The truth of the search for the holy grail of racquets...

Hit 'em clean

Semi-Pro
Truth be told, every racquet is capable of making virtually all the shots in the book. I would even argue that every racquet is capable of hitting all the shots. Problem is, obviously it's much more difficult to hit a drop shot with a cannon like the PD than it is the PS 6.0. Doesn't mean that it's impossible.

What does this mean... much of what has been said above, that as much as we would all like to look at the racquet we really have to come terms that it is the player that is to blame for a bad shot. The most difficult thing for most people in any sport... especially in golf and tennis... is to realize what we are physically capable of. It's far too easy to try and think we can buy a 300yd drive or 100+ mph serve or some magical fix.

What we should all be looking for is a racquet that expands the options within the game we have... and then practice, practice, practice. If you can't stick with a racquet for at least 1yr, you'll never learn your own potential or the that of the racquet's. There is a good reason pros don't switch racquets too often and if they do they are often slight variations of what they already play with.

You need to be happy with your game and what you get out of it... then maybe you'll find a stick that complements that.
 
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james_R

Guest
A good point, even though this is a board for discussing racquets. I recently switched to a Slazenger in search of a better racquet, but now find arm problems mean I have to switch back. At first I was going to buy the RDX500MID i'd been using, but then saw a pair of Tour-1 98s, the racquet I used to use for an excellent price. I went for them instead, knowing that in the long run i'd not really played with anything better anyway for me, and preferred the idea of getting 2xdiscontinued excellent frames for the price of 1 flashy new version. I prefer to spend the extra on a few more lessons, and improve my own game mechanics.
But the only thing I would say is that it is important to have, not only the foundation with regards to technique, but also a racquet you feel comfortable with. I can drop shot with a 'baseline' Tour-1 just as well as with the Slaz, and serve a little better due to the extra weight in the head. Sounds like a good basis for me to execute my game, for better or worse :lol:
 

ferrari_827

Professional
I think that there are basic racket parameters that need to be met for a particular playing style, although it's sometimes hard to find a racket that you feel comfortable with. Changing rackets too often is not good for your tennis game for sure, although it's fun.
 
I agree that it is the player and not the racquet. While I do enjoy trying new frames from time to time, I always come back to basically the same type frame with generally the same specs.

I played some of my best tennis with the Wilson PS 6.0 85. The only reason that I switched was because it became too demanding as I got older. When I did switch, I did not consult with the whole world, over several years, under various screen names, ad nauseum, in my quest to replace my beloved 6.0.

It is player that produces the big serves, hits the volleys, and provides the spin for the groundies. It is technique, technique, technique.

Searching an internet board for years with the same quest, is at best not helpful, and at worst painfully boring and self serving. Especially for 4.0+ players.
 

Gaines Hillix

Hall of Fame
It's the holy grail in their head and technique that a wan-a-be great tennis player needs to find, not one in their hand! It's fun to experiment with different racquets and strings but that's not where the big gains are found.
 

Flatspin

Rookie
I agree! I've made reference to these points on several occasions on this forum. It seems that you have just explained it better. There are many tennis players who change their racquets at the "drop of a hat". Certainly I don't criticize those who are always giving new and different frames a demo ..... I do. However, I believe that one should after reasonable search, commit to a frame and string. Fine tuningg tensions so that you end with a frame, a string, tension and etc. that seems the best. Then play, practice with that combination. Keep the frame, tension and misc. the same ..... replicate those setting each time you restring. The racquet then becomes a constant. It hits, responds the same every time. The frame then becomes an extension of you arm. In other words .... you play the game and not think about the equipment but rather the game. Practice .... work on skills. Work on you game .... rather than purchasing a new frame that you fantasize will improve your game. The pros know this ...... they change frames very infrequently.
 

LafayetteHitter

Hall of Fame
Well I agree about trying to find a racquet that works for you, although I think it is important to consider something. This is just my experience btw but I felt it might be helpful to share this. When I first decided to hit some balls around, because I indeed was not "Playing Tennis" at all in the beginning. Before I took on a coach and learned proper technique I had no idea how to hit the ball at all. Well I went in search of a racquet, which I of course need to go hit some balls. Well my local racquet shop right away leaned toward a tweener racquet. After settling on the Babolat Pure Drive Oversize, (very much the wrong choice btw), after demoing lots of oversize racquets, it did not take long to realize I had made a huge mistake. It's unfortunate that I did not find these boards until a good while after I began. The shops here were completely against selling me a racquet with less than a 102 sq. inch sized head. Well I am a muscular build 6' 1" male who after learning some proper technique quickly turned that oversize racket into what I would call a "Rocket launcher". So, I decided to start demoing all sorts of stuff in all different sizes and weights, only to find that I definately needed to being swingning a Mid to Mid-plus sized racket in the 11.8-12.5 ounce range give or take a tiny bit. Now I can take a full swing fast paced whack at the ball and keep it in play, and I must say that felt good when I first experienced it. So with that said I would say anyone buying a racquet if you have not found your ideal racquet yet, definately demo all sorts of racquets and see what you like, don't worry about what the guy next you is playing with, just play with what feels good. Recently I happen to hit with a Yonex for a few minutes, while sitting my LM Prestige aside for a bit, and really like it. A few days later I ordered a Yonex Srd Tour 90 and I must say that I made another mistake not hitting with some Yonex racquets when deciding to buy the LM Prestige, now some might say well you have the LM Prestige stick with it, but I say, I really prefer the feel of the Yonex, so it looks like I have found a new frame. Although sometimes it's good to stick with a good thing and not change to often. Keep in mind that it is seldom a bad idea to play around with different ideas and not get 'stuck' with something because you have it. As you progress along you game, stroke, etc will change, and your racquet may need to as well, if you happen to find one that feels better.

Sincerely,

Scott
 

mrwise

Rookie
I think each person has their own perfect racket. I have had tons of players recommend rackets that they love that have felt horrible to my tastes in rackets. That is why racket companies have come out with tons of different rackets. Nobody plays tennis alike, so why should there only be one "perfect" racket. Your perfect racket is probably not my perfect racket. Try telling a 72 year old senior that he should be using the PS 6.0 85 instead of his trusty Wilson Triad 2.0.
 

paulfreda

Hall of Fame
Perfect fit

I agree there is no perfect racquet, but like friends and associates we choose (unlike family which we take for better or worse), there are some which fit us better. And the only way to find out is to sample a large number if you can. Recommendations and study at racquetresearch.com can shorten the process too.

While I love hitting with my PS6095 and my new nCode6195, my Ti Rad TT OS just allows me to hit shots that I cannot hit with a mid.
The extra string area gives me options on certain balls which I like and do not want to give up.

And I would love to find another flexible players OS that is similar, but have not been able to. Yonex Ti RD80 maybe ???
 
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