Bosworth Tennis?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Fuji, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Fuji

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    http://http://www.bosworthtennis.com/pages/racquet.html

    Alright, I was just browsing Google last night and came across this company! Does anyone have any experience with them? They seemed to really care about customer support and improvement, but the only downside is the price and some of the awful colors of rackets they have lol! I'm just curious as to see if anyone uses/used them before, as I have never seen them.

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  2. ManuGinobili

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    Thought this day would eventually come but never expected it to be this early :(

    use the search function... hopefully you can come across the 20 year old article on Bosworth that vsbabolat's posted a few months ago :)
     
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  3. Fuji

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    Haha I take it, they are actually a fairly popular company, hence your response?
     
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  4. Figjam

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    you must be new to tennis
     
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  5. Fuji

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    Fairly new actually! I only started playing a few years ago.

    Sorry for this terrible thread then haha, I guess I should have done more research on them before posting!
     
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  6. SFrazeur

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    "Fuji" just hasn't had much tennis "exposure." Better he "focus" on the "depth of field" of his game rather than miscellaneous racquet customizers. To do otherwise could "foreshorten" his fundamental tennis education.

    However, if you search on the forum for Bosworth you'll learn a lot in just a "snap."

    -SF
     
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  7. larry10s

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    while you are doing your search and learning about bosworth here is another company that customizes racquets and if you search will find alot about them also
    vantage tennis
    www.vantagetennis.com
     
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  8. safinator

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    I never thought about the Bosworth raqs before, but after this thread I checked it out and maaaan, 400 bucks for a racquet! For an ugly racquet - NO!!
     
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  9. coachrick

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    "Film" at eleven! :)

    Actually, having been in the tennis biz in the home of the 'largest local tennis league in the universe'(Atlanta) for over 25 years, I RARELY heard any reference to Bosworth Tennis outside of this forum. Of course, I was familiar with Fox and Bosworth rackets but consumers generally thought of the brand as just another racket marque.

    I met Warren back in the '70s when his 'studio' was just getting under way. Most of his efforts were directed toward stringing in particular, with some effort toward customization(mainly matching frames). He was the first person to enlighten me regarding the '6-second delay' between pulling and clamping while stringing.
     
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  10. courtking

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    Bosworth is the best racket customizer out there. The problem with them is customer service.. THey took care big clients but for regular customer they way lagging behind.. I request a customize racket from them last year and they got back to me 9months later.. I since then passed on the offer.
     
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  11. decades

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    You can also google this site. doing so would have turned up many threads on Bosworth.
     
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  12. 10ACE

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    Would you mind enlightening me on the "6-second delay"- is the the time frame one should stay in?
     
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  13. coachrick

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    Mind you, this was back in the mid-'70s. Bosworth, at that time, basically said that a string would 'relax' about 80-90% of its potential to 'relax' during the first 6 seconds that tension was applied. It wasn't so much the absolute numbers involved as it was an approach to consistency. IF a stringer-person waited 6 seconds between pulling and clamping, A) The effect would be more consistent compared to pull-clamp and then pull---------clamp, demonstrating the need for consistent timing...and 2) For those who pulled twice in those days--somewhat common with Ektelon type cranks--the effect of waiting 6 seconds between pulls would allow the string to 'give up' more of its stretch compared to the rapid pull-clamp approach. Sort of a 'pre-stretch plus' approach.

    I'm sure his method has been refined and amended over the 3+ decades since his business became so popular.

    We also spoke about his 'reverse-proportional' stringing method; by which he LOWERED the tension in the center mains and crosses to enhance the 'cupping' effect...particularly for Ken Rosewall's Seamco rackets during one particular tournament. I rolled my eyes at that one a bit; but , he swore that Rosewall gave him 'much' credit for bringing his down-the-line forehand back inside the court...thus allowing him to win a particular event.

    When stringing for the Atlanta Thunder almost two decades ago, I had the 'privilege' and challenge of stringing one of Martina's(the original) frames to try to match the original Bosworth studio tension. The racket had been in MN's bag for only three days but she thought it might have lost tension over that time! I felt a bit of pressure but MN said it hit just fine--too bad I put the YY stencil on 'reversed' and she could only use the racket in practice, NOT on TV. The YY folks wanted the logo facing the SAME way on every racket. HEY, 'we' still won the World Championships that year! :)
     
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  14. bugeyed

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    Interesting stuff from Bosworth & yep, Mr. Yoneyama insisted on the balls opposite the handle. I remember seeing MN at the US Open with a reversed logo & she changed racquets after the next commercial break.
    BTW I have always taken some W. Bosworth theories with a grain of salt. He did a lot for tennis stringing though.

    Cheers,
    kev
     
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  15. Dechizen

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    hey we both like prince of tennis :), anyways I would check these two out:

    http://www.vantagetennisus.com/

    http://www.donnayusa.com/main.htm

    Racquet's are more important at the higher levels, doesn't matter at your stage, though it doesn't hurt to have a good racquet either:wink:
     
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  16. Larrysümmers

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    interesting. i think i may try that sometime.
     
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