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Racket decisions

Published: 03 Dec 2008 - 15:35 by rippa rit

Updated: 04 Dec 2008 - 16:12

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After reading the advice on choice of racket, I thought, it seems buying a racket and buying a new car can be just as big a decision.  True.  I guess if you can afford it why not have a few different brands to keep the excitement going; yes, three cars, three rackets.  It made me think of this when I saw my young friend looking at the showcase and there was this Yellow smart coloured racket, and she looked with envious eyes, as it was attractive for a young girl; hey, it was $100 cheaper than her own new racket.  As for the strings, the manufacture details, that just did not seem to matter as she ran her hands smoothly over the frame.  Buying cars can be like that too when we forget about our real needs.

That reminds me, when I used to play this guy,  he always took two rackets to the court, which some thought a bit strange. He always changed rackets in the middle of a match, as one racket  was for power while he was feeling fresh, and the other for the third game when he needed to slow the game down and take a breath so he could come out fighting in the following game with his power racket and revived energy!

If you use any commodity every day of course it has to have the best qualities in reliability, serviceablity, performance, and the cost is only a small consideration.  Then, if your boss pays the bills, or it is a sponsored item, that puts a whole new inflection on the choice. 


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From rippa rit - 04 Dec 2008 - 16:11   -   Updated: 04 Dec 2008 - 16:12

Mike - it is hard to go past a popular brand sometimes, even though you know other brands have been quite reliable and can last just as long.  Dunlop has a big hold on the squash racket market, and that is understandable as they invest a lot in the game with their sponsorships of balls (currently a 5 year agreement to supply PSA and WISPA); they sponsor 18 world ranked men, and 6 women players. There are a lot of other up and coming players also being sponsored by their Distributors/Agents to increase sales in the local areas.  It is a player's dream, when they play 4 or 5 times a week , to be sponsored, to get a nice set of gear and a couple of rackets, and be able to get replacements and restrings just a phone call away.  Of course the touring pros would have six rackets in their bag, and with an international brand be able to tap into the distributor in the relevant country, and that is a very convenient service.

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From rippa rit - 04 Dec 2008 - 13:09

Mike - I got that.  I guess once the wrapping paper is off the racket becomes secondhand, so it is a matter of how you think about your decision.  If you had known when buying a racket that it was only going to last a week, the decision might not have been so painful, eg "Wanted - One squash racket to last a week". !

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From mike - 04 Dec 2008 - 10:23

Funny Rita

I've had some racquets survive less time than the forum threads about making the choice.

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