While I agree with kwun's article's ("best way to improve your game, not racket, nor your smash...") general premise, today I realized that the racket I have been playing with was pretty useless. I attended a beginner's course on technique and I got try out couple of decent rackets and, boy, the difference was huge. The racket I've been playing with is around 15 years old, it's pretty heavy and the grip is worn out. The strings are loose and worn out too. Now, I've could have replaced the grip and strings, but I thought that investing 50 euros (roughly 50 dollars) on a good-enough racket is worth the money. Of course, this is not to say that I shouldn't practice footwork. In fact, my overall strength and stamina are ridiculously poor after 10 year hiatus of exercising anything. But don't go overboard in the other direction either. That 10-15 year racket that has a worn out grip or strings might be a lot worse than a standard medium-priced new racket. That's what I found out today. That said, after getting a decent racket, maybe the next step (pun intended) is to concentrate on fitness and footwork.