Originally Posted by jtrom
I did a quick search to see if there was a thread on this in the past and didn't turn up anything.
So during a 3.5 singles tourney event this past weekend. My first round opponent used two different rackets, one during serve games and one during return games. At the end of each game, even if there wasn't a change of sides, he would quickly run and switch out the rackets. This was the first time I had ever seen this before. We had a good close match that he ended up winning. At first, I was just slightly annoyed, but as the match kept going it became increasingly annoying. It was like he was invoking some advantage by having a different racket set up that enhanced serves that I wasn't capitalizing on and therefore getting beat. He seemed to play exactly the same way no matter which racket he had, as his serves weren't that tough to handle. Most of the points ended up in rallies anyways.
I stuck around after our match to see if he would do it again, and sure enough, he was out there switching rackets during his 2nd match.
Is this common/against the rules/should I be doing it??? Does anyone out there also use different rackets within the same match??
It's not against the rules. I'm not sure why you even let that bother you. Maybe you need to learn to concentrate better on your own game and the match itself without being distracted by nonsensical things like this.
Personally, I have 5 of the same racquets, same string type, same string gauge, same tension, same lead-tape set-ups, etc. This way, in a tournament if I break a string and/or feel like rotating racquets there's no transitional adjustments (whether in reality or in my head). ....But most importantly, I don't give a sh*t what racquets my opponents are using...ever