If you only had ONE racket for LIFE?

treblings

Hall of Fame


i´ve played with too many great racquets over the last 40+ years. The above one has to be my number one choice as i´ve played with it from 1987 till 2001.
 
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i´ve played with too many great racquets over the last 40+ years. The above one has to be my number one choice as i´ve played with it from 1987 till 2001.
Man, I know the VS touch was popular back then, and they would paint the bottom strings black, but putting “VS” in the center is pretty out there, Babolat.
 

NicoMK

Professional


i´ve played with too many great racquets over the last 40+ years. The above one has to be my number one choice as i´ve played with it from 1987 till 2001.
Can't see what it is exactly. Is it a Prince something? Didn't he played with a Snauweart?

And why did you change then?
 

treblings

Hall of Fame
Can't see what it is exactly. Is it a Prince something? Didn't he played with a Snauweart?

And why did you change then?
it´s a Wimbledon Graphite. he and Joakim Nystrom played with it in the 80´s.
i ran out of rackets after all that time.

Pernfors played with Snauwaert afterwards. His own Pernfors Autograph model and also the ATP model
 

NicoMK

Professional
@ treblings and vsbabolat, thanks!

treblings, can't this one be found anywhere on the internet these days? And what did you change for in the end?

As for me, I would choose the Head Boris Becker World Championship racket, nicest frame ever made at least for me.
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
Hey that’s unfair to list faves w different compositions! Ha ., but I like it .. I like it a lot ! (y)
Well afaic, each different composition is a completely different tool. IMO, they should not be compared.

Saying that, I think Professional Tennis should have settled on a permanent racquet design for use in perpetuity at the Professional level (Sort of like various football sports, cricket, baseball and basketball have).

And that should have happened around 1977 with small hooped Wooden Hybrids. That would have maintained the sport as being one of tennis skills and smarts, rather than one where athleticism dominates.

But each to their own. It is going to be interesting to see how racquets continue to evolve over the next twenty years.
 

TennisHound

Legend
Now that it looks like no tennis for roughly 6+ months or more, I’m looking at what racquets to sell and what to keep. 93p, PA, PD, Blades, aaarrgh, tough one.
 

treblings

Hall of Fame
@ treblings and vsbabolat, thanks!

treblings, can't this one be found anywhere on the internet these days? And what did you change for in the end?

As for me, I would choose the Head Boris Becker World Championship racket, nicest frame ever made at least for me.
you can find them from time to time. i have about 6 of them that are still in playing condition:) played my last senior tournament with it in 2017 just for the fun of it.
truth be told, i´m a bit of a racquetaholic myself. i own a couple hundred racquets and have played with many of them.
i never played with a Puma or Estusa. i think that should change in the near future. many of them on the internet at the moment to choose from.
 

chrisb

Semi-Pro
Ok good question my favorite stick was the Dunlop maxply 4 1/2 lite (12oz) strung with klip 16 gut at 45 lbs. However unless everybody still using wood I would be crazy to try to play against modern rackets and strings. Today I essentially use 3 rackets for varied reasons I have 2 secret 4s to practice with occasionally I have 2 Wilson Surge x s that I play with and 2 Yonex sv 98s which I would settle on if limited to one type stick My son has used Wilson 6>1 16 20 consistanly for 25 years now His fav is the k facor model he has 9
 

basil J

Hall of Fame
Becker Melbourne strung with 17G vs gut. Been my frame of choice since 2012 and it still is the best frame I have ever used. And I have tried many. Here's the man himself warming up with a Melby.
 
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tennisbike

Professional
Not trying to detour the thread with a "novel", but be forewarned..

This is quite a time to fantasize all kind of scenarios or questions, but .. I do not care about picking one racket for the rest of my life time.. if I get to hit now, I would enjoy ANY stick. I do not care what material it is made from. It can be made of wood, steel or aluminum or composite of whatever. However, the last racquet that totally blew my head how good it felt was a Yonex YY-8500 I strung with 25 lb SG, restrung to 16x18.

I am not ashamed to say that the sticks that I enjoy the most, often cost me the least. This YY-8500 along with 4 other sticks was part of a haul from a local recycling shop. Anyway, YY-8500 is no beauty. It looks funny. The egg shaped head is barely larger than a badminton racquet's. The individual grommets are like rivets, very rugged unlike the modern ones. The aluminum hoop was welded to the shaped throat pieces looking very industrial. Then two pieces of wood forms the shape of the grip under the leather grip. It is odd looking, unlike the T-2000 that looks kind of trick with all the wires wound all the way around with a very peculiar stringing pattern that I have not dare to attempt, though multiple version of instruction had already been downloaded.

It was probably the low score on the desirability scale that prompt me to mess with the YY-8500. I have a tendency to respect the "nice" sticks so much that I keep a distance to admire them rather than indulge with them. Since the string was broken, it was strung with Forten Competition Nylon at 25 lbs. Last time, the 25 lbs on a Dunlop Maxy Ply felt pretty good, so I repeated that but then removed two main and 1 cross string to loosen up the string bed. The result was .. amazing.

387 g of static mass sounds like a club, yet, it "snaps", whip around nicely. The whole idea of high swing weight being less maneuverable felt completely contradictory to how this stick feels. If you ever tried short takeback "ATP" forehand with T-2000 you might get a sense of what I am talking about. Groundstrokes felt effortless. The frame .... butter. The string bed felt forgiving. Instead of trying out the YY-8500 only for warm up, I enjoyed hitting with it for the whole 2 hour session. I love it!

(I do enjoy a good story, especially in a time like this. Please be generous about your posts. At least.. 200 words?)
 

beltsman

Legend
Pro's Pro Secret 600
I've changed my favorite racquet preference a few times, so if I went with my current choice it would be the 360 Extreme MP. But seeing as I (hopefully) have a long life ahead and could develop arm or shoulder issues, I'll go with a safer pick - the PCG 100. It is fun to play with, comfortable, modern enough, and can play nearly any style.
 

tennisbike

Professional
EXO3 Tour 100
Love this stick, though I would be afraid to use it all the time since the frame appears to be kind of delicate with fancy grommet/bumper guard design. Like my MR2 mk1, that had been featured in 3 magazines, is mostly a garage queen.
 

speedysteve

Legend
Love this stick, though I would be afraid to use it all the time since the frame appears to be kind of delicate with fancy grommet/bumper guard design. Like my MR2 mk1, that had been featured in 3 magazines, is mostly a garage queen.
Grommet / bumper packs are readily available.
Great racquet..
 

davced1

Professional
The answer depends upon if the purpose is to have a fun hit or to try and win matches. For fun Wilson 6.0 with natural gut and to be as competitive as possible modified Babolat aero pro drive with Luxilon big banger alu power.
 
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