I want to buy a woodie

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by BigK35, Aug 15, 2004.

  1. BigK35

    BigK35 New User

    Aug 3, 2004
    I looked on **** and they are really cheap, under $20. Is there a big difference between models or are they similar. If they are drastically different can you recommend me a model.

  2. Goalier95

    Goalier95 New User

    Feb 23, 2004
    One question: why? :)
    Anyhow, make sure that the racket isn't warped in the head. Sometimes the pic won't show it but make sure to ask. I'm particular to the Donnay Borg Pro. It's painted all in black but with some orange squares around the top and it has an extra long leather grip.
  3. joe sch

    joe sch Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    Hotel CA
    There are more differences in woodies than todays graphite shell rackets. Depending upon the maker, model and year, there were lots of differenct woods and other materials used in making the wood frames. These materials were laminated together to produce a layered frame which had playing characterists based on these combinations. I have found that the rackets that used graphite laminations were the most powerful and stiff but also the most likely to warp. Unfortunately, these were some of the best frames like the donnay borg pro and wilson JK midsize and many other famous models. If you can, try to ask the seller if the racket lays perfectly flat on both sides since you can easily get a warped woodie on **** since most of the sellers have no idea to check for this. Try to buy a wilson jack kramer autograph, these were solid player rackets that usually aged very well. Enjoy, Joe
  4. Rabbit

    Rabbit G.O.A.T.

    Feb 11, 2004
    I agree, especially with the differences in wood frames and now. I would recommend a Head Vilas or Edgewood as well. They are very good frames and well worth the money. You can ususally get a Vilas on e-bay for about $50.
  5. netman

    netman Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    Second the Vilas. Great frame, but as mentioned earlier they do tend to warp so you have to be careful. Besides the JK Autograph and Pro Staff, the Dunlop Maxply Fort is great wood racquet and good looking as well.
  6. mileslong

    mileslong Professional

    May 18, 2004
    newport beach, california
    if you are interested in getting a woodie i would contact david aames, im sure he will help you out...
  7. Deuce

    Deuce Banned

    Feb 13, 2004
    A not so parallel universe...
    Just hang around the entrance of your local grocery store... that's where I found my Wilson Jack Kramer Pro Staff two years ago - just lying there, abandoned by one who felt that broken strings were the death of the racquet.

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