the Holy Grail...

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by saram, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. saram

    saram Legend

    Jan 5, 2007
    For three years, I have been playing with various sticks; Head, Tecnifibre, Wilson, Dunlop, Babolat, and Prince. I have tried or demoed them all. Some a little too heavy, some a little too light. Some too much pop and yet others just not enough pop. Some great spin, others lacking in that department. Some played great yet provided extreme post-play pain.

    Two weeks ago, I pulled out one of each of my sticks, put in a new string job in all of them and headed to the courts. Each racket sitting at the end of the court and hit with each for a good 20 minutes. (I got this idea from Moz). All were great for this or that, but only one was good for me in all areas: the Prince O3 Tour MS.

    Ample spin, great pop when needed, light enough for good head speed, yet stable enough on off-center hits. Small enough head to be precise if strung on the tight side.

    To ensure that I was not in a re-kindled honeymoon phase with the stick, I put all others into storage and just played with the O3's for two weeks. I never found myself wanting to go get another stick out of the shed and take it out for a hit. Each time I went to play, I just packed up the bag with the 3 O3's in it and headed to the courts. So I did what every player should do: I gave all of my sticks away at rock bottom prices to all of my tennis buddies and those that were not wanted; I donated them to the youth tennis program in town. I now have only three sticks in the house and they are all the same.

    Doing so gave me consistency. I am no longer curious about what racket to use this week. No longer am I worried about whether using this or that stick will create soreness within the shoulder as the Babolats used to do. I have my strings, tension, and sticks. I only focus on the fundamentals of tennis now.

    Sure, maybe the stick I chose is not the Holy Grail for everyone out there. But, the combinations I found in my O3's compliment me and my game. I only think about ensuring I hit the ball out in front--no longer digging into the bag and pondering what stick to play with. I'm also not spending time stringing up sticks for the weekend that I strung two months ago as I have not used a certain stick in two months.

    Like Moz said, I eliminated a variable in my game. I now only focus on my game. Moz started me thinking with his comment on how he chose his stick. As well, I thought about players like Safin and Hewitt that keep coming back to the same old stick and never change. Their game is the focus--not the stick.

    My advice to others out there is to do the same. Get all the sticks you think you may like, give them a fresh set of strings and head out and hit with them. Once you find the one that works--eliminate all the others and focus on tennis and your game.
  2. [K]aotic

    [K]aotic Semi-Pro

    Feb 4, 2007
    glad to see you found your holy grail! mine is the n6.1 95 16x18. i now have three but i like the bust out the k90 from time to time cuz its also a really great hit.
  3. zidane339

    zidane339 Hall of Fame

    Feb 16, 2008
    good advice..i find myself trying out new sticks but i always go back to my apdc..
  4. SpinningForehand

    SpinningForehand New User

    Sep 17, 2007
    the o3 tour mid is a great racket!, i use it now, and am not going to switch. It feels so solid and clean when hitting with it. What string and tension do you use?
  5. markwillplay

    markwillplay Hall of Fame

    Jul 7, 2007
    I am sort of doing the same thing. I am a serve and volleyer and just think I should be using a mid stick. I have 2 POG OS's (4 stripe of course) that I just kept coming back to. I have played bunches of sticks over the last year...bunches. For some reason, I play my best with these POGs. I do think I can serve harder with some others, I know that I can volley a little better with other mmids, but over all, I play my best with these things. I just beat someone who is a 4.5 player and has not lost to anyone in my small town in many years probably. Guess which stick I beat him using. I have stuggles to find a stick that hit plush like the POG OS and was as forgiving as I think it is. Anyway, I am still going to try one out every now and then but I have sold a bunch of sticks in the salt 2 weeks and am cleaning out.

    My main problaem is that I would like to have one more POG OS 4stripe that has about same swingweight etc.. I think 3 is enough but they do vary.I digress,,,I totally agree. Pick a stick that is best all around for your game and play with it.
  6. DonBot

    DonBot Professional

    May 20, 2007
    The n6.1 95 is hard to beat- it is just so solid in every aspect of play with a poly in it- but strung with a multi- whole different story.
  7. [K]aotic

    [K]aotic Semi-Pro

    Feb 4, 2007
    i got poly with gut in it. it plays GREAT
  8. Double Fault

    Double Fault Semi-Pro

    Nov 17, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Well, you've eliminated the frame variable, but what about strings?

    I'm pretty much settled on the RDX500MP but I love to try different strings and tensions, something that makes the frame play completely different.

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