Revoltionary rackets post wooden era

Joonas

Semi-Pro
Without any significant relevance to anything I wanted to think about which are those revolutionary game changing frames in graphite era.

Please add your suggestions as I am providing a base line of few that I feel have had certain impact on rackets and the game itself:

1. Prince Original Graphite, both Midplus and Oversize
2. Head Prestige Pro (could be as well TXP) but heritage name started here)
3. Wilson ProStaff 85
4. Babolat Pure Drive

Looking at the game and rackets from today I would stress the importance of Pure Drive without ignoring importance and relevance of Prestiges still today.
 

Joonas

Semi-Pro
Prostaff 6.1 Classic
Original Hammer 6.2
Max 200g
RDX 500
C10 Pro
Pro Tour 630/280
Great! I would take on my list definitely:
Prostaff Classic 6.1, Hammer and PT630/280.

And I would remove from my list PS85. Not that it is not a great racket but rather because it is not just starting something new.

PT630 is sort of iteration of Prestige Pro but embraces changing game and is still relevant.

Perhaps Hammer is revolutionary that it nailed it for wide beams. I would not see Pure Drive as iteration of it but definitely it carries the heritage while still setting the scene anew.
 

ejdtennis

New User
Original gold Wilson Profile oversize.. later called 2.7si. Brought Kuebler widebody design into mainstream pre-Hammer.
 

joe sch

Legend
I consider the graphite revolution starting with McEnroe going with the max 200g which you is covered above.
Next would be Lendl playing the kneissl white star,adidas gtx, mizuno molds, great rackets that must be mentioned.
 

yonexRx32

Semi-Pro
Revolutionary is a big word. We can talk of notable rackets, and there were many, but I think there are really very few real revolutionary ones. The IMF (thermoplastic) rackets (Dunlops) were one, as pointed above, the second was the thermoset rackets (current method), but I don't know which one was the very first of those, or whether a thermoset may have preceded the Max 200G. Oversize racket (POG?) comes next. The wide body (Kuebler?). The thermoplastic, non-IMF (Prince Vortex, Yamaha FX TP,..)..
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Head Prestige Pro/Classic 600 still used today on Tour since its 1986 introduction
Head Pro Tour 630 still being used on the Tour since its 1993 introduction.
Prince Graphite Oversize
Wilson Pro Staff Classic 6.1 95 still being used on the Tour since its 1991 introduction.
Wilson Pro Staff Midsize
Babolat Pure Drive Team
Babolat Pure Control Team
Dunlop Max 200G
 

joe sch

Legend
Revolutionary is a big word. We can talk of notable rackets, and there were many, but I think there are really very few real revolutionary ones. The IMF (thermoplastic) rackets (Dunlops) were one, as pointed above, the second was the thermoset rackets (current method), but I don't know which one was the very first of those, or whether a thermoset may have preceded the Max 200G. Oversize racket (POG?) comes next. The wide body (Kuebler?). The thermoplastic, non-IMF (Prince Vortex, Yamaha FX TP,..)..
Technological revolution is, in general, a relatively not long period in history when one technology (or better a set of technologies) is replaced by another technology (or by the set of technologies). Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_revolution

Your correct on molds, and ofcourse the IMF rackets providing superior performance over the woods and early composities. Interesting how so many different composite lamanites were produced along the way to todays air shells using thermosetting with hard carbon. I really like the old school graphite/fiberglass/kevlar composites. The head size increases were also revolutions in changing the playing styles from allcourt to baseline bashing. 65 .. 85 .. 90 ..95 ..100 .. 110 and ofcourse the strings are parts of these racket revolutions.
 

joohan

Hall of Fame
Regarding tour players? I'd say APD/PD. But I think polyester strings have much bigger impact on the way the game has changed.
 

yonexRx32

Semi-Pro
Technological revolution is, in general, a relatively not long period in history when one technology (or better a set of technologies) is replaced by another technology (or by the set of technologies). Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_revolution

Your correct on molds, and ofcourse the IMF rackets providing superior performance over the woods and early composities. Interesting how so many different composite lamanites were produced along the way to todays air shells using thermosetting with hard carbon. I really like the old school graphite/fiberglass/kevlar composites. The head size increases were also revolutions in changing the playing styles from allcourt to baseline bashing. 65 .. 85 .. 90 ..95 ..100 .. 110 and ofcourse the strings are parts of these racket revolutions.
I am also partial to composite rackets that include fiberglass. Not so much kevlar, but that's just my preference. As a technical side note, the basalt the has shown up recently in manufacturing is just a variety of fiberglass.
 
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