Has anyone here put a poly string in an aluminium/metal frame?

galain

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Just curious. I'm not a poly lover at all but I've wondered for awhile what a poly might feel like in one of the classic aluminium frames of the 70's/80's - something like the Head Tournament Edge, or even the Prince Pro. Has anyone had experience trying this out?
 

tonylg

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At one stage as a junior I was going through a Prince Pro almost every month. That was with gut and syn gut. I should imagine you'd be stringing poly at lot looser, but I still don't like your chances of it lasting long. Might feel okay until it breaks though (the racquet, not the string).
 

WYK

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Yup. Works great and the feel is very plush since the Pros are somewhere in the mid 50'sRA for flex. Still, tho, most Aluminium frames aren't the most robust frames out there, and they would be showing their age nowadays. So be careful stringing them.
This Prince Pro has 18G Kirschbaum II in it at 50lbs.

 
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tonylg

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Yup. Works great and the feel is very plush since the Pros are somewhere in the mid 50'sRA for flex. Still, tho, most Aluminium frames aren't the most robust frames out there, and they would be showing their age nowadays. So be careful stringing them.
This Prince Pro has 18G Kirschbaum II in it at 50lbs.

Wow, that brings back memories.
 
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retrowagen

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Sorry for the trip down Amnesia Way, there.

I might, this weekend, string up a Prince Pro Series 90 with some Isospeed poly I have lying about here, and counterpoint it by installing some Luxilon AluRough in my Prince Magnesium Pro 125. Still, I struggle to imagine the sensations of hitting balls with these in something other than, say Leoina 66 in the Pro and rainbow Prince Prism 16-ga in the Magnesium !
 
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galain

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Sorry for the trip down Amnesia Way, there.

I might, this weekend, string up a Prince Pro Series 90 with some Isospeed poly I have lying about here, and counterpoint it by installing some Luxilon AluRough in my Prince Magnesium Pro 125. Still, I struggle to imagine the sensations of hitting balls with these in something other than, say Leoina 66 in the Pro and rainbow Prince Prism 16-ga in the Magnesium !
Please let us know what the results are if you do this!
 

WYK

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Always wanted a series 90 pro, but have never come across one in great condition at a reasonable cost yet. I imagine it would play well. Should be a touch stiffer than the 110.
 

coachrick

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Sorry for the trip down Amnesia Way, there.

I might, this weekend, string up a Prince Pro Series 90 with some Isospeed poly I have lying about here, and counterpoint it by installing some Luxilon AluRough in my Prince Magnesium Pro 125. Still, I struggle to imagine the sensations of hitting balls with these in something other than, say Leoina 66 in the Pro and rainbow Prince Prism 16-ga in the Magnesium !
I can't imagine how many Pros I strung with Leoina UFO( PINK!) back in those days!!! SO many college players using Leoina66 as tight as it could be strung!!
Ah, the good old days!!!
 

retrowagen

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I can't imagine how many Pros I strung with Leoina UFO( PINK!) back in those days!!! SO many college players using Leoina66 as tight as it could be strung!!
Ah, the good old days!!!
Leo 66, in ropey 15L, was my go-to string through my junior years, in my White Star Pro Masters... a great setup for hitting laser-flat forehands very hard. Also, a surprisingly good string to get the most out of the legendary Yamaha Secret 04 without irreparable damage to the wallet, elbow, or fences of the local tennis facility!
 

Hoad

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This is not the right thread for this question, but does anybody have the RDC stiffness rating of a Fischer Superform (original model)?? These racquets are like ghosts in the vintage racquet community with very little info. I've seen the RA number for almost every other frame, including other Fischers, but never these.
 

coachrick

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This is not the right thread for this question, but does anybody have the RDC stiffness rating of a Fischer Superform (original model)?? These racquets are like ghosts in the vintage racquet community with very little info. I've seen the RA number for almost every other frame, including other Fischers, but never these.
Don't have numbers for you; but I thought it played like the 200G before the 200G was even a thing.
 

Hoad

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Don't have numbers for you; but I thought it played like the 200G before the 200G was even a thing.
I guess would put it somewhere in the mid 40's range then. They certainly have that plush feel like the 200G...solid. I've recently strung my NOS Stan Smith version with Klip uncoated gut at 50 pounds and my word, does it ever play well and seems to pack an even bigger punch then the 200G's, perhaps the even-balance does that. Very underrated frames and one of the earliest graphites that don't get a lot of credit for being so.
 

coachrick

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I guess would put it somewhere in the mid 40's range then. They certainly have that plush feel like the 200G...solid. I've recently strung my NOS Stan Smith version with Klip uncoated gut at 50 pounds and my word, does it ever play well and seems to pack an even bigger punch then the 200G's, perhaps the even-balance does that. Very underrated frames and one of the earliest graphites that don't get a lot of credit for being so.
We had a bit of warping with those back in the '70s in the Southeast US...hot and humid and I think folks strung them pretty tight at the time. The shape was just strange enough to keep some folks away and it wasn't a cheap stick either ;) The non-forgiving handle system was good for feedback; but maybe a touch too "direct" for some players. It was ahead of its time, for sure.
 
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Hoad

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We had a bit of warping with those back in the '70s in the Southeast US...hot and humid and I thing folks strung them pretty tight at the time. The shape was just strange enough to keep some folks away and it wasn't a cheap stick either ;) The non-forgiving handle system was good for feedback; but maybe a touch too "direct" for some players. It was ahead of its time, for sure.

Just curious, what would be a high tension for these frames? Over 60 psi? I was thinking of going up to 58 but would not want to risk warping if that is too high.
 

coachrick

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Just curious, what would be a high tension for these frames? Over 60 psi? I was thinking of going up to 58 but would not want to risk warping if that is too high.
At the time, 60 was a fairly standard "high" tension. Might have benefited from a lower suggested range to minimize warping. I'd think 58 would be fine, depending on the string.
 

WYK

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I hit with my Phantom and Pro(Aluminium) side-by-side last night. The feeling wasn't hugely different aside from the Phantom being more maneuverable. Flex felt similar. The Pro was actually slightly more powerful strung with 18g Kirschbaum at 50lbs, and the Phantom having Tourbite 17 at 58lbs. Both were strung a month ago, so the tensions were definitely lower. More spin and feel from the Phantom. The Pro is rather dead with a dampener. I can see it being very arm friendly. I'm not surprised at all some professionals used this stick.
 

galain

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I hit with my Phantom and Pro(Aluminium) side-by-side last night. The feeling wasn't hugely different aside from the Phantom being more maneuverable. Flex felt similar. The Pro was actually slightly more powerful strung with 18g Kirschbaum at 50lbs, and the Phantom having Tourbite 17 at 58lbs. Both were strung a month ago, so the tensions were definitely lower. More spin and feel from the Phantom. The Pro is rather dead with a dampener. I can see it being very arm friendly. I'm not surprised at all some professionals used this stick.
Thanks WYK - interesting to read.
 
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