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galain
01-12-2010, 11:06 PM
Pretty much all of the major manufacturers had an open throat wood composite in the 70's/80's - Prince, Head, Dunlop, PK, Yonex, Slazenger - even the non major companies had something for those who wanted the wood experience. Admittedly, not all of these companies pushed these frames as top of their range - but for the life of me I can't remember Wilson even bothering.

Can anyone help me out?

movdqa
01-13-2010, 07:25 AM
I recall the Vilas of course but I don't recall an open throat TAD Davis model. Wilson had the Autograph line which was very successful and then they brought out the Advantage and Lady Advantage which was a change to a very fancy appearance along with the use of hardwoods (to make it stiffer?). I think that the world was moving to metals, fiberglass and graphite. I tried the Vilas but didn't really like it. I much preferred the XRC and the Head Pro which I used for a long time.

Virginia
01-13-2010, 09:50 AM
TAD Davis had open throat (midsize) versions of the Classic, TAD (graphite composite) and Imperial and very beautiful they are too. :)

coachrick
01-13-2010, 10:47 AM
We were a big Davis dealer in central South Carolina in the 70s and I remember seeing an open throat model but I don't recall ever selling one. As a racket company, Davis was falling off the radar by the latter half of the 70s(for us anyway).

Wilson had the Legacy...reinforced(boron+fibreglas) wooden hairpin with nylon/plastic throat. Mine's a beast...13oz. Not exactly a 'Vilas' in terms of appearance. I haven't hit with mine for fear that the throat would just twist out of place.

movdqa
01-13-2010, 10:59 AM
I had moved away from Davis going more with Wilson, Dunlop, Head and Rossignol. My main dealer dropped them too so they feel off the radar screen for me.

retrowagen
01-13-2010, 11:13 AM
I don't think they ever went down that road. They introduced a midsized Jack Kramer Pro Staff as a stopgap, but their commitment seemed to have been towards a myriad of aluminum mids and OS's and development of some stout graphite and graphite composites instead, where many of the competitors did produce midsized open-throat wood/graphite composites as transitional models circa 1977-1984...

jimbo333
01-16-2010, 02:21 AM
It's a really good question, and amazingly I don't think Wilson made a single open throated woodie!

Interestingly, because I was brought up in the wood era of racquets, just, in the 70's. The first racquets I remember are single mono throated racquets. So when the first open throated racquets came along, it was something really new and exciting! Yes hard to believe now:)

So that's probably why I really like the open throated wood/graphite racquets so much:)

vsbabolat
01-16-2010, 06:13 AM
Pretty much all of the major manufacturers had an open throat wood composite in the 70's/80's - Prince, Head, Dunlop, PK, Yonex, Slazenger - even the non major companies had something for those who wanted the wood experience. Admittedly, not all of these companies pushed these frames as top of their range - but for the life of me I can't remember Wilson even bothering.

Can anyone help me out?

Wilson Legacy.

jimbo333
01-16-2010, 09:51 AM
Wilson Legacy.

That one doesn't count, as it is so weird!

PBODY99
01-17-2010, 08:48 AM
There was Jack Kramer Mid-size wood, a single shaft wood frame.