When it's time to buy that new racquet, the tennis racquet you have been dreaming about, watching your favourite player use at the recent Grand Slam, stop and breathe. There is no need to rush the purchase, you have time, much more time than you think.
Firstly, why rush? If you need a racquet, take the time to know your options, speak with the specialists and DEMO! Players on the ATP or WTA pro-tour never rush into changing tennis racquets. Some players continue to use their old frames (just freshly painted for sponsorships), Andrew Agassi was rumoured to be using an early Donnay Racquet for years. Players like using what they know and what feels good.
Recently the most extreme racquet transition was with the 19 Grand Slam winner, Roger Federer. He wen't through a few average patches of tennis while he was working with Wilson Tennis on perfecting his next frame. It took months. I can remember watching him play a first round match in Germany, he was using a black frame, what appeared to be a larger head size and was playing awful! I wasn't sure what he was trying to do but the thing I love most about Roger is, he was trying.
Roger knew it was time to change racquets. His trusty, traditional frame of the Pro Staff was not allowing him to do what he needed to do with the tennis ball. It's similar to the decision for Tiger Woods when he changed his swing at number 1 in the world. Both are the best because they are willing to take some short to medium term set backs, ultimately allowing them to play at their best for longer.
After months of back and forth with Wilson, Roger picked the racquet for him. An updated and never before made Pro Staff Autograph. Roger co-designed the racquet and the very same frame sits on our shelf at Tip Top Tennis. It's a heavy 340g tennis racquet but when you hit it clean, man, it's the real deal!
Back to my original point, try, try and try before you buy! All racquets offer slightly different feel, balance, swing control, string patterns and weight. If racquets weren't so individual we wouldn't stock so many. One racquet does not fit all! It is very much like a the wand process in Harry Potter. The wand chooses you :)
If you're unsure of what your game needs, what racquet does what and even whether you need a new wand or not, come down to our tennis shop in Berwick. We will give you unbiased advise on what we believe is the right racquet for you.
Call, email or just pop in. We love to help people find the right tennis racquet and not just grab the prettiest or most popular. We are here to serve you.