TT Tennista Hipsters love to dismiss choice of tennis racquet as being important to one's development as a tennis player. Leaving aside the fact that these same individuals (you know who you are) constantly post on TT about their own hardware choices and often list their modded specs, their advice isn't just wrong, it makes NO SENSE if one is actually interested in developing decent technique and understands tennis fundamentals. Let me repeat that to be perfectly clear: if you DON'T pay attention to the fit between you and your tennis gear you CAN'T develop to your full potential as a player. And anyone who says you can ignore the fit of your gear while developing your tennis skills fundamentally doesn't understand how to play consistent, accurate tennis. TENNIS FOUNDATION = CONSISTENCY + ACCURACY The foundation of good tennis is consistency and accuracy. You need to be able to place the ball on your intended target point stroke after stroke after stroke under the pressure of a match. Winners are sexy but until you can hit consistently and accurately hitting hard winners is a pipe dream. CONSISTENT, SMOOTH MECHANICS = CONSISTENT, ACCURATE TENNIS To achieve consistency and accuracy your stroke mechanics need to be consistent and smooth. Hitting too slow, too fast, with hitches, or too much variation causes inconsistency and loss of accuracy. ILL-FITTING GEAR = INCONSISTENT, INACCURATE TENNIS Whether we're talking about your shoes, your clothes, your eye wear, or your racquet, ill-fitting gear interferes with your development as a tennis player. If you're fighting your tools then you can't focus on your technique and develop consistent, accurate stroke mechanics. Wearing the wrong size shoes, ill-fitting shirts, or foggy glasses inhibits your ability to play well. Ill-fitting gear can even cause injuries as the player forces his or her body to conform to the gear. WELL FITTED GEAR SUPPORTS CONSISTENT, ACCURATE TENNIS Well fit gear alone will NOT make you a better tennis player. You still need instruction and, most important, lots of practice and match time and the best fitting shoes, clothes, frame, and stings doesn't change that. But if your gear is well fitted to your body then not only are you free to focus on stroke mechanics and movement a good fitting racquet directly supports consistent stroke development. CONSISTENT, ACCURATE STROKE MECHANICS DEMAND A WELL FIT RACQUET This is where the TT Tennista Hipsters demonstrate their profound ignorance of tennis fundamentals. If a player has developed smooth, consistent stroke mechanics that are the same stroke after stroke and are very smooth with no hitches then there is a narrow range of frame/string setups that will produce a competitive shot for a given level. Nothing magical or weird here, just simple physics and biomechanics. Given an individual's height, weight, strength, flexibility, hand-eye-coordination, arm length, etc., a smooth, consistent, hitch-less groundstroke combined with a given gear setup will produce a ball with a certain launch angle, depth, and pace. If the gear is not fit well to the individual's stroke mechanics then the ball's launch angle, depth, and pace will send the ball long, into the net, or sprayed somewhere on the court. At that point, and contrary to good tennis, the player will be forced to modify his natural, smooth stroke mechanics to conform to the demands of the gear. This inhibits consistent, accurate tennis as it introduces hitches and variations in stroke mechanics and can even cause injuries. EVEN THE TT TENNISTA HIPSTERS HAVE BEEN THERE We've all been there: you try out a new frame or string, take a few swings, and one of two things usually becomes immediately clear. Either you're having to swing harder/faster to generate depth or just get the ball over the net or you're having to break your natural swing path to keep ball in the court. Even the TT playtesters note this phenomena when reviewing frames and strings. THAT MEANS THE GEAR ISN'T SUPPORTING ONE'S STROKE NATURAL, SMOOTH STROKE MECHANICS. Ignoring the fit of your gear means you're forcing yourself to conform to the gear's needs. That leads to bad tennis since you're unnecessarily introducing hitches and variations into your stroke mechanics and inviting injury as you try to hit harder than you need to or you're breaking your swing and straining your arm. So TT Tennista Hipsters, stop dispensing insane advice and go learn about tennis fundamentals which include consistency and accuracy. Solid stroke mechanics are about consistent, smooth, accurate, hitch-less strokes. Based on an individual's body his or her stroke will produce a given shot with a given gear setup. That given consistent stroke will naturally produce a shot over the net and deep inside the baseline, into the net, or long based on its biomechanical and physical relationship between the gear and player in question. For any given individual's stroke mechanics there are many good gear options but there are MANY MORE really bad options that will force the player to adopt BAD tennis technique. Nobody would suggest wearing shoes that don't fit well (well, maybe the TT Tennista Hipsters would). Nobody should suggest using an ill-fitting racquet either since doing so inhibits technique development and can cause injury.