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The Racquet Collection

by TN

After some buying, selling and trading I currently have 17 rackets in store, many of them for sale. Here’s a bunch of images and info around these sticks. Don’t hesitate to e-mail me your interest at tennisnerdnetatgmail.com (replace “at” with “@” of course).

Wilson Six.One 95S  IMG_0357

A great stick with the fabled Wilson “Spin Effect Technology”. A great mix of control and spin. Got a 18×16 string pattern and strung with Luxilon 4Gs. High on my list of favourite racquets, but not quite there with my current stick of choice Wilson Blade 93.

Here are the reviews:
Tennis Warehouse
Tennis.com

Specs:

Head Size:
95 in² / 613 cm²
Length: 27 in / 68,5 cm
Unstrung Weight: 10.9 oz / 309 g
Unstrung Balance: 31,5 cm / 9 pts HL
Swingweight: 317
Stiffness: 67
Beam Width: 22mm / 22mm / 22mm
Composition: Graphite Basalt Matrix
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colours:
White / Red
Grip Type: Wilson Sublime Grip
String Pattern:
18 Mains / 16 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T 10T 8H 10H
One Piece
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 51-61 pounds / 23-27 kg

Wilson Blade 93IMG_0361

This could very well be the finest frame I’ve ever held, swung, played. With its 93 inch head size it’s not very forgiving, but for a mid-size racquet I would say it has a pretty decent sweetspot. This racquet does wonders for swinging out on my one-handed backhand and one of the best things about it is that I didn’t need to add any lead tape. The racquet is stable as is and weighs 360 grams after putting a Völkl Leather Grip on it (a thicker grip than Wilson leather or even Head Calfskin). I string it with Völkl Cyclone 17 and it’s a combination made in tennis heaven.

Here are the reviews:
Tennis Warehouse
Tennis.com

Specs:

Head Size:
93 in² / 600 cm²
Length: 27 in / 68,5 cm
Unstrung Weight: 11.4 oz / 324 g
Unstrung Balance: 31,0 cm / 10 pts HL
Swingweight: 333
Stiffness: 67
Beam Width: 21mm / 21mm / 21mm
Composition: Basalt
Power Level: Low
Stroke Style: Full
Swing Speed: Fast
Racquet Colours:
Black / Silver
Grip Type: Wilson Sublime
String Pattern:
18 Mains / 20 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T 8H
One Piece
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 50-60 lbs / 23-27 kg

Head Prestige 600 Tour

One of the “classics”. A version of the famous Prestige 600 classic that has similar feel, but is slightly flexier (RA 58!) with its special suspension grip. A great feeling stick, perfect for people who want to play with touch and some serve/volley. Wouldn’t recommend it to baseline bashers though!

I have two: one used in grip 3 and one brand new in grip 4 (plastic on the grip).

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Specs:
Length: 68,6 cm (Standard)
Gripsize: L4 (4 1/2)
Weight: 328 g unstrung and without basic grip
Balance Point: 31,9 cm
Construction: 19 mm straight beam with Graphite/Fiberglass/Twaron
Head Size: 600 cm² (93sq. in.)
String Pattern: 18 Mains / 20 Crosses

Head TGK 237.1 (Microgel Prestige Mid paint job)

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A pro stock! (see the above picture for the exact pro stock code – in this case TGK 237.1) What is a pro stock then? It is a racquet with a lighter frame/hairpin that can be customized to a professional player’s specs. You usually put silicon in the handle and lead under the grommets to get the weight up. There can also be differences between a pro stock and a retail racquet in flex.

Happy  to have two of these that I’m playtesting at the moment.

Specs: 358 grams strung
RA: 60
String pattern: 18×20
Head size. 93 sq inch (really 89.5 for Head racquets since they measure differently)

PS. Read the Head pro stock code list here DS.

Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300 Tour pro stockIMG_0451

The Dunlop 300 tour series have long been a favourite among control-oriented players. It’s said to be built to mimic the hailed Head’s PT 280/630 and it is truly a nice racquet. The pro stock version of these racquets are flexier in the build-up and allow for customization like silicone in the butt cap and lead under the grommets.

standard length
338g strung with Wilson leather grip
57 RA flex
L3
headsize: 97 sq.in
18/20 pattern

Dunlop Biomimetic 300 Tour pro stock

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I also have three of the Dunlop 300 mold pro stocks but in the Biomimetic 300 paint job (very good paint job). It’s very similar except for one or two points stiffer. Again, great sticks that you can find cheaper than the Head PT57As etc.

Head Radical Pro Tour “Candycane” (TT)

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The Head Radical Tour MP (twin tube and called “candycane”) is hailed by many as the best of all time in the Radical line-up. I haven’t played all of them, but I know there are players on the tour that still play with these racquets, that’s how good they are. It’s solid, yet comfortable and has a good sweet spot as well. Just a great performer for all styles of tennis. I’m going to think twice about selling the one I have.

Specs:
Head Size: 98 sq. in. / 630 sq. cm.
Length: 27.00 inches / 68.58 cm
Strung Weight: 353 gr
Stiffness: 58
String Pattern: 18 Mains/20 Crosses

Fischer Vaccum Pro Mid

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A beautiful stick that was wielded by Michael Stich when he won Wimbledon in 1991 (not this actual racquet though, but the same model) I’ve just strung this up with a German hybrid string (Völkl Psycho) and I’m very keen to test it. Since I have a lot of racquets, it could well be for sale, but it depends on how much I like it. Reading on forums people rave about it, but it could be more of a serve/volley stick and I need something versatile. It’s in pristine condition and comes with the original covers so I think it could be something of a collector’s item.

Specs:

Weight: 330g unstrung
Headsize: 90 sq.
Balance: 309 mm
Beam Width: 19 mm constant
Flex: 61
Pattern: 16×20

Prince Rebel Exo 95

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Most tennis fans like Gael Monfils, the energetic French showman who seems to choke a when it comes to major results. Before he moved to Wilson he used to swing this colourful model. Haven’t played with it yet, but I’ve heard many good things about it.

Specs

Head Size:
95 sq. in. / 612.9 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 12oz / 340.19g
Balance: 7 pts HL
Swingweight: 331
Stiffness: 56
Beam Width: 21mm / 21mm / 21mm /
Composition: Graphite
Power Level: Low

Head iPrestige mid

 

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This beauty is still in plastic. Derived from the Prestige Classic 600 but with a stiffer layup, the iPrestige mid is supposed to be a very solid mid-size racquet. I have yet to play it myself, but found it in a local guitar shop a while back and am going back and forth between selling it, keeping it as it is or playing with it. But then again, I’m more of a player and enthusiast than a collector.

Length 27 inches 69 centimeters
Head Size 93 square inches 600 square centimeters
Weight 12.1 ounces 343 grams
Balance Point 12.875 inches
32.5 centimeters
5pts Head Light
Construction 19 mm Straight Beam
Composition Graphite Composite
with Piezzo Electric
Fibers in Shaft
String Pattern 18 Mains / 20 Crosses
Flex Rating 60

Völkl Powerbridge 10 mid

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A brilliant mid-sized racquet that I played with for a while, but had to concede it to the crisper Wilson Blade 93. Great look, superb feel, and surprising power and forgiveness for a 93-inch frame. Recommended.

Specs:

Length 27 inches 69 centimeters
Head Size 93 square inches 600 square centimeters
Weight 12.1 ounces 343 grams
Balance Point 12.2 inches
31 centimeters 10.4pts Head Light
Construction 19mm Straight Beam
Composition Graphite
String Pattern 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Babolat RDC Ratings
Score Grade
Flex Rating 59 Range: 0-100
Swing Weight 320 Range: 200-400

If you’re interested in any of these racquets – don’t hesitate to comment or e-mail.

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17 comments

Jack June 23, 2015 - 00:04

Hi, thanks for the great overview! I was wondering if you could offer some more thoughts about the Wilson blade 93 vs the Volkl Powerbridge 10 as I am thinking about one of those to buy.

I played quite a bit in high school (decade or so ago…), probably 5-5.5 player but only just recently got back to tennis in recent years. I bought a Babolat Pure Drive couple years back but found that it hurts my wrist/forearm after playing so I’m looking for something more flexible. I like to play more doubles and probably stronger at my net game.

Any thoughts would be appreciated! Feel free to email me directly.

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Tennisnerd July 1, 2015 - 07:13

Hi Jack,

Thanks for commenting. If you’ve had problems with your wrist/forearm I think the Völkl is the right choice for you because it’s far more arm-friendly. I actually started getting wrist problems from the Blade 93 and that’s why I would recommend the PB 10 mid. Both are great control racquets but the Völkl is flexier and better for your arm.

Would recommend that to you, but it’s always best to test first if you can. The Völkl is flexy, but if you don’t mind that feel – it’s a great stick. Also mind the grip shape because Völkl is slightly different than Wilson.

Good luck!

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Abraham October 15, 2015 - 02:30

It is, indeed, a really good overview. However, I would like to know what are your opinions about the Head TGK 237.1. A friend just gave me two of them and I want to know what I am getting. They don’t have the original plastics, but they look brand new. Thanks in advance!

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Tennisnerd October 15, 2015 - 09:50

Hi, thanks.

TGK 237.1 is a great stick if you don’t mind small headsizes. Sadly the two I had were stolen, otherwise I would still use them for a fun hit. For my matches I’ve moved to a bigger headsize to be able to generate more spin and pace from the ground.

Good luck with your TGK 237.1! Cheers //J

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Theodor December 22, 2016 - 21:26

Hi,

Could you please sell me the Head Prestige 600 Tour he one with grip 4 (4 1/2, L4) ?
That’ll be so nice and it’ll make me ever grateful to you.
I love that racket and despite owning two of them the third will be a fantastic addition especially now after so many years.

I’ll appreciate your help very very much.

Thanks,
Cheers,

Theodor

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Tennisnerd December 22, 2016 - 21:41

Hi, I’m very sorry but it’s already sold. If I find another one, I’ll let you know.

Cheers / Jonas

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Neel Gupta July 22, 2017 - 10:49

Hi

Is true Dunlop bio 300 still available?

I’ll buy 2 if they are.

I understand that I’m posting here very late 🙂

Let me know. Thanks

Neel

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Tennisnerd July 23, 2017 - 08:25

Hi Neel,
Sadly, they’re sold. Good luck on finding them – good sticks.

Cheers / Jonas

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Peter November 19, 2017 - 19:41

Hi, just wondering if you could compare the Fischer to the volkl pb10? I have played with that Fischer for years but am always trying out other rackets much like yourself (including the blade 93!).
Am currently thinking of testing out the pb10.

Thanks
Peter

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Tennisnerd November 20, 2017 - 13:32

Hi Peter,
Two great racquets! You will feel the extra inches from the PB 10 when it comes to playing with more top spin, but the feel of Fischer is hard to imitate. It’s the PT57A of the 90 sq inch racquets. Such a wonderful ball feel. I’m sad I sold it.

Blade 93 is also great. Keep in mind when moving from the Blade to the Powerbridge, that the PB 10 is quite a bit softer so you’ll need to get used to the impact for a while.

Let me know how it goes! Cheers / Jonas

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Fernando August 12, 2018 - 04:22

Whats the swingweight in the Dunlop aerogel 300 4d tour. Thanks

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Tennisnerd August 12, 2018 - 07:18

Hi Fernando,
It is around 318. This racquet definitely plays better with some lead tape in the hoop. Great stick.

Cheers / Jonas

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James September 8, 2018 - 06:18

Hi, any chance you still have any 300 tours left for sale? Thanks

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Tennisnerd September 9, 2018 - 11:21

Sadly not!

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Bluwater January 7, 2019 - 21:17

Want to part with that iPrestige Head? I’m in San Diego.

Thank you

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Felipe June 1, 2019 - 15:33

Haven’t you tried a iPrestige Mid? I would be cool to watch a video demo of it!

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Tennisnerd June 3, 2019 - 13:26

Yes, I used to own one but sold it. Nice racquet if you like the mids.

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