What is the real life span of a tennis racquet and when should you replace what you have been playing with? For many players that can be one of the biggest decisions in how they play the game.
Old But Comfortable
Like an old pair of shoes with no holes in them, there is a real comfort in playing with sticks that you know – as compared to trashing them and starting with new sticks.
I had been playing with the same three Volkl PowerBridge3 racquets for almost EIGHT YEARS. They were not cracked or damaged (to the naked eye) in any way; and I knew what to expect when I struck the ball with them.
But “the experts” say that the composite material loses its resiliency after so many years and they should be replaced. So in the spring of 2019, good friend Rick Barletta shared his new Wilson Clash 100 with me during a practice session … the new stick felt great and I eventually bought three of them.
For me, that transition was easy and in keeping with the advice from my tennis guru, Hank Irvine, who suggested I switch (from my 110 sq inch frame) to a 100 square “player’s racquet.”
How To Switch?
For me, switching racquets was usually like getting a new email address … a real pain in the butt. I feel I know a lot about HOW to play the game and the RULES of the game; but when it comes to racquets, I plead ignorance. So …
- What criteria do you use in selecting
the best racquet for your style of play?
- How many different racquets should you
test before you decide?
- How can you really know a racquet when
the demo you will be using is strung way differently than you would have it
- What price should you expect to pay for a “good” racquet?
Any/all opinions are welcome.
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