Today I hit with the Wilson T-2000 !

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  1. LeeD

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    That's your problem, you listen to other's, while YOU should be the judge.
    If you had fast strokes, you could hit ATP level shots with almost any racket, and you'd not be searching for new rackets.
    But you don't, and worse, you listen to what your peers and friends say, and they are at WHAT level?
     
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  2. yourmailman

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    I wouldn't say that I am searching for new racquets.

    I went from the T-2000 to an Aerogel 500 Tour in 2009 (about 35 years. give or take). Stayed with that and a couple of the new version Maxply McEnroe's that I picked up (which are basically the same racquet).

    I switched to the Biomimetic 100 this year trying to find something that played more like the T-2000.

    Actually, I'm not worried about what "they" say. It's what feels good to me. My comment was that I didn't have control problems with the T-2000, even with a fast swing.
     
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  3. yourmailman

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    Also, I was playing with my T-2000's when I got back into tennis and was holding my own against players using modern racquets. I didn't win a lot, but I was competitive.

    I still carry one T-2000 and a Donnay Borg Pro with me most of the time. Sometimes after a match, my opponent and I will play a tie-break set with the old style racquets.

    Remember, that last year in the Champions Tennis Circuit, Todd Martin pulled out his old Pro Staff when he broke a string on his modern racquet and won the match with it.

    If Jimmy Connors gets healthy and starts playing on that tour, maybe he will pull out a T-2000.
     
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  4. chrischris

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    Flexy springy bendable racket ,original but a clone of the Lacoste steel racket .
    For Jimbo they worked well to say the least, good for flat dirves and sidespin forehand.
    Not the most stable of frames when off center hits occur, bends over.
    'A French fry of a racket'
     
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  5. yourmailman

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    Actually, it is the Lacoste racquet. He licensed it to Wilson to sell in America.

    Love the "french fry" analogy, though.
     
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  6. 3fees

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    I had a wilson T-2000, I liked my Fred Perry woodie better.

    :mrgreen:
     
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  7. yourmailman

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    I went to a Donnay Borg Pro for a while, but it imploded after a while, so I went back to the trusty T-2000.

    The Donnay was SO light compared to the Wilson. I liked it a lot, but I scraped it on the court so much that it weakened and finally collapsed.

    I still have my two original T-2000's (still with ancient string jobs), and found a couple more online. I am currently at four. I have also acquired 2 Borg Pro's, one of which has never been strung.
     
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  8. yourmailman

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    My goal for this week is to restring one of my old T-2000s. I'll report back when done.
     
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  9. Sanglier

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    If you feel like being creative but don't want to go full spaghetti, have a look at listing 110985852887 on the big auction site. I might try this myself someday if I ever break a string on one of my T-series :)
     
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  10. yourmailman

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    Wow! $499 for a string job!
     
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  11. cork_screw

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    Nice quote. I love DFW. I don't normally use acronyms, but in his case, much deserved.

    A supposedly fun thing i'll never do again - is a must read. And features a short on tennis.
     
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  12. slice bh compliment

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    ^Supposedly Fun Thing I'll never do Again, yes!
    It's been a decade or so since I loaned it to a friend, which, of course I'll never do again, haaa.

    Loved his piece on the Illinois State Fair, and the one on jr tennis in rural/suburban Illinois (mastering the wind and the court cracks in HS tennis). Thanks for mentioning that book.
     
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  13. frinton

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    Took my Lacoste "T-2000" out for a spin

    A while back I had picked up the Lacoste version of the T-2000 (By the way, does anybody know what this racket is called :confused:) and so far had never played with it. Until yesterday, when I took it out for a spin, playing with my dad. The strings on it seem to be ancient (possibly some kind of nylon? dark blue greenish color). I played it for almost an hour and I was quite surprised how well I played. I could create angles, backhand slice worked very nicely. But creating topspin was difficult. Creating power on my ground strokes was almost impossible. And I could never get away with hitting a ball too late or not following a stroke through. Once I started to be under pressure, it was very difficult to get out of jail. Volleys were so-so, but I had only a few and could obviously not get the timing right, but towards the end they started to work better.
    However what was the most amazing thing was my serve! Fast, very precise...Waow! This thing is a serving machine! Anybody else feel like that?
    Well, now my arm hurts and I need to take a break from the 385 grams or so of steel. The weight and the vibration make me pay now, but it was worth the fun :)
     
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    I saw one recently at a thrift store. I didn't buy it because I have a few already but it had something I've not seen before.

    It had a plastic, clip-on bumper guard that fit around the top and then had hooks on opposite sides at like 3 & 9 o'clock.

    Anyone else seen these? It made sense since I've heard of the metal wearing out. Maybe I should've bought it. It was a welded version but it was missing the metal whipping above the grip W.
     
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  15. movdqa

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    I generally broke them at the neck where the welds were.

    I don't recall seeing one with a headguard and I think that the wire wrapping the frame was pretty strong.
     
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    Your elbow will begin to hate you. I have no idea how Connors was able to train his arm to not fall off. I used a T-3000 for about an hour and a half. My arm's soreness relented after about an hour, but then I was just using it in rec play. Undoubtedly a big reason why Connors loved his two-handed back hand, as only using one arm on that racquet continuously for over 2 hours is lunacy.
     
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  17. onehandbh

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    Just strung a T2000 for the first time. Probably the most difficult racquet I have ever had to string. Even after reading some tips on how to string it, it was still difficult.

    Hard to believe the head is actually smaller than my Jack Kramer Prostaff. How did Connors play with this thing toward the end of his career against opponents using modern racquets?
     
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  18. joe sch

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    I always found the t2000 required a big fast swing to generate power. Not the racket for a pusher wanting to take shorter slower swings.
     
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