How Many Racquets Do You Bring To A Match And Are They Identical?

Multiple Racquets For Regular Play?

  • One Racquet Only

    Votes: 4 3.8%
  • Multiple Racquets - same model - same string setups

    Votes: 57 54.8%
  • Multiple Racquets - same model - different string setups

    Votes: 23 22.1%
  • Multiple Racquets - different models only because it just worked out this way

    Votes: 12 11.5%
  • Multiple Racquets - different models/setups intentionally, each for situational use

    Votes: 5 4.8%
  • I like pie.

    Votes: 3 2.9%
  • Pie is lame, caek for life!!!

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    104

pabletion

Hall of Fame
Two. I've never owned more than two racquets at the same time, but I'm actually seeing the necessity of owning a third one, just in case. I'm a string breaker, they last 10-12 hours of play at the most, so I'm thinking of always having a third unused racquet with me all the time just in case both of the other ones break.
 

NLBwell

Legend
I bring 4 rackets to matches because that's how many fit in my bag. Usually two or three of my Microgel or Youtek Prestige Pros of various stringing and one or two to hit with for fun such as ProStaff 85, original Black Ace, Response Ti, Head Director, Yonex RD Ti 98 long, etc.
 

R1FF

Semi-Pro
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.
 
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Blade0324

Hall of Fame
I bring 3 racquets to that are the same to the court, usually 2 are strung the same and a third with a bit more of a control setup for the days I need a bit more or if I end up playing someone where I need the extra control.
 

CHtennis

Rookie
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.

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.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
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.
Matched within 1/2 gram.



J
 

R1FF

Semi-Pro
Matched within 1/2 gram.



J
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.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
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 just hit the ball and hope for the best.

J
 

stvincent

New User
As I am new here, I will include the extra modifiers...

[sarcasm]
I usually take 4: 1 Slazenger Graphite normal head wood raquet for throwing; 2 Wilson Pro Staff Mid SIze for playing, and an extra identical Wilson PS which is cracked, but I bring it for extra effect. (i.e. 3 is better than 2.)
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