Anyone using the POG 50th anniversary model?

EBauman

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I've been using it for about 3 weeks now, and really love it. I have a lot of other versions, but this is my favorite. I haven't seen much discussion on this forum from other folks that are using it. Anyone?
 

Connorsfan

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Is it going to replace my 4 stripe models when they’re all old and decrepit? At some point I may need to consider using racquets less than 30 years old.
 

EBauman

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Yes, mine is just over 13 oz. with a rubber band dampener. I have it strung at 70 lbs., just as they used to recommend. That combination of weight and tight strings is really fun to play with.
 

EBauman

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Is it going to replace my 4 stripe models when they’re all old and decrepit? At some point I may need to consider using racquets less than 30 years old.
It's not a copy of the 4 stripe model. The previous re-make was very much closer to the 4 stripe. The new one is a clone of the very early versions, right down to the smaller grip and no head guard.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
It's not a copy of the 4 stripe model. The previous re-make was very much closer to the 4 stripe. The new one is a clone of the very early versions, right down to the smaller grip and no head guard.
Would the head guards fit on these?
 

EBauman

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Would the head guards fit on these?
Idk, but I doubt it. It would also add a lot more weight. Some head tape would protect it a little too. I don't have any tape on mine, and I get a lot of scratches. It does kind of bug me. It feels like it's wearing out pretty fast.
 

coachrick

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Idk, but I doubt it. It would also add a lot more weight. Some head tape would protect it a little too. I don't have any tape on mine, and I get a lot of scratches. It does kind of bug me. It feels like it's wearing out pretty fast.
Forgive my ignorance...no grommets like the original or string strip but no bumper? Obviously, I've never seen one.
 

EBauman

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A little weird maybe. :) I was able to make the grip a bit longer by unwrapping the leather most of the way, and then re-wrapping it a little tighter. That brought the grip up to the throat. That made a big difference. I love the weight though.
 

EBauman

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It's strung with Wilson NXT Duramax 16 for the mains, and Babolat VS Gut 17 for the crosses. Both are at 70 lbs. Well I just broke a string, and this time strung it with a full bed of Wilson NXT Comfort at 70 lbs. Still plays great.
 
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Connorsfan

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It's strung with Wilson NXT Duramax 16 for the mains, and Babolat VS Gut 17 for the crosses. Both are at 70 lbs. Well I just broke a string, and this time strung it with a full bed of Wilson NXT Comfort at 70 lbs. Still plays great.
I don’t mean to be dense, but I want to make sure I’ve got this correct. The racquet they call the Classic Graphite is like the 4-stripe and the Original Graphite is the POG2 with individual grommets? The Classic is marked down to about $100. I’m thinking of going in for two and that number so I can quit stalking the auction sites and Goodwill stores.
 

EBauman

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Yes, you're correct. The Classic Graphite is very much like the 4 stripe in shape and weight. The new Original Graphite frame looks like the older POG2, with the cross bar lower and the shorter grip. The frame has a thin boxy look with less rounded edges. It weighs about an ounce more than the Classic. The two new racquets are very different. If you want a 4 stripe go for the Classic. I think the new Original Graphite is a blast to play with. Anybody else tried it?
 

Connorsfan

New User
Yes, you're correct. The Classic Graphite is very much like the 4 stripe in shape and weight. The new Original Graphite frame looks like the older POG2, with the cross bar lower and the shorter grip. The frame has a thin boxy look with less rounded edges. It weighs about an ounce more than the Classic. The two new racquets are very different. If you want a 4 stripe go for the Classic. I think the new Original Graphite is a blast to play with. Anybody else tried it?
Thanks, appreciate the eval
 
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