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joe sch
02-04-2010, 08:02 PM
The bancroft slingshot was a very unusual Spring Loaded vintage racket design.

An aluminum racquet with a series of 4 steel springs at 3, 9 and 12 o'clock position, see pics. In theory, the strings would preload the springs for explosive power. A truely innovative racket for it's time. Open throat yoke for enlarged sweet spot and increased racket speed. "The Slingshot's springs compress on impact, hold for an instant then release the ball with explosive power."

Here are some pictures:

http://woodtennis.com/bancroft_slingshot/bancroft_slingshotAdd.jpg
http://woodtennis.com/bancroft_slingshot/bancroft_slingshotAddXray.jpg
http://woodtennis.com/bancroft_slingshot/bancroft_slingshotRacket.jpg
http://woodtennis.com/bancroft_slingshot/bancroft_slingshotSide.jpg

Pretty odd huh ?

Virginia
02-04-2010, 08:23 PM
Fascinating, joe! :)

joe sch
02-05-2010, 04:51 AM
Fascinating, joe! :)

Glad you enjoyed the posting.
Been sorta slow lately so thought an unusual vintage racket posting would be timely :)

jimbo333
03-05-2010, 04:19 AM
The bancroft slingshot was a very unusual Spring Loaded vintage racket design.

An aluminum racquet with a series of 4 steel springs at 3, 9 and 12 o'clock position, see pics. In theory, the strings would preload the springs for explosive power. A truely innovative racket for it's time. Open throat yoke for enlarged sweet spot and increased racket speed. "The Slingshot's springs compress on impact, hold for an instant then release the ball with explosive power."

Here are some pictures:

http://woodtennis.com/bancroft_slingshot/bancroft_slingshotAdd.jpg
http://woodtennis.com/bancroft_slingshot/bancroft_slingshotAddXray.jpg
http://woodtennis.com/bancroft_slingshot/bancroft_slingshotRacket.jpg
http://woodtennis.com/bancroft_slingshot/bancroft_slingshotSide.jpg

Pretty odd huh ?

Great stuff, I've got lots to catch up on!

Would certainly like on of these:)