How many tennis racquets do you own and carry? How many should you and what sequence are they used?
Tournament vs. Club Players
My “February” doubles partner, Hank Irvine advises tournament players to carry three racquets with them. If you should only be playing with one and it cracks or strings break, you would really be up “Schitt’s Creek” (By the way, a great comedy series!).
If you carried just two, and the strings broke in one, then you would go into a match playing with only ONE racquet — and worrying when those strings would go. So, carrying three racquets will give that sense of security.
Many players have a “favorite racquet” and use that one until the strings break; and then pick up another one. I have carried three identical racquets for many years; and I rotate all three every day; so they are virtually the same in feel and performance. And then get all three re-strung at the same time.
You see the pros – and even some local players – carrying racquets with different string tensions and switch, depending on the playing conditions.
And you see some players switching racquets during a match to allow their racquet handles to dry.
You also see players use one racquet to serve with and another to return with. I don’t understand that logic; so if someone can explain the benefits of that, that would be helpful.
How about YOU, how many racquets do you carry and how do you manage them?
Fred Drilling Update: Just got my knee replacement scheduled for Aug. 5th with Dr. Biggs. Yesterday was first day I felt totally normal. Have an appt. scheduled with a neurosurgeon on Aug 3rd to see if he can do something with my sore lumbar area. Thanks, Fred
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