Category Archives: Racquet – Old
Older racquet information
Jennifer walked into the World Headquarters of Racquet Quest the other day and asked to have her racquets strung. Nothing unusual about that, of course.
I looked a the racquets in her hand and thought to myself…” Well, where are they?”
In her hands were two (2) Head You Tek IG Prestige Mid racquets! If you don’t remember these, they are the pinnacle of the Head Performace series racquets. The head size is 93 square inches; the weight is 350 grams (12.35 ounces), with a swing weight of 309 kg/cm2 (10.9 ounces), and a racquet flex of 64 RDC units.
This is a great racquet for sure, but I don’t see many anymore in the good condition as these are. One needed a grommet set, but that was all.
The reason I mention this is to reassure tennis players that they are capable of using racquets they normally scoff at including a comment “I am not good enough to use that!” A lot depends on what you want to do with the racquet. In Jennifer’s case, she wants to get to the net as quickly as possible, and the nice recoil weight of 146.1 makes this a good racquet at the net! The low swing weight enhances the “mobility” of the racquet which also means this is not a particularly “powerful” racquet.
The new Head Graphene Touch Prestige Mid is still 93 square inches but now has a 16×19 string pattern.
If you are interested in hitting with a Head Graphene Touch Prestige Mid, our demo is strung with Babolat VS Touch natural gut which represents the purest combination I can think of!
Thank you, Jennifer, for giving me an example of what tennis players are capable of!
It is no surprise that a tennis racquet, or even two, will not compete against the weight of a car
After a tough match it is easy to forget where you put your racquets, so, I suggest the first thing you do is put them in your giant bag that can not be missed!
The other thing to be careful of is the carbon fiber that is now exposed! If this gets into your skin it is not a pleasant experience!
The best thing to do is go directly to the dump and toss them in! Don’t mess with them!
Over the years I have collected many really cool racquets. I want to share these racquets with everyone so I have started a new web site.
The new site is www.racquetmuseum.com
This site is still under construction so there will be some upgrades as I go on but in the meantime take a look at some really great racquets.
I have included specifications of these racquets so you have an idea as to why they were so successful or not so much!
Have fun in the museum!
Many of you have probably never seen a Jack Kramer ProStaff racquet. That is one advantage I have by being old! This is the definitive wooden racquet produced by Wilson many years ago and to find a good one is rare. I have a couple brand new ones but I didn’t expect to see two (2) come in for stringing!
I put Tecnifibre MultiFeel 16 gauge in both at a reference tension of 45 pounds. These are, by the way, for a really good junior player to use for stroke production training. He loves them!
To put these racquets into perspective here are some specifications compared to the new Wilson BLX ProStaff Ninety. I will call these the “Kramer” and the “Ninety”. The Kramer is 27 inches long, ditto the Ninety. The Kramer weighs 13.3 ounces, the Ninety 12.6 ounces. The head size of the Kramer is 69.6 square inches and the Ninety is 91.1 square inches.
The Kramer has a stiffness of 24.0! Yes, I checked it several times. The Ninety has a stiffness of 63.0. Both have an ERT SBS of 36 but the Kramer has an effective stiffness of 16.1 and the Ninety an effective stiffness of 29.9! It is easy to see why there were fewer arm issues during the wooden racquet era.
The down side of flexibility is the reduction of power available from the racquet. The Kramer checks in at 19 compared to 46 from the Ninety.
So, it is not hard to see why new racquets are better suited to most players. The ball will make it to the net!
I have a bunch of racquets that I need to get rid of which means a great opportunity for you to grab a great deal on great racquets that are really old, sort of old, and not old at all! All of these racquets are in good condition and some are even brand new, never used. Some racquets are strung.
Take a look a the inventory and let me know if anything looks exciting to you…
|Babolat Aero Tour +||97||4||27.5||329.0||331||$75.00||85||Babolat N.vY|
|Babolat Aero Tour +||97||4||27.5||313.0||300||$100.00||100||None|
|Fischer M-Pro1 Magnetic Speed||98||4||27.0||319.5||276||$45.00||60||None|
|Fischer M-Pro1 Magnetic Speed||98||4||27.0||319.5||276||$50.00||75||None|
|Head FlexPoint Prestige XL MP||95||4||27.5||323.9||296||$70.00||100||None|
|Head FlexPoint Radical MP||95||3||27.0||322.5||291||$70.00||100||None|
|Head FlexPoint Radical OS||108||5||27.0||300.0||292||$75.00||100||None|
|Prince Graphite 100||100||3||27.0||337.1||330||$70.00||100||Prince Beast|
|Prince Graphite 100||100||3||27.0||324.2||318||$75.00||100||Prince Syn|
|Prince O3 Hybrid Hornet||100||3||27.0||302.7||315||$50.00||75||Polyester|
|Prince O3 Speed Port Gold||110||3||27.4||267.7||313||$65.00||80||Lightning|
|Prince OZone Tour MP||100||3||27.0||326.9||316||$60.00||90||Prince Syn|
|Prince Tour Diablo MP||101||3||27.3||311.7||293||$60.00||100||None|
|Prince Tour Diablo M||95||3||27.0||345.0||322||$40.00||70||Prince|
|Prince Tour Diablo MP||100||3||27.3||312.0||293||$60.00||100||None|
|Tecnifibre TFeel 305||97||5||27.0||322.7||323||$70.00||80||X-Code|
|Wilson K Pro Open||100||3||27.0||295.9||274||SOLD||100||None|
|Wilson K Pro Open||100||1||27.0||296.0||274||$65.00||100||None|
|Wilson K Zen||106||5||27.3||325.0||322||$50.00||85||UltraBrid|
|Wilson N Code N1||113||5||27.9||263.0||327||$90.00||99||NXT 16|
|Wilson N Pro Open||100||4||27.0||312.3||306||$100.00||98||VS Touch 16|
|Dunlop M-Fil 300||98||5||27.0||300.0||276||$70.00||100||None|
|Condition: 100 equals brand new never used. 60 equals needs some TLC and has been used but not damaged.|
|All racquets are “as is” and no warranty is offered or implied. If I know the racquet is trash I will not include it, ever!|
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