dunlop a-player plus ?

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by t-swede, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. t-swede

    t-swede Rookie

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    how does this wood/graphite woodie stack up against other greats like the prince woodie or the prokennex golden ace or the snauwert lagrande ?

    would any of these graphite woodies hold its ground when playing at a 4.0 level or higher ?

    regards the swede
     
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  2. dak95_00

    dak95_00 Professional

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    Didn't Miloslav Mecir use a lagrande to win the Olympic gold medal in 1988. I know this wasn't far removed from the early, early 80s when some top pros still used wood. Aside from Jimmy Connors - steel, he was the last to use wood and was competitive against his peers using modern racquets such as the PS85, PS6.1classic, POGs, Radicals, etc.

    If he can be competitive with a wooden racquet w/ graphite inlays and reinforcement, any player should be able to play to their same, relative competitiveness against their peer group.

    I've played against my friends using a standard head size wood and played them almost identical. The difference for me was it is harder to control distance and to hit the sweetspot on a 65 sq in racquet. I think the Woodie is closer to 100 so if you like the flex and feel and use a racquet of similar size and weight, you'll do just fine. I own a Head Edgewood, PK Graphite Ace and Blue Ace and wish I owned a Bronze Ace. Those are all closer to 85 and that would require a bit more precision.

    If you hit the sweetspot every swing, it wouldn't matter what you use.

    It would also be a little discouraging for your opponent if you were beating them or keeping it uncomfortably close. No one wants to be the guy who loses to the guy with the ancient relic racquet.
     
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  3. MAX PLY

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    Back in the dark ages when I was in the process of trying to make the switch from standard wood (JK pro staff) to a larger racquet I tried the Prince Woodie (liked it off the ground but not on serve or volleys--the headsize was, I felt, just too big). Then I tried both the Dunlop A-Player and the PK Golden Ace (the boron JLC version)--I liked them both but eventually settled for the PK GA because I felt I had a little more power and could still control it--bottom line was either was fine but both a little underpowered versus graphite in the hands of the same person. Played with it for about a year before making the change to the original Max 200g. I have not hit the LeGrande.

    I actually still have a number of wood frames and still play with them occasionally for fun. Actually, I hit them fine--the biggest detriment to me is getting any pop on returns--serves you can still hit pretty hard but not as much spin and groundies just not quite as powerful. You also have to hit a bit cleaner given the smaller sweet spot and the bigger difference in hitting an off-center shot versus modern technology.
     
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  4. t-swede

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    thank you guys that was very helpful ! one of my first rackets was a prince woodie which i bought ca 1980 .

    man im getting up there .
     
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