How else to follow a philosophical post than with a guide to how to buy a tennis racquet? I don't know: There's something meditative about writing about tennis equipment. It could be all the physics: figuring out what produces more power, a tight or loose string pattern? Diving into the science of how the grommetless holes drilled into the sides of today's swankiest frames create catapult effects--or how carbon fiber nanotubes built into the composite of a frame stiffen the thing up. It's a little like chopping shallots and reading about string theory at once. While thinking back to those childhood days when I couldn't close my cabinet's doors because of all the Tennis magazine back issues clogging the thing up. I also couldn't let my guide go to print this year without a discussion of the new wood tennis revolution. Yes, people are playing it again. And not just to look like Ritchie Tenenbaum. So, as explained, the following piece isn't philosophy or creativity. But it's something I really enjoy doing every spring. And by all means, if you have any questions about what stick is right for you, send me an e-mail. I don't consider myself an expert on too much else.