Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by proracketeer, Sep 24, 2010.
Talking about headsize not age.
Post your pictures!
Nice, I will post some later. Is that Donnay a graphite frame or a wood-graphite composite? The Head XRC is all fiberglass..
The head XRC is like playing tennis with a fine samari sword:
The head AA comp has a little more feel and less power:
Donnay also made tons of rackets in this category like the flex pros and graphite borgs:
keep em coming
The name on the one racquet " Fiber Pro" sounds like a good name for a General Mills cereal now.
Here are a few good ones!
Head Graphite Vector (approximately 75 sq-in, circa 1982):
Trabert C-6 Graphite (c. 1977, approx. 65 sq-in):
Kneissl White Star Pro Masters (1983-1985), White Star Pro Masters (1986), Masters 10 (1987) [approx. 75 sq-in]:
Wow, the flagstar 100 was beautiful!
agreed. looks alot like the original PK Black Ace, IMO.
made in france
Where's the Aldila Cannon when you need one? Absolutely ahead of its time.
One of the first graphites - I have one but haven't actually played with it (yet), thinking it might not be too arm friendly.
Are you speaking of the Aldila? If it's not already strung, try nat gut or a nice multi @ 50# or so. Careful of the holes just above the grommets on the outside bottom of the hoop...the bare frame is sharp enough to shear gut if a ball is jammed in there. Not that YOU would ever miss hitting dead center . I am speaking of the very aerodynamic Aldila Cannon of the '70s, NOT the more recent ones you see on el-bayo from time to time.
Yes, that's the one I have - and it's strung, but I don't know what with.
Here are mine. Manufacture dates, when included, come from Kuebler's Book of Tennis Rackets.
Left to right: Wilson Sting Standard, little brother to the Sting midsize; Aldila Cannon, 1976; Fansteel Super Graphite, 1977; Slazenger Phantom, 1974; Desporte Competition; Tony Trabert C-6, 1976 or 1977; and Wilson Ultra, 1979.
I've heard arguments that the Trabert C-6 or Aldila Cannon was the first all-graphite racquet, but Kuebler puts the Slazenger Phantom at 1974, at least two years earlier than either of those. Anyone know if that date is correct, or if there was another all-graphite racquet earlier than 1974?
I could take almost the same photo, schu47 - except (1) My Fansteel is still at your place and (2) I don't have a Desporte.
My dear Virginia,
The Fansteel will be on its way to you next week, along with a number of other additions to your magnificent collection. I'm happy to be your American middleman. I owe my Fansteel to you, I know, as well as that wonderful Slazenger Phantom.
You probably have more of these "standard" graphites than I do. You should post a photo of them on your '80s-tennis website.
I don't know anything about Desporte, except that it was made in France. Kuebler doesn't list that manufacturer.
They tried to ship them abroad, without proper customs documents. Once the shipments were received, they were immediately - wait for it - Desported.
Sorry, friends... couldn't resist.
Exactly, retro. :roll:
2 of 3 standard frames I own (third CAB8 wouldn't fit on the table)
I have one of those Caldons, and haven't ever seen another one. Very cool that you have it. I know it was made in Belgium and is all fiberglass, but that's all. My friend Virginia in New Zealand has another Caldon, an all-black model. Do you know anything more about them?
During my Highschool team years, I bought me one of those Fischer "octogon" shape rackets. My version was all fiberglass. This racket was my attempted transition from the Head Competition I & II (AKA: Arthur Ashe). This racket was very stiff and after about 6mos, I gave up. I think I stepped backwards in my tennis progress with this racket. I remember losing most of the matches that I played, but still felt pretty cool having a very unusual, futuristic racket. My next racket was the Head "VILAS" which was the graphite/wood composite. Now, that was a cool racket that also hit very well.
nice work guys - love the pics. Never come across the Head XRC before. Looks like a powerful and heavy little addition
My Caldon One has the number '1278'.
The only knowledge I have is from another thread.
Wow, great sticks!
Many of them i haven't seen bofore.
Been a while since I have seen a Snauwaert Graphite Pro in standard headsize. I still have a Graphite Pro Vitas Geruliatis in midsize. Same exact cosmetis just different headsize.
I have one of these standard-sized Snau Graphite Pros too. The later Graphite Pro Vitas Gerulaitis was out of the same mould as its concurrent brothers, the Boron Mid, Graphite Mid, and Golden Mid.
Have a few too but not sure if all of these are graphites- I know XRC isn't.
Love this thread!!!
Here are my three microcephalic graphites. None will win beauty contests, but I like them anyway. The Volkl sat on a rack for years at the shop I once worked for; I just had to buy it when the shop closed down. I was actually surprised by how well it played, given that I hadn't touched a standard-sized racquet since the T2000.
The other two are recent Goodwill finds, after I caught the thrifting bug.
I reckon the Gemini was just a twin to the Cannon . Those were some pretty sleek rackets for their time.
Kawasaki, Yamaha...what's with the motorcycle/tennis connection? (I know the brands are much larger than the motorbike biz, but that's what most Americans thought of when you mentioned those names in the '70s).
Nice retro group there.
Those japanese companies made other things before motorcycles, although they made their name (at least in the USA) with their bikes.
Another japanese company who made both motorcycles and tennis racquets (among other things such as bicycles, and, of course, tires) is Bridgestone. And let's not forget that AMF was the parent company of both Head tennis and Harley-Davidson simultaneously through part of the 1970's.
That is the coolest looking racket I have ever seen!
uhhh isn't the white start 80 SQ IN?
what is it called?
Wow! This is one racquet I have never seen before. My brother used to play with Yamaha graphite racquets back in the late-'70's/early -80's but this one I never knew existed. What's it called and when was it on the market?
I also had a friend that played with the Kawasaki Graphite Ruler above exclusively in the late-70's.
BTW, looking though this thread and seeing all the standard sized graphite racquets, doesn't it make you wonder why the heck anyone needs to play with a 100 sq. in. racquet today? It's not like the size of the tennis ball has gotten bigger, right?
not to be a smartass but ITF rules for balls has increased it 1/32th or 1.5mm of an inch...:???::???::???:
"1.5mm of an inch" doesn't even make any sense.
And, no, the standard tennis balls used by most players today are the same size as those used in the '70's.
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