Demo vs. retail...completely different feel

dthing

New User
Has anyone else experienced this?

A couple years ago I bought an old demo racket (Dunlop Hotmelt 200g) from a sports shop for $50. It was strung with PSGDF 17g. I went out and played with it and it felt amazing...very crisp and solid, by far the best racket I've ever used so I decided to buy a couple new ones. The store I bought the demo from had one new one left so I bought it and had it strung with the same string at 60lbs (mid-range) and I bought one from TW. However, the retail hotmelts felt nothing like the demo that I bought. Eventually I had them all restrung with the exact same setup and still the demo felt great but the other 2 were awful in comparison and even felt different from eachother. Since then I have purchased 2 Aerogel 200's strung the same way but they also do not compare to the solid feel of the demo. All of the rackets were purchased from licensed retailers and are genuine Dunlop rackets. This is extremely frustrating since I spent a lot of money on these new rackets and not one of them is a suitable backup to the demo. I only ever use the demo and just pray that I don't break a string during match play.

How can this happen? The point of a demo racket is to demonstrate how that racket model will play, but I have yet to find anything close in a retail 200.
 

Il Mostro

Banned
It is a massive conspiracy :) Conspiracy theories aside, weigh and check the balance points for possible differences. I seriously doubt that there are any differences (except in your head) other than the usual slight anomalies in weight/balance that occur with most racquets. If you cannot match weight and balance yourself, you can send them off to Raquetmaxx or **** for precise matching.
 

dthing

New User
It is a massive conspiracy :) Conspiracy theories aside, weigh and check the balance points for possible differences. I seriously doubt that there are any differences (except in your head) other than the usual slight anomalies in weight/balance that occur with most racquets. If you cannot match weight and balance yourself, you can send them off to Raquetmaxx or **** for precise matching.

I understand what you're saying but I'm not talking about the weight and balance of the rackets. I'm talking about the feel off of the stringbed.
 
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Deleted member 25923

Guest
You have to remember though that demos often are more "broken in", so to speak. They are worn out a bit more because of use by all of the people that demo them.
 

Kemitak

Professional
Weird, because I've always found demo racquets to be totally inferior to new racquets. Either way, I'm not sure of the point of demo-ing a racquet when it never feels the same as a new one.
 

dthing

New User
Weird, because I've always found demo racquets to be totally inferior to new racquets. Either way, I'm not sure of the point of demo-ing a racquet when it never feels the same as a new one.

Yeah, it would help if demos were restrung more than NEVER.
 

fattsoo

Semi-Pro
You have to remember though that demos often are more "broken in", so to speak. They are worn out a bit more because of use by all of the people that demo them.


some racquet needs a broken in period for max feel/playability. Try to use your new racquet for a few weeks and see if that helps
 

fattsoo

Semi-Pro
You have to remember though that demos often are more "broken in", so to speak. They are worn out a bit more because of use by all of the people that demo them.


some racquet needs a broken in period for max feel/playability. Try to use your new racquet for a few weeks and see if that helps
 

goldenyama

Professional
60lbs is pretty high - I doubt that a demo was strung so high. Try reducing tension in the new frame and hit with it for a couple weeks to break it in.
 
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