bancroft slingshot

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  1. joe sch

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    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 ?
     
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  2. Virginia

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    Fascinating, joe! :)
     
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  3. joe sch

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    Glad you enjoyed the posting.
    Been sorta slow lately so thought an unusual vintage racket posting would be timely :)
     
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  4. jimbo333

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

    Would certainly like on of these:)
     
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