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. zncognito

    zncognito New User

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    After dropping the first set with my (new to me)Pure Drive to a guy I thought I should beat handily, I grabbed the old Prince Graphite II Mid Plus with Prince Synthetic gut in it and took the next 2 sets. I've got a pretty competitive doubles match tonight and it's strung up as a poly hybrid. If all goes well I'm going to look for a few more Graphite II's and just call it a day.
     
  2. retrowagen

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    The Graphite II MP is a fabulous racquet, similar to what most modern power/spin frames try to achieve, but with better feel, looks, and workmanship. Great choice. A surpisingly modern classic.
     
  3. thedunster

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    I refer to my max200g as "The Sledgehammer".

    Mine is strung with Prince Topspin @ 46lb. Which seems to defy logic given that it still has tons of control and power.

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  4. speedysteve

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    I can see I'm gonna have to scour the charity shops here for a woody, string it up and take it along for club doubles...
     
  5. anirut

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    Recently I've brought out the oldies ...

    Yamaha YFG-30, YFG-50
    Head Composite Edge
    PK Copper Ace 90 -- love this!
    PK Golden Ace Boron
     
  6. frinton

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    Played yesterday for a while with the Prestige Classic I have bought a few weeks back.

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    It is strung with natural gut (I found it like this...who knows how old the strings are!) and offered a great feel...yeap, as buttery as it can get. Because I was playing with my dad I wanted to reduce pace a bit and found it a bit difficult, so I switched to my Youtek Prestige mid, that has my standard string and tension, similar buttery feel, but more control especially over my pace.
    And, both prestiges are leaded up quite a bit, not in a very sophisticated way though :-( ... I should go do an apprenticeship at P1

    My regular racket is the PS90 (all versions mixed together), but I am wondering about going to the Prestige Mids for a while, thinking it might help with my golferselbow (I think I treated my self to that early this year while fooling around a bit too much with a Borg Allwood :)
     
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  7. thedunster

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    My two favourite sticks are the 2014 PS90 and My Single stripe Max200g.

    Based on that, would I enjoy the Prestige Classic 600 ?
     
  8. oldschoolguy

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    IMO PS90 is quite different in feel to the Head PC600/PT600.


    I have bought 5 PT600s in the last month and 1 PC600. This is to tell you how I feel about these frames ;)

    For the last 2 years I'd been playing a Head Prestige LM Mid Plus, which is also nice, but the these older MIDs just feel better and are softer on my shoulder. So I now have a 20+ years racket, as my main stick!
     
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  9. HeavyLee

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    I recently started playing after taking a break for 7 years or so. I've been playing with an Estusa Aerosupra, but I'm about to switch to Babolat Pure Drive Plus. I've been demoing rackets for a while now. If I don't like it, I'll go back to the Estusa.
     
  10. max

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    My frames are Volkl C-9s, modified exactly to my needs. BUT I find that time and wear does affect them. I bought my first one in 1998, and the last two, I think via ****. One's in new-middle aged state; the others are oldsters.

    I think using them eventually wears them down.
     
  11. j1ggy

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    I used to play with this frame until 4 years ago, when I switched to Babolat APD for being stiffer and string pattern. But its still a great frame...
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  12. speedysteve

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    I got a Slazenger Challenge no.1 out of the folks attic recently.
    My Dunlop Maxply Fort was apparently sold on at some point in my absence!!
    The strings were original - it was never restrung.
    They were down to a very low tension indeed and dry / stiff.


    Racquet tune (android app) that seems accurate enough on my other modern sticks said 12lbs!
    So nothing for but to restring.

    I watched a couple of Youtube vids on woodies and went for it.

    Here it is before the off

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    I had a nat gut half set, so that went on the mains

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    And some Dunlop S-gut Multi filament on the crosses (all I had left that was sympathetic in softness if not colour!)
    Sacrilege perhap but a string is a string and I quite like the retro with the hybrid look:)
    Not sure this racquet will get serious use but if it outshines my Volkl C10 Pro or Pro Kennex Ki Q Tour I will put gut in the crosses as well!

    18M, 20C and as you see skipping 9t and no skips on the hoop, gives the wide mains that Slazenger C inward slope.
    I did double check that this was right and all the pics I can find show them like this.

    No real issues stringing up and I put some leather powerpads under the 4 innermost mains.
    I went for 47lbs all round as I like em a little softer than some...

    Today I will give it a hit and see how I get on.
    I think the last time I hit with a woodie was 1982 or around then.

    Gonna be fun - my arm might think otherwise.
    Remember Steve - nice early prep, big looping swing, watch the ball on right on to the minuscule sweet spot...
     
  13. speedysteve

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    Well, the Slaz played just fine in my capable hands:)
    All of a sudden the years rolled away and I was 12 again, playing in the summer tennis camp finals, and winning. Still got the Placque to prove it... ah the memories!

    What was fun was at club doubles I got more hits as the opponents would hit at me to test me/my racquet. I loved it!
    Serve was pretty good too. Ol' Roscoe Tanned has no trouble developing pace with wood.
    I did fine I needed big swings and good follow through.
    Volleys np.
    I would not play league singles with it though, well not against the better chaps anyway.
    Club doubles next week it is def coming out again;)
    Real talking point. "Wow that looks like a squash racquet mister". I love vinyl too btw...
     
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  14. m2nk2

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    I play with my PS85's from the 80s, although I bought them much later.

    Also have a couple of Emrik racquets from the early 90s. Haven't played with them for ages though.

    I've got a couple of modern APDs too, but don't really like modern racquets.
     
  15. frinton

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    Great report speedysteve! Good stuff! Enjoy the Slazy!
     
  16. treo

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    I was hitting with my PS85 and noticed from the fuzz that I am hitting in the sweetspot more. With a 100 size, tend to hit on the upper half of the hoop but with a small head the contact area is lower.
     
  17. speedysteve

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    Cheers.
    Now I know I like it, I'll have to give her some more nat gut:)
     
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  18. od_sf

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    Switched from Prestige Youtek MP to the 600 about 9 months ago, and haven't looked back. My game has improved significantly since the switch.

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  19. noro

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    prestige classic 600 trek font. What a feeling and plow on the shots. Absolutely recommended with msv focus hex 1.10
     
  20. dtomelden

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    I have 4 ProStaff Classics: 3 Stretches and 1 Standard. Two of the Stretches have been cut down to 27" and would correlate to the ProStaff Classic Tour or European version (18x20). The Standard is 16x18 and a beast. I play with the two modified Stretches and the Standard. These must be at least 20yrs old.
     
  21. the green god

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    Going to get a Composite Destiny tonight. Don't remember being impressed, but fingers are crossed.
     
  22. chrischris

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    Its an awesome racker, one of kind.
    The effect of the dwell time is amazing in its plow and mass .
    I string mine with VS gut and Alu Power,
     
  23. Rock Strongo

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    Mine's the Grand Slam edition. I just refer to it as "the Max".

    I remember a backhand return I hit with it. Just wound up, and smacked it cross-court at seemingly a million MPH, pasting the line.

    Gotta love that dynamic stiffness!
     
  24. chrischris

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    The PT600 can also make a swing sing... if hit Clean after a nice windup with full gut it launches Heavy Bombs.
     
  25. Spandy22

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    I have lots of old prince sticks I still use..
    Can't work out how to post photos though on here..

    Any clues please?
    Thanks
     
  26. djNEiGht

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    @spandy22 - upload the photo to flickr/photobucket/facebook and then copy the photo/image url. click on the photo icon and paste the url as you are entering comments.
     

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