My Racquet History -- What's yours?

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

  1. chowdhurynaveen

    chowdhurynaveen Rookie

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    ps 6.0 85
    pc600
    mw200g
    ncode 6.1 tour 90
    ncode 6.1 95
    lm prestige mid
    rdx 500 mid
    mfil 200g (12.1 oz)
    tour 10 v-engine mid
    c10 pro mp
    dnx9 (my doubles racquet)
    dnx 10 mid (my singles racquet)

    For me-the best out of all of them was the dnx 10 mid.
     
  2. BigServer1

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    Wilson aluminum (No idea what it was)
    Wilson Graphite (ditto)
    Wilson Pro Staff 4.0
    6 year break of any tennis whatsoever :(
    Head Ti. Heat
    Head Flexpoint Heat
    Current: Head Flexpoint Prestige MP

    Quite a pitifully small list when given a second look, but i guess i can't have too many sticks in my short 22 year life.
     
  3. Steve H.

    Steve H. Semi-Pro

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    OK, I'll play
    Got back into t about 6 years ago, since then, going backwards:

    Pro Kennex 15g pse (stuck with it almost a year so far!)
    PK Ki5
    Yonex rdx 500 MP
    Volkl Quantum V1 MP
    Fischer Pro #1 red/silver
    PK Laver S
    POG OS (2nd time)
    Volkl C10 Pro MP
    Gamma Tradition 18
    PK Black Ace Heritage
    Prince Warrior MP
    POG OS (1st time)
    Prince Graphite II OS
    Head Ti S2
    some Spalding thing

    Played in HS/college a bit with a Jack Kramer woodie, my only Wilson! :), and then in early 30's briefly with a black Dunlop
     
  4. Redflea

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    As best I can remember...

    First lessons in summer of 1972 w/my dad's old Bancroft..

    Misc. woodies (Bancroft, Stan Smith, Kramer, Davis, etc.)
    Spalding aluminum
    Head Mark IV aluminum
    Wilson T2000 (the amazing trampoline racquet - my kids think it looks cool)
    Spalding Speedshaft (I thought it looked cool, played like crap)
    Yonex R7 (won a lot of matches w/that stick)
    Dunlop Super Revelation 90 (wide-body used during long shoulder injury recovery)
    Yonex RDX 500 Mid (Will always be my favorite, I think. Just a suhweet stick)
    Dunlop M-Fil 300 (larger head size and a bit more power to accomodate old age-itis and tilt towards much more doubles play)

    A few brief flings I've forgotten are missing, but that's most of it.
     
  5. Rick_Olson

    Rick_Olson New User

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    Redflea, I'm surprised that anybody has experience with Spalding aluminums. John McEnroe said it was his first racket...as it was my first [owned] one.

    My list:
    Pancho Gonzales woodie
    aforesaid Spalding Smasher aluminum
    Chris Everett woodie
    Wilson T-2000
    Wilson T-3000 special model (cheapie)
    ....and I forget a few in here....
    Yamaha YF-something or other...20?/30?/70??
    Chinese made graphite oversize
    Le Coq Sportif standard size wood racket--don't laugh, I like it!

    ...Seriously, a poster on another board convinced me to go against the grain of using an oversize when returning to the game. Said something about using the same racket head size as being better for your game.

    What does anybody here think?
     
  6. Redflea

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    Hey - same here! It was the first new racquet that I ever owned, and I LOVED it. :) Sadly, near the end of the time that I had it I was playing badly one day and slammed it into the ground (while holding on to the handle) and bent the head so that it was forever lopsided after that. The only racquet I ever damaged...at least I learned my lesson. :) Glad to hear someone else remembers it as well.
     
  7. srv vlly

    srv vlly Rookie

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    head ti radical os
    head liquidmetal radical os
    babolat aeropro drive +
    current= head ti classic
     
  8. siber222000

    siber222000 Semi-Pro

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    Winter 2005 *When I started* - Head TiS6 titanium racquet
    January 2006 - Head Liquidmetal 4
    July 2006 - Head Liquidmetal Instinct.
     
  9. donut

    donut Rookie

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    mm

    2003-wilson pro staff torch
    2005-head flexpoint radical OS
    2006-wilson pro staff 6.0 85
     
  10. ffrpg

    ffrpg Professional

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    I've owned:

    Prince Warrior
    POG
    Prince Diablo MP
    Prince Diablo Mid
    Wilson PS 85
    Wilson PS 6.0 original 95
    Wilson Tour 90
    Wilson Tour 95
    Wilson nCode 6.1 Tour
    Wilson Rok 93
    Head PC600
    Head Classic Mid
    Head LM Prestige Mid
    Head LM Prestige MP
    Wilson Jack Kramer PS 85
    Wilson Jack Kramer Autograph
    Dunlop Max 200G
    Dunlop HM 200G
    Dunlop MW 200g
    Dunlop Mfil 200
    Volkl VE Tour 10 Mid
    Yonex RDX 500 Mid
    Yonex RDS 001 Mid
    Yonex RD-7
    Yonex MP Tour 1
    Yonex SRD Tour 90
     
  11. newnuse

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    My main sticks that I've played, not my entire collection

    Wilson Graphite Force 1-2 Years Stolen :neutral:
    Fox Ceramic Pro 210 4 years Broke it right after Highschool :(
    Yamaha Ceramic Copper 100" 3 Years Never got used to big 100" bed, Played little during college
    Fox Ceramic Pro 210 11 Years (not much PT)

    ProStaff 6.0 85" 1 Year
    Volkl C10 Pro Tour 93" 1 year

    Currently going back and forth between these 3
    Head LM Radical Pro Tour
    ProStaff 6.0 85"
    Volkl C10 Pro Tour 93"

    Next up...hmmnnn Redondo 93"????
     
  12. Logos

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    My racquet history is pretty short for now.
    HEAD i.x3
    HEAD LM 4
    HEAD LM Radical MP
    Dunlop Mfil 200
    My new love is my Redondo MP
     
  13. danniflava

    danniflava Rookie

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    Here's mine:

    2000- Some Head Junior racquet.
    2001- Silver Wilson Hyper Hammer 9.3 or something...from Sport Check lmao.
    2002- Same from Sport Check Oversize called Wilson Sting.
    2003-2006- Wilson H6 Midplus.
    2006- Wilson nTour Midplus.
    2006-??- Wilson n3.
     
  14. looseswing

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    Junior Wilson Raquet
    Prince Junior Graphite
    Prince Hornet
    Wilson ncode 95
    Wilson ncode 95 18x20
    Wilson ncode 90
     
  15. RIRed2005

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    1970.........Wilson "Jack Kramer" wood
    1972.........Seamco "Ken Rosewall" aluminum
    1974.........Dunlop "Maxply" wood
    1978.........Head "Redhead" aluminum
    1981-1984.........Prince "Pro" oversize, aluminum
    22 years away from the game (bad shoulder)...
    2006.........Kennex Redondo, mid+
     
  16. jonolau

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    Welcome back to tennis after the long hiatus!
     
  17. squints

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    I have an aluminum spalding! it still sits in my closet. was a killer on my arm though.

    let's see my racquet history when i first started (2001) to present day is:

    wilson hammer (i dont remember the exact model)
    head ti.s6
    head ti.s5
    gosen cabon plus
    head prostaff classic 6.1
    head prostaff tour 95
    head prostaff ncode tour 95
    Prince 03 tour
    head prostaff tour 90
    slazenger pro x-1
     
  18. jcstennis

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    my dad's wood racquet
    Prince Classic, the one with the plastic "in the middle"
    Prince Spectrum Comp
    Prince Thunder Stick
    Wimbledon, i forget the model name - smashed the hell out of it though!
    Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 Classic 95
    Wilson Pro Staff Mid Size 85 "St. Vincent"
    _Still have and use both Pro Staffs_
     
  19. Redflea

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    Cool...glad to know they aren't all in a land fill somewhere.

    When I was a kid and using mine, I don't even remember ever even thinking about my arm...the benefits of youth.
     
  20. Rookie

    Rookie Rookie

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    Wilson T-2000
    Wilson T-3000
    Head Alumimum (forget about the model with red plastic on the throat)
    Donnay Borg Pro x 2
    Fin Untouchable
    Head Graphite Director x 2
    Head Graphite Composite x 4
    Head UltraII
    Donnay Pro one
    Donnay Ceramic Pro mid
    ProKennex Fibre Ace mid
    ProKennex Graphite Ace mid
    Rossignal F200
    Prince Approach
    Slazenger Phantom mid
    Slazenger Pro-????? (the Tim Henman one)
    Fisher Pro Extreme
    Fisher Pro No.1
    Dunlop 100G (black/yellow)
    Dunlop 200G (black/yellow) x 2
    Dunlop 300G (black/red)
    Yonnex SRD Tour 90 x 2
    Yonnex MP Tour-1 90
    Head Radical Tour MP (black/yellow)
    Head Radical Tour MP (Grey/yellow) x 4
    Head LM Radical Tour MP x 2
    Head Prestige Classic 600 x 2
    Head Prestige Tour 600
    Head LM Prestige 600 x 2
    Head FXP Prestige 600
    Wilson PS 6.0 85 x 2
    Volkl C10 Pro MP x 4
    Volkl C10 Pro Tour x 2
    Volkl Tour10 MP
    Prince TT Graphite mid x 2
    Prince POG mid
    Prince POG MP
    ProKennx Type-C Redondo mid
    Babolat Pure Drive Team (old print)
    Wilson PS Tour90 L-version
    Wilson PS Tour90 SL-version
    Wislon PS Tour90 USL-version

    That's all I can remember.
     
  21. Freedom

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    Wilson RAK ATAK
    Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.2 OS (THE SKUNK!)
    Wilson H6
    Wilson ProStaff Tour 95
     
  22. TENNIS_IS_FUN

    TENNIS_IS_FUN Professional

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    Wilson Sting
    Head Liquidmetal Instinct (standard)
    Babolat Pure Control (standard)
    Prince NXG oversize
    Head liquidmetal Radical MP
    Yonex RDX 500
    *I currently want to demo the new Fischer, the one the bag man uses.
     
  23. yoga

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    the oversize with the green colored plastic? from time to time i am looking out for one of those
    head professional
     
  24. qwerty66

    qwerty66 Semi-Pro

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    i started tennis a year ago with cheap wilson matchpoint racket
    an soon bought head i.tour
    got bored with it so bought a head fxp radical
    started playing with alot of top spin and didn't like the racket for topspin so traded my friend a head LM1 and 2 free strings+stringing for the fxp radical
    i broke the LM1
    so i bought a babolat aero pro drive
    and broke that after one month and a half ( can't send it back becuase i don't have the reciept)
    i bought a stupid wilson hammer H4 for some dumb reason
    and i hated it
    so i got a wilson ceramic, i liked it
    so i decided keep going with the PS trend
    so i bought another HPS 6.1
     
  25. The Watchman

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    1982-83 Slazenger Black Panther (aluminium)
    1984-87 Prince Pro 110 (aluminium)
    1988-96 Emrik Graphite Widebody (Wilson Profile clone)
    1996 Dunlop Powerflex 95 (horrid recreational racquet)
    1996-04 Prince Michael Chang Graphite Longbody OS
    2004 Wilson 7.2 OS (horrid game 'improvement', ie destroying, racquet)
    2004 Wilson Surge X (Pure Drive+ clone)
    2004-rest of life POG OS.

    Decent graphite racquets were hard to come by downunder until mid 90s, especially as a poor student (tarriffs to protect a non-existant racquet making industry)! Funny to see how the cloned become cloners (Wilson).
     
  26. Goose

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    First started: Dodgey junior Prince
    2002-2004: Babolat Pure Control
    2004-Early 2006: Fischer Pro Tour Extreme FT
    Current: Fischer MSpeed 98
     
  27. BiGGieStuFF

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    Some prince aluminum racket
    Wilson Sting
    Prince Thunderstick OS
    Prince Approach OS
    Prince Shark MP
    Prince Shark O3 Hybrid

    Three was a huge gap between the thunderstick and approach and another huge gap between the approach and shark that I didn't play
     
  28. Supernatural_Serve

    Supernatural_Serve Professional

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    Wilson Pro Staff (wood) '74 - early 80s
    Yamaha Secret-06 (power racquet with extremely dense pattern) 80's - mid '90s
    Head LiquidMetal Radical (control racquet) mid '90s to present
     
  29. Will888

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    I guessing the years...
    1993- Some wilson kid racquet
    1994- Wilson Hammer 5.1 (cant remember)
    1996- Wilson Hammer 5.8(the blue racquet)
    1999- Head Ti. Radical Midplus
    2001- Head Ti. Classic Midpls
    2003- Head Liquidmetal Prestige Midplus
    2005-Current- Wilson nCode nSix-One Tour 90
     
  30. supersmash

    supersmash Semi-Pro

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    Wilson Titanium Two w/ PWS
    Wilson Avenger
    nCode Tour 90
    nCode 95 (16x18) +lead.
     
  31. squints

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    im thinking thats the pro-braided. if it is blue then it is the pro x-1. but henman never used it on tour so i don't think it'd be the x-1.
     
  32. bad_call

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    agreed great thread - here's showing my age

    Dunlop wood model (not the maxply...much stiffer...named after a player)
    Wilson Jack Kramer Autograph (still have one never strung)
    Wilson PS 85 (given to me by collegiate practice partner)
    Head LM Rad Mid (2006 - thanks TW for having reviews and on sale)
     
  33. Arafel

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    Here's an update to my earlier post:

    Summer 80-some no name junior racquet
    1980-84: Jack Kramer Pro Staff
    1984-1990: Ultra 2
    BREAK
    2004-2006: nCode Tour 90
    2006 and forward: Ultra 2

    Bought two Ultra 2s off e b a y this summer and am just loving them again.
     
  34. vkartikv

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    I won't mention everything in between but started out with the Prostaff midsize and ended up with it. I have come full circle. Nothing in between is worthy of mention.
     
  35. Richie Rich

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    dunlop maxply fort
    wilson jack kramer
    donnay all wood midplus
    dunlop black max
    rossignol f200
    rossignol f295
    wilson 4.5 aire shell (what the F was i thinking??)
    wilson pro staff 6.1 classic
    prince tt graphite mid
    volkl c-10 (93 and 98)
    tecnifibre 325
     
  36. Redflea

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    Who is this dark, angry vkartikv?

    (Couldn't resist.) ;)
     
  37. dave333

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    lol my racquets for my 2 year tennis career. i'm from 12-14
    2004 First: walmart racquet :)
    2004 second: hammer 4 cheap and light
    2005: hammer 6 cheap and light >_<
    2006: old wilson pro star widebody
    2006 tommorrow: dunlop m-fil 300

    yeah.. its very wierd
    in between the widebody and m-fil i demoed 12 racquets and decided on m-fil between n6.1 and m-fil
     
  38. Swissv2

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    wow...this brings me back and I realize how few racquets I have used over the years. In order from oldest to newest. Bolded is the racquets I still play with today.

    - Wilson wood racquet
    - Prince metal racquet
    - Wilson Dimension (Dual Taper Beam) - 110
    - Wilson XLB (Extra Long Beam) - 110
    - ProKennex SilverAce - 90
    - ProKennex Copper - 90
    - Wilson Hyper Hammer, Hyper Carbon 4.3 - 100
    - Wilson nCode Six-One 95 16x18
    - Wilson nCode Six-One 95 18x20
    - Wilson nCode nTour 90
    - Wilson ProStaff 6.0 - 85
     
  39. alb1

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    Wilson wood rackets
    ProKennex Copper Ace
    ProKennex Graphite Prophecy
    ProKennex Tournament Classic
    Dunlop Select Pro
    Dunlop Tour Pro
    Head Satellite Tour
    Gamma F9.0
    Prince TT Graphite Mid
    Prince TT Warrior Mid+
    ProKennex 5g
    Prokennex Ki5
     
  40. dewey2110

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    -Head LM instinct MP (dad's)
    -Prince tripple threat bandit OS (bro's)
    -Babolat Pure Drive + (1 day)
    -Back to LM instinct MP (so comfortable)
    -technifibre Tfeel 305 MP (NOOOO!!!)
    -Wilson Ncode Npro MP (decent)
    -Babolat aeropro drive MP (great racquet)
    -Yonex RDX 300 MP (didnt like the extra 0.25 length)
    -Wilson Ncode Npro surge (another nice racquet, similar to PD but more comfortable)
    -Babolat Pure Drive std. MP w/leadtape
     
  41. Duzza

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    Quite a collection dewey lol most of them new too..
    Mine updated or edited:
    -some crap
    -i. Radical MP
    -Prince More game (Cracked it)
    -Bab Contest
    -Prince More game(yeah again)
    -Head Flexpoint Radical MP
    -Head Prestige Classic
    -Prince Original Graphite(settled :D)
    -Prostaff 85(coming...)
     
  42. Japie

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    - Rucanor
    - Wilson Hammer 8.2
    - Head I-Radical MP
    - Dunlop 300G
    - Dunlop 200G
    - Dunlop 100G (in use, nice racket).

    Now thinking to switch to NCode One 95, but not sure about it yet...
     
  43. 300Gkid

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    hey dewey what did you like about the instinct, did u find it powerful enough, was the 18*19 pattern limiting in terms of spin?

    Anyway, i have gone from

    Walmart Racquet
    Prince Force 3
    Dunlop 300G
    Now moving on to either
    Head LM instinct or Dunlop M-fil 300
     
  44. Craig Sheppard

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    Wow, this thread is still going... I have to add

    9. Fischer Pro No. 1 during most of '05 and '06
    10. Now, Wilson nCode nSix-One... ahh back home again w/ the Wilson grip and the 6.1 family.
     
  45. Geoffism

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    I love this... it's like therapy

    I really have to think about this, but it's gonna be fun

    Some Wilson wooden weapon with a sawed off handle.
    Wilson Jack Kramer
    Wilson TX6000
    Pro-kennex Silver Ace
    Pro-kennex Black Ace
    Prince Spectrum Comp MP
    Dunlop Max 200G
    Donnay Pro One
    Prince Graphite Orig 110
    Prince TT Graphite MP
    Head Liquidmetal Prestige MP
     
  46. Discovery660

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    Pro Kennex Ceramic Desintry
    Pro Kennex another racquet. don't know what it is offhand
    Head Discovery 660
    Prince 03 Hybrid Hornet OS
    Prince 03 Blue
    Prince 03 Hybrid Hornet MP
    Yonex RDX 500 MP
     
  47. its_me_leon

    its_me_leon New User

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    Head Ti Radical
    Slazenger Pro Braided
    Head I Prestige MP
    Yonex MP1 98
    Dunlop 200G HM
    Prince O3 Tour MP

    Leon
     
  48. ATXtennisaddict

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    Some Gamma racket. Shows how much of a noob I was.

    Then PS Classic 6.1
    Then Yonex RDX500 mid
    Wilson NCode 6.1 95

    Now POG mid
     
  49. goober

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    Head Graphite Director late 80's
    Long break from tennis- 15+ years

    Wilson Surge
    Yonex RDX 500 HD
    Yonex MP tour 5
    Volkl Catapult 7
     
  50. DFWLoop

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    Starting around 1974:
    Maroon Spalding (? Autograph)
    Wilson Jack Kramer Autograph (Several…these used to break)
    Wilson Stan Smith Autograph
    Garcia Harold Solomon
    Dunlop Maxply Forts (Several)
    Wilson T-2000
    Wilson T-3000
    Head Pro Red
    Head Master Blue
    Head Vilas
    Yonex R-22
    Spalding Orbi-Tech 95
    Mizuno Pro Light 8.4
    Wilson Sledge Hammer 6.3
    Wilson Pro Staff 4.5 si
    Donnay Pro-One Limited Edition
    Wilson Pro Staff Tour Classic 6.6 (Jim Courier)
    Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 6.1
    Babolat Pure Drive
    Head Flexpoint Radical
    Dunlop Maxply Mc Enroe

    I still have the majority of these except the Flexpoint and Pure Drive...too stiff from me.
     

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