Discussion in 'Racquets' started by thanu, Feb 17, 2014.
Th cure lies within the symptom. Bankruptcy
Very well said.
I've come to terms and accepted my racketaholism and manage it on a daily basis by:
- ignoring rackets that aren't in my preferred spec range, no matter what the hype. So that excludes stiff tweeners and closed patterns etc.
- focussing only on the (still very many) rackets that do fit my specs
- selling down my collection of older rackets that now don't fit my specs, e.g selling all my PC600s, not even keeping one for collector's sake.
- quickly flipping my thrift-store finds to help fund my affliction
Unfortunately I have discovered a new symptom - Gripsize Obsessive Disorder (G.O.D) - do you have it?
This is what I do
If you are strict about staying with your preferred specs, your racquets are all basically the same but with minor differences. This minimizes any adjustment period and your play on the court won't suffer.
actually there is no cure
you can just hope to contain it for awhile, but it always comes back.... always
i try and hit up old friends that played tour and are tired of their sticks sitting around. sometimes they will give them to me or sell to me really cheap if i take them all off their hands... then i can sell some to cover my costs, keep a few on my own, and have some money to play with... usually to buy more haha
“The question is frequently asked: Why does a man become a racquetholic? The answer is that he usually does not intend to become a racquetholic. You don’t wake up one morning and decide to be a racquetholic. It takes at least three months’ hit sessions twice a day to get any habit at all. And you don’t really know what racquet sickness is until you have had several habits. It took me almost six months to get my first habit, and then the withdrawal symptoms were mild. I think it no exaggeration to say it takes about a year and several hundred racquets to make an addict.
The questions, of course, could be asked: Why did you ever try tennis? Why did you continue playing it long enough to become an racquetholic? You become a racquet addict because you do not have strong motivations in the other direction. Racquetholicism wins by default. I tried it as a matter of curiosity. I drifted along taking shots when I could score. I ended up hooked. Most racquetholics I have talked to report a similar experience. They did not start using racquets for any reason they can remember. They just drifted along until they got hooked. If you have never been addicted, you can have no clear idea what it means to need racquets with the addict’s special need. You don’t decide to be an racquetholic. One morning you wake up sick and you’re a racquetholic. :-|
LOL! I thought I was the only one with this affliction. But do you change racquets due to the grip size or you play with grips, overgrips, #s of overgrips on top of each other, then no overgrip but a thicker replacement grip, etc?
Mine is the second one. I have 3 different setups that I like with completely different grips and number of overgrips, also the way I stretch the replacement grip plays a big role in this too. Haha. I just don't know which setup I'll be needing at any given day.
I matched up 3 racquets accounting for this, tho. So after some pain I got cured from my affliction.
I like the head leather grip plus 3 tourna overgrips better, but on some days it doesn't work for me.
Ha Ha you and I can be G.O.D foundation members #1 and #2. I am glad I am not the only one with this affliction.
My Gripsize Obsessive Disorder firstly comes from my underlying racketaholism: using too many rackets > various gripsizes > constant changes to preferred feel etc.
This has been complicated by a willingness to accept any gripsize on good rackets I find at thrift-shops. Why pass up a perfectly useable 9/10 racket from the thrift-store if the grip is 1/4 or 1/8? Just build it up, right?
My longtime preference has always been the blocky/square-ish Prince shape. After racketaholism struck, I would willingly put up with different grip shapes and sizes, e.g HEAD 1/4, Yonex 3/8.
Buying lots of new rackets meant lots of different stock grips fitted, e.g Resi-Pro, Syntec Pro, Comfort Hybrid etc. But my preferred set-up is always a base grip plus overgrip, and fitting an OG on top of various different stock grips was a fraught process as it always blew out the gripsize or reduced bevel feel, since the stock bevel feel wasn't good to begin with.
So I start to crave sharper more precise bevel feel. So now I start to think I should go Kuerten-style and use OGs on bare handle only. I find two OGs on a bare handle imprecise as I prefer the overlapping to be exactly on top of each one plus the the bevelling is reduced in sharpness. For now, I'm thinking to buy 1/2 sizes then add one OG. I am not overly concerned about changes to balance and happily tinker to adjust those aspects.
Further to my above post #54:
- It is vital to remain dispassionate about the rackets themselves and not get overly attached to them. Once I have had my time with a stick I quickly offload it. At the end of the day, it's just "stuff".
- As a competent recreational/club player I no longer kid myself I need multiples of a racket for fear of the rackets being discontinued. There will always be a shinier, newer model of the racket whose specs I like and play best with. I used to think the worst with my POG Mids but heck TW reissued them so problem solved, wasn't it? Even at a high rec/club standard it's all just for fun and the most I will ever need is two in the bag. So I am trying (but failing) to work my head into thinking anything more than three rackets is unreasonably wasteful in my personal situation.
- I find it useful to rotate one's playing rackets by brand e.g, tonight it's Prince night or next week is Dunlop week. It helps to crystallize one's experiences per playing session within a single brand, without the mental clutter of various other brands weighing on your mind each time you play. As you mentally tick off each racket you've played with, it gradually reduces your number of rackets within that brand (e.g, So thats's a no for the Bio 400 Tour but I'll keep the 200)
I solved mine by refusing to play with rackets larger than 85" and only brand new frames.
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