View Full Version : Help me purchasing a Woodie !

11-10-2008, 01:37 PM
Hi folks!

Here's my problem: Tonight I've tested a wooden racquet with some friends and I really love it.

I mean, ok it's so hard to play with but my friends are far from being good so it was so fun. The brand was Adidas but I know nothing more about it.

The topic of this post is: I'd like to buy one for fun, new or as new if possible, and a good one, but I know nothing about those frames and I don't have much money...

PS: Do you know how to string them and if stringers accept to string them ?

11-10-2008, 01:48 PM
flea-markets are a good way to find one cheap. even in very good condition sometimes.
good stringers accept woodies. ask beforehand
if you want to buy one over the internet, i am sure you find some at bargain prices. a good one that i see often would be the Dunlop Maxply. but their are tons of others.
one thing though. even if the racket is sold "as new" it isnīt new. with a 30 yrs+ woodie, there is always the chance, that the racket might break or warp when played.

11-10-2008, 01:55 PM
You might get very lucky at a flea market--there are a surprising number of little played wood frames out there. Hopefully you can find one that is not warped or cracked (you will be able to tell). I think you will find a better deal there than on the Bay but you might have to be patient. Look for Wilson Kramers and Dunlop Maxplys--they seem to be the most available. The vintage Snauwaert frames sold by TW are also very good but will cost you a bit more. Most good and experienced stringers can string them. Good Luck.

11-10-2008, 02:16 PM
slightly irrelevent question are woodies really underpowered because of high flex? and are they extremely heavy 12+ oz

whos broken a woodie by the shaft :twisted:

11-10-2008, 02:19 PM
and yes i agree with tremblings and maxply flea markets are the spot. sometimes there are frames at garage sales too

11-10-2008, 02:43 PM
The major ones used to be the Jack Kramer, the Chris Evert, the Donnay or Bancroft Borg models, the Dunlop Maxply and the Victor Davis. These were probably, in my area, about 80% of all the frames you'd see.

11-10-2008, 02:59 PM
Dunlop Maxply Fort and Kramer Pro Staff are the two best in my opinion.

11-10-2008, 05:11 PM
There really wasn't a lot of difference between top line wood frames before man-made materials entered the mix. Any of the Wilson or Spalding Signature frames (signed by big name pros) and the Dunlop MaxPly Forts will all be great pure wood choices. The Davis Classic and Imperials are also nice. A real sleeper is the Head Vilas. It has graphite inlays in the hoop that help it stand up to heavy balls. The Donnay Borg Pro has developed a huge mystique but to be honest it feels like hitting with a stiff plank of wood. No feel at all.

I have over 40 wood frames, all in good shape and all purchased for US$4 or less at yard sales, thrift stores and rummage sales. Be patient, visit frequently and you will find plenty of good bargains. Make sure you get a press to keep it in so it won't warp.

11-10-2008, 07:10 PM
If you watch the auction sites the Head EdgeWood or the Prince Woodie are good finds and play very well -

the Edgewood was the midsize follow up to the Vilas and a sold until the end of the 80's -

Prince Woodie a full oversize wood frame at 110sqin

If you like std size heads the Snauwart Gottfried stick that TW sells was a great one - it also was so well finished its almost a crime to string it and have it get all chipped up.:)

11-11-2008, 03:57 AM
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Il Mostro
11-11-2008, 07:06 AM
If you can get your hands on a Head Vilas you will be very happy.

game set match 46 TIMES!!
11-11-2008, 10:16 AM
i got my woodie from a thrift store for 3.50.

11-11-2008, 10:18 AM
I got a decent woodie for $1. Excellent shape, and I plan to string her up in the spring.

11-11-2008, 03:32 PM
how do you string up a woodie?

and what adidas racket was it you played with?

Steve Huff
11-12-2008, 04:57 AM
Go to woodtennis.com. You can buy as old or as new as you want. Joe is a great guy to deal with, and he has several. I got a Rossignol Strato (all white) from him (as well as several others). This is the one I enjoy hitting with most. I put black strings in it, a white overgrip, and it looks the part too.

11-12-2008, 10:46 AM
the Strato was a great frame! It was the Garcia Company until Rossingnol bought them and renamed the company and made a good run until the 90's - But that frame was untouched for about 5 or 6 yrs - very solid - Tour pros used it as well - Harold Solomon and quite a few others

11-12-2008, 11:38 AM
the rossignol strato is on my list of woodies i would like to purchase.
i donīt remember anybody other than Harold Solomon play with it.