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  1. mosquito

    mosquito New User

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    ...a wooden racquet?
     
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  2. Coda

    Coda Semi-Pro

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    PRince woodie...great racket
     
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  3. mosquito

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    i found one in my garage and it says TAD on it? Is that a brand or something?
     
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  4. baseliner

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    I remember the TAD rackets also called Davis. Can't find my old Jack kramer wooden rackets. Do still have my Slazenger Challenge One (the stiffness of graphite with the touch of wood). Still go out and hit with it on occassion.
     
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  5. bookem

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    As I recall, TAD = Thomas A Davis but were commonly called Davis racquets.

    Still have a Davis Duke.... and also play occasionally with my Wilson Advantage and Donnay Allwood... nothing like 'em to work on center hits and good contact...
     
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  6. louisc

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    Donnay Borg Pro (1980 model). Had it restrung recently, keep it in a press. It still plays beautifully. I find my strokes becomes more, well, classical with it. I'd support a move back to wood.
     
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  7. joe sch

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    TAD - TA Davis rackets were the most beautiful constructed woodies. My favorite is the imperial delux and the imperials were probably the most used of the davis rackquets. The classic models were also very popular and rather than woodie type looks, they had nice paint jobs with polished ceramic finishes. Here is a picture showing many of the standard head TADs : [​IMG]
    Some of the latest TADs were open throats very similar in style to the popular prince woodie, take a look : [​IMG]
    I believe one reason why the TADs never got the popularity of the famous wilsons, dunlops and donnays is because they never had any famous players using the sticks like McEnroe, Kramer, Smith, Laver, Borg, etc ...
     
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  8. jayserinos99

    jayserinos99 Hall of Fame

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    prince woodie.
     
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  9. mosquito

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    whoa i sure learned a lot...does anyone know how much a wooden racquet cost now a days?
     
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  10. Rabbit

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    I just bought a Dunlop Maxply McEnroe off e-bay (9/10) for $50. I played doubles with it last weekend, and it plays great. I also own:

    3 Jack Kramer Autos
    1 Jack Kramer ProStaff
    2 Slazenger Challenge 1's (one has never been strung [atatu])
    5 Head Vilas Autos
    2 Snauwert Vitas Gerualitis Autos
    1 Garcia 300 (Harold Solomon)
    1 Adidas Haillet (one of my favs)
    1 Wilson Advantage
    2 Fox ATP Mids

    Non-wood frames include

    1 Wilson ProStaff (Chicago)
    1 Wilson ProStaff (St. Vincent)
    2 PDP Fibrestaffs
    1 Adidas ADS 550 (aluminum knock off of the PDP Open and Red Head)
    1 Fischer Stan Smith Auto
    1 Tony Trabert C-6 Graphite (stiffest racket I ever hit with)
    1 Head Arthur Ashe Comp 2
    3 Wilson T-2000s (one of which is freshly strung)
    2 Rossignol F200s (if they'll ever get here)
     
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  11. mosquito

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    the wooden racquet i have has been lying in the garage collecting dust. how might i clean it up?
     
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  12. Gaines Hillix

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    mosquito, I'd try some mild soap and warm water to begin with. What that doesn't take off you can try a mild solvent on(turpentine or kerosene). A bio based product called GooGone is also good and won't damage varnished or painted surfaces.
     
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  13. mosquito

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    thanks a lot
     
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  14. Steve Huff

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    I have several wood rackets, many of which I've bought from Joe Schartman (woodtennis.com). He's very reasonable, and all of the rackets he sends out are in great condition (if not brand new). If you're at all interested in older rackets (wood, steel or even some graphite models), you should visit his website at www.woodtennis.com. You'll be amazed at some of the rackets.

    The rackets I have are:
    Dunlop Maxply Graphite
    Snauwaert La Grande
    Spalding Intimidator
    Slazenger Challenge #1
    Slazenger Orantes
    Wilson Chris Evert Auto
    Wilson Jack Kramer Auto
    Rossignol Strato
    TAD Imperial
    Snauwaert Guerulitis Auto
    Bancroft Borg
    Wilson Cliff Richey Auto
    ProKennex Golden Ace
    Wright & Ditson Championship

    All cool rackets, but of the ones I've stung and played with, the Rossignol is my favorite.
     
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  15. Rodd4LSU

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    Rabbit, I also own a PDP fiberstaff & an Adidas 550. I liked the PDP metal, but wanted to be different and went with the Adidas. I recently was wondering what happened to PDP as a company. Anyone know?
     
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  16. topspin king

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    I own a Donnay Borg Pro, it is a great racquet. I usually play w/ my POG MP, but sometimes i play w/ the Borg Pro to have fun.
     
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