Any update or something similar to the "skunk"? (Wilson Hammer 6.2)

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Doctor of Tennis, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. Doctor of Tennis

    Doctor of Tennis Rookie

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    Hi, I recently got hold of the "skunk" or Wilson Hammer 6.2, this thing is awesome!

    Is there an update or more modern equivalent? Or something similar to it?

    Hard to believe an almost 20 year old racquet plays this well.
     
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  2. domosborn

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    There was the n6.2, the K6.2 and now I believe there is a BLX 6.2
     
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  4. Doctor of Tennis

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    thanks Bob, love your thread btw.

    So you think that the Wilson blade 98 feels closest to the Skunk? I might have to give it a try.

    So have you found your racquet yet?
     
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  5. SmilinBob

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    I think the Blade 98 (16x19, NOT the 18x20) has the closest feeling on contact to the Skunk. The 6.2 had a very particular feel that's hard for me to describe. You could feel the ball hang on the strings but the racquet itself didn't feel flexy. It was soft, but "meaty" at the same time. Then boom, off the ball went like a rocket. Again, describing it is difficult. The Blade 98 I hit with a poly hybrid in it was fantastic. less so with a cheap syn gut.

    I've been hitting a lot with the Slazenger V98 Team and Graphene Speed MP with lead in the hoop. The V98 Team swings and plays the closest to the 6.2, but the ball feel is quite a bit different. It has a very "bright" feeling on contact. The Speed MP has a ball feel closer to the 6.2, but it plays different. It's more controlled and much spinnier, and also feels a little stiffer in the throat, despite having a somewhat soft feel overall.

    I still have the Blade 104, Pro Staff 100, and Pro Kennex QTour 295 on the demo list. Should get to them in a few weeks.
     
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  6. Doctor of Tennis

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    Bob,

    Is your main objective with all these demos to find a suitable skunk replacement?

    Apparently there is a successor to the skunk, it's called the hyperhammer 6.2. TW actually has a review of it if you search on google.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/reviews/h62/h62review.html

    Apparently it plays different than the original skunk but still is a good racquet. Have you tried it?
     
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  7. floydcouncil

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    OS or MP?......
     
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  8. Doctor of Tennis

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    I'm using the OS.

    Man I love this racquet. Saw the skunk everywhere back in the day but I was never interested in it because of the ugly paintjob and it seemed like a racquet old guys would use, haha. I guess it's true, never judge a book by its cover.

    This thing is a serious rocket launcher, but the surprising thing is, it's a rocket launcher that can somehow keep the balls IN. I'm seriously amazed with the forehands I can hit with this thing...I have yet to hit any serves with it, can't wait!
     
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  9. SmilinBob

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    Even the Hyper Hammer 6.2 is long since retired. I have played it, but never really clicked with it. The only Wilson Hyper racquet I liked was a Hyper Hammer 5.3 that a friend lent to me while on vacation. It had a lot of power but felt a lot firmer than the old Skunk 6.2. I only vaguely remember it though, but do recall I played well with it.

    BTW, I played the mid-plus standard-length Skunk, not the oversize.

    Controlled power. That's what I loved about that thing. If you haven't hit serves, just wear a hat. It will contain the mess when it blows your mind.
     
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  10. Darby K

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    I wore a hat...the mess spewed out the side...

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  11. Darby K

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    Looks like the modern day skunk is the Wilson Five BLX 103. Halfway between MS and OS. I am demoing this weekend.

    Thoughts on this one as a pseudo-replacement? Anyone hit that 103? Not many head heavy racquets out there currently, but close specs with this one. Let me know as I am days from taking it out (along with my newly re-strung OS skunk).

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  12. Darby K

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    Update after my demo session:

    Calling all Skunk lovers, this thing is for you! I have owned both the MS and OS Wilson Hammer 6.2, and this is very similar and is pretty close to a hybrid of those two racquets. I think the 103 sq in head is perfect.

    I forgot how much I love light but head heavy weighted racquets. Effortless power serving with it and easy baselinin'. I am really a bad volleyer, but I hit some good ones this eve...probably because it was so light, yet very stable.

    I have decided to officially give up my yonex vcore xi 100 and get the Wilson Five BLX. I immediately played better (beat my buddy 0 & 2, when I usually beat him about 4 & 4).

    My advice...don't solely rely on what you read about racquet fit for certain levels of players...I am a 4.5 player, and I have decided to buy what some will call a "grandpa racquet". Try all types, and find what fits your game. I grew up playing with powerful racquets, and over 20 yrs later, i am going back to them because they fit MY game. Give everything a fair shot.

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