Found the perfect racket- unfortunately

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Finally got around to restringing my Profile 95 2.7 (THANKS V-VERB!!!), and put in Ashaway Kevlar Plus/ Mosquitobite at 86/46lbs.

Off the stringer it had a dt of 40, which is equivalent to 57lbs.

I used to play that racket in college and man it was like dating an old flame! It was great and the stringbed was not too harsh or too soft. Spin was hard to gauge as I havent hit with that racket recently, but a few shots dipped at the last minute. I think the spin envelope may be really small because of the frame thickness.

Tamed power is how I would describe it and for me it was pretty much a perfect fit. My BH was a bit weird with it but that might just be getting used its different balance ( Its much more head light than the current sticks I have been using). When I connected it was some of the better bhs I have hit.

Where it shined was the serve. I just went back to my old Roscoe Tanner type serve and man, I was FINALLY hitting with the power I have. Had 3 aces in 3 service games, which is not a LeeD or Suresh performance, but its been forever since I had any aces (though that is from playing doubles mostly). Also been a long time since I flatten out a ball on he serve! Felt awesome to have the power I know I can hit. Only played 3 games but held all 3.

Only the BH service return was off. I think its just the balance or something, or me just going for too much.

It was super stable and all I did was add my grips, with no lead.

I will play with this for sure. Which is the reason for my post. Are there any rackets nowadays that play like the Profile 2.7? My steam 96 is kind of close but its not the same. Its likely I will wear this frame out with the tension I am using and would like to find a current stick I could buy in quantity. TIA.
 
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Booger

Hall of Fame
THAT'S the "classic" frame you are in love with? Come on, buddy. My mother used to play with those, serious. I think you may have had your nostalgia glasses on.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Hilarious.....
But Profile 2.6 does provide easy power, it just doesn't seem to provide maximum power for me.
Power is good, especially since most rec player's lack it by a ton.
Just look at granny sticks with 110+ head size and WIDE head beams, indicating lotsa stiffness.
Easy power is something I"ve been looking for since my first hit with your rackets, 4 years ago.
Your 3 aces was probably a combination of surprise by the returner's and you luckily getting them IN. Bet it didn't happen the rest of the match.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Yep. How about some profile 2.7's on fleabay? Theres a few there and those things are built like tanks arent they? Probably last longer than you.

Werent those things catastrophically stiff though?
Yeah they are like the stiffest rackets. Thats the draw, and with the kevlar/ mosquitobite string bed, its stiff but comfy. Launch angle is really low and I would say "true".

I might have to have a friend buy me one. I don't fleabay because I am still waiting for the money from the Prince to arrive. I keep sending more but the courts are holding up the inheritance....
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
THAT'S the "classic" frame you are in love with? Come on, buddy. My mother used to play with those, serious. I think you may have had your nostalgia glasses on.
Yeah. Its a 95 so it has to be a "players stick" and its heavy too, well for these days it is.

All I know is that it felt awesome and I was hitting really well with it.

FWIW I have had the ps85, Pog 93, and PS88 and like the profile better than all of them.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Shroud actually likes them stiff lol :) he's not quite satisfied with flexy sensation...

OT: Bravo, Shroud! I like what I see/read about this racquet :)
You said it pal! I have flex on impact. Its just a different feeling and well for me its the best. The kevlar helps and the mosquitobite is grabby! A win for shroud.

Yep, stiff and with a large handle...
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Gamma RZR 100 T? RA of 75 strung so it is not as stiff, but 75 is pretty well up there. It's a 100 though and not a 95. OTW it's the auction site or Wanted.
Only down side with the Gamma is that TW no longer carries and well Suresh uses that one I think. I certainly want to be part of that group :)
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Hilarious.....
But Profile 2.6 does provide easy power, it just doesn't seem to provide maximum power for me.
Power is good, especially since most rec player's lack it by a ton.
Just look at granny sticks with 110+ head size and WIDE head beams, indicating lotsa stiffness.
Easy power is something I"ve been looking for since my first hit with your rackets, 4 years ago.
Your 3 aces was probably a combination of surprise by the returner's and you luckily getting them IN. Bet it didn't happen the rest of the match.
Exactly, thats why I got the Profile 2.7!

Last thing I need is easy power. But if you really want easy power get something like a Hammer 5.3 OS stretch, add some weight to the handle. String it like you do your other rackets and viola....Darth Sidious level power.

FWIW, we were just messin around, and I only served 3 games. It was 3-3 when mango and I left. But IIRC I had aces in the 2nd and 3rd game. Surely I was surprised and so was he, but I have to tell you that flattening out a ball on the serve after all this time was a nice feeling.
 

esgee48

Legend
Just because TW does not have it does not mean the 100T isn't available somewhere. You can get them for ~ $73 each at that place on Pulaski. :D
 

v-verb

Hall of Fame
Finally got around to restringing my Profile 95 2.7 (THANKS V-VERB!!!), and put in Ashaway Kevlar Plus/ Mosquitobite at 86/46lbs.

Off the stringer it had a dt of 40, which is equivalent to 57lbs.

I used to play that racket in college and man it was like dating an old flame! It was great and the stringbed was not too harsh or too soft. Spin was hard to gauge as I havent hit with that racket recently, but a few shots dipped at the last minute. I think the spin envelope may be really small because of the frame thickness.

Tamed power is how I would describe it and for me it was pretty much a perfect fit. My BH was a bit weird with it but that might just be getting used its different balance ( Its much more head light than the current sticks I have been using). When I connected it was some of the better bhs I have hit.

Where it shined was the serve. I just went back to my old Roscoe Tanner type serve and man, I was FINALLY hitting with the power I have. Had 3 aces in 3 service games, which is not a LeeD or Suresh performance, but its been forever since I had any aces (though that is from playing doubles mostly). Also been a long time since I flatten out a ball on he serve! Felt awesome to have the power I know I can hit. Only played 3 games but held all 3.

Only the BH service return was off. I think its just the balance or something, or me just going for too much.

It was super stable and all I did was add my grips, with no lead.

I will play with this for sure. Which is the reason for my post. Are there any rackets nowadays that play like the Profile 2.7? My steam 96 is kind of close but its not the same. Its likely I will wear this frame out with the tension I am using and would like to find a current stick I could buy in quantity. TIA.
Yeah. Its a 95 so it has to be a "players stick" and its heavy too, well for these days it is.

All I know is that it felt awesome and I was hitting really well with it.

FWIW I have had the ps85, Pog 93, and PS88 and like the profile better than all of them.
Congrats Shroud! It's a nice frame and I thought the magic was using poly at 30 lbs tension - totally not what you do but it's all good. Found it very controllable with that string. You can pound serves in like nobody's business. My main issue was that the beam was too wide and with my spinny strokes I would frame the ball too much.

I have to thanks Shroud for the KPS88! It's very stiff and has a narrow beam and I love that. Lots of punch but no wide beam to frame the ball with. If I could find a Profile with a thin beam that would be my stick. The KPS88 is the closest I've gotten.

Shroud, you can still find them out there. I'll keep an eye out and will let you know if i find any.

Keep at it - 3 aces in 3 games is nothing to sneeze at!
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Just because TW does not have it does not mean the 100T isn't available somewhere. You can get them for ~ $73 each at that place on Pulaski. :D
Yeah I know, and that express place has em too.

But I have like 7 rackets I want to trade in to TW...
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Congrats Shroud! It's a nice frame and I thought the magic was using poly at 30 lbs tension - totally not what you do but it's all good. Found it very controllable with that string. You can pound serves in like nobody's business. My main issue was that the beam was too wide and with my spinny strokes I would frame the ball too much.

I have to thanks Shroud for the KPS88! It's very stiff and has a narrow beam and I love that. Lots of punch but no wide beam to frame the ball with. If I could find a Profile with a thin beam that would be my stick. The KPS88 is the closest I've gotten.

Shroud, you can still find them out there. I'll keep an eye out and will let you know if i find any.

Keep at it - 3 aces in 3 games is nothing to sneeze at!
LOL! I ditched that frame in my youth because I was framing my twist serve like no ones business! Playing with the current rackets I have like the BLX2, I think I have gotten used to the thickness. Think I only framed one last night.

FWIW I can frame the ball like nobodies business with the PS85 :). At least on some BHS. But I had worse technique back then.

I wonder if the 110 model might have more of a "Spin window" but still be controllable.

FWIW I was a bit surprised at how it lacked power, but thrilled that it did. Strings probably help.

Grommets will be an issue I bet but I can handle that.

Thanks again and glad you dig the 88!!
 

Simon_the_furry

Hall of Fame
Only down side with the Gamma is that TW no longer carries and well Suresh uses that one I think. I certainly want to be part of that group :)
Dunno why TW feels the need to bash Gamma every time they get their hands on one of their sticks. The 100T isn't bad at all. Neither is the RZR 98.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
They feel kinda tinny, but once you get past that, they're not bad.
Yikes I hate the tinny rackets. Well I will string them really tight and see what happens with the tinnyness. Think high tension really helps kill any "feel" whatsoever which is what I want.
 

Simon_the_furry

Hall of Fame
Awesome. I cant play without dampeners! If I could find a worm one that didnt break every few sets, that would be appreciated! Even the Shock Shield ones break for me and the Gamma ones too!
I used to HATE putting dampeners on my racquets. Now I use either a traditional 2-string or a rubber band.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
I used to HATE putting dampeners on my racquets. Now I use either a traditional 2-string or a rubber band.
I can't get enough of them. Rubber bands arent even close for me. The Gamma double one is nice but I would rather get 2 single ones. I think you get more dampening if you alternate the weave of them so each side of the mains has a dampener. With the double you cant do that.
 
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Attila_the_gorilla

Guest
Sounds exciting.
Waiting patiently for the story of the next love of your life.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Mhm.
Crap, you string your racquets at 86 lbs?
How often do you snap them?
I use kevlar mains and well I havent snapped a string yet, but I usually replace the crosses several times and cut out the mains before they snap.

The Profile had the crosses lower than I normally do, at 46lbs. More movement and well I think these will snap at some point.

Surprisingly the rackets have survived the high tensions.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
the profile 95s (my pops has the 3.6) were truly heinous for mortal men. but for you shroud ... you are different. one man's grail is another man's shotgun blast to the face.
Yeah. You need a shotgun for when the Zombies come.

Some love affairs are unhealthy...
 

Simon_the_furry

Hall of Fame
I use kevlar mains and well I havent snapped a string yet, but I usually replace the crosses several times and cut out the mains before they snap.

The Profile had the crosses lower than I normally do, at 46lbs. More movement and well I think these will snap at some point.

Surprisingly the rackets have survived the high tensions.
Woah. I strung my Head YOUTEK Radical IG MP up with Kevlar/synthetic once but ended up breaking the synthetic crosses.
Kevlar strings DO NOT MOVE.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Woah. I strung my Head YOUTEK Radical IG MP up with Kevlar/synthetic once but ended up breaking the synthetic crosses.
Kevlar strings DO NOT MOVE.
Yeah i would break syn and gut crosses all the time

Kev is very different with crosses that allow it to move, like poly or zx. The kevlar usually goes in that scenario because of all the mainstring movement
 

v-verb

Hall of Fame
LOL! I ditched that frame in my youth because I was framing my twist serve like no ones business! Playing with the current rackets I have like the BLX2, I think I have gotten used to the thickness. Think I only framed one last night.

FWIW I can frame the ball like nobodies business with the PS85 :). At least on some BHS. But I had worse technique back then.

I wonder if the 110 model might have more of a "Spin window" but still be controllable.

FWIW I was a bit surprised at how it lacked power, but thrilled that it did. Strings probably help.

Grommets will be an issue I bet but I can handle that.

Thanks again and glad you dig the 88!!
Thanks Shroud!

I checked and there are tons on the auction site for sale. There is even a dealer in Canada where you can get Profiles new - albeit for $200 a pop. The 110 may be worth a try.

And my 30 lb poly sucks when it loses tension as you know. Nice when it's fresh though!!
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Thanks Shroud!

I checked and there are tons on the auction site for sale. There is even a dealer in Canada where you can get Profiles new - albeit for $200 a pop. The 110 may be worth a try.

And my 30 lb poly sucks when it loses tension as you know. Nice when it's fresh though!!
Yeah I found a 110" new for $199....

I will have to see if I can get a friend to buy one for me if the RZR 100T doesnt work out.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
Profile 2.7 is great frame. They don't make them that stiff anymore. I still have an OS, as well as a 95, but my 95 is "overcut" as I experimented by cutting it down to 26.2" (great for most strokes but a little too short for serve).
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Profile 2.7 is great frame. They don't make them that stiff anymore. I still have an OS, as well as a 95, but my 95 is "overcut" as I experimented by cutting it down to 26.2" (great for most strokes but a little too short for serve).
If only there were threads on how to make a racket longer....

PM me if you want to unload it.
 

ChicagoJack

Hall of Fame
Wait... that's the champagne colored, super wide body with the reddish grip, right? I keep my 95 under my bed in case of killer zombie attack, but if you ever get back to Chicago again, I have one I can donate to your cause. Or just cover the shipping costs and it's yours.
 
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danbrenner

Hall of Fame
Wait... that's the champagne colored, super wide body with the reddish grip, right? I keep my 95 under my bed in case of killer zombie attack, but if you ever get back to Chicago again, I have one I can donate to your cause. Or just cover the shipping costs and it's yours.
Hey CJ. Most of us try to come up with some interesting posts here and there, but talk a lot of smack inbetween. But I have to tip my hat to you, as you have truly come uo with some of the most informative in depth posts ever written here. Thanks for the info.
 

zalive

Hall of Fame
Awesome. I cant play without dampeners! If I could find a worm one that didnt break every few sets, that would be appreciated! Even the Shock Shield ones break for me and the Gamma ones too!
Prince worm didn't break on me, I have it in one of my racquets and I played at least 20 sets with it...this one:


Perhaps you overstretch them?
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Wait... that's the champagne colored, super wide body with the reddish grip, right? I keep my 95 under my bed in case of killer zombie attack, but if you ever get back to Chicago again, I have one I can donate to your cause. Or just cover the shipping costs and it's yours.
Hey CJ. That is awesome. Ill send you my address and some cash. Though i suspect you really really want me to ditch that racket i had when we hit :). The look on your face when you git with it was priceless!!! Such a gentleman except when hitting the spinniest damn shots i ever faced!
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Prince worm didn't break on me, I have it in one of my racquets and I played at least 20 sets with it...this one:


Perhaps you overstretch them?
Thanks Z. Ill try one but how does it go one, during stringing??

For some reason my rackets dont allow that many strings to be covered at least from memory!!
 

zalive

Hall of Fame
It was obviously put during stringing, though I've put mine after, without strings going through 'worm holes' lol...it still stays stretched and works as it should.
I like wider dampeners anyhow, those covering four mains are ok. My favourite is Babolat RVS with metal part, though it's heavy as hell, 8 grams. Does the best damping though.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
It was obviously put during stringing, though I've put mine after, without strings going through 'worm holes' lol...it still stays stretched and works as it should.
I like wider dampeners anyhow, those covering four mains are ok. My favourite is Babolat RVS with metal part, though it's heavy as hell, 8 grams. Does the best damping though.
Really? I tried that Bab metal thing and the gamma shock buster is way better.

One more thing to mess up while stringing :)

THinking out loud but I bet I fix all the broken ones with some sugru or whatever it is. Or heck fix them before they break.
 

zalive

Hall of Fame
Never tried Gamma shock buster (or even seen it), I must admit. If you say it's better, I believe.

Tho, something is funny. Bab RVS is designed to be put directly in contact with the bridge. But with some racquets it works better if you move it a bit away from the bridge. I guess it's more important to be placed in the wave node (which position depends on vibrational frequency and on racquet's geometry, I guess).

It's not legal for tournament play. I wouldn't use it.
Interesting...I'm not sure I could figure out the reason why it was made illegal...
 
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Simon_the_furry

Hall of Fame
Yeah i would break syn and gut crosses all the time

Kev is very different with crosses that allow it to move, like poly or zx. The kevlar usually goes in that scenario because of all the mainstring movement
Kevlar/poly is too dead feeling for me. I play a lot of dropshots and go for the lines often, so I wouldn't even think about that.
 

Simon_the_furry

Hall of Fame
Never tried Gamma shock buster (or even seen it), I must admit. If you say it's better, I believe.



Interesting...I'm not sure I could figure out the reason why it was made illegal...
I think it's illegal because it's laced in between the strings instead of resting on them. Probably about the hitting bed of the racquet being uniform in nature or whatever.

And the worm-style Gamma Shockbusters are solid. The clamps sometimes break though.
 

McLovin

Legend
It's not legal for tournament play. I wouldn't use it.
If its the one in the picture, then its legal. You can put practically anything you want in as a vibration dampening device, so long as it resides outside the outer two mains and outer two crosses.

If you want, you can buy 4 of those things and weave them at the top, bottom, left & right, so long as they reside outside the pattern.
 
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