Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by Virginia, Nov 28, 2009.
That is a cool old photo I must say:shock:
Wright & Ditson "THE HUB"
From the turn of the century. Strings still unbroken.
Edit: And here is an old ad for it:
I have a Spalding wood frame from the mid 60s. I actually played a friend about 15 years ago with the Spalding, who is an intermediate player, and beat him. You can take a full swing with it, but man is it hard to serve with those old wood rackets!
Rossignol F200 i Dunlop Max 200G. It is about 35 years.
Its always nice to hear stories of players playing wood rackets.
For a social woody I love to break out a antique wood racket and show they can still be played in such a match. Antique really means 100+ years so would need an early 1900s woody and I love to find them with good old guts since they will often holdup for some fun hitting. One of the challenges is gripping without a grip since the woods prior to 1930 did not have grips but rather had wood slots or incised patterns to help prevent grip slip.
This pictures shows the kind of rackets Im discussing:
Trabert C-6, Wilson Ultra standard, Head XRC, 33+ yrs old
Although I have a bunch of "garage sale woodies" that I use for a fun tourney, the oldest stick I'll actually use in a match is Head Graphite Edge (mid 80's), Then Graphite Pro (late 80's).
My "go to" sticks are in the 1995-2002 Window (PSC 6.1, Raddy TT MP, i.prestige MP) nothing newer comes close.
I have enjoyed collecting the older antique racquets for the Tennis Racquet Hall of Fame.
My favorite tennis racquet decade is the 1880s and I really look forward to finding wood racquets from 1880-1889. Many of these 1880's tennis racquets have provided the foundation for racquets of the next 80-100 years. Other tennis racquet decades which are collecting favorites of mine are the 1920's, 1970's, and 1980s.
I do have a variety of racquets from the 1870's including those produced by Malings, Jefferies, and Feltham. However, these 1870's racquets are very rare and expensive.
Most of the older tennis racquets are contained in these photos: http://s834.photobucket.com/user/Alamocrest/library/Tennis Racquet Hall of Fame 4
My God. I want to see this in person. Do you allow visitors?
1984. Yonex R 27.
The oldest I would occasionally hit with, but not play a match, are Head Artur Ashe and Dunlop Max 200G.
I'd play a match with POG 4-stripe OS, or Head PT280.
I have a Spalding Assault 95. I picked it up at a garage sale. I played with them in college. 1990ish. The one I own is unknown in age. I have a Wooden Jack Kramer someone was throwing away and it has a couple of minor scrapes. I adopted it but never hit with it.
WOW...MY BAD...You Folks are talking real old...very cool!
I am finding that if my racket is older than 1 year, it is useless because of loss of power and stability
1995 Pro Staff 6.0 re-issue.
May I offer you a deal on a bridge and some swamp land?
I use, as my normal playing racquets, two Pro Staff 85s from 1993.
So which one is older?
You might possibly be in the wrong section of this forum, my friend
Classic Racquet Talk and "older than 1 year, it is useless" do not go really well together for me. Not in most cases anyway, unless you specialize in NOSs.
got a couple "real" T2000
prince precision graphite OS
wimbledon all pro (used to have several)
got a michael chang LB OS, if that counts...
a few TAD Davis from thrift stores, don't know much about them.
i see you are still playing a pure drive 2012? you better step it up.
Don't know - I bought them the same day. I also have a late 80s one, a mid 90s Chinese one and two new Chinese ones from this time last year (in reserve for that day I need them).
I still have three barely used Boris Becker Super racquets, because I switched racquets at the time. I think I will put on a new grip and string one to remember how it plays.
70's metal Chemold "Roy Emerson" (assume its the same as the Rod Laver)
A T2000(J.Connors weapon of choice) and a Kramer Prostaff(beautiful woodie with diamonds on the throat). Take 'em both out for an occasional hit.
I have an old wooden Spalding Pancho Gonzales Woodstar racquet. I bought it back around 1970. I was trying to learn how to play tennis because a girl I wanted to date was a tennis player. I think I paid less than $10 for it at a bargain discount store. I was mowing lawns to make money. It took me mowing 4 lawns to afford it. The things we do for "love".
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