So there are two very diverse groups with a ton of subcategories I don't really care to get into for now, but here are my two match ups. These matchups particularly molded my tennis in very important ways. "Classic Players frames vs Babolats(or tweeners)" I know this sounds stupid for now but please hold in your rage and finish reading before typing a hateful comment. My stance on this was always, "I love a good players stick. Control, headlight heft is the only way to go really." and "Budget Strings vs Performance Polys" for Average Weekend Warriors My stance on strings was/is. "I'm a lowly. 3.0-4.0 player. I don't need polys. They're just going to kill all my money and hurt my arm/wrist/shoulder!" ____________________ BUT I got my mind blown tonight really. I started out with a head ti6 as my first purchased (including both new and used) and moved straight to players rackets afterwords, but I'm not really sure why I did. I just plain don't remember. These Exo3 Rebels are probably my fourth or fifth main ever, but these are the also the first rackets I ever purchased with the knowledge of specs I have now. This takes us into the first bandwagon. I believed that a players stick would make me better. I want to say it did, but all my hard work obviously wasn't wasted. I worked hard, got a little better and just got used to what I have and never planned on looking back... Until tonight anyways. I got off a 9 hour shift of work as usual. Felt like crap so there could only be two things to cheer me up. Love or tennis. Girlfriend is away, so i went for tennis as my only option. Wearing a blazer, jeans, and boots when I found a couple of familiar locals that were playing points just for fun, so I joined in the doubles. One guy sat down and lent me his Hyper Pro Staff Carbon with a full bed of signum Tornado. A bit stiff with no feel. Immense spin. Told him i didn't like it, he told me to switch with the my partner next to me. A babo aero storm .. "Ewww. a babo", my first instincts said. I tried this particular racket and hated its harshness, its lack of feel, and its lack of plow. Everything a classic players frame is, in comparison anyways. Some random blue poly in it. The guy didn't know what it was... I facepalmed on the spot when he said it. But I hated myself so hard the second i took a decent cut at it. It had intense power, spin, and I could still flatten it out for the driving winner? What is this thing??!!!? It was still a harsh racket, but I can't argue with it at all because I felt I was playing my twin on the other side of the court. Average height, flat penetrating strokes, and hits pretty heavy when he wants them to be. But I was killing it all back. It was so light and agile I could take a big backhand cut on his low forehand and still place it in the corner, blasting it into the fence. I used to HATE babo cause everyone was switching to them when I fist started playing tennis. I didn't like to be main stream and that still seems to be the case today. In some degree anyways, but today my mind was really blown away by its playability in my hands...Though this particular babo was harsh on my wrist. I feel it in my wrist already. I only hit with it for fourty minutes max before the lights cut off, but... Dam, if I jumped on the Babolat bandwagon, maybe I would have played better tennis with rackets in tweener specs and grew to love those specs like I did with players frames with a classic feel. I started to think about my serve, because I want to be a player who relies on variety and spin to offset his opponent and just take the penetrating shots until an error is forced. That's of course best case scenario at my level. Same with the string... Since I got off work and didn't bring my rackets today, I hit with four rackets... BLX 90 with OGSM/Tornado Mains. A bit mushy but ridiculously soft and spinny. K90 with an orange poly in there. The guy said he got it for a tw playtest a long time ago and never broke it. A bit more feel and pop then the tornado hybrid, but a bit too powerful for my tastes. Soft as well. Pro Staff Hyper Carbon Tour 90 (ithink Didn't get a good look) with a full bed of Tornado. No feel, but insane pop for a big swinger though. I hit the best shots swinging for the fences. Very stiff. And of course, The Babolat Aero something or other. Not even quite sure what it was. Unknown bright blue poly. Felt like a synthetic. just a tiny bit soft, crisp, but a ton of spin compared to a synthetic. Great pop and great depth control. It just really makes me feel that everything I stuck to was wrong. I hate that feeling, but I was always biased because of how limited i was to experimenting with strings and rackets. I stuck to what worked. But it really just worked well compared to all the random stuff I've played in the past. Conclusion: Back to confused. I really thought I was happy with budget strings at the right tension. I don't think I remembered the playability potentiial of poly... The only other time i was in this kind of disbelief was when i was playing everyday in highschool and tried my teammates Pure storm with full PHT 17. I'm very confused about what's best for me now. And the guys I played with are on a USTA team. Said there is no way I'm under 4.0. But I still stand strong at me being a 3.5 cause my volleys are worse than a child's. That's no exaggeration. I have no flow for it, I don't know why. So my question is... who has felt this way? What did you do about it? This applies to the vice versa. Tweener players falling for Classic sticks and poly players falling for synthetics or other types of strings.