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prestiged

New User
What if companies didn't paint the pro's racquets and they used all the older technology that they have been using. would any of you still buy the newest equipment? or would you stick to whatever the pro's have been using since the early 2000's?
 

HiRO

Rookie
That's actually a really interesting question.

I am sure a lot of people would stay with their older racquets.

Many would be even more skeptical of new technology...asking "Why should I buy this new version if so & so didn't switch."

The racquet companies would make significantly less money and have to come up with new strategies to get people to buy new equipment...For example making the graphite in such a way that it breaks down much faster...or something lol

It may also slow down the traffic somewhat on these boards with no (pro's racquets and gear) section. Or could it possibly get people to focus more on their technique flaws instead of blaming the frames?

^_^
 

Shangri La

Hall of Fame
What if companies didn't paint the pro's racquets and they used all the older technology that they have been using. would any of you still buy the newest equipment? or would you stick to whatever the pro's have been using since the early 2000's?
What if these racquets were no longer available?
 
I would use whatever Roger has in his hands. Playing with a set-up used by pros has been proven to raise NTRP ratings by .5. That what these boards have taught me, at least.
 

Wuppy

Professional
Everyone would be playing with wooden racquets, naturally. Capitalism just doesn't work unless huge corporations constantly lie to the public.
 

r5d3

New User
I don't buy new racquets because they're new, I buy a racquet when I need to buy a racquet. If I break one, I need one, and when I need one, I do tend to try the newest stuff first, but never based on what pro is using what. Never cared for Babolat but recently bought the current PD.
 

bkpr

Rookie
I think many racquets are purchased because of who uses them professionally. I suspect, statistically, more racquets are sold:
  1. without demoing or borrowing from a friend to test, than not
  2. to people who know little about the ins and outs of various racquets (weight, balance etc)
  3. and to people who purchase online without talking to anyone about their game
I think once someone has played tennis for a while, say six months to a year, they'll know a bit more about the equipment and their game to make a more appropriate racquet choice.

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Hmmm, re-read the question, and I think I missed the gist.
Because I think many people are biased towards a racquet their favourite player uses, they wouldn't purchase the latest version if the player was using an older version.
 
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pkshooter

Semi-Pro
Aren't most of the stuff from 2000's made with better graphite any way, and now they just build crap for money and give them fancy names. I'm kinda new, but i always see people talking about the lack of quality in modern rackets
 

Hi I'm Ray

Professional
If you mean just plain graphite minus all the useless "new technology" bs then I think we'd be better off and have better feeling rackets.

If you mean old school designs and specs, then I think we'd have less racket choices, less development in 11oz range, and a slower overall game. The average player seems to be hitting the ball faster than I remember 10-15 yrs ago. I used to play heavy, low powered rackets, first a 90sq in, then 98's in college - that was the time when everybody was brainwashed into thinking you have to play with a heavy racket if you were serious or any good (I think the majority of those too far brainwashed have regrouped on this msg board :razz:). I've since switched to something lighter, more powerful, and actually had some room left for customization. The wide acceptance of these racket made me actually give it a try and I'm glad I did. What we have now is more choices and several improvements in these lighter/more powerful rackets. The heavy control sticks are still made by pretty much all the major manufacturers, with most of the classics like the 6.1, prestige, POG, C10, vacuum 90, and even the PS 85 still readily available (what happened to the RD-7?).

Actually a lot of the pros and top players are using Babolats (which I heard are stock then later customized) so they are not all using the same old school designs.
 

prestiged

New User
well as i've read some of these responses, what if all of the companies just stopped updating their racquets and just sold what has been made and reproduced them. would the game progress at all? spin, power, and accuracy wise. i know racquets don't really make a huge different but there is a difference between wood and graphite obviously
 

Satch

Hall of Fame
well as i've read some of these responses, what if all of the companies just stopped updating their racquets and just sold what has been made and reproduced them. would the game progress at all? spin, power, and accuracy wise. i know racquets don't really make a huge different but there is a difference between wood and graphite obviously
difference is in strings.. frames are pretty much on the 90s level.. also new stroke technique adds to the spin and difference in the game..
 
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