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.
Next to be highlighted, due to its Bosworth roots and brilliant historical roots, is the:
This racquet is a sharp looking racquet — it has a golden copper-bronze finish whose beauty needs to be seen to be believed. It is also unique in shape. The head is midsize, but it also has the Bosworth Angle Arc, which makes it very distinctive. Want to know if it’s lasted the years? Correct! The racquet bridge of this racquet is made of a very strong, very durable material known as Zytel ST (Super Tough) 801, so it is exactly as durable and in the same tough condition as the day it was made.
Leather grip fanatic? Look no further. The Snauwaert has a first quality leather grip and suits the racquet style down to the tee. Very classic and classy. Something to note is that each racquet has its individual specs (grip size, swingweight, weight) engraved onto the side of the beam, which is a really cool feature. And just to keep things close to the heart, this racquet was manufactured in the U.S.!
Jonathan Wolfe (see references to this fellow in earlier Bosworth Collection posts!) had a little input of the aluminum-enthusiastic type. “Make sure to note that this racquet represents an irreducible and immeasurable and fantastic and earth-shattering and life-saving snapshot of tennis history – that being, the short late ’70s early ’80s transition period between wood and graphite, a time when the world’s most pedestrian metal was king.”
As part of the Bosworth Blog Series by yours truly, let me introduce you to one of three racquets I am going to showcase:
One of the many racquets that we have in our TW Bosworth collection, the Fox Target 210 is pretty cool looking. Designed by Warren Bosworth in the 1990s, this wonderfully pink racquet features a widebody design for increased power and a throat grommet dampening system for enhanced comfort.
One of the interesting things about it is the distinctive decagonal headshape, which was designed to offer an increased sweetspot. I’m loving the style of this racquet as well as the paint job — the classic 1990s cosmetics in metallic black and pink give this racquet a great period look.
We measured the specs so you’re able to get a feel for it: the strung stats for this racquet include a weight of 12 ounces, a length of 26.75 inches, a swingweight of 340 (RDC), 3 points head light balance, and and a stiffness of 74 RA. Also, the grip size is 5. All of the racquets we have for sale are unused, but because the racquets were in storage for so long, the grip has disintegrated and will need to be replaced.
The added bonus of this racquet? It comes with a cover, so it completely looks the part, and is ready to string up with your favorite string. Get it out on court and enjoy a little piece of tennis history!