Navratilova and her 10 sided Bosworth

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by intense2b, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. intense2b

    intense2b Banned

    Sep 12, 2004
    This racquet is featured in this months tennis magazine on page 22. Navratilova uses it and Lendl used it in the last 2 years of his career. Has anyone played with this contraption? Is it worth $399? For that matter, has anyone ever used any of the other custom made Bosworth racquets? I called Mr. Bosworth and he says that he can make the 10 sided racquet or any racquet from scratch to any specifications that you want. He says he can send you a questionaire and build a racquet custom made exactly for you! Has anyone tried this?
  2. joe sch

    joe sch Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    Hotel CA
    If I ask him for a St Vincent dup, will he have it made in St Vincent :wink:
  3. Cruzer

    Cruzer Professional

    Feb 26, 2004
    Leafs Nation
    OF COURSE it is not worth $399 unless you have more money than brains.
  4. fuzzy balls

    fuzzy balls New User

    Feb 21, 2004
    I'm also intrigued.I tend to like heavy rackets but don't like using lead tape cause it throws the feel out of wack(imo).Bos has a 96 head with a weight of 12.8 oz. Sounds interesting.....I'm going to check it out.I think the price is not a big deal if you compare buying a bunch of lesser priced rackets that you don't like.Or ,look at it this way: cost of a car =$ cost of a custom built car = $$$$ get it?
  5. Andy Zarzuela

    Andy Zarzuela Professional

    Feb 21, 2004
    Thinking the same thing. I just brought one. I hated paying so much; however, consider what girls wear to prom now these days. They pay WELL OVER $300 for designer dresses that they only wear for one night!!!!
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  6. @wright

    @wright Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    I'd love to hit with one just to see what that weird shape feels like, but $180 is the most I've paid for a new racquet, and about $150 is the most I'd pay now.
  7. NoBadMojo

    NoBadMojo G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    Parts unknown
    i think fox still is in biz and they have the multi-sided frames. dont know if fox or bosworth came up w. the design first (maybe fox was the liscensee for the frame), but i think you could find a website for fox and i dont think they are very expensive. other players used the multi facted frames during their careers..brad gilbert for sure used a fox for much of his career
  8. gregraven

    gregraven Semi-Pro

    Apr 22, 2004
    Fox still has them, but only in two grip sizes. Better hurry.

    As for the Bosworth frames, while there are some select high-end pro shops where you can demo one, after a fashion, you're talking about a custom-made frame. Thus, while you might be able to hit with one, it more than likely will have no bearing on the totally different frame you would be ordering.

    For what it's worth, Warren tells me that the main benefit of his ten-sided design (that is, aside from the customization) is that the hoop dimensions remain the same after stringing at any conceivable tension. He tells me that this lack of hoop deformation mean that the racquet feels "sweet" (my word, not his) at whatever tension is best for you. For the gearheads among us, this means that there is no "tuned tension" for this racquet, as there seems to be for others.
  9. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

    Oct 29, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    I'd say it's not worth the money.
    Martina at the top used Yonex R-7 and R-22.
    If you can find one of those used by her personally THEN, perhaps.

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