Wilson Ultra Graphite, Kevlar, and FPK specs

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  1. Fed Kennedy

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    Does anyone know the specs of these frames. They play really nice, much better than the blx 95.
     
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    I read that thread but I didn't see the specs just that FPK was stiffer then Kevlar and graphite was flexyyiest . But I am interested in stuff like stiffness and swingwt
     
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  4. Fed Kennedy

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    Truly mysterious Goatframes of the past...
     
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    The FPK was just over 12 ounces strung and 10-12 points head light. I do not know the RA, but on Wilson's stiffness scale at the time it was rated at 5 -- stiffer than the others in the family but certainly not a stiff racquet by today's standards. This was the top of the line racquet in the Ultra series.

    I have two of these in mint condition that I have been hanging on to. I need to get them down to Racquetmaxx for grip size reduction -- back in the day 4 5/8 seemed normal. I still have such fond memories of playing with this racquets after moving on from my PS85.
     
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    Spiritual godfathers of the ps lineage... Wilson DNA with stiffness spin touch and flex. Heavyweights that aren't numb. What became of these lost molds
     
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    Does anyone have any input on playability differences between the series? Just how much difference is there between the three versions?
     
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  8. Captain Haddock

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    The blue (FPK) and white (Kevlar) are fairly similar in feel and flex. The red (Graphite) is much more flexible, given the 50% fiberglass composition. I think the flex on the FPK 95 is around 60. Even though it was advertised as having a higher stiffness than the 6.1 Classic (5.0 vs 6.1 according to the Wilson scale), it feels more flexible in the head than the super-stiff Classic. The three FPKs I have may be a little fatigued (although they are still in great shape), but I would put the FPK in the flexible frame category by today's standards. It's just a different kind of flex: very little lateral torque, and a uniform bending back of the head, yet with a firm bridge and shaft. It's no a pocketing feel like, say, a Fischer VT pro 98, with a thick head, thin shaft and super thin bridge. There is nothing on the market today that compares to that mold, unfortunately.

    Judging by a Wilson poster at my club, Federer's first racquet as a kid was a Wilson Ultra with Tapered Beam (not the FPK, but a Euro release of the Ultra in greenish/greyish tones — there were quite a few European versions of the Ultra 95. A friend of mine played with a light grey model with green stripes).
     
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    Thank you captain! What do you estimate the flex on the graphite?
     
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    fpk was a phenomenal racket. would buy a reissue in a heartbeat.
     
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    odd, Ultra fpk used PEEK, material used in the hottest string this side of NG. Btw, best Wilson ever and I own the Ultra, Ultra 2, Galaxy, fpk, Ultra graphite and kevlar.
     
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  12. Fed Kennedy

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    Ronaldo, can you give a comparison of the ultra graphite and the fpK?
     
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    The FPK was my first "real" racquet back in '88. Unfortunately, I was a bit of a hothead as a young kid, and smashed that racquet against a netpost one frustrating summer day.
     
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    I bought and used a bunch of the FPK's from the early 90's and played with them all the way to the mid-2000's. An unbelievable frame. I can't confirm, but thought the weight was 12 oz, 8 points headlight and swingweight around 315. I tried to find a replacement for a couple of years and finally settled on a Slazenger Pro x1. The FPK was a great racquet since you had the combination of the thicker frame in the lower frame for stability and power, but the thinner 20mm head for a little flex, control etc. I played better with them once they got worn down a little. I still actually have one in plastic, never used or strung. Never wanted to sell to kind of hang onto the memories. But am rethinking it.
     
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    I just found one in mint condition and I am so grateful for all the information you guys have posted here.

    Based on your comments, I am going to buy it and use it because there's a lady at my club who's still using hers. I love the fact that it's going to be around 12 oz strung, has a bigger head than my BLX Pro Tour, it costs just US$30, and it's Purple!!!

    Even if it doesn't last me very long (it is such an old racquet after all) it will still serve as a cheap transition racquet for me as I have been contemplating switching to a less dense string pattern for more power. I am not a hard hitter so I think it should be okay as I am only stringing it at 45 lbs anyway (to prevent tennis elbow).







    I said "bigger head for more power" originally but I just discovered it's the same size as my BLX Pro Tour.
     
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    Just an update for anyone interested in the FPK Ultra.

    I played with it yesterday. My racquet was an L2 (4 and 1/4 in grip) and I prefer a really large grip so I added extra grips to make it 5 and 1/4 in. That also made it a few more points lighter in the head, which suited me just fine.

    The racquet plays just like my Wilson BLX Pro Tour, and I was serving really well with the FPK, which I had strung at 45 lbs. My BLX Pro Tour has a denser string pattern so that one is strung at just 40 lbs. There was no noticeable trampoline effect on either racquet in spite of the lower string tension.
     
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  17. Fed Kennedy

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    If you like 90 and 95 inch wilsons, 6.1 and prostaffs, you will like these old wilson ultras...they fit right between the 6.1 95 and the prostaff line.
     
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    This was my favorite Ultra: o[​IMG][/URL]
     
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