4 identical frames/strings. Two at my preferred tension. One 2lbs above, one 2 lbs below. [emoji471]
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I have my racquets numbered.I think it’s probably far less important than gear heads like to believe.
I’ve played against guys that switch rackets all the time and those that haven’t switched in a decade. No difference in how they play from what I can tell.
It’s placebo for the most part. If having an identical Racquet gives you confidence then it’ll help. But if you free yourself from that mindset you’ll realize it doesn’t mean much.
I have my racquets numbered.
They are identical model/strings/tension yet I can tell the difference in feel, even when freshly restrung using electronic stringer.
I thought maybe placebo effect so I mixed them up, covering my numbered markings & brand new grips. I could still tell which one i liked serving with better.
But as far as overall performance goes, after 30 minutes of either racquet I adjust to the feel and can play with either and forget thinking about it.
I have no idea what would be the possible cause for the difference other than I’d think it’s impossible for there not to be some degree of variance in identical racquets. Composite motorcycle chassis made by experts have appx a 2-3% variance. It’s almost unnoticeable but to only the rare few pro racers. Just for comparison, on the other end of the spectrum a steel chassis electronically welded by the best frame builders in the world can have a 15% variance.
I would guess that consumer grade tennis racquets are made to lighter variance tolerances than the racquets the pros get. And that there is some noticeable degree of variance.
Matched within 1/2 gram.The same versions of racquets will be different, there is a variance tolerance for the manufacturing process. The USTA national tennis center in Orlando will balance your racquets for you so that they are exactly the same (within a smaller variance, cant really be exact). That being said in general most people cant tell the difference and should not waste the money but if you can tell the service is out there. I agree with @Dartagnan64 that it is mostly a placebo effect but if that works for you then go for it.
Wow. You weren’t joking!Matched within 1/2 gram.
I just hit the ball and hope for the best.Wow. You weren’t joking!
Is it the weight/balance that accounts for all the variance?
I would think there’d be a variance in flex characteristics. Since no two composite pieces are the same. Albeit, the margins are slim and composites have really good consistency compared to other materials.
I use two matched set of 2015 Blades, rotating sets to help with string wear and maintaining a bit of consistency in tension. I use a set until they start feeling dead, then I send those to the sohp to be restrung and play with the fresh set. That allows me to have two in the shop, but still two to play with. I use two to play with because I change racquet on every changeover. Sometimes I do change strung tension between sets just for testing, but for the most part I string all of them the same, depdning on time of year.
I love this place.I've recently started doing something that has a made a pretty big difference in my game. I have one racket that I start the match with strung with Velocity/Strike Force RIP that gives me decent spin and control and is somewhat forgiving. Then for the second set I switch to a racket (same model/weight) strung with Cyclone Tour/Revolve that is lower powered and has more spin that I can be very aggressive with. I had a problem where as a match went on I would get less and less aggressive with my shots, even if I was playing great and winning big. This has helped solve that problem for me. I can get into the match hitting well and then switch to my more aggressive setup and still feel confident swinging out and going for my shots. Not sure what I will do if I have to go to a third set, but it hasn't come up yet and I'm undefeated in the 11 matches I've played this way.
Is this something anyone else does or am I just using my equipment to cover up a mental weakness?
Same for me but 2 racquets.I bring 4. They are identical - matched, and strung the same.
I'm not a string breaker but am a very heavy sweater, and down here in FL my grips get soaked and slippery within 10 mins. So I usually rotate between racquets at each change over, so that by that time I'm back to the first one the grip has mostly dried out.