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  1. coachrick

    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.
  2. coachrick

    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!!
  3. coachrick

    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...
  4. coachrick

    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!
  5. coachrick

    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!
  6. coachrick

    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 ???
  7. coachrick

    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...
  8. coachrick

    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.
  9. coachrick

    Wilson Jack Kramer Autograph RETRO Racquet

    Would have been nice if "tennis" had instituted some restrictions on racket construction(at least for sanctioned play) instead of bailing out in the '70s. That's one of the things I like about Pickleball.
  10. coachrick

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

    My Volkl 9 and 10 series sticks would be first out of the bag. (BUT, it's been so long, I might have to use My Darling's V-1 m+ instead!!! :) )
  11. coachrick

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

    If that's not a typo, I'd say you're a little low...maybe 22-24 for anything soft-ish.
  12. coachrick

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

    For my personal use(or that of a client who agreed), I'd leave out two mains and the top cross, making all the mains parallel(instead of that "woodie" look).
  13. coachrick

    Borg, McEnroe, Lendl, Becker and Edberg

    That's a lot of leather!
  14. coachrick

    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Yep. If you're going to inconvenience the stringer, there had better be some real significance(benefit) to the player. Guess who sells many of the rackets!!! I strung my fair share of Mizuno and Prince frames with the staggered pattern...not many customers committed to the "innovative...
  15. coachrick

    Common pre-poly string setups?

    Interestingly, I used to live a few miles away from Zebest's "distribution headquarters" as well as Unique(Tourna) and would make a trip to each from time to time. NOW, I live just six miles from the Alpha folks(1000 miles away from my former home).
  16. coachrick

    Wilson BLX 93 16x19 Black/Silver

    I think you're right on the money; but I lean(ed) toward multis in the smaller sticks. Since you like the OGSM, I'd stick with that for a good comparison...@ 50#
  17. coachrick

    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    More along the construction lines of the Big Bubba??? I think I remember something about that; but it never caught on like the initial intro of the C-6. ca. 1980 or so?
  18. coachrick

    Common pre-poly string setups?

    The first set was a novelty; but as a stringer back then, I was VERY glad it never caught on!!!
  19. coachrick

    93" 18x20 Classics?

    Blame BB.
  20. coachrick

    93" 18x20 Classics?

    I'm no help; but you have the best with the Tour 10 mid. Great stick!
  21. coachrick

    Wood racquet buying tips ...

    PLENTY of the AA series de-laminated and warped in the heat of the American Southeast back in the '70s. The cores were suspect also and many stringers would string the initial string job at 5# over "desired" tension to allow for the strings to 'seat' into the FRP. Pallets were squeaky, too...
  22. coachrick

    Dime Story - Drug Store rackets from the 60s

    Not that one...it was sleeker with more red; but I do think I remember that black trim on some back then. I even bought the Spalding PROFESSIONAL balls when I could afford them(white felt with colored seams!!!!).
  23. coachrick

    Common pre-poly string setups?

    Very familiar with at least half of those!
  24. coachrick

    What’s the one elusive racket that you still have not bought or found yet?

    RT was the solid throat...Kriek used that and the open throat R-40 for a while.
  25. coachrick

    Dime Story - Drug Store rackets from the 60s

    Great documentary pic!!! That looks very similar; but yours is likely more expensive than mine was. My second was another Gonzales Autograph from the PX at Fort Jackson, SC. It was NINE dollars and I thought I was crazy to spend that much!!! Next was a Spalding Smasher...$36 at K-Mart. I...
  26. coachrick

    Dime Story - Drug Store rackets from the 60s

    My first was a Spalding Pancho Gonzales from Western Auto. $5.65 No pics...sorry
  27. coachrick

    Wood racquet buying tips ...

    Enjoy!!! BUT, I wonder about the 18ga pulling into the frame, even at that low tension. Might want to keep an eye on the shoulders in particular.
  28. coachrick

    Wood racquet buying tips ...

    I wonder if they sold more than 10 of those back in the day.
  29. coachrick

    Völkl T9 & T9 Micro with Anatomic Grip tennis racket

    Love the Micro idea(I have a prototype Kennex Micro Mid still); but all the V-throat Volkls hit like boards for me(and I was a Volkl guy for YEARS!). Cool to see those!
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