What did people used back in the 80s?

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  1. USPTARF97

    USPTARF97 Rookie

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    Good string
     
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  2. slice bh compliment

    slice bh compliment G.O.A.T.

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    I liked gosen because the name sounded like a ghostbusters reference.
    From what I hear,
    "Gozer was very big in Sumeria."
     
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  3. yoonit78

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    Echoing others here: PSG or Topspin was pretty much everyone's choice. Some went w/ Problend.
    I remember stringing my racquets much tighter w/ PSG. 60-70 lbs?
    And if memory serves Prince and VS gut were just about the only options available at my club.
    I wonder if it was partly due to distribution? My racquet club in the middle of US only really carried Prince and Wilson. I remember the old listings by a current competitor of TW at the back of Tennis Magazine and mail ordering some more "exotic" gear.
     
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  4. struggle

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    Leoina 66, PSG, Topspin, Gamma gut (syn). Prince nylon.
     
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  6. slice bh compliment

    slice bh compliment G.O.A.T.

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    ^That^ was davydenko against djokovic a few years ago, right?

    Funny, that game resembles today's tennis more than the real pro men's tennis of the eighties.
     
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  7. Steve Huff

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    In the 70s, I used Leoina 66. The 80s rolled around. I tried a new polyester called Leoina Poly X, and then Poly 7. I even did some hybrid jobs back then, using Poly X and the newer, thinner Leoina 77. The first all polys squeaked when you moved the strings, but for a hard hitter looking for control, they weren't really as bad as I've heard reported. I used these all the way up to the Pro Kennex Black Ace, around 1984 or 85. I definitely used poly in the Ceramic Ace. Other strings of the 70s--Vantage, Rayco, PDP gut, VS Africord, Prince Nylon
     
  8. flanker2000fr

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    Polys weren't widely available (if at all) in the 80's - I think it took until the mid 90's to become commonly available.

    Back then, if you didn't have the budget to string with natural gut, you would use a nylon string, either multi-filament or single filament ("synthetic gut").

    I remember using a Prince synthetic gut back then, but I would break quite often, despite using strings savers.

    So much so that, for a while, I used weird nylon strings that had a thin metal wire laced around them. Can't remember who were making them, though.
     
  9. NLBwell

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    Do you guys remember oil-filled strings? They broke quickly because you only had to wear through them a little bit before they broke.
    I think that would be a great idea for poly strings. It would damp the vibration and wouldn't wear through as quick as the nylon.
     

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