I have been giving this some thought recently, and am wondering how most of you go about testing a new racquet for your own use. What is the check-list that you prepare (mentally at least) for this purpose? Here is what I could think of: 1. Weight 2. Balance Point 3. Choice of string 4. Tension range of string. 5. Stiffness/flexibility of racquet, which needs to be considered along with choice of string. 6. Swing speed Now, once you have made your choice of the physical specs etc, what conditions do you choose to actually test under? I think a lot of people test the racquet when they are fresh on court and in peak condition physically, but somehow I feel this is not the best thing to do. If you are going to use the racquet for more than 2 games in a session, then it makes sense to bring your physical condition to what it would be around the end of your session, to see if you are still comfortable with the racquet when your body has slowed down a bit, energy is lower, reflexes are slower. So I think we should test a racquet only after we have been actively on court for at least 90 minutes. I am curious to know what you all think.