First Racket

WNB93

Rookie
Pure Aero (2016 version) -> Clash 100 (Switched due to pain in the elbow) -> in the process of trying new Ezones (100, 98 pro stock, 98 tour currently in my bag) due to bad quality from Wilson. Very disappointed with them. Love the clash if you are lucky to get one that actually plays good.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
My dad’s old Dunlop Maxply wooden racquet was what I fooled around with as a kid in the late Seventies. My first real racquet was a Dunlop Max200G which I used throughout the Eighties when I was in high school and college. I played with a Wilson Sting and Head Prestige briefly in the Nineties although I didn‘t play for most of that decade.

I moved to Babolat racquets in 2000 and have stayed with their 12-oz, thin-beam players racquets since - Pure Control+ to AeroPro Control+ (briefly) to AeroStorm Tour GT to Gen 1 Pure Strike Tour to the Gen3 Pure Strike Tour. My Babolat favorites have been the Pure Control swirly and the current Pure Strike Tour. Don’t let anyone tell you that Babolat makes only lightweight, stiff tweeners.
 
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MasterZeb

Hall of Fame
YouTek Radical MP. Currently using the pro staff 95. Have had it since 2014, but as a 14 year old kid, I just wanted to play like fed and have his gear, and so moved to the RF97. Completely destroyed my strokes and my arm. Was far too heavy for a 14 year old. But I was too naive.
 

Pete Federer

New User
Yeah I had thought about it and went with the 97l
YouTek Radical MP. Currently using the pro staff 95. Have had it since 2014, but as a 14 year old kid, I just wanted to play like fed and have his gear, and so moved to the RF97. Completely destroyed my strokes and my arm. Was far too heavy for a 14 year old. But I was too naive.
 

MAX PLY

Hall of Fame
Spalding Pancho Gonzales starter set. Boxed set with a wooden PG autographed racquet, a vinyl head cover, a racquet press, one can of balls and a pamphlet entitled “Pancho GonzalesTeaches You to Play Tennis”. I was 8–have been playing ever since!
 
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Pete Federer

New User
Spalding Pancho Gonzales starter set. Boxed set with a wooden PG autographed racquet, a vinyl cover, a racquet press, one can of balls and a pamphlet entitled “Pancho GonzalesTeaches You to Play Tennis”. I was 8–have been playing ever since!
Whoah sounds really cool!
 

Pete Federer

New User
Wilson Rally —> Wilson Sting (aluminum snowshoe) —> Donnay Wimbledon Mid —> Head Graphite Vector —> Kneissl White Star Pro Master —> Dunlop Max 200g —> Head Club Pro —> Head Elite Pro —> Fischer Vacuum Elliptic —> 150+ other racquets over 30 years !
Impressive bro!
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Spalding Pancho Gonzales starter set. Boxed set with a wooden PG autographed racquet, a vinyl head cover, a racquet press, one can of balls and a pamphlet entitled “Pancho GonzalesTeaches You to Play Tennis”. I was 8–have been playing ever since!
Mine was a PG 'autograph' from Western Auto hardware. $5.65 Wore through the strings in a few weeks and then UPgraded to another PG 'autograph' from the Fort Jackson PX...about $9.00 Maybe a year later, I got the Spalding Smasher from K-Mart $36 All the money I made that week in a pallet-building company.
In the interim, I used a friend's Aristo-rat wood racket...was a cheapy wood "Aristocrat" model with some of the decals worn off :)
Couldn't guess how many rackets I had in the next 35 years of playing, teaching and selling. Scores of them!!
 

Bagumbawalla

Hall of Fame
Started out with a wood racket- Wilson Stan Smith- then for a long time used the Head Master (aluminum),
Then evolved to the Pro Kennex P7 which I used for a long time. Now, I use the Wilson Blade.
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
The 5 wooden rackets that carried me from 13-35ish. From age 5-12 or so mom would give us a couple of buck to pick up a drug store racket which seemed to rarely last the summer in northern Iowa.


Pitiful...at age 13:) Me and my red Pancho


Age 15 with my cracked Imperial, repaired with black braided fishing line and glue:
 
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JW10S

Hall of Fame
My first racquet was a cheap no-name wood one bought for me by my parents using trading stamps (I know no one knows what I'm talking about). My first 'real' racquet was a Davis Hi-Point. Since then I've had far too many to list.
 

Pete Federer

New User
Mine was a PG 'autograph' from Western Auto hardware. $5.65 Wore through the strings in a few weeks and then UPgraded to another PG 'autograph' from the Fort Jackson PX...about $9.00 Maybe a year later, I got the Spalding Smasher from K-Mart $36 All the money I made that week in a pallet-building company.
In the interim, I used a friend's Aristo-rat wood racket...was a cheapy wood "Aristocrat" model with some of the decals worn off :)
Couldn't guess how many rackets I had in the next 35 years of playing, teaching and selling. Scores of them!!
Wood rackets being good memories...
 

galain

Hall of Fame
My first racquet was a KMart woodie - I can't recall the name. For my birthday the next year I moved to a PowerSport aluminium frame (Woolworths brand). My first 'real' racquet came after that - an aluminium Slazenger Panther.

From then on, in terms of what I used in competition play it's been - Yonex R10 > Rossignol F200 > Rossignol F230 > Head TXE > Völkl V5 Hotspot > Völkl C7 Comp > Völkl Catapult 10 > Prince Precision Response 660 > Head Pyramid Tour > Prince Magnesium Pro 90 > Head Pro Tour 630 > Prince Rebel 95 > back to the PT 630

I've pulled others out of my collection as well but can't say I've played with them often enough to name them as my main stick at any particular point in time.
 

Pete Federer

New User
My first racquet was a KMart woodie - I can't recall the name. For my birthday the next year I moved to a PowerSport aluminium frame (Woolworths brand). My first 'real' racquet came after that - an aluminium Slazenger Panther.

From then on, in terms of what I used in competition play it's been - Yonex R10 > Rossignol F200 > Rossignol F230 > Head TXE > Völkl V5 Hotspot > Völkl C7 Comp > Völkl Catapult 10 > Prince Precision Response 660 > Head Pyramid Tour > Prince Magnesium Pro 90 > Head Pro Tour 630 > Prince Rebel 95 > back to the PT 630

I've pulled others out of my collection as well but can't say I've played with them often enough to name them as my main stick at any particular point in time.
That's alot!
 

Antónis

Professional
My first racquet was a steel Wilson TX-3000 back on early 80's, my second racquet was a wooden Snawaert Vitas Gerulaitis Autograph, that's how old I am...
 

Pete Federer

New User
My first racquet was a steel Wilson TX-3000 back on early 80's, my second racquet was a wooden Snawaert Vitas Gerulaitis Autograph, that's how old I am...
haha.. we all had autographs, best marketing techinic. btw were are you from, are you greek?(just by the name)
 

Jake Speeed

Rookie
I started with the Dunlop and used it for many years. Replacing with a new one from time to time.

I had interest in the Davis racket which was finished quite nicely and played well. Early 70's

I'm still with Dunlop and would have to go to my bag to see exactly what I have. I believe three different ones. Yellow, green and red. :laughing: Two of each.

I'm using a couple of Babolat Wimbledon rackets, which were a gift from the Club I worked part time at for just about 30+ years.

Years ago, when I competed in USTA, just for a short time, I played balanced head heavy rackets strung with real gut. I also cut .5" off the butt to shorten the racket. Every racket was balanced and weighed the same. The most rackets I had at one time set up for play was 6 rackets.

Now I no longer care. :laughing::laughing::-D(y)

Today I have no idea what they weigh or where they balance, but I still cut them down.

Tennis instruction was not my full time vocation. Probably the reason I had unusual views, outstanding teaching methods and training techniques. :)
 

Pete Federer

New User
The 5 wooden rackets that carried me from 13-35ish. From age 5-12 or so mom would give us a couple of buck to pick up a drug store racket which seemed to rarely last the summer in northern Iowa.


Pitiful...at age 13:) Me and my red Pancho


Age 15 with my cracked Imperial, repaired with black braided fishing line and glue:
Hadn't seen this love it!
 
1st racquet-Prince Thunderlite


2nd Racquet- Wilson Hyper Carbon Pro Staff 6.5


3rd Racquet- Yonex Mp-1 Tour Mid


Now- Tecnifibre Tfight XTC 305 (up for sale)

 
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NJ TV ED

New User
My first was Chemold metal racquet. Played it till it cracked in the riveted throat. Then got a Head Arthur Ashe Competition 1 strung with oil filled nylon from a store called Levy's in West New York New Jersey. A great gentleman named Spider was always gracious and kind to string it on the spot for me....wonderful time in my tennis life back then!
 

Pete Federer

New User
My first was Chemold metal racquet. Played it till it cracked in the riveted throat. Then got a Head Arthur Ashe Competition 1 strung with oil filled nylon from a store called Levy's in West New York New Jersey. A great gentleman named Spider was always gracious and kind to string it on the spot for me....wonderful time in my tennis life back then!
I don't know any of them but seems great!
 

Pete Federer

New User
Just wanted to say thanks to everybody! I just fir a post but I didn't think it would be that big! Seeing all this different stuff, wooden raquets and all the other things, is nostalgic and interesting... Some of you changed a lot (really) So just wanted to say thanks for your replies and some of you send pictures of beauties which was great too, thanks!
 

LOBALOT

Professional
My first was Chemold metal racquet. Played it till it cracked in the riveted throat. Then got a Head Arthur Ashe Competition 1 strung with oil filled nylon from a store called Levy's in West New York New Jersey. A great gentleman named Spider was always gracious and kind to string it on the spot for me....wonderful time in my tennis life back then!
I played with that Oil filled string when I was a kid in my Yamaha YFG-20. I think the theory was that it would dampen vibration. I recall snapping that stuff and I would end up with oil all over my fingers.
 

PBODY99

Legend
My first racquet was a cheap no-name wood one bought for me by my parents using trading stamps (I know no one knows what I'm talking about). My first 'real' racquet was a Davis Hi-Point. Since then I've had far too many to list.
@JW10S
S&H Green Stamps, of course I remember. Early loyalty program.
Spalding Smasher was my 1st serious racket as a fan of Big Pancho.
 

Pete Federer

New User
I played with that Oil filled string when I was a kid in my Yamaha YFG-20. I think the theory was that it would dampen vibration. I recall snapping that stuff and I would end up with oil all over my fingers.
Didn't know those strings existed actually...
 

NJ TV ED

New User
I played with that Oil filled string when I was a kid in my Yamaha YFG-20. I think the theory was that it would dampen vibration. I recall snapping that stuff and I would end up with oil all over my fingers.
Remember the oil was held inside by tiny metal pins at each end of the set of string...
 

LOBALOT

Professional
Remember the oil was held inside by tiny metal pins at each end of the set of string...
I do not actually recall any clips on the end of the strings. I think the surface tension of the oil kept the oil inside the string. When the string sheered/snapped is when the oil got all over but again it was many years ago.
 

GR190

New User
First lesson in 2nd grade - Dunlop XLT-15 - aluminum with leather grip and so heavy it would be considered child abuse by today's light stick standards 8-B

In-between - too many various ProStaffs to count.

Today - Wilson Ultra Tour 2.0 @ 365g
 

Pete Federer

New User
First lesson in 2nd grade - Dunlop XLT-15 - aluminum with leather grip and so heavy it would be considered child abuse by today's light stick standards 8-B

In-between - too many various ProStaffs to count.

Today - Wilson Ultra Tour 2.0 @ 365g
Nice
 
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