How much difference will racquet upgrade make?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Dustin28, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Dustin28

    Dustin28 New User

    Sep 8, 2009
    I picked up the game about 3 months ago and instantly fell in love with it. I bought a cheapo wilson racquet from walmart and it was perfectly fine the first few times i played. Then i started to actually practice my strokes everyday and started to develop a long loopy swing and a topspin serve. But now when I play a match it seems like I have no control over the ball. Of course it ran across my mind that maybe i should have paid more than $17.99 for a racquet. So my question to you is, how much benefit will I get if I buy a decent racquet? Will a nice racquet help me improve my game faster? Will it hinder my progress to keep using my wal-son?
  2. jwbarrientos

    jwbarrientos Hall of Fame

    May 31, 2009
    Generally speaking depends on your technique, but assuming you are a normal human being making a good progress, a good racquet that fit your game + preferences + skills would be a plus.

    I had that doubt a time ago, my professor told me around 30% :shock:

    Ok, don't get panic, I had to go thru a transition period, after that I'd say I improved, not able to put in a percentage but for sure has a possitive effect.

    I went back to play in many times with previous racquet and believe me I realize is a joke (well, I got in a Supermarket) :)
  3. callen3615

    callen3615 Professional

    Sep 6, 2009
    Winston Salem, NC
    Go to a sports shop that carries racquets and demo some. Id say it would help you out considerable. ;)
  4. cadfael_tex

    cadfael_tex Professional

    Sep 4, 2005
    Fort Leavenworth, KS
    Only one way to find out. Try it. But as was mentioned, don't expect a flawless, smooth transition. I'd also recommend demoing since a new racquet can be a pricey proposition. I'd look at something that isn't the newest but maybe last years paintjob and 'new gimmic' technology like aerogel line from dunlop, speedport/O3 from prince, or MG from Head.

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