View Full Version : You favorite racquet design

Tennis Man
09-12-2006, 07:16 PM
Forget about playability. What was the most appealing racquet line to you before you actually tested it? I mean the look, the shape, the colour, the feel, etc.

09-12-2006, 07:29 PM
The Pro Staff Original 6.0 (St. Vincent). I just got one from someone on these boards (thanks again!) and I remember the days when Sampras would weild one of these as the greatest player in the game... it's just so elegant.

09-12-2006, 08:06 PM
The O3's look pretty sweet, esp the White, Tour, and Hybrid Tour.

09-12-2006, 08:40 PM
The nBlade has the best finish IMO. If only they can update the 6-1s with that kinda of shiny paintjob.

Povl Carstensen
09-13-2006, 03:08 AM
Dunlop MW 200 '95 or '90.

09-13-2006, 04:00 AM
Rossignol F-200


Steve Huff
09-14-2006, 06:12 PM
Le Coq Sportif 3-pronged shaft. The one that Noah used or Tanner used at the end of his career. Nothing sleeker.

09-14-2006, 07:50 PM
dunlop HM 200g's, the contrast of yellow and black with dunlop written down the sides +the visible carbon weave and shiny finish still makes me smile. this is a bonus since they play so well too.

09-14-2006, 07:52 PM
mspeed is a badass looking racket. Shiny black with green and red text. It beats the hell out of ugly head radicals

09-14-2006, 08:23 PM
the yonex 001 is the Ferrari of tennis racquets. Sweet yellow with hot black paint on the side. Great looking racquet and ith so much feel when hitting the ball.

09-14-2006, 08:26 PM
tecnifibre t-fight 335 18x20 is a sick racquet. paint scheme is badass + perfect specs

09-14-2006, 08:28 PM
its all about the dunlop m-fil line for me. mfil 300 is the nicest looking racquet out there with the bright red and silver.....damn nice.

09-14-2006, 08:28 PM
Volkls are horrible.

09-14-2006, 08:32 PM
Donnay Flex Pro

Tennis Man
09-15-2006, 04:26 AM
Please, post pictures of the older and/or less know frames if you can. Thanks.

09-15-2006, 04:43 AM
Slazenger X1
Prince O3 line

Prince CTS line
Rossignol Inverted Bridge line
PK Black Ace
Dunlop BlackMax
Head Graphite Edge

Wilson Legacy (wood + boron)
Donnay Borg Pro (and more of the same design line)
Wilson Advantage (wood)
Wilson Lady Advantage (wood)

09-15-2006, 04:55 AM
I can think of 3 ground breakers which in their time were truly works of art :

1) The Head Arthur Ashe. When everybody was using clunky old wood frames with single shafts, Head brought out the very sleek Arthur Ashe - a sculpture made of fibreglass foam sandwiched between 2 thin plates of aluminium. It was the first double shafted racket I remember seeing ( or was it the Head XRC ? ) and was the ground breaker for the design of virtually all modern rackets. It still looks great. The only problem was that it played like a board with no power. Lots of spin and angles though which is how Arthur Ashe beat Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. It also had a really neat whistling sound when you swung it through the air.

2) The Fisher superform. It had a pentagonal head and is one of the most aesthetically pleasing frames ever designed. It was a real crowd stopper and was used by Stan Smith and John Alexander for years. Despite its sleek design, it actually weighed a tonne and was very stiff, being made of some sort of graphite reinforced composite.

3) The very thin and shiny Jimmy Connors Wilson T-2000 with the crown and wrap stringing system. While other rackets looked like muscley Navratilovas by comparison, the T-2000 was the svelte Kournikova of its day. Nobody has brought that back to life, but the closest thing I can think of is the Babolat woofer system.

The design innovators seemed to be much more adventurous back then...

Tennis Man
09-15-2006, 05:00 AM
I just wish someone could find and post the pictures of those beauties :)

09-15-2006, 06:02 AM
I voted for others. I usually take a liking to retro looking racquets like the POG, PS 6.0, i.Prestige, PC 600, SRD Tour etc.

09-15-2006, 06:10 AM
The Guy Forget racket he used 10+ years ago (with the curves on the 3 and 9); what was that racket?

09-15-2006, 06:20 AM
new james blake racquet

09-15-2006, 06:37 AM
The Guy Forget racket he used 10+ years ago (with the curves on the 3 and 9); what was that racket?

Was it the Major X1 or something?