Racket cover for a single racquet

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  1. treblings

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    manufacturers seem not to produce them anymore,or less and less
    i´ve heard that it has to do with cutting costs.
    am i the only one who misses them?
    if i am, i guess i won´t get any posts in this thread:)
     
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  2. robbo1970

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    They do come with the Dunlop Biomimetic range. I have the single racket covers for both of my 300's. And I believe Prince still provide a full length cover for their rackets too, at least they do in the UK. But an alternative would be a 3 racket bag....theyre pretty slim.
     
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  3. treblings

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    some brands i guess still produce them, maybe more for their top player frames than others?!?
     
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    Once I got a bag I stopped using my covers. I have two old school POG suede covers that are fabulous, but sit in a box in our garage now.

    Maybe one of the big discount stores sells generic covers. I've seen odd ones on CL from time to time. If you look, I'm sure you can find one somewhere.
     
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    i throw them away, but likely still have some laying around...
     
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    I had about 7 of these head ones. I always wondered if i could sew them together to make a 7 pack bag. I'll try it sometime. Can't find most at the moment.
     
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  7. LeeD

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    I seldom carry ONE racket, so a packpack or tennis bag carries my gear.
    What can you do with ONE racket, no balls, no towell, no extra grips, no tape, no extra socks, practice balls, hats?
     
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  8. robbo1970

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    Thats true.

    I think its a fairly good idea to get a multiple racket bag, even if you just have the one racket, you will then have room for all of the other vital junk needed to play.
     
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    Yes thats true. I am actually the top player in my area using the Dunlop Bio300. I am also the only one and therefore the worst as well.:)
     
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    Slight tangent...
    I don't understand the 12-bag mentality. How much stuff does a 3.5 need to bring to the courts anyway..? I see it all the time at my local courts.
     
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    i am actually the top player for the bio 300tour in my area:) and yes, also the only one:)
     
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    Ha, I feel the same - I always use a Head 3-bag and a separate Reebok bag (medium-sized) for my gear. Don't need to look like a pro out there.
     
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    However, as for the extinction of the single racket cover, I just think that a cover belongs to a racket. If I spend a substantial amount of money for a racket, I actually expect that I can carry - or store - this instrument without fear of it getting scratches EVEN IF I don't possess another racket bag.
    I'm all for racket companies making good money, and I don't need the almost baroque and plush racket covers of the 80ies, but something with a company logo on it would be nice!
     
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  14. treblings

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    well said, i agree with you. that´s why i started the thread i guess, to see if i´m in a minority with my opinion.
    from the posts here it looks like it:)
     
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    they actually work quite well for toting extra stuff. I've been using a twelve pack for four/five rackets (ok, im not a 3.5, but only 4.0, as if that matters).

    having said that, I've dumped the racket bags and got a nice North Face duffel to carry my gear.
     
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    From what I've observed it's the other way around. This makes some sense: those who use players racquets are likely to have more than one and probably use a bag, whereas the more casual player will turn up to the court with their single frame in the cover.

    You may also find availability differs according to market expectation. As robbo1970 noted, the majority of racquets still ship with a cover in the UK. It wouldn't be the first regional difference; I've never found a reason for why Europeans get sold balls in tubes of 4, whereas Americans have 3.

    That said, I never use the cover any more. Maybe as I get older and become a weekend warrior. ;-)
     
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    good point about how serious players are more likely to use bags.
    as far as regional differences are concerned, we europeans have happily arrived at 3-ball tubes. don´t know about the u.k.
     
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    Haha, I hope you try
     
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    They'll have to prise that 4th ball from my cold, dead hands. ;-)

    I'm mildly surprised that 3 balls is the norm on the mainland. TW Europe seem to offer more 4-ball tubes than 3.
     
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    i´m here in Austria in the middle of Europe and if you´re buying your tennis balls in shops, 3 ball-cans are more common.
    smart choice is to buy them through the internet, TWE and others.
    unless you got a good contact with a retailer:)
     
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    I was using 4-ball tubes long before it was cool. Fewer discussions about opening a new can for the third set, optional really fuzzy or really worn ball to be held out of play(longer), less dire circumstances when a ball is lost over the fence, and best of all, hitting 4 services winners without having to retrieve a single ball :) .
     
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    But...back to the original topic. I'm sure there are still boxes and boxes of un-used racket covers in the store rooms of many shops and retail stores. I knew of a couple of larger retailers in Atlanta that would put the extra covers out for $1 each from time to time and then would simply offer them for free.

    If 'we' could institute some sort of 'retro' cover craze, those lonely superfluous covers could see new life ;). There were enough non-model-specific branded covers out there to supply darned near anyone who currently wants a cover.

    Bring on the retro-covers!!!
     
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  23. treblings

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    don´t you hate it when you have to retrieve balls between hitting aces:)
     
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    retro-covers:)
    i like the point that Alex78 made about safe storage. being a racquet collector myself, that´s a good argument for me pro retro-covers
     
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    As a long-time teaching pro, I could easily hold 4 balls to serve; five was a little strange, but doable. Fun when the opponent asks if you need a ball and you reply: "Thanks, I have 4(or five)". In the last few years of running the famous Friday Night Round Robin, I made sure each two adjacent courts had 7 or 8 balls between them, so ending up with 4 or 5 was easy to do ;). Also, it drove people nuts the first time they had 4 balls on the court. It's funny what we get used to. :)
     
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  26. Relinquis

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    i use an old leather duffel bag for my squash and tennis racquets, over-grips, balls, towels, related gear and a change of clothes.

    it works whether i'm just taking one racquet or three and i don't end up looking like a billboard. don't miss having a full cover for every individual racquet.
     
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    And ... just think about the evolution of racket paraphernalia over the past 4 decades. From a single wood racket with a wood or metal press and perhaps a burlap 'bag' for a cover, to hard plastic cases molded to fit only one or possibly two rackets with a can of balls, to beautifully crafted leather bags or covers, to branded covers ranging from the classically simple 'Wilson' to the more ornate Davis, to the 'tote bags' of the '80s--all trimmed with flowers or frogs--with the racket handle(s) proudly sticking out of the top, to full-length covers that made the conventional or half-covers look cheapie, to triple racket covers(WHO needs three-racket capacity? ;) ), to the six-pack, the 9-pack with back-pack capabilities, to the 12 or 15-pack that makes any player look like a sales rep, to NO cover...just a drawstring bag and a tour bag with the name of a shoe company on it...in case you were going to switch racket brands soon ;) ...on and on.

    OR, it could be the kid in cut-offs and t-shirt leaning against the fence at the University courts...Dunlop Maxply and ONE can of balls tucked under his arm...waiting for someone to ask him to hit. Didn't take long for a stranger to find out that unassuming young fellow was on the University team! ;)

    Ah, the good old days! :)
     
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