Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by droliver, May 27, 2012.
I'm the same way with my racquets.
Yes, within the first few weeks of learning the game, I noticed the racquet felt noticeably different, one side to the other – mostly a combination of the interface between butt cap and the bottom few wraps of leather grip. I’m pretty obsessive about my tennis gear, so much so that even in the juniors, I would get new racquets, remove the grips and butt caps, and refit them so they felt “right”: the old Kneissls had an engraved serial number on one side of the shaft just above the grip (Head racquets of the same era usually had a stamped number in the same general location), and a grip size sticker on both sides of the shaft. I’d remove the sticker from the side opposite the S/N, and designate that the “up” side. The grip and butt cap would be refitted so that the larger bunch would be on the fingertip side (away from the palm contact side). Thus the tactile feel of the serial number, sticker, and grip would indicate whether the racquet was up or down. All my racquets only had head rash on the “down” side, mostly from low backhands, with the occasional tic from a low forehand volley on the other edge. The “up” side halves of the hoops were pristine.
I thought it was weird until I read Ivan Lendl’s “Hitting Hot” book, where he admitted he did exactly the same thing. Later, I noticed John McEnroe, at the height of his ATP career, had his Max 200g’s leaded up asymmetrically, so that one side of the head (the “down” side) carried weight, whereas the other side did not. Same phenomenon…
FWIW, I also think the old Kneissl butt cap design (also used on the Adidas Lendl GTX frames), with top and bottom sides squared off and left and right sides arced (without corners), is the most hand-friendly butt cap design ever made - it fits the pocket between the heel of the palm and the lower muscle mass of the thumb perfectly. The fully oval Rossignol design of the 80’s is also quite nice, much better than eight pokey corners fighting with the meat of one’s hand.
It's little details like that which set apart those racquets when they were new, and helps make them unique from the rather homogenous designs of today.
Can we get some hints at what might be coming down the road from this Bosworth collection?
retro - Jimbo also used to 'off weight' his Pro Staff asymmetrically.
What was Juan Aguilera swinging back in the day? Somewhere in the back of my head I had him also being a White Star user...
Just in time for the holidays we have some new Bosworth racquets for you! This installment features a wide assortment of wood and graphite sticks. Some notable brands include Kneissl, Slazenger, Mizuno and Wimbledon. Most of these racquets have very low quantities so get them before they are gone!
There was one Kneissl White Star Master that was snatched by I hope a lucky vintage racket player. If not, may see for sale soon.
Happy Holidays back to TW and all the boarders !
thought about picking up the kneissl white star for a sec, then realized i need another racquet as much as i need a hole in my head.
Which version of Kneissl White Star Pro Masters was up for grabs this time? The one with the red shaft graphics, or the all white with red and blue strip just above the grip? Guess I missed 'em.
I did bag what appears to perhaps be some sticks from one of my favorite pros of the 80's, NCAA champ and 1986 Roland Garros finalist Mikael Pernfors. Or were they from Joakim Nyström?
The Wimbledon Borons sold out
this was the one.
If I remember correctly, the red shaft graphics model.
I went pretty fast to the shopping cart then when I found out it was gone, away pretty fast in disappointment. Oh well, I happy to have one strung with vintage natty gut that plays super in used condition.
Which stick do you think may have been for Pernfors ?
The Wimbledon "Graphite" was used by him, and concurrently, Joakim Nystrom. Pernfors used it on his epic run to the '86 FO finals. I believe Nystrom won Monte Carlo with it one year.
that was me. back in the day i remember i had this frame out for a demo and couldn't believe the serves i was hitting. but i ended up buying a couple f200 instead :mrgreen: hopefully the frame is in good shape and as described by the listing. i'd hate for the court rash to be worse than advertised.
Im sure you will be pleased. Glad its going to an old schooler who will love in on the courts. Great holiday gift !
Well, I am now in receipt of a pair of Wimbledon Graphites. Indeed, it's the same model as used by Joakim Nystrom and Mikael Pernfors, but the pair I purchased (one that has been modified with ample lead at the sides of the head, strung with natural gut; and one seemingly unmodified one that had never been strung, but now is) appear to have been earmarked for Rodney Harmon? (There's a sticker on the unmodified, NOS one that simply is marked, "Rodney.")
Lovely frames, perfect head size (88 square inches; looks larger as it is wider - closer to round - than most elliptical 90's), great quality. The original Wimbledon calfskin grips (in massive size 5) are Wimbledon-branded, but appear to be the same as the best Pro Kennex grips used concurrently - no surprise there since these Wimbledon frames were openly made by Kunnan, and marked as such.
I'm taking them for a hit tonight; can file a report if there is any interest.
Looking forward to the report! I waited too long and missed out on the Borons....
please do share. i've got a wimbledon graphite in my collection that i've been meaning to string up and take out for a hit.
Great news, very glad they are yours.
With gut and those calfskins they should be a pleasure to hit. Looking forward to your report.
Here it is: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=449899
arrived today. looks great. very, very slight scrapes at 10/2 but other wise near perfect. very happy.
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