Flexible (RA54-62) Frames With Thin ( MAX 20mm) Box Beams?

Anton

Legend
I had a hit with an old Prince 100 LB that was very sweet and comfy, and due to the skinny box beam, very maneuverable. It just felt great in the hand!

Unfortunately, however, I have mental difficulty with the cross bar, so it's a no-go for me to search for a plethora of these to last me til death.

Any others out there fit this mold? No pun intended...NO CROSS BARS, PLEASE!

95 - 102"


Thanks in advance!

Wilson Blade 98 is an obvious choice.

Head Gravity Pro is awesome but going to be more solid, less maneuverable due to higher swingweight.
 

maxplough

Rookie
The second gen ProStaff 97S has a 19mm box beam but an RA of 66. I'm honestly baffled by that reading as it's one of the softest (and nicest) feeling racquets I own. Definitely one of those cases where RA doesn't tell anything close to the whole story.

Still, not exactly a racquet that it's easy to find multiple copies of these days.
 

ey039524

Professional
I usually string 55-58 NG w syn cross for 95-100"

I think I remember the PS 7.5, the oval beamed flexy one, like RA57. That's from the 1990s early 2000s. It had a nickname if i recall.
I owned the pro 100 and it was WAY HARSH especially for an RA54 frame. As much as I wanted to LOVE it ----I DID NOT LIKE IT from the first hit.
Maybe my arm was just to messed up then... who knows.

Size 4 only plz---you can email:

michaelm101 AT sbcglobal DOT net

THX!
I read that the RA for the PS 7.5 is down in the 40s (maybe lower for the black version compared to the blue; I have both but can't feel any difference). I've seen them referred to as the Steffi Graf bc she endorsed them.
The second gen ProStaff 97S has a 19mm box beam but an RA of 66. I'm honestly baffled by that reading as it's one of the softest (and nicest) feeling racquets I own. Definitely one of those cases where RA doesn't tell anything close to the whole story.

Still, not exactly a racquet that it's easy to find multiple copies of these days.
My son had 4, and we couldn't get the balance right w/o having totally dissimilar static weights, so he switched to the vcp 97 for his platform. Funny thing happened: he switched right before Indian Wells one year. We walked on the grounds, and some lady working there asked him if he wanted to play w dimitrov. He was bummed he switched bc it would've been nice to show dimitrov he was using his racquet (probably no kids were).

He has 2 of the 97s left (2 cracked). I should sell them to someone who will use them.
 

lelopez

Semi-Pro
Oddly enough, I picked up some Chinese site PS knockoffs, with RF97 PJs a few years back. Exact same mold as the RF97 but the RA on those guys feels like in the 40s. Almost too flexy imo, not very playable against big hitters.
 

maxplough

Rookie
My son had 4, and we couldn't get the balance right w/o having totally dissimilar static weights, so he switched to the vcp 97 for his platform. Funny thing happened: he switched right before Indian Wells one year. We walked on the grounds, and some lady working there asked him if he wanted to play w dimitrov. He was bummed he switched bc it would've been nice to show dimitrov he was using his racquet (probably no kids were).

He has 2 of the 97s left (2 cracked). I should sell them to someone who will use them.

Aaargh! Sod's Law if ever it applied.

I definitely think there'd be people happy to use them. Conceptually they sort of seemed like the Gravity Pro to me: thin-beamed and flexible-feeling player's frame focused on control but with good spin for the modern game and decent power from a highish swingweight but combined with a less headlight balance. The GPro has been a hit (I think?) and the PS97S wasn't. Maybe it came a bit too early, before the countertrend against stiff, thicker-beamed racquets had really got going.
 
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