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Racquets

 The tennis racquet marketplace has gone nuts over the last 20 years, with countless new technologies, shapes, head sizes, etc. What’s a poor tennis player to do?

 To try and help, I’ve compiled a listing of current technologies offered by some of the major manufacturers, and made my best attempt to explain them to you.  Then, since this is a commercial site, I’ve featured some of my offerings in these lines for you to consider ordering. Following that, I have a listing of the vintage/discontinued/collectible frames I have for sale. Most of these are single racquets, so when they’re gone, that’ll likely be it forever. If you see one you like, snatch it up fast.

 Many of the new frames will require 5-7 days order time (Topspin may be longer to come in from Germany); I’ll advise you by e-mail when I’m shipping them to you. All frames will come with free stringing with tournament nylon, so please specify your tension. If you’d like a different string, you can pay the difference in price from the $17 cost of the nylon (see my string price sheet for the numbers), and I’ll happily take care of it.

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I will ship the racquet to you within 2 business days after I receive it; in-stock items will ship within 2 business days of payment.

Manufacturer Technologies

 

Prince

 Prince has continued to expand on their popular O3 technology, and the latest variant is EXO3, featuring Energy Bridge and Energy Channels (both are on some frames; some feature only the Energy Channels).

 Prince’s patented Energy Bridge is an exo-skeletal structure (added to the outside of the frame)that suspends the string bed from the frame, increasing virtual head size (the effective hitting area of the racquet) for up to an 83% larger sweet spot. In addition, frame vibration is reduced by up to 50%, according to Prince.

The Energy Channel is designed to enhance the effects of the Energy Bridge. Prince has sculpted a groove within the frame that provides added stability, boosts ball control and increases spin by up to 25% (or so they say).

 Prince has come up with some real winners with their EXO3 technology, and features it in frames for every player type. Once again, I have the entire line available for order. Some examples are featured below.

 

Prince EX03 Blue $259

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Length: 27.5”/699mm Weight: 261g/9.2oz. Balance: 355mm/14”/2 points head heavy

Flex: 65 (mid) Swingweight: 288kg/sq. cm (mid) Beams: 25/26/28/25mm (mid)

Head size: 110 sq. in./712 sq. cm./oversize

RDC Ratings: Power 43(B); Control 58(B); Maneuverability 75(A)

Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses Tension Range: 55-65#/25-29kg

Prince has sold boatloads of Blue series frames, from the original O3 to the Speed Port and Ozone. EXO3 technology adds more comfort and stability to an old favorite. The EXO3 Blue has more head weight for extra power on groundstrokes, along with the bebefits of both Energy Bridge and Energy Channels. The ports increase swing speed over traditional grommets, aiding comfort, as well. Prince has figured out a way to get extra power form a frame without increasing the stiffness to arm-breaking levels, something almost all players should appreciate. The EXO3 Blue is a great choice for 3.0-4.5 players with low to mid-level swing speeds. Unlike its immediate predecessors, it does come with a cover.

 Prince EX03 White $179

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Length: 27”/686mm Weight:  294g/10.4 oz. Balance: 335mm/13.19”/1 point head light

Flex: 70 (firm) Swingweight: 291 kg/sq. cm. (mid) Beams: 24/25/25/23mm (mid)

Head Size: 100 sq. in./647 sq. cm./mid-plus

RDC Ratings: Power 51(B); Control 47(B); Maneuverability 73(A)

Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses Tension Range: 53-63#/24-28kg

Prince finally has a real “white” White frame, and it’s gorgeous: not an in-your face, bright white color, it’s more ivory, and really looks like a frame you would love to put in your bag. The Energy Bridge and Energy Channels add to its appeal. You can take a cut at the ball with good control, and it’s not too head heavy, so you can move it well at net.

Feel free to add weight to it, but the EXO3 white feels pretty nice right out of the box, and is a good choice for 3.5-5.0 players. Note: This racquet does not come with a cover.

 

Topspin

 If you’re looking for the latest high-tech stuff, then Topspin isn’t for you. However, if you want sold-playing sticks at a reasonable price, pull up a seat and explore this unappreciated brand with me.

 Every Topspin frame I’ve tried has a rock-solid feel and traditional features like polyurethane foam handles for a familiar feel, and standard-sized grommets for solid response. I offer the Topspin frames shown below.

 Topspin TPC 600 $149

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Length: 27.25”/688mm Weight: 289g/10.2 oz. Balance: 344mm/13.5”/1 point head light

Flex: 65 (mid) Swingweight: 300 kg/sq. cm. (mid) Beams: 23/25/24/23mm (mid)

Head Size: 100 sq. in./647 sq. cm./mid-plus

RDC Ratings: Power 46(B); Control 53(B); Maneuverability 67(A)

Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses Tension Range: 53-65#/24-29kg

 The TPC600 is similar in performance to the Pure Drive, without the high price. Good power with a comfortable feel, it’s been updated with sharp graphics to make it a frame you can’t wait to flash on the court. A normal-for-these-days 100 square inch head size allows for solid shot placements, and the 16x19 pattern lets you apply all the spin your swing will allow. If you need a little more power, it’s easily customized thanks to its mid-level weighting. This racquet is a good choice for developing juniors, and comes with a cover.


 

Topspin TPC 1000 $149

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Length: 27.5”/700mm Weight:  309g/10.9 oz. Balance: 337mm/13.3”/3 points head light

Flex: 73 (stiff) Swingweight: 301 kg/sq. cm. (mid) Beams: 22/25/24/23mm (mid)

Head Size: 102 sq. in./660 sq. cm./mid-plus

RDC Ratings: Power 57(B); Control 39(C); Maneuverability 66(A)

Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses Tension Range: 53-65#/24-29kg

 When I asked the Topspin folks how to compare their frames to others, I got words on the order of “plays like a Radical”, or “plays like a Pure Drive”. For the TPC 1000, I got “plays like a great racquet”, and they’re right. This is as solid a frame as I’ve used in this price range, and it provides excellent power. Don’t let the “C” control rating on the RDC fool you: it’s 1 unit below “B”, and control is more than adequate unless you’re a huge swinger.

 The TPC 1000 is a sure hit with women and juniors due to its power and maneuverability, and the 27.5” length adds leverage for extra spin. The new blue/silver/black graphics are a knockout, as well. If you’re in the 3.0-4.0 range, check it out. There is a full-length cover with this frame.


 

Topspin XTreme 100 $149

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Length: 27.33”/691mm Weight: 272g/9.6 oz. Balance: 339mm/13.375”/3 points head light

Flex: 69(firm) Swingweight: 276 kg/sq. cm. (low) Beams: 21/22/21/22 (narrow)

Head Size: 100 sq. in./647 sq. cm./mid-plus

RDC Ratings: Power 46(B); Control 53(B); Maneuverability 83(A)

Pattern: 18 mains/19 crosses Tension Range: 50-60#/23-27kg

 Topspin’s new X series gives the customizer great options, and the Xtreme 100 offers the most in the line. A 100 square inch head size offers the most hitting area in the group, the dense 18x19 string pattern and narrow beams are eminently controllable, and the low swingweight makes it easy to move quickly. If you need more plow through/stability, just pack on the lead and you should be in love. This frame comes with a cover.

Wilson

 

 Wilson is loading up on technology this year with BLX. “BLX” stands for the addition of “BL”, or basalt rock (volcanic ash) as a comfort aid with 9 other Wilson technologies (IX+I=X), some of which are used in some frames, some in others (best I can tell, the other 9 are [K]arophite Black, ncode, Double Hole, Double Braid, PWS, FX, IsoZorb, Hammer, and Dual Taper Beam). Somewhere in this line is a racquet for you.

 Wilson BLX six.one 95 $199

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Length: 27”/685mm  Weight: 340g/12 oz. Balance: 300mm/11.875”/13 points head light

Flex: 69(firm) Swingweight: 290 (mid) Beams: 22/22/22/22mm (narrow)

Head Size: 95 sq. in./615 sq. cm. (mid)

RDC Ratings: Power 51(B); Control 44(B); Maneuverability 73(A)

Pattern: 18 mains/20 crosses Tension Range: 50-60#/23-27kg

 This is a good player’s stick. Heavy with a small head size, narrow beam and dense string bed, the BLX six.one 95 is not for weak players. It needs basalt to dampen the stiff frame (it feels frimer than the RDC reads, thanks to the 18x20 pattern), but it does a good job of it.

Belive it or not, its high weight swings easily, thanks to the mega-headlight balance. I always feel the need to add lead tape to the head so I can’t flick it around. Once again, work with your racquet pro for customization.

You need to be good to use this frame but, if you are, it will reward you. Racquet does not come with a cover.

Vintage/Discontinued Racquets

 From time to time, I stumble across a racquet or two that, although out of production, are still in demand. I try to pass these on to you at the best price possible.  Understand, however, that there is a supply and demand function to my cost. Sometimes, the older the frame is (or the more popular it was), the more I must pay to acquire it. All the prices below include free CONUS shipping. If you’re outside the continental USA, please contact me for shipping costs and details.

Note: These frames, whether new or used, are all out of warranty.


 

 Fox WB Graphite 210 $150

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Length: 27”/685mm Weight:  334g/11.8 oz. Balance: 313mm/12.375”/9 points head light

Flex: 66 (mid) Swingweight: 304 (mid) Beams: 19/19/19/19 (narrow)

Head Size: 90 sq. in. 582 sq. cm. (mid)

RDC Ratings: Power 51(B); Control 45(B); Maneuverability 71(A)

Pattern: 16 mains/18 crosses Tension Range: 48-68#/22-31kg

 Weird, huh? Racquet guru Warren Bosworth invented this 10-sided head shape for extra stability without a larger, wider head, and it sure worked for Brad Gilbert, who used this frame for most of his ATP Tour career. And it’s for good players, too: small head size, heavy weight and narrow beams won’t help you if you can’t provide your own oomph.

 I’m selling this more as a collector’s item than I am for actual use, but if you’re into esoteric stuff, this is for you. 4 5/8 grip without cover.

Head

Head’s newest technology is labeled “YOUTEK”, and includes the really neat d3o. d3o is categorized with "dilatant foams", which respond differently under different loading forces. Head has integrated d3o in the lay-up and in the shaft of its YOUTEK frames.

Head premiered YOUTEK with a neat demonstration of how d3o adapts to the player’s swing speed (many of you may have seen the video where they whack it hard with a hammer and it won’t penetrate, but then they slowly put their finger all the way through it). On aggressive shots, the molecules lock together almost immediately and increase the stiffness of the frame to increase power. On slower shots (slices, drop shots, etc), d3o absorbs the impact to provide better feel. What this promises you are more powerful drives and serves along with softer touch shots. It’s definitely worth a try.

 Head also includes Teflon grommets with their new frames. This is a really neat concept, as the Teflon allows the strings to move more through the grommets, and the lower resistance means less energy lost on your shots. Translation:  believe it or not, grommets really can increase your power.

 I offer all of Head’s YOUTEK frames. A sampling follows.

 

Head YOUTEK Speed Pro $75.00

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Length:  27”/686mm Weight: 334g/11.79oz. Balance: 308mm/12.125”/3 points head light

Flex: 72(firm) Swingweight: 295kg/sq. cm (mid) Beams: 19/19/19/19mm (narrow)

Head size: 98 sq. in./634 sq. cm./ mid-plus

RDC Ratings: Power 56(B); Control 40(B); Maneuverability 70(A)

Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses Tension Range: 52-62#/24-28kg

 You need to be a good player to use the YOUTEK Speed Pro: narrow beams along with a fairly high weight make a big swing necessary.  Thankfully, the frame rewards it with great control. The mass gives fine stability, even on the occasional (?) mishit. The Speed Pro has a similar rounded head shape to the Extreme, giving you a little more area to “brush” the back of the ball for added topspin. Note: This racquet does not come with a head cover
 

 

 Head FlexPoint Radical MP $125

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Length: 27”/685 mm Weight: 302g/10.7 oz. Balance: 323mm/12.75”/6 points head light

Flex: 62 (low) Swingweight: 297 (moderate) Beams: 22/22/22/22mm (narrow)

Head Size: 98 sq. in./634 sq. cm. (mid-plus)

RDC Ratings: Power 42(B); Control 56(B); Maneuverability 59(A)

String Pattern: 18 mains/20 crosses  Tension Range: 52-62#/24-28kg

Head Radicals have been a best-seller almost since the first ones came out in 1994, and the FlexPoint added yet another technology: holes drilled in the center of the head to give additional flex (control). Your hands don’t have to be very sensitive at all to feel them at work. Add to that the classic Head player’s feel, and you understand why folks line up for them year after year.

I have a brand new specimen here, with the plastic still on the handle. New FlexPoint Radicals are hard to find, and this is spotless. 4 3/8 grip with no cover.


 

 Head Genesis Pyramid XL $60

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Length: 28:/711mm Weight: 300g/10.6 oz. Balance: 324mm/12.75”/10 points head light

Flex: 67(firm) Swingweight:  295kg/sq. cm. (low) Beams: 24/24/24/24mm (mid)

Head Size: 107 sq. in./692 sq. cm. (oversize)

RDC Ratings: Power 53(B); Control 44(B); Maneuverability 70(A)

String Pattern: 14 mains/17 crosses  Tension Range: 50-60#/23-27kg

Head takes the Pyramid design – made famous in the Director and Edge frames from the mid 90’s – and puts it in a lower- price point frame. The Genesis Pyramid has a wide-open string pattern for tremendous spin potential, along with the added leverage and power of its 28” length. Light weight and low swingweight make it a good power frame for women beginners. This frame is brand-new and factory-strung. 4 3/8 grip with no cover.


 

 



 Head Ti.Radical MP $80

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Head Size:   97sq. in./ 628 sq. cm.

Length:  27”/686mm

Weight:  292g/10.3 oz. Balance: 320mm/12 5/8”/7 points head light

Flex:  66  Swingweight: 300kg/sq. cm.

String Pattern:  18x20  Tension Range:  50-62#/23-28kg

RDC Ratings: Power  48(B) Control 50(B) Maneuverability 57(B)

     The Ti.Radical has, in my opinion, everything that is lacking in all the other Radical lines:  Twin Tube construction for great feel (the i.Radical doesn’t), plus no Liquidmetal, MicroGEL or YouTek to mute it.  This is the ultimate Radical frame, and I have a good one for you here. The strings and bumper are brand new, and the Prince ResiPro grip is almost so.  It has some paint chips that appear to be from the teaching cart more than the court.  If you love the Ti. Series, snatch this one up fast.  4 3/8 grip without cover.

 

 

 Head MicroGEL Radical MP $85

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Length: 27”/685mm Weight:  294g/10.4 oz. Balance: 324mm/12.75”/6 points head light

Flex: 62 (soft) Swingweight: 273kg/sq. cm. (low) Beams: 22/22/22/22mm (narrow)

Head Size: 98 sq. in./634 sq. cm. (mid-plus)

RDC Ratings: Power 38(C); Control 61(A); Maneuverability 84(A)

String Pattern: 18 mains/20 crosses  Tension Range: 52-62#/24-28kg

The Radical series has been tremendously popular for about 15 years now, and this is a good version. MicroGEL takes a lot of the jolt out of the frame, and it has Head’s traditional 18x20 pattern for control and string durability. This stick has very little use, practically no bumper wear, and comes with a cover. 4 3/8 grip size.


 

 Head MicroGEL Radical Pro $105

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Length: 27”/685mm Weight:  315g/11.1 oz. Balance: 321mm/12.75”/6 points head light

Flex: 67 (firm) Swingweight: 289kg/sq. cm. (low) Beams: 21/21/21/22mm (narrow)

Head Size: 100 sq. in./647 sq. cm. (mid-plus)

RDC Ratings: Power 50(B); Control 47(B); Maneuverability 65(A)

String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses  Tension Range: 52-62#/24-28kg

The Radical Pro is a nice in-between choice if the Prestige is too much stick for you, but the regular Radical isn’t enough. This is one I bought for myself and wasn’t quite comfortable with: I like the beams a little wider.  You can benefit here by getting a very lightly used MicroGEL Radical Pro with a 4 5 /8 grip and cover for much less than retail. 


 

 

 Head Ti.Elite XL $60

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Length: 27.5”/689mm Weight:  249g/8.8 oz. Balance: 356mm/14”/1 point head heavy

Flex: 72 (stiff) Swingweight:  267kg/sq. cm. (low) Beams: 24/25/25/26mm (mid)

Head Size: 102 sq. in./660 sq. cm. (mid-plus)

RDC Ratings: Power 47(B); Control 53(B); Maneuverability 89(A)

String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses  Tension Range: 53-64#/24-29kg

Lightweight, mid-wide model from Head. Lighter and wider than Ti.Fire or Heat; similar string pattern and head size. If you want a little easier swinging in this range, the Ti.Elite XL (Canadian market model, I believe) could be a good fit. This one has almost no use. 4 5/8 grip only. Strung w/ Gosen Micro 16; cover included.


 

 Lob-Ster Citation Comp $55

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Length: 27”/685mm Weight:  325g/11.5 oz. Balance: 319mm/12.5”/8 points head light

Flex: 69 (stiff) Swingweight:  303kg/sq. cm.(mid) Beams: 24/24/23/21mm (mid)

Head Size: 95 sq. in./6615 sq. cm. (mid)

RDC Ratings: Power 57(B); Control 39(C); Maneuverability 65(A)

String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses  Tension Range: 50-60#/23-27kg

Lob-Ster is a ball machine company that tried to get into the racquet business like Prince and, frankly, failed. It doesn’t mean they didn’t make any good sticks, though, and the Citation Comp was my favorite. Solid weight and firm, this is a good-feeling racquet for players with a decent swing. It’s in great shape, having very little use. The price is right, too!

 Lob-Ster Citation Graphite $55

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Length: 27”/685mm Weight:  326g/11.5 oz. Balance: 311mm/12.25”/10 points head light

Flex: 71 (stiff) Swingweight:  302kg/sq. cm.(mid) Beams: 24/24/23/21mm (mid)

Head Size: 95 sq. in./615 sq. cm. (mid)

RDC Ratings: Power 56(B); Control 41(B); Maneuverability 65(A)

String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses  Tension Range: 50-60#/23-27kg

The Graphite is a little stiffer frame than the Comp, and has a solid feel and a little more power to it. This one has very little use. 4 ½ grip with no cover.

 

 

 Prince Extender Ripstick 800 $229

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Head Size: 104 sq. in./671 sq. cm.

Length:  29”/736mm

Weight: 265g/9.35 oz.  Balance:  367mm/14 ½”/Even

Flex:  65  Swingweight:  350kg/sq. cm.

String Pattern:  16x21 (staggered) Tension Range: 50-65#/23-30kg

RDC Ratings: Power 50(B) Control 50(B) Maneuverability 18(C)

 The Ripstick was one of Prince’s first LongBody frames, and it was a doozy:  2 inches longer than standard, it packs awesome power along with added reach, spin and leverage.  You can serve to spots you couldn’t reach before with the Ripstick, and get quite a bit more spin, as well. I have a prime specimen here, with almost no scrapes or digs. In fact, the bumper guard shows more dirt than wear. It appears this thing was used once and put away. The grip is brand new.

 Prime condition Ripsticks are extremely rare; get this one while you can.  4 3/8 grip without cover.

 

 Prince ThunderStick LongBody MP  $199

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Head Size:   100sq. in./ 647 sq. cm.

Length:  28.25”/716mm

Weight:  292g/10.3 oz. Balance: 334mm/13 1/8”/ 8 points head light

Flex:  74  Swingweight: 319kg/sq. cm.

String Pattern:  16x20  Tension Range:  53-63#/24-28kg

RDC Ratings: Power  61(B) Control 36(C) Maneuverability 64(B)

 I can’t tell you the number of requests I get for ThunderSticks:  I could’ve sold at least a hundred of them over the last couple of years.  Now, I’ve come into possession of a real gem: just a few nicks on the side of the head, and a bumper guard that looks as good as new. The grip is brand new (Gamma Super Soft), and the strings look like the originals. I’m guessing that this racquet was used a handful of times and then put away.  I’d snatch this one up while it’s still around. 4 3/8 grip without cover.

 

 

 Prince Precision Equipe LongBody OS (New)  $175

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Head Size: 110 sq. in./ 710 sq. cm.

Length:  28”/711mm

Weight:  304g/10.7 oz. Balance:324mm/12.75”/11 points head light 

Flex:  71  Swingweight: 311kg/sq. cm.

String Pattern:  18x20  Tension Range:  57-67#/26-30kg

RDC Ratings: Power  55(B) Control 41(B) Maneuverability 59(B)    

  The Equipe is a great frame: narrow beams along with good weighting and 1” extra length make for a great “player’s” LongBody frame. It’s kind of a cult classic, in that players who like it can’t find a replacement, and it’s hard to find used ones, let alone a brand new one with the plastic still on the handle.  Even though the grip is small, Equipe lovers would do well to snatch it up while it’s still here. 4 1/8 grip without cover.

 

 Prince Precision Equipe LongBody 900 $100

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Length: 28”/711mm Weight:  309g/10.9oz. Balance: 324mm/12.75”/10 points head light

Flex: 71 (stiff) Swingweight:  308kg/sq. cm.(high) Beams: 22/22/23/22mm (narrow)

Head Size: 110 sq. in./712 sq. cm. (oversize)

RDC Ratings: Power 42(B); Control 59(B); Maneuverability 73(A)

String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses  Tension Range: 57-67#/26-30kg

A great “player’s” LongBody frame that many wish was still in production today. Full-bodied weight and solid flex make it a great choice for strong players who miss the “good old days” of 28” racquets.  Prince DuraPerf Contour grip and Prince Synthetic Gut strings look to be brand new, and the frame and bumper guard show very little wear. This frame has had the original Cushion Grip System honeycomb handle replaced with polyurethane foam for a more solid feel. I didn’t do this work, so I make no warranties as to its quality, although it looks to be done well. 4 3/8 grip, no cover.

 Prince ThunderLite OS $100

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Length: 27”/686mm Weight:  287g/10.1oz. Balance: 345mm/13.625”/1 point head heavy

Flex: 71 (stiff) Swingweight:  309kg/sq. cm.(high) Beams: 28/27/24/23mm (mid+)

Head Size: 110 sq. in./712 sq. cm. (oversize)

RDC Ratings: Power 59(B); Control 38(C); Maneuverability 61(A)

String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses  Tension Range: 57-67#/26-30kg

Talk about cult classics: people loved the ThunderLite. Very easy to swing with good power and shock absorption, it worked for a large swath of the tennis-playing public. I stumbled across a nice specimen here, with its bumper in outstanding shape, and very little hard play, it appears. 4 ½ grip without a cover.


 

 Snauwaert Ergonom $200

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Length: 27”/686mm Weight:  356g/12.6oz. Balance: 320mm/12.625”/7 points head light

Flex: 49 (flexible) Swingweight: 314kg/sq. cm.(high) Beams: 19/19/19/19mm (narrow)

Head Size: 85 sq. in./550 sq. cm. (mid)

RDC Ratings: Power 37(C); Control 60(B); Maneuverability 57(B)

String Pattern: 16 mains/18 crosses  Tension Range: 40-60#/18-27kg

If you’re into weird, this is for you! The Ergonom was the first of Snauwaert’s 3 forays into “ergonomically correct” frames. The offset head works great on serves and volleys; less good for serving. I used this one for 15 minutes, just to satisfy my curiosity, and then put it away. This 4 ½ model is in excellent shape, with just a couple of scrapes, and still has the original leather grip and matching cover. This is destined to be a collectible so don’t let it get away!

 

 Wilson SledgeHammer 2.8 Stretch OS $199

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Head Size:   116sq. in./ 750 sq. cm.

Length:  28.5”/724mm

Weight:  253g/ 8.9oz.  Balance: 396mm/15 5/8”/ 11 points head heavy

Flex:  80  Swingweight: 346kg/sq. cm.

String Pattern:  16x19  Tension Range:  55-65#/25-29kg

RDC Ratings: Power  79(A) Control 19(C) Maneuverability 16(C)

 This is the ”old” version of the 2.8 Sledge, which is the more rare one of the two, as I recall.  The power level is as high as any racquet I’ve tested, and while the maneuverability and power ratings are poor, all you have to do is hold the thing out there to rocket the ball back (no swing required).  I was lucky to find this one, and it has some paint dings and scratches on the frame, but the bumper is in quite good shape, and the Wilson Contour grip is brand new.  4 3/8 with cover.

 

 

 Wilson SledgeHammer 3.8 OS $189

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Head Size: 110 sq. in./ 710 sq. cm.

Length:  27”/686mm

Weight:  242g/8.5 oz.  Balance:  405mm/16”/20 points head heavy

Flex:  78  Swingweight: 320kg/sq. cm.

String Pattern:  18x20  Tension Range:  55-65#/25-29kg

RDC Ratings: Power  65(A) Control 36 (C) Maneuverability 38(C)

     The SledgeHammer series took the original Hammer weighting and put it on steroids: extremely head heavy balance points gave greater power/weight ratios than anything previously available. Baseline players fell in love with their SledgeHammers, and I have a fine one here.  The frame and bumper show practically no signs of use at all, and the Prince ResiPro grip is new, as well. If you liked the original 3.8 SledgeHammer, this will feel better than the one you have now.  4 ½ grip without cover.

 

 Wilson Profile 2.7 110 $125

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Head Size: 110sq. in./712sq. cm.

Length:  27”/685mm

Weight:  334g/11.8oz.  Balance:  323mm/12.75”/ 6 points head light

Flex:  79  Swingweight: 323kg/sq. cm. 

RDC Ratings: Power 70(A); Control 25(C); Maneuverability 51(B)

String Pattern:  16 mains/19 crosses Tension Range: 55-65#/25-29kg

 Every now and then, I make a good find, and this Profile is one of them.  There is some wear on the top of the bumper guard (the owner must not have moved his feet very well), but the rest of the guard is pristine. There are some minor scratches and a couple of dings, but the frame overall is in excellent shape. Brand new Wilson Sponge grip.  4 5/8 without cover.

 

 Wilson [K]sixone Team 95 $85

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Length: 27”/686mm Weight:  288g/10.2oz. Balance: 323mm/12.75”/ 10 points head light

Flex: 62 (soft) Swingweight: 270kg/sq. cm.(low) Beams: 21/21/21/21mm (narrow)

Head Size: 95sq. in./615sq. cm. (mid)

RDC Ratings: Power 42(B); Control 57(B); Maneuverability 87(A)

String Pattern: 18 mains/20 crosses  Tension Range: 50-60#/23-27kg

The Wilson sixone line has been a best-seller for more years than I can remember, and the lighter-weight Team addition has opened it up to even more players than before. The [K]Factor version uses a slightly more narrow beam for more comfort and control, and is wide open to be customized to the player’s needs. The frame for sale here has had moderate use, with the bumper in great shape. 4 3/8 grip without cover.

 Wilson [K]Zen Team $60

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Length: 27.33”/694mm Weight: 277g/9.8oz. Balance: 338mm/13.375”/ 2 points head light

Flex: 73 (stiff) Swingweight:  282kg/sq. cm.(low) Beams: 26/26/26/26mm (mid)

Head Size: 103sq. in./667sq. cm. (mid-plus)

RDC Ratings: Power 52(B); Control 46(B); Maneuverability 79(A)

String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses  Tension Range: 53-63#/24-28kg

The Zen series is fairly stiff for power and stability, and the Team version is lighter weight for added maneuverability and speed. I’ve put this one through its paces (as have the kids), and the paint has some dings, but the bumper is in good shape and the strings are brand new. 4 3/8 grip without cover.

 Wilson Profile 2.7 110 $125

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Length: 27/685mm Weight: 334g/11.8oz. Balance: 323mm/12.75”/ 6 points head light

Flex: 79 (very stiff) Swingweight: 323kg/sq. cm.(high) Beams: 28/33/39/28mm (very wide)

Head Size: 110sq. in./712sq. cm. (oversize)

RDC Ratings: Power 70(A); Control 25(C); Maneuverability 51(B)

String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses  Tension Range: 53-63#/24-28kg

The groundbreaking widebody frame, Wilson’s profile changed the game. I have a nice specimen here, with a brand new bumper guard and grommet set (most folks sell these alone for $40 or so nowadays), along with new Gosen Micro 16 strings and Wilson Sponge grip. The frame has some paint scraped off on the sides, which is to be expected on a racquet this wide. Otherwise, it’s in excellent shape, with the original butt cap and trap door still intact. 4 3/8 grip, no cover.

 

 Wilson ProStaff Classic 6.1si 95 16x18 $125

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Length: 27”/686mm Weight:  343g/12.1oz. Balance: 312mm/12.3125”/ 9 points head light

Flex: 70 (stiff) Swingweight:  303kg/sq. cm.(low) Beams: 22/22/22/22mm (narrow)

Head Size: 95sq. in./615sq. cm. (mid)

RDC Ratings: Power 58(B); Control 46(B); Maneuverability 63(A)

String Pattern: 16 mains/18 crosses  Tension Range: 55-65#/25-29kg

This is THE ProStaff, as far as many (including lots of Wilson tour pros, I hear) are concerned. The 6.1 Classic really cemented this series’ grip on high-level players. The move to a 22mm beam with the 95 square inch head size opened up the ProStaff experience to a wider segment of players. I have two of these for sale, both with 4 ½ grips. The frames have some dings in the paint (to be expected in racquets this old), but still solid with good bumpers. Get ‘em while they’re still here!

 

 Yamaha Focus 20 $70

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Length: 27”/686mm Weight:  328g/11.6oz. Balance: 310mm/12.25”/ 10 points head light

Flex: 65 (firm) Swingweight: 297kg/sq. cm.(low) Beams: 21/24/25/23mm (mid)

Head Size: 100sq. in./647sq. cm. (mid-plus)

RDC Ratings: Power 47(B); Control 50(B); Maneuverability 69(A)

String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses  Tension Range: 50-60#/23-27kg

While the Secret made Yamaha famous in the tennis world, the Focus 20 was a classy stick, as well. Narrower beams and lighter weight made it easier to swing hard than the Secret. This is a great stick for those of us that can still like narrower frames, but could use some “help” getting them around.  This racquet is brand-new (plastic on handle), unstrung with a full-length cover. I only have one of these (4 ½ grip with cover), so don’t dally!

 Yonex RDTi. 30 Long $35

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Length: 27.5”/699mm Weight:  315g/11.1oz. Balance: 320mm/12.625”/ 7 points head light

Flex: 67 (firm) Swingweight: 306kg/sq. cm.(high) Beams: 23/23/23/23mm (mid)

Head Size: 95sq. in./615sq. cm. (mid)

RDC Ratings: Power 54(B); Control 43(B); Maneuverability 63(A)

String Pattern: 16 mains/19 crosses  Tension Range: 40-60#/18-27kg

 The RDTi series was a good collection of player’s frames, and the 30 Long was even available in 27.5” length. Solid feel with good control made it a good stick for serious-minded players. I have two of these frames that I really put through the paces. The bumpers are worn down at the top, the frames have plenty of scrapes and scratches, and the Gamma Hi-Tech grips are noticeably worn. However, the price is excellent, and you can have a pair of them. 4 ½ grips without covers.

 

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