Borg, McEnroe, Lendl, Becker and Edberg

joe sch

Legend
Those are all super collector and player rackets.
They make for a great display of a tennis history of some of the most entertaining and interesting tennis playing champions and styles.
Nice ordering display for technology and date, ie wood, early graphite, to the stiffer carbon graphite ps85.
I love hitting them all and played the max 200g and puma super for many years.
Nice post !
 

JRW911

New User
Thanks!

I bought the Adidas GTX Pro-T many years ago from TW's Bosworth collection which is why it has Lendl's preferred suede grip instead of the regular leather grip that came on the retail version.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
That's a really nice collection!

I played with the Pro Staff in high school. There was a moment when I almost switched to Becker Puma, but I was talked out of it. If I could go back, I probably would have chosen the Prince Original Graphite OS instead because it was more forgiving than the Pro Staff and would have suited my game more at that time.

Speaking of old racquets from that era, Wilander was my favorite player. I could never find any Rossignol F200 Carbons back then in my small town, but I have two of them now mounted on the wall next to my autographed Wilander memorabilia.
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
All you really need now is a head prestige mid , a lacoste equijet. A volkl tr 25 and snauwaert hi 10 and your done for life
 

flanker2000fr

Hall of Fame
Great collection. I have the 1st, 3rd and 4th racquet in this picture. Thinking about getting a Max 200G.

As for the Borg racquet you have, I think you have the one with the shorter grip, which was used for some time by Jimmy Arias. The one I have has a markedly longer grip,
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Interesting that you would have switched to the POG OS from the PS 85 instead of to the POG Mid
The reason I avoided Prince racquets at the time was because the top rival high school players in my area used POGOs and I wanted to be different. That's the mind of a teenager. Doing something out of spite instead of what is best. That said, the PS 85 clearly is a great racquet, one of the best of all time. So many top professionals used it - like Edberg, Evert, Courier, Sampras, Federer. The downside is that the PS 85 is a pretty demanding racquet that is best applied in the hands of advanced players. When I was a junior player in that time, I was OK, but just developing still. From my freshman year to senior, I went probably from a 3.5 to a high 4.5. I was a moonballing and slicing baseliner that outlasted people. Plus, my Mom couldn't afford to keep restringing every week, so I resorted to using a full bed of 15g kevlar strung at 70 lbs! Can you imagine how that felt in an 85 square inch frame like the PS?

In high school, I didn't like going to the net because volleys felt terrible with that setup, but I really didn't know what I was doing. I didn't really learn how to play in the front court until I got to college, where I was lucky enough to work my way up and play #1 for a small school. While there, we had a deal with Pro Kennex and Alpha, and my strings and racquets were free. When I switched to a 100 sq inch frame and a hybrid setup at lower tensions, I figured out what I was missing and my game got much better.

In terms of the POGO, I didn't even touch one until a few years after college. But when I got to hit with one, I realized it was a perfect match to my game style. I love the open string pattern, feel, and easier power compared to the PS 85. That's when I realized that if I had followed the local crowd in my teen years and used the POGO, I probably would have advanced quicker and learned to play the net more effectively sooner. That said, I've never tried a Prince OG midsize. Maybe that would have been the perfect middle ground, but it doesn't matter now. I don't really have any big regrets.
 

flanker2000fr

Hall of Fame
The reason I avoided Prince racquets at the time was because the top rival high school players in my area used POGOs and I wanted to be different. That's the mind of a teenager. Doing something out of spite instead of what is best. That said, the PS 85 clearly is a great racquet, one of the best of all time. So many top professionals used it - like Edberg, Evert, Courier, Sampras, Federer. The downside is that the PS 85 is a pretty demanding racquet that is best applied in the hands of advanced players. When I was a junior player in that time, I was OK, but just developing still. From my freshman year to senior, I went probably from a 3.5 to a high 4.5. I was a moonballing and slicing baseliner that outlasted people. Plus, my Mom couldn't afford to keep restringing every week, so I resorted to using a full bed of 15g kevlar strung at 70 lbs! Can you imagine how that felt in an 85 square inch frame like the PS?

In high school, I didn't like going to the net because volleys felt terrible with that setup, but I really didn't know what I was doing. I didn't really learn how to play in the front court until I got to college, where I was lucky enough to work my way up and play #1 for a small school. While there, we had a deal with Pro Kennex and Alpha, and my strings and racquets were free. When I switched to a 100 sq inch frame and a hybrid setup at lower tensions, I figured out what I was missing and my game got much better.

In terms of the POGO, I didn't even touch one until a few years after college. But when I got to hit with one, I realized it was a perfect match to my game style. I love the open string pattern, feel, and easier power compared to the PS 85. That's when I realized that if I had followed the local crowd in my teen years and used the POGO, I probably would have advanced quicker and learned to play the net more effectively sooner. That said, I've never tried a Prince OG midsize. Maybe that would have been the perfect middle ground, but it doesn't matter now. I don't really have any big regrets.
If you're predominantly a baseliner, the POG OS was the better option than the Mid, which was still very much an attacking player's frame.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
Thanks!

I bought the Adidas GTX Pro-T many years ago from TW's Bosworth collection which is why it has Lendl's preferred suede grip instead of the regular leather grip that came on the retail version.
I had two of those from TW. I traded one to a pro I was taking from for 4 lessons. He really wanted it.

I still have one left.........
 

JRW911

New User
I had two of those from TW. I traded one to a pro I was taking from for 4 lessons. He really wanted it.

I still have one left.........
I initially purchased two of them also. Like a dummy, I ended up selling one shortly thereafter for a quick minor profit.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
I initially purchased two of them also. Like a dummy, I ended up selling one shortly thereafter for a quick minor profit.
Understandable. I swapped mine for the lessons because the pro was a friend of mine. He was/is a great guy (even though he moved off).
 

Antónis

Professional
very nice classic racquet porn right there.
how about starting a thread with similar display of classics?
I can make a small modest one if this thing goes
 

Frankc

Professional
Can we footnote a Wilson Kramer or Pro Staff woodie for Mac?
After savoring all those Mac matches, I still am convinced (in spite of the '84 record) that Mac peak was early and what he could do with a wood Wilson and his explosive movement was not to be comprehended on this planet...
 
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