Any opinions on the best oversized widebody racquets?

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  1. royfrombigd

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    Hi all. First time venturing into the classic racquet forum. I recently acquired an original Wilson Profile 110 and immediately became addicted to the power. I like heavier racquets and almost all the modern 12oz+ racquets are thinner beamed, lower powered sticks. The Profile is a little tricky to control and have since acquired a Pro Staff 4.5 110 which is more controllable with it's 18x20 SP. I'm concerned about arm issues due to the stiffness, but so far, so good. Any thoughts on what is the best widebody? Thanks.
     
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  2. Gemini

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    I was just a kid when that type of high end widebody racquet first appeared but a number of my family members played with similar frames.

    As far as which is best, it's subjective. My vote would go to the original Prince CTS Thunderstick. I didn't play with it personally but I have an uncle that would "make me look stupid" on the court when he was using that racquet.
     
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  3. Sarcastic

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    Not an oversize but the Kennex Destiny racquets are fantastic.
     
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  4. retrowagen

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    Fischer Vacuum Power 110. Best oversized racquet ever made.
     
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    Had 3 matching TSticks back 9 years ago or so.
    Decent power, a little clumsy for volleying and body defense, nice serves, string eater, and every head heavy.
    Next racket's were DunlopMFil200's, tour specs 18x20's, and my serve improved in consistency if not in pure speed.
     
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  6. joe sch

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    The Wilson Wilson Profile 110 and other OS Widebodies are powerful arm killers for players with full strokes. Why not drop the wide body requirement and try one of the many control players rackets like a POG OS ?
     
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  7. Don't Let It Bounce

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    If you like the Profile OS but want the control (and string preservation) of the 18x20, in the early 90s I played with the 2nd generation Profile 3.0 that had it. Beautiful metallic green and purple paint, too. Very solid-feeling racket. The weight (354g strung for the one I have now) helps with elbow-friendliness, but if you're already injured it probably won't help enough.

    Between the wide frame and the very oval Wilson shape, incidentally, those rackets did not have as much of a spin window as you would expect from an OS. (I mention it because spin is really the intended way to control these beasts.) My Profile 3.0 110 has about the same spin window – maybe less, depending on how you calculate it – than my Donnay Platinum 99's.
     
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  8. jersey34tennis

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    the fischer m pro no 1. 105 gets my vote
     
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    The Profile 3.0 was also called the Profile Aireshell 3.0. I liked it's cosmetics a lot more the the original 2.7 or 3.6. BTW, hitting topspin with widebodies is harder than it appear due to the thick edges. Many players I knew using it back then clipped the edge when hitting TS.
     
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    some of the head trisis widebodies played really well and had decent weight to them.

    What i have found through the years is that widebodies actually play pretty well. its not necessarily the beam thickness that throws me off as much as it is the weight. If they are fairly heavy enough i can usually tweek the string tension to get a feel I like. If they are really light they just feel so hallow and stiff everything get thrown off for me.

    Some of the old wilson high beam series played pretty well. most of the wilson flex ratings were in the 6.0-7.0+ range and the weights were up there. the Sting and Kevlar select come to mind as they were in the 110 inch head sizes. the wilson Hammer 6.2 "skunk" was also in the high beam series and was probably the best of the hammer series IMO.
     
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    Yamaha Secret ?
     
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    do you happen to know the strung specs for this racket , i have a chance to buy 2 used ones in good shape for a good price ?


    regards
     
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    i think the prince approach 110 was more versatile than the thunderstick and also the donnay ultimate pro os was nice in my opinion
     
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    Approach is 110, but not anywhere near widebody.
     
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    Kuebler R50.....killer
     
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    The Profile midsize 95 sq in might be your ticket over the 110. Much better control.

    Prince CTS was the big seller back then and still has a loyal following. The Thunderstick was a great frame if you want supersized power. Approach was much more versatile
     
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    Hammer Profile 2.7, Profile 3.6si
     
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  18. Hannah19

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    Yep, I have a Secret 04 and play with it often. The special "twang" when you hit the ball and control it gives me is superb...
     
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