Need some info on the Wilson Ultra2 Mid

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  1. NoMansLandPlayer

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    Took my newly aquired Wilson Ultra 2 (boron/braided graphite) out today and despite the fact that it is 13+ oz, this racquet was literally point and shoot for me much to my suprise. I have come across weight and balance specs, but NOT swingweight. Does anyone know the swingweight of the Ultra 2 mid?

    Also, this racquet has probably the most solid thwack of any racquet I have ever hit with (and I have hit with many). Any other racquets come to mind that have similar ultra solid feeling like this? Long term, I am sur this racquet would tear my shoulder and elbow up, but WOW how solid.
     
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  2. Kirko

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    it was a marvelous racket!!!!!!! I used it from 1984 to 1992. you're dead on the sound was daunting it fueled my confidence and I played great with it. Ken Rosewall used it for many years on the senior tour. easy to put spin on the ball i thought. TW sold them years ago on the vintage racket "page". you got a Great frame there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  3. psp2

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    I recently sold my two frames. I believe the SW on my frames were right around high 330s.
     
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  4. NoMansLandPlayer

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    thanks for the comments, info... any other info, specs would be great. I would love to pick another up as well...
     
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  5. DonBot

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    I just bought one on fleabay too, I just wanted to add it to my collection, it is a real piece of raquet history-
     
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  6. SCSI

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    Seemingly all my friends played with this racket when I was back in Belize. Personally, I didn't like the feel that you describe at all and it didn't give me enough feedback. So, I played with a Prince racket instead. I guess it just had too much plow-through...
     
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    I play this stick sometimes; it's actually much better than the ps 85, stiffer, but ironically friendlier on the arm..."no man's", I might have an extra one for trade. Moderators, can we please delete this thread and keep these great sticks under the radar...please???
     
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    Instead of starting another thread, I thought to ask if there are players that think Ultra 2 suits their game better than the Pro Staff (*Chicago or St. Vincent)? I think they both feel similar with Pro Staff feeling much lighter and maneuverable and Ultra 2 being more powerful and stable off the ground strokes.

    I just recently switched from Pro Staff to Ultra 2. Did anyone else go through the similar process.

    Just can't run as fast as I used to was my reason. I went very slowly from all-court to baseline blaster... by gaining around 40lbs... over the period of around 30 years...
     
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  9. Don't Let It Bounce

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    I'm right there with you on the 40 lb and the 30 years, but in either case 85 sq inches is not enough real estate for me!

    I do remember the frames clearly, though, and can offer this: when the PS Mid came out, the Ultra 2 was already wilson's top of the line and most expensive frame, and the PS did not change that. The biggest factor in deciding between the U2 Mid and the PS Mid, among the players that I remember, was how much money they were willing to spend.

    The PS Mid became much more of an icon because so many great players used it, and a less-powerful frame has special appeal for world-class players – in the early post-wood days, even more so than now. The enduring fame of the PS Mid makes it seem strange now that someone would prefer the U2, but it was not at all strange in the early 80's.
     
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  10. mhkeuns

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    Thank you for the info. You are right about the price of the U2 back then. I started out with the Wilson Sting and wanted to move up to a better frame. Saw the look of the Pro Staff and fell in love with it and bought two, I believe in 1985. Took a look at the Ultra at the same time, but it cost around $300 each, almost twice as much as the Pro Staff.

    There was a girl in my high school tennis team that used the U2. I just couldn't believe the pace she was generating, and she was tiny. Used to hate playing her because her strokes were stronger and more accurate than the JV player that I was in my 10th grade. Eventually I became very good using my Pro Staff, but I always had a thing for the U2...
     
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  11. Don't Let It Bounce

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    Yep. Plus, $300 then was a lot more money than $300 now. It took me a long time to shake loose of the idea that the more expensive racket was the more desirable one... Nowadays, if I were forced to play with 85 sq inches, it would probably be the smooth ride of the Sting Mid!

    I resisted the siren call of the Ultra 2 only because some time earlier, in the summer of 1982, I'd worked and saved all my money to buy what I was sure would be the ultimate frame: the Wilson Galaxy. A year earlier the Prince Pro had elevated my game a couple of levels over what I could do with a standard frame, and before that the Wilson Ultra standard (way out of my price range, but a wealthy friend had one for me to try) was the most solid-feeling frame I'd ever encountered. So, I figured the Galaxy – basically an Ultra OS – just had to be the racket for me. And when the treasure was finally in my hands at the end of the summer.... I hated it. It was just too big a jump in stiffness, and I had to go back to my PP's.

    The lesson learned kept me at a distance from the U2's when they came out a year or two later, but the U2's were and are sweet-looking sticks.
     
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