Search results

  1. R

    I am at a crossroads: Fischer M Speed SL string change after 15 years

    1991 Vacuum Elliptic midplus.
  2. R

    Sporting good stores 80s and 90s?

    In my experience, most if not all of the “mom and pop” pro shops I saw in the 80’s and 90’s had Demo racquets... chain stores usually did not.
  3. R

    Sporting good stores 80s and 90s?

    The Big 5 chain was owned by the same holding company that owned FTM Sports, maker of Fox racquets...
  4. R

    Can anyone tell me the last proper Adidas racket made before they gave up (for the 1st time)

    That looks like the same mold as some of the Delta series, French made, circa 1989. The NTP series of frames came after. You’re correct, adidas stopped making tennis racquets around 1992; it wasn’t until they marketed a fairly unremarkable line of Chinese-made “catalog” frames (named after the...
  5. R

    Head Elite Pro

    Did someone say, “Head Elite Pro?!” I have had success taking ordinary black full-length TK52 CAPs, as well as later, clear ones used on the MG series of 18x20 Prestige mid, and trimming the “skids” off of the portion that the frame was not designed to receive. There’s an obvious notch in the...
  6. R

    Sporting good stores 80s and 90s?

    Growing up in Northern California in the 1980’s, the two chain stores that I lurked in were Big 5, and later, Copeland’s. A highlight of getting the Sunday newspaper (remember those?!) was the full-color, multi-page Big 5 ad, which used to show several different models of racquets on sale that...
  7. R

    Wilson tempest and Wilson javelin large head?

    I believe the Galaxy was their first graphite oversized frame, and the Cobra was their first aluminum oversize. The Javelin dated from around 1983, IIRC.
  8. R

    Evert Wilson 85 racquet

    I am suspicious that this model was a downmarket SMU for “big box” stores, circa 1987, and was a repaint of the Reflex or Graphite Matrix, with a mold that differed a bit from that of the Pro Staff / JK Staff / Ceramic 85’s in having a shorter open area above the grip.
  9. R

    Fake puma Becker racket

    Looks like it’s in between the head size of the Becker / G. Vilas Winner and the Top Speed (Slobodan Zivojinovic) models.
  10. R

    Twisted hairpin/grip on solid hitting

    Nope, that’s exactly what I’m talking about.
  11. R

    I am at a crossroads: Fischer M Speed SL string change after 15 years

    Fischer racquets - especially the Austrian-made models produced between 1990 and 1993 - are really something special when strung with a full bed of either natural gut or a gut-like multifilament string at 55 pounds.
  12. R

    Twisted hairpin/grip on solid hitting

    Those have medium-density polyurethane foam pallets beneath the grip, two halves that are bonded to the graphite composite frame “hairpin” beneath. They are replaceable by knowledgeable racquet technicians. Perhaps someone less knowledgeable or experienced worked on the pallets of your racquet...
  13. R

    Has anyone here put a poly string in an aluminium/metal frame?

    Leo 66, in ropey 15L, was my go-to string through my junior years, in my White Star Pro Masters... a great setup for hitting laser-flat forehands very hard. Also, a surprisingly good string to get the most out of the legendary Yamaha Secret 04 without irreparable damage to the wallet, elbow, or...
  14. R

    Twisted hairpin/grip on solid hitting

    Is it a Prestige Tour? What model Prestige mid is it, exactly?
  15. R

    1990s racquets - Wilson Sting and Head Satellite Tour, were these any good??

    That particular Sting was a fairly downmarket model, sold mostly from chain discount stores (like Walmart) in the 1990’s. The Satellite Tour was a pro-level racquet, not sold at chain discount stores!
  16. R

    Has anyone here put a poly string in an aluminium/metal frame?

    Sorry for the trip down Amnesia Way, there. I might, this weekend, string up a Prince Pro Series 90 with some Isospeed poly I have lying about here, and counterpoint it by installing some Luxilon AluRough in my Prince Magnesium Pro 125. Still, I struggle to imagine the sensations of hitting...
  17. R

    "Donnay 3set glass+ test", a racket so obscure(?) googling was useless.

    ...and the Graphite Plus 25 might be the unattributed progenitor of the Wilson Pro Staff 85...? @Sanglier ??
  18. R

    Has anyone here put a poly string in an aluminium/metal frame?

    I have some 18ga steel in my Dayton; has great bite but lacks some degree of resiliency. Seems durable; I haven’t noticed any wear after 80+ years.
  19. R

    "Donnay 3set glass+ test", a racket so obscure(?) googling was useless.

    Those were among the first composite (fiberglass, in this case, hence “Glass”) racquets built in Belgium by Donnay, heretofore the world’s largest producer of wooden racquets. It seems giant Donnay felt in the technology transitioning 1970’s that exploring the new materials of fiberglass and...
  20. R

    Does anyone remember the Head Graphite Pro?

    SiC fibers (colloquially, “Ceramics”), similar to aramids (like DuPont’s Kevlar, or BC Enka’s Twaron) was used for lightweight vibration tuning of carbon composite layup matrices. It also was a very trendy ingredient in the tennis racquet biz, commencing in 1986. By 1987, every manufacturer...
  21. R

    Does anyone remember the Head Graphite Pro?

    I have played USTA Open tournaments (circa 1987) with both the Graphite Pro and the navy blue (1987) Club Pro. The Graphite Pro was the stiffest variant Head made in that mold; the Club Pro was the most flexible. It seems there was a slight difference in feel between the navy blue 1987...
  22. R

    Does anyone remember the Head Graphite Pro?

    No, these were all graphite/fiberglass composites, it’s just that Head would not advertise or announce the composition proportions, as many manufacturers would (i.e,. 80% graphite, 20% fiberglass was a common one). The 1988 turquoise model added a little bit of ceramic fiber to the layup of the...
  23. R

    Rackets used by pro's from mid 80's to late 90's

    The 1988 “Head” picture with Nancy Roe shows the 1988 Head Elite Pro frame. Conchita Martinez used it, as well.
  24. R

    Rackets used by pro's from mid 80's to late 90's

    I believe Johan Carlsson is playing with an Asics frame. Yes, another shoe company who briefly offered racquets in limited markets...
  25. R

    Rackets used by pro's from mid 80's to late 90's

    Helena Sukova is holding a White Star Pro Masters with a custom paintjob making it look like an Aero 20! And the Yonex “R-27” in the photo of David MacPherson is actually the unusual ovoid RX-32.
  26. R

    Rackets used by pro's from mid 80's to late 90's

    No, the 85, 110, and 125 (“super oversize”) were all introduced together.
  27. R

    Puma Boris Becker - difference.

    Sure: weight, and marketing. Fiberglass and its epoxy constituents tends to make a racquet heavy. With a lot of fiberglass content, it’s tough to keep the weight of the frame under 12 ounces, and since the late 1990’s, most people want a 10-ounce frame, so... On the marketing end, it’s not...
  28. R

    Rackets used by pro's from mid 80's to late 90's

    The photo of Yannick Noah with the “Le Coq Sportif” racquet is actually a blacked-out Donnay Mid 25 with a LCS stencil!
  29. R

    Deal of the Decade

    Those couldn’t be Marat Safin’s racquets—they are not smashed to bits! LOL
  30. R

    Rackets used by pro's from mid 80's to late 90's

    Enjoying the photos of more obscure players of the 80’s and 90’s (and their weapons!). Andrew Snajder used to participate on this forum, s few years back.
Top