An awful Wilson one that is totally battered. Ever since the paint started chipping off, it seems to be a lot lighter, which is great because it played havoc with my shoulder.
I need a new one, that's not so damaging, but I've just gotten used to hitting a powerful backhand with it and I don't know if I can be bothered trying to go through that process again because it's my favourite shot when it's on.
I have ten Rossignol wood rackets, a fiberglass Yamaha, a set of three oversize graphite rackets (two of which are Red Chinese cheapies)...and an old wood racket (uncertain make)... The most frequently used of the lot are the wooden Rossignols. I have to strip the grips off of them, sand them down --to get the glue off-- and build them back up with duct tape to 4 5/8"
I'm 49, and I think the first racket I played was a Spalding Smasher...which had a smaller than average head size. Hence the movement against the high-tech trend...I went with a small head size (old wooden technology) rather than lighter and bigger graphite or boron fibers...to recapture the 'feel' from my youth.
A racquet (or racket) is a sports implement consisting of a handled frame with an open hoop across which a network of cord is stretched tightly. It is used for striking a ball in such games as squash, tennis, racquetball, and badminton. Collectively, these games are known as racquet sports.
The frame of racquets for all sports was traditionally made of laminated wood and the strings of animal intestine known as gut; cat gut was most commonly used. The traditional racquet size was limited by the strength and weight of the wooden frame which had to be strong enough to hold the strings and stiff enough to hit the ball or shuttle. Manufacturers started adding non-wood laminates to wood racquets to improve stiffness. Non-wood racquets were made first of steel, then of aluminium, and then carbon fiber composites. Wood is still used for real tennis, racquets, and xare. Most racquets are now made of composite materials including carbon fibre, fiberglass, metals such as titanium alloys or ceramics.
Gut has partially been replaced by synthetic materials including nylon, polyamide, and other polymers. Racquets are restrung when necessary, which may be after every match for a professional or never for a social player.
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I use the Wilson ProStaff 6.0 Original (midplus).
It is no longer made so I buy from ebay when I need a new one.
It is a very headlight racquet, so I have to generate a lot of the power myself. It is a bit heavy too, requiring a full swing to produce a good shot. I love the racquet on groundtrokes and volleys and first serve. It's alright on the 2nd serve but I have to really swing to get moderate kick on the second serve.
I use wilson extreme synthetic gut 16g string, Black. I like the black string, black racquet look.