Max 200G

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  1. OTMPut

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    I saw this in a seconds shop. Seems to be in a decent condition.
    Price is $55. Is it worth that much?

    What do you think?

    I play an occasional charity tournament with a Borg pro, may be I could use this next time.
     
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  2. Tamiya

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    There's quite a few around if you keep your eyes open.

    I might pay that much if its a straight stick (no warp) thats been
    fully restored with fresh restring, good leather grip clean & fed,
    has original cover in good condition, paint isn't too flaking etc
     
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  3. swizzy

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    good condition? fair price without the shipping required to find a 200g normally.. go for it. amazing racket.
     
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  4. hrstrat57

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    Agree if in top nick you are good to go!
     
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  5. OTMPut

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    Thank you guys!
     
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  6. MrRandom247

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    Juts grabbed a 200g Pro with original cover in 7/10 condition for $7.
    Decayed Wilson grip needs replaced.
     
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  7. joe sch

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    Its a GOAT racket made of flexible old school graphite that plays more like a woody with the grafil injection.
    BTW, lots more power than a Borg pro and 85si vs 65 head size.
     
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  8. Rock Strongo

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    That is rather expensive to me, but still well worth it. Like Joe says it plays a bit like a wood but only if you play soft. The fun trait of the manufacturing process is that it becomes heaps stiffer if you put some mustard on the ball. Combine that with its weight and you get a racquet which absolutely destroys the ball. Very fun racquet to play with.
     
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  9. swizzy

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    definitely a racket that needs court time and not hung on a wall.. hits a heavy ball with great finesse as well.
     
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  10. hrstrat57

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    Ha ha zombie thread, the OP needs to update us on how he likes his 200G
     
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  11. slice bh compliment

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    Longtime max 200g guy here....loved it from 1983 until 1993 or 1994. I always felt that it had the softest touch but seemed to play firm when hitting hard. Is this because of the injection moulding process?
    Is there any real science behind this?

    I only wish they were more durable. And that i had kept more of them. Even the worn ones still feel awesome. Not to compete with, just for pure enjoyment.
     
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  12. Backhanded Compliment

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    The science is real I think... basically a dynamic stiffness because instead of a laminate it was a nylon/graphite material that didnt deform as much on hardhits... that makes it seem stiffer and controlled. I still take mine out on days when I want to be reminded of how awesome a flat forehand can be.
     
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  13. slice bh compliment

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    ^respect the research!^

    Yeah, i hit with mine today. Cracked a very large, flat fh and a few treacherous drop-volleys.
     
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  14. chrischris

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    Great racket .. despite it small head size it has a huge effective sweetspot.
    Ball Dwell time is awesome. :)
     
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  15. Racketdesign

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    The only thing cooler than hitting with them was moulding them ;) Crude yet genius method of manufacturing a racket for its time!
     
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  16. slice bh compliment

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    You must be Paul. I have been in touch with your excellent man here in the US, Andy.

    So many quenstions for you, man:

    Do you think foam-filled Angell frames can incorporate some of the incredible injection moulded feel?
    What was grafil?
    Some were made in W Germany, right....some in England? How and why?
    How are your frames made?
    Do you hit with a 90, 95 or hundred? Which stiffness do you use? 315g?
    Do you still have a few good max 200Gs and 300Is?
     
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  17. suwanee4712

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    I loved some of the things that the 200G did for my game. Being a flat striker, I really could drive through the ball better. Some of the best down the line forehands and strokes hit on the stretch I ever hit were with that racquet. It felt so clean coming off the strings.

    But it was a very heavy racquet and it all but wrecked my timing on volleys for a while until I adjusted to it. I can still see in my mind's eye some critical forehand volleys that felt so good coming off the strings only to smack the top of the net right in the middle of the tape. Painful!
     
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  18. vsbabolat

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    All IMF racquets were made in England. They had whole series of compression molded (conventional molded) racquets made in West Germany such as the Silver Max, Max Competition, Black Max II, Max Power, Max Power Competition, and so on...
     
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  19. Backhanded Compliment

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    I pull my 200G out ocassionally and I can hit DTL forehands and backhands with it that are simply on a different magnatude than other frames... I think, poor ball... We all called it "The Doom Log" when I was a kid and using it. Special combo of supereme control but massive power on tap. I probably should have been using the PS85 but Ive got an antio wilson thing based mostly on the fact that the other players around me used wilsons. The 200g complimented my return game like no other frame... I guess that's why I stuck with it. Well that and the massive thumping groundstrokes it produced.
     
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  20. Racketdesign

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    Hi. Great to hear you have been in touch with Andy!

    Answers to your questions -

    Unfortunately its hard to replicate that feel without using a nylon base and tempering the frames.
    Grafil was one of the industry's first "marketing materials"
    I fluctuate between frames.. depending how ambitious I am feeling.
    I wish I had a container load... Given the right investment we could do it all again :)
     
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  21. slice bh compliment

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    Thanks vs babolat and racketdesign, for your responses.
    Backhanded compliment...we have similar names and similar games...And we both used the 200g? Hmmmm. I might have to report us to the mods for being the same person with two different usernames.

    Well, i was always only an occasional flat hitter. More of an allcourt, attacking spin guy.
    So i guess we are just different enough. Mods can move along...nothing to see here.
     
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  22. joe sch

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  23. slice bh compliment

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    Hello. Are you saying you could make a batch of 200G frames?
    Is there a way to make this frame in a 95 head? Or would it break too easily?
     
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    Used to have one in my teens, but the head twisted on a 65# string job.
    Knowing what I know now (wisdom; customer service), it should have gone back to Dunlop, but I just kept it.

    I liked the racquet; had nice power and touch.
    A little blocky, but surprisingly good at the net.
     
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  25. Racketdesign

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    Rackets moulded from a nylon/carbon matrix would definitely be possible again given the right amount of investment and design. Materials have moved on plenty since the 200G was produced so a 95 or larger head would also be possible.
     
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