I'm Addicted . . . to Old Style Gear

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I'm a NTRP 4.0 and am 58 yrs. old. I play in indoor leagues and occasional tournaments with a decent amount of success. I had a stroke several years ago and lost peripheral vision in my right eye. Two pulmonary embolisms and now take rat poison daily. I love tennis and found that I need a huge racquet to be competitive. Weapon of choice? Wilson 3.0 Titanium Hammer Stretch with a head size of 118. Wilson hasn't made them for a long time so I pick them up whenever I can. Shoes? Puma Smash. I get them for $30 a pair and they hold up fairly well and like the classic design. I have been playing since I was 12 but when the stockpile ends, will either have to call it a day or enter the 21st century. The best development in my tennis life is the change in grip materials. Leather would get wet so easily from sweat. Remember the colored gauze they used to sell that would tear up your hands? Anyone else out there who is a fan of the old stuff?
 
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PT630Wannabe

Professional
Lots of fans of classic 70s, 80s and 90s equipment here. Maybe not your specific wheelhouse, but, plenty of threads.
 

TennisCJC

Legend
No, I don't play the old stuff, but good luck with your health and tennis. I like the modern stuff with a bit of classic vibe. My 2 favorite rackets are the volkl v-feel 10 295 weighted up a bit and the Wilson Clash Tour weighted up a bit. The volkl is a thin beam control racket and is relatively heavy after a I add weight. the clash tour is a bit modern and wider beam, but it's flex is 55 which is very old school. I use multi mains with a co-poly cross which is also a blend of the old and new.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
if you want to give new stuff a whirl you might like the textreme premier racquets. they are beasts (no pun intended)
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
I like my POG 107. Prince still making them so easier to find.

If you want a more modern big stick, you should look at a Wilson Clash 108. Getting pretty popular at my club amongst the 3.0 ladies and Senior Circuit.
 

max

Legend
No, I don't play the old stuff, but good luck with your health and tennis. I like the modern stuff with a bit of classic vibe. My 2 favorite rackets are the volkl v-feel 10 295 weighted up a bit and the Wilson Clash Tour weighted up a bit. The volkl is a thin beam control racket and is relatively heavy after a I add weight. the clash tour is a bit modern and wider beam, but it's flex is 55 which is very old school. I use multi mains with a co-poly cross which is also a blend of the old and new.
should try Volkl C-10
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I'm a NTRP 4.0 and am 58 yrs. old. I play in indoor leagues and occasional tournaments with a decent amount of success. I had a stroke several years ago and lost peripheral vision in my right eye. Two pulmonary embolisms and now take rat poison daily. I love tennis and found that I need a huge racquet to be competitive. Weapon of choice? Wilson 3.0 Titanium Hammer Stretch with a head size of 118. Wilson hasn't made them for a long time so I pick them up whenever I can. Shoes? Puma Smash. I get them for $30 a pair and they hold up fairly well and like the classic design. I have been playing since I was 12 but when the stockpile ends, will either have to call it a day or enter the 21st century. The best development in my tennis life is the change in grip materials. Leather would get wet so easily from sweat. Remember the colored gauze they used to sell that would tear up your hands? Anyone else out there who is a fan of the old stuff?
I'm 53 and I definitely remember that funky colored gauze... pure evil!!
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
I'm 53 and I definitely remember that funky colored gauze... pure evil!!
agreed,
i wont talk unless i try it myself
i never understood what the appeal was on this gauze,, !!?? WTF
its dry, slippery and its like a rough sand paper on your hands

but wood racquets, I like, ill play with them once in a while
the volley with a wood racquet is something else..
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
I'm a NTRP 4.0 and am 58 yrs. old. I play in indoor leagues and occasional tournaments with a decent amount of success. I had a stroke several years ago and lost peripheral vision in my right eye. Two pulmonary embolisms and now take rat poison daily. I love tennis and found that I need a huge racquet to be competitive. Weapon of choice? Wilson 3.0 Titanium Hammer Stretch with a head size of 118. Wilson hasn't made them for a long time so I pick them up whenever I can. Shoes? Puma Smash. I get them for $30 a pair and they hold up fairly well and like the classic design. I have been playing since I was 12 but when the stockpile ends, will either have to call it a day or enter the 21st century. The best development in my tennis life is the change in grip materials. Leather would get wet so easily from sweat. Remember the colored gauze they used to sell that would tear up your hands? Anyone else out there who is a fan of the old stuff?
Please share some photos of the stuff
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
agreed,
i wont talk unless i try it myself
i never understood what the appeal was on this gauze,, !!?? WTF
its dry, slippery and its like a rough sand paper on your hands

but wood racquets, I like, ill play with them once in a while
the volley with a wood racquet is something else..
I just dropped fresh strings into a couple of my old Prince NXG mids - 92", hefty in their stock form, and gummy bear soft. These take me back toward my wood racquet roots in a hurry, but they're also wonderful as trainers because they only produce decent shots when I set up early and swing them with a complete stroke. Hold the green gauze, thank you.

I should freak out the high school girls team I coach when we start preseason workouts next week and put one of my old Dunlop Maxplys in my bag.

...details at eleven...
 
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