Is It The Tennis Racquet?
by Todd Scott
Not to long ago, I pulled out my old high school tennis racquet - the same one I won state with back in 1996 and 1997.
Now, I'd love to say it was a fancy shmancy top-of-the line model of its year... but the fact of the matter is, I believe the tennis racquet dates back somewhere in the early 1990 range.
And to be honest, it was a "hand-me-down" from my dad, because it seems I tore through tennis racquets like a tornado - breaking strings left and right, cracking them here and there - I was rough on racquets to say the least.
So.. it was back in '96 when I had broken the strings on 2 of my racquets within the first 9 games of the match. Luckily, I had my Dad's 'ole trusty' as a last resort back up since there was no way to take a break to get my other racquets restrung.
Well, as luck would have it.... it was right smack in the middle of the state tournament... with no time to have my tennis racquets restrung... I went on to win the State Championship using the very racquet I deemed as a "Last Resort"....
Here's a picture of the beaut:
It's a Head "something or other".... Not sure exactly, the only thing I could find is that it's some sort of "Match Pro" series, no numbers or special name just a "Head Match Pro"... you can see the words right on the side:
Anyway, as I was reminiscing about the old days, an Idea hit me... why not break this baby out and see how it affects my game... some 11 years later...
So that's exactly what I did, and...
The results are in:
Haven't lost yet, 5 matches and counting
So that brings me to my point - and the ultimate question:
Is it really the tennis racquet?
Some would argue that if you have the most up-to-date racquet, the best made, you'll be a better player. I respectfully disagree.
Because there's something I forgot to mention - my "old trusty" has 3 hairline fractures in the frame.... Three. And I've still managed to go undefeated thus far.
While having a racquet that's top of the line is great, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll be a better player...
Don't get me wrong, playing with a 1990 style racquet that has 3 hairline fractures in the frame won't exactly improve your game...
The trick here is... I'm bigger, I'm faster, and I'm stronger than my opponents...
So if you have speed, if you have strength, if you have endurance... and if you have skill...
...the tennis racquet you use won't make a noticeable of difference.
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'til Next Time, Train Hard & Win Easy!
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