Did anyone ever use wood as their first raquet and/or play with it for a while? What was it like and did it help your game develop? Its impossible/PAINFUL to go backward to wood ;), but a transition from wood to graphite would be a better way to learn the game cos you develop a good sense of 'feel' and variety with wood?
A few years ago a friend brang a wood raquet to tennis and it was a model which Court used, or so he said. The raquet head was pathetically small to the extent i dont know how they could get the ball to make contact with strings! :eek: and i couldnt HIT the ball with any pace or do anything. It wasnt very responsive to my slice bh either.
Mar 10th, 2003, 12:44 PM
and, whos played with wood ON wood :eek: ? i didnt even know of such a surface until seeing sam's thread!
Mar 10th, 2003, 03:35 PM
I've played with wood. But you should have seen the honey on the other side of the net. Oh, rackets? Yeah, I used wood for years.
Mar 10th, 2003, 07:38 PM
I had many wood rackets over the years. I think I played with wood until 1987 (!!!!!).
I don't remember the first racket I had in 1976, but I remember coveting the Evonne Goolagong Dunlop at K-Mart (my dad said it was for girls). After that I got a Slazenger (their most famous racket, which i have forgotten the name) because Sue Barker was using it and I just needed to hit a forehand like her for my 8th grade tennis team. Then along came Hana Mandlikova and I was a Wilson Jack Kramer fan until 1987 (when Steffi and her forehand caused me to move to the Dunlop Max 200, just like Martina did that year).
I always wanted a Dunlop Max Two-ply Fort. They were so beautiful and everyone used them. But by the time I saved up my allowance to buy one, everyone had moved on to new rackets and I got the Slazenger.
Honestly I don't really remember what it was like. Obviously I was hitting the ball a lot slower, but I know I still play the same.
Mar 10th, 2003, 11:48 PM
I started out with a wood racquet, Very good for one's focus. You have to concentrate to hit the ball in the sweet spot. I've played with and/or owned a variety of racquets. I used one of those old Wilson T-series racquets (the round-headed Connors model). What a piece of crap! No wonder Connors couldn't get anything on his serve. I think he won despite this racquet.
I've used one of those "Jay Berger specials"; the $5 aluminum racquet from K-Mart. Warning: if you serve in the 135-140 MPH area, these racquets are dangerous. I've had one literally explode on a serve.
My favorite racquet was the Head fiberglass model that Ashe used to win Wimbledon. It was a sturdy racquet. And heavier than most. I just liked the feel of a heavy racquet.
I've never used an oversized racquet. The largest string surface I ever hit with was the Ashe model.
And yes, I've played with wood on wood. There were more places to play indoors on wood 25 years ago.