How many people still play with rackets that are over 20 years old?

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by jimanuel12, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. El_Yotamo

    El_Yotamo Semi-Pro

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    I very recently got a first generation Babolat Soft Control, I'm finally gonna hit it for the first time on Sunday! I've heard great things so I'm very excited!
     
  2. Autodidactic player

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    Agreed. A lot of people around here, including me, still play with the Rafter racket, the Prince Precision Response Ti.

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  3. frinton

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    We're organizing a "Golden 70s doubles" tourney at my club, were we provide woddies to the stronger players and old (80s or early 90s) graphite or metall rackets to the lesser ones (from my collection). Adding a few metal and sandwich rackets along maybe with a few unique sticks for good measure. The objective is to have good fun with some (g)old sticks and dress up as vintage as possible for it! I might come back with a few pics after the tourney which is end of September - hopefully we'll have good luck with the weather... then it should be fun!


    ...fail better!
     
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  4. GOATn10s

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    Sorry for the late reply. I just picked one of these up and was wondering what multis and tension you would recommend for a 4.0-4.5 player. Thanks in advance.
     
  5. elbuzzard_lives

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    I have one of these! Rocket launcher yet it still has tremendous feel.
     
  6. Antónis

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    Ok, just run out of Photobucket and went to Flickr, still learning my way around, lets see if I don't mess up embedding some pics

    I'm a big fan of classic graphite rackets, and a modest but proud collector, my collection is growing slowly but I already have some good classics to brag about

    I play with 20+ years rackets, most of the time with Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 95, and regularly with the 85 version, I believe mine is a late China, similar to Fed's early days on tour - I also have a St. Vincents Pro Staff mid, and a grandson, a KPS 88, but those I keep as a collector item only

    Over the years I stashed 95's as I was finding racquet's available (and spare parts), meanwhile I cracked two of them playing, and now I have six left, some almost new, some with lots of war scars

    I'm not a maniac about how my rackets looks, but I take good care of them, always with protection tape on the bumper. I try to avoid hitting the ground with my rackets, but there's always those low volleys to dig up, or defensive game, and with those paint-chips are inevitable

    And some racket porn next, with the 6.0's I play regularly, hope you like them

    [​IMG]DSC_0050 by António Duarte, no Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_0051 by António Duarte, no Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC_0052 by António Duarte, no Flickr
     
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  7. thor's hammer

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    Nice pics! Another big PS 95 fan here. I don't have any hosted pics I can link to, but here's a nice vid on the 95...



    When I got back into playing in the mid 90's it was the middle of the Sampras era, and although I experimented with a variety of rackets I settled on the PS 85 and used that for several years. Around 2000 I made what I figured was a reasonably small concession to getting older, and moved to the PS 6.0 95, and it's been my main stick ever since. I think it's just a great, very capable yet neutral racket. I'm down to my final 3, and string em myself on a Klipper with plain old (cheap) Prince synthetic gut. Play one till the string breaks, and then pop out a "freshly" strung backup from my bag. Of course that "new" string job could be months old at that point, depending on how much I'm playing (and with whom).

    I also have a couple wooden Jack Kramer Autograph's - beautiful, pieces of art from a bygone era. I can't play as effectively with them as with the PS 95, but it is amazing how the ball comes off that racket when you hit a really good, solid slice or volley. For a while I used to carry one of the Kramer's around and use it to warm up - hit short, volleys, maybe a little from the baseline - then switch over to the PS 95. Didn't seem to hurt, actually seemed to help - everything seemed easier and quicker when I made the switch to the "newer" racket - but I just drifted away from doing that over time. Maybe I'll crank that up again.

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    Damn that is one purty stick!
     
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  8. Antónis

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    That's the thinner beam, 85 like, PS 6.0 95. I've heard and read some stuff about it, I'd love to try it.

    For me, the PS 6.0 95 is the perfect 95 sq.i. players racquet. Enough weight in stock form (my 95's weight 345 grams without extra weight), square shaped beam, allowing the racquet to be fast; open string pattern; the Wilson's braided graphite/kevlar formula that gives that unique feeling; nice head-light balance, good flex feeling, but not noodle-like. The nicest combo of feeling/power/control I ever experienced on a racquet. And the looks

    My first 95 was bought in 98, and it's my go stick since, with a couple of racquet changes in between (mostly with PS 6.1's).

    I'm still hoping that Wilson or TW reissues this wonderful stick
     
  9. Sixpointone

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    Great to hear that you have one as well! I really enjoy the feel that the racquet provides as well. I'm more of a pusher when I play, so it really helps me get the ball back in play, and pick my spots when hitting. Thanks for the post and I hope you enjoy your tennis!
     
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    Over 40 players, old and young came together for our fun vintage doubles last Saturday! I’ve never seen so many smiles on tennis courts, everybody seemed to have fun and enjoy a unique tennis experience... I had brought over 50 vintage rackets along for the occasion! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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