Worst rackets of all time

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by Autodidactic player, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. chrisb

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    It was that bad. Wilson sent me 2 strung with VI gut/ Serve power great, forehand great, backhand right into the back fence no bounce, Sold them immediately
     
  2. Henry Hub

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    I think I have that particular horror show in my collection:

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    Easy on the eye, utterly putrid on the court. It has all the feel and power of hitting with reinforced cardboard.
     
  3. Steve Huff

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    The Snauwaert Ergonom was probably the worst. Not that it hit that bad, it actually hit well. But, it was hard to serve with. What made it the worst was that any company that thought it would actually sell must have been crazy. I loved Snauwaerts, but really, where was the marketing department. At some point in its development, someone had to say, "this ain't gonna sell". And, it didn't. And Snauwaert went under.
     
  4. coachrick

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    I have a Horizon Mid somewhere in a box...pretty sure I can flex the frame just by swinging it :)
     
  5. BGod

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    The T-2000 is indeed not a terrible racquet for performance, but it will kill your elbow. I'll try and come back with a photo of me playing it, I was able to even do backhand overhead volley with it just fine.

    Just that after about an hour my arm felt about to separate and I needed to take 4 days off.

    To answer the OP not citing the weird gimmick types, pretty much the Walmart starter brands are next to crapulance. When I first started coaching I had to tell about half the parents if they wanted their kids to actually improve they'd need to get a decent racquet. I often lent out my secondary frames because it wasn't fair having a kid not being able to get a ball in because his racquet is for dirt.
     
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  6. slice bh compliment

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    I agree it is turrble. But why did it hurt your elbow? Bad strings. Heavy? Too harsh?
    The one i have is sort of flexible...it it has victor imperial from 1980. Feels ok, but it creaks!
     
  7. penguin

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    All these conflicting views on t-2000. It's a shame nobody is saying whether they had the welded version that Connors actually used, or the other kind which not even Connors thought was a good racquet...
     
  8. dak95_00

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    I've hit with many of them and like them. I can't tell the difference between the welds and no welds when hitting. They do make creak sounds but that's usually at the pallet being that its plastic.

    I'll say this though, you'd better utilize the weight room to make that your daily racquet. Of course I could say that about nearly all racquets of that era.
     
  9. atatu

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    I actually hated the Donnay Borg Pro, I loved the allwoods and was so excited to switch to the Borg Pro but it was terrible. In terms of modern rackets, I'll say the Prince Triple Threat graphite, is was absolutely terrible and I bought two of them without testing.
     
  10. jorjipy

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    The Donnay Borg Pro doesnt have any feel for a wood racquet, it is very stiff for a wood racquet and certainly more powerful than the Allwood....not one of my favourites either but it would suit the Borg game
     
  11. WestboroChe

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    I think I had one of those Prince Triple Threats. No feel and no control.
     
  12. michael valek

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    Several contenders : Fischer Stan smith mono thing. Terrible.
    Head radical, all of them.
    Wilson 6.1 prostaff heavy piece of sh@t
    Pure strike also.
    Just my opinion.
     
  13. WestboroChe

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    Which ProStaff 6.1 are you referring to? I played with the nCode for years and it was a solid frame with sneaky power and great control. That said, I don't think ProStaffs are as great as many people do. There are other options out there that are as good if not better.
     
  14. WestboroChe

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    Once the stringer at my club brought a bunch of demos by. I picked up one called the Head Crossbow. The hoop had a flexible bit near the throat to generate more power. Total garbage on every level. No feel no control and just felt cheap.

    I also once owned two More Precision 110's by Prince for some reason. Completely uncontrollable and no feel. If those were the racquets Prince was making in those days no wonder people stopped using them.
     
  15. michael valek

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    Prostaff 6.1 classic
     
  16. slice bh compliment

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    What an interesting post. I feel...all over the place on your entries.

    That fischer stan smith mono thing was so cool looking and sadly....so disappointing to hit with.
    Head radicals, yup, never liked them...even the legendary twin tubers.
    Wilson six one....i always liked them. Not enough flex or feel for me, but man, i could thump a ball with it.
    Pure Strikes have always appealed to me.
     
  17. Autodidactic player

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    Yeah but it was beautiful! Kind of like that gorgeous mean girl in High School. You knew it would never work but you still wanted to be seen with her!

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  18. michael valek

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    Exactly. I was using a Puma Becker at the time, went to Austria on hOliday, and nagged my parents to buy it for me. It was crap.
     
  19. BorgCash

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    Agree with you about T2000. Recently I tried it and was surprised how good and powerful it is.
     
  20. slice bh compliment

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    Wow. I played some of the best tennis of my life with that. Even the estusa version of it was good. Just my opinion. Big serves, nice firm feel, maneuverbale for such a solid, heavy frame.

    But i can see people disliking it, if they prefer a smoother, muted feel.
     
  21. coachrick

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    Hey, now!!! I played with the original Superform and actually tied for first place in a Fast Serve Contest using it! I have an unstrung Stan Smith model in addition to the original Superform and a couple of others(one wood!).
     
  22. michael valek

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    I mean the Fischer was crap for me. The Puma was and still is amazing.
     
  23. coachrick

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    I have to tell one of my stories here. Late '70s and I'm entering a local tournament in Columbia, SC...needing a Mixed Doubles partner. I see a familiar last name among the Open Women's registered players and decide to call her about partnering in MxD. I mentioned I knew her last name; but I had no idea who SHE was(her brother was a well-known tour player). Given that she was a teen and I was a college student, I wasn't surprised when her dad stayed on the phone extension during our conversation. We agree to play and a few days later, we show up for our match. Now, I was half a hot dog back then, managing a nice tennis shop and wearing all the latest clothing. The conservative young lady shows up for our match with two Jack Kramer Autos(strung with nylon) under her arm, wearing white shorts and a white T-shirt(with just a touch of NC State red trim on the collar and sleeves). I show up with a full Oleg Cassini outfit that we had just gotten into the shop...and I'm carrying the Fischer Superform...complete with RED stencil! I can see she has nice strokes during the warm up as she doesn't miss a thing. The first return I make goes by her shoulder for a drop shot winner and she turns and looks at me like I have two heads! I found out JUST how consistent she was...when in three 3-set matches, she did not double-fault a single time nor did she miss a service return!!!!! She won the Women's Singles easily, beating a girl who was just a year out of playing 1-2 singles for a highly ranked university. We were quite the combo of hot-doggery and classic conservative style!!! Ah, the good old days!!! :)
     
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    Yes, that surprised me as well. I knew lots of players that loved the superform rackets. I liked hitting them and still have a few nice hitters including a few NOS [​IMG] power woods
     
  25. heninfan99

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    How much pain has the Pure Drive caused in rec players?
     
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    How much pain has the Pure Drive caused in rec players?

    Sold a lot of elbow braces, tho.
     
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    That's a beauty. I think I've got one somewhere, also NOS.
     
  29. coachrick

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    That had some really odd numbers associated with it, review-wise!!
     
  30. Simon_the_furry

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    A solid 4.0 baseliner on my high school tennis team uses a Crossbow.
    That racquet is not easy on the eyes at all... *gags*
     
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    Beat me to it - the Head Crossbow series had to the biggest pieces of garbage ever produced by that company. I remember trying one. They came out and disappeared almost immediately.
     
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    I bought an Babolat AeroPro, 5 minutes after playing with it, I wished I hadn't. Just couldn't get on with it. Didn't like the Pure Drives that much either.
    But used Pure Storms for about 2yrs straight & loved them!
     
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  36. joe sch

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    Yes, was a little diff finding the sweet spot consistently. I have one nice model strung up with a black rpm to see how nice it would hit with a softer spinning poly. Probably would have been even better with gut but still enjoyed the hits. Its sorta nice to get looks for having such a diff racket and showing they can still hit the ball pretty well in the right hands ;)
     
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    Yes, was a little diff finding the sweet spot consistently. I have one nice model strung up with a black rpm to see how nice it would hit with a softer spinning poly. Probably would have been even better with gut but still enjoyed the hits. Its sorta nice to get looks for having such a diff racket and showing they can still hit the ball pretty well in the right hands ;)
     
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    Yes, was a little diff finding the sweet spot consistently. I have one nice model strung up with a black rpm to see how nice it would hit with a softer spinning poly. Probably would have been even better with gut but still enjoyed the hits. Its sorta nice to get looks for having such a diff racket and showing they can still hit the ball pretty well in the right hands ;)
     
  39. Simon_the_furry

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    Head Microgel Monster.
    Extremely light and a fairly open pattern. Yet somehow no spin potential whatsoever.
    Swingweight of 320, yet no stability.
    No touch. One of the worst racquets I've ever seen to slice with.

    Only things it had going for it were decent power potential and good maneuverability. Other than that, absolutely awful.
     
  40. Mugu

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    no way. i played with the T2000 for years and i loved it. thought it was a major improvement over wood.
     
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    I think just about any gimmicky racquet belongs in this discussion. I was looking at some of the collections of unusual racquets people have posted on here and the consensus is that any unusual racquet design tends to play poorly.

    So I still submit that my Prince TTT More Precision is perhaps the worst. There wasn't really anything gimmicky about it. It was a fairly traditional frame that was just crap to play with.

    http://www.thetennisspot.net/ProductImages/pr-more-prec.jpg

    And unlike the T2000 no one played top level tennis with those.
     
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  43. NLBwell

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    A couple of times I played a guy who used one of these. He loved the racket and was thoroughly impressed with their customer service helping and answering any questions, even getting a call from Brian Battistone (who seemed like a nice guy the one time I talked with him). When we played, i kept being surprised by the direction the ball was hit. It was misleading because the angle was different than a regular racket.
     
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  44. Shaolin

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    Yeah who knows maybe it plays great. I just hate how it looks to the point where I cant give it a chance.

    Racquets are beautiful to me and that thing is an abomination.
     
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    Insert amused chuckle here. Only you, JC and a few others thought much of this racket. Billie Jean King used it for a while but ended up going back to wood. Most ppl, that I knew, tried it for a bit but then when on to other options after a relatively short time. Sure, the T2000 was innovative and a game changer but not that many ppl seemed to really like. The Head Master (aluminum), which came out a bit later in the early/mid 1970s, was a much more popular racket than the steel T2000 ever was.

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  46. Mugu

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    insert another amused chuckle here. when i was playing with the T2000 back in high school, my doubles parter was using that Head Master. i never tried it. who knows, maybe i would have liked it better too! :)
     

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