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frinton

Professional
Update. Radicals have gone but I’ve picked up some Wilson 90’s. Just need some 6.1 95’s now...
I have some in case you’re interested, various pj, 18x20 and grip 3, NOS. Send me a message if interested.


...fail better!
 

joe sch

Legend
My cherished collection
1 Spalding wooden frame in pristine condition.. $1 at garage sale
1 Prince Graphite 90 with original leather grip.. gift from a friend
1 Prince Spectrum Comp 90 .. craigslist
2 x 2010 Wilson BLX Pro Open
2 x 2012 Wilson BLX Pro Open
2 x 2012 (brand new) Wilson BLX Pro Open

How does that wood hit ? Are those original gut strings ?
 

mavsman149

Hall of Fame
No one seems to like Babolat very much in this thread, but here are my frames.



3x Pure Control 2001 Swirly
1x KBlade Tour
1x HM 300G signed by James Blake
4x Pure Drive Roddick, 1 is still brand new

Probably gonna trade the KBlade and 300G for some more Babolat's, I've flirted with other brands (recently sold my 3 Fischer M Speed Pro One 98's, 3 MW 200G's and my 3 YouTek Prestige Pro's) but at the end of the day I just play much better with them and I've used them 90% of the time since we had a French exchange student stay with my family in 2000 before Roddick was a household name. He brought me the original swirly Pure Drive to try since he had a family member who worked for Babolat. I was 10 and I was using the TT Graphite Mid at the time and I just remember everyone at our club was asking me what the hell I brought to the group hitting session.
Wow 2 years later the only one of these I still have is the 300G, and I only didn't sell it because it was the lightest one and I'm keeping it for my fiancee to learn with....

I'm trying to permanently end my racketholism and just stick with my 3 Tecnifibre's
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
Well this humbles my 21 frames (although 19 were purchased within the last 10 months) and my wife’s eyes:eek: as she saw your pic!!
What I find curious is when I bring several older rackets and ask someone if they want a hit with them, they often look at me like I asked them to sacrifice their first born to satan. Unless you are playing to pay your mortgage or you think your play inflates your standing with humanity why wouldn't you want to have a hit with something novel just for the fun of it? If your strokes are decent you can play reasonably well with nearly anything made from 1890 to 2018. The feel and the challenge is so different but it is still tennis. I find this particularly common with the D1 kids who grew up playing with "light" stiff racquets. To them there is only one way to play the game. I bet most of them quit playing shortly after they pay for their college once they realize they have to get a real job to pay their way in the world.

63 yr old guy just wishing more Americans liked swinging a tennis racquet just because they can. In some places in the world tennis would be considered at best foolish if not just a waste of time. I like time wasting:)
 

nvr2old

Professional
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What I find curious is when I bring several older rackets and ask someone if they want a hit with them, they often look at me like I asked them to sacrifice their first born to satan. Unless you are playing to pay your mortgage or you think your play inflates your standing with humanity why wouldn't you want to have a hit with something novel just for the fun of it? If your strokes are decent you can play reasonably well with nearly anything made from 1890 to 2018. The feel and the challenge is so different but it is still tennis. I find this particularly common with the D1 kids who grew up playing with "light" stiff racquets. To them there is only one way to play the game. I bet most of them quit playing shortly after they pay for their college once they realize they have to get a real job to pay their way in the world.

63 yr old guy just wishing more Americans liked swinging a tennis racquet just because they can. In some places in the world tennis would be considered at best foolish if not just a waste of time. I like time wasting:)
Ha yep. I found my original wood racquet a few weeks ago. Used it when I was 8 to take lessons at local park and rec court which was 53 years ago. Went out and hit with it recently, original strings and grip and it felt fine! Most new racquet tech is superfluous IMO.
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
I found my original wood racquet a few weeks ago.
My first park rec racket had a grooved wood handle no grip wrap, steel hoop and steel cable strings. That thing in retrospect was pretty cool but probably not good for "old arm health." I should track one down for the "wall."
 

mpournaras

Hall of Fame
Graphene Radical Touch MP, with black CAP, leather grip and silicone. Weight: 363 grams, balance 31.8 cms. Have four of these and four TGT 307.2, which play very similar. The retail GTouch are, indeed, softer which allows me to go for strings that were out of the question with the 307.2.




Whats the SW on those? also any lead or leather in there to help bump it up to 360g or is that just stock and CAP?
 

ynb

Rookie
Whats the SW on those? also any lead or leather in there to help bump it up to 360g or is that just stock and CAP?
They all have a leather grip in place, along with silicone in the handle. Three of them have between 0.5 to 1.5 grams of additional lead at 12 o'clock to have them all matched.

I'm not sure about the swing weight, but it's very manageable if you are used to player's sticks.
 

mpournaras

Hall of Fame
They all have a leather grip in place, along with silicone in the handle. Three of them have between 0.5 to 1.5 grams of additional lead at 12 o'clock to have them all matched.

I'm not sure about the swing weight, but it's very manageable if you are used to player's sticks.
one last question... which black caps are those? YT/Microgel Prestiges?
 

Arti

Professional
No, no. Those won't fit. Go with the Radical Graphene XT Black CAPs or the Radical Graphene (non-XT) Orange CAPs.

Here's more pics. These racquets play great.







ynb.
wrap your tournagrip tighter and straighter at the bottom to get a cleaner grip and no wrinkle.
 

Faris

Professional
I. Prestige with a drop weight, and they still look like eggs!

You got skills my brotha.
do drop weight stringers give racquet hoop a more rounder shape? Curious because mine does.....as opposed to the gamma 5800 els 6 pt mount stringer my teaching club pro strings on. My same Angell racquet looks elongated when he does it....but when I string it becomes so round. I double triple check mounting is proper and follow all rules too..
 
do drop weight stringers give racquet hoop a more rounder shape? Curious because mine does.....as opposed to the gamma 5800 els 6 pt mount stringer my teaching club pro strings on. My same Angell racquet looks elongated when he does it....but when I string it becomes so round. I double triple check mounting is proper and follow all rules too..
No no, Prestiges, especially older Prestiges are known to warp in the hands of inexperienced/bad stringers. And, more can go wrong on a drop weight than a crank/electric machine.

That's all.

But... if your racquet is changing its shape while stringing, that's not a good sign...
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
do drop weight stringers give racquet hoop a more rounder shape? Curious because mine does.....as opposed to the gamma 5800 els 6 pt mount stringer my teaching club pro strings on. My same Angell racquet looks elongated when he does it....but when I string it becomes so round. I double triple check mounting is proper and follow all rules too..
Also make sure you string your Prestige’s 2 piece starting the crosses at the top.
 
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