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Original 6.0
03-08-2005, 06:53 AM
I mean not necessarily in terms of headsize, but feel, the good old flexible unique feel of wood. What comes close?

Don't say Kennex Core 1 nr. 6, it does not.

spinbalz
03-08-2005, 07:58 AM
Do you want a reply about a particular racquet, or do you want a reply about material?

What current racquet feels close to a wood racquet? NONE

What material is the closest to wood : Fiberglass, but I'd better to say that it is the less far instead of the closest.

Original 6.0
03-08-2005, 08:26 AM
"Do you want a reply about a particular racquet, or do you want a reply about material?"
Both.

BreakPoint
03-08-2005, 12:00 PM
To me, the racquets that "feel" most like wood these days are: Wilson PS 6.0 95, Volkl T10MP Gen II, and ProKennex Core 1 #6. The PK Ionic Ki5 is not far behind.

Colpo
03-08-2005, 12:05 PM
Go immediately to German **** and score a Volkl Servo Soft. It's your grail.

raftermania
03-08-2005, 12:08 PM
Do you have any reservations about simply using a wood racquet?

spinbalz
03-08-2005, 01:47 PM
If you can find a good old Rossignol F200...

Original 6.0
03-08-2005, 03:17 PM
Do you have any reservations about simply using a wood racquet?
Yea, I need to be cool out there, don't wanna look like my granny!
No, seriously, I like modern shaped graphite carbon sticks but somehow miss the good old feel of wood. I'm not 99 years old but I grew up with a Jack Kramer Staff when I first started in the early 80's... So far I tried out some stuff: PS 85 feels way way too stiff for me. The Rossi is great, indeed, but long out of the retail world. I also tried out Pro Kennexes with wood core but didn't like them; my current weapon is a Volkl Tour 10 mid and I must say it comes pretty close, so far the best I've tried.
Any thoughts about the new Dunlop Maxply?

BreakPoint
03-08-2005, 03:28 PM
Just wondering, but may I ask if you don't use a PS 6.0 then why is your screen name "Original 6.0"?

BTW, the PS 6.0 95 is much less stiff feeling than the 85. In fact, I think my Volkl Tour 10 MP feels stiffer than my PS 6.0 95.

Original 6.0
03-08-2005, 03:35 PM
"Just wondering, but may I ask if you don't use a PS 6.0 then why is your screen name "Original 6.0"?"

Well, to be honest that's the account of a friend of mine, I'm typing through his PC right now and he let me use his nick. He is the Wilson freak.

J D
03-08-2005, 04:05 PM
Original 6.0 (sort of), I haven't ever hit with any graphite frame that felt even remotely like wood EXCEPT the old graphite Wilson Kramer Staff of the late 80's. It felt so much like wood it was uncanny. You still see used ones around occasionally. Just try to find one that isn't played out.

16
03-08-2005, 04:11 PM
I think the closest your going to get to a wood frame in a modern stick may be the c-10 pro, 6.0 95, head prestige, or some of the heritage racquets from kennex(c/r).

iloveradical
03-08-2005, 04:16 PM
How about Max 200G? I haven't played with wooden racquets but probably the feel of Max 200G would be closet.

NoBadMojo
03-08-2005, 04:33 PM
i think the Estusa plays the closest to wood that i have discovered. dont remember which one i hit (i get them confused) but this one is kind of a funkly blue colour with what looks like spider webs on it :) and is very headlight...the feel is old school and you need to set up old school for this one IMO

16
03-08-2005, 04:45 PM
Nobadmojo, I forgot about the estusa's they are probably the closest non discontinued racquets to wood imo.

Rabbit
03-08-2005, 05:36 PM
C10 Pro is the closest in feel that I've played with. Like a wood racket, you can feel the frame flex when hitting the ball. I played a summer or two ago with the Head Vilas for about 6 months and I think it actually felt a little stiffer than the C10.

Grimjack
03-08-2005, 07:08 PM
i think the Estusa plays the closest to wood that i have discovered. dont remember which one i hit (i get them confused) but this one is kind of a funkly blue colour with what looks like spider webs on it :) and is very headlight...the feel is old school and you need to set up old school for this one IMO

I agree with the Estusa suggesters. NoBad, as I recall, you playtested the PBBraided for TW, so I'll assume that's the one you hit with.

I've tried both, and both are really nice sticks. But the PBPro is more wood-like, by far. It's the one with all the fiberglass, and plays a lot softer than the PBB. It also seems to play heavier, if my memory serves, although specs-wise, they weren't all that different.

PrestigeClassic
03-08-2005, 07:36 PM
A wood racket.

equinox
03-08-2005, 11:05 PM
Volkl C10 Pro.

Original 6.0
03-09-2005, 02:49 AM
Wow... I didn't have a clue about the Estusas. That's the next racket I'll have to check out.
Which one should I go for: PB, PBpro, Braided?

The C-10 Pro felt great, indeed, but I prefer the Tour 10. I'm waiting for a Tour 10 Gen. II, hope it's gonna be an improvement over an already great racket.

PrestigeClassic
03-09-2005, 09:26 AM
I thought my Pro, with its 20 percent fiberglass, I think, had a somewhat wood-like feel. But I kind of also like that firm braided feel, so if anybody has a Braided to trade for a Pro in L5, I'm up. There's also the old Puma BB Super with the similar cosmetic to the Pro, with 50 percent fiberglass. Wonder how that one is. The JK Staff sounds good. If you don't think the Pro Staff Midsize has enough of a wood-like feel, perhaps changing out the Kevlar for fiberglass will do it.