For Troy and Others: What do you look for in a racquet change?


My game more closely resembles that of Troys than some of the other play testers (though I would gladly take Chris or Granville net games). I to have a long history with one specific racquet the Pro Staff 95 Spin. I have had them matched and tweaked the specs to my liking. My issue is what I assume was also Troys in that I have now used this racquet for so long I essentially cannot change out of it. I do demo other racquets lookig for a little easier power and a slightly bigger head size but I ALWAYS come back to the PS 95s.

So that long winded intro aside what do you and other play testers look for when you’re changing racquets how does the process work for you. I see you’ve played with a lot of different ones as of late Yonex, Dunlop, a flirtation with the Blades, etc. but I suspect there is still a Six.One 18/20 an arm reach away.

Thanks for the time!

TW Staff


Switching racquets can be difficult, especially after using and becoming accustomed to a certain racquet for a long period of time. In your particular situation, with a Wilson Spin Effect Racquet (16x15 pattern), it can make things even more difficult when searching for a new racquet, as those string patterns are somewhat rare. Some of our playtesters who used Spin Effect Racquets, switched away from them, partly due to the fact that it was difficult to test racquets that didn't have an extremely open pattern. The average 16x19 or 18x20 patterned racquets felt odd coming from the Spin Effect patterns.

I have had a hard time finding a racquet that feels as reliable, and like an extension of my arm, such as the Six One 95. I definitely have a few on the racquet shelf, but I have done a good job of cutting myself off from using them. As Wilson has discontinued the sales of the Six One 95, in the US, I knew I had to move on. I really try to focus my search of a new racquet down to feel, and control; if the weight and swingweight are similar to what I like, that is a bonus. I have been fond of some of the more modern playing racquets recently, such as the Yonex EZONE 98+, and Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F Tour. That said, I always tend to revert back to a thinner beam/control type of racquet, as I love the feel, and comfort. The Yonex VCORE Pro 97 (330), has been the racquet that I have recently switched to. It is almost identical spec wise to my old Six One 95 racquets, and the feel is gradually becoming more and more inherent to me.

All that said, there will likely always be some sort of give and take, when switching to a new racquet. I guess it comes down to the least amount of trade-offs, and making sure that I have a comfortable feel on my arms, where at least I minimize my likelihood of developing tendonitis/arm issues. Hope that helps.

Troy, TW