Revisiting The Wilson Profile

#1
Hello all! Back in 1990, when I decided to get serious and start playing tennis regularly, my first “real” racquet purchase was a Wilson Profile 3.6 oversize from Herman’s Sports. At the time, the Profiles were creating all the buzz, ushering in the era of the Widebody racquet. Well, after joining a club, taking a bunch of private lessons and playing 4 days a week, it didn’t take long to outgrow the Profile.

Having left the game for the past 10 years, I’ve started to play again just recently. And, what I’ve found, is that my strokes and movement don’t allow me to play the Prince Original Graphite’s, Yamaha Secret-04’s, Fischer Vacuum Pro’s and Volkl Tour 9 V-Engine’s in my bag like I used to. Looking for some options that wouldn’t be so demanding, I was fortunate enough to score 2 new-old-stock Wilson Profile 3.0 110’s at auction for less than $80...a real no-brainer. I peeled off the rotten Wilson Cushion Air grips and replaced them with new Fairway leather grips, then strung them up with Gamma Live Wire XP17 mains and Gamma Glide crosses at 60 lbs.

What a wonderful racquet! While I always had fairly long swings, I never did hit with extreme top spin, preferring instead to hit the ball flatter, driving it deep to the baseline with pace. The Profile made this very easy, no doubt thanks to its incredible stiffness and built-in power. The racquet is incredibly stable, incredibly plush feeling. But, it does lead to a fair share of shanks, especially when you try to load up with spin. But, flatter strokes, with the racquet hooded for top spin forehands and laid open for driven sliced backhands...simply money.

I have to think that as get myself and my game back into shape, I may be able to again use those “players’” racquets that fill my bag. But for now, I’m happy with the Profiles. It seemed like the widebody era of tennis came and went fairly quickly, but for the right kind of player, I think racquets like the Profiles, Prince’s CTS/Synergy series and Head’s IDS/Trisys racquets (Anyone have a Discovery I could buy?) can still play really well.

What’s old is new again...

Arvin C
 
#2
Hammer/Hyper Hammer 2.7, 3.0, 3.6 and a lot 6.2 were used by a lot of players BITD. Hard to tame the power with SG. Pro Blend worked, but people could break that string too. Now-a-daze, if you use a thick poly, you could "hammer" the ball and it will stay in! You could string it at 50#! I really liked them because they were maneuverable and had a lot of power. Little vibration which tells you that the old material did fine in that aspect. This is one of the reasons I don't believe a lot of the hype when manufacturers come out with new frames. I know what good older frames could do. 8-B
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
#3
IF you said you found a early Volkl V-1, I likely wouldn't need to offer this advice:
Be careful of your arm as you get you and your game "back in shape". You didn't pick the friendliest frame(although better than the 2.7, I reckon).
 
#4
Two of my least favorite racquets that I have owned are mentioned in this thread. The first is the Profile 2.7. As I have mentioned before, I was an early adopter of the POG and played great with it. When I moved from the Mountain West to Florida in the late 80's and started playing on clay, I (wrongly) felt I needed more power and became an early adopter of the Profile since several guys on my league team played with it. That frame violated the number one rule of racquet selection in that you should never have to modify your game to suit a racquet. I eventually played OK with it, but when I got sick of them and switched back to a more traditional frame (PT280) it took me a long time to get my normal stroke production back. In hindsight the Prince CTS would have been a better choice than the Profile.
The other racquet is the Tour 9 V-engine which replaced my C9 Pro's that were fantastic but no longer available when I needed to replace them. The less said about that one the better. Still have the V engines and the Profiles in the closet all these years later.
 

andreh

Professional
#5
I absolutely hated the wide body racquets. All of them. Not just to play with but also because of the power they brought into game that would eventually lead to today's boring and mindless baseline droning
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
#6
I absolutely hated the wide body racquets. All of them. Not just to play with but also because of the power they brought into game that would eventually lead to today's boring and mindless baseline droning
VERY happy that Pickleball has serious restrictions on paddle size and playing characteristics . Tennis went down the rabbit hole in the '70s and dug a little further in the late '80s. :(
 
#7
Was playing the Profile for the last few years and finally ditched it. I miss its stiffness everytime I play. Its just too heavy with all the weight I add....wish they made some ultra stiff racquets like the profile these days.
 
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