Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by atatu, Jun 24, 2013.
Here are some pics, I've never heard of these
Looks a bit like the Rossi's from that era (R40 and such)
Nothing like the Gamma Big Bubba's, these are dwarfs compared to them...
Extra long frame, not really that stiff. A 6 ft 5 in player used one in my area.
Pretty sure these are just a box beam composite with no aluminum overlay. FOX had a few of similar construction in the early '80s. Pretty flexy at the top...something had to give to keep the neck from snapping. As I recall, there were a number with grommet problems in the corners near the throat...pulling into the frame.
They predate the FOX frames, foam core early graphite. As a Tony Trabret C-6 owner at the time it was an shock how soft it was.
I've commented on this frame before (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=241894&page=2), so I won't elaborate on my impressions again here. However, I would like to use this opportunity to reiterate my suspicion that there is an evolutionary path (direct or otherwise) between this "big Bubba" and the much better-playing Match-Mate frames, through a brief detour at Dunlop. My evidence is mostly based on appearance, as seen in this moving gif chronicling the changes in the series:
It bears mentioning that all of these frames were US-made, either in LA or San Diego. However, the few details I've been able to collect on them are still too sketchy to help piece together a clear view of how they were developed. The only thing I know for certain is that the molds for the later Match-Mate frames came from a Taiwanese vendor; which was an unexpected revelation in itself, as I was more used to hearing about racquets being OEM'd in Taiwan using molds supplied by a US client.
As far as I am concerned, the most interesting aspect of the Big Bubba is its possible connection with the Match-Mate frames. Playability-wise, it simply does not measure up to the other Tony Trabert offerings, such as the trail-blazing C-6 and the more forgiving Middy, unless one enjoys the feel of a wet noodle that vibrates a lot.
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