What did people used back in the 80s?

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  1. mctennis

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    I remember using uncoated gut during the late 70's and 80's. I miss those strings. Thanks for the flashback Rabbit.
     
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  2. Yaz

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    I also used mainly Leoina 66 in the 80s, but my Dad occasionally splurged for that gut with the blue spiral. I have a friend that still uses L66 and he loves it.
     
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  3. NLBwell

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    Was it Victor Imperial gut?
     
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  4. BreakPoint

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    Probably. Wasn't that the gut with the blue spiral?
     
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  5. NLBwell

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    I think so, but not 100% sure.
     
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  6. Lakers4Life

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    Victor Imperial gut came in a tin can. I actually have a can, I got with a machine.

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  7. dunlop_fort_knox

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    blue star was the popular synthetic at the time. the most popular guts were Victor Imperial and also a cheaper Natural gut? Leonia 66 was the bomb!
     
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  8. Lakers4Life

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    I think I still have a Wilson JKPS with Leona 66 on it.
     
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  9. THESEXPISTOL

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    Which gauges where the most popular on nylons back then? 1.35 and 1.40?
     
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  10. pvw_tf

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    There is a (big) difference between the States and Europe. In europe at that time and most likely still, were using thicker strings. Red clay just breaks strings a lot faster. So 16 was luxury, 17 almost never.

    Take a look at Tecnifibre, in the states you cannot buy TGV 1.25, 1.3, 1.35 or 1.4. Compare europe web order shops with the states ones and you will see different strings and gauges.

    At that time (prince) syntetic gut 17 & 16 (1.3) was used a lot in the states but I did mostly did string with 1.35 and up for amateur to close to pro level.

    Peter
     
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  11. THESEXPISTOL

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  12. Steve Huff

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    I used Victor Imperial, than VS Africord gut. I started hybridding in around 88-90 to save money. I used Leoina 66 and 77 (the 16g version) some of the time. I tried poly back in the mid 80s also--Leoina Poly X and Poly 7. They were a little stiff and they squeaked when you moved them. They stayed straight though. Some others I used were Toa Gold, Prince Synthetic, Babolat Fine Play, Vantage (70s), ***** nylon (black), PDP gut, Dunlop Gut, American Eagle Gut and a few Gamma strings. Despite what many believe, there has never been a shortage of choices.
     
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  13. Imago

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    Very good quality. Just opened one set of their NG. :)

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  14. Chotobaka

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    Yes it was. Wonderful string.
     
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  15. Autodidactic player

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    Easy cowboy! Polystar introduced the first monofilament polyester tennis string in 1981. Many excellent players, such as Brian Gottfried, used the original Polystar string on the pro tour as early as 1983.
     
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  16. Champs990411

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    Not weird at all. String smell is key. Brings me back!

    My eyes roll out of my head when I read in modern string reviews something like, "Terrible string. After 10 minutes of hitting the strings were all over the place!" In the day, that was just life. Topspin in the CTS Approach 90... fuggetaboutit



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  17. Chotobaka

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    I like your sig, brother. Same here.
     
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  18. Ronaldo

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    Used VS Africord. Half-priced with a new racquet. Would last as long a full season in a wooden racquet, about as long as the racquet.
     
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  19. PBODY99

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    Vince used optic yellow Prince in the 1980's.
    The early Gamma strings were not multi's.
    Early polys were difficult to play with.

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  20. Ultra 2

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    So there is a guy locally that had some Winn gutex, gutex graphite, & gutite for sale. They were stored nicely and I am going to string up on my POG to see how it feels. A bit nostalgia here..

    As for poly, I recall using prince poly pro (strings were green in color) in the mid 80's.
     
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  21. pvw_tf

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    Most people here answered looked at US point of view.

    In Europe in the end area of wooden racket most used string where
    • Gut Babolat VS and AFV.
    • Bow Brand Ethernyl or Super Ethernyl (Pretty ruff multi outside and fixed core as far as I remember)
    • Goosen string with HY-O-Sheep
    • Standard Nylon string in all kind of flavors
    • Gamma was more or less unknown in Europe.

    • Tecnifibre came around 1980 on the market and started to become popular around 1985
    • Polystar (German Company) and Snauwaert Dynocraft were the first poly strings one the market available in 1.2 and 1.3 starting 1981. The 1.2 was used fairly a lot but did break quickly. And it did damage the wooden rackets by sort of pulling itself through the wood.
    Attention for Prince Synthetic Gut came with the introduction of Prince on the market. But was by far not as much used. Breakage was to quick on the red clay. The kevlar strings were never a big player in the market. Way to stiff to play with.


    Peter
     
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  22. PrinceMoron

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    Alu power to you
     
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  23. PrinceMoron

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    Wonderful smell
     
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  24. vsbabolat

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    I was using Technifibre in my wood Maxply McEnroe in 1983. I think it was 515
     
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  25. pvw_tf

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    Top Quality string. Can be compared with the current NRG2 1.24

    Peter
     
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  26. tennistomcat

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    Is that Prince Topspin string?
    I remember it looked pretty sweet as a fresh stringjob on a racket back in the day.
     
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  27. Ronaldo

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    For those Packrats, the strings for sale in the 80s are listed in old Tennis and World Tennis mags.
     
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  28. lstewart

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    First had rackets strung in the mid 1970's and I think Blue Star synthetic was what we wanted if we could get it. Played college tennis from 1976 thru 1980 and used whatever our coach had for us. Preferred the synthetics at that time compared to the basic nylon. Used gut when I got it free, never paid for it. Had some ranking sponsorships for a few years and played with free gut. Mainly used various synthetics over the years until poly got mainstream and started using it hybrid. Seems like in the wood racket days the rackets were not as string sensitive for our string options, other than gut felt much more lively.
     
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  29. Ronaldo

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    Recall oil-filled nylon
     
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