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dkt
03-02-2008, 05:29 PM
Based upon the following criteria:
I. Longevity in Market
II. Influence on the Game
III. Playability for all levels
IV. ATP Wins

SFrazeur
03-02-2008, 05:32 PM
In no particular order:

Wilson 6.1 Classic 95.
Head 630.
Babolat Pure Drive.

-SF

Ryoma Kun
03-02-2008, 06:11 PM
I. Wilson ProStaff Original (85)
II. Whatever the first graphite racquet was
III. Pure Driver
IV. Exclusing Paint Jobbed racquets i would say pure drive as well.

My choice of greatest racquets are the Prostaff original 85, PC600, POG OS, Dunlop MuscleWeave 200

maddog2020
03-02-2008, 08:20 PM
Dunlop Maxply - no doubt about it. It was the king for 20+ years. No other stick has come close to that.

Noveson
03-02-2008, 08:27 PM
I think the Pure Drive is up there, and can a whole line be up there? Because the Prestiges deserve it.

djokster
03-02-2008, 08:29 PM
1) PS 85
2) Prestige Classic
3) POG

maddog2020
03-02-2008, 08:30 PM
Dunlop Maxply - no doubt about it. It was the king for 20+ years. No other stick has come close to that.

Sorry - not 20 years. FIFTY years. The stick Laver won the grand slam with not to mention John McEnroe's peak years...

NLBwell
03-02-2008, 10:25 PM
Dunlop Maxply
Wilson Jack Kramer

vndesu
03-02-2008, 10:28 PM
1.n90
2. prestige fxp
3. k90

ApproachMan
03-03-2008, 02:18 AM
1) Siegfried Kuebler's Wilson Profile SI 2.7 - This racquet paved the way for modern tennis and the way it is played today. It was the first wide body racquet ever made and brought the idea of the "stiff" racquet to the mass market. Without it, we would not have stiff molded aerodynamic racquets like the Babolat Pure Drive.

2) Dunlop Max 200G (first popular graphite racquet used by Graf/McEnroe well into the early 90's) tied with Wilson Pro-Staff 85.

3) Everything else.

nickynu
03-03-2008, 06:32 AM
Fischer Pro No1 - Kafelnikovs red and silver machine with buttcap customisation

Commando Tennis Shorts
03-03-2008, 06:42 AM
1) PS 85
2) Prestige Classic
3) POG

beautiful.

jorel
03-03-2008, 06:58 AM
I think the Pure Drive is up there, and can a whole line be up there? Because the Prestiges deserve it.

actually,,,, if u look at the histroy of the Pure Drive... it has not faired too well in winning GS.

I can only think of 3 instances (Moya, Rod and Clisters);... part of that is also the dominance of Fed and his K90.

nikdom
03-03-2008, 07:04 AM
Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 Original Mid 85 sq in


- Most Grand Slam titles ever won with a single model (Sampras, Courier, Edberg etc)
- Cult following among amateur players.
- Still in use today beating marketing-buzz-word racquets at the store and on the courts!

babolatking
03-03-2008, 07:10 AM
Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 Original Mid 85 sq in


- Most Grand Slam titles ever won with a single model (Sampras, Courier, Edberg etc)
- Cult following among amateur players.
- Still in use today beating marketing-buzz-word racquets at the store and on the courts!

one of baylors (NCAA) players was using a ps (i think it was a 90 ur a 95 thou)

Rasta
03-03-2008, 07:19 AM
The "Paint Job" racket has won many, many tournaments.

slice bh compliment
03-03-2008, 07:22 AM
Dunlop Max 200g. Amazing feel, especially when new.Was in the hands of the champion of a few slams in the 80s and 90s. Men's and women's.

nickb
03-03-2008, 07:31 AM
- PS Classic
- POG
- PS 85
- Max 200G
- My racket...

Nick

VGP
03-03-2008, 07:36 AM
Based upon the following criteria:
I. Longevity in Market
II. Influence on the Game
III. Playability for all levels
IV. ATP Wins

Based on the OP's criteria, that's why the PS85 might not make the list.

rfmad
03-03-2008, 08:49 AM
Dunlop Maxply Fort not even close!

nikdom
03-03-2008, 08:59 AM
Based upon the following criteria:
I. Longevity in Market
II. Influence on the Game
III. Playability for all levels
IV. ATP Wins

No racquet can be playable at all levels AND be the Greatest Racquet ever produced. Obviously, a rookie picking up a racquet and feeling right at home and a pro feeling the same about it does not make sense.

Just the fact that a racquet was used by the top professional players to win tournaments and is enjoyed by club/league level players is enough of a playability spectrum to judge on.


PS 85 wins hands down!

bobbyjonesrocks
03-03-2008, 11:30 AM
What is POG?n(I am sorry for asking, I just started on these threads) :)

bobbyjonesrocks
03-03-2008, 11:31 AM
What is POG? (I am sorry for asking, I just started on these threads :))

bobbyjonesrocks
03-03-2008, 11:32 AM
Why can't I edit my posts?

vkartikv
03-03-2008, 11:34 AM
1. # of ATP wins has more to do with talent than the racquet
2. No racquet is adaptable to every kind of player

Those points cleared, here's my top 5

1. Wilson prostaff original midsize (I'll never be good enough to use it)
2. Dunlop muscle weave 200G 95 (best baseline racquet ever)
3. Wilson prostaff 6.0 95 (put some lead in the upper hoop and it plays like a hybrid of the ps 85 and mw 200G)
4. Yonex Super RD Tour 90 (the only yonex that's worth playing with)
5. Head PC 600 (best feel of all)

ollinger
03-03-2008, 12:09 PM
POG certainly the most influential because all of the mid and midplus sizes we know now came about because everyone was trying to get around the Prince "oversize" patent which applied to a range of head sizes.

ChuDat
03-08-2008, 08:47 PM
the nblade

gonzo2000
03-08-2008, 09:47 PM
In no particular order:

Wilson 6.1 Classic 95.
Head 630.
Babolat Pure Drive.

-SF

I agree with this group. The Classic 6.1 in its different incarnations in my opinion takes the top billing.

racquet_jedi
03-08-2008, 09:48 PM
The "Paint Job" racket has won many, many tournaments.

:lol:

This is true, in a sense...

akoni
03-08-2008, 10:22 PM
1) PS 85
2) Prestige Classic
3) POG

i agree, considering most of the popular player rackets in the past couple of years and what is under the paintjobs of most pro rackets is some sort of derivation of these rackets, it's hard to say these aren't the greatest rackets of all time.

Noveson
03-08-2008, 10:38 PM
Based upon the following criteria:
I. Longevity in Market
II. Influence on the Game
III. Playability for all levels
IV. ATP Wins

actually,,,, if u look at the histroy of the Pure Drive... it has not faired too well in winning GS.

I can only think of 3 instances (Moya, Rod and Clisters);... part of that is also the dominance of Fed and his K90.

Well look at his criteria;

Longevity - Too young of a stick to say
Influcence - HUGE influence, so many copies have been created(Head Extreme, Kpro/Npro, Aerogel 500, ect)
Playability - Seeing as everyone says this is a noob stick, but many pros and college players use it.....
ATP Wins - Many wins, not a whole lot of GSs though

nickb
03-09-2008, 01:45 AM
the nblade

I think not :)

Oh just noticed you are using one...that explains it!

1012007
03-09-2008, 01:46 AM
lol, very harsh nick:)

strictref
03-09-2008, 12:45 PM
Dunlop 200G
Wilson PS 85
POG

Lendl
03-09-2008, 03:10 PM
Agreed, not sure about the order (you could argue any order) but those three stand out.

1) PS 85
2) Prestige Classic
3) POG

djweenie
03-09-2008, 03:23 PM
Wilson PS 85. hands down.

Noveson
03-09-2008, 04:28 PM
No racquet can be playable at all levels AND be the Greatest Racquet ever produced. Obviously, a rookie picking up a racquet and feeling right at home and a pro feeling the same about it does not make sense.

Just the fact that a racquet was used by the top professional players to win tournaments and is enjoyed by club/league level players is enough of a playability spectrum to judge on.


PS 85 wins hands down!

I don't see how that's obvious at all? Why wouldn't the greatest racquet ever produced be able to cater to recreational players?

Bubba
03-09-2008, 04:30 PM
1. PS 85
2. PS 85
3. PS 85
Need I Say More?!...

meowmix
03-09-2008, 05:39 PM
I think we're probably missing a few of the classic woodies. Those were definately more popular back then than any racket is today.

Djokovicfan4life
03-09-2008, 05:46 PM
Sorry to ask a noob question but just what is so great about the PS 85? It doesn't sound like a very good racquet for me, I hated the K90 and they sound kind of similar.

Bud
03-09-2008, 07:58 PM
G.R.O.A.T.

There are too many to list :)

(sorry if someone already did this) :lol:

JW10S
03-09-2008, 07:59 PM
Dunlop Maxply Fort

Bud
03-09-2008, 08:12 PM
Dunlop Maxply Fort

How does the Maxply compare to the Maxply Fort? What's the difference?