Worst racket used by a pro?

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Jmon99, May 4, 2013.

  1. Jmon99

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    Yes I know there have been threads on this topic before, but all are from about 8 years ago, so everyone says Prince Diablo, Original Pure Drive etc. I know rackets have improved a lot since then, but what do you think is the worst racket currently used by a professional player?
     
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  2. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Dumb thread is dumb.

    They're pros, they can use a 2x4 and still beat the rest of the world.
     
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  3. Jmon99

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    I'm not saying they can't? I'm not actually talking about the player, I'm talking about the racket. A Pure Drive is the Holy Grail to some, but a pile of pish to others. That is why I started this thread, as I'm interested to hear people's opinions. So IMO, your point is invalid...
     
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    Here is one by some guy that goes by the moniker, Rafa.

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    In the past, Jimmy Connors has used some pretty bad rackets. The T2000 had to be one of the worst ever. Unless you count the frying pan, yes an actual frying pan, used by the greatest tennis hustler of all time, Bobby Riggs.

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  5. Larrysümmers

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    sampras used a pretty crap racket
     
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  6. Jmon99

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    Thanks for the feedback, but I'm asking what you think the worst racket used by a current professional player is?
     
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  7. Le Master

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    Notsureifsrs
     
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    That's probably Del Potro. He has only five rackets left of his Wilson k-faktor. Heard there are no tubings left and the five rackets get strung so many there is hardly and stability left.

    Kudoos for him playing so well with them, but seems he is to afraid to make a switch.
     
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    Superstitious guy. He won the USO with it, and he got his injury without it. Therefore he won't play with anything else until they are destroyed. Which could very well already be the case.
     
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    this one sucks pretty bad. Not even a leather grip. The blisters you get with this are pretty bad. I wanna see Nadal play with this thing as is
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    ^^ the racquet is not the only thing, that shoe is a big concern too.Is that a dress shoe?
     
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    This takes the cake.
     
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    Golf spikes
     
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    Probably was a rainy day when the picture was taken and he was using spikes not to slip.
     
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  16. NLBwell

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    Worst rackets ever were probably the Chemold aluminum rackets that a lot of the Australians (Laver, Roche, etc. ) signed on to play with. Terrible rackets even for the aluminum rackets of the day. They even painted wood rackets to try to look like the aluminum ones. May have been the first true paint-jobs (though pros did have custom-made wood rackets).
     
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  17. brinkeguthrie

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    'worst' is an ambiguous term. a racquet is only as good as the player holding it. Someone mentioned T2000- Connors won a few slams with it if I recall, so that frame had some big wins in it. Others couldn't use it. So is it the frame's fault? Nope.

    I'm trying to recall all the frames I've used..and this goes back to wood! Bancroft Borg, Donnay Allwood, Donnay Borg Pro, Fila Wood 1, Head Vilas, Slazenger V24, Prince Woodie, Prince Graphtech DB, and my current frame I've had forever, the original Prince oversize.

    Of those, the Borg Pro and the V24 were dull lifeless hunks of wood and laminate. The Fila 1 is prolly my favorite ever, that and the Vilas.

    So......the worst for me? The Slazenger wins. Or loses.
     
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  18. Shaolin

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    That two handled Battistone racquet.

    I would quit tennis before I used that.
     
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    I find your post is often like this. Does it make you feel superior?
     
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    Any stock Babolat POS...
     
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    Funny Opinions/Responses.

    The T-2000 is a great playing metal/steel racquet. Rather different from woods. I suspect the difference had more to do with many people not liking it. I have several wood racquets. From a Kramer Auto' and Donnay Pro to a Vilas and in-between; and I would rather play with the T-2000.

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  22. NLBwell

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    I played with other steel rackets and several aluminum rackets. The T2000 was a terrible racket for me.
     
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  23. Mick

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    not the worst but probably the most demanding one, the Wilson BLX Pro Staff 90. No other pro uses it beside Federer.
     
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    It changes

    Watch a match carefully. When you see a player snap their frame, you know how bad that racket is. At that point it was the worst racket, but it has been retired.:shock:
     
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  25. Jmon99

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    Any opinions on the Wilson BLX Steam 100 as used by Kvitova and Nishikori? I've never hit with this racket, but it wasn't rated too well by tenniswarehouse, and I haven't heard great things from those who use it. :-?
     
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    I hope you have hit with this to know what you are talking about, I have two they are sweet and there are a bunch of guy's at my club in London that swear by them. (not at them).
     
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    Wasn't it Radwanska who had a Pure Drive snap in half in her hand while hitting a shot? That would be a bad racket.
     
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  29. Seth

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    Don't take it personally. The fact of the matter is the frame looks strange.
     
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    No not taking it personally ;-) in fact I wish there was more innovation in the business today, I really like this frame and I think with some modern "tweaking" it could be something, the thing that is killing me about the racquet business, is that all today's frames are pretty much the same from the same suppliers in China and the same shape, just with different marketing BS ! We really need Fischer and Rossi back making something different in Europe. But I guess the demand for ever cheaper made in China crap is preventing that?
     
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  31. Don't Let It Bounce

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    Who makes them? Vortex?

    That long string design has come around a couple of times in racket history. (Remember the Bergelin Longstring, endorsed by Borg's coach?) It has never caught on with the public in a big way, but that doesn't make it a bad design. A bunch of racquetball rackets use it. It does seem like the string bed's power zone would be somewhere around the throat, though.

    On topic... Idaknow, hard to say, even if I had a clear idea what "worst" means in this context. Modern carbon composite rackets are all what would have been science fiction only a few decades ago, and I can't imagine a current pro using one that couldn't do what s/he needed it to do. Stuff like the difference between "K-Factor" and "BLX" would not impact actual on-court performance.

    I remember Jay Berger using an aluminum Prince Pro in the 80's, after everyone else had gone graphite, Mecir using wood in the late 80's in a Slam final, and Lendl using a more-or-less standard-size frame even in the 90's.

    That T-2000, though... Man, that was a hard racket to love.
     
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    Who makes them? Vortex?

    That long string design has come around a couple of times in racket history. (Remember the Bergelin Longstring, endorsed by Borg's coach?) It has never caught on with the public in a big way, but that doesn't make it a bad design. A bunch of racquetball rackets use it. It does seem like the string bed's power zone would be somewhere around the throat, though.




    No , Vortex like everyone else uses a contract manufacturer in China these are made in Taiwan.

    I can tell you that strung around 24Kg it play's all over anything else that I have hit with, the control is spot on and the spin generated is almost there with the old Hi Ten !
     
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    [Off-topic] Seth, I just saw your location, as I sit here in northern Thailand. I grew up in Smithfield!
     
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  34. Don't Let It Bounce

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    What is the name of the make and model? I don't have the eyeballs to get it from VSB's posted photo.
     
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    Mine are the Sp.in hi-po .
     
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  36. Seth

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    Right on! I'm next door in Clayton.
     
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    At least he reached a world ATP ranking of 853 with that two handled racquet. Remind me again of your world ATP ranking by using your traditional racquet?
     
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  38. Seth

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    One doesn't have to be a world-class touring pro to comment on a pro's gear. If this were the case, these boards wouldn't exist.
     
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  39. tennisnj

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    What about Cedric Pioline's Prince Magnesium Pro 90?
     
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    Ditto. Did you ever play with the T3000. It was worse.
     
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    Ha, ha. You are funny.

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    Didn't like that either. Was it the 5000 that had some kind of rubber thing sticking out of the buttcap?
     
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    True, especially such a light APD for Nadal + so much head heavy one.
     
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    That was about two points after she bashed the racquet on the ground. She cracked it then, she just didn't realize it.
     
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