Game Improvement / Seniors Rackets

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#1
Don't give me a lot of grief about lessons, fitness, etc. I take lessons, played many decades, didn't have junior training so not looking for advice from seniors who grew up taking lessons from pros. Currently taking lessons from a D1 coach and hitting with several 11-12.5 UTR kids. Play several times a week with 4.0 and above players. Used a 10.2oz 116" head HH racket last night. I was able to generate enough RHS to bamboozle the 25 yr old 5.0. Everything else worked OK. I am interested in recommendations from other 65 yr old+ folks what "big head" rackets they like. I am not interested in opinions on Wilson Kfactor, Head Ti6, Volkl V2, Prince Premier 120, but I particularly interested in recommendations concerning big rackets from the 90s. I have a Prince Extender 116 and I thought it play well.
 
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Don't give me a lot of grief about lessons, fitness, etc. I take lessons, played many decades, didn't have junior training so not looking for advice from seniors who grew up taking lessons from pros. Currently taking lessons from a D1 coach and hitting with several 11-12.5 UTR kids. Play several times a week with 4.0 and above players. Used a 10.2oz 116" head HH racket last night. I was able to generate enough RHS to bamboozle the 25 yr old 5.0. Everything else worked OK. I am interested in recommendations from other 65 yr old+ folks what "big head" rackets they like. I am not interested in opinions on Wilson Kfactor, Head Ti6, Volkl V2, Prince Premier 120, but I particularly interested in recommendations concerning big rackets from the 90s. I have a Prince Extender 116 and I thought it play well.
There is an ASICS frame John Powless used that is remarkably good. Not sure of the model name. Good luck!!


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#12
@monfils is my homeboy and all others, I've spent more on rackets this month than I have in a long time: 2 x Michael Chang Titanium MPs, another Prince Graphite Extender and my last (hopefully) Prince Classic Graphite 100LB. With an additional 30 Prince 90s from the 80s and a dozen Prince OSs I better not spring for any more rackets.
 

Ronaldo

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#14
Retired Floridian mentioned he can get all the Weeds he wants under $50 per in Miramar..........................seriously. In fact any racquet as he whipped out his Prince Thunderbolt OS, 115" weapon,
 
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@Ronaldo , It is hard for me to believe that there are not literally hundreds of widows/widowers throughout the US who have a Weed left by their dear deceased... Are they all so savvy about used racket prices?
 

Ronaldo

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@Ronaldo , It is hard for me to believe that there are not literally hundreds of widows/widowers throughout the US who have a Weed left by their dear deceased... Are they all so savvy about used racket prices?
Heck, a tennis widow/widower was left a long-time before their spouse was deceased. Pity, their spouse took the Weed with them, buried upside down.
 

Ronaldo

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#20
That is funny as h...! I'm still laughing. Because when I went to the big auction site there sure as heck were no 50.00 Weeds:)
Seriously.....................................................................................................................this seems to be known only to those retirees in South Florida. Stringers hoard them, saved for the snowbirds,
 
#24
I'm 60 and I use one of their rackets and it has a 125 sq. inch head
What kind of string do you use in yours. I looked at those last week online and then looked again. I thought 14x18 in my Prince 90s from the 80s was wide open then I look at those Vortex rackets with really wide patterns in those large head sizes. I would like to see some 22 yr old who generates oodles of spin try one of those with some poly in it. Myself, I'll try any racket out, heck I can't even give the below racket away:)
 
#25
^^ I think people using the frame above think they may require 3 or 4 arms. :giggle:

If you acquire one, Weed has special stringing instructions on their web site. KlipperUSA has the basics down, but not the requirements to string the top and last crosses different tensions. For frames with extra wide string spacing, you really need 15 Ga string or Kevlar. Even 15L is marginally too thin.

You can use racquetfinder to check out older frames with minimum face size of 125. Prince, Wilson, Volkl and Dunlop all made REALLY large OS.
 
#26
^^ I think people using the frame above think they may require 3 or 4 arms. :giggle:
I can't play with that thing with two hands but one handed I can make it work - sort of. A couple of guys at the doubles league on Weds night told me to leave it home from now on. So I pulled out that Prince Extender last Weds nite - that got 'em going again. They get so wound about winning over having fun. This will be my last season for letting those guys talk me into playing leagues. Grim determination to win an ugly point for no reason other than misplaced ego. And then there are the line calls, jeesh. At least I got 3 of them to start taking lessons. I couldn't understand why they wanted the same skill set they had in high school 30-40+ yrs later when they are losing a step or three. I didn't say it but they might as well have just kept using wood rackets. By and large they play with 98/100" stiff Babolats with poly they rarely cut out. However, one guy I have had the pleasure to hit with in a different level league uses a giant headed Asics but he plays in the USTA 85s. He is a crafty doubles player, moves well. He also plays on a national champion over 80s softball team. He has a live arm.
 
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I can't play with that thing with two hands but one handed I can make it work - sort of. A couple of guys at the doubles league on Weds night told me to leave it home from now on. So I pulled out that Prince Extender last Weds nite - that got 'em going again. They get so wound about winning over having fun. This will be my last season for letting those guys talk me into playing leagues. Grim determination to win an ugly point for no reason other than misplaced ego. And then there are the line calls, jeesh. At least I got 3 of them to start taking lessons. I couldn't understand why they wanted the same skill set they had in high school 30-40+ yrs later when they are losing a step or three. I didn't say it but they might as well have just kept using wood rackets. By and large they play with 98/100" stiff Babolats with poly they rarely cut out. However, one guy I have had the pleasure to hit with in a different level league uses a giant headed Asics but he plays in the USTA 85s. He is a crafty doubles player, moves well. He also plays on a national champion over 80s softball team. He has a live arm.
The ASICS frames apparently have good feel


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#31
Can’t believe I forgot to mention the Original ORIGINAL Pro Staff 125!!!!
I can't believe I didn't know about the POG 125 until 5 minutes ago. I ran across it when I researched the PS 125 you mentioned. Dang it. I told myself I was going on a racket buying moratorium after springing for those Michael Change MP Longbodys.
 

Ronaldo

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#32
I can't believe I didn't know about the POG 125 until 5 minutes ago. I ran across it when I researched the PS 125 you mentioned. Dang it. I told myself I was going on a racket buying moratorium after springing for those Michael Change MP Longbodys.
Those MC autos are as flexible as a kendo stick,
 
#40
What kind of string do you use in yours. I looked at those last week online and then looked again. I thought 14x18 in my Prince 90s from the 80s was wide open then I look at those Vortex rackets with really wide patterns in those large head sizes. I would like to see some 22 yr old who generates oodles of spin try one of those with some poly in it. Myself, I'll try any racket out, heck I can't even give the below racket away:)
I use Luxilon 4G 16L @ 55 lbs.
 
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