View Full Version : I want to buy a woodie

08-15-2004, 09:40 AM
I looked on **** and they are really cheap, under $20. Is there a big difference between models or are they similar. If they are drastically different can you recommend me a model.


08-16-2004, 06:46 AM
One question: why? :)
Anyhow, make sure that the racket isn't warped in the head. Sometimes the pic won't show it but make sure to ask. I'm particular to the Donnay Borg Pro. It's painted all in black but with some orange squares around the top and it has an extra long leather grip.

joe sch
08-16-2004, 06:50 AM
There are more differences in woodies than todays graphite shell rackets. Depending upon the maker, model and year, there were lots of differenct woods and other materials used in making the wood frames. These materials were laminated together to produce a layered frame which had playing characterists based on these combinations. I have found that the rackets that used graphite laminations were the most powerful and stiff but also the most likely to warp. Unfortunately, these were some of the best frames like the donnay borg pro and wilson JK midsize and many other famous models. If you can, try to ask the seller if the racket lays perfectly flat on both sides since you can easily get a warped woodie on **** since most of the sellers have no idea to check for this. Try to buy a wilson jack kramer autograph, these were solid player rackets that usually aged very well. Enjoy, Joe

08-16-2004, 07:16 AM
I agree, especially with the differences in wood frames and now. I would recommend a Head Vilas or Edgewood as well. They are very good frames and well worth the money. You can ususally get a Vilas on e-bay for about $50.

08-16-2004, 08:10 AM
Second the Vilas. Great frame, but as mentioned earlier they do tend to warp so you have to be careful. Besides the JK Autograph and Pro Staff, the Dunlop Maxply Fort is great wood racquet and good looking as well.

08-16-2004, 08:40 AM
if you are interested in getting a woodie i would contact david aames, im sure he will help you out...

08-16-2004, 09:16 PM
Just hang around the entrance of your local grocery store... that's where I found my Wilson Jack Kramer Pro Staff two years ago - just lying there, abandoned by one who felt that broken strings were the death of the racquet.