gonna play with old racquets for a while

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  1. slowfox

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    Experiment for myself. Gonna put away my "modern" sticks for a bit, and just play with racquets from the 80s and before. Been browsing the big auction site. I can probably pickup a few classic oldies for super cheap.

    Just wondering how they will affect my game. Figured at the 3.5 level I might get by okay with a sub-90in frame. Heck, they might even force me to improve my footwork and mechanics.

    Thinking about bidding on some Kennex Aces. Perhaps even a wood/graphite hybrid as I'm not sure if I want to go with a full wood stick.

    Any suggested racquets I should look out for? Thanks. I'm thinking about a 1-year experiment with this. :)
     
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  2. vwfye

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    The Copper Ace is a fantastic stick as is the Black Ace 90... though the BA90 requires a big swing to get big power...
     
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  3. Hannah19

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    Can't agree more....the Copper Ace gives me a killer back hand...!!!
     
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  4. joe sch

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    I think you will be happy with a head graphite director.
    You can find them cheap and in good condition and they really holdup well. Lots of power for players that do not have big swings. I think the PK *aces are great rackets for player with big swings and accurate strokes.
     
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  5. jonestim

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    Copper Ace 90 - the teal one - plays great and is cheap. I had one this summer and thought it was nice enough that I could play with it all the time. I sold it because a fellow member wanted it for his collection and I am trying to get rid of most of my collection. There is one over there now with a buy it now of $14.50 + $11 shipping. Pics make the grommets look ok.
     
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  6. slowfox

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    So my search list is currently...
    PK Copper Ace
    PK Silver Ace
    Prince Graphite Oversize (I know TW has it new, but I'll see if I can get an old one)
    or maybe a Dunlop... (??)

    I'll look into the Head Director mentioned above too. Thanks.

    This all started when I got a Becker Super for crazy cheap. Re-strung it, playtested, and like it a lot. Feels great.
     
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  7. Overdrive

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    You should give away your BB DC racquets... :)
     
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  8. slowfox

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    I did give it away... :grin:
    Not giving away the Puma though.
     
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  9. Overdrive

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    Oh yeah.. the DC Legend!
     
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  10. AlfaAce

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    Yonex R-22
    Dunlop Max 200G
    Prince Woodie
    Wilson ProStaff
     
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  11. slowfox

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    Yeah, been reading good things about the Yonex R22. Thanks.
     
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  12. The Meat

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    Silver Ace 90(the more modern shape) and Ceramic challenger 90's are my favorites from the past.
     
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  13. vwfye

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    Until our sponsorship from Match Mate, I used the Copper Ace my first year of collegiate tennis. I was an SV style player. After the chronic MM breakage issues we had, I went back to PK's, but the Pro Boron...
    The CA is a bit more forgiving and easy to swing. If you have longer strokes, it is fantastic! Easy spin on serves too!!!
     
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  14. slowfox

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    Thanks everybody for chiming in so far. I'm keeping an eye on some auctions for Copper Aces. Searching old posts I found a lot of positive comments about the PK CA. So I'm excited to try one at some point.
     
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  15. robbo1970

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    I know its not an oldie, but using the newer Exo3 POG really improved my game. I am an average intermediate, but my footwork improved loads and the mass gave me easy access to power and depth without having to swing wildly at all.
     
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  16. Brian11785

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    The past couple of months, I've spent a few hours a week hitting against a wall with some Wilson woodies that I bought on the 'Bay and got strung. And I will occasionally hit with them when playing with friends. Even pulled one out in a "for fun" set (which we won) following a league doubles match. They're WAY too underpowered to rely on as a primary stick.

    But if you are someone not bother by going back and forth between racquets, I would recommend doing something similar. It has really helped me with power generation and sweetspot hitting.
     
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  17. slowfox

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    So I got a bunch of different sticks off da Bay. Been customizing them to match weight, balance, swingweight etc. Not perfect matches, but they are pretty close now.

    Pleasantly surprised that transitioning between different racquets doesn't affect my play too much. Enjoying this experiment very much. Love the flex of these oldies.
     
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  18. makinao

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    I did the same thing last year. I picked up a used (and super cheap) 1st gen POG OS, R-22, and CTS Synergy DB-24. I love them to bits. My favorite is the Synergy. I took it out for a spin last weekend and won every set I played. Later in the year I ended up buying three Radical Limited Edition Agassis (NOS on sale 70% off!), which is the descendant of the Trysis, another classic. Now I have so many racquets I don't know which one to use. What surprised me most is that I didn't need to modify any of them. Each had their own unique qualities, but they all fit me perfectly. Go figure.
     
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  19. max

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    It would be interesting to know how many high schoolers have tried woodies.

    OP: try a PK Ceramic Ace; that's a good one as well. The Head Graphite Edge is very nice, too. . . which I used nicely when I was in the 3.5 range.
     
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  20. OHBH

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    Playing with the classics will definitely improve your game. I used to be a real ball basher, most points ended on either my winner or error, and I hit a lot of UEs. Then I played with the prostaff for like two years and it forced me to actually construct points, mix up spins, and outmaneuver my opponents. Been using a modern stick again for the last two months and am beating people that would have bageled me fairly easily a year ago
     
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    Not Sure it would be considered a real classic, but do yourself a favor and try the Prince Mono...I used to love this racket!
     
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  22. OHBH

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    That is what I switched to from my old 6.0 prostaff 85. Though I consider the Mono to be much more modern stick, with just the right amount of old school feel.
     
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    I plan on playing most of this doubles season mixing it up with a Prince Graphite Comp and Yamaha Secret 04 that I've acquired lately. Maybe even break out my 1st-gen Sting Mid if I'm feeling frisky (it's for sale, btw...)
     
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  24. slowfox

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    I got a Prince Graphite Comp recently. Whoa, so plush and buttery. I'm loving it. I also saw a Secret 04 at a thrift store yesterday, but it was all messed up cosmetically (like someone over-baked it in an oven). So I passed.
     
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