Spalding gc-20

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  1. 2kJosh

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    I was digging through our bucket of old racquets and i found a spalding gc-20 it seems like a nice racquet but the grip was a bit torn up. so i have some question: Was this racquet before or after the pro staff 6.0?, How heavy is it normally?, and what is the headsize on it? Thank you for your help.
     
  2. galain

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    I remember this about 1985/1986. Could be an earlier release but back in those days Australia was a gazillion miles from anywhere so things often took longer to reach us.

    Pro Staff was what, 84?
     
  3. coachrick

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    "You can't get there from here" :)

    I used the GC 20 for my PTR-USA certification in 1981. Dennis and the staff were Spalding folks back then and I thought having the 'newest thing' from the pro shop would make an impression. ;) It was likely brand new at that time as I don't recall seeing it in Atlanta for a while after my return.

    Probably made by Kunnan...similar to the Bancroft ?Scorpion? of the same era(mold-wise, anyway).
     
  4. Don't Let It Bounce

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    Black and orange, nice cosmetics, right? Those were standard-sized (65-70 sq in head), IIRC, and well before the PS Mid. I don't remember anything in particular about the weight, but I'd expect it to be the usual for standard-sized racquets, ~350g-400g. I bet it would be a nice hit.

    EDIT: Looking at old photos I believe I am mistaken, and that the GC-20 had a smallish midsize rather than a standard-size head.
     
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  5. ritton07

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    .. Claudio Panatta (Adriano's less famous brother..) using the GC-20,

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  6. 2kJosh

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    Thanks guys I hit with it today amazing feel goes great with my s/v style I only I could find another oh well.
     
  7. galain

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    Coachrick - always a font of knowledge!

    2kJosh - nice to hear it's a nice hit. I've been toying with the idea of picking one up myself. They come up fairly often and as far as I know, it's an all fiberglass frame. Sounds like fun.
     
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    I do believe the name offers a clue as to the composition: GC = "Graphite Composite"; 20 = 20% Fibreglass. Or was that 20% graphite???:lol:
     
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    A little off topic but the Chris range of racquets were all the same mold, but with different compositions. Top model had boron, then came the Power-G 100% graphite, then the Competition 80/20 graphite/fibreglass and finally the Avenger 50/50 graphite/fibreglass.

    Incidentally, the fibreglass in these frames was "S2" fibreglass - supposedly stronger. Does anyone have any info on "S2"?
     
  11. coachrick

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    An excellent way to develop a line of rackets, IMO. Back in the '70s through '90s, quite a few companies took advantage of this techinque...allowing some interchangeability of bumpers/grommets, etc. Head, Wimbledon, Wilson, Chris and others had a 'progression' of materials, stiffness, price throughout their lines while using the same mold for the various layups. It was very common when a brand wanted to offer SMUs to large retailers...same mold, different cosmetics and sometimes, different compositions. Brilliant in its simplicity.

    Here's just an intro on S2 fiberglass:

    "S-2 Glass® Fiber Family of products offer a combination of six vital enhanced properties critical for your demanding applications. Compared to conventional glass fiber, the ehnanced properties of S-2 Glass® fibers result in better weight performance, and when compared to aramid and carbon, they deliver better cost performance."

    There's an eighteen page brochure...IF you are trying to fall asleep! :)
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...Nyg5ZBsFg&sig2=NVpSCOkI9mwwPrdO14eJoQ&cad=rja
     
  12. vsbabolat

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    I think it was head size. Because there was a GC-30 that was larger.:)
     
  13. retrowagen

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    Right you are! - I had a buddy with a GC-30 (with blue graphics), roundabout 1983. That model looked to me then as the Spalding analogue to the Head Graphite Director, with the GC-20 being their direct mark to the Graphite Edge (although in my humble opinion, the Head models had a plusher feel and were more stable, albeit slightly less manoeuverable - by dint of their narrow and less substantial shoulders, the Spalding models felt somewhat "floppy" or more sensitive to torsional twist on off-center hits).

    Seems like lots of racquet model names in the 80's had numbers equivalent to the percentage the hitting area was larger than "standard": Rossignol with their 100/150/200/300 (drop the final zero and you have the rough % larger than standard), the 1986/7 Kneissl lineup with Masters 10/25/30 and Spark 25/35, etc. ... :)
     
  14. MesQueUnClub

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    Speaking of GC-20 and GC-30, anyone has heard of or has any experience with Donnay GTI-25 ?

    EDIT : I had written GC-25 earlier. my mistake.
     
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  15. vsbabolat

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    I have heard of the CGX 25
     
  16. Virginia

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    Thanks, coach - very useful - I've often wondered about S2.
     
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    Nice to know about the composition good people. I stand corrected, (like I often do!)
     
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    I typed wrong. I wanted to write : Donnay GTI-25. Anyone heard of this one?
     
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    Found a Spalding GC 20 locally yesterday. with cover. $6. Can't wait to try it out!
     

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