Why Recreational players carry many rackets

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  1. movdqa

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    Tactical ego advantage.
     
  2. time_fly

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    Usually I carry more racquets when I am practicing with my friends because we are gearheads and like to play around with different frames. When I play a match I usually have a few racquets with me, including 2 of my "match frame."

    I DID change frames in the middle of a match last weekend for the first time in a long time. We were playing a mixed match indoors on har-tru, a surface I haven't been on in years. I started with a Phantom 100 figuring I would benefit from the control, spin, and large sweet spot on an unfamiliar and slow surface. But by halfway through the match I realized I wasn't having much trouble reading the ball and our opponents were lobbing / pushing everything back, so I switched to the SV98+ to dial up the heat and I was able to finish points much faster. It was a good switch but not something I would usually do.
     
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    For some, it is important to have at least 2 of the best preferred racquets from every decade the rec player has played in. In my case,
    you would find woodies, aluminum, etc., from 1960 to today. It's just plain fun to use different racquets let alone different string combinations.

    Also, it is nice to have enough money to indulge myself. I don't share the insurance rebate check with a wife, don't have one a wife that is, and would never buy what ends up owning me cause a women gave up a career as a cocktail waitress.

    Aloha
     
  4. zaskar1

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    because i can afford to have more than one racquet.
    i have lots of racquets, but currently only using the 2017 PS97s, of which i have two. one has looser strings, so if i cant keep the ball in the court, i will switch to the tighter strung racquet.
    i also carry one more racquet, a 2015 PS97 as a backup for the two
    i use to carry only two racquets, but a long time ago in usta, i broke the strings in both racquets during the warmup and had to borrow a racquet from a teammate. needless to say, it didnt go well, so
    i always carry 3 now.
    perhaps i could get by with one now, as i use poly strings, and i have never broken a string.
    they usually go dead or stretch out so i have to restring them.

    i actually like the saying, "if you look like a pro, perhaps you will play like one!"

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  5. UCSF2012

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    Why do women have 40+ pairs of shoes?

    Why do I have 8 rackets in my bag? ...I just do. Don't question nature.
     
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  6. UCSF2012

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    Once, I was playing a match with my Diablo 93. I ALWAYS win matches with the Diablo 93. But that day, I was down 1-4, and it occurred to me, my opponent REALLY has trouble with back spin. I switched to the Blade 93, which created the most underspin of all my rackets. I won the next 5 games and the match in 2 sets.

    There's a reason why certain rackets are in my bag. I need not explain the insanity behind my brilliance.
     
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  7. maximus

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    I know a lot of club players who suffer from this GAS. They would change rackets every now and then. Sometimes, I do too. lol
     
  8. Searah

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    i'll usually bring along 2 rackets. but i own maybe 6?

    i rotate between them depending on my mood.
     
  9. mhkeuns

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    I don’t know how some people can resist. I feel like a kid and get so happy when I get a new tennis racket. Always looking for reasons & excuses to get more.
     
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    I just buy the racquet I like and later I like to take it for a spin, it is a hobby, there's people that collect everything under the sun, is like that, tennis is my passion and if I can I like to spend my hard earn money in it, the best thing about it is that I don't buy things to just look at, I can switch frames and toy with the endless possibilities that different racquets and strings offer.

    And the racquets are also nice to look at.
     
  11. NickJ

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    For matches, I will take 4-5 rackets. 3 of my Yonex DR's and another couple that I know I can get on with, currently POG Midplus.
    For random/recreational nights, I'll take about 5-8, usually all different just coz I like to play with them all, and also I know my friends want to know what's in my bag that week and so they can have a go with them. I'm actually providing a community service (excuse the pun).
     
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    its easy when u broke
     
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  13. movdqa

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    The path to wealth is to defer gratification. My current set of racquets May be the last that I need.
     
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    I carry 2 racquets in my backpack and even I think that's a lot. I rarely ever touch the second one at all.
     
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    I once went to a large group picnic at a public park. This park happened to have tennis courts, but since I was just going to a picnic I didn't think I needed to bring any tennis stuff. It just so happened that one of the guys at the picnic was a recreational player who happened to bring about 5 tennis racquets in his car, so he got a group together and we all just hit around for fun. They were all different racquets that he bought during the past several years.
     
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    I have no idea what you’re talking about!! :D[​IMG]
     
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    Lol. I’ve been lucky with finding good used ones and trading.
     
  18. Harry_Wild

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    All tour level players that appear on TV have at least a 6 racquet bag and they are filled with at least 4 racquets inside! You want to be a touring pro so why not have the same amount of racquets as they do?
     
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    ... except that we're not.
     
  20. movdqa

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    I used to play with 17 ounce racquets. Putting three of them in a racquet bag resulted in a noticeable sag on one side of the bag.
     
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    Were they use for baseball in fielding practice activities, the 17 ounce ones that is?
     
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  22. ROCKinCourier

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    Because rackets I like tend to get discontinued. And I hate shopping around for new frames. It's taken me 3 years to settle in on a frame. I bought 4, in case one breaks, gets damaged ....

    Should last me 8-10 years.
     
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  23. Grieeegoorr

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    Oh I love those Ultra 2's, I'll start warming up with one or a Max200g or PS 85 to get my eye in then maybe change to something else if things start hotting up.
    Are you getting the paint restored to original or something custom?
     
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    Ultra 2, yes in the near future.

    I had to give Tour 600 away to the charity after noticing the frames in the head has became distorted. The plastic collars just fell apart, basically it would be useless to be repainted. I have now Prestige Classic (DIA) and it seem that DIA is better quality over MIA one!
     
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    I have 3 different ones that I like to alternate. Playing with each helps find flaws in my technique.
     
  26. Tommy Haas

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    I only bring one racquet with me to the courts. No tennis bag loaded with gear either. I like to travel light, even if it's just down to the local tennis courts. I cut the strings out after it turns into trampoline, which is way before they are even close to breaking and I don't shank that badly where I can shear the strings nor do I hit with a full western and use heavy topspin. One frame is all I really need.
     
  27. Bartelby

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    I carry only two, but point three summarises my selection.

     
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    Same here - while my playing group aren’t as addicted to racket collecting, they are still keen to hit with different types of rackets in the wind down after matches (and some use this as a way of demoing heavier/lighter etc rackets if they are looking for something different).
     
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  29. FedLIKEnot

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    I am not sure what makes more sense half the time 5 of the same racquet for example or 5 different racquets each brining a unique spec to aid in various things. To me I have 5 of the same racquet all spec matched. However I will only have 3 strung at any one time in my bag and to go to a hit or practice I most times won’t even bring the bag and instead just hand carry two racquets. The reason for me is I rotate them close to even. I try to be mindful which has the lowest tension if I need more pop or which is tightest if I need to dial in control it’s these slight tweaks where this had a benefit and comes into play during matches.
     
  30. Bender

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    I know a frying pan server who only uses pro stock Wilson Blade frames.

    Carefully wraps it back in the original plastic bag after every session, but strings it once a year.

    You can tell it's pro stock because (a) he tells you; and (b) the areas where the paint is supposed to be black velvet paint is glossy.
    You should have brought a high end tent with you as well, in case it rained on court and you intended to wait out the weather.

    Maybe a portable grill or spit with campfire equipment, and a cooler bag with some hot dogs and burgers patties as well?

    :p

    I should know better than to make jokes...my bag has a few grip tapes, scissors, and electrical tape because I get annoyed when I can't cut off the overgrip and tape it off properly.
     
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    Its so that if you play badly you can blame the racket. The more rackets you have the more times you can blame them for not feeling quite right, and change to the next racket.

    Once you run out of rackets to switch to you've only got yourself to blame, therefore carry as many as possible to delay the inevitable.
     
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  32. heninfan99

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    you should see how many are in the trunk of their cars or in their closets
     
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    This is a great topic. I have actually gone in the opposite direction and no longer carry a bag. One day I got sick of toting it around and started thinking about what I really needed out of it. Nowadays I carry two racquets, maybe a towel, maybe something to drink and maybe a can of balls (no bag). I honestly can't think of a reason to ever go back to carrying one, other than for extended travel purposes.
     
  34. jayserinos99

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    For most days, I'm just like you. I'll bring a Yonex racquet sack with 2 frames, a can of new balls, and a bottle of water. I have one of those little USTA pouches attached to the drawstring, so I use that as my wallet/keys/phone holder. I'll really only bring the big bag (Nike Court Tech 1) when I'm just demoing frames and need the extra space. For match play situations, as long as my frames are freshly strung and gripped, 2 is all I need.
     
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    5 rackets:

    1 main to play with,
    2nd in case strings pop on main
    3 more in case you want to start playing completely differently mid-match.
     
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    My sister loves her Prince O3 White. Unfortunately, it's really old, worn and the grommets are falling apart. She can't find any to buy. She has a newer one that has a grip slightly bigger than what her main racquet is. But somehow, the two racquets just don't feel similar enough.

    I told her to go demo new racquets, get something she can really groove with. Then buy it and play for a month or two. Then if it's still the one, then buy another racquet and rotate with alternating stringing cycle.

    My son used to carry 2 racquets. Until he broke 2 strings in a match. Then started carrying 3. We've managed the stringing cycle better so we only really need 2. But we picked up a 3rd because he really wears down the head as he digs for low balls. So we rotate the 3 racquets with alternating stringing cycles.

    I have 2 racquets. I have a main one with my favorite string. I have the same racquet strung with slightly different strings for testing. Also, my main racquet has gut, so my other has synthetic.
     
  37. Simplicius

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    I use many different racquets because when I will be sure where I’m going to send the ball after a hit, I will stop playing tennis.
    It will be very boring...
    ;)
     
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    I played High School varsity 2nd single, my coach said I could bring as many as I wanted provided that they fitted in the school bus; so I did bring these many one time:
     
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