I just got a mint Chris Evert autograph on **** this week. I had owned one when I first started playing (along with every other girl) and wondered how they would play again. I took it out a couple of days ago. What I found is that once I located the sweet spot (which took about 1 rally), I could generate plenty of pace and spin. On off-center hits, you could feel the racket flex and vibrate, but as long as you hit in the sweet spot you were fine. I've started wondering about this in relation to modern rackets, which let you get away with off-center hits more. I think that maybe starting with a small racket would force you to learn to be a consistent hitter so that you could avoid the vibration caused by off-center hits. I think that modern rackets let you play sloppier, since they are so stiff that you can still get the ball over the net. I think that for me, starting back with a wood racket in the old days (for me, 1980 was when I started) was a boon. I can remember we all looked down on the Prince Classic and Prince Graphite as rackets for players who couldn't hit. Now everything has gone to that size, but I don't think the level of play has increased. Has anyone else thought about this? The smaller frame forces you to get your feet in position and swing properly if you want to be successful. Once you have your strokes down, you can move up to a stiffer, larger racket, which lets you generate more force on your serves, but I think that starting with a smaller racket would let you build a better base for your strokes.