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    OK, not a Classic but kind of old, PS 5.7EB OS

    I remember hitting with that one in 1993 or 94. At the time Wilson was really pushing the (head-heavy) Hammer lines that were dominating the retail market, and the (head-light) Pro Staff lines were for the old school holdouts. (Wilson would lean on sponsored coaches to teach with a Hammer, and...
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    Do polyester strings only lose tension over time or do they also lose function?

    OP, here is good info on what is actually happening with strings when players describe them as "dead": How Tennis Strings Go "Dead" - Part 1 How Tennis Strings Go "Dead" - Part 2
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    Prince Woodie weight

    You can safely ignore the early-80s Prince tension recommendations. Prince was marketing primarily against the standard-size wood frames, whose <70 sq" head size and 18x20 patterns made a stiff string bed even at what we'd call today normal tensions. The main reason players would refuse to...
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    Old Head 660 cm/102 sq in frames

    @kcmiser, I have a couple of Sat Tours whose hitting surface is 334 x 249 mm, which by area of ellipse implies a hitting area of just over 101 sq in. When i first got them, the one I measured was 337g, 309mm balance, and an anemic 314 swing weight. (That, more than the balance, is the likely...
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    Head satellite tour mp 18x19 pattern

    I have a couple of Sat Tours with Flexpoint Prestige Team cap grommets that fit just fine, if you don't mind the little Flexpoint cutout area at 3:00 and 9:00. I don't know if those grommets are still around anywhere, but their extra weight suits the very head-light Sat Tour nicely.
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    Solinco Hyper G Soft stiffness?

    EDIT: Misread 'Hyper G' for 'Hyper Soft' in database, thought new specs were posted, rejoiced mistakenly.
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    Solinco Hyper G Soft stiffness?

    I'm a fan of Hyper-G 18, and an even bigger fan of the TWU string database. I used the latter to choose the former; 18 had the most desirable combination of low stiffness, low tension loss, low string-string friction, and high string-ball friction of any of the Hyper-G gauges. I'd love to try...
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    Yonex Carbonex 7

    They came out a little earlier, in 1977. It sticks in my mind because I wanted a Carbonex 8 so badly that year that I used to go visit the local sports store just to look at it in their catalog. I don't remember seeing them after the midsized R1, R2, and R3 (the first square Yonnies, by the way)...
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    Why did Mac and Graf leave the 200g behind?

    @vsbabolat , do you know if there was any change in the underlying frame when she switched from the white Pro Staff 7.0 paint to the navy PS 7.5 paint, or did she finish her career with the pro stock 85?
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    New Head Extreme line - TK82 or TK82S pallets?

    Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I've run into a pallet snag and am hoping for some wisdom. A student plays with the 2015 Graphene XT Extreme MPA, loves it, and is ready to have a second frame, and I just found him one in the wrong grip size. Thinking only the Speed used the TK82S in 2015...
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    Prince Original Graphite ( POG ) Mid and OS versions

    Wow! Thanks for posting the photo; I've never seen one like that. Besides the number of stripes, it is strange to see the gold "Prince" at the shoulder without "Oversize" or "110" at the top of the head. I did a quick search and saw the same paint on a Singapore site and a Japanese one. Maybe...
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    Prince Original Graphite ( POG ) Mid and OS versions

    Hi, Yatahaze. All the one-green-stripe Prince Graphites I've ever seen had "Prince" in green at the throat. Is it possible you saw a Prince model other than the Graphite? There were some models in the 90s, for example, that resembled the Graphite (thin beam, cross bar) but were different...
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    Is the Avery M5 a repainted POG OS

    Nice collection! Averys at good prices don't pop up all that often, I've noticed—I found only one in my price range, and that one wasn't in my preferred grip size—and fair enough: they really are good frames. If you like OS and can live without the extra length of the Changs or those green...
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    Is the Avery M5 a repainted POG OS

    I have an M5, a Precision Graphite, and most iterations of the Graphite, all oversized, and I think all three are fine frames. As noted, Tom Avery used Prince's old Precision Graphite molds for his excellent frames, but the M5 is noticeably lighter and more flexible than either the Graphite or...
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    Can a swing weight be lighter than the racket?

    This may be useful background, OP: the range of weights you find in tennis frames has numbers similar to the rang of swing weights, but that's just a coincidence. The weight is in grams, and the swing weight is in kg•cm^2. It's sort of like wondering if it's possible for people to have more...
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    Head Pro Tour 2.0 - Ask Us All Your Questions! (podcast now here!)

    There is a way to make it easier without buying new grommets, posted by PeterCoffey in 2011. I have found the setup to be especially worth the (minor) effort for older rackets for which I would never be able to find replacement grommets, and it works like a charm.
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    Opinions on donnay xp dual 102 black

    The XP-Dual (matte black with orange bumper & grommets) was (and, as far as I know, is) Courier's retirement frame. There was also an XP-Dual Lite, same mold, more flexible, less ugly, came in a black version and a white version, also released in mid-2011. Those frames were all 23 mm near the...
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    Best 007 movie?

    Nice thread revival... I bet the different portrayals were more a choice of the producers and directors than of the actors, but that said I liked Dalton's non-nonsense Bond, especially after Moore's Bond became over-the-top silly. Part of the preference is probably age; I liked Moore's Bond just...
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    Looking to compile a history of Rossignol rackets

    Figure 4 up there looks suspiciously like an upcoming Prince design I think I've seen in the Racquets forum. While looking for a photo of the F200 Série 2, I came across these: The 9R Yellow Power (and if you don't love that name, there is no joy in your soul): The 9R Blue Power (somehow...
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    Looking to compile a history of Rossignol rackets

    I have one of those frames, an F200 Série 2 with the angled torsion bar shown in Fig. 2. It's a thin-beamed midplus with the Rossi inverted bridge and understated multi-color gradient paint, and it plays beautifully. It has a big enough head for the hand-eye challenged, like myself, to hit with...
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    A YAMAHA YFG 50 Fiberglass Racquet

    When I saved up for my first "real" racket, in late 1978 or early 1979, the YFG-50 and the YFG-70 were already hanging on the wall at the sports store. The YFG-30 was the one I could afford, and it is still a nice hit today. I remember the new midsize models coming out in 1981, but they had a...
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    What was Wilson thinking? ProStaff 6.1 Stretch

    About 20 years ago, at a resort where I was working, I picked up a couple of these for guests to use. They were awful. It seemed like it would take an engineering genius to design something that heavy that nonetheless managed to rattle and vibrate that much. Given how solid the standard-length...
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    Current POG OS handle

    I'd been under the impression that all 21st-century Prince Graphites were hollow, but my 2015 Classic Graphite OS frames are foam-filled: I lifted the grommet and had a peek. I did not look inside the handle, and the current frame has a different paint job to the ones I have (identical to an...
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    A YAMAHA YFG 50 Fiberglass Racquet

    Arise, O slumbering thread, in obedience to my necromantic will... The only YFG-50 I ever saw here in the U.S. was brown and orange-gold, but Anirut (in Thailand) mentioned in a different thread some years ago that there had been a black-green one. Recently I finally saw one on auction. Nice, huh?
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    What Is The Real Racquet under Courier's ''Stars & Stripes" pj

    I was a Wilson-sponsored coach in Tokyo in the mid-90s and used to talk with a guy Amer Sports (Wilson's owning company) had sent there to be groomed for regional responsibilities, so I heard a few things about Sampras and Courier. There was some irritation at Sampras when he refused a great...
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    Gene Mayer racquets

    Mayer's disguise was incredible even when viewed on TV. I can't imagine what it must have been like trying to read it from the other side of the net. I had a hitting partner in those days who used to shout after hitting a good drop shot, "Outta nowhere... GENE MAYER!"
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    Pince Boron grommets

    I've seen the 1980s Prince Boron with individual grommets and with a grommet strip, but I never saw a bumper guard version when the other Prince frames went to bumper guards in the mid-80s. Fittex replacement grommets are probably the best bet for one of those —unless of course there was one...
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    McEnroe and Navratilova's protest of "Margaret Court" stadium

    Court's wish to punish Navratilova for whom she boinks seems wrong. Navratilova's wish to punish Court for what she says also seems wrong — in very much the same way.
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    TC101 is to TC100 as TC97 is to TC95, evidently. Nice-looking new offering. Anyone heard whether the head shape is the more oval TC100 shape or the rounder ASL3 shape? There are no straight-on photos on the web site.
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    Wilson Hyper Hammer

    A couple other Hammer/Rollers memories for the thread: 1. Sales reps and sponsored coaches were instructed, repeatedly, to always hand the racket to the customer/student head-first, never handle-first, so that they'd be impressed with how light the racket felt. (Light doesn't necessarily win...