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?
It depends. In regards to Wilson, say the 90, the specs of the K-90 and the new PS BLX 90 are almost identical, so the question is "Does Basalt make a difference"? No, no big time.
Try a K-Factor 95 and a new 6.1 BLX 95, no real difference, weight is weight, balance is balance, stiffness is stiffness, the thing that matters are the specs, not the materials. Different deal of course with strings.