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    PRO AM (CENTURION) forged alloy tennis racquet from the 1960's

    See that a lot in Pickleball nowadays...nowhere near the downside arm-wrecking potential with an 8 ounce paddle and sub-one ounce ball !!
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    Volkl tr 25 play test ?

    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!!
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    Volkl tr 25 play test ?

    I couldn't hit it worth anything. Felt like a club to me. Pretty racket; but I would have chosen any of my other half-dozen Volkls for a money match.
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    Head Cosmos tennis racket

    I remember the horrible slick white/gray leather grips of 1988(Head, Wimbledon in particular). Maybe that put the nail in the coffin of leather ;)
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    PRO AM (CENTURION) forged alloy tennis racquet from the 1960's

    I have one and I would likely choose a T2000 over it if I had to play a match!! I would guess she didn't play much more than a month with one ;)
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    Head Cosmos tennis racket

    Brings up an interesting question. What year would you say "everyone" switched to synthetic grips as original equipment????
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    Slow evolution of wooden racquets

    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.
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    Jack Kramer Autograph question

    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!!
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    Anybody still using a "Classic" racket (1990s and earlier) as their main racket?

    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...
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    Common pre-poly string setups?

    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!
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    Racquets at the First Pro Match You Attended Live

    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!
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    Racquets at the First Pro Match You Attended Live

    Hopefully, Smith was playing with his own Autograph at that time. Lutz used the aluminum Edge for a bit, I believe, as well as the Red Head Pro. Mid-ish to later 1970s ???
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    Racquets at the First Pro Match You Attended Live

    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...
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    Anybody still using a "Classic" racket (1990s and earlier) as their main racket?

    My arm hurts a little just looking at that pic! A few of the Girls' Nat'l 14s players(ca 1981) got those on the free list. Fortunately, they also got nat gut to put in them.
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