It is playtest season here at Tennis Warehouse! Which means we are furiously playtesting new racquets daily! Which brings about this week’s question for my fellow playtesters,
“If you can’t use your ‘go-to’ racquet of choice, what racquet will you use?”
Here’s how they answered…
A little while ago I did some blogs on the Bosworth collection, (check it out here) and covered some of the racquets we had available at the time. This stuff sells quick and they’re usually not racquets that you’ll see around for sale very often. As I mentioned in that first blog, as a general rule, once something is online and gets sold, that’s the last you’ll ever see of it.
To re-explain: The Bosworth custom racquets come from the late Warren Bosworth, who specialized in customizing racquets to help professionals optimize their performance. He thought that racquets in stock form were limiting — racquets produced for the masses weren’t always what different pros needed, so he decided to provide unique setups to suit each player’s specific requirements. Every player is different and desires a different customization for their racquet, so Bosworth explored that idea by watching, coaching, listening, experimenting and working with different pros to create setups and specs that would help each play his or her best tennis.
As per usual, our inventory has changed and I wanted to let you all know some of the cool and very unique racquets that we currently have available in our vintage racquet collection.
Bosworth Head Director
Manufactured in the US in 1982, the Head Director is a unique racquet with an interesting elongated head shape. It features an extruded aluminum frame and provides a wonderful snapshot of the era just before graphite. It provides a comfortable and solid on court.
Specs: Contains original leather grip. Grip size 4. Specs include 100 square inch head size, an unstrung weight of approximately 12.3 ounces, an 18×19 string pattern, standard length, and has a bumper-less grommet system.
Bosworth-ProKennex Comp Destiny
If you think this racquet shape looks familiar, then you are right. The Pro Kennex Composite Destiny is the predecessor to the Babolat Pure Drive model with its rounded shaft and aero head. Also features original blue Pro Kennex leather grip still in the plastic and original blue working grommets. Made in Taiwan.
Specs: It features Destiny Performance System (DPS) technology, a 95 square inch headsize, weighs in at 12.5 ounces strung, a 16 x 19 string pattern, and is standard length.
Last up, we have a beast of a racquet:
This racquet is extremely solid with old-school weight. It was made in the 1980s and is made of a combination of boron and graphite.
Jonathan weighed in on this racquet saying, “The Wimby BP is heavy, heavy. So it is ideal for advanced players who can handle a lot of weight. Put another way, if you are strong enough to get the Wimby moving, it will produce a very heavy ball. If you are not strong enough to get it moving, you might find things a bit tougher.”
It has an open string pattern that provides great and easy access to spin, and like Jonathan said, in the right hands, this one hits an extremely heavy ball. Something else this racquet offers? Maximum stability. It has two stabilizer bars in the throat that help with this stabilization.
Genuine is genuine, as this racquet comes with the original leather grip in a size 5. There are only nine of these babies available, so if you’re looking to purchase you’ll have to shorten your decision making time!
Specs for this racquet include a length of 27 inches, an unstrung weight of 11.6 ounces and a pattern of 16×19. Something else to keep in mind is that these racquets have been in storage for a while (about 20-30 years) so they may have some slight blemishes (as would you if you’d been kept in a box in the dark all these years!).
Get in there and have yourself some old school fun.