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Old 07-03-2013, 04:19 PM   #6
Join Date: Nov 2011
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I've commented on this frame before (, so I won't elaborate on my impressions again here. However, I would like to use this opportunity to reiterate my suspicion that there is an evolutionary path (direct or otherwise) between this "big Bubba" and the much better-playing Match-Mate frames, through a brief detour at Dunlop. My evidence is mostly based on appearance, as seen in this moving gif chronicling the changes in the series:

It bears mentioning that all of these frames were US-made, either in LA or San Diego. However, the few details I've been able to collect on them are still too sketchy to help piece together a clear view of how they were developed. The only thing I know for certain is that the molds for the later Match-Mate frames came from a Taiwanese vendor; which was an unexpected revelation in itself, as I was more used to hearing about racquets being OEM'd in Taiwan using molds supplied by a US client.

As far as I am concerned, the most interesting aspect of the Big Bubba is its possible connection with the Match-Mate frames. Playability-wise, it simply does not measure up to the other Tony Trabert offerings, such as the trail-blazing C-6 and the more forgiving Middy, unless one enjoys the feel of a wet noodle that vibrates a lot.

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