glenda that post is from 2011...
and most of us hitting with a variety of 20+ year old rackets will have to quickly learn to be less picky and more flexible when it comes to strings. Hell, I've hit with plenty of frames that have strings in them that are older than me, and yet play pretty dang well.
Oh I'm not doubting they are or could be. I have strung rackets from the early 90s with poly before and had good results. I do occasionally get some arm pain when using poly too much, but that's from using it on my main rackets. I just think most rackets 'feel' better with a nice syn gut or multi and that's how I enjoy my retro frames when playing with them recreationally. When I play 'serious' or league tennis, I usually use my more modern sticks with poly.@kevin qmto
While I too love to dabble with old racquets with old strings (that they come with) - but its only because I dont string myself and it costs me more to do the same - and I have way more racquets that I should have - so I try to get away without changing strings.
But old graphite racquets (as long as weight and swingweight is under control) with modern poly strings is a thing of beauty.
Dunlop Max 300i (poly) - Plays like a modern racquet with a small head, weight is the biggest issue
Prokennex Copper Ace (poly) - plays very forgiving very spinny mid size
I constantly see you praise Gamma Ocho 17 - I also see your strokes and game are pretty clean. Do you not use poly due to fear of injury? Because I get much longer usable life out of poly than I do multi and typically cost 1/3 to 1/4 of a multi.
Also in older low flex racquets it feels like the racquet itself absorbs a lot of the pace and "ball damage" and string life is even longer. I might be wrong on this point since I cant be sure on it.
Last night I played my first league match with my Adidas GTM, sadly this was the first match in a year that I DIDN'T film. Maybe I've been holding myself back by documenting everything as I played well above my normal level, even with modern rackets, perhaps due to the lack of pressure of filming myself. I won convincingly against a real speedster opponent, who could do a mean jumping 2 handed backhand that I was a little jelly of.
And that's after I started down 1-4 because I was trying to blast the ball like I would with my modern racket with poly, not this stick from 1985 with a multifilament. As soon as I took a little pace off the ball and came in more, I rattled off 6 straight games. Actually got broken early in the 2nd to break my streak, but resumed the streak afterwards and won 6/4, 6/2.
Very nice. What strings and tension do you run in it?Playing with the Prestige Classic 600 the last 2 days.
Excellent - very special ... Enjoyed that beautiful frame for years - suited Tec 515 17 gauge perfectly for me...Playing with the Prestige Classic 600 the last 2 days.
Thank you! I first switched to them in September 1993Excellent - enjoy ... Enjoyed that beautiful frame for years - suited Tec 515 17 gauge perfectly for me...
Very nice, just enjoy...
I turned one in Sept 93, and now I’m starting to get grey hairs. But I still think that era of rackets is fantastic.Thank you! I first switched to them in September 1993.
It was! You had variety of different design of frames. You had 85, 90, 95, 97/98, 100, and 110. Now you’re left with 95, 98, and 100. Blue racquets are Pure Drive tweeners, red racquets are control Classic style rackets. Yellow racquets are Pure Aero spin racquets.I turned one in Sept 93, and now I’m starting to get grey hairs. But I still think that era of rackets is fantastic.
Dude I hear you I too use flexy old rackets too. What is the spec on rossi 230?I am playing with a Rossignol F230. Love the feel and flex. Yes it's a small head, and I do occasionally shank the ball, but I did that a lot when I was in high school playing with a 110" head too. It's bad habits in the feet and eyes developed early that cause it, and the small head keeps me honest and aware of those habits creeping back in. I don't plan on going back to anything modern unless I have no other choice. I just love the sweet feel too much. No modern frame that I've hit with comes very close.
Can't remember if it's your usual racket or if you switch from one frame to another...?Thank you! I first switched to them in September 1993
I had started using the Pro Tour 630 and Auxetic Prestige Pro but I always go back to the Classic and they are all matched. I always keep it in my rotation of frames. Playing with the Prestige Pro 600/Prestige Classic 600 is always going home to me. However when I played a tournament last year I used the Pro Tour 630 because I wanted a bigger sweet spot.Can't remember if it's your usual racket or if you switch from one frame to another...?
Had my Pro and White Star Twin on court yesterday. First time I bothered to hit them side by side. Interesting how much more direct the feedback from the Pro is on shots. Just ordered a second Pro off the Bay to have two matching sticks. Fingers crossed. Old frames are sometimes a crap shoot.Kneissl White Star Pro Masters… sweet stick when I’m moving well. Serves bombs, clocks groundies, crushes volleys.