Most Beautiful Wooden Racquet

#51
I demo'd the Dunlop and hated it so passed on it but it looked cool.
Agree, as I stated, the Maxply McEnroe graphite is a low powered like a woody and does have the vintage looks.
With its "woody like look" you can take it to the courts and have a little more power than an actual wood.
I would suggest just playing a real wood as the touch, feel and flex are really a joy when compared to playing a modern carbon air shell racket.
 
#52
Some great entries above! I played with the Bancroft borg, the maxply, the slaz challenge no. 1, the Wilson Advantge (it looks like both kinds of music, country AND western), and the Head vilas.

When you get a chance, check out:

1. the Garcia Continental 3000. Made in Italy. Gorgeous woods and finish.

2. I have always wanted a Fishtail.

3. Wilson Ellsworth Vines.

4. Dunlop Rod Laver Popular Model. Not really a performance frame. Just a tribute with Laver's face on the throat. Wood grain with a bit of dark blue.

5. Slazenger Vilas V24.

6. Le Coq Sportif Yannick Noah. Silver, wood, and a bit of red and blue.

7. Le Coq Sportif gambit. Brown on wood.

8. Snauwaert Dyno, a favorite among Michigan and Cal players/fans).

9. Snauwaert Vital Gerulaitis.

10. Donnay Allwood.
Like your list of *beautiful* sticks !
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
#53
Agree, as I stated, the Maxply McEnroe graphite is a low powered like a woody and does have the vintage looks.
With its "woody like look" you can take it to the courts and have a little more power than an actual wood.
I would suggest just playing a real wood as the touch, feel and flex are really a joy when compared to playing a modern carbon air shell racket.
I always let people try my set of Prince Monos who like wood racquets. They usually like them.
 
#55
Agree, as I stated, the Maxply McEnroe graphite is a low powered like a woody and does have the vintage looks.
With its "woody like look" you can take it to the courts and have a little more power than an actual wood.
I would suggest just playing a real wood as the touch, feel and flex are really a joy when compared to playing a modern carbon air shell racket.
I like this racquet. I can't consider it low power, closer to medium power. I think it's repainted Dunlop 300 model.
 

WarrenMP

Professional
#58
That is a beauty. Seems odd to have someting other than a leather grip on it, though!
I saw a fairly recent Lacoste ad with the one and only Guga Kuerten holding it. He played some tennis with it at a promotional event. So cool. I understand the core is graphite.
It is not an 100 percent wood racquet, but 70% of it is wood. I wanted to get it as a collectors item and have it framed as a picture. Then again I could do that with the original prostaff 85 and save money.
 
#59
It is not an 100 percent wood racquet, but 70% of it is wood. I wanted to get it as a collectors item and have it framed as a picture. Then again I could do that with the original prostaff 85 and save money.[/QUO
Pro staffs are goodlooking and very solid to hit with, but they are a dime a dozen. This thing is special. I'd love a bagful, and I would want to add leather, add thirty grams, and give it some quality court time! This thing is like a modern, playable piece of art!
 
#62
The Wilson Jack Kramer Autograph Millennium JKME Limited Edition is a paint job of the Hyper Pro Staff 6.5.
They were expensive due to limited releases and especially if signed by Jack as shown in this pix.
If you want a modern racket with wood feeling maybe looks for a prokennix core model which should be lots cheaper and more like a wood.
The most wood-like modern racquet I’ve played with is the Prince Phantom Pro 100, but its thin beam would be hard to fit a “woodie” paint job onto. Maybe the Wilson Clash?


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#63
There are a lot of really beautiful wooden racquets out there, but I think the classic Dunlop Maxply Fort has gotta be at the top of the list. Agree?





I’m still pretty new to the woody appreciation society, so please pardon my ignorance/naivety.

Just got my first Mayply ever (!!!) this past weekend at the thrift store. Mine is pretty beat up, does not look nearly as nice as this gem! The color contrast between the wood layers is not nearly as vibrant as yours. Wilson Advantage currently gets my vote for most beautiful, (too bad I gave mine away.) but my TAD Imperial is a pretty impressive woodworking project too.

Playability-wise, I think I like the Jack Kramer autograph. (Gave that away too). Will have to try the TAD and the pristine Miss Chris from last week.


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Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
#65
Back in 1979 saw a few Wilson Pro Select Kramer Autographs. Each was weighed and the balance point indicated on the racquet. Had the glossiest finish IMHO ever.
1st time to see a 15 plus ounce Kramer
 
#66
I always thought the Snauwaert Gottfried Autograph was a beautiful frame, and the suede head cover just added to the aura. I played with them one year as a junior and they really did not suit my game but I wish I had hung onto one of them. While not "beautiful" in the classic sense, I thing the Donnay Borg Pro is an iconic design that was lovely in its own way.
 

Ronaldo

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#67
I always thought the Snauwaert Gottfried Autograph was a beautiful frame, and the suede head cover just added to the aura. I played with them one year as a junior and they really did not suit my game but I wish I had hung onto one of them. While not "beautiful" in the classic sense, I thing the Donnay Borg Pro is an iconic design that was lovely in its own way.
Did you play with the medium or light version? Recall trying the Snauwaert Gerulaitis Auto and felt it was too light at 12+ oz.
 
#72
Ronaldo:
They were the light version and I don't think I picked correctly. I was so fascinated with the fact that you could dig through all the racquets on the rack and find two that were "identical" because Snauwaert put all the specs for each individual frame on the shaft that I worried more about two identical frames than two that would actually work. My junior doubles partner was a sponsored Snauwaert player and he used the Gerulaitis and it seemed more hefty.
 
#73
Even BlueStar was expensive back then. I laugh when I think of the weird strings I used in my racquets in search of durability (anyone ever use something called "HiWire" that actually had fine wire as one of the filaments?) That plus Gut Life Spray and String a Lings.
 
#76
Blue Star strings were a whispered legend of cool when I was a young'un - "They're tennis strings, but THEY'RE BLUE!" - but we didn't know anyone who actually had them. A few years ago I picked up a JK Auto at a thrift shop, and it was strung with my first-ever set of Blue Star. It plays like 40-year-old nylon, but I never have gotten around to restringing it.
 
#77
Blue Star strings were a whispered legend of cool when I was a young'un - "They're tennis strings, but THEY'RE BLUE!" - but we didn't know anyone who actually had them. A few years ago I picked up a JK Auto at a thrift shop, and it was strung with my first-ever set of Blue Star. It plays like 40-year-old nylon, but I never have gotten around to restringing it.
Anyone recall oil-filled nylon strings? On a cold day, snap, crackle, and pop
 
#82
I recall that BlueStar didn't last any better than natural gut, and it was way more expensive than Leoina 66 or any of the other decent nylons like Prince Synthetic Gut. I splurged on BS once and almost cried when it started fraying just like gut after two sets. You guys also just released a memory of the oil filled strings that I had repressed. Better than hypnotism...
 
#83
I recall that BlueStar didn't last any better than natural gut, and it was way more expensive than Leoina 66 or any of the other decent nylons like Prince Synthetic Gut. I splurged on BS once and almost cried when it started fraying just like gut after two sets. You guys also just released a memory of the oil filled strings that I had repressed. Better than hypnotism...
Thank goodness wood racquets played out every year. Dead racquets and broken dreams..............................strings
 
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