Review the craziest racquets you own

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  1. Autodidactic player

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    OK, I'm going off in a different direction. Most enthusiasts have seen wood handled rackets with metal heads:

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    but how many of you have seen a metal handled racket with a wood head?

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  2. Rock Strongo

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    One question, does the MacGregor can say "The greatest name in Golf"

    I actually have a MacGregor golf bag, but enough about that!
     
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    No, it says "the greatest name is sports" but MacGregor was much better known as a golf club manufacturer. In fact, from what I've read, the shafts on this racket are taken from one of their golf clubs. Similar to the Dunlop International which uses one golf club shaft.

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  4. Rock Strongo

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    Is that a graphite or steel shaft? Regular, x-tra stiff or even Ladies??:D:D
     
  5. Autodidactic player

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    It's a good thing I am comfortable with my masculinity or I'd take great offense with you suggesting that I'd buy a ladies racket! :wink:

    If you are really interested, it's "steel-tube chromium plated" according to Kuebler's book and made from 1972-1976.
     
  6. Rock Strongo

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    Like the chrome plating would change its playability! That mono-shaft looks really thin though, not like the Superform or the various Prince frames that came out.

    I referred to the fact that golf shafts come with different stiffness ratings, and yes, ladies do exist! it's actually the most flexible you can find after "senior" I think...:):)

    Wish I had that many oddball frames...
     
  7. VOLLEY KING

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    What a cool idea!!!!

    I wonder what it would be like to play with a wood grip and the rest graphite???

    That would be the ultimate in feel but the power of a modern racquet.....best of both world?

    What do you think?
     
  8. Autodidactic player

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    One of the biggest issues manufacturers have when joining two dissimilar materials is weakness at the point where they join. Of course, this is a major problem with tennis rackets which take quite a lot of stress but still need to stay in one piece. I think the wood grip would eventually separate from the graphite head and you'd be left with two pieces of trash; or worse, a lawsuit if they separated at the wrong time! :cry:
     
  9. VOLLEY KING

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    Hmmmm? Good point ......

    I wonder how Babolat does it? They stick that "cortex "
    Thing in the middle of the racquet.

    Not a tennis racquet but steering wheels in cars.....classy ones are wood partially for the look but also for the feel.

    I think they could do it somehow .....I'm only talking about the handle of the racquet. They can maybe Bolt it in??

    The Pro Kennex line actually had wood in the "core"......and of course as you know back in the day they had cimposture racquets.......

    ( by the way I have the Vilas but not "crazy" )......

    Anyway I may be wrong about it but I think making a handle wood is a cool idea....must be a way.
     
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    I found the Dunlop polygon for sale in Japan. I think you can still buy it from the Rakuten site.
     
  11. Autodidactic player

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    Tonight's contribution, the Fischer Superform Tuning:

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  12. Migelowsky

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    Nice thread Autodidactic, do you have one of the early babolats? I remember in the 80´s, my friend´s dad had one. It was before the widebody revolution,
    the thing I remember is that it was heavy, midsize and very expensive, $300 from about 1989 , and it had de VS logo.
     
  13. VOLLEY KING

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    Omg is that cool!! Please tell us about it. Can you change the tension yourself? Is that the idea?
     
  14. Autodidactic player

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    That's the plan but as with most of these rackets the idea is better than the execution. The key fits in the butt cap and you turn it to add or subtract tension from the six center main strings. Since most of the control, power and feel on shots comes from the main strings, as opposed to the crosses, the thought was that you could add a bit of tension to the center mains for added control if shots were flying on you or take away some tension for added power and depth if that's what you needed. In theory this makes some sense. In practice - not so much!

    Like the MacGregor Bergelin LongString in post # 164, after a couple of adjustments, you tend to wind up with strings of varying, unpredictable, tension and a loss of both power and control. :(
     
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    I don't have a single Babolat in my collection. Did they ever make any unusual rackets? I'm not aware of any - although I do remember being jealous of the rich kids who got their rackets strung with Babolat gut with the unusual name of "Africord" back in the day. Any of you old-timers remember Africord?
     
  16. VOLLEY KING

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    That's my Mcgregor below . Sadly The tightening tool is missing and even more sad is that there's a broken string and no way to restring . :-(

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  17. gmatheis

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    Autodidactic,

    Do you have a little museum or anything or do you ever display your rackets at any events? I'm in SC and it may be worth a little road trip if you have them on display ever.
     
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    The MacGregor was designed to be home strung without a stringing machine. If you are reasonably handy you can give it a try. You can tighten the strings with any 3/16 hex (Allen) wrench. Here are the stringing instructions from the 1989 Stringers Digest:

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    Thanks for the complement. No museum, just a small den and a really understanding wife! :)
     
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    Isn't there an ATP event where you live now? I wonder if they would pay you to have them on display during the tournament or something.

    That's a lot of great racket history you have there.
     
  21. Autodidactic player

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    Thanks again but my collection us rather small, less than 100 rackets, as I specialize exclusively in odd and unusual rackets. You really should see the collection of another member of this board who goes by the name "Hall of Fame Racquets." His collection is absolutely amazing! I hope he doesn't mind my pointing people to photos of his collection which he has online. Check it out at this link: Hall of Fame Racquets
     
  22. VOLLEY KING

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    But I would have to restring the whole thing ....right?
     
  23. Autodidactic player

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    Yup, cut yourself two 27 foot strings and follow the directions! Back in the old wood racket days we would regularly replace a single broken string - we called it a "patch." At my club playing with a patched racket was a badge of honor, a sign that you were a serious junior. This is very rarely done nowadays.
     
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    Tonight's contribution is the Jenro Twin Racket. It's a modern composite racket designed to be taken apart for easier storage during travel. The grip section screws on to the head via a slot in the butt cap that is tightened with a special key. The connection point, which is clearly the weak point, is much more solid than I would have thought. Even so, it does creak and flex a bit and - other than the cool factor of putting your racket together before a match - doesn't offer any real advantage over a traditional racket.

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  25. Rock Strongo

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    1: Is the head off-center?

    2: I looked up the guy behind that company, and he's part golf club inventor, part the most ridiculous infomercial sales guy ever. It's all to the extreme. Do a Youtube search for Jack Hamm and you'll see for yourself.
     
  26. VOLLEY KING

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    I've seen that before .....but I never really understood why??

    Why would you need to do that? I guess good for traveling ? But tennis racquets are not all that hard to bring with you.
     
  27. Autodidactic player

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    This one, the Rival AU 700 Ceramic, is a bit rarer. Have you seen one of these before?

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    LOL...no...that is FUGLY!

    But why did the jenpro make the racquet head interchangeable?

    What was the purpose?
     
  29. Autodidactic player

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    I think the point was simply convenience. A business person could put the racket in their briefcase, travelers could easily fit it in their carry-on, etc. I agree it's not an big selling point but at least someone is thinking outside the box! Check out the carry case/bag they came with:

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    Speaking of FUGLY:lol:

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  31. Hannah19

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    Just found this thread when I googled "Ergonom 2".
    Why is'nt it in the "classic racquet" section.
    This is a great thread but in the wrong section.....:)
     
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    Rival made a few models like these. They were reviewed in the 1989 World Tennis racquet issue, with excellent scores. I've always wanted one.
     
  33. Autodidactic player

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    Here is a not-so-great picture of my Ergonom 2.

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    Have you confirmed that the Jenro and the Jeanrot were produced by the same company? Although they look quite similar, and have remarkably similar names, I've never seen any proof that the Jenrot is an earlier version of the Jeanro.
     

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