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Taken by surprise

Posted on June 18, 2009 in Miscellaneous

A tennis player’s racquet is a very personal thing. Our racquet connects us to the ball. Its combination of frame, string and grip provides us with the feel and control for our shot-making mastery. A tennis player without a racquet is like a knight without a sword, a magician without wand, Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi without a Nathan’s hot dog. A racquetless tennis player, then, offers an incomplete picture.

The completion of that picture is often the result of many agonizing hours of hitting different sticks. Hours on the demo court whittle away the choices until we narrow it down to a select few. If we are lucky, I mean really, really lucky, the kind of luck usually reserved for Leprechauns and Super Lotto winners, then switching racquets happens by complete surprise.

Just recently I was taken by surprise. There I was, totally content with my current racquet, the Becker Pro. We had been a loyal team for just a year — an extremely brief relationship for me as I usually stick with a racquet for a long time.

Some racquet samples arrived at Tennis Warehouse, and I was especially excited to hit one of them. The specifications looked very enticing. It was similar to my racquet set-up, except with a tighter stringbed. Things were looking good, but then I took it out for a hit and didn’t like it that much. I mean, it was a decent stick, but it just wasn’t anything I’d ever consider switching to. I had taken another racquet along for a quick hit that day. It was a midsize. I thought my midsize days were over. I was wrong.

I’ve never been more wrong about a racquet before, and never been happier to find out I was wrong.

Completely overlooking the Volkl Power Bridge 10 Mid as something too demanding for me to switch to, I’d saved only 10 minutes at the end of my hit to try it out.

Those ten minutes were tennis ecstasy. Ten minutes turned into 20 as I prolonged my hit by baiting my hitting partner into more groundstroke games and tie-breakers.

With the Power Bridge 10 Mid I was hitting targets with pinpoint accuracy, I was finding more spin than I usually create, and my opponent started commenting on the added weight behind my shots.

I’ve fallen in love with racquets before, but I’ve never fallen this hard. After testing hundred and hundreds of racquets at Tennis Warehouse, I’ve finally found my Holy Grail, the Power Bridge 10 Mid.

Take a chance; think outside the box, try some racquets you’ve never before considered, and if you’re lucky, you might get surprised. And man, does it feel good.

Happy hitting,

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