The local college team where I live is having a fundraiser wood racquet tournament this weekend. So, last night, for the first time since I was probably 10 (I'm newly 40), I hit with a wood racquet. Given how long it's been since using a wood frame and considering that I use a Pure Drive Roddick and hit a pretty spinny forehand, I didn't think I could do much at all. But, surprisingly, I could, and it was really fun and different. The stroke adjustments came pretty naturally. Backhand adjustment wasn't that big, since I hit my backhand often fairly flat. I had to "push" more, driving my body forward, making sure to get the heavy wood frame though the contact point, and had to aim up a little more. it was interesting how the ball didn't just fly off the frame. Some fairly hard shots I thought would go out, just didn't. Forehand, I obviously didn't try to hit my PDR forehand. I was much more deliberate, much less whippy/spinny. Got the frame back early, focused on meeting the ball and then drove through it, and sometimes at the last moment imparted a little spin on the ball by brushing over it. During rallies, the forehand chop/slice became absolutely imperative. With my PDR if I can't take a full swing, I can always just whip my wrist, but with wood, when I wasn't in position to take a full swing, I went to the chop/slice and it worked great. Volleys were obviously tough due to the small head size, but I hit a few good ones. Serves were fine, but really inconsistent when I tried to hit harder. But, I could get it in consistently, letting the weight of the frame do the work. And, I even got a few heaters in, though not consistently. It was really fun constructing points and really having to think about what you did with every shot. I'd recommend it to anyone just for the novelty of it. I was hitting agaisnt someone else using a wood frame. Obviously, if I has hitting against a good player using a modern frame, hitting tons of hard spin, I probably wouldn't have been as consistent. BTW, I used a Chris Evert Pro, and a Davis (or Davis Cup) Classic. The whole experience makes me really respect what the top players were able to do with wood. Really looking forward to the tournament.