One moment you feel like you’ve found the one – that special racquet that you want to stock up on and treasure forever. Then it suddenly “fails you” and a new one comes around…
As my loyal readers know I play-test and hit a lot of racquets in a year. This is kind of counter-productive to my own competitive tennis level. Although I’ve become accustomed to having a new racquet (or just with a new string or lead configuration) in my hand every now and then, it’s still a struggle at times when you’re playing a match to really feel comfortable about your shots.
I’ve been in Malta for a few days and I’ve been switching between two racquets mainly because for some reason I brought two: the Wilson Six One 95S that I’m enjoying a great deal at the moment and the Wilson Ultra Tour which I was sure was my racquet soul mate for a while. But during my sessions here I’ve played really poor with the Ultra Tour. I don’t know if I’ve put too much lead on it or if it’s something else, but it just feels unwieldy somehow – like those two extra square inches (97) compared to my Six One 95S is throwing my timing off completely.
This is a quick clip from one of my sessions in Malta.
Is this just my head playing tricks on me or is it something else? On the other hand, I’m worried that the Six One 95S will bother my wrist and arm with its stiffness rating of 67 strung because if you put a too soft string in a spin-effect racquet you will lose durability and control. Does this mean it’s time to go back to the drawing board? Am I just simple a 95 sq-inch racquet guy? Maybe I should just wait for my next bunch of reviews and see if I find my personal holy grail there?
Talking about next bunch of reviews – coming up is a test of the new Wilson Pro Staff 97 CV, two new TENX racquets (exciting new racquet company!) and Srixon Dunlop racquets when they’re launched in Europe. Of the latter I’m especially excited about the Kevin Anderson model, the Srixon Dunlop CX 2.0 Tour Ltd – which has gotten great reviews, has a 95 sq inch head, low stiffness rating and a 18×20 string pattern.
So perhaps best to relax until then and keep figuring out my ideal spec? Shouldn’t I know by now after hundreds of racquets? Well, as a racquetholic, the temptation to try something new is always around the corner so it’s not easy to resist all the interesting new racquets being launched every year. I’m happy that at least some racquet companies have realised the need for more player racquets.
Or maybe I should be upset because now the choice is greater than ever…
What racquet conundrum do you find yourself in? Do any of my thoughts here ring a bell? How can we remedy and move on to become better players? Please comment below!
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