When to decide to change/upgrade racquets?

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  1. tennis4

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    My daughter has used two same racquets for the last two years. They are 10.9 oz unstrung. She uses them well. Apparently her skills advance a lot given the intense training.

    When is the right time to consider new racquet (different brand / line)?
     
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  2. MethodTennis

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    310 grams is a pretty decent weight. If shes not confident that she can do what she wants to do with the bakll with that racket and believes she my be able to with another racket then change. Else keep it
     
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  3. tennis4

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    She is fine with it. In fact, she produces very good results, good amount of topspin from both forehand and backhand. I was trying to be forward-thinking about the next choice of weapon as she gets stronger.

    Some people suggested that it is ok to keep the racquet as long as it works. I wonder how often those advanced players change theirs.. 3 years or 5?

     
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  4. mikejsb876

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    Sounds like she doesnt need to change! The pros dont change their racquets unless money is an influence. David Nalbandian has been using a Yonex from the 90s nearly his whole career. The list could go on and on of players doing the same thing.

    Let me ask this question... What racquet is she currently using??
     
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  5. tennis4

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    She is using Yonex RDiS 200 Lite. Strung along with overgrip, it is 11.5 oz in weight.

     
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  6. klu375

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    Most older girls do not go heavier than that. Even if she is nice to her rackets they may eventually develop microcracks from constant restringing and as she gets older she will be breaking strings more often. She will need at least 3 rackets if she travels to tournaments. Pay attention to balance and stiffness too, not just weight. You may want to demo current Yonex lineup. For example VCore Xi 100 (popular among girls) - strung with OG and Yonex dumpner is 11.45, 5pt HL and stiffer (more powerful) than your RDIS.
     
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  7. ClarkC

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    Is this a college tennis question?
     
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  8. tennis4

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    I thought TW merged the junior player development topic into this one, did they?

     
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  9. ClarkC

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    No, they closed the junior development forum because it was a nonstop spitting contest between two grown men who have not matured enough yet to keep things from getting out of hand.

    There are equipment forums for discussing rackets, strings, ball machines, etc.
     
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  10. tennis_ocd

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    I'm hoping my daughter doesn't want to upgrade until going off to college.... hadn't really thought of the strain impacts of regular restringing racquets.
     
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  11. tennis4

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    In my case, I restring her racquet once a week or every 15 hours or so.

     
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