USA Godfrey Racquets something different 1928-1938

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  1. rodracquet

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    Godfrey racquets received a patent for a stringing pattern involving double mains and double crosses. The patent drawings are a tad more complex than the example shown here which is a close version of what it should have been, however, I am sure the stringers would have done this the easier way.

    This is the GODFREY Thorobred model. What was most appealing about this model is not only the stringing but the use of some early celluloid type finish around the shaft which gives the wood a really nice deep honey gloss coat. Additionally, it has a reinforced throat treatment.

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  2. rodracquet

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    Shaft treatment is really quite unique and I have not seen any other example.

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  3. rodracquet

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    The double stringing ...........

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  4. jimbo333

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    Very interesting, this isn't a million miles from the idea used when stringing Lendl's rackets recently, only his weren't double strung, looks similar though!
     
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  5. rodracquet

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    I am not up with that pattern so please post a pic. I think double stringing is no longer permitted......one string only from one grommet hole??????

    By the way the fourth point about this racquet is the two guts...assume heavy for dense mains and crosses and lighter for others. Might need to look at the string holes at the top to see how they skipped the mid sections.
     
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  6. Autodidactic player

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    Double stringing is no longer permitted but I see nothing in the rules that would prohibit more than one string per grommet hole as long as the strings are "alternately interlaced or bonded where they cross ...[and] generally uniform and, in particular, not less dense in the centre than in any other area." Here's the whole rule:

    "The hitting surface, defined as the main area of the stringing pattern bordered by the points of entry of the strings into the frame or points of contact of the strings with the frame, whichever is the smaller, shall be flat and consist of a pattern of crossed strings connected to a frame and alternately interlaced or bonded where they cross. The stringing pattern must be generally uniform and, in particular, not less dense in the centre than in any other area. The racket shall be designed and strung such that the playing characteristics are identical on both faces. The racket shall be free of attached objects, protrusions and devices other than those utilized solely and specifically to limit or prevent wear and tear or vibration or, for the frame only, to distribute weight. These objects, protrusions and devices must be reasonable in size and placement for such purposes."
     
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    I did say his weren't double strung, but the pattern looked similar, here we go!

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  8. rodracquet

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    Ivan Lendl unusual strings

    Thanks for posting. I see he was using the Bosworth racquets (is that right) and the stringing looks like it is designed to provide extra support for the sweetspot. Wonder if he has the middle strings loose or tight?
     
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