This post says “How to cure racquet buying addiction“, but I must admit it is a bit click-baity for you racquetholics, because I haven’t found the cure! It’s just too much fun to try new frames and when you can sell them second hand to other racquetholics, it doesn’t hurt your wallet as much as if you were into sports cars for example.
Some might state that finding a great frame and sticking to that is the only cure, but I have tried lots and lots of great racquets and I always find myself enjoying a change and seeing what it does to my game. Changing racquets can of course be detrimental to your game, because grooving with a setup is important to be able to really feel the ball and play your best tennis.
But then there’s that thought in your head: “What if my one-handed backhand will finally be a winning shot if I go down in head-size?” “Maybe my forehand will be like Verdasco‘s if I go for a lighter, stiffer racquet and I can be able to increase the racquet head speed?” (Verdasco doesn’t use a light and stiff racquet and still hits the ball hard enough to make a dent in a tank). “Maybe, maybe a large head size will make me hit bigger serves?”
I don’t know if anything I write above resonates with you, but if it does, please comment on your experience of racquetholism. My latest bout is putting my beloved Tecnifibre Tfight 315 LTD to the side to go back and try some lighter stiffer frames. I keep going between a traditional feel with 95 sq inch head size (recent loves are Prince Textreme Tour 95 and obviously the Tecnifibre Tfights) and RA around 60 to 98 sq inch with RA around 65 (Wilson Blade 98 and Yonex Ai 98) and I’ve even ventured over to the “dark side” with my Babolat Pure Drive Originals and the Babolat Aero Pro Originals).
I don’t know where this will end and I guess the only thing I can be certain about is that it will never end. Maybe I should just keep two of each model I like so I can switch easily? This is where I’m leaning now, but for competitive play having only two racquets with the same configuration can be a bit tricky when you need to be up to date with your stringing.
Constant, constant questions and desires…but hey, let’s face it – racquet buying, changing, switching is fun and it doesn’t harm your wallet as badly as most other addictions.
What’s your story in racquetholism? Do you have any tips on what helped you battle it? Or why not just succumb to the darkness?