How do you guys use two rackets?

RafaBabolat

Rookie
Hey, just want to know what people do when they buy two rackets. I usually test both of them out and the use the better one until it wears out (such as a crack, or too damaged to play with). Then I get one more racket, then do the same thing over. What do you people do? Just want to know how to effectively use two rackets.
 

roundiesee

Hall of Fame
Not really. I string both up at same tension and use them interchangeably. To get a more consistent performance on court with them. :)
 

tennisitis

New User
Hey, just want to know what people do when they buy two rackets. I usually test both of them out and the use the better one until it wears out (such as a crack, or too damaged to play with). Then I get one more racket, then do the same thing over. What do you people do? Just want to know how to effectively use two rackets.
I was happy using my Bab APDGT exclusively for 6 years - singles and doubles. Non-tennis related TE forced my to look for an alternative while I'm rehabbing. I picked up the ported Prince Tour 100 (16x18) then the Tour 98 (16x20) because I liked feel of the ports so much. I play alternating weeks with them. The different string patterns allow me to bring out different parts of my game. Although, I'm starting to prefer the T100 for singles and T98 for doubles. Recently, I played in very windy condition and opted for the easy spin from the T100. The extra topspin allowed me to take a full swing but still kept my shot in the court. The combination of the wind and extra topspin made my kick serves so nasty for my opponents. I'll probably work the APDGT into the mix and play all three once my TE is gone.
 

quest01

Hall of Fame
I string them both at the same tension and will use one racquet until the strings feel dead and than switch to the other one. I use a full poly that I never break so I switch based on feel.
 
I always have one that is my main stick and the other one which I bring out in different circumstances either if I'm just hitting around with somebody or in some cases it's because one has a different string pattern. IE one is open the other one is closed and I use them in different situations.

but there's always one that's a favorite that I go to for important matches
 

scotus

G.O.A.T.
Currently I have 3 of the same model all matched.

I have one set aside for just warmups. This is strung with natural gut mains and poly crosses. The poly is strung really low in order to maximize comfort. My sensitive arm really appreciates a gentle warmup with a comfort-oriented setup.

Then I have the other two strung with polys. I don't string them up at the same time, because polys are only good for 1-3 sessions for me. I play with a freshly strung setup. After two hitting sessions, I string the other racquet with a fresh poly (these days I am in a testing mood, so with a different poly) and I would switch.

So I usually have 1 racquet for warmup, 1 racquet strung with a fresh poly, and 1 with a fairly used poly.

Of course, if I had an important match, then both poly setups would be freshly restrung.
 

Zielmann

Semi-Pro
I've not played as much lately, so I've been using mine to play around with different string setups. But when I was playing regularly, I'd just use one until the strings broke (just used syn. gut at the time), then switch. String up the first one, but keep using the second until those strings broke. Rinse and repeat.
 

Devil_dog

Hall of Fame
For a rec hack like me, 2 is good enough. And like some, I typically play with one until I feel the strings go dead or they bust (rarely). Then I'll just switch over to my "fresh" racquet and start over.

I do, however, keep a third stick (older one) in my bag. Once had an opponent who broke strings on both racquets and luckily he played with a similar Babolat frame and so I loaned him my third one. No big deal. Just warned him that if he busted my stick he'd owe me one!
 

MoL

New User
What I did with two identical frames is that I lead up one and compare it with the other till I find the best weight/swingweight/balance combination. Then it's all about different strings. Fortunately for me, all of my racquets in stock form have the same weight, I guess that's just luck and good quality control from Head.

As far as I am concerned, having several identical frames that you know well is always reassuring because you never know when will the string or the racquet wear out, sometimes it happens at the most miserable moment. I hate it when the string breaks in a return of serve. It was just me hitting topspins but most of my opponents grow a smug smile on their face as they think they have that "crashing serve".
 

LeftyJunk

Rookie
I have three. Two are strung up the same and the third is for messing with other strings or messing with the tension of my normal string.
 
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