We all love to buy stuff. New rackets, new strings, new shoes, in our hope to become better players. You favorite player moved to Head, why shouldn’t you? Why not put a little leadteap on it, buy lighter shoes, a new shirt might do the trick? Or maybe that extra kilo in the frame stringing will make you hit with more control and get rid of some mistakes?
You try a new racket. You are inspired. You concentrate, you are powered by the NEW and you are hitting fantastically. You play one of the best sessions of tennis ever and the rackets gets all the credit. You know who should get that credit? You! You are the one who concentrated more, moved better, and played with conviction, not the racket. The racket was only the tool that inspired you.
The next time you hit with the same racket you might not be so inspired. It’s not NEW anymore. You expect the racket to lift you, but instead you are not playing so well and you are starting to doubt it. The racket might not be your saviour anymore, it actually feels strange to you, foreign to your hand and swing.
The racket might indeed be better or worse than your previous one, but in most cases (if you have decent tennis gear) it is not in the racket, it is in you. If you come to the court ready to give it your all, you will play well, no matter if you are playing with a frying pan.
So move your feet, prepare your shots, toss the ball high, watch the ball, and give it your all!
By the way, after trying out countless of racket and string combinations over the years I have found love in my Dunlop 4D 300 Tour with Babolat RPM blast. And yes, I really like buying new tennis stuff.
(Since I wrote this article I’ve switched to Head Prestige Pro which I’m absolutely in love with!)
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