Curved grip rackets

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by Autodidactic player, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. Autodidactic player

    Autodidactic player Semi-Pro

    Mar 28, 2010
    Greensboro, NC
    Here are my curved grip rackets.

    Top to bottom, left to right:

    NOS Erge Ceramic “Anatomic Plus”
    NOS Erge metal
    NOS Biosport Gripper ceramic “Golden Gripper”
    NOS Biosport Gripper metal
    8/10 Sentra Marauder
    NOS Neoxxline Ergokinetic


    Does anyone have others? Please post some pictures.

    I've seen pictures of several Sentra curved grip rackets but I can't find any information to confirm that they were factory made. Mine definitely has a curved grip but it doesn't look as professionally formed as the others. It's also not NOS like the others so some former owner may have messed with it. Anyone got any information about these rackets?
  2. retrowagen

    retrowagen Hall of Fame

    Dec 4, 2006
    Is this why they tell you not to leave tennis racquets in your car on a hot day? :lol:

    Re: Sentra racquets: I seem to recall seeing curved-grip Sentras (aluminum, if I recall) pictured in World Tennis mag (USA), circa 1984. I may have to dig that one out of the archives to scan and share.
  3. magnut

    magnut Hall of Fame

    Apr 7, 2011
    anyone ever play with one? whats the benefit of a curved grip?
  4. Sanglier

    Sanglier Rookie

    Nov 28, 2011
    I have only one, the "Boron Stealth", for which I had already posted my impressions in an earlier thread, so I won't repeat myself here.

    I would only add that there can be no doubt that the crooked handle on this particular frame is factory-made, not just because Kuebler said so in his book, but because even its custom case came with a kinked contour:


    Actually, the more I played with this frame, the more I liked it. It definitely feels unusual, but not jarringly so. It is especially good for serves, where the ergonomic bend allowed me to have a more relaxed wrist angle at full extension, which seemed to translate to a more fluid forearm rotation during the 'snap', and therefore less strain on my joints. Out of all the weird frame designs that I have sampled so far, this is the only instance where I felt that an "innovative" gimmick had resulted in a net improvement in the playability of a racquet. rather than a net handicap.

  5. JP25

    JP25 New User

    Nov 6, 2013

    Here is one from my collection.

    The Sentra Firepower 900, 1979 Seiko Sporting Goods, USA. Definitely factory curved.

    I think the early curved grip rackets were designed to help the player keep the racket head above the wrist for volleys and slice backhands, etc., but they work in reverse as well and put the racket in a "natural" position to hit topspin as the head is below the ball when held normally (not sure if they were meant for this especially in 1979). It actually makes sense and does make it easy for a topspin groundstroke since you don't have to drop the wrist. Same concept as the ergonom style rackets except the grip is curved instead of the offset head.
  6. rodracquet

    rodracquet Rookie

    Apr 28, 2007
    The only thing I can add to this brilliant collection of curved grips is this ad from Rolf Jaeger in the 1880's called the SLAZENGER SABRE

  7. joe sch

    joe sch Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    Hotel CA
    I believe the purpose is to help the players hit lower ground stokes. Staying low and bending the legs is key to hitting well on the move especially and most intermediate players never master this kind of hitting. These rackets like the Snauwaert Ergonom really helped players hit better low balls. Notice how the NOS Neoxxline Ergokinetic is like the Ergonom with the curved grip.

    If my beliefs are true then for todays modern tennis with big topspin, players can use these rackets to more comfortably reach higher bouncers by rotating 180 degrees :)

    I have enjoyed playing the Ergonom and after getting use to its advantages it hard to go back to a normal racket.
  8. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

    Feb 18, 2004
    Anyone that served with these racquets notice the ball bouncing high? Only knew one guy who used a Sentra and his kick serve was extraordinary.
  9. rodracquet

    rodracquet Rookie

    Apr 28, 2007
    A guy in our collecting group in Australia plays the NEOXXLINE and loves it. Some German senior champion used to endorse and I would have thought if the Sentra was going give kick then these NEOXXLINE's would too. What is the consensus on diamond strung verus conventional. In an old Slazenger catalogue they were explaining how diamond stringing reduces the size of the sweetspot. Yet if you hit the ball the lack of string movement may help spin control..etc

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