Estusa Jimmy Connors Power Play - pics included

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  1. Gorecki

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    just check the beauty i found with plastic in the handle

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    and it comes with a stencil included...

    and for less than 20$ :)

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    does any one know the specs for this frame and also story behind (if there is any)....
     
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    Be careful, that racket is Power Charged!!! :)
     
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    even more so because it's aerodinamicaly induced...:) i had a laugh at that when i read it first!

    goes to show how they have been selling BS from long time!
     
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    Nice find.
     
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  9. dunlop kid

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    Are Estusa still in the racket business at all?
     
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    only marginaly i guess... there is a site, but seems tohave no activity.
     
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    Do you know what the site is?
     
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  12. Gorecki

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    estusa.com? just google the word... its your first choice...

    btw.. this one will be on classifieds after i string it and demo it...
     
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  13. dunlop kid

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    Their new rackets actually look pretty good on their website. Does anyone use them?
     
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    That was a outlet site, just an overstock, sold out now..
     
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    i didnt know about that.

    do you know anything about this frame? i could use some help...
     
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    you sell that, you'll be a millionaire mate'...
     
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    If i'm not mistaken there were two versions of the power play, the one you showed here and the power play tour which was 18x20 pattern, and a different pj.
     
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  18. Gorecki

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    i dont think so... my guess its just another of those obscure racquets made in the early 90's and not very valuable except for Jimbo fans or collectors...
     
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    well, jimbo fans or collectors that are millionaires....:)
     
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    the bright neon one?
     
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    No that was the pro legend classic (he later play the light one too).
    He signed with Estusa in 1990.
     
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    did he use this one ever?

    thanks...


    guys guys... where are the estusa people these days? help us out here...
     
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    Good question, i can't tell, before switching to Estusa he played a Slazenger, some say he used a pj of the pro legend on his old Slazenger but i don't think so, the beam was too thick IMHO and the racket had kinetic stabelizers.
    Maybe Thomas Martinez can shed some light here...

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  24. Gorecki

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    funny, the beam of the pro legend looks pretty much the same shape of the power play... with "pws" at 12... and slightly eliptical...
     
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    estusa sucks, it's an exact copy of the slazenger phantom 90, even the unique grommets and pws is identical, shameless!!!...my guess is that Estusa bought the mold or pj'ed it and drove slazenger out of business, did estusa ever make anything original?



    any you guys thought I only picked on Kennex!
     
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    thanks. nice contribution for the thread... :evil:
     
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  27. plasma

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    Jimmy used the Estusa Pro Legend Classic, and the Pro Legend Classic Lite, I don't think he used this model. The Pro Legend Classic was actually a pj of the Slazenger Phantom 90 (appropriately named), the second slazenger Connors played on tour after the ceramic...
     
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  28. mctennis

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    Does the pic of Conners with the yellow Estusa really look like it has the pws pads on it?
     
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  29. mctennis

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    What strings was Conners using in this Estusa Pro Legend racquet? Does anyone have access to that type of info?
     
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    I used to own the neon yellow Estusa. I saw a story on TV way back when, what maybe 1990 about Jimmy Connors and the Estusa he used. I had to have one. Mail ordered one. Got it and played with it for a couple of years but I never really liked it so eventually I sold it to a guy who ran a small stringing business in Pasadena on Colorado Blvd. I probably got about $50 for it. Even tho I did not get along well with the racquet I kind of wish I kept it but I'm sure back then I really needed the $50 if I was not going to use the racquet. If I was gonna use it I would have kept it. Not long after that I went to the Jim Courier Wilson PS 6.6 Tour Classic and loved that racquet. Used it until last year when I got a Head Microgel Radical MP.

    For some reason I don't recall anything special playability wise about the neon colored Estusa Connor's model. I just looked cool and cool that one of my fave players Connors used it. But yeah should have kept it.
     
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    I strung his rackets(6) just before his famous run at the US Open...this was for the Championship of Team Tennis, LA vs Atlanta. VS 17 uncoated...one strung @ 62# on Star 3...all six then strung @ 55#.
     
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    Does Babolat still make an uncoated VS gut? Did they back then or was it specially made for Jimmy Connors? I have used Klip uncoated natural gut and liked it, but only have tried the regular coated Babs Nat Gut.
     
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    Ya got me on that one. I haven't looked for uncoated gut in a couple of decades.
    In the '70s, I got a set of Chris Evert's uncoated Victor Imperial and put it in a Slazenger Professional....sweet!

    I got to install one set of Connors' VS in my Mizuno Lendl...FINE hitting stick!
     
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    coach, I'm under the impression that uncoated NG was the standard fare back in the '70s then coated strings came about maybe in the '80s and now it's standard fare.

    If you like uncoated NG then try out those Klip I am talking about. I like the Klip uncoated. Very good strings.
     
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  35. mctennis

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    Thank you very much for this info. I figured I'd not get a bite with this question. I have one of these racquets and was hoping to try and duplicate what he had used. I almost hate to hit with this racquet since it is so pristine BUT I hate not to. I figure 55#'s would probably be a good starting point.
     
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    Good suggestion. I've seen this string listed before but forgot about it until you mentioned it.
     
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    This was the summer after Jimbo's wrist surgery AND he had no idea about the 'relative' tension that the Star 3 would result in. After he hit with the 62# string job, he exclaimed "Man, this would put me back in the hospital!". That's when we dropped the tension to 55# and all was good. I'm guessing the 62# starting point would have been good on a lockout machine like the Ektelon back then.
     
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    That makes sense. At #62 that would be tough on a just done wrist surgery. Makes me says "ouch" just to think about that. I'm going to get some uncoated gut and try this out at #55.
     
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