Lacoste Top Control

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  1. Dino Lagaffe

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    Lacoste Top Control

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  2. galain

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    INteresting racquet Dino - what are the benefits of the stringing pattern?
     
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  3. Dino Lagaffe

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    I'm not sure... Tighter pattern but without the extra holes?
     
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    Not sure why I recall this, but this model was played by the former French great Cristophe Roger Vasselin (help?) when he knocked off Connors at the French, about '82. Nice-looking racquet.
     
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    Right I knew there was a reason I didn't like this racquet when I got it, am selling it now:evil:

    (I actually really like this racquet:))
     
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  6. gpt

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    You are so loyal to your man Jimbo.
    Love it.
    Yes, this is a nice racquet!
     
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  7. jimbo333

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    I do my best:)

    (Jimmy just in case you are reading this get in touch, I have a few questions about the racquets you used:shock:)

    (I don't actually think Jimmy Connors will get in touch LOL, but I suppose you never know:))
     
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  8. joe sch

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    Many of the early 1900s wood rackets had double mains and crosses to get a denser string pattern for more control. Its interesting that Lacoste used a 14x18 to produce a 20x18. Just need larger holes for double stringing, and probably a frame strong enough to double the tension for those strings. I bet it would be a great spinner racket. Would love to get ahold of one of those for play testing and as a great collection conversation piece. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    The early wooden Lacoste rackets were made by Donnay, some later graphite ones by Snauweart.
     
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  10. pshulam

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    Dino,

    Thanks for sharing. I have never seen a string pattern 2 strings per hole.
     
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  11. coachrick

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    I'm too old and tired to look it up; but, aren't there rules against two strings exiting the same hole in the same direction(or something like that)? I don't know if that small divergence in string angle would pass the test...just sayin'. :)
     
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  12. joe sch

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    Yes, I think the "Speghetti Racket" case eliminated these type of string jobs. Probably why no recent rackets used such patterns. The old stringers would also use tremlings strings, rather than stencils, to make intricate patterns in the string bed. Those would also technically be illegal now. Saves the stringers lots of effort but those were works of art and more difficult than stringing.
     
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