Oldest primary racquet folks are using?

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  1. spazz

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    I haven't ever found a racquet that suits me more than my old Ti Radical MP. I'm sort of under the impression that there hasn't been much in the way of game changing break-throughs for quite some time, or am I just naive here? Anyway, I was wondering just how old some folks' everyday racquets are getting. (Not necessarily including people who are lucky enough to be involved with wood racquet leagues, though that might be fun to hear about.)
     
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  2. Danstevens

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    I'm still sticking to my Head i.Prestige mids. I haven't been blown away by any of the recent Prestige iterations (although I haven't tried the newest one yet). I shall probably be making the switch soon though, before availability becomes too much of a problem.
     
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  3. rader023

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    radical tour xl.......what year is that 1995?
     
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  4. sansaephanh

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    i think POG mid is pretty common among the 4.5 crowd. Especially older players who enjoy to chip and charge all day. The OS is a pretty common stick for a number of USTA players ive seen as well.
     
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  5. Ross K

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    Awesome frame, no wonder you're still playing with it.:wink:
     
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  6. struggle

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    not exactly vintage but i loaded up on cheap MG RAD MP's.

    got that old feel, at least to me.
     
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  7. sargeinaz

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    I used a copper ace for about a year until I had a safin moment (still hate myself for that) and then an old Fischer pro 1 until i sold it. I don't buy the whole frames fatigue thing. If the grommets are good and/or I can get replacement, I actually prefer old frames. Still looking for a yonex r-22 in good condition actually
     
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  8. Mythos

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    Wilson Prostaff 6.0 85. I still play with racquets that i have had for over 20 years. I have not played with any of the asian models
     
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  9. OldFedIsOld

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    Pro Kennex Silver Ace 90, I think it was used in the early 90's late 80's?
     
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  10. Orion3

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    Pro staff 6.0 95
    Can't believe how well they play.
     
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  11. NLBwell

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    My son was using my old Pro Staff 85 until it finally fatigue cracked. Let him try a bunch of rackets and that was the one he liked best. 27 years and about 15 of that as my only racket.
     
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  12. spazz

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    Got to admit I'm more than curious about those Pro Staff 85"s. I tried out the small head Dunlop a couple of years ago and liked the feel, but it was tough on my elbow. I got an old Prince Comp that I never used much which hasn't been out of the closet for a lont time, but probably deserves a new set of strings and a few swings.
     
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  13. dak95_00

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    I still use the POG mid. I have 6 of them. I've got 3 1984 models, 2 1987 models, and 1 current model. I interchange them w/o thought as they all feel the same to me.

    As far as the Wilson 6.0 85s go, I always felt they were more tinny than the POG and had more power too. I don't play w/ dampeners and like the feel of the racquet vibration or lack of when it come to the POG and many other Prince racquets of the 80s era. They all feel solid and muted compared to the Wilson frames which felt solid but could also feel hollow or tinny too with the exception of the Stings. Those things were heavy solid beasts.

    I'm w/ the OP as far as technology goes. II don't see any improvements made to the Wilson Tour 90 racquets I've used compared to the PS85 other than the size. They are good looking frames but I just never liked the feel.

    There used to be a common phrase in tennis and it went something like this:
    "It's not the racquet. It's the player."

    I think too many people don't believe this but those of us using old sticks know it is still true.
     
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  14. hrstrat57

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    ti Radical MP is flat out one of the best frames ever and still.

    Super customizable and just rock solid.

    I would bag those with no hesitation. 4" of lead at 3 and 9 and a leather grip and good to go!!!!
     
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  15. tball

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    Dunlop Professional 90. Black and Silver. Probably from the 80s. Bought it at a yard sale. Spec-wise, it's all wrong for me: too heavy, too flexible, too small, even the grip is wrong (not my size), but ...my game is fantastic with it. Everything clicks, and goes where I want it to.

    Then Volkl Tour 10 MP.
     
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    Head Prestige Tour MP 102 (1997).
    Robby C
     
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    This thing with some Pro hurricane...total spin monster...
     
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  18. spazz

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    Thanks for that feedback. I should be a little more adventurous in making a few adjustments. Heck, just varying the string tension a little seems to alter the trade off between power and control bigtime.

    I intended to go to leather next time I visited the shop. I'll definitely give the tape a try.
     
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  19. HiRO

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    I basically started tennis with this stick. It's awesome! But its unfortunately overshadowed by its smaller brother...

    Great serving and net racquet with its extreme HL balance. Easy access to spin, but lacked plow.

    I finally switched for a few reasons. But I still have these laying around and will never let them go.
     
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  20. DunlopDomination

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    They aren't my primary now since I just replaced them with AG 4D 200 Tours but I got a pair of iRadicals from a thrift auction a while back and I really, really loved them. I recall hating the Ti Radical and strongly disliking the i.Prestige when I was actively playing before so I never tried them when they were new.

    I was really floored at how much I liked them though and the two I got were very well matched to boot. If they were in better sh
     
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  21. raguhtheman

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    Head Flexpoint Radical Tour

    Head Flexpoint Radical Tour strung with Babolat Addiction Mains and BHBR crosses at 62/59. Good spin, nice power, plow thru, very flexible racquet that's really good on my arm/elbow.

    Still searching for the current racquet with the similar feel....
     
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  22. mad dog1

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    PS85, PT 280, and TT rad tour OS.
     
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  23. 6-2/6-4/6-0

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    My primary rackets are Rossignol F200s, so they're about 30 years old. Still let you do incredible things to the ball though...
     
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  24. mrw

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    was using my Mfil 300's but lately, my POG OS
     
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  25. mctennis

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    Volkl C10 Comp.
     
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  26. Orion3

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    All true. I have had to add a little lead to address the plow issue and it now feels pretty much perfect.
     
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    Was using the Bumblebee--Radical Trysis 260 OS--I bought in 93, but then moved to my PK Silver Ace that I bought in 90. Both are awesome frames that really shore up my groundstrokes.
     
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  28. Karstic

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    I don't use it as my primary, but I occasionally pull out an old Kramer Staff and really enjoy it. I'm tempted by the Pro Staff re-issues TW offers, along with many of the other older, heritage types, but a second BLX Pro Staff 90 is needed with the next available racquet funds.
     
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  29. Rock Strongo

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    My Max 200G is my primary whenever my shoulder decides to stop working. It can raise hell, that thing.
     
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  30. slymule

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    My primary racquet is a ProKennex Silver Ace, and my sons primary racquet is the Copper Ace - GREAT racquets, plenty of power, plenty of spin, plenty of flex, great control, and easy on the arm.
     
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  31. mr_fro2000

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    using a pro staff classic 4.2si (the blue and gold model)... had to scour **** to find them.

    stiff as a board and killing my wrist so may need to go more modern soon :(
     
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  32. cluckcluck

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    Head Flexpoint Prestige Mid+ :)
     
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  33. mrc

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    Head I.Prestige MP is my favorite racquet. I have hit the new ones but prefer the i.prestige MP. It has a unique soft feel but still manages to play firm and true. No pushing it around at all.[​IMG]
     
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  34. Stein

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    My primairy frame is:
    the Special Edition Prestige Pro (1983)
    and some HEAD Graphite Pro (Henri Leconte)
    Early 80's stuff :)
     
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