Originally Posted by Raul_SJ
I have been using the Wilson ProStaff Classic 6.1si Stretch for over 10 years.
I have tried demoes with recent models that claimed better playability due to new materials/technology (from Head and Wilson ) but they did not feel significantly better, so I just stuck with my old racquet.
I am wondering if there have been any significant breakthroughs in materials/racquet technology during the past decade?
Or is it primarily marketing hype by the racquet manufacturers that have a vested interest in players buying the latest gadgets?
I think for the most part rackets were feeling worse each year - the classics felt great. Very, very recently there seems to be some shift towards making rackets feel "better". As far as "technology" & "high tech materials" most of it is just marketing bs. But IMO racket designs & playability seems to be pretty good & improving, especially in the 11oz range. The vast majority of rackets I have tried in the last 2.5 years have been pretty good IMO.