"Senior" racquet talk

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by jimanuel12, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. jimanuel12

    jimanuel12 Semi-Pro

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    Just wondering - now that i am a senior - man - i hate getting old.
    but anyway - i have found that i love going back to my older racquets.
    now that i have passed the 60 year mark - been playing since 1967 when we played with the old wooden racquets - they must have weighted at least 14 or 15 oz back then.
    i went to the wilson T-2000 and T-3000 then back to wood again.
    stopped playing for several years and then came back to a mid size head racquet then on a wilson hyper hammer. that thing weighted all of 9.6 oz - my arm has never fully recovered.
    now back the prince, fischer and wilson heavier more flexable racquets.
    love them.
    how about other senior players. what has been your racquet journey and have you came back to the classics as well????:)
     
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  2. mctennis

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    I started out with a Spalding Goncho Gonzales wooden model.
    Then went to a Bancroft Borg model- still wooden.
    PK Bronze Dominator- played with it 12 years
    Volkl V1 - played with it about 6 months
    Volkl C10 Pro Tour - still using it off and on
    Technifibre VO 2 Max XL- using this off and on
    Kneissl Tom's Machine- ( green version) using it off and on

    The last three mentioned are the ones I carry with me when I play. I bring two of each to the courts.

    I consider the C10 Pro Tour more of a classic weighted racquet. I have mine wighted up to 13.6 oz, the Technifibre at 13.5 oz and the Kneissl at 12.5 oz. To me they have that old school feel to them.
     
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  3. michael valek

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    hi - depends what you mean by senior i guess, but i'm about to turn 40 so thats senior to me. started out in about 1983 tennis wise:
    max200g (amazing)
    puma becker super (amazing)
    fischer stan smith superform (ridicluous idea)
    volkl world cups (yellow)
    slazenger panther pro ceramic (best results ever aged 17 / 18 with these)
    volkl some others cant remember
    yonex widebody things, yellowy white colour, both cracked, rubbish
    dunlop revelation pro 90s (loved these)
    prince synergy 24? (crap)
    head prestige (not bad)
    head i prestige (as above)
    babolat pure drive (almost gave them away)
    volkl c10 pro (armache after these)
    wilson ps 6.0 (good for a set or so then got tricky)
    estusa / puma again
    POG )also v good)
    dunlop AG 200 etc (average)
    back to max 200g (joy)
    now firmly Kneissl white star to stay. although i have of course started recollecting everything again
    faves? max 200g, puma becker pros and kneissl white stars. until i started with the white stars i was scornful of the new stuff, and was happy with the max 200g. i cant believe i used to haul those around aged 13 / 14 / 15.

    thanks
     
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  4. chollyred

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    Started off with an old McGregor woodie. Don't remember the model.
    some strange aluminum racquet (maybe Rawling's?).
    Tensor steel.
    Jack Kramer Autograph
    Yamaha YFG 30

    30 year layoff

    cheap Wilson Advantage 110
    Dunlop Black Max OS (thrift store find)
    Head FXP Radical Tour
    Head MG Radical OS (current)

    I've always been a cheap racquet ho...
     
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  5. jimanuel12

    jimanuel12 Semi-Pro

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    if you like the old classics, you can find them for a song on fleabay.
    i got most of mine back in the winter for about $10.00 or so.
     
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  6. Frankc

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    Yes, similar - heading well into super seniorhood. It all started with a Spalding woodie - so many after that - two stand out: Kramer Pro Staff wood and Head Master...

    Spent too, too mamy years trying to play the "new" stiff & light stuff - almost quit the game... Then better with a Head Microgel Midplus (with lead)and loose natural gut. Plays OK with traditional strokes. Then, the heavens opened, and I stumbled upon some classic 80's softer stuff and the game is fun and predictable again. Yes, I can hit hard and flat and the ball will stay in... too much fun again...
     
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  7. PBODY99

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    Spalding Smasher(Pancho stick) was the first racket I purchase, Wilson woods in college ending with the Cliff Richey Ultra, Ashe comps, Yamaha YFG's 30,50 & 70. Kawasaki Rulers to CP001s(mid), then back to YAMAHA Ceramics. White Star Twin Pro Kennex Silver ace then the Ceramic Destiny.
    Settled on the Prince _port frames for the last five years.
     
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  8. blackfrido

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    my journey revolves always around the most demanding racquets no matter my age at all :)
    Hey Seniors challenge yourself each time you step on the court otherwise your game is gonna go down the hill pretty fast!
     
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  9. mctennis

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    Very well said. It is so easy to stand there and slap at the ball or push it back over the net. Good wake-up call.
     
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  10. blackfrido

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    ^ that's truly what I think....I'm almost 53, still among the fastest guys in the club where I play. I have the endurance to play couple of hours a singles match or whatever is necessary to finish it.
    Common Seniors kick some ass.... you still can!
     
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  11. coachrick

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    Like some others, I started with a Spalding Pancho Gonzales($5.65 @ Western Auto!), bought a NINE dollar Gonzales a year or so later and then the Spalding Smasher. The early '70s brought all sorts of new shapes and constructions. Fortunately, I started working in a tennis shop in '72. The list of rackets I actually played with would fill a few pages in this thread, I reckon.

    I have 'replicated' some of those early models from my tennis 'youth'. The original Gonzales, couple of Smashers, T3000, Arthur Ashe Competition from the earliest years; Yonex YY7500, Rawlings Tie Breaker, Red Head, Slazenger Professional(wood), Fischer Superform from the later '70s.

    Could fill a room IF I had kept all my personal playing frames from my rep days with Rossignol, Pro Kennex, Dunlop, Yonex, Puma and Yamaha. The only frame I actually have from those days is a prototype Kennex Micro Mid. Enjoyed playing with that stick off and on for a year. Still hit it from time to time.
     
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  12. tennytive

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    I started out with a $2.00 wooden racket from the dime store when I was 12 and just learning the game.

    After a few years I got a $7.00 Wilson (wood press included) from a Sporting Goods store. It had black and white trim and *red* strings! I played with that racket until sophmore year in college when I lost in an intramural tournament to a T 2000. I bought a used T 2000 and played with that until senior year when I lost to an Arthur Ashe Competition.

    I bought *that* AAC, made the tennis team as a walk on, and earned a varsity letter. I played with that racket from then on until entering a layoff period when I only played maybe once or twice a year for the next 30.

    During the second half of that layoff, I dabbled with a Becker Super, Prince Pro 110, and a Prince Precision Graphite before ending my long layoff and joining up with some serious weekend players a couple years back.

    Since then, and after joining TT, I learned about and acquired some used POGs. The 90, OS and LB, all of which are "serving" me well.

    However, in the last few months I've done a 360 and have been playng with wood again. I found a Jack Kramer Autograph, the racket the best players in my college conference were using at the time, and I love it.

    I'll be hitting with it come spring, and can't wait to see how I play with it. I think I'll do fine as long as I don't come up against a T 2000…
     
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  13. buffalobill3

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    I've been hitting with my Spalding GC 20 this racquet has a filled core in it like the new Donnays . The GC20 is very solid with great vibration dampening.
     
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  14. ethebull

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    I started playing around 1970 at age 11, using one of my dad's old woodie's. He gave me a Rosewall seamless at about age 13, that I beat the crap out of. It was replaced by a Stan Smith W, and a Maxply Fort that carried me thru college. Not much Tennis to speak of until my 17 year old step son got me playing again a few years ago. Started with a 110 Prince, and shortly to a 100", then a ""player's" Ozone Pro Tour 100 18 x20", then recently a PK "Laver Type C 93 Mid..." I am finding much love in the "old school" approach.
     
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  15. jimanuel12

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    have been playing with a friend of mine 15 years my junior, cannot find anyone my age to play with.
    i was beating him on a regular basis until i hurt my arm again. from the other post, hurt my arm about 3 years ago using the darn Wilson:( hyper hammer.
    never really fully recovered.
    now i am taking the ASTYM therapy - so let's hope for the best.
    hope to be playing again in a few weeks if i am lucky.
     
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  16. coachrick

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    Good luck! My arms are just fine...it's the wheels that are lacking ;) . So far, my decision to skip the 'recommended' knee replacement is working out okay. Twenty-five mile bike ride tomorrow but still haven't been on the court this year. Hard to believe after over 35 years of tennis. Having easy access to soft courts 'might' help me, but those are few and far between here in central Texas. :(

    It's not easy to do, but if you can figure out what strokes actually hurt your arm and can just do everything else, at least you could stay on the court. Back in the old days, I probably went three weeks without hitting a backhand(during my worst TE in the '80s). Got halfway decent at hitting 'off hand'(lefty for me).

    Hang in there!!!
     
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  17. Kirko

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    kramer auto. 1966 to 1983 ... ultra II 1983-89 prestige pro 1989-92 fisher vacuum pro 92 98 ... 98 prestige pro 1998-2012 and pacific vacuum pro.
     
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  18. Hannah19

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    Well, I started off with an Indian Harma (Maxply look a like).
    The rest is as follows:
    Spalding Specialist frame (No Idea)
    Snauwaert Alu 7005
    Volkl Drive
    Slazenger X-100
    Snauwaert Gerulaitis graphite
    Fischer Elliptic
    Oliver Blackbird
    Tecno Explosion 50
    Donnay Pro One (TW re-issue)
    Mad Raq Ceramic 3 string
    Rox Pro Delta 2000
    Head TT Radical MP
    MAX 200G Pro
     
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  19. Virginia

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    Don't you mean "Bluebird"? :)
     
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  20. Don't Let It Bounce

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    It's not the years, honey. It's the mileage.
     
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  21. Hannah19

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    No, the Blackbird was a Graphite/Boron frame with a brown lacquer finish from around 1988.
    Oliver was taken over by a German company in the late 1980's.
    They still maufacture rackets today.
    Check the German version of the big auction site.
    The racket looks a lot like the german GrapHit from W. Bungert.
     
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  22. texacali

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    Hmmm. Now in my 50's.

    The Everyday Youth Years:
    Stan Smith Capri (Department store special)
    Spalding Pancho Gonzalez Auto
    Jack Kramer Auto
    Stan Smith Auto
    Yamaha YFG 30
    Yamaha YFG 20

    The Intermittent Years
    Dunlop Maxply Fort (college years, bought from friend for $10.00)
    Unknown thrift shop find
    Pro Kennex (found racket - free!)
    Fox WB-215 and 210

    The Tennis Rediscovered Years:
    Prince TT Scream
    Prince Air-O Cloud

    I haven't had money or commitment to buy high end rackets (no Babolat for me!) so I make do with whatever racket I have.
     
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  23. jimanuel12

    jimanuel12 Semi-Pro

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    i understand completely, i do not care for the high end modern racquets of today. most of the ones i have seen (Babolat or Wilson) are too stiff for my little skinny arms anyway.
    you can find some really good deals on flea bay and TW (especially in the winter) on some really great old classics. I have bought several Prince, Wilson, Fox and others for almost nothing - usually around $10-20 + shipping. Had them restrung and they play like they were brand new.
    Last winter i bought a POG for around $14.50 i think and this year i got 2 Wilson Reflexes for $25.00 for both.
    Hang in there, we are still playing even at our age and that is a miracle in of itself.
     
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    Spalding Pancho Gonzalez (wood) 1961-68
    Dunlop Maxply Forte (wood) 1969-170
    Wilson Tony Trabert (wood) 1970-71
    Wilson T-2000 (steel) 1972-73
    Wilson Jack Kramer (wood) 1973-74
    Wilson Pro Staff (wood) 1974-75
    Head Pro Redhead (aluminum) 1975-78
    PDP (fiberglass) 1979-82
    TAD Davis (wood) 1983
    Head Edgewood (wood with carbon) 1983-86
    Pro Kennex—Golden Ace (wood with carbon) 1984-86
    Head Director (graphite) 1986
    Head Professional Composite 1987
    Prince Triple Threat Attitude (100 sq. in.) 2004-present
    Prince Triple Threat Attitude (115 sq. in.) 2005-present
    Prince EXO3 Red (105 sq. in.) 2012
     
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  25. flyen

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    2002-2003 Wilson Hyper prostaff 95 (18x20)
    2003-2003 Wilson Hyper prostaff 7.1 ZONE (broken)
    2003-2005 Babolat Pure Drive (broken)
    2005–2010 Volkl V-Engine Tour 10 Mid
    2010-2011 Wilson Prostaff k88
    2011-2012 Wilson BLX Tour 90
    2013- Wilson Prostaff 6.1 90

    demoed and bought but ended up hating-
    2012-jan Volkl Organix 10 325 (just mucked around with)- NO FEEL!!)
    2012-oct Aero Pro Drive Gt (Wilson leather grip, silicone in handle, 6 grams @ 3&9) (felt good during practice but gradually played worse and wore with it..

    NOW..dont think i can change from mids.
    would like to but happy with how im playing atm.
     
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