Here is my initial hit video with the strings it came with: (pure storm tour) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBSu1mvC7Dg PT280 serving after a couple weeks: far view serve: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pU9zaZaA3w rear view serve: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWm9J4B_tr4 left and right angle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLz8XdQpssI EDIT: some ppl think I may never be cured of my racquetaholic disease/blaming my equipment, but I swear it's either this Pure Storm Tour or the Pro Tour 280 which I have started to see why a lot of people rave about it on these boards and why there are pros still using this racquet underneath their paintjobs. OK, so there's no such thing as a magic wand...unless maybe you had Federer's actual racquet :twisted: After about 6 months of intensive demoing, I have finally dialed into 2 of the same racquet: Pure Storm Tour & Pure Storm Tour Plus. Last night I made my final decision between the two: Babolat Pure Storm Tour Actually, the only thing that really impressed me was my 2 hand backhands with the Plus. These are the characteristics this racquet has for me. 1. Enough flex for my very sensitive elbow, but still some stiffness for some great pop. The Plus gave me a little tennis elbow. 2. My best forehand racquet ever I believe. I can crush the forehand, jam people with tons of pace when they're up at the net. Choose which side I want to hit. I can even hit a Nishikori-esque jumping forehand if the opportunity presents itself. 3. Great spin potential (16x20 pattern) 4. Great targeting (98sq inch head) 5. Great plow through. (Close to 12oz racquet). Very stable. 6. Long grip (for 2hbh's). The plus was slightly better for 2hbh... 7. Sweet paintjob 8. Great serving racquet. I served better with the std. length over the Plus. Great spin on 2nd serves. 9. Great for both low and high shots. Easy scoopability for low balls...and plow through for high balls. I don't expect to switch at all at least for a few years...maybe later I can upgrade if they come out with a new PST and I like it better. I will stay away from demo'ing racquets. Especially racquets I've already tried before, I'm not gonna give a second chance to. I'll just play around with strings and tensions and maybe lead with this PST. I plan on keeping my Head Classic Tour MP (slightly too heavy for me for serves but sweeeet groundstrokes) (sold to my friend...tried hitting with it again--nice, but still can't serve as well with it as pt280) Just got a Yonex RDX500 MP for $60 used! I hit pretty much as well for groundstrokes with this as the Classic Tour. Felt just as good as the RQiS 1 Tour, but lighter and easier to swing. I haven't served with it, but I'm sure it'll be easier than Classic Tour. (selling the RDX500) Waiting for my PT280 to arrive--hopefully this won't sway me from the PST. (yep, it did sway me...PT280 for life now). Might be getting 2 more original PC660's with suspension grip. (nope, not any more) Just for kicks I want to get someday...Head PC600, Dunlop Max200g, Wilson Pro Staff 85, and maybe a Head Trisys 260...or twin tube "zebra" Radical. (Nope, no more) Thanks for all the tips, advice, recommendations, and chastizing for changing equipment so much. Now I can really focus on becoming ONE with my PST. pasted from another racquet history thread. just for reference These don't include my extensive demo list for the past 8 months. Here's my timeline of 13 years... 1. wilson black and hot pink Wal-mart frame when I was 12 - smashed it on the floor of my house - can't remember if it was me or my dad who did it. About 13 years ago...wow! cheap ProKennex racquet from Costco for a short time 2. Prince Thunderlite OS - for several years including all of high school and some of college. 3. Ti.Radical OS short amount of time 4. i.Radical OS a few years on and off--took a break from tennis for the most part (sold about 8 months ago) while I still had this, I bought and sold a Flexpoint Radical Tour OS...and a Prince Diablo XP OS. also Prince More Response OS gave these away. Prince TT Bandit OS for a little while 5. Prince TT Warrior OS and MP. Liked the OS the best for serves...all time favorite. got this about 8 months ago---this is what started my tennis craze once again. 6. FXP Prestige Team about 8 months ago I or so. 7. Bumblebee Radical OS Trisys 260 china remake for very short amount of time 8. FXP Prestige Team (again) bought and sold i.Prestige Mid XL 9. Head Classic Tour MP - loved it except for serves bought and sold a Prince POG longbody MP. 28" 10. FXP Prestige Team cousin gave me a M-fil 300 11. nTour Two 95 - short amount of time...very sweet honeymoon phase with a demo I bought. bought Kblade tour, traded for MG prestige Pro, sold it. 12a. Pure Storm Tour - currently using this still bought a used RDX500 12b. Pro Tour 280 -- will try out today...hope it's love at first hit <3 (yep, it was) plan on keeping the pt280 or pst forever. i'm sick and tired of changing and having to adapt.