It didn't feel brittle; but unforgiving...almost like it wasn't a tennis racket but something else with strings in it. Like the first time you hit with a full bed of poly at super-high tension...just odd. Very un-Volkl-like to me!!
In Europe especially, tennis racket construction was very similar to snow ski construction. It wasn't until the '60s I believe, that significant alterations to wood laminate construction took place. Then, it went crazy with aluminum/fiber sandwich and graphite/fiberglass composite construction.
I've got a couple...one warped pretty bad...of the JK Auto Mids. My brother(who carried a professional bowling average for a couple of years) could play with those pretty well; but they are a bit clubby. After rolling sixteen pound bowling balls, he said those felt pretty good to him!!
I, too, switched from the PT280 to Volkl...mainly the lighter 7,9, 10 series(not the Pro variants). Great sticks...until about 2000 or slightly later when the line went crazy. I was REALLY upset when I didn't get a proto of the V-engine...until I finally hit with one. I agree that it was one...
Funny how the Victor Superb wasn't so superb! I remember some 15L that had sections that almost wouldn't go through the holes in a wood racket!! I strung WAY too many sets of pink UFO...especially in the Prince Pro and Kennex Silver Ace!! I don't recall GO-rilla Gut, however!
Tanner had that "quick hit" at the top of the toss that made his serve look even faster. I tried it for a while and it was effective; but tough on the brain!!! Contrast that with others who tossed the ball 3 feet or more above the contact point!
Cool topic, especially for us old-timers :) CBS Tennis Classic @ Sea Pines, Hilton Head Is. , South Carolina was my first.
I remember John Alexander's red Bata shoes. With Okker and Riessen and Smith, there would have been Dunlop and Wilson woodies.
Seems like Alexander played Dunlop as...