I want to play with wood again. Which racquet?

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  1. coachrick

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    I've got one in new condition and thought it would be the 'go to' if I played a woodie tournament. Might start with a conventional monoshaft wood; but likely would switch.
     
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  2. joe sch

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    I really recommend starting with a standard head woody to get more of the sensation of the "joy of wood". The midsize wood rackets did offer a nice increase for the sweet spot incase your getting over powered or dont have the control for the standard. Many of those mid wood rackets also started adding some graphite laminations for another power boost compared to 65" of monoshaft wood. In any event, playing a heavy flexible racket like a wood will be a great experience !
     
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  3. LeeD

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    Which wood racket to play tennis with?
    EASY.
    The one in good condition you found that you can afford.
    Supply is limited, availibility of models very short, you use what you can get your hands on.
     
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  4. Baxter

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    I agree a good classic monoshaft is a must for anyone interested in playing with wood. I was the sole bidder on a nice JK Pro Staff but the seller backed out of the deal after I won it for just a few dollars. The hunt goes on. I did hit with an original Arthur Ashe the other day with a 65 sq in head and loved it.
     
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  5. LeeD

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    Beware, ProStaffs seldom last longer than 2 string jobs for hard hitters, who have 4 other PS's in their racket bag.
     
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  6. Baxter

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    Are you saying a JK Pro Staff is worthless as a racket after 2 string jobs? I have a hard time believing that.

    Anyway, I did score a cheapo Wilson SV-1000 today for three big ones plus tax, so I can at least hit some balls with a woody, ugly as it may be. I'm hoping it's just an autograph with a "modern" 70s high tech paint job. This is one ugly racket. Mine's even uglier because the hoop is black as well. I think my all black version is later in the production cycle, when graphite was starting to appear, so this may be the world's first fake graphite standard size wood racket, a real piece of history.

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  7. LeeD

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    Let's see.....
    Working at FTC Sports, strung over 1,000 rackets, possibly as many as 30 JK ProStaffs, including my set of 6, 3 of which were given to me from Wilson (shop emps get comps), the other 3, 5/8 mediums at 13.2 oz unstrung......
    Strung for Ramirez, Stockton, and Gottfried at the TransAmerica...notice none use PS.
    Heard a few stories of how long PS's last.
    Mine good for 1.5 string jobs, BlueStar or VS 16, then the serves go to pot. New PS can serve within 4mph of YonexGreenOPS's, the fastest serving racket of the late 70's.
    Most customers by LIGHTS. PS lights are worse than noodles at the end of the FIRST string job.
    My fastest THREE serves at GoldenGateWay tennis center in 1978 were all over 128 mph, about 7 slower than Stocktons.
     
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  8. Clintspin

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    The JK ProStaff is one solid racquet. They feel great even after years of play.
     
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  9. LeeD

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    Yes, they hit great.
    As for lasting, if you hit like a wet noodle, and play once a month, it can last for years.
    I was breaking ChrisEverts across the head when the racket was brand new, first ever hit, and I broke two.
    StanSmiths can break me.
    JK Autographs can last as long as 5 sets of strings, but the head does get soft.
    At 5'11" and 135 lbs., ProStaffs were perfect for me, if I changed out the frames every couple string jobs.
     
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  10. Baxter

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    Here's my all black SV-1000:
    EDIT: I got to play with it today. It felt a little dead at first, and my first three or four forehands went into the net. After a few more hits I got the hang of it and all was good. It slices as well as my regular racket, and drives on both sides are great. Serving was barely affected. The strings are crap, but my buddy says the frame is solid and in great shape. The high tech black paint job makes it easy to sneak it on court. I had been hitting for a few minutes before anyone noticed I was hitting with an old woody, and this was a 63 year old former pro. The other two guys were clueless.

    I'm going to string it up with some gut, to get the true vintage experience.

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