Vintage Slazenger ready for battle!

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  1. coachrick

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    Don't beat me up for not having pictures :) ! Purchased this one on the b-a-y and strung 'er up with PS Multi 17 @ 50#. The only model reference is "Slazenger Titanium" on the throat badge. Titanium gray hairpin, dark chocolate Zytel throat similar in shape to the old PDP Open. Hang tag states it is '99+% pure titanium'. Dark tan grip with gold lettering as was stock on the wood Professional and Challenge No.1 of the '70s. Head size is between the Head Pro and Edge. I would imagine this is from that same time frame but it is the first and only one I've ever seen. If it IS 99%Ti(and I understand 'pure' Ti is not the best application--Ti 6Al-4V may have been better), could this racket have been two full decades ahead of its time?

    Anybody familiar with this model? The hang tag refers to Slazengers, INC of Bensalem, PA, so I would imagine this model was available in the States--but I sure missed it!
     
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  3. coachrick

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    You found it! Good work! It's not as elegant as some of the composite Slazengers but I'm still interested in hitting it. Tomorrow may be the day! Thanks for the link!
     
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    Here is the XL version:)

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    I don't know anything about this at all, but it does have a longer head than the standard version!

    (which you obviously can't see from my photo)
     
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    I can't imagine that mine is an 'XL' of any sort. Standard length, face is the same width as a Red Head and only about one inch deeper. The strung weight is 367g(12 7/8 oz), so it's no X-tra Light either :) .

    Thanks for the pics! We don't have 30mph winds today; maybe I'll take 'er out for a spin!
     
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    reminds me of a skinny Mag Pro.
     
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    Had a chance to hit yesterday with the Slaz Ti. Very reminiscent of the Red Head...perhaps a bit softer but not really flexy. The YY8500 by comparison has more 'pop'(perhaps owing to the welded throat bridge as compared to the Zytel throat insert of the Slaz). I jammed a few balls in the upper 'corners' while trying to recreate my 'Yahoo' forehands from the '70s. Not the best feeling in the world but even WAY off-center hits felt solid and predictable. I'm pleased that the grommets held and there were no string difficulties associated with my wild hitting!

    I think this will go in the bag with the Red Head and various Yonex models from the '70s; to be used regularly as I remember the 'good old days'!
     
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    Here you go - from TENNIS magazine, January '79:

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    Thanks for the pic. Jan/'79 I was starting my final semester in college and may have been less aware of new tennis equipment offerings since I was contemplating entering the 'real world' :) .
     
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    Anyone heard of the Slazenger Omega? Picked one up the other day. Quite an interesting looking racket. Will try to post pics.
     
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    Yes, indeed - it's on my "wanted" list actually.
     
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    I'm looking for the metal Slazenger Omega!

    In fact the one I'm looking for looks really similar to the Slazenger Titanium:)
     
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    Its some kind of fiber reinforced wood composite. It is also says NO. 1795. So how many were made?
     
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    Not the metal one then:(

    2578:)
     
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    Nope, sorry :(
     
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  16. Virginia

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    The Omega is an open throat fibre reinforced woodie made in Japan - what distinguishes it specially is that it has a split shaft.
     
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