost everybody got on the same get-the-attention train. And guess what? Only those few left on the platform who have not gotten on the train got all the attention!

    This is something really hard to grasp for many marketers, something I have a hard time with as a brand consultant when having to explain all this to my clients.
     
    #7
  8. tennisplaya444

    tennisplaya444 New User

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2006
    Messages:
    24
    who cares??
     
    #8
  9. Janne

    Janne Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2006
    Messages:
    733
    I do, regulator does and we are not the only ones. :p
     
    #9
  10. chess9

    chess9 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2005
    Messages:
    4,274
    Location:
    1.d4
    Uh, DOOD! What kind of American are you? This great country was only found by CC because he caught the neon lights for the West Indies. :) Our great nation relies upon hyperbole, lies, obfuscation, gaudy colors, and all the other tricks of the advertising trade to keep this enormous engine of commerce moving forward. It is no accident that we are the world's economic leaders. Thank Madison Avenue for that.

    Now, go apologize to all those folks who work so hard to bring you the world's best merchandise. Go on! :)

    -Robert
     
    #10
  11. Regulator

    Regulator Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2006
    Messages:
    121

    Umm yeaaaaaaaaaah I am Canadian EH!
     
    #11
  12. Regulator

    Regulator Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2006
    Messages:
    121
    Never tried a Vantage, its cool that they let you custom paint ur frame. Anyone played with one of them.
     
    #12
  13. El Diablo

    El Diablo Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Messages:
    3,560
    Don't blame the messenger for the message. Marketers attempt to take the pulse of the society to see what people seem to want. Just as simple black or gray cell phones, computers, music players and even cars (seen the customizing options for a Scion?) have given way to more radical designs with loud, attention-grabbing colors, so to will tennis racquets follow this trend. Welcome to the Ritalin Generation!! Marketers know that as the processors in video games and the computer-generated effects in movies continue to leapfrog themselves in their ability to over-stimulate us, products need to be more "stimulating" in order to grab out attention.
     
    #13
  14. Nextman916

    Nextman916 Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2006
    Messages:
    1,122
    Power angle if i must
     
    #14
  15. jonolau

    jonolau Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2005
    Messages:
    5,090
    Location:
    Singapore
    Just concentrate on your tennis and don't let these things sidetrack you for one man's meat is another man's poison ... To counter the blazingly bright colours, put on a pair of rose-coloured shades when playing!

    I do agree partly that they should just keep things simple. But in the quest for differentiation, marketers recognize that even buyers of a particular frame (the Wilson W line, for example) want to have a sense of individuality, thus the introduction of different colours.
     
    #15
  16. migjam

    migjam Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Messages:
    829
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Definatley the Wilson W line. UGLY!!!
     
    #16
  17. varuscelli

    varuscelli Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2006
    Messages:
    1,231
    Location:
    Houston. Texas
    I'm not sure if I'd call them ugly. A couple of them are bit over the top, definitely.
     
    #17
  18. Regulator

    Regulator Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2006
    Messages:
    121
    The W line looks like rackets designed for grandma
     
    #18
  19. gb93433

    gb93433 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Messages:
    114
    The posting reminds me of when I make furniture. People want to touch the furniture. The furniture is so highly polished that if they slide their fingers across the finish and there is any dust on it their hands it will create lines.

    For some reason people like shiny and flashy.
     
    #19
  20. migjam

    migjam Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Messages:
    829
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    No, definatley UUUUGLY!
     
    #20
  21. varuscelli

    varuscelli Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2006
    Messages:
    1,231
    Location:
    Houston. Texas
    OK, you win... ;)
     
    #21
  22. Regulator

    Regulator Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2006
    Messages:
    121
    This Head FXP Radical I bought is bugging me too. I don't know. I really used to like the way the original Wilson Hammer's looked and alot of other frames that came out in that era. Yup I'm 27 and on the downward slide lol. The W Line reminds me of the Sledge Hammers that the old grannies and grandpas would weild at the club I used to play at before the college tore it down and turned it into a residence(yup slightly bitter about that)
     
    #22

Share This Page