Look at what I found!

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  1. iceman_dl6

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    I don’t know much about wood racquets. I found this one for $9 CAD at a used goods store. Could someone share some info about this racquet?

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  2. Shaolin

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    Its an old wood racquet :)
     
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  3. iceman_dl6

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    Lol! I was so excited when I bought it because I never saw one in person before and vintage tennis racquets actually fascinates me even though it’s just “a wooden racquet”

    When holding it, wow it’s quite heavy! No wonder they used only continental grips back then! Imagine SW or W grips, how hard it would be on the forearm and wrist!

    However, I am still curious to know the year of production of this frame! Possibly 1980? (At the end of the wooden racquet era since Wilson started putting graphite on this one).
     
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    Looks good, in good condition it seems
    if you do play with it, be carefull, try to use OLD soft tennis balls,, green or red dot tennis balls if you can...
    the glue is provably drying out, just like the wood, new hard tennis balls will crack old rakets more than any swing ime..
     
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  7. iceman_dl6

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    Thanks for the tip! I was thinking of trying it out!
     
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  9. onehandbh

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    How much does it weigh?
     
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  10. graycrait

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    I would restring it and take it out for a few hitting sessions. Heck, some of em hit just fine with 40 yr old syngut. To me what is the point to have it if you don't hit it? Besides, unless it is absolutely new with hang tags, etc. and/or has some serious gravitas it is just another wooden racket, which appear on the auction site with regularity at low prices. I have strung over a dozen woodies in the past few months at around 55lb with syn gut, took them for a hit, lent them or gave away to others, no issues. I showed a couple of my oldies to a couple of D1 men and after hefting them one said to me, "No wonder you old guys have such funny strokes!"
     
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  11. coachrick

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    I have two of those mids...one is fairly warped. While it is one of the last gasps in the wood racket continuum and newer than 'most', it IS a rather rare stick. Worth keeping around, I'd say. I'd definitely hit with it as is. If you think it's something you'd use from time to time, restring it with something lively in the 55# range. Mine were last strung in the 1980s ;)
     
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    It’s a beauty! I’d love to have one of those!
     
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  13. richardc-s

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    Looks nice, certainly worth having a hit with!

    I have a Slazanger Challenge no1 strung with gut at 50lbs and its great fun!

    Its funny how your strokes will adapt to the massive weight. I found I had to hit through the ball more than normal, not brush up it, or else the shot hardly make it to the net. The racket gives you no free power. I think using a wooden racket actually made me a better player in the long run as it made me realise my forehand was all spin and no punch. You just can't hit a ball like that with a wooden racket!
     
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  14. iceman_dl6

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    Thanks for all your comments!

    Since it is a rare model, i’m debating between restringing it to hit with it or to keep it as it is for my collection! I want as much as possible to keep everything in its original form but am afraid to break the original strings if i go hit with it!
     
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    Those strings look plenty beefy; but be careful with the broken plastic power pad...string is now against bare wood in a mighty sharp turn. IF you do restring, those "original" power pads aren't worth keeping...leather would look more appropriate for the day.
     
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    I bought one of those back in '82 or so on the clearance rack at Toys R Us. I still have it and use it every now and then. To me it feels more flexy in the head than a regular size JKA. Fun racket and a great find. [​IMG]


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    @Slingerland61
    The mid size JK Auto frame was softer in the head than the standard JK of the day. The lack of graphite reinforcement of the hoop lead to a mushy feel, even stung with natural gut. The last of the standard wood players in my club, who were all in the 45+ age groups tried and discard these frames.
    They were used by Jr on our club's summer program for several years.
    Thanks for the memories.
     
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  18. BorgCash

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    What do you think about Slazenger Challenge No1? Thinking to buy it, though the price is $25?
     
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    I think it's really nice, and looks lovely as well.

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    I have only tried a few wooden rackets but the Slazenger was my favourite.

    I strung it up with fresh gut and it was a beauty :D
     
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  20. BorgCash

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    Thank you, nice-looking racquet. It's a heavy one! Did you paint stencil logo on strings?
     
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  21. richardc-s

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    Yea it's a heavy beast, but there's nothing more satisfying than hammering a groundstroke with it!

    That pic was actually taken with the (I assume) original strings before I restrung it with gut. I really should add the stencil, it certainly looks better with it.
     
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  22. BorgCash

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    Ok, i got it. So you get it almost new? I only see modern overgrip. What is numbers of grip/weight written on it?
     
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    nm wrong thread
     
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