I think we all deserve a hand... considering how many people there are that want to believe their games are SO good that they can play with just about anything off the rack. Who here has simply refused to accept what's been offered to them and seek to make their racquet better?! ME! I say let the stock boys play their sticks as is. For they are not the dreamers and visionaries of the world. For stock boys merely see the world for what it is, and not what it can be. They make fun of the racquet geeks, and accuse the tinkerers of being delusional or just plain silly. Stock boys will tell you that "one size does fit all". I wish it were true, for what a wonderful world that would be! But it's not that way. Those pants are nice, but they can be even better for me if the waist was brought in just a bit. Potato soup is good, but add a bit of rosemary and it can be more delicious. But trousers and starchy carbs have nothing to do with tennis, you say. Well, perhaps I'm just being silly... But would you agree that how you do one thing is how you do everything? So if stock is good enough for you, I guess your job is too. Why bother going after that promotion or changing things to better suit you? After all, as it is that job pays the bills just fine. But that's not the same thing, you cry! Maybe so... maybe not so. Would you play your game in stock form? Your flat forehand is just fine. It can and has won you points. Why add some topspin when flat is good enough? You have a darn good slice serve. Then why learn the kicker? Why customize your game?! Again you shout that's not the same thing... We're supposed to be talking about equipment..! Well, look again. This thread and that other one is not really about racquets. If stock boys want to celebrate their choice, so be it. But let us customizers have our party too. I don't necessarily praise the act of weighing dampeners or obsessing over swingweight (guilty!), but I applaud the mentality, the outlook, and the perspective of the tinkerers. For all we are looking to do is to make things a little bit better.