My Racquet History -- What's yours?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by kinsella, Oct 30, 2004.

  1. kinsella

    kinsella Semi-Pro

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    1960-64 My dad's discarded Wilson Jack Kramer Speed Flex Fiber Face wood racquets, with red and blue colored string through the mains near the throat, so that you could spin the racquet and choose rough or smooth (instead of up or down). Don't forget to put it in its brace and tighten it, or it will warp in the closet!

    1994 Slazenger Mystique 95 (because that was also the model of my squash racquet)
    1995 SledgeHammer 6.3 OS
    1996 Hammer 5.0 Stretch 95/Hammer 6.2 Stretch 95
    1997 Dunlop Revelation Tour Pro +1 28”
    1998 Dunlop Revelation Tour Pro +1 (cut to 27.5”)
    1999 Head TiS2; Dunlop Revelation Tour Pro std
    2000 Yonex RD10 (long), cut to 27”
    2001 HPS 6.1 95, std
    2002 HPS 6.0 95
    2003 ROK
    2004 LM Radical MP
    2005 Head PT 280
    2006 Volkl C10 Pro Tour (93" head)

    Sticks that were good enough to buy, but never got off the practice squad:

    Head: LM Prestige mid and MP, Head TiClassic,
    Volkl C10, Volkl Tour 10 mid and MP.
    Wilson PS 6.0 85, PS 6.0 95, HPS 6.0 (95) Wilson Zone 71.
    Yonex MP1 mid and MP, Yonex RDX 500 mid, Yonex MP3 MP, Yonex RD 7, Yonex RD 10 Long, Yonex Ti80, Yonex Ti-50
    Misc: Dunlop 200g, Estusa Power Beam, Fischer Pro 1, Vantage 90
     
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  2. !<-_->!

    !<-_->! Professional

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    Whenever I started playing: Prince Quake XLT (Recreational Racuqet)
    One year after starting: Wilson Hammer 6.2 OS Stretch
    For half a year after above: Head i.Prestige MP XL
    For a year after above: Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 Std (12.8oz)
    Currently: Head Pro Tour 280 (13oz.) and messing around with a pair of Fischer Pro. Number 1 320g version

    Racquets that I own but don't use and weren't mentioned above: Megaage M2, Bootleg version of Babolat Pure Drive, Spalding Assault 110, Prince Force 3 Lumina Ti.

    Racquets that I tried and would liked to have purchased: Wilson Tour 90/Six-One Tour/Six-One 95, Yonex RD Ti-80

    Racquets that I would like to try: Pro Kennex 5g PSE/ Ki 5 PSE, Fischer Pro Extreme FT, Prince Original Graphite MP/OS, Prince Original Graphite Longbody, Estusa (Any model), Head Liquid Metal Radical Tour, Head i.Prestige Mid, Yonex RDX 500 Mid, Wilson Pro Staff Rok, Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85/95
     
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  3. Swan Song

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    This is mine.

    2001:Some junior racquet by Wilson
    Oct. 2001-Sept. 2002:Wilson Hyper Sledge Hammer 2.0
    Sept. 2002-April. 2003:Head Ti. Radical Oversize
    2003-2004: (Apr.) Prince Precision Michael Chang Oversize-> (Aug.-Dec.) Head Ti. Radical Oversize-> (Dec.-Jan.) Head LiquidMetal Radical Oversize
    Jan. 2004-Dec. 2006:prince Graphite Midsize
    Dec. 2006-Nov. 2007:Volkl DNX 10 Mid
    Nov. 2007-:Babolat Pure Storm Tour

    What I don't play with, but have:
    Head Ti. Radical Midplus w/LM Prestige CAPs
    POG LB MP
    Wilson T-2000
    Dunlop Maxply Fort
    Wilson Jimmy Connors Court Star
    Yamaha Graphite 75
     
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  4. 1993 Wilson Prestige Select 110 pre-strung
    1994 Wilson Pro Staff Lite 110
    1996 Wilson Hammer 5.0 110
    1998 Yonex Super RD-Tour 90
    1998 Head Prestige Classic
    2004 Yonex Super RD-Tour 90
     
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  5. james_R

    james_R Guest

    Purchased:

    Yonex MP Tour-1 (Loved it, except the weight as a beginner...)
    Head Instinct (No spin but good power and lower weight)
    Head LM Radical MP (Stiff, harsh and caused wrist pain after a while)
    Yonex RDX500MID (sold prematurely due to thinking I was going to go for a Slazenger X1...)
    Slazenger X1 (No power, great feel, but to demanding for me really...)
    Head i.prestige MP

    Demoed: Yonex RDX500MP, Head LM Prestige MP, Head i.Radical, Yonex MP5iHS, Wilson ProStaff Zone 6.5 (Not sure if that's the right model, it rings a bell,) Yonex RQTi250 (argh!)

    Would ideally like to try Yonex MP Tour-1 MID, but cant get em! I loved the MP except for the slightly powerful stringbed and limited manouverability. Have settled for now on i.prestige, unless I get elbow/wrist problems as some people have had - but otherwise will be sticking with it for the next 18-24months and concentrate on my game. :)
     
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  6. German Tennis Instructor

    German Tennis Instructor Banned

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    1pro staff junior
    wilson stretch hammer 6.1 i believe
    voelkl tour 10mp which is a really good racket.
    i tried the babolat aero tour pro but in my eyes it sucked. very little controll!
    head lm prstige mp. good racket

    now: head prestige classic! best racket i've used in my life. i will definitively stick with it.
     
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  7. lovethegame

    lovethegame New User

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    i see a bunch of you have the lm radical mp, what do you think about it?
     
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  8. Feña14

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    1992 - 2003 POG OS

    2003 - 2004 PC 600, SRD Tour 90

    Not many, but I love the older rackets.
     
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  9. gmlasam

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    1986 - 88 Prince POG (early 80s models)
    1989 Yonex R-23
    1989-93 Wilson PS 6.0 (St. Vincent Models)
    1994-96 Yonex RD7
    1997-98 Head Radical
    1999-2000 Yonex SRD 90
    2001 POG
    2002 Babolat PD
    2003 to current and back to POG 80s model, still using the pog i learned tennis on when I was 8 years old. ;) I went full circle.
     
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  10. Trey

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    Late 1980's when I first started playing tennis- Head graphite Director

    1990-2003- Huge gap of no tennis :cry:


    2003 Wilson Prostaff 6.6 OS. - Way too light and flimsy

    current racquet Wilson Surge leaded up to 12.1 oz
     
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  11. Feña14

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    Exactly the same as me, I went back to the racket that I learnt to play with as a 4/5 year old. I have no regrets at all, although that SRD Tour 90 is something a bit special. You also can't beat the feel and precision of the PC 600.
     
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  12. gmlasam

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    Liam,

    Impressive that you have used the POG OS for over 10 years.
     
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  13. itsn3o

    itsn3o New User

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    1998 - Prince Mono Pre-Strung
    2000 - Head XL Graphite Pre-Strung
    2001 - Prince Vendetta OS 110
    2003 - Babolat Pure Drive +
     
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  14. thejackal

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    1999-2002 Head Fusion OS (barely played, stunk like hell)

    2002-04 Prince Force 3 Storm OS (got to almost my current level, then decided I need a new stick with more control and less power)

    current racket: Head i. Radical MP, leaded up to around 11.6oz

    Want to try: Yonex RDX 300/500, Babolat Pure Control, Wilson Ncode 6.1. 95
     
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  15. Steve H.

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    1968 Jack Kramer pro staff

    (many years with not much tennis, had some metal frame, an old Dunlop graphite model, and Spalding rec frame)

    Got back into it seriously five years ago, have bought and sold many used frames and tried out many others -- some highlights:
    1999 Head Ti.S2
    2000 Prince Graphite II
    2001 Radical OS ('98 )
    2001 Warrior MP
    2001 POG OS
    2002 ProKennex Black Ace Tour
    2002 Gamma Tradition 18
    2003 Head Ti.Classic
    2003 Volkl C10 Pro MP
    2003 POG OS
    2004 ProKennex Laver S
    2004 Fischer Pro #1 (330g)

    Scary when you write them all down -- for me part of the fun of tennis is trying different stuff and seeing how it effects my game.
     
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  16. Brad Smith

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    1983 Dunlop Junior ??
    1987 ProKennex ??
    1989 Prince CTS Blast MP
    1994 Yonex RD-7
    2001 Gamma DF 9.0, Yonex RD Power 10, Yonex RD Power 7
    2002 Yonex SRD 90, Head PT 280, Head PC 600
    2003 ... Head PC 600

    During 2001 and 2002 I tried a bunch of different rackets as I looked for a replacement for the RD-7. The ones listed above are those I used for any significant length of time. Eventually settled on the PC 600 and plan to use it for a long time.
     
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  17. EZV

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    let's see: started playing around 1994 - with some russian tennis racket

    eventually switched to some fischer racket (can't remember the name), but sold it after a couple of months of abuse cause i found it a little heavy for me

    got a HEAD Pro Lite Tour around mid- 1996, played with it till around 2001 when I cracked the frame (I've never seen one of these rackets in the US, it was a pretty good frame)

    (moved to the US in late 1997)

    got a Yonex RD-7 around 2000-2001, played with only a couple of times, it was too heavy for me

    decided to get a Fischer pro #1, played with it for several years

    got a HEAD LM Radical OS, played with it several times and didn't really like it

    got a HEAD Radical Tour OS a couple of months ago and have been playing with it since
     
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  18. Smashlob

    Smashlob Rookie

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    I don't remember the years, but I've had several racquets.
    (in order)

    Wilson 6.2 Hammer
    Wilson 5.3 Hyper Hammer
    Wilson 5.9 Hyper Hammer
    Dunlop 300G
    Ncode six-one Tour
    Wilson 5.3 HH
    Wilson 6.1 Tour Edition
     
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  19. volleyman

    volleyman Semi-Pro

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    The years escape me, but here they are:

    1950s vitnage wooden racquet 4 3/4 grip
    Wilson TX3000 - head crushed in a temper tantrum
    Wilson T2000 - unbreakable
    Pro Kennex Blue Ace - wood graphite composite, slipped out of hand during server and broke
    Pro Kennex Bronze Ace

    ..... years pass ...

    Wilson Triad 6.0 MP - bleah
    Wilson Hyper Pro Staff w/Roller (7.6?) - arm pain
    Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 5.0 - too heavy, tired arm
    Pro Kennex 7G - Excellent, but not perfect for me, strained rotator cuff serving
    Prince TT Bandit MP - Manueverable, powerful, cured shoulder, but inconsistent serve, and gave me tennis elbow
    Head Liquid Metal 4 - Current
    Pro Kennex Core1 #10 (bumperless) - current

    Still under consideration: Yonex RDX 300 MP
     
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  20. phototennis

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    1982 -- Wilson wood racket (forgot what it was called)
    1984 -- Prince Junior Oversize (aluminum i think)
    1986 -- Yonex Ceramic
    1996 -- Wilson Tempest
    1999 -- Wilson Pro Staff 6.0
    2004 -- Wilson Triad 6.0 (for like a month)
    currently -- Volkl Tour 9 V-Engine (18x20)
     
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  21. Feña14

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    I have a taste for the first generation of Graphite frames, that imo is the best of the bunch.

    I'm just thankful to the man that gave it to me as a 4 year old :)

    -Liam
     
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  22. perfmode

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    1991: Wilson Rakatak (or some lil 21")
    1999: Wilson Hammer 25"
    2000: Wilson HH 5.3
    2003: Wilson HH 6.3
    2004: Wilson HPS 6.1

    I've taken many breaks from tennis and used a lot of racquets but those were my main ones at the time. I'm a Wilson *****.
     
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  23. StupidCupid

    StupidCupid New User

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    Left the game on few occasions. While on the sports, the following racquets were what I used (I am leaving those that I used only for a few days or weeks out).

    1991 - Mizuno EXPZ
    1992 - Donnay Ultimate Pro
    1996 - Yonex SRQ 500 Long, Donnay Pro One Ltd Ed, Chang Graphite, Pro Staff 6.1 Stretched
    1997 - 98 - Chang Graphite
    1999 - Fischer Pro Classic XL, Volkl C9X
    2000 - 01 - Volkl C9X, C10X, Yonex RD 10 Long
    2004 - Chang Graphite, POG LB
     
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  24. Kirko

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    1965 to 1981 wilson jack kramer auto. lt.-med. 1981 to 1986 wilson ultra 1 &amp; 2 . 1986 to 1988 prince magnesium 90 / 1988 to 1999 prestige 600 / 1999 to 2004 pog oversize / 2004 the present g-starr .
     
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  25. PS61

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    Mine

    1993/94: Aluminum
    1995-2001: ProStaff 6.0 95
    2002: Prince Grasphite II / Precision Response Ti
    2003: Wilson Prostaff 6.1 classic 95 / Prostaff classic Tour 6.6 85
    2004: Head Prestige Classic Mid, iPrestige Mid
     
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  26. OnyxZ28

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    1989-1993 Wilson Matrix
    1994-1996 Wilson Ultra SPS 6.8
    1997-1999 Prince Michael Chang Graphite
    1999-2001 Ti.Rad/Ti. Fire Tour/MW 200g/PS 6.1 OS Stretch/RD7/SRD Tour
    2001- 2002 PS 6.0 85/95/PS 6.1 95
    2002- Prestige Pro/Classic/Tour/600, i.Prestige, LM Prestige
     
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  27. LordRaceR

    LordRaceR Rookie

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    1986 - some Fischer junior racquet
    1988 - rex professional graphite midsize (i think it's soma prince copy)
    1990 - Dunlop Max200g
    2003 - Head I.Prestige MP
    2004 - Wilson ProStaff Tour 90
     
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  28. Down_the_line

    Down_the_line Legend

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    April 2001 - July 2001 (learning the game): Prince Spectrum Comp 90
    July 2001 - April 2002: Spalding Pro Stock 300 Mid
    April 2002 - June 2002: Dunlop Muscle Weave Lite OS
    June 2002 - February 2003: Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.3 OS
    February 2003 - September 2004: Head Ti. Radical MP
    September 2004 - present: Prince Tour Diablo MP

    As you can see, I was all over the map in terms of racquets. Especially when I went from the Pro Stock 300 (13 oz. +) to the Muscle Weave Lite (9.2 oz.). I guess, when I started playing tennis, I never fixed specs that I wanted my racquet to have. I mean, when I bought the Pro Stock, it was because it was a player's racquet on sale for $30 and me, in my ignorant beginner state, thought to myself, 'Wow, a performance racquet for only $30! I gotta get it!' So I just kind of stuck with it until I actually realized that it wasn't quite right for me :idea: ! Now, however, I'm exactly aware of what I want in a racquet and the Tour Diablo MP matches it perfectly.
     
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  29. LoveThisGame

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    Bancroft wood/bamboo
    T.A. Davis wood
    Dunlop Maxply Fort
    Wilson T-2000 (weld broke, thank God)
    Something Boron (not big brand name)
    Head XRC
    Head Director (metal)
    Head Graphite Director
    Yamaha Ceramic Gold 90 (super frame)
    Wilson Profile 95 (the original; gave up after 2 months of hitting groundies out no matter what I tried)
    Yamaha Secret 04
    Head Genesis 660
    Wimbledon Nova (loved this frame and still play with it a fair amount in doubles; good heaviness, even balance; one of the all time paint jobs--something like 5 coats of lacquer)
    Head Extreme Competition XL MP
    Volkl Catapult V1 MP (weighted to = Nova)
    Prince Tour NXG Graphite OS
    a bit smitten lately by Volkl Tour 8 SE V-Engine

    How's that for a mix?
     
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  30. silverwyvern4

    silverwyvern4 New User

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    1994- Some 26 inch little kid racket
    1997- POG Yeah, my dad gave me POG while I was a level 2.0
    April 2004 - Hyper Sledgehammer 2.0 (A big step backwards from
    a POG)
    October 2004 - Prince Shark MP I started taking Tennis seriously
    jumped from a 2.0 to 4.0 quickly (I don't think
    I'm ready for a POG yet)
    I can't wait to starting growing this list in the next few years!
     
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  31. BigboyDan

    BigboyDan Semi-Pro

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    1973 - TAD Davis Wood (Victory gut strings, "Spiral")
    1975 - Wilson Advantage wood (Victory gut strings, "Spiral")
    1976 - Head Pro Aluminum (Victory gut strings, "Spiral")
    1978 - Head XRC Graphite (VS gut strings from then on)
    1980 - Head Edge
    1985 - Head TXP 93
    1988 - Prince Graphite 93 - to present.

    I tried the Head Prestige 600 for a while around 1988-89, great racquet, but it was the same basicly as the POG; I've just used the latter since. I went to work in a sporting goods store in college, 1975-1979, and learned to string my own racquets - doing them ever since on a Prince machine.

    By the way, some costs:

    1975 Wilson Pro Staff wood, $32
    1979 VS gut, $16
    1981 adidas Nastase shoes, $20 (made in Germany)
    1976 Wilson tennis balls, $1.95 a can (made in Phoenix, Az)
    1980 $3 per hour court - Caswell Tennis Center, Austin

    Hot clothing in 1980: adidas "Three stripe", Fila, ellesse, Tacchini, Lacoste, Boast.
     
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  32. max

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    unknown Victor wood racquet from a garage sale
    Add-In cheapo aluminum frame
    Wilson T-2000 (which broke my shoulder)
    Bancroft Super Winner
    Head Pro (red-head)
    Head Graphite Edge (used till the grommets fell out)
    Pro Kennex Composite Destiny
    Wilson Pro Staff 4.5 widebody (only 2 months; no control)
    Dunlop Max 200 G
    Volkl c-9
    Wilson Pro Staff 6.0/85
    Estusa PBP
    weighted Volkl C-9
     
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  33. Nyl

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    1999: Prince thunder lite graphite
    2000: Ti s4
    2000: Ti-fire
    2001: TT warrior os
    2002: (for a month) Prince more precision os
    2003: Mp tour -1
    2004: graphite NXG MP
    2004: POG LB OS and i'm sure this is the ultimate choice.
     
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  34. Cobra Tennis

    Cobra Tennis Professional

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    Begun: Wilson Grand Slam recreational racquet with a 110' headsize.
    Then:
    Prince Red and Black hornet (still love that frame),
    Babolat PD,
    Fischer Pro Tour FT,
    Hyp Prostaff 6.1,
    Volkl C10,
    back to PD,
    then finally settled once and for all on....

    Fischer Pro #1
     
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  35. Ed Lee

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    My Racquets

    I'm afraid that this response really shows my age:

    1971 Spaulding Pancho Gonzalez Autograph
    1971 Regent "steel"
    1972 Slazenger Open
    1972 Seamless Aluminum
    1973 Dunlop Maxply Fort
    1977 Donnay Fiberwood
    1979 Wilson Jack Kramer Pro Staff
    1987 Pro Kennex Golden Ace
    1988-1995 (long break from tennis)
    1996 Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 95 Widebody
    1997 Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 Original 85
    1999 Pro Kennex Kinetic Pro 5G
    2003-present Volkl C10 Pro

    Still looking for the old wood "feel", .......Recently bought an original Dunlop 200g. It's the closest thing to wood, but feels like a log!
     
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  36. Brian Purdie

    Brian Purdie Semi-Pro

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    prince power pro-89-90
    yamaha secret EX -90-91
    prince classic 91-94
    wilson 6.1 classic 00-01
    wilson 6.1 classic XL 01 -?
    Yonex RX XL- ?
    head prestige 98 -?
    wilson pro staff 6.0 95 -?
    estusa power beam pro -jan 03
    dunlop 300G - 2 months in early 03
    wilson pro staff 90 -mid 03
    wilson pro staff 6.0 85 - 4 months in late 03
    babolat pure drive plus - 1wk in late 03
    wilson pro staff 6.0 85 -another 3 weeks
    dunlop 200G -6 months of 04
    wilson pro staff 6.0 85 - 1 week (and counting!)

    i think i finally found a game at the 3.5 level that allows me to go back and forth between the 200G and the 6.0 85. When I'm playing well, i can use the 85, during the not so intense months, the 200G.
     
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  37. StringBreaker

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    1982-1984 Wilson Junior Raquet
    1984-1986 Some Wooden Donnay
    1986-1992 Dunlop 200G Max Graphite Injection
    1992-1993 Donnay Pro One
    1994-2003 Wilson Ultra Cushion Aire 6.7
    2004-2013 Wilson nSix-One Tour
     
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  38. BigK35

    BigK35 New User

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    Head Ti.S6
    Wilson Hammer 6.2 Original OS Strech
    Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.3 OS
    Head i.Prestige MP
    Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 Original 95
    Wilson Stan Smith Autograph (Wood)

    -BigK35-
     
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  39. raven5288

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    2001-cheap wal-mart wilson
    6 months in-Wilson HH 5.3 OS. Good raquet untill I started getting tennis elbow when I started hitting and and serving really hard.
    April 2004-LM Prestige MP. I've been looking into the PC600, but I don't have any money. I'm probably going to stick with this one forever.
     
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  40. foucapol

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    No history! Just this year of zero, I have played and will play with these sticks.

    Dunlop 200G
    Dunlop 300G
    Head Ti Radical OS
    Head I Radical MP
    Head I Prestige MP
    Wilson Tour 95
    Wilson PS 6.0 95
     
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  41. Zverev

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    2003 - had first game of tennis with Kmart Prince Force 3, later
    moved to the mister "Arm killer" Wilson HH 2.7
    2004 - Wilson T5 then
    Wilson PS 7.1 Zone - they say it's for advanced players only,
    but it was a God's blessing for my tennis elbow
    Dunlop HM200g - just tried it for a couple of games,
    feels too stiff, but I am not gonna give up on it, will experiment with different strings and tensions. It's a very stable racquet,
    and I like it's weight.
    Volkl Catapult 10 - with NXT 16 MAX mains and NXT Tour 17 crosses, 59lbs, put around 6-8 gramms to 9-3.
    Almost everything works for me with this racquet, except for backhand slices, they just pop up too much, but maybe it's just my technique, working on it.

    If anyone out there wants some advice on how to start playing tennis at 40 years old and being 20 kgs overweight,
    advance to 3.5 player and become popular in the club comps,
    in the meantime keeping your body from falling into pieces,
    all these in just 1.5 years,
    I would gladly share my experience.
     
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  42. Ray Wong

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    1990-unknown Wilson pre-strung racquet
    1991-Prince Tri-comp 90
    1992-Wilson Pro Staff 6.0si OS(green color, endorsed by Sampras)
    1993-Wilson Pro Staff Classic MP (broken)/Head Alantis 600
    1994-Head Prestige Tour 600
    1995-Head Prestige Tour 600 &amp; Prestige Classic 600
    1996-Head Prestige Tour 600
    1997-Head Prestige Tour &amp; Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85
    1998-Wilson PS 6.0 85
    1999-Head Prestige Tour
    2000-Head Prestige Tour &amp; i Prestige mid
    2001-02-Head i Prestige mid
    2003-Head i Prestige mid / Wilson Tour 90
    2004-Wilson Tour 90

    barely use:
    Addidas GTX-Pro T, Babolat Pure Drive, Donnay unknown wood, Dunlop HM 100G, Head Ti-S5, LM Prestige mid, Wilson ncode tour 90

    brand new unstrung:
    Estusa PBB, PBP, Wilson PS 6.0 85 with Tour 90 PJ
     
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  43. bcaz

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    1998 - Wilson PS 4.7 EB 28" Stretch
    1999 - Wilson PS 6.1 Classic 28" Stretch - 18x20
    2001 - Wilson HPS 5.0 Stretch 27.5"
    2003 - Wilson PS 6.0 Triad 27.25"
    2003 - present: Estusa PBB

    I also acquired several other racquets last year, including a Wilson PS original 6.0 95, a Head Prestige Classic 600, a Wilson PS ROK 93, A Volkl C-10 Pro 98, and a Babolat PC Team 97. I also have an i.Prestige mid that I've never strung.
     
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  44. Steve Huff

    Steve Huff Legend

    Joined:
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    Messages:
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    I guess this is where we give away our age:
    1. Old Spalding Pancho Gonzales wood
    2. Slazenger Challenge 1 wood
    3. Wilson T-3000
    4. PDP Open (aluminum)
    5 Head Pro (aluminum)--when PDP couldn't keep the throat piece in
    6. Arhur Ashe Comp 1
    7. Bancroft wood (with the thin, bamboo shaft)
    8. Wilson Cliff Richey Autograph (like the Kramer, but darker)
    9. Yonex 8700 (green, aluminum with Oval Pressed Shaft)
    10. Garcia wood/graphite (same size as wood frame)
    11. Dunlop MaxPly Forte (kept breaking)
    12. Snauwaert Boronite II (another wood, with boron overlays)
    13. ProKennex Black Ace
    14. ProKennex Composite Dominator
    15. Bard Jade Fire (throat kept breaking, but this baby was really stiff)
    16. Wilson Sting OS (not for long--OS didn't suit me)
    17. Yonex R 22 (kept breaking)
    18. ProKennex Golden Ace
    19. Fox WB 210 Ceramic (a 10-sided design like Martina's new one)
    20. ProKennex Ceramic Destiny
    21. Prince Magnesium 125 (I had lost vision in 1 eye due to retinopathy,
    so I got a superoversized)
    22. Prince RipStick (the longbodies had arrived)
    23. ProKennex 5g
    24. ProKennex ti 15g (too stiff for me)
    25. Fischer VT 98 (nice frame)
    26. MegaAge 2 (not for me though)
    27. ProKennex Asymmetric 265 (most comfortable racket ever made)
    28. ProKennex Laver Type S 29. PK 15gPSE (and some vintage rackets)
     
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  45. THE ANIMAL

    THE ANIMAL Rookie

    Joined:
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    Messages:
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    1982. Prince Aluminium Classic
    1987. Prince Graphite Pro
    1989. Some Purple Head with loads of strings lasted 1year cracked it
    1990. Donnay Pro One Fat body similar to the Pure Drive.
    1993. Prince Synergy DB24
    1994. Wilson Pro Staff Classic 6.1 Tour
    1994. till 2004 Wilson Pro Staff Original 85 head till some basted nicked em all 6 months ago.
    2004. 2 months Wilson Ncode Tour 90/2 months Babolat Pure Control Team standard 2004
    2004. Back to my Wilson Pro Staff Original 85 (7)
     
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  46. Anonymous

    Anonymous Professional

    Joined:
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    Messages:
    878
    Here's a pretty good history; I've broken around 17 or 18 in the last 2 years
    Chronalogical Order from Sept 2002

    Head i.Radical
    Prince More Approach
    Prince Airdrive
    Prince More Control DB
    Head Liquidmetal Radical
    Head Liquidmetal Radical
    Head Liquidmetal Radical
    Prince NXGraphite
    Prince NXGraphite
    Prince Diablo Mid+
    Wilson Tour 90
    Wilson Tour 90
    Prince Diablo Mid
    Prince Diablo Mid
    Wilson nSix-One Tour
    Prince Diablo Mid

    I think I forgot 2; I don't remember perfectly
     
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  47. Seraphic

    Seraphic New User

    Joined:
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    Messages:
    20
    I've only been playing seriously since the beginning of this year, but I've had a few rackets in my time since playing on and off. Those I can remember:

    Pre 2004:
    Yamasaki racket (cost me about £20 - first racket I ever used)
    A few cheap Wilson rackets (like the Europa tour)

    2004:
    Wilson H6 103 - good racket, but much too light
    Head LM Radical Tour - after demoing lots of rackets, I decided to buy a pair of these and I'm loving them.
     
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  48. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
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    Messages:
    14,208
    1976-Dunlop Maxply Fort, 1978-Head Vilas, 1979-Wilson Ultra, Ultra 2, 1986-Dunlop Max 200G, 1988-Yonex R-22, 1992-Pro-Kennex Composite Destiny, 1993-Wilson Profile 3.0 airshell, 1998-Prince Thunderbolt, 2001-Head Trisys 300 mid&amp;mp, 2002-Wilson PS 6.0 85, 2003-Head iPrestige mid, Wilson Ultra FPK 95, 2004-Volkl CAT 1, after discovering the tennis elbow been nursing since using the Prince Thunderbolt is really osteoarthritis. Bone-on-bone brothers
     
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  49. louisc

    louisc Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2004
    Messages:
    113
    Location:
    London
    Age 7: Donnay Break Jnr (couldn't afford Borg Pro jnr, but bought one for my son on ****!)
    Age 9: Donnay Colt Jnr (alu)
    Age 10: Adidas Lendl Jnr
    Age 11: Donnay Midwood 25
    Age 13: Prince Pro 90
    Age 15: Yamaha XAM 4 (big mistake)
    Age 16: Donnay Revolutive Formula
    Age 17: POG Mid (for 5 years)
    Age 22: RD7
    Age 25: POG Mid (for 6 years)
    Age 31: Volkl Tour 10 MP (after VERY brief flirtation with NXG MP)
     
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  50. Matt Choi

    Matt Choi New User

    Joined:
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    Messages:
    52
    1988:
    Wilson aluminum (Kmart)

    1990:
    Dunlop Max 200g

    1992:
    Yamaha .04 Secret

    1994
    Dunlop Max Impact mid

    1997:
    Wilson Prostaff classic 6.1

    1999:
    Head Ti Radical MP

    2000~04
    Head Prestige Classic 600
     
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