just what is this racquet?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by naturallylefty, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. naturallylefty

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    my mom's friend's racquet from the eighties, it's about 6-7 points head light, 95 head size, 18x20 string pattern is dark green and says "TOUR 600" on the left side of the throat, and "Graphite Composition Wide Body" on the inside of the head

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  2. uk_skippy

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    By looking at the colour of the rqt, the 18x20 pattern and that it says 600 on the side, I think it looks like the Genesis. Although if it were the Genesis, then it'll have it on the frame somewhere.

    Other than that, I cant help further at this time.

    Regards

    Paul

    Also '600' is the head size in square cm. It translates into approximately 90sq.in.
     
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  3. Deuce

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    This looks like a game to me.
    Surely the Original Poster can come up with better photos that that - if he/she wants to.
     
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  4. naturallylefty

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    what angles do you want?
     
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  5. retrowagen

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    In 1989, for one year only as I recall, HEAD offered a 600 (-ish) cm faced, constant beamed (roughly 24mm) widebody racket called the Tour 600 to the North American market (and perhaps elsewhere?). These were the first composite Heads made outside of Austria in the late 80's era, IIRC, being made either in Taiwan or China. Looks like you have one of these. From what I can remember (gosh, was it really 18 years ago?), the racket was a stopgap measure to get Head in to the Widebody craze (Wilson beat them to the punch with the Kuebler Profiles by a year or so, leaving Head scrambling) with a fairly cheap solution. But by the end of '89, they had the various Power Wedge frames (a.k.a. pregnant racket; included the Genesis, Ventoris, et al) on the market.

    Thinking about these Widebodies brings back some bad memories for me. It, for me, was the turning point in my involvement with the sport when equipment was really perceived by the average player to be so revolutionary as to replace proper training and fitness. I believe it marked a paradigm shift towards lazier (and uglier) playing by most, and opened a floodgate of gimmicky, trendy racket technology that continues to this day at a fever's pitch. It also seemed to negate a trend through the 80's of manufacturers making equipment easier on the joints and muscles.
     
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  6. MichaelChang

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    Just a minor correction. 600=93 sq in.
     
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  7. naturallylefty

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    wow, that means it's about as old as I am
    what useful information, thanks retrowagen!
     
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  8. uk_skippy

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    Well I did say approximately 90sq.in. Especially as there are those on these boards who claim that the PC600 is actually 89.4sq.in.

    But if anyone needs to be concerned about such a smaller difference in Head size, then I think they are concerned about the size of something else in their life.

    Regards

    Paul
     
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