Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by Fed Kennedy, Jun 20, 2013.
Does anyone know the specs of these frames. They play really nice, much better than the blx 95.
Start here... http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=270917&highlight=ode
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
Truly mysterious Goatframes of the past...
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.
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
Does anyone have any input on playability differences between the series? Just how much difference is there between the three versions?
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).
Thank you captain! What do you estimate the flex on the graphite?
fpk was a phenomenal racket. would buy a reissue in a heartbeat.
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.
Ronaldo, can you give a comparison of the ultra graphite and the fpK?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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