Does the OP really think most recreational players are obsessed with their equipment??? Remember that people on this website are a tiny fraction of recreational players; go to a club sometime and ask random samplings of players if they can tell you the specs of their racquet. I doubt it. The guys I play with are people who play perhaps four times a week, and not one of them could tell you what his racquet weighs.
"Where's the REST of me?"
Ronald Reagan, in "Kings Row"