Spalding "aero smasher"

Hey does and one know the specs for this racket, I recently found it in my attic I plan on hitting with it later this week here are some pics. The pictured racket isn't mine, the pics are from the bay because I don't have my digital camera bcuz my sister borrowed it for her last sem. of college. The only difference in my frame is that it is yellow grommets instead of blue, like a banana yellow.







 

FraNkcn

Rookie
I had no idea Spalding even made tennis racquets. That's so cool! Sorry I'm useless here and just wanted to express how cool it was. :(
 

FraNkcn

Rookie
Yeah it does look it is right about what TheShaun says. I mean it is from Spalding..........They produce basketballs. Not tennis racquets. ^^
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
Yeah it does look it is right about what TheShaun says. I mean it is from Spalding..........They produce basketballs. Not tennis racquets. ^^
Actually, Spalding produced some phenomenal racquets. The old GC-20 graphite and ATP Tour Pro Stock come to mind... not to mention a variety of nice woodies.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=165528&highlight=spalding







Usually, anything with a plastic throat piece and a name like 'smasher' is going to be lower quality. Imagine Borg or Federer using a racquet called an 'Aero Smasher'? :lol:
 
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aceroberts13

Professional
Ok Bud, That racquet on the bottom; didn't spalding produce one that was blue and orange similar to that? I know the one I used to have had a very thin beam and was a very solid player's racquet. Any idea where I could get some? I loved that racquet!
 

Klatu Verata Necktie

Hall of Fame
Memories. . . I learned to play using aluminum Spalding frames. They stunk ;)

The racquet you found looks pretty sweet. My guess is that the specs are somewhere around 90" for the head and 12+ ounces for weight.
 
The racquet you found looks pretty sweet. My guess is that the specs are somewhere around 90" for the head and 12+ ounces for weight.
thats what I am thinking but I can't find the spec's anywhere. All I know is that it is a 4 3/4 grip
 

spinovic

Hall of Fame
I have a Spalding AeroSmasher. It is actually not a bad racquet. Much better quality than the current Wal-Mart Racquets. Graphite-reinforced throat and heavier. It weighed in over 12 ounces.

From what I can tell, mine is 27" length, 100 sq. in. head size.

It was a racquet my cousin gave to me a long time ago when I first started playing tennis. I dug it back out to see if it was any good.

I recently purchased a stringing machine and the AeroSmasher was what I used to try it out with. I strung it up with Gamma TNT2 16 @ 50 lbs. It plays much better with the new strings. The racquet itself is solid with good stability.

I'm working on the balance. I put some lead tape on the bottom and in the throat. Currently I've got it at 13.1 oz and 12 pts HL.

If nothing else, it has turned out to be a good racquet for me to learn how to string and play around with customizing.

Fear the Aero Smasher.
 

Overdrive

Legend
Wait, didn't Spalding make racquets that literally had the specs the professional players use and they folded a short time later because no one bought them?
 

Fyrepower

New User
Actually, Spalding produced some phenomenal racquets. The old GC-20 graphite and ATP Tour Pro Stock come to mind... not to mention a variety of nice woodies.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=165528&highlight=spalding







Usually, anything with a plastic throat piece and a name like 'smasher' is going to be lower quality. Imagine Borg or Federer using a racquet called an 'Aero Smasher'? :lol:
I have a friend who plays with the bottom racket, and he plays quite well it I might add. I used it for a couple of minutes but it wasn't my forte.
 

spinovic

Hall of Fame
Wait, didn't Spalding make racquets that literally had the specs the professional players use and they folded a short time later because no one bought them?
I don't know, but I own a couple of cheap Wilson Wal-Mart racquets and the AeroSmasher is a far, far superior stick. Like I said, it is solid and stable, with good weight. It may have been a Wal-Mart racquet 20+ years ago, but it's not a bad racquet. I laid it on top of my Extreme Pro 2.0 and it is basically the same size (the head is traditionally shaped, not as round as the XP 2.0 and it is just a tad shorter).

From what I can tell, here are the specs on mine...

Length - 26 13/16 in.
Head Size - 100 sq. in.
Weight - 13.1 oz (w/lead tape added, original weight was 12.5ish, can't remember exactly)
Balance - 12 pts HL
Swingweight - ~340ish (341.3 calculated myself)
String Pattern - 16x20

The racquet is at least 20 years old, but I have found that I like it pretty good.
 

Overdrive

Legend
I don't know, but I own a couple of cheap Wilson Wal-Mart racquets and the AeroSmasher is a far, far superior stick. Like I said, it is solid and stable, with good weight. It may have been a Wal-Mart racquet 20+ years ago, but it's not a bad racquet. I laid it on top of my Extreme Pro 2.0 and it is basically the same size (the head is traditionally shaped, not as round as the XP 2.0 and it is just a tad shorter).

From what I can tell, here are the specs on mine...

Length - 26 13/16 in.
Head Size - 100 sq. in.
Weight - 13.1 oz (w/lead tape added, original weight was 12.5ish, can't remember exactly)
Balance - 12 pts HL
Swingweight - ~340ish (341.3 calculated myself)
String Pattern - 16x20

The racquet is at least 20 years old, but I have found that I like it pretty good.
If it is a Walmart racquet, the irony is that it is made better than the Walmart racquets that are made today.. :)

Besides, with that specs, most rec players couldn't even hit a ball across the net with that.
 

Sander001

Hall of Fame


Those Pro Stocks were beastly:

Spalding ATP Tour Pro Stock 200
Head Size: 90 sq. in. / 581 sq. cm.
Length: 27.00 inches / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight: 13.20 oz / 374 g
Balance: 4pts HL
Swing Weight: 373
Beam Width: 0.0mm
Tip/Shaft: 19.0mm / 0.0mm
Composition: Graphite
Power Level: God
Stiffness: 66
String Pattern: 18 Mains/20 Crosses
Main Skip: 8T, 10T, 8H, 10H
String Tension: 55-65

Spalding ATP Tour Pro Stock 300
Head Size: 95 sq. in. / 613 sq. cm.
Length: 27.00 inches / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight: 13.20 oz / 374 g
Balance: 4pts HL
Swing Weight: 392
Beam Width: 0.0mm
Tip/Shaft: 24.0mm / 0.0mm
Composition: Graphite
Power Level: Monstrous
Stiffness: 71
String Pattern: 16 Mains/19 Crosses
Main Skip: 8T, 8H
String Tension: 55-65
 

Overdrive

Legend


Those Pro Stocks were beastly:

Spalding ATP Tour Pro Stock 200
Head Size: 90 sq. in. / 581 sq. cm.
Length: 27.00 inches / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight: 13.20 oz / 374 g
Balance: 4pts HL
Swing Weight: 373
Beam Width: 0.0mm
Tip/Shaft: 19.0mm / 0.0mm
Composition: Graphite
Power Level: God
Stiffness: 66
String Pattern: 18 Mains/20 Crosses
Main Skip: 8T, 10T, 8H, 10H
String Tension: 55-65

Spalding ATP Tour Pro Stock 300
Head Size: 95 sq. in. / 613 sq. cm.
Length: 27.00 inches / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight: 13.20 oz / 374 g
Balance: 4pts HL
Swing Weight: 392
Beam Width: 0.0mm
Tip/Shaft: 24.0mm / 0.0mm
Composition: Graphite
Power Level: Monstrous
Stiffness: 71
String Pattern: 16 Mains/19 Crosses
Main Skip: 8T, 8H
String Tension: 55-65
This is why Spalding was out of the tennis business... :lol:
 

goran_ace

Hall of Fame
Pro Stock 200 was supposedly made from head prestige molds but were heavier and much stiffer. Braided graphite construction (no fiberglass).

Spalding also made a racket back in the early 90's that I knew a few guys in juniors played with called the Spalding Assault 95 (also made a 105). Very round head, straight-armed throat, matte finish paint.
 

PBODY99

Legend
They were a racket co that produced fine wood frames, but did not transition to Graphite very well.
The Assault was a frame as stiff as the Yamaha Secret.
Pancho Gonzalez was a long time endorser.
The Pro Stock were good frames, but just didn't sell.
 

spinovic

Hall of Fame
If it is a Walmart racquet, the irony is that it is made better than the Walmart racquets that are made today.. :)

Besides, with that specs, most rec players couldn't even hit a ball across the net with that.
Definitely much better quality than today's Wal-Mart specials. At least, IMO.

I'm certainly nothing special as a tennis player, but this is the racquet I used when I played as a teenager (minus the lead I added this past week).

Just guessing, prior to the lead, it was probably 12.5ish oz. and 330-40 SW. Most of the weight I added was on the buttcap and just above the grip in the throat.

In any case, the fact that this was the racquet I used, might explain why I tended toward the heavier sticks when I decided to get back in to playing.

Racquets that are 11.5 oz or more feel "better" to me. Something seems missing in a racquet that is sub-11.0 oz.

Everyone has their own preferences and what they're comfortable with.
 

HRB

Hall of Fame
Yeah it does look it is right about what TheShaun says. I mean it is from Spalding..........They produce basketballs. Not tennis racquets. ^^
Dumbest statement ever! Ummn..Wilson makes Basketballs, Footballs, Baseball Gloves, Shoes, ETC ETC ETC...Head makes freakin' Ski's, Dunlop Tires. Was one ounce of thought put into your statement. Totally irrelevant.

Sorry, apologize to folks for digging up old thread..just found this so dumb as I looked for stringing instructions on this old Spalding Widebody racquet my friend asked me to string.
 
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