> I've recently gotten back into the sport after nearly 20 years, I'm 46
> now. I have a Kennex Pro Boron Racquet. It is midsize, probabably a 4
> 5/8 grip, strung over 10-15 years ago with some sort of translucent
> yellow nylon. The strings are still very tight. You can move the outer
> one's slightly with some force and you hear the "click" when they move.
> I remember that when I bought this racquet it felt somewhat lighter
> than many of the others I had sampled. Now it feels alittle top heavy
> relative to the other one's on the rack. Maybe they're just very light
> or mine's just heavier. It's very good at absorbing vibration. I'm
> guessing that it's probably a medium weight racquet. The frame is very
> streamlined, interesting throat.
> I'm a strong hitter and the racquet feels great serving and hitting
> hard baseline shots. Actually it feels pretty good on most any shot
> that's well hit as long as I'm in the sweet spot, which applies to most
> racquets I guess. I get a beautiful thump sound when I hit cleanly. It
> appears to very good at absorbing vibration. I'm guessing that it's
> probably a medium weight racquet. The frame is very streamlined,
> interesting throat.
> I'm sure that a new stringing will make a huge difference. My question
> Do I have a good racquet that I should restring and keep or do I have a
> dinosaur that I should immediately retire?
Greg, a racquet's longevity is determined by many factors, how it was
stored, frequency and style of play, and especially # of restringings.
Actually if you store a racquet unusued this long, I prefer to cut the
strings(of course this rarely happens ;-). But if it was stored well, at
least it didn't take much abuse over those years. However, I have no doubt
that your racquet now plays differently than a brand new Kennex PBR would
play, but that does not necessarily mean "bad".
Quite frankly, especially since you are just getting back into the sport,
i'd recommend staying with it since you say it feels great! IF you liked
your game before, nothing will bring back your skills faster than using your
old gear.(studies have even shown that using equipment on which a certain
skill was once learned can trigger the same motor neuron patterns) Better to
get your full game and confidence back before you begin even
looking/experimenting with what you might want as your next frame. I'll
assume you don't compete since you seem to be talking about only 1 frame.
Don't be fooled by the ads/hype and "look at all the new models, I have an
old model, I guess I should have a new model, what a disadvantage!". It's
the player and skill that count. Also, do not be seduced by the
lightness(probably why you notice quite a difference picking up current
models) or stiffness available today, this can be quite helpful if you
require some more power. If you don't, feel is more important and you might
have problems finding that with the lightest/stiffest models. If you like
your current frame, you'd probably be looking for a modern day equivalent,
in short, something not that much different than what you have! Actually,
you specifically mentioned you think it absorbs vibration well, I do find
that even the "players" racquets of today tend to have stiffer(for a slight
boost in power) feel, many old time racquets have a softer more flexible
feel which is awesome if you can use well, they also tended to be strung
looser. (undoubtedly your strings are now very loose) So, if the frame still
seems to play well to you, I say relax, enjoy it and concentrate on your
game. Later, you might find a new frame you also like, but if it ain't
broke, don't fix it.
Of course, if you start playing competitively, you'll have to look for a