Originally Posted by Buckethead
I was talking about between the V-Cores that was offered to her and she probably chose the 100S because it's the one that suits her game better. So read it again.
Now I do believe she is playing better with the Yonex V-Core 100S due to its superiority.
It happens to everybody. I played with the Volkl DNX 10 mid for sometime and switched to Yonex RDS mid, I noticed I could play better, much better, because it was a superior racket performance.
I tested the EZONE 100 and I knew it was a superior racket to anything Babolat has, whether its because the material, design, you name it.
I will be testing some other Yonex rackets and i will decide if I should switch or not, obviously If i switch it's because it's better for me.
That also happens in the Pro's world when a company makes better rackets. Look at Davydenko, Verdasco and Berdych as some examples.
Fair points, but keep in mind that she wasn't really "offered" V-Cores specifically. She was offered to play with whatever she wanted that they made, as long as she used the V-Core cosmetics. If she stays with Yonex for at least two years, you'll certainly see her "switch" frames at that point if not sooner, although it's unlikely that the actual frame will be any different. Her main goal while switching frames from Babolat would have been to have as little change about the frame as possible, not game improvement (which is the goal when a recreational player like yourself switches). In fact, the examples you gave are good ones, because two of the three of them are cases where the new company couldn't make a frame similar enough to what they already used, so they went back to their existing frames. It has nothing to do with "better" or they all would use the same frame. It has to do with what they're used to.
The reason paint jobs exist is so that they can have players appear to play with whatever they want to market while using the frame that is closest to what the player already uses. So her appearing to use a particular frame means nothing, as I originally said. If she is using a stock V-Core 100s it's not because it's the best or most suited to improving her game, it's because it has the closest specs to her previous racquet, with the other V-Core models being further away.
As for Woz's level of play, I think we should probably wait until the year is over before we declare that she's playing better or worse. Then we can compare results and argue about whether it's due to the racquet. Way too early to tell if there's even a difference now.
It's very clear now much you love Yonex...and I don't disagree at all, since they're excellent racquets. But it's important to keep an objective point of view when discussing a pro's use of a racquet and the reasons for it.