I have been playing tennis again for 9 months after a twenty year layoff. I am currently a 3.5 player just trying to develop more of a game. In May of 2012, I bought a Prince 03 Hybrid Shark and played ok with it. I launched a lot of balls so I had it restrung with 17ga @ 63 pounds, which seemed to help a bit. In July, I got the Babolat bug and bought a 2012 Pure Drive and had it strung tight again, which killed the racquet for me. I had it restrung in Sept with Xcel French open 17ga @ 56 pounds and it really woke the stick up but I was launching a lot of balls again since I am a flat hitter with imperfect form. I tried a 2009 Babolat Pure Storm GT LTD last month strung at 58 pounds Technifibre XCode 17ga. I just wanted to try a low power racquet. I liked the racquet because I could take full swings and still keep it in play, but my volleys were dead (I tend to block rather than swing) and serves were lacking pace. Plus, forget about a backhand on the run. I did like the racquet but I thought it was too much for me. My baseline game did improve quite a bit. I have played the last few weeks with a Prince Hornet MidPlus with stock 16ga Prince strings from the factory. Now, my game has really heightened and I am able to take good swings, although not like with the Pure Storm. I am hitting a lot fewer balls long and my net game has improved dramatically with fewer framers and just good solid shots. I am just not sure what to attribute this to. The Hornet is the lightest of the selection I have used and I have used varying strings on the others. Of the four racquets I have tried, this one seems to work the best for me and I am just not sure why. I am a strong guy who prefers a heavier racquet, but maybe light is better for my game?