My tennis exposure started in elementary school after my family and I moved from Hawaii to San Jose CA. My Dad bought two cute wood racquets for my brother and I, painted red, white and blue. Never really could hit the ball, knew nothing of the game except get the white ball over the net. In junior high, tennis was a PE sport and racquets were supplied, not the best but they had strings and were not cracked. Jimmy Connors was playing the Wilson T2000, so my parents bought me a steel racquet from Sears. I used it so often against the school classrooms across the street from home. Eventually the weld in the throat cracked. I moved on to a Wilson Stan Smith Autograph (wood). I wish I still had it. I spent hours polishing it with furniture wax. My next racquet was one made by Rawlings ($50 unstrung). Strange for a company known for baseball to make a racquet endorsed by John Newcombe, an all aluminum frame called the Tie-Breaker. From there, I went to a fiberglass graphite model make by Yamaha, the YFG50. The number #1 for San Jose State Hank Pfister) played with it. He was a promising pro and reached 19th in the world. In the early 80's my younger female cousin was making a name for herself in Hawaii. She came to the SF Bay area in hopes of a tennis scholarship but opted to play for Saratoga's West Valley Jr College where she walked on as number #1 singles and doubles. For two years, she lead the team. She was on the Wilson free list and I had my first hand with an oversized racquet call the Edge. Awesome frame. From there she got a sponsorship from Prince, so I used the Prince Pro 110. From there I got away from metal frames and went to the Prince Precision Pro (110), Slazenger Panther Pro Ceramic (Connors), Slazenger Phantom (95). I then went back to oversized, the Agassi original Pro One (110) and followed with the two cosmetic changes of that model. In the late 90's I coached a high school team and the top player got me to try and like the Wilson Hammer 5.2 mid. Thats when I started to have hand problems and kept going back to my Donnays. I currently use a Yonex RDX 500 mid (90) with Fairway leather grip srtung with Technifibre NRG 17 at 60 lbs.