How often do you upgrade your racquets to the newer models?

Bill W

Rookie
What I mean by that is, when a new model comes out, do you sell/trade in your current racquets in favor of getting the new ones, or do you hold on to the ones you have for years before getting new models?
 

Simplicius

Semi-Pro
When a new model comes out, I find the opportunity to get the old ones from those who want to get the new!
Most of the times their "old" racquets are in a brand new condition!
So I "upgrade" my collection going backwards, as I believe that racquets never going to be as good as they were in the past!
 

nvr2old

Hall of Fame
Is new better? That's what I ask myself. I try to demo and compare to my current stick(s) and decide if there is a measurable advantage. If not I stick with what I have unless it's broken. If I do decide to get a "new" racquet for me it's often after I've demoed and then as Simplicus said buy from TW used section. I have found true gems doing that. To be honest most "new" is not "new" at all IMO, just repackaged or changed a little and not better and sometimes worse. I currently use Head Radical and Extreme MG, PK 7G, and Yonex zone ai's which are in new condition but not new technology per the companies.
 

MixedMaster

Semi-Pro
I tend to keep my rackets for quite a while. I've been using my current choice of rackets since they came out, about 3 years now, and used my last choice for about 6 or 7 years. I have notion that if I'm constantly changing rackets I don't get comfortable with them and really understand their touch and feel. I think that's why the pro's keep their sticks for such a long time.
 
It seems racquet technology has actually peaked for some time now. Now, most of the new racquets are changed slightly and resold every couple of years. Seems the majority of racquet companies are in the money making business, with little regard to improving tennis racquets. Example: Head Radical tour from the 90s is regarded as an extremely good frame, better than most racquets currently available. I believe Angell is one of the few companies that make pro-stock quality racquets available to the public currently.
 

SweatyGrip

New User
When a new model comes out, I find the opportunity to get the old ones from those who want to get the new!
Most of the times their "old" racquets are in a brand new condition!
So I "upgrade" my collection going backwards, as I believe that racquets never going to be as good as they were in the past!
i too do this
 

NickJ

Professional
I managed to get 2 x Yonex AI98's for an absolute bargain this week from TW for sale forum and they are in 'as new' condition IMO. They'll sit quite nicely with my DR. I might look at the new current Ezone in a couple of years time when I can pick one or two up a helluva lot cheaper than what they are now!
 

PBODY99

Legend
Only when I can notice an "improvement" in how the new frame plays for me. Currently once in the last 10 years. As I am rotating 8 frames the next frame has to be impressive.
 

Outliar

Rookie
I upgrade my racquets when I find a similar old model. Bumblebees PT 630's come to mind


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Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
What I mean by that is, when a new model comes out, do you sell/trade in your current racquets in favor of getting the new ones, or do you hold on to the ones you have for years before getting new models?
Extended rackets with low swingweight come out then I switch if it is better. But they don't make these rackets anymore so I don't switch.
 

Tennisguy777

Professional
Personally I had a phase a few years back where I switched multiple times a year. The end result was me taking a hit in the pocket book. The funny thing was I was trying all kind of sticks from different manufacturers. One period I tried blades, apd, aerogel 200, 300, 4d 300 tour, prestiges, and radicals all in a period of less than 2 years. Probably would of kept on buying if I had stayed in the states.

Then I realized it wasn't the racquets but me that sucked and got rid of them all, except for LM radical mp and 4d 300 tour both of which I used for the better part of 8 years until last year when I got the microgel radical os. It's been a year and I'm still getting used to it, don't plan on any new purchases anytime soon.
 

McLovin

Legend
Ironically, I've been going backwards in time...

A couple years ago I went to a Fischer Black Granite Pro No 1 (circa 2008), then the Fischer Pro Classic Retro 98 (circa 2006), and just picked up a few Fischer Pro No 1 FTs (circa 2004). All of them have been 'new old stock', and I think I've paid less for all of them than had I paid retail for 3 new frames...
 

mavsman149

Hall of Fame
I admittedly get curious and switch, but that is likely to stop. With new rackets getting the price tags they have now, I think I'm gonna be happy with my 315 LTD that I switched to 2 months ago for a long time.....paid $250 for all 3 brand new, the price of one Ultra Tour.
 
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