Most classic armfriendly rackets

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  1. ruud5

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    What are the most armfriendly classic rackets with the next specs:

    - small beam (max. 21 mm)
    - rackethead max 100 sq. inch.
    - weight max 11.3 oz (total)
    - huge sweetspot
     
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  2. classic tennis

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    Fischer Vacuum Twin Tec Pro with Vestoran made in Austria....good luck finding one !
     
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  3. retrowagen

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    Racquets closer to 11 ounces won't be as friendly for one's arm - the lasck of overall mass makes the arm take more shock of ball impact than one of, say 12 ounces. However, heavier racquets are harder to manoeuver - so the trick is in finding that compromise between the two weight considerations.

    The Fischer Vacuum Twin Tec Pro recommendation is a good one, but in stock form, it's more of a 12.5+ ounce racquet, strung. I have had a few of those; they are VERY hard to find, and are probably stiffer too.

    Other recommendations:

    Other Austrian-made Fischer frames. Many models available in midplus size (98).

    most any Head graphite composite frame made in the 1980's is quite arm-friendly (in fact, many of these - at least those made in Austria - are marked "besonders armschonend" which is German for "particularly easy on the arm"!).

    The first and second generations of Prince Graphite Comp 110 (or 90) also.

    Most any frame made by Snauwaert.

    In fact, just about any classic frame with a graphite comosition of 80% or less will be pretty easy on the arm, if strung with gut, syngut, or multifilament.
     
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  4. G-12

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    Definitely the Prince Ozone Pro Tour fits this category. The flex on the racquet is quite plenty, has a 100 sq. in. head size, has a nice thin beam, and I think it has a pretty big sweet spot as well.

    Not sure about the new Prince EXO3 Tours, but the Prince Ozone Tour was definitely one of the most arm-friendly sticks I have seen and played with. Very comfortable stick.
     
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    One on egay at the moment, Slovakia though.
     
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  6. Hannah19

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    Got a few nice ones including a brand new Twin Tec Mid in the good old shack....come and get it!!
     
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  7. Hannah19

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    P.S. Ruud .....nog steeds op zoek ??

    :) Hans
     
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    Hans... really? Please send me an email... retrowagen at yahoo dot com... dank u wel!
     
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    How classic ?
    Most all of the wood rackets are good for the arms since they are heavy and flexible.
    Most of the graphite composites from the 70s and 80s are in the same class of still heavy and flexible compared to the stiffer harder lighter graphite models that started dominating the offerings around the 90s.
    If your looking for fun and arm enjoyable hitting, try some of the classic graphites from the 80s like the dunlop max series especially the 200gs, rossi f-series, heads, pumas, snauwaerts, fishchers, princes, yamahas ...
     
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  11. ruud5

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    jaja. ik moet bij je langs. de Qtour van PK is te zwaar voor mij.:( ik bel je...:oops:
     
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    OK, ik ben weer in den lande
     
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    My arm loves the Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 95, and hates the Head IG Prestige MP.
     
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  14. ruud5

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    Where can I buy the 6.0 95?
     
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    I grew up playing that racquet. Sold it, tried a hundred others and began to look for it recently. It took me months to finally got one from the you-know-where-bay.
     
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  16. Hannah19

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    Pretty hard to find these days in the Lowlands, Ruud.
    What about a 6.1 Classic or PS 95?
     
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  17. pshulam

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    PS 6.1 classic 95 is pretty easy to find. I got one from Goodwill for $5, albeit the condition was fair - many paint chips and scratches but structurally sound.

    I do not think it is arm friendly since it's pretty stiff.
     
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  18. Ronaldo

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    Anyone try the new BLX Pro Staff 95?
     
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  19. Long Face

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    It is my main racquet now. Love it.
     
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    I always found the beloved Wilson PS 6.1 to be wholly jarring on my arm. Just hurt to hit with it; felt like it had minimal flex.

    Wilson Profiles were pretty bad, back then.
     
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  21. Ronaldo

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    Old PSC 6.1 has an RA of 74, Profile 80.
     
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  22. ruud5

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    Binnenkort nog tijd Hans?
    Je zou nog even bellen....
     
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  23. Hannah19

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    Ja, ik ben je nummer kwijt.....:oops:
     
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  24. ruud5

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    :):)0654612227
     
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    OK,
    ik bel je het weekend ergens,
    Hans
     
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    The Fischer's are to heavy.

    I cannot handle it with my service.

    Anybody else a idea for a perfect old one?
    What about the Head Microgel Radical MP?
     
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  27. Hannah19

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    Or a nice iRadical MP?
     
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  28. ruud5

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    Ha Hans,
    Ja misschien is dat ook wel wat.
    Ik bel je vandeweek (lastige periode achter de rug...).
    gr.
     
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    Alles goed?........iets met kleindochter?!
     
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  30. 3fees

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    Prince graphite
     
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  31. ruud5

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    thnks

    Which one?
     
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  32. ruud5

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    Extra information.

    rackets I Like:

    - PB 10 Mid
    - Pro One
    - Prestige Pro

    But all about 10 grams to heavy for me.

    What is important for me:

    - Comfort
    - Control
    - Stability
    - Maneuverability

    gr.
     
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  33. Hannah19

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    Try the Radical's or old Babolat Pure Control (Pro One mould).
     
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  34. Steve Huff

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    People have mentioned some very good rackets, but if it's "arm-friendly" you want, the best is the Pro Kennex Asymmetric 265. It's 95 sq in. It's black/gold or blue/gold in color. They have other ones too (a red colored one I know of for sure) and some oversized asymmetric models. But the 95 sq in one that from the side looks like a Destiny model is the most arm-friendly graphite racket I think was ever made. I've hit with several of the Fischers too. Great rackets. Arm-friendly--yes they are. But, the Asymmetric 265 was the best.
     
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  35. Hannah19

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    Hmmm... I believe I've got one of those hanging around, might aswell gve it a try.
     
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  36. Frankc

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    ruud5, As to the Microgel Radical Midplus - it played much stiffer than I suspected from published specs. Better with weight, but far removed from other 80's compostes mentioned. No comparison...
     
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  37. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    PS85 and PC600, they both hit like butter.
     
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    Dont Forget Prince Graphites,,,your choice. both ~$129 ea @ TW

    from tw:

    The Graphite Original continues its claim as one of the best all-time player's racquets. With over 30 years under its belt, the Graphite Classic's feel and control garnishes a loyal following few racquets have known. The Mid, with its simplicity of design (smaller 93 head, open string pattern, standard length) is worthy of its "ultimate control" status. Timeless frame characteristics such as the 19mm beam, 12 oz. plus weight, head light balance and Cross Bar Stabilizer, make it a continued favorite among advanced 5.0 to Tour level players.
    Midsize Specs

    Head Size:93 sq. in. / 600 sq. cm.
    Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
    Strung Weight: 12.1oz / 343g
    Balance: 8pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 328
    Stiffness: 66
    Beam Width: 19 mm Straight Beam
    Composition: 100% Graphite
    Power Level: Low
    Swing Speed: Moderate-Fast
    Grip Type: Prince Leather
    String Pattern:
    14 Mains / 18 Crosses
    Mains skip: 7T,7H
    One Piece
    No shared holes
    String Tension: 53-63 pounds



    The Graphite Original continues its claim as one of the best all-time player's racquets. With over 30 years under its belt, the Graphite Classic's feel and control garnishes a loyal following few racquets have known. The Oversize, originally made famous as the racquet choice of Andre Agassi and Michael Chang, is a bit more powerful than the Mid but still offers plenty of control. Timeless frame characteristics such as the 19mm beam, 12 oz. plus weight, head light balance and Cross Bar Stabilizer, make it a continued favorite among advanced 5.0 to Tour level players

    Oversize Specs

    107 sq. in. / 690 sq. cm.
    Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
    Strung Weight: 12.2oz / 346g
    Balance: 5pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 333
    Stiffness: 63
    Beam Width: 19 mm Straight Beam
    Composition: 100% Graphite
    Power Level: Low-Medium
    Swing Speed: Moderate-Fast
    Grip Type: Prince Leather
    String Pattern:
    16 Mains / 19 Crosses
    Mains skip: 8T,8H
    Two Piece
    No shared holes

    String Tension: 57-67 pounds
     
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  39. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Oh hell yeah, I'll take graphite and kelvar all day every day over these modern day gimmick.
     
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    Good on my arm

    I was having major arm problems and took someone's advice to try the Pro Kennex 5g and I bought it without even trying it out. The first time I used it, it felt like terrible - really flexible, no power. In fact the first time I used it I lost a match to a guy that I'd never lost to before and never since.

    But after that poor intro, I grew to love it, and my arm recovered within a couple of months and that was a few years ago. I switched to the Bablolat Pure Control when I got a super deal on some, but only did so because they had same characteristics as the ProKennex. Headlight, heavy racquet, narrow beam. Arm is still fine.
     
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  41. ruud5

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    Thnks,
    Which Babolat Pure Control?
     
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    not a true classic, but i've been happy with the head microgel radical MP, and i'm playing the china versions. got into 4 of them for a little over 2 bills. old school feel and cheap (maybe abit light, but that's easy to fix).

    switched from the Prince Speedport Black LB's which were killing my elbow and shoulder.

    played in the late 80s, quit for about 20 or so years and started again about 3.5-4 years ago, so the MG rad is actually quite "similar" to the sticks i played as a wee lad. ben using them about a year.

    some friends play those pure controls you speak of (zylon or somesuch, not the swirly paint job, if that's even correct. they are kinda darkish red and grey/white). i like those too.
     
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  43. Steve Huff

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    Hannah--did you get to try it out (or find it for that matter)?
     
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    The asymetric you mean?
    Totally forgot about it, to busy playing with woodies and the Wavex 3003 professional 95.
    I'll give it a try next Thursday...
     
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    I was hoping a HeadMircrogelRadOS would be in the running, but I'll find out when the rain stops.
     
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  46. Steve Huff

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    The MG Radical OS isn't going to be hard on your arm, but it's not in the running with some of the others. Great frame though.
     
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    Maybe it is too heavy but no love for the Volkl C10 Pro?
     
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    Head Flexpoint Radical Tour

    Really nice racquet, ATM friendly, flex rating 52, 8pts head light, open string pattern, huge sweet spot. I love this stick. Remember reading on TT, somebody said the feel is similar to head prostock racquet. Was it Vsbabolat? Not sure. Anyways, if u can find one, give it a try.
     
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  49. ruud5

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    love de specs but maybe a little to heavy!! now playing with the prokennex q tour (almost the same specs).
     
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    Is the flex really 52?
     
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