Racquet sensitivity???

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Gabs011, May 5, 2007.

  1. Gabs011

    Gabs011 Guest

    Does anyone agree that while some players are able to happily chop and change and still maintain the level of their game - some people are just not able to adapt to new racquets for some reason?

    I play a lot tennis at a pretty high level and I came to realisation - in my opinion different people have different levels of sensitivity towards rackets. What I mean by this is - everytime I try a new racquet 95% of the time I dont like it.

    I dont try new racquets because I need to change my game - I do it purely for enjoyment. But on the other hand when I hand a demo racquet over to my hitting partners quite often they are absolutely fine with the new racquet.

    When I first started playing tennis my first serious frame was the prestige classic and ever since I keep finding myself coming back to some version of the prestige mid - currently its the iprestige.

    Anyone have a similar experience?

  2. rooski

    rooski Professional

    Feb 20, 2004
    Gabs...I'm the same way. I can usually tell in the first 5 minutes (sometimes less) whether or not I like a racket. Most of the time it's like you say...I hate them. It's more pronounced in this day of "modern" shell rackets, which feel so UN-solid. In the old days (80's) there were less models and most of them were the same head size and weight so it wasn't such an issue. I learned a long time ago that if I stick to the ~12+ oz HL 95-98" head size sticks I am less sensitive. I try rackets every once in a while but always come back to the Pro Staff 6.1 line.

    I am also very string sensitive to the 1/2 lb. I go into my stringer every once in a while and ask him when was the last time he adjusted or replaced his clamps. He usually looks at me wondering how I knew that it was time to change clamps (because my racket came out loose). I get a "too loose" string job and I'm not happy...same if it's too tight. When I find a stringer who is consistent and maintains his machine, I'm a loyal customer.
  3. lethalfang

    lethalfang Professional

    Jun 3, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    As long as the racquet is bewtween 12-12.5 oz., with enough flex and is therefore very stable, the chances are I'll like it. It doesn't mean I'll play as well with it as I do with my primary racquet (POG OS), but I like the feel enough to enjoy playing with it.

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