When I bought this tennis racquet, it was intended for my children to use. They were new to the sport and I thought it would be a good piece of "starter" equipment. It served that purpose, and stood up to some tough treatment, i.e. being scraped across the driveway trying to hit the low balls, and accidental run ins with other objects. I believe it would pass the test of "time", as well. It's not super expensive for a durable piece of sports equipment.