How many people still play with rackets that are over 20 years old?

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by jimanuel12, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. 6-2/6-4/6-0

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    My first car was a bargain compared to the Prince Boron... :)
     
  2. Ronaldo

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    A Dolla was more than a dolla dolla then.
     
  3. wupaiwuzheng

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    dunlop impedance made by dunlop japan, early 90's
    yamaha proto 07; proto fx , late 80's
    wilson mid93 maybe early 90's
    prince pro 90 1986
    prince cts lightning 90 1989
     
  4. wupaiwuzheng

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    robertson wilson wide body 350, late 80's
     
  5. eastbayliz

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    I am not sure when this racquet came out (maybe someone will) but I played with as a Junior (think 1992-96) and it was a gem. Quit tennis for about 15 years and now I am playing tournaments again. I now have a Wilson BLX (got it for free) but I'm thinking about playing with the old one for some much needed luck.

    Racquet is black with some purple on it..Pro Staff Classic 7.5. I am considering finding these used and buying them up. Tennis in the mid 90's was good for me a punk kid. And if it still hits like a gem why change?
     
  6. Ronaldo

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    Still have a Wilson PS 7.5 95 & 110. 6.1 mold and weight, 54 rda. Awesome but gets played out after 100 or more re-strings.
     
  7. wrxinsc

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    meh, not old like many of the racquets posted but my bag has three '12 pj volkl c10 pros in it. pretty old design anyway.
     
  8. Ronaldo

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    Whatsa pj?
     
  9. wrxinsc

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    pj=paint job. same old frame but the manufacturer refreshes with a new paint job for 2012 in this case.
     
  10. Ronaldo

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    ty, have the 2008 and 2012 pjs in my bag now. Btw, any difference from year to year other than weight?
     
  11. djNEiGht

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    I'm not sure how old this is. I got this back in 91 off the sales rack.

    Mizuno Turbo Pro
    90 si
    10 pts hl
    16x19
    61 RA
    a
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    Still hit with it from time to time. This racquet keeps me honest. You can't be lazy when hitting with this. Very scalpel like though and is nice on flat serves.
     
  12. wrxinsc

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    from what i have read the '08 and the '12 are the same. earlier iterations maybe be a little more flexible, but someone more knowledgeable about this frame than me can correct me.
     
  13. eman resu

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    That Mizuno sure is beautiful....

    I use mainly 20 years old racquets, with the exception of my Ozone Tour. I'll get rid of the Wilsons Nblade and Rok, so, I'll be left with a Wilson Graphite Matrix, a Wilson Sting 2 Largehead, a Prince Michael Chang MP Longbody and now I'm waiting the arrival of a Prince Graphite Series 110 (1 stripe POG from 1983).

    The only one that's within the recommended tension range is the Chang, though, and it's strung at the min (53). All others are at least 5 lbs lower. Still don't know what I'll do with the POG, since 70-80lb is too crazy for me.
     
  14. v-verb

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    I string my POG 1 stripe 110 and Prince Boron at 35 with poly. Feels great - give it a try
     
  15. The Meat

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    Play with the 1980-1990's PK silver aces, blacked out as well.

    just added some weight to bump it up to 13.1oz, can't beat the feel of classics!!!
     
  16. kingduo

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    I sometimes play with my Yonex RD-7 and RD-3 for fun..I got these rackets 94 or 95..almost 20 yrs now. :)
     
  17. Relinquis

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    Prince 93" from 1990.
    14 X 18 string patter, flexible, 340+ grams (haven't measured it, probably more), head light... buttery on the arm, i hit a heavy ball with it.

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    Since the photo I have added a leather grip and some lead in handle.
     
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  18. Tamiya

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    resurrecting a pair of P Graphite Comp XL mids from 1990... they
    do feel a lot heftier than they look
     
  19. modena

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    I have and still use my Head Graphite Director (more than 30 years) as my primary racket today. Though, throughout the many years I have tried the newer and evolving rackets, my primary racket is still the racket of my choice.

    Also in my arsenal of firepower, are my second choices of the Rossi, Head Elite Pros & Prestige Pros, PS85, RX23 and a few different Fischer Vacuum sticks. These were the ones that stayed on, the newer ones which came along into my life, ultimately stayed on temporarily only.

    I still trot around with my 30+ year old Rossi racket bag when i go to the courts. Much to the astonishment of the younger generation.

    Still very much prefer the heavier designed rackets of the yesteryears.
     
  20. slowfox

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    Love my new collection of old racquets. I haven't tried anything modern that feels quite like them classic oldies. Early Head Graphite Edge is probably my oldest stick which I play regularly. Just got a PK Copper Ace. What a beauty..!
     
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    After a successful hitting session I think I'm going to regular my T-2000 now!
     
  22. gtshark1

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    I'm done with new technology. POG and Wilson PS 6.1 Classic for me from here on out...
     
  23. v-verb

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    I'm with you - check my sig - well except for the Donnay which is old school anyhow
     
  24. lobman

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    Slazenger Phantom--I think I got it around 1992. I still pull it out and play pick-up matches with it from time to time.
     
  25. Antónis

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    Well, I do

    My prime rackets are PS 6.0 95, and still love them, all 5 i have

    Sometimes i flirt with 6.0 85, and some other player's rackets classics, from Wilson and other brands, most of them I've been slowly collecting - Prestige 600 Classic, POG 90 series, Dunlop Max 200g, Adidas GTX Pro, 6.0 St. Vincents, PS 6.1 classic, etc.

    I playtest lots of new rackets (Yonex's and Dunlop's mainly, and some other brands when i have the chance), but i like old school frames better: more solid, better build, better materials, much better feel overall (an better looks, most of the times)
     
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  26. yonexRx32

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    Alternating Dunlop Max 200g Pro (all four of them), Dunlop 400i and Dunlop Max 200g. Before the MAX era, I played for a while with Yonex RX-32.
     
  27. Ronaldo

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    Still own an RX-32 and a Max200G that weighs over 13 oz. Sweet feel. Should try the Dunlop Revelation series racquets to get that classic feel IMHO.
     
  28. mhkeuns

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    Switched from PS 6.0 (*sometimes Head Graphite Edge) to Ultra 2. My warm up racquet is Slazenger Panther Pro Ceramic.

    New ones just feel so flimsy.
     
  29. 2ndServe

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    I like old rackets too, the graphite feels different. I know they had an xray of st vincent pro staff, I'm wondering if someone could xray a reissue ps 85 and we can see inside how different they might be.
     
  30. andreh

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    Pro Staff 6.0 85. Main stick is a 1st generation china, the others TW reissues from the mid-2000s. I have a new TW reissue but haven't tried it yet.
     
  31. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Are there major differences in your opinion between the latest re-issue, versus some of the older models?

    My friend has some older China models, and I'm currently playtesting the newer TW-reissue. Compared to his older China models, the TW re-issue hits like a wood racquet with the way it flexes around the throat.

    Whereas I found my friend's older China models hits like a hammer, just like my BLX90.

    What are your thoughts on the latest TW re-issue batch?
     
  32. morten

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    It is softer yes, but very good still imo....
     
  33. andreh

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    The older china definitely plays differently than the first generation TW resissues. Crisper, bigger sweetspot, more power. The difference is not huge by any means, but noticable. Maybe the feel of the TW reissues are a little nicer, but the older china plays better, IMO. I haven't played with the latest resissue yet. Got TE. No tennis for the rest of the year. JUst bought because they will probably disappear again at some time. Buy while you have the chance, I guess.
     
  34. HRB

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    I think PS Classic 6.1 95's, Radical Tour MP's (Bumble and Zebra), and Prince Original Graphites can and do hold their own against modern crap!
     
  35. Baxter

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    I hit with a PS Classic 95 the other day. A real beast, but wonderful to hit with. I'm going to try it out in a match if it ever stops raining here.
     
  36. djNEiGht

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    I've seen some footage on the news about the rain and flood damage. Stay safe
     
  37. Shroud

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    Tried some new rackets:

    Prince White
    Babalot Pure storm ltd
    Dunlop Aerogel 4d
    Dunlop Biomimetic 200

    POG all the way. It was just solid. Most of the new rackets felt hollow in comparison. Light flimsy toys.

    And what is the allure of these large headsizes??

    I would jump at a 85" pog!!!!!!!!
     
  38. KaiserW

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    I am playing with a pro staff classic 4.2. Looking to pickup a couple more
    only have one left from when I played with them in the 90's.
     
  39. Ronaldo

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    95 or 110? What grip size?
     
  40. Fedinkum

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    Max200G is still a pleasure to use.
     
  41. Baxter

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    I played with a PSC 6.1 95 for almost five hours yesterday. It's very heavy but very solid and I have zero arm pain this morning.
     
  42. KaiserW

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    95 with 4-1/2"
    Do you have some you are looking to sell?
     
  43. Ronaldo

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    2-95 4 5/8
     
  44. Snaab

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    Head Classic Midplus (102)

    Played last night with this classic - forgot how great it is off the ground. Not sure if they've really made anything better the last 20-25 years.
     
  45. Ronaldo

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    Best, hottest sweetspot ever.
     
  46. KaiserW

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    Hmm tempting...Let me do some measuring when I get home.
    What kind of condition and how much are you asking?

    Thanks
     
  47. Ronaldo

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    e-mail ggran@toast.net
     
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    This or this will be your friend
     
  49. Baxter

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    The funny thing is they have been making this SAME racket and calling it something new every year or so for two decades.
     
  50. Ronaldo

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    No, this is the midplus (660), 102". Head has not made anything like it since the 90s.
     

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