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

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  1. librarysteg

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    I still use the ProKennex I bought from Kmart in about 1990. It's served me well.
     
  2. Hawbolt

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    THE PS85s OBVIOUSLY ! :D
     
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    Currently Yonex R-50 - sweet, just so sweet.
     
  4. CaptainCool309

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    I still play with a Pro Kennex Copper Ace, and Sometimes I'll play with my Wilson T-5000 and Wilson Tx-6000 metal racquets.
     
  5. LeftyRighty

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  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Do people with the TW re-issue PS 6.0 85 count? What about the TW re-issue PC600?

    Because I have a batch of 4x for both. (Not using the PC600 anymore though, moved onto the 85)
     
  7. coachrick

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    You may be the only person I've ever heard of who actually played with the TX-6000 :) I've got one that I don't think ever found its way to the court.
     
  8. vsbabolat

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    Yes, the PC600 counts that you have same layup since 1986.
     
  9. CaptainCool309

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    That was my aunt Rita's favorite racquet back in the day. I've never had the chance to play with one, is it a good stick?

    I love playing with the Tx-6000, but yeah you're right it's seems to be very rare. My dad had a friend who was a big fan of stainless steel tennis racquets, and he gave my dad both the T-5000 and Tx-6000 racquets as a gift, and then my dad then both gave them to me... so that's how I ended up with those two. I think the Wilson Tx-3000 and Jimmy Connors C-1 can also be added to the list of rare Wilson Stainless Steel racquets.
     
  10. chrisberchris

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    I've started playing with a wilson graphite matrix. I love it so much that I probably will sell my blade tours and buy 3 more matrixs. Seriously my favorite racquet I've played with
     
  11. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    What of the TW re-issue PS 6.0 85?
     
  12. Chuck Savage

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    After +-28 years I'm still faithful to the Dunlop Max 200g. I get funny looks some comments at the club and blow many opponents
    away!
     
  13. Ronaldo

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    Ever use the heavy 200G?
     
  14. cartel

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    i still have 2 DB26's and just restrung one a couple weeks ago--

    they dont get used much but more than adequate backups..
     
  15. aced_Tezuka

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    I liked playing with my PK Copper Ace. But a grommet fell off and idk what to do about restringing.
     
  16. max_brat

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    As many of you probably know, I only trust Dunlop racquets. I play with one of three Max 200G's in my bag, plus my new wooden Maxply McEnroe. Even though my dad thinks I play better with a 110 sq inch liquidmetal Head, I'll never trade my 200G's for any new racquet.
     
  17. Joonas

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    I just acquired POG Mid, one stripe with grommets, so I think Pog 3. Absolutely nice racket but very brutal - fir good and bad. But mostly for good ;)
     
  18. OTMPut

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    I still use the Donnay Borg Pro in charity tournaments.
    I have strung it up with Lux BBO @ 40 lbs.
    Produces insane spin. Pure orgasm if you make clean contact with long classic strokes :wink:
     
  19. Minion

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    I play every other week with my old 1980 - something Dunlop Max200G, strung with Crossfire II 16 @ 58lbs - love it! Strung weight with one overgrip is 364g - no idea what the swingweight is, but still my favorite racquet of all time:)

    My only real regret in life is, that i never got to hit with a Head Pro Tour 280 or a PC600:cry: Have heard and read alot about them, and if they're anywhere nearly as good as the Max, then i sure missed out.
     
  20. Tamiya

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    PC600 similar but makes MAX200G feel like doing surgery with a blunt scalpel.
     
  21. jimanuel12

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    wilson reflex

    i picked up a couple of the old wilson reflex racquets and cannot believe how well these play. had them restrung and i love them.
     
  22. chjtennis

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    I have Estusa Power Beam Pro which I bought in 1994. I pick it up and play with it from time to time nowadays and I still like it.
     
  23. Ronaldo

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    Not sure if it is 20 yo but about to re-string my Head Trisys 260 OS. Great racquet
     
  24. vsbabolat

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    Is it made in Austria?
     
  25. Ronaldo

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    Yes, Head Radical 260
     
  26. vsbabolat

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    Then you have a 21 or 20 year old racquet.
     
  27. Ronaldo

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    Tried to collect all those Head Tour racquets from that period. Only the Dunlop Revelation series competes with these racquets. Fischers are just too persnickety
     
  28. jshanem72

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    I play the more sets with my old graphite masters strung with full beds of Polly at.35lbs. Never found anything close to these..
     
  29. noro

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    head prestige pro 1987
    head prestige 600
    head prestige classic trek font
    head pro tour 630 trek font.

    oldies, oldies everywhere
     
  30. aliasrichmond

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    Just restrung and regripped my 1982 Head Director, added 25g of blu-tac in the butt, it's a monster 400g but it's dream to hit with
     
  31. glovesaves35

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    Prince Graphite Pro 90 user still. Occasionally the Powerflex Graphite 90 and 110 or the CTS Approach 110. Even pull out the ultimate club, POG single stripe 110, every now and then. I grew up on 80s Prince frames so I am junky for anything from that era. They all just feel right, feel familiar. Admittedly though, I have not tried many new frames. I have only been back on the court for about a year and just havent had a chance to try some of the new tech. Still a hardcore hockey player but the mileage is adding up so tennis has come back into the fold. May have to try one of these silly Babolat frames one day ;)
     
  32. liquidmetal

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    Head Prestige Tour 600 / Head Graphite Tour 600 / Head Radical Tour 690

    I've just purchased two Head Graphite Tour 600 (18x20, 344 gram, 93 sq.in.) Used this as a junior player and never found a racket with the same feel. When my last frame broke a few year ago I still have not found a frame that fits me as good. Can't wait till I get them in the mail.

    Also looking/hoping to get my hands on Head Prestige Tour 600 and Head Radical Tour 690 (all "Made in Austria)
     
  33. smalahove

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    Like glovesaves35, I love my Graphite Pro 90.

    I have two rackets from my glory days back in the 80s. Like so many have mentionned earlier, it's strange to think that as a junior I used to play a racket that falls in the top-player category (12 + oz, 10 +/- HL, 330 + SW aso).

    The new Prince Response 97 is not at all alike, and I've recently began looking into the Type C Redondo Pro Kennex models (M an MP), having the right specs.

    I'm not sure why the the GP90 fits my game and swing so good, but it does. I don't really find that I have any more mishits than with the 98s or 100s, but that would be hard to assess objectively based purely on feel :)

    I've tried several other frames so far, on a quest to find a similar, yet somewhat bigger and more powerful frame, but haven't found anything close. The best match so far has been the Tour 100 16x18, however it feels very different.

    If it wasn't for the high shipping from the US, I'd buy several more frames :)
     
  34. mywifehatestennis

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    I have a love affair with older rackets (particularly from the 80's). I only wish I had grown up in that era. Rackets today just seem to lack character.

    My current obsession is the Wilson sting mold/family. I own a new old stock Sting midsize, a Sting 2 and a SC2000. The SC2000 is perfect for my game, I have never found anything that comes close. I'd love to acquire the Sting SC (not the white one without the stabilizer bar, but the sparkly job with copper and red pin striping) but that seems to be the hardest to find.
     
  35. TMR

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    Head Prestige Tour 600 MADE IN AUSTRIA

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=491874
     
  36. Mac the Knife

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    Series 1 (bumperless/grommetless) POG over. Harder to hold serve but you can't beat those groundies and volleys.
     
  37. RNEast

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    I've been practicing with my old Yamaha YFG-45 graphite. I think it's from the early 80's. That thing is like a sledgehammer. Still have the original strings on it!!
     
  38. Sparky

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    Wilson Ultra FPK 95. Not exactly true to be20 years old but Wilson ProStaff 85 TW reissue.
     
  39. the hack

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    I agree completely. Wish Prince would make us a new batch of 1 Stripes. I have tried the new Tour but it's just not the same.
     
  40. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    I still pull out the Prince CTS precision every now and then
     
  41. AC10S

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    Yup. still use the PC600's. I truly believe you can still use these frames unless you play against someone that has "Nadal' like topspin. I absolutely Love these frames and if someone beats me when I play against them, well then, they were just better than me. Just play with what you love and for me, it's these frames. What's also cool about these frames is that they are absolutely fantastic cosmetic-wise with the metallic red paint. The other day, I had a person new to tennis comment about how cool the frame looked. I really think they don't make frames like they used to.
     
  42. Problx

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    Using a Black Total Eclipse Wimbledon 98(24+years old) and Pro staff 95, ten years old. I am looking for more Wimbledon Total Eclipse 98/88.
     
  43. BHBeguile

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    Just took an old Head Graphite Edge 2 (circa 1988?) to be restrung. Looking forward to hitting with it. I remember feeling like it was an extension of my arm. I was heartbroken when my original frame finally cracked in 2008, and I haven't found anything like it since. Found one in decent condition on the bay but it may be heavier than the one I used. 12.5 oz. Oy. Not sure if I can still handle it. We'll see...
     
  44. USASAgencyman

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    Seamless/Seamco Rosewall NOT steel

    I warm up and sometimes practice with a Seamco, (loaned a Seamless that never came back.)

    They came out while the T2000 and T3000 were popular, but they were aluminum, had radiused inside string hangers set in a channel, could take very high string tension but not break strings. Pix soon for any who have not seen the string hangers. Outside was just smooth aluminum. Ca. 1970? That makes it more than twice the 20 year requirement for this thread! I bought two back then, long lost.

    It is so small, I think of it as a kind of squash racket to help me remember to use the center of my regular rackets. I am prone to mimicking a drummer and doing endless rim shots. :)

    I'm just getting back into the game, shoulder letting me serve a little, been using a low vibration cheapo from Wilson.

    About to receive a never-strung Prince Graphite POG early mo. single stripe? If it is a good as I remember, I'll be playing it as my main racquet. 30+ years old.

    Bruce Hinton
     
  45. tennisdad65

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    ~30 yr old racquet... PK Copper Ace is my primary stick. Every now and then, I will pull out the Redondo 93 for 30 minutes or so, but always switch back to the Copper ace.. nothing like it.
     
  46. USASAgencyman

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    Pix Seamco/Seamless Ca. 1969

    For anyone who might be curious, (I was able to see Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver play an exhibitiion match in OKC, so it is real to me), here are pix of the aluminum racket I mentioned above, called by either name, the only real difference I can tell is that the cross brace is more rudimentary in this Seamco. My Seamless rackets of the day had a nicely styled bridge across that gap, IIRC... (Rip van Winkle syndrome may be in play here.)

    If anyone knows of an availability of some of this multi-stranded, blue tracer nylon string, I would like to know. My racquet stringer says it seems to be relegated to history...

    Top of racquet detail of the radiused suspension pieces:
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    It was small by today's standards, but the steel Wilsons were small and round also! Don't make fun; I bought this budget Wilson Graphite StingLite at a time when I was unsure if I would ever be able play again. With the very recent ALU Power Spin string-job, it is quite an overachiever in its own arena.
    [​IMG]

    The cover:
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  47. morten

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    Thanks, great stuff!
     
  48. joe sch

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    Nice find, story, and pics.
    Sure wish I could have seen Rosewall play Laver.
    Do you think one of these guys is the GOAT ?
    I also have a few of these Seamco Rosewall rackets.
    I also have lots of the old "blue swirl" string and would be happy to send you some for not much more than shipping. I have a reel of that old classic string contact me via my email.
    Thanks for posting !
     
  49. USASAgencyman

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    How about GOHT? Either might well have been called the "best of his time".
    I have a feeling I'll be here a long while if I behave!

    Bruce
     
  50. diggler

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    I play with a Donnay Academy Pro. It is from about 1992. I think the heavy frame is good for my tennis elbow.
     

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