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darklore009
11-07-2012, 10:55 AM
Just curious on how heavy you tried a racket at. I'm currently playing with my 13.5oz k90 with a swingweight of 355. I used to play for a high school team, and many people tried to use my racket. They complained that it's really heavy. They even asked me how did i get used to it. almost all of them use a pure drive plus because of coach. I like my racket because it stands out from the rest. it also unique to my playing style and almost everyone can't use it.

El Diablo
11-07-2012, 10:59 AM
My first racquet, the Slazenger Challenger Number 1, its wood laminations visible and polished, 14 3/4 ounces. And I was about ten years old.

PrimeChoice
11-07-2012, 11:19 AM
The old Wilson Profile Oversize was a big hit for some time back in the day.

Other than that probably Pete's signature model.

dhdriver
11-07-2012, 11:50 AM
I once demoed the K Factor Pro Staff 88? At that time I wasn't as strong and thought it was too heavy for me. Don't think I'll try it again.

TennisCJC
11-07-2012, 12:48 PM
12.6 oz customized old model TF320. 6 HL, SW probably around 335-340

SteveI
11-07-2012, 12:56 PM
The Old Pro Kennex Black Ace Tour....

A BEAST!!!!

http://web.archive.org/web/20010617191031/http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage.html?PCODE=PBAT

Head Sizes:
95 sq. in. / 613 sq. cm.

Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
Construction:
20mm Maximum Width
Composition:
100% Ultra-High Modulus Graphite
Strung Weight:
12.8 ounces / 363 grams
Power Level: Low
Babolat Racquet Diagnostic
Center (RDC) Data:
Stiffness: 66 (0-100)
Inertia: 346 (200-400)
Manueverability: B, 56 (0-100)
Stroke Style: Full
Swing Speed: Fast
Balance: 7pts Head Light
Racquet Color:
Black & White w/Red & Black Lettering
Grip Type:
Cushion Grip
String Tension:
48-70 pounds

String Pattern:
16 Mains / 18 Crosses
Mains skip: 7T,9T,7H,9H
Two Piece
No shared holes

Lazarus
11-07-2012, 12:58 PM
Yonex R-50. I was using it some 22-23 years ago... and I still believe that it was the heaviest stick I ever hold in my hand.

Mick
11-07-2012, 01:05 PM
a few years ago i bought a racquet that Sharapova had used from the auction site. it had some leads on the frame. I played with it a few times and gave up. It's too heavy for me. She's pretty strong :)

Stein
11-07-2012, 01:07 PM
I have a Snauwaert Ellipse Touch C which i pumped full with silicon down the handle. In now weigths 399 grams (strung plus overgrip) and it plays pretty good (only for short time, max 1 our doubles) :)

Other frames i regularly use are HEAD Graphite pro at 375 gram (strung plus overgrip)
To be Honest these are a little to heavy for optimal playability.
350 - 360 (strung) is a great weigth :-)

purple-n-gold
11-07-2012, 01:45 PM
That I weighed in recent yrs would be a Vilas woodie 382g and a capd PT280 365g, strung.

Bowtiesarecool
11-07-2012, 01:55 PM
My first two racquets, a $40 Head from W**mart, and a Prince O3 white, I had leaded up to 410g and 389g respectively.

Cesare
11-07-2012, 04:21 PM
Rossignol f395 leaded to 392 grams and 370 swingweight..

zapvor
11-07-2012, 05:31 PM
i would say either a woodie or t2000. hated both

Ronski
11-07-2012, 05:56 PM
KPS 88... 363 grams... produces a heavy ball... the plow-through is amazing... very solid at net... but the problem is me... It's hard to serve with this baby on a 4th set...

goosala
11-07-2012, 06:00 PM
I think the heaviest frame I ever owned was the Yamaha Secret 04. It was 13 ozs.

klementine79
11-07-2012, 06:19 PM
Stock- a k88 that came in at 13.1oz

Modded- a MgPrestigeMid that received too much silicone and lead lovin'. 13.8oz, I believe was the final spec.

NLBwell
11-07-2012, 08:23 PM
My first racquet, the Slazenger Challenger Number 1, its wood laminations visible and polished, 14 3/4 ounces. And I was about ten years old.

For me, also probably the Challenge #1 or the wood with graphite inlays Challenge Graphite. They were probably the heaviest wood rackets I played with.
My original Kennex Black Aces are ~14 oz stock.

Kalin
11-07-2012, 09:42 PM
I also started with some nondescript woodie which may have been 14-15 oz and to a (then) skinny kid it felt really heavy. No wonder I exclusively hit a sliced backhand for the first 10 years of my tennis life :( Two-handers weren't in vogue then :)

Marcus2137
11-07-2012, 09:56 PM
I got a Head Prestige MP prostock that was about 387g and had a swingweight of 402 (25-30g on the head, made up of 8 strips of 1/4" lead from about 2:30 to 9:30, and 2 strips from 2 to 10, IIRC I'm not looking at my notes now). I played wonderfully with it, such smooth strokes, such power... for about 20-30 minutes, and then I was exhausted.

pkshooter
11-07-2012, 10:20 PM
Some yonex steel oldie... Like 50 in head. My actual racket is like 13 oz I think. People get mentally flustered I think, because really guys... It's an oz, every one benches at least the bar, so I see mishits due to the swing weight being off, but a 4 isn't gonna lose to a 3.5 because his stick is heavy

DeShaun
11-08-2012, 12:38 AM
13+oz. nice in one sense i.e. for its shock absorption but, slow to come around when brushing up fast is needed, just ain't happening if consistently heavy topspin is desired.

xFullCourtTenniSx
11-08-2012, 04:22 AM
Jack Kramer Autograph wood racket. 14 ounces yeah?

I have a [K]Six.One Tour leaded up to 13.8 ounces and probably a swingweight of at least 370.

My normal [K]Six.One Tours are leaded up to 12.98 ounces I think. It's whatever the number in my sig is. I really want something a bit lighter. Not as strong as I used to be.

Fuji
11-08-2012, 05:25 AM
14.0oz PSC6.1, SW well over 400. Super nice hitting frame, just my shoulder didn't care for it. Absolutely decimated groundies though haha.

-Fuji

NTRPolice
11-08-2012, 05:34 AM
Chris Evert wood racket (Wilson).

It's still hanging on my wall.

Power Player
11-08-2012, 05:48 AM
Wilson t2000. It's heavy..not sure the specs.

sandiegoman
11-08-2012, 10:30 PM
You are making it sound like a 13oz is heavy.. its just a couple ounces heavier than most racquets... you make it sound like it's a few pounds heavier.

Dino Lagaffe
12-12-2012, 01:43 AM
After reading this thread I decided to take a look in my rdc log:

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=308724

The top three heaviest racquets I've got, bar wood and steel, are the following ones:

1) Rossignol F200
Weight: 405/14.29
SW: 383

2) Kneissl White Star Mid
Weight: 399/14.07
SW: 372

3) Dunlop Max 150G
Weight: 394/13.90
SW: 389

I feel swing weight is also rather important, and based on that the following racquets are in the top three;

1) Dunlop Max 150G
SW: 389
Weight: 394/13.90

2) Dunlop Maxpower Mid
SW: 384
Weight: 387/13.65

3) Rossignol F200
SW: 383
Weight: 405/14.29

I bring those heavy weights out from time to time, makes you appreciate the maneuverability of the 13 oz/350 sw racquets...

robbo1970
12-12-2012, 01:52 AM
Some older woodies.

I used my old Dunlop Blue Flash a couple of times....that thing is a beast.

fgs
12-12-2012, 03:16 AM
i used to tune my donnay borg pro's (woodies) to 420g and a balance of 35cm (topheavy). specs of course strung. i dare not think of the swingweight but in those times tennis was not that fast as today.:)

fuzz nation
12-12-2012, 07:02 AM
Pretty much like to use really heavy graphite frames as "trainers" more than regular players. I've got a pair of leaded up (for more HL balance) LM Prestige mids that weigh 13.4 oz. and these are great because they ONLY work well if I use good timing and mechanics to hit the ball. Thinking of actually using them on a couple of the kids I coach to help them set up sooner and use more of their kinetic chain instead of "arming" their shots too often.

Those racquets have 11 pts. HL balance and my stock 13.0 oz Prince NXG mids have maybe 10 pts. HL balance. Have to say that those heavier frames can be fun, but only for ripping it at full speed. My go-to Volkl C10s weigh 12.5 oz. (leaded handles for 10 pts. HL balance) and while these are heavy enough to be stable 'n all that, they're also light enough for me to comfortably whup around when making extra spin or for settings like teaching where I'm not pounding the ball.

Physics can be quite the mixed bag I suppose...

Boricua
12-12-2012, 07:08 AM
Never been into heavy frames. Heaviest is the one I am using now, the Yonex VCORE 97 (330) 12.3 ounces, 8 HL. Pretty sturdy but manageable.

HEADfamilydynasty
12-12-2012, 07:22 AM
The heaviest i ever used was my first debacle with lead tape. I had no scale so i assumed my Speed Pro was 14oz, 375 SW. As it turned out it was really 18oz with a SW of 450:shock:. IT STILL FELT LIGHT:lol:, WTF!!

richsox
12-12-2012, 08:43 AM
I must say I am amazed at the weights I have read here, as I can;t imagine how my shoulder would feel after a set with any of those mentioned....

I have found (now in my 40's) that anything above a static weight of 330-ish, simply does eventually play havoc with my shoulder.....I wonder if any of you had any shoulder issues at all, from serving?

TennisCJC
12-12-2012, 09:51 AM
i would say either a woodie or t2000. hated both

I played the T2000 too but forgot to mention it as my heaviest racket. I am not sure how much it weighted but probably more than my 12.6 oz heaviest modern racket (TF 320 customized). Also, I am not sure how much the old wood Jack Kramer ProStaff weighed.

The T2000 head was about an inch wider than my outstreched hand - I could strech out my fingers and place my hand on the stringbed and just about touch the frame all around my hand. Sweetspot was the size of a pea.

jonestim
12-12-2012, 10:09 AM
I picked up a Prince Series 90 Graphite Pro last week that tips in at 365g with dampener and overgrip. It comes in at 14 points HL so it is quite maneuverable and is rock solid on volleys.

LeeD
12-12-2012, 11:13 AM
Last 2 years, been playing with a set of DunlopAero500's, at 10 oz strung.
2 days a go, grabbed an old Aero200 at 13 oz strung and headed for the courts. Wall hitting was fine. Rallying from the baseline was fine. Even volleys seemed fine. Then slow doubles started.
From the first ball, I was late for everything. Late or mishit (smaller headsize than what I was using). Reaction volleys were not too bad, but little putaway power. Putaway volleys were fine.
Serves were beyond horrid. Swingspeed and ball bite hard to achieve. Second serves lacked precision. First volleys were strong, but all over the map, either trampolining or mishitting. Overheads were fine.
Just weird, to sink to the level of the players on the court just because my racket was 3 oz's heavier than what I"ve played with the last 2 years.

quest01
12-12-2012, 11:23 AM
THe heaviest racquet I ever tried was the k88 with lead at the 3 and 9, it was around 13oz strung. It didn't last very long, it was the only racquet that ever gave me arm pain even strung without poly.

thecrusher956
12-12-2012, 11:43 AM
Tried my dad's T2000, very heavy.

Larrysümmers
12-12-2012, 11:46 AM
I played with some redic 380 g. 400SW pro kennex mid. i played a lot like borg. slower, but more deliberate swing? and i was hitting loopy deep topspin shots with ease.

georgeyew
12-12-2012, 11:50 AM
Mine was probably Lendl's racquet, Adidas GTX Pro T. I had that racquet in '88/'89. I remembered playing pretty well with it.

v-verb
12-12-2012, 01:25 PM
Prince Spectrum Comp. Probably over 14 oz. Felt like a sledgehammer

Francis27
12-12-2012, 01:52 PM
My friend wrapped his whole Head youtek ig radical pro with lead tape it weighed in about 20oz

paul_tennis
12-12-2012, 02:00 PM
KPS88 370 grams

Rock Strongo
12-12-2012, 02:02 PM
A Yonex Carbonex 8, Medium weight which is 396 grams. Brings absolute hell to the ball. It's ridiculous how powerful that thing is.

Main racquet (until they got destroyed, surprise surprise) was a Mega Age M2 with a 4 3/4 grip and weighed around 355 grams. Tried whipping every ball with it and now my shoulder hates me.

Currently on a 355 gram Max200G which actually is easier on my shoulder. Don't ask me how!

Footnote, I have a 16-year old friend whose racquets hover around 380. Same friend slapped on around 60 grams of lead on a Mantis 300 and the same on a Pure Drive when his Mantis sticks weren't available.

movdqa
12-12-2012, 04:14 PM
17 ounce Dunlop Revelation Tour Pro.

The highest SW racquet that I currently own are a pair of tgk260.2s with Berdych specs.

Cesare
12-12-2012, 06:04 PM
Rossignol F 395 with some lead around, 393 grams, Swingweight 381!

Will Wilson
12-12-2012, 06:39 PM
Learned to play with this classic wood racket as a skinny kid. I believe it is nearly 15 oz strung.

Not shocking that I don't pay too much attention to current players wondering how I can play with such a heavy frame (12 oz) now. Its a feather compared to the Jack.

Wilsonbro11
12-12-2012, 07:06 PM
http://postimage.org/image/rdiz02y1l/. This thing is heavy cant wait to get my next racquet.

_skunk_
12-14-2012, 09:44 AM
Rossignol f200 of a friend of mine, broke the strings of both mine, and i borrowed his, at the time companies were producing the same rocket with differe.nt weights, mine are the light ones and they are weighting more than 350 gr.the one of my friend were the M ones i may guess the weight around 380.

svarthofde
12-14-2012, 10:11 AM
http://postimage.org/image/rdiz02y1l/. This thing is heavy cant wait to get my next racquet.

what are the racquets specs?

Alchemy-Z
12-14-2012, 10:25 AM
I've hit with a wilson promotional jumbo racquet..not sure how much it weighed

but we had fun

LIKE ONE OF THESE

http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/picture-9.png?w=450&h=272

We were at a charity event

svarthofde
12-15-2012, 07:19 AM
a Dunlop Maxply Fort at about 13.8 Oz

Irrelevant
12-15-2012, 06:44 PM
what are the racquets specs?

That looks a lot like one of those Federer 110 frames from Wal-Mart.

dyldore
12-15-2012, 08:26 PM
I've hit with a wilson promotional jumbo racquet..not sure how much it weighed

but we had fun

LIKE ONE OF THESE

http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/picture-9.png?w=450&h=272

We were at a charity event

LMAO! I want one of those. :mrgreen:

MikeHitsHard93
12-15-2012, 08:27 PM
That looks a lot like one of those Federer 110 frames from Wal-Mart.

I'm sure it is

stronzzi70
12-15-2012, 08:43 PM
K 88............poor my arm!

dyldore
12-15-2012, 08:52 PM
http://postimage.org/image/rdiz02y1l/. This thing is heavy cant wait to get my next racquet.

What racket are you getting next? That racket weighs 11.2oz, which is pretty light/average compared to real rackets.

LanEvo
12-15-2012, 09:18 PM
I have a PS85? IDk if that is the heaviest... I really dont know. I am sure I have used a 13oz. + racquet before... I mean my PDR weights in at over 12 oz right now with overgrips and all.

Hi I'm Ray
12-16-2012, 03:41 AM
Just curious on how heavy you tried a racket at.
some random wooden rackets

I'm currently playing with my 13.5oz k90 with a swingweight of 355. I used to play for a high school team, and many people tried to use my racket. They complained that it's really heavy. They even asked me how did i get used to it. almost all of them use a pure drive plus because of coach. I like my racket because it stands out from the rest. it also unique to my playing style and almost everyone can't use it.
okaay......

realplayer
12-16-2012, 03:51 AM
385 grams and a swingweight of 362 but now i'm at 342 grams and 330 swingweight.

Migelowsky
12-16-2012, 12:21 PM
13.47 but it doesn´t feel that Heavy, I really like this racket .

http://fotos.subefotos.com/1caf5f1bfd236b8e25dfaca62472e92eo.jpg

and this Max 200 G is suposed to be 12.5 but feels heavier than the Puma

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/9900/raquetas17.jpg

and 13.66

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3521/5837031115_d82b296cce_z.jpg

I think all of my oldies are cosidered heavy except the Donnay Allwood and that Donnay GLM 600

http://fotos.subefotos.com/718fb3a3071bd898288707590f35876bo.jpg

Jocke
12-16-2012, 11:35 PM
Remember playing a couple of years in the 80's with the Prince 2nd from the right. What is the name of that one...is it Prince Pro? Really interested in the specs of that one.

Migelowsky
12-17-2012, 12:22 AM
Yes, that´s a Prince Pro 110
I searched on other threads and they say it weights
about 355 grams or 12.5 oz, I don´t know the flex or balance,
When I was a kid my highest level of game was
with that racquet, my first one was the Arthur Ashe
that has a very small head and then I went to this
huge 110.

Winners or Errors
12-17-2012, 05:51 PM
I don't remember the weight, but years ago I had (and wish I'd kept) an adidas Lendl GTX Pro that was a Medium weight, and that thing was a tank. I'd guess it was around 14 oz.

Fuji
12-17-2012, 05:55 PM
I don't remember the weight, but years ago I had (and wish I'd kept) an adidas Lendl GTX Pro that was a Medium weight, and that thing was a tank. I'd guess it was around 14 oz.

I was actually checking that stick out on the bay today! It seems like a really classic stick I wouldn't mind adding to the collection at some point. How did it hit?

-Fuji

Mick3391
12-17-2012, 07:43 PM
Just curious on how heavy you tried a racket at. I'm currently playing with my 13.5oz k90 with a swingweight of 355. I used to play for a high school team, and many people tried to use my racket. They complained that it's really heavy. They even asked me how did i get used to it. almost all of them use a pure drive plus because of coach. I like my racket because it stands out from the rest. it also unique to my playing style and almost everyone can't use it.

An old Jack Kramer wood racquet, which I still pull out now and then to sharpen up. Good idea that, I will tell you it forces you back to basics, makes YOU play instead of the racquet, then when you get your high tech bells and whistles built in radar racquet I think it makes you play better:)

PS: Don't know what the Kramer weight, probably 13-14

Winners or Errors
12-18-2012, 04:08 AM
I was actually checking that stick out on the bay today! It seems like a really classic stick I wouldn't mind adding to the collection at some point. How did it hit?

-Fuji

Like a stick with I think 72 sq in should hit. I don't recall having trouble moving between my 85 sq in Black Max or 90 sq in racquets and it, so if you're wondering about finding the sweetspot, you may find it easier than you think.

Someone on another thread said they're stiff, but it's tapered from the grip and pretty flexible in the head. Stiff, yes, in the sense that the strings are short.

If I get another one, I'll be playing it at significantly less than the 65# of tension I remember playing it at when I was in college. If I only knew then what I know now... Alas, there was no TW back then.

I also played, for years, a LM Kneissl White Star Pro, but it was nowhere near as heavy as that M Lendl GTX.

Fuji
12-18-2012, 05:27 AM
Like a stick with I think 72 sq in should hit. I don't recall having trouble moving between my 85 sq in Black Max or 90 sq in racquets and it, so if you're wondering about finding the sweetspot, you may find it easier than you think.

Someone on another thread said they're stiff, but it's tapered from the grip and pretty flexible in the head. Stiff, yes, in the sense that the strings are short.

If I get another one, I'll be playing it at significantly less than the 65# of tension I remember playing it at when I was in college. If I only knew then what I know now... Alas, there was no TW back then.

I also played, for years, a LM Kneissl White Star Pro, but it was nowhere near as heavy as that M Lendl GTX.

Awesome! Thank you for the feedback.

-Fuji

MattCrosby
12-18-2012, 11:22 AM
I dont have pictures, but Technifibre 295 weighted to something around 450grams. Sore elbow after that