Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

atatu

Legend
How many people are still playing with these racquets? I understand these are collector items; however, I wouldn't think anyone would take those racquets to the tennis courts and play with them without being laughed at.

It is like competing in the 2020 Indy 500 with a car from 1960 while everyone else is racing with the latest technologies.
Probably not many at all, these may not be considered "classic rackets" yet but I think they are still pretty cool finds. I expect there are still a few people out there using the Yonex. Honestly if I was playing someone and they pulled one of these frames out, I wouldn't be laughing, only a serious player would still be using these.
 

bobleenov1963

Professional
Probably not many at all, these may not be considered "classic rackets" yet but I think they are still pretty cool finds. I expect there are still a few people out there using the Yonex. Honestly if I was playing someone and they pulled one of these frames out, I wouldn't be laughing, only a serious player would still be using these.
I also use Yonex but it is the new VCore97, the one use by Wawrinska.
 
It is like competing in the 2020 Indy 500 with a car from 1960 while everyone else is racing with the latest technologies.
why not play with them? Rios played an RD7 in the mid to late 90’s. racquet technology (not to be confused with marketing) hasn’t made a huge leap since these were introduced. And with huge leap I mean like when wood or metal was replaced by graphite.

By the way, you know what else happened in the late 90’s? The current lap record was set at the Indy 500. So that car would be competitive too, just as this racquet.
 

Tar Heel Tennis

Professional
@coachrick @struggle Friedman's shop was in Carr Mill in Carrboro. It was originally built as a cotton mill.

CHTC looks more or less the same today except that the shack that served as pro shop and large deck surrounding shack has been replaced with a two-story clubhouse. We also have added an indoor facility.

Next time you're in the area, I'd like to invite you to be my guest for a hit!
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
@coachrick @struggle Friedman's shop was in Carr Mill in Carrboro. It was originally built as a cotton mill.

CHTC looks more or less the same today except that the shack that served as pro shop and large deck surrounding shack has been replaced with a two-story clubhouse. We also have added an indoor facility.

Next time you're in the area, I'd like to invite you to be my guest for a hit!
Yes! I had forgotten about Carrboro!! I wonder about those little houses they were building(1984) at the end of the road that led to CHTC. I considered moving from Greensboro to there...little bitty places with a "loft" bedroom upstairs and a single-car garage...for about $100K, IIRC. Alas, I moved back to Atlanta for the next 20 years and now in Austin, TX since '08. Still have a house in Highlands, IF you know anyone who needs a place in the mountains!! :)
That geographical(Research Triangle) area had an eclectic mix of merchandisers ...from the first Performance Bike Shop to Adam and Eve!!!

Thanks for the invite!! We still have folks in the Raleigh/Cary area as well as Smithfield...just can't seem to make the 1400-mile trip!!!
 

bobleenov1963

Professional
@bobleenov1963
There has not been anywhere near he change in design & applied technology in tennis as here is in motorsports.
ROK & RD-7; players frames not that different from today's models.
I have been playing golf with my son for the past few days. I use the 2005 titleist driver and he uses the 2020 titleist driver, pretty much the same model. Using my 2005 driver, he can drive the ball 250 yards. With his driver, he can drive the ball 280+ yards on a consistent basis, just saying.
 

struggle

Legend
@coachrick @struggle Friedman's shop was in Carr Mill in Carrboro. It was originally built as a cotton mill.

CHTC looks more or less the same today except that the shack that served as pro shop and large deck surrounding shack has been replaced with a two-story clubhouse. We also have added an indoor facility.

Next time you're in the area, I'd like to invite you to be my guest for a hit!
Yeah, Friedman opened another shop in Woodcroft that didn't last terribly long.
 

daddabompa

Hall of Fame
I also use Yonex but it is the new VCore97, the one use by Wawrinska.
Wawrinka actually still use a Vcore 95D under the paint and he is in good company, since many players on tour still plays with older models painted as current ones (e.g. Murray plays a mould dating back to '94).
In general, as for material and manufacturing quality, old frames are way better than modern ones (with some exceptions like ZUS, Angel, ecc).
 

PT630Wannabe

Professional
The 1960 analogy might work with wood racquets, but both of those racquets are very modern tech. Nothing antiquated about them really. Just maybe a bit smaller and heavier.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
I have been playing golf with my son for the past few days. I use the 2005 titleist driver and he uses the 2020 titleist driver, pretty much the same model. Using my 2005 driver, he can drive the ball 250 yards. With his driver, he can drive the ball 280+ yards on a consistent basis, just saying.
This response tells me you're at best a 3.5 tennis player and at best a 18-handicap golfer. You know nothing of either sport and the changes. I'll help you...

Tennis: The number 1 change has been strings. After that, the racquets have been made lighter and lighter but nothing more. The technology of the racquets has done little and that's why many professional players still play classic frames underneath modern paint jobs.

Golf: There have been so many changes from ball dimple design to shaft to club head materials. Since the ball and the swinger are the same, one can only assume the shafts are different; different kick point, flex/stiffness, weight, and possibly even tip diameter and length. Since the regulation on size has been set, the face thickness could be much different and the variations allow for much more flex and trampoline. Take a 43"-48" club and the changes can be numerous.

The changes in a 27' racquet with an 16/18 x 19/21 racquet is not much. My favorite is the difference between a 98/100/104 racquet head. The naked eye can barely distinguish a difference but nearly all of us can feel the softer string bed.
 

bobleenov1963

Professional
This response tells me you're at best a 3.5 tennis player and at best a 18-handicap golfer. You know nothing of either sport and the changes. I'll help you...

Tennis: The number 1 change has been strings. After that, the racquets have been made lighter and lighter but nothing more. The technology of the racquets has done little and that's why many professional players still play classic frames underneath modern paint jobs.

Golf: There have been so many changes from ball dimple design to shaft to club head materials. Since the ball and the swinger are the same, one can only assume the shafts are different; different kick point, flex/stiffness, weight, and possibly even tip diameter and length. Since the regulation on size has been set, the face thickness could be much different and the variations allow for much more flex and trampoline. Take a 43"-48" club and the changes can be numerous.

The changes in a 27' racquet with an 16/18 x 19/21 racquet is not much. My favorite is the difference between a 98/100/104 racquet head. The naked eye can barely distinguish a difference but nearly all of us can feel the softer string bed.
Well, I am a 12-handicap golfer, trying to improve into single digit handicap golfer. I am also a 4.0 tennis player.

I still have several Dunlop Max 200G racquets. I also own several Jack Kramer prostaff series racquets. My everyday racquet is the Yonex Vcore97. If I play against another 4.0 player with the Yonex VCore97, someday I win, and someday I lose. if I use the Dunlop Max 200G against another 4.0 player, I lose every time, badly.
 

silentkman

Semi-Pro
This response tells me you're at best a 3.5 tennis player and at best a 18-handicap golfer. You know nothing of either sport and the changes. I'll help you...

Tennis: The number 1 change has been strings. After that, the racquets have been made lighter and lighter but nothing more. The technology of the racquets has done little and that's why many professional players still play classic frames underneath modern paint jobs.

Golf: There have been so many changes from ball dimple design to shaft to club head materials. Since the ball and the swinger are the same, one can only assume the shafts are different; different kick point, flex/stiffness, weight, and possibly even tip diameter and length. Since the regulation on size has been set, the face thickness could be much different and the variations allow for much more flex and trampoline. Take a 43"-48" club and the changes can be numerous.

The changes in a 27' racquet with an 16/18 x 19/21 racquet is not much. My favorite is the difference between a 98/100/104 racquet head. The naked eye can barely distinguish a difference but nearly all of us can feel the softer string bed.
why do you have to be so rude? for certain people it can tough, but sheesh. yes, everyone knows that strings in the number one change. even a blind man can see that. I would be curious to know if a large percentage of players are using the old school frames as you claim. I've always said you play golf when you run out of athletic options.

 

Ultra 2

Professional
Why back in the 80’s when graphite came out, why was the recommended tension so tight?! It really took away some of the advantages of the stiffer more powerful racquets. It was crazy.
when the wide bodies came out, everyone was stringing the Profiles & thundersticks @ 65lbs often with pro blend to tame the power. When switching from the TXE to the Graphtech, I couldn’t keep the ball in with so much power that the wide beam and open string pattern provided. I too had to go up in tension to 65 and switched to pro blend.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
when the wide bodies came out, everyone was stringing the Profiles & thundersticks @ 65lbs often with pro blend to tame the power. When switching from the TXE to the Graphtech, I couldn’t keep the ball in with so much power that the wide beam and open string pattern provided. I too had to go up in tension to 65 and switched to pro blend.
At that time I was playing the Max200G at 48lbs
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Was Le Plus the version of VS Gut that was meant for the oversized racquets of the 80s? I have a Tennis magazine with an ad for Babolat string for oversized racquets.
No that was Top Size. Le Plus was the seconds (cosmetic defects and gauging that didn’t not meet the strict quality of VS Gut)
 

Ultra 2

Professional
Thrash? Or treasure??
a still in plastic, _with no grommets, no holes drilled_ Wilson racket. I suspect it must have come from Wilson research center that they have here.....




could this be a blank for a pro stock? The fact that it was shrink wrapped tells me it’s not a reject. Does it have grommet strip channels?
 

jmnk

Hall of Fame
I finally found it! The Rossignol F 200. For $0.99
This is work of art, and I'm not kidding. The inverted throat - that I knew. But it has a handle molded at the end like an end cup. Already flared out. Stringing it now. (Why did it take soo many years for these manufacturers to realize that this grommet material is crumbling??)
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
This is work of art, and I'm not kidding. The inverted throat - that I knew. But it has a handle molded at the end like an end cup. Already flared out. Stringing it now. (Why did it take soo many years for these manufacturers to realize that this grommet material is crumbling??)
It’s the white grommets that turn to dust from all manufactures
 

jmnk

Hall of Fame
then I would say that’s what it is. Can’t tell what that frame is.. kinda looks like a PS 6.1.
I've measured the beams. The 'mystery' racket is a bit wider all around the hoop compared to PS 6.1 Not by much - but it is wider. The shape, and the position of PWS is the same though indeed.
 

atatu

Legend
Someone is selling a Fox Ceramic Pro WB-210 for 10 bucks, trying to decide if it's worth it to go out in the cold to buy it...
 

McEncock

Semi-Pro
i hate you.
It was in Paris, at a second-hand store that tries to sell mainly broken things that nobody wants anymore. And at the sport booth, they appeared to me. TBH they didn't appear to me in person, but to one of my best friend who found them and called me to know if I they were good racquets. I was beginning my pt10 obsession at the time, so when he described me the 2 sticks I was like "BUY THEM, BUY THEM NOW" yelling at the phone. bought them 2euro each. He GAVE one to me lol. And kept the other for him. So, the truth is that I have a 0 euro brown burgundy pt10 in new condition that I mainly played with for 3 years.
I had an elite pro 600 for 20euro, new with the white brittle grommets, I had a pro stock pt57a for..... 15 freakin euro from a guy who actually KNEW they were pt57a as the original pro owner was a friend of his, but didn't bothered selling them 15eu...

You can hate I'll understand xD
 
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