Wilson Graphite Aggressor: another great value

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
Recently I came across this racquet and was pleasantly surprised. The widebody racquet that has almost Walmart looks actually performs like a players' frame.

What is wrong with this picture:

LIGHTWEIGHT? (It tops 365 g on my scale)
POWERFUL: Yes
ADDED CONTROL: Plenty
AERODYNAMIC: not so sure just b/c I not used to wide bodies and I shanked most of my slices. :)



Conclusion: very solid and balanced advanced racquet. I will rank it much higher than Reflex and Matrix (sorry!). If you find one for less than $25, give it a try. For $10 I keep it in my bag just in case. :)
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
According to Wilson ads of those days the ranking o fthe racquets was as follows (please correct me if I'm wrong):

Pro Staff
Staff
Aggressor
Avenger
Chris Evert Autograph

 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
According to Wilson ads of those days the ranking o fthe racquets was as follows (please correct me if I'm wrong):

Pro Staff
Staff
Aggressor
Avenger
Chris Evert Autograph

Forgive me if I'm confusing things; but the Aggressor and the Graphite Aggressor were very different rackets in the States. IIRC, the Aggressor is a 'normal beam' PWS frame and your Graphite Aggressor was the 'high beam'(like the Ultra FPK and others) of a few years later.
 

VGP

Legend
coachrick is right, but the series that the FPK was a part pre-dated the High Beam series by a couple of years. The High Beam series came out around 1990. There were several frames, a Staff, the Sting, Aggressor, Avenger.......all the names Wilson made popular in the early/mid 80s, but reused for these series of widebody frames.

Tennis Man, I'm glad you experienced the Graphite Aggressor. I thought these were the type of frames at which you'd look down your nose. They were truly the Wal-Mart rackets of their day. $35 out the door, IIRC. I remember a thread where you were knocking someone on the board for having a dual taper beamed Pro Staff......

These are the kind of frames that I don't dismiss. One of my friends in high school had one. It's a great frame as are many of the High Beam series. I have a Staff and a Graphite Aggressor ($3 at the thrift store). I had a Sting High Beam too, but gave it to my brother in law.

This type of frame are what I call the "budget bargain value in performance" type of frame. Or in other words, a racket company's nightmare. That's how I see my favorite frame, the Wilson Graphite Force from the mid 80s. I'm sure you've heard me talk about that one.

That was an experimental time with new materials. As you know there were similar frames at the time, the Pro Staff, the Sting, and the Graphite Force at about $160, $100, $80 retail, respectively. I'm sure people went for the "cheap" one. But the cheap one is a great frame. Wilson may have recognized this and discontinued it opting to push for the PS85 and Sting.

Jump forward a couple of years and you have the Wilson ad you show, but those were marketed as performance frames.

In the late 80s/early 90s was another experimental time - widebodies. The High Beam series was a "budget" line but the performance of the frames was very high. Not marketed as performance frames at all, but boy are they a big bang for your buck.

Again, not good for the racket company and the High Beam series was short lived. The term Wal-Mart racket is synonymous with crap these days, but back in the 90s it wasn't the case. Many were made and bought, I see these often at the used sporting goods stores around me. I think the Graphite Aggressor might have been the most popular. Sucks it doesn't have a bumperguard.
 

bluroks

New User
I too have this frame. Actually a few of them. I have the one you have in the picture. Plus I have three in a different blue shade and one I came across but never saw anywhere else a red color one.

They all hit great and I occassionally take them out. I keep two of them in my bag.

Excellent frames. Great price on them too!
 

Hannah19

Professional
Like Coach Rick and VGP allready mentioned, the Aggressor name on this "new" high beam frame is just that, a model name.
It has no connection with the previous range of classic beam Aggressor's.
It's sometimes confusing and disappointing to find a pictureless add stating the sale of a Wilson Javelin, only to find out it's a late high beam frame issue instead of the Edberg classic beam version. :(
I've got a classic Aggressor and love the feel of it.
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
Tennis Man, I'm glad you experienced the Graphite Aggressor. I thought these were the type of frames at which you'd look down your nose. They were truly the Wal-Mart rackets of their day. $35 out the door, IIRC. I remember a thread where you were knocking someone on the board for having a dual taper beamed Pro Staff......

These are the kind of frames that I don't dismiss. One of my friends in high school had one. It's a great frame as are many of the High Beam series. I have a Staff and a Graphite Aggressor ($3 at the thrift store). I had a Sting High Beam too, but gave it to my brother in law.

This type of frame are what I call the "budget bargain value in performance" type of frame. Or in other words, a racket company's nightmare. That's how I see my favorite frame, the Wilson Graphite Force from the mid 80s. I'm sure you've heard me talk about that one.

That was an experimental time with new materials. As you know there were similar frames at the time, the Pro Staff, the Sting, and the Graphite Force at about $160, $100, $80 retail, respectively. I'm sure people went for the "cheap" one. But the cheap one is a great frame. Wilson may have recognized this and discontinued it opting to push for the PS85 and Sting.

Jump forward a couple of years and you have the Wilson ad you show, but those were marketed as performance frames.

In the late 80s/early 90s was another experimental time - widebodies. The High Beam series was a "budget" line but the performance of the frames was very high. Not marketed as performance frames at all, but boy are they a big bang for your buck.

Again, not good for the racket company and the High Beam series was short lived. The term Wal-Mart racket is synonymous with crap these days, but back in the 90s it wasn't the case. Many were made and bought, I see these often at the used sporting goods stores around me. I think the Graphite Aggressor might have been the most popular. Sucks it doesn't have a bumperguard.
That's true. I don't like the wide bodies b/c of the type of game I play, very aggressive and fast. I remember you suggested this racquet. I wouldn't know till I got it for free. :)

In any case, if I had to sell all my valued equipment but still to be able to play tennis, I'd know what to buy, some PK Aces and Wilson high and narrow beam frames will fit the bill. :)
 

tampa_edski

New User
Damn, I was ready to give mine away, didn't think it was worth anything. I played it as my usual stick for a long time, but that was before I got serious.

I added some lead to it when I started playing again a few years ago, then moved to my (equally old) Price Tricomp 90, and now play the Prince and a newer Wilson K6.1 95 most of the time.

Maybe I need to get this stick restrung and try it again...

Not surprised to hear the weight that high. It's a little heavier than the Prince (12.9 oz) with the lead tape on it, but I've never actually had it weighed.
 

VGP

Legend
Damn, I was ready to give mine away, didn't think it was worth anything.

Maybe I need to get this stick restrung and try it again...
It's only worth something to you if you like how it plays (apart form sentimentality, but you were gonna part with it).

If you have it restrung and give it a whirl, let us know what you think.....
 

tampa_edski

New User
It's only worth something to you if you like how it plays (apart form sentimentality, but you were gonna part with it).

If you have it restrung and give it a whirl, let us know what you think.....
I might actually hit a little with it tonight if I get out with my nephew. I recall that it was comfortable enough, but I liked the little less power the Prince had when I started back up. I'll let folks know what I feel...
 

FedererClone

Semi-Pro


Interesting. The TX 25 I nabbed at Goodwill also weighs 365g, and is also High Beam. It was only 5 bucks so I thought I'd try it out. Have yet to hit but will try it out.

Also waiting for the Wilson Ultra Kevlar 95... as you know VGP I am a Graphite Force aficionado myself and also a Head TXE lover... but trying out some 95s and also POG 1 stripe OS to see what they have to offer.

The POG OS feels remarkably solid IMHO... Tennis Man , better than Matrix and Reflex !? I really have to try out the TX 25... cheers!
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
i'm not sure why the high beam series racquets are often thought of as low rent junk. i have a high beam sting that i got back in the day and it plays quite well. compared to the widebody racquets of today, the sting hb has plenty of power and much better feel and flex.
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
Tennis Man , better than Matrix and Reflex !? I really have to try out the TX 25... cheers!
That was my initial impression. Wilosn Utra Kevlar and FPK beat them all anyways. :)

I have a pretty good test for my frames. I'm playing against my competitive level 4.5 opponent and we have a pretty even game. I play each set with a different racquet or string job. If I win a set with a particular racquet, it's a keeper. I told him that I started a wall of racquets that won a set against him.

I got my regular suspects on the wall: PS85, KPS88, U2, Ultra Kevlar/FPK 95, PSC6.1, PP/PP 600, PC600, TXP and surprisingly Dunlop Maxply McEnroe (although that set went into a long tie break). :)
 

tampa_edski

New User
Hit with it for a while yesterday, and I felt kind of "ehhh" about it. Really old strings on it, but I think the 4 5/8 grip is too big for me (I'm comfortable with the 4 3/8 on my K).

One of my round-robin partners played a couple mini sets with it and in general liked it, but found it somewhat lacking on ground strokes. He called it a "control racquet with power", which is something I tend to agree with. The old strings might have something to do with the poor deep shots.

If my bud wants it he can have it. I'll be sticking with my K6.1 and old Prince Tricomp.

But it is certainly not a piece of crap stick.
 
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