In the last few years I’ve tried a bunch of different racquets, mainly Babolats, but for my senior year of college I played with a Head Prestige. I had it seriously weighted up and it felt great. Paul Reed at Tennis Warehouse is a genius when it comes to racquet customization, and he did a great job with my Prestiges. The only thing that bothered me about the Head Racquets was the shape of the grip. Having grown up playing with Prince, I’m more accustomed to playing with a “octagon-shaped” grip as opposed to the Head racquets which have more of an “oval-shaped” grip.
As more time goes by and as I get older, I sometimes reminisce about the good ol’ days. This is something I do about life and about tennis, and it makes me wonder what I could have done differently that would have made me better at tennis — not career changing decisions necessarily but words of advice for my younger self.
The natural progression through life comes with an increase in knowledge and the things I have now learned, and it got me thinking… If I could give advice to my younger tennis-playing-self, I would say?
1. Know your strings. Growing up, I had a partial Babolat sponsorship, so I used a Babolat Pro Hurricane string. Great string, but to be honest, I have no idea why I was playing with that particular string. My point? It wasn’t that that this string was bad; in fact I play with it sometimes now and I love it, but when I was younger, I didn’t do much research into what string was the best for me at that time. Getting advice or doing some research can make life a lot better when it comes to reducing the risk of stress being placed on your arm, feeling the ball better, hitting with more power, getting more spin… The list goes on.