Worshipping the bangs
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Larsson's Player Forum
Re: im buying a new tennis racket; need help.
For years, I just bought whatever Prince was in my price range. A little over a year ago, I decided to get serious about tennis again and for the first time, I actually went out and playtested a bunch of rackets.
It makes a huge difference. I worked with a friend who's also a tennis instructor, and he made a bunch of recommendations based on the specs. Now, as far as picking off specs, all the rackets he recommended I test were, on paper, more or less identical. (Every racket manufacturer is going to make rackets geared at players from beginners to pros--and the specs for a 3.5 or 4.0 player racket are going to be pretty similar whether its a Wilson, Yonex, Babolat or whatever).
When I actually played with the rackets, the differences were huge. The older you get, too, the more you want a racket that really fits your swing style and protects that elbow and wrist.
I ended up going with the Prince Shark Turbo. Of course, two months later TOB had to go and switch to the O3 Shark. If I'd just waited, I could have saved $100.
Seriously, though, if there's any way you can play test a racket, do it.
(I don't know about where you live, but there are pro shops at several public courts in my hometown--for like a $5 fee you can playtest rackets from most of the big American manufacturers. Most clubs will let members playtest rackets, too, from what I understand).
Pass the duct tape and super glue. Lena's done broke my heart one last time.
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