What Racquet "Technology" Should Return?

TripleB

Hall of Fame
T-W recently had an Instagram question, "What other classic racquets should we bring back?!" in response to the Prince CTS Synergy DB26 and the Original Graphite 107 making a return.

I'm wondering what racquet "technology" do you think should be brought back?

My choice would be the inverted bridge like we saw with the Rossignol racquets. Loved the look and it seemed like the thought process of trying to make all the strings a similar length made sense to me...hated it when the inverted bridge went away. If the inverted bridge came back in an 11+ ounce racquet I'd definitely have to give it a good long demo! Whether a real technology or not, I also liked the feel of LiquidMetal racquets...specifically the Radical Midplus (the only 18x20 racquet I've had success with).

TripleB
 

Kalin

Legend
Wilson Rollers!!! He-he, no. They should actually collect all existng Rollers racquets and burn them.

Yonex's OPS (Oval Pressed Shaft) for more models. I am aware they still have it on some random sticks but it should be on more.

Prince Morph Beam was a very successful technology; combine it with a 28" (or 28.5"!!) length and you have a winner... a service winner, at least :)
 

mctennis

Legend
Wilson Rollers!!! He-he, no. They should actually collect all existng Rollers racquets and burn them.

Yonex's OPS (Oval Pressed Shaft) for more models. I am aware they still have it on some random sticks but it should be on more.

Prince Morph Beam was a very successful technology; combine it with a 28" (or 28.5"!!) length and you have a winner... a service winner, at least :)
LOL, that was the first thing that crosses my mine- Wilson's Roller technology that was horrible. I was wondering is anyone would put that up here as a "good" thing.
 

Tennisist

Semi-Pro
Volkl, in some latest iterations, made racquets with insertable cylinders -- red, black, and yellow -- which users were supposed to insert to alter the weigh/balance and feel of the racquet. But I never saw individual inserts being sold. So, what will be a good commercial resurrection is the old C7 / C9 / C9Ext -- all light and flexible frames -- with such weight/balance inserts as the customization kit.
 
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Tennisist

Semi-Pro
Another classic racquet that is well worth resurrecting -- as is, without alterations -- is Volkl C10 Pro Tour.

No technology in it, I am afraid, just old-fashioned graphine + some good engineering.

The only change I would make is Attiva pallets, not the regular Volkl.
 
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mctennis

Legend
Another classic racquet that is well worth resurrecting -- as is, without alterations -- is Volkl C10 Pro Tour.

No technology in it, I am afraid, just old-fashioned graphine + some good engineering.

The only change I would make is Attiva pallets, not the regular Volkl.
I LOVED my Volkl C10 Pro Tours. That was my go to racquet for about 12 years. I could not find any decent used ones so I had to switch to a different racquet. Sad day!!!
 
Here are a few thoughts:
- use of ceramic in frame layup (similar to the original Fischer Pro 1) for clean, crisp and flexible feel
- more extended length racquets (would love to try a 27.5 inch version of the Pro Staff 97, Babolat Pure Strike, Head Gravity or Tecnifibre TF40)
- return of tighter spin effect string patterns, similar to the 18x17 in the PS97S
 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
Not really technical but could we please have more options with tighter string patterns. Not everyone wants to be king of the loops.
Along the same lines, not really technological, but I think thinner frames ( <20 mm ) need to be more prevalent in the new lines of racquets!

TripleB
 

SinneGOAT

Professional
Youtek innegra. I bought a youtek ig prestige pro and it is a dream to play with, but they are all on the bay. Also heavier static weights and more headlight would be very nice, swingweight can be low and static weight high like the prestige pro and it still has great stability.
 

Kalin

Legend
Oh wait... forgot the most important, ahem, technology - make more glossy, shiny sticks with a proper, quality paintjob!!! Enough with the matte, sandblasted, rubbery meh that is so prevalent nowadays. We like shiny objects!!! :mad:
 

lucieisland

Semi-Pro
my limit was pacific X-fast lite. (66RA), abandoned for wilson steam 99LS (64 RA), then radical IG, 63RA to find myself with donnay pentace pro one 97 57RA ...

since then i play with radical tour os around 60
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
I liked the prince More Technology, with grommetless design that gave more connected feel and more spinny feel because the racquet was molded in two halves glued together at the stringbed plane.

I also want denser patterns than currently available, like the Wilson BLX Pro Tour. The ultra dense pattern is much spinnier than a conventional pattern when strung with a spin-friendly setup that allows the mains to slide along the crosses. And the extra spin doesn’t have the downside of open-pattern frames.
 

BumElbow

Rookie
Head's Double Power Wedge with Twaron worked quite well. Very stable though some had a whistle with a fast swing. The cupping of the ball in the middle of the head of the racquet worked well and was comfortable yet stable thanks to the wider throat design. I also wish that Head would bring back its flatter grip shape. My forehand is much better with the flatter grip.
 

Tommy Haas

Hall of Fame
Twaron and Twin Tube along with generous use of high modulus graphite in the layup. Pro stock basically, but back then it was just an off the shelf Head retail frame.
 

PT280 Fan

Semi-Pro
Ceramic! Maybe too stiff alone but in combination with graphite and Kevlar it can be wonderful. I have an old 88” Kneissel Aeramic with that combination and the feel is sublime. If it was 10” bigger it would be perfect for today’s game.
 
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