I played in a local tournament over the weekend. Next to me at one stage was a guy, in my division, weilding the PS 85, strung with a classic string (well, not a poly anyways). Classic strokes, kick serve, 1HBH, fluid movement - you just *know* he's watched every GS final Pete ever won I only saw glimpses of him playing next to me on day 1, and he seemed to be a good 4.0-4.5 player. I then watched him playing on day 3 in a doubles-semi, and this time I wasn't playing, just spectating. Now, I know this debate goes on a bit here, but it really seemed to me that the racquet was holding him back. Not knowing much about him, I'm not sure if he was a bit tired, but his serves were often floating just a bit long and seemed a bit slow (a bit heavy to swing perhaps - or not quite enough spin being generated), he seemed just a fraction of a second slower to the ball, and he did seem to mis-hit/frame the ball a bit more than the others on the court, especially in reflex-type-situations. ALL OF THAT SAID, he probably had the purest technique on the court. I couldn't help thinking he wouldn't have been much better with just a slightly more modern, larger-sweet-spot frame that produced spin a little easier. I couldn't help think: "is this just dedication - beyond the call - to a frame (and maybe a retired-legendary-player?)". Do many others witness this often?