Let’s look at some of my recent racquet acquisitions in my new vlog about Classic Racquets. What’s a classic to you?
The definition of a classic racquet is perhaps a bit loose, but I think a “classic” is a racquet that has stood the test of time and can be enjoyed today and compete with what’s currently out there. You can go back 30 years to the HEAD Pro Tour 630 or 20 years to Babolat Pure Control or 10 years to the Prince Exo3 Tour 100 (for example) and you have three solid classics. In this video, I talk about some racquets I’ve bought and tried recently, which I all think deserve to be called classics racquets.
Watch my vlog about classic racquets
In the vlog I talk about the following racquets (with some brief footage of me using them):
Babolat Pure Control (2003 version). A racquet that has a strong following among tennis nerds. The response on my Instagram was quite strong for this racquet. I have not reviewed it properly yet, but I intend to do that in a not too distant future. I can for sure say, that I can see what the fuzz is about. It’s a control racquet with great feel and good plow-through and stability.
Wilson nCode nTour. A rare racquet to see these days with slightly surprising specs: 27.25 inches, 288 grams unstrung, 95 sq inch head size and 22 mm beam. I measured the swing weight on mine to 340 but it swings faster and is great for slapping flat winners.
Prince Pro Stocks. I compare my TXT141P-TK4C pro stocks (Ferrer and Andujar) with the retail Prince Exo3 Tour 100 18×20, which is used today on tour by Nicolas Kicker and has a strong fanbase around the tennis world thanks to its ultra-soft response.
Babolat Aero Pro Drive Original. I have talked about this legend before but sold it some years back and now bought it back again. It’s a racquet worth keeping. Great control for an Aero, raw but connected feel – it’s all there and that’s why Rafa still uses it.
I also briefly mention the Babolat Pure Drive GT 2009, which is one of my favorite Pure Drives. I use a cracked one in this video and still enjoyed it.
What are your favorite classic racquets? Anything I should try? Please comment below.