Pro Kennex Graphite Dominator

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  1. leroy_sunset

    leroy_sunset Rookie

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    Hi fellow classicists! I found a big ol' beast at Goodwill for $4, the Pro Kennex Graphite Dominator. Strung and overgripped it weighs 352 grams.

    After some Google Fu, I found out this was the most expensive racquet made by PK in its day at $150 a stick. It was also counterfeited at one point.

    After checking out another TT thread on this guy, I strung it up with the instructions in the thread. However, I always do 2-piece string jobs, and the instructions were for a 1. In the future, I recommend a 1 piece job as the tie-offs for this were difficult doing a 2-piecer. I just hate pulling all that string through every freaking cross.

    Stringing (2 piece)
    Tension 52-62 lbs
    Mains 20' Crosses 18'
    Start string from handle because it has 6 holes
    Mains Skip 7 Bottom, 9 Bottom, 8 Top (super weird)
    Tie off Mains 6 Bottom
    1st Cross 8 Top, starting knot at 5 Top
    Tie off cross at 6 Bottom

    Like I said, do a 1-piece job. The main skips are the same, but there are half the tie-offs. This will suffice, but it's janky.

    Recommended Stringing (1 Piece)
    Tension 52-62 lbs
    Length ~ 35'
    Start string from handle because it has 6 holes
    Mains Skip 7 Bottom, 9 Bottom, 8 Top (super weird)
    Tie off Main 6 Bottom
    1st Cross 7 Bottom
    Tie off last cross at 5 Top

    Here she is, new strings and new overgrip. I'll hit with it tonight to see how she does.

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    One more thing - it came from SanTennis out of Portland, OR according to a sticker on the throat. According to my Google search, the owner of the company skipped town in 1986 on customs violations. Because the company was founded in 1985 and only ran for 14 months, that dates this stick to 1985 or 1986. I think he might be making suits in Tennessee with his dad. Man I love the internet :twisted:

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  2. leroy_sunset

    leroy_sunset Rookie

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    Update: it hits like a club. Big groundies, maneuverable, nice topspin. Good flex. However, my arm aches. It's too head-heavy for me. Now if someone wanted to swap it for a Head Graphite Edge with good-ish grommets...
     
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  3. coachrick

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    I worked for a pro-ProKennex shop during that time and we sold a ton of Graphite, Comp, Bronze(and I'm sure others I can't remember) Dominators. We routinely strung the mains a fair bit tighter than the crosses, owing to the considerable difference in length. Seems like round-the-world was the order of the day on that racket. IIRC, that series was a bit of a spin-off of the Director series from Head and to a lesser extent, the squared-oval shape of the Yonex 7 and 10 series.

    That distributor name is rattling some cobwebs in my brain. Was that the outfit that undercut ALL the 'mail-order' companies back then and didn't fulfill orders? Seems like they may have had adverts in Tennis Mag and/or World Tennis back then, but only for a couple of months.
     
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  4. aced_Tezuka

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    Found a blue/black PK Graphite Dominator and sold it to my friend since he was still using a cheap fed racquet. Very nice but I can't keep a lot of racquets. Keeping the Copper and Black Aces though. Except the Graphite Ace 110. I hate oversize racquets with a passion.

    Nice find btw
     
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  5. retrowagen

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    Yeah, this was PK's direct riposte to the Head Graphite Director. Or a snowshoe.

    FWIW, IIRC, the mould was also used on concurrent racquets sold in the USA branded as Antelop and also Sentra - one of the Sentra models from this mould had a nice bent/crooked grip, like the "Perfect Angle" frames. All were circa 1983-1985.
     
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  6. mad dog1

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    i think the blue/black one was the Composite Dominator.
     
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  7. aced_Tezuka

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    Well it said Graphite Dominator on the racquet and the case, lol classic racquets always confuse me since I have no idea where to search for racquet histories.
     
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  8. mctennis

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    I saw the SanTennis sticker on the racquet. I remember that tennis shop from TENNIS magazine years ago. I'm not sure if they are still in business. They were, I thought, one of the biggest tennis shops at that time.
    I bought a PK Bronze Dominator about that time. I still have it. I used that racquet for about 12 years before buying a "new technology" racquet after that one.
     
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  9. Steve Huff

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    Coachrick--you are so correct about the ATW pattern, as that is when I learned about stringing that pattern. I played with the Comp Dominator and one day, stringing the crosses from bottom to top, snapped it at 10 o'clock. I promptly called Pro Kennex (maybe just Kennex at the time) and he walked me through how to string an ATW pattern and kindly explained the reasoning. ATW, or "box" pattern, as he explained, involved stringing the last cross to pull tension inward at all corners. He said this would stablize the frame to minimize distortion. It worked, and have been doing it ever since.
     
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  10. tennisBIEST

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    Found a brand new one with plastic on the handle and never strung up at a goodwill in Jeff City, MO for $12! I havent strung it yet but does anyone know the specs? I'd also post pics but I can't seem to figure out how to....duh:)
     
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  11. Tamiya

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    anybody know of PK Graphite Dominator of same above shape but with SHARED grommets? :confused:

    looks exactly same longhead frame as above, glossy black with
    red & gold pinstripe, labelled "Mid Size" & "100% Graphite"

    however #7 & #8 grommets are shared between Mains & Xs all 4 corners
    which would give it a 16 x 21 pattern

    tieoffs at #6 throat, #5 & #6 top
     
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  12. kdurham

    kdurham New User

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    Still have mine too!

    I cannot remember when I bought my Graphite Dominator Mid-Size. It still has the original black strings, and some of the stencil is barely visible. The "Genuine Cowhide Grip" is in mint condition. Dug it up out of the basement still in its cover. Cant believe its been moving all over the country with me probably from late 70's or early 80's.
     
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  14. Tamiya

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    sweet, thanks. Yep I've strung it up as 16x21
     
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