aside from "what is the best" racket, the most common question seems to be "what is the ideal tension?" of course, we all know that there is no answer. but most ppl won't be happy with that answer, cuz we effectively didn't answer their question. of course, we know nothing is absolute. but how about we redefine "ideal"? if the question is "what is the ideal tension" without any other information, then we can say, well, "given what we have been told by you" (ie. very little), the ideal tension is:.... so what is the property of "ideal" in that situation? the ideal in the uninformed situation will be "the most typical", or "the tension that most ppl would likely be accustomed to". in other words, probably bang in the middle, or the median tension. given this definition of "ideal", i'd vote for a tension of 22-23lbs. even beginners should be able to hit decent shots with 23lbs. and the hard hitter will not find 23lbs to be too weak a tension. so what do everybody else think?