Wood Racquet: Need Suggestions

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by TimothyO, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. TimothyO

    TimothyO Hall of Fame

    Oct 5, 2010
    One of my sons has asked for a wood racquet a few times and his birthday is coming up so I've decided to buy a couple of them. We have a "Play It Again" store nearby that has some wood frames so at least there's a local, relatively cheap source.

    1. How do I evaluate the condition of a wood frame beyond the obvious? I'm handy enough to look for obvious cracks and dried out wood. But are there are other, less obvious clues to a frame's condition?

    2. Once purchased I intend to have them strung with natural gut. Any recommendations as to tension? Things to look out for?

    3. Is there a better, more reliable source for wood frames?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. sundaypunch

    sundaypunch Hall of Fame

    May 17, 2011
    I would look for is warpage. Many times the head is warped like a potato chip.
  3. MAX PLY

    MAX PLY Hall of Fame

    Apr 4, 2008
    If you are willing to spring for a gut string job, buy a never used quality wood frame. See the vintage section on TW-the BG autograph is a quality frame. You might have a bigger selection on wood tennis dot com. Good luck and enjoy.
  4. PrinceMoron

    PrinceMoron Hall of Fame

    May 1, 2009
    Watch out for the weight ie L, LM, M. I personally like a heavy stick, but some maybe too much for your son.
  5. lazya4

    lazya4 New User

    Sep 9, 2010
    west coast
    the most accurate way i have found to check for warpage is to lay the upper portion of the hoop on a flat table or sheet of glass. you can only put so much of the hoop on the flat surface before you put the extra piece of wood that faces the throat on the surface too. if you do that you won't be able to tell anything. check both sides.

    you didn't say what size racket you are looking for. do you want a junior racket or full size? with a junior you can get a less than 4 inch grip size.

    i agree with maxply, if you are going to go to the expense of a gut string job i highly recommend that you get a better quality tennis racket to take advantage of the gut strings. there are jack kramer autograph, dulop, and even donnay borg junior rackets.

    pete samprass is quoted as saying that if his son ever wanted to play tennis he would start them out with a wood racket.

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