When to upgrade rackets

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Last updated 6 years ago

Austin Emmons

Austin Emmons Asked 6 years ago

Hi pingskills, I am currently playing with a Yasaka Mark V that I have been using for a few years. I have recently started to become more confident in my strokes, and I was wondering if there was a definite time when a player is consistent enough to be able to handle a better/more expensive racket. The total cost of the racket I'm looking at is around $150, so I certainly don't want to rush into buying a racket that is too fast and uncontrollable for my level and end up wasting a lot of money. Your advice is greatly appreciated.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Austin,

It sounds like you are ready to upgrade.  It is difficult to set a definite criteria for upgrading but if you are feeling that you are becoming more confident with the strokes then it may be time.  

The other thing I feel is that when a racket is too slow for someone, when they play a full stroke they are able to be "too consistent".  I guess if you get the new racket and find it a little fast, you can try to get used to it but if not, put it away for a few months and use your old racket for a little longer till you feel it is time.


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