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Tim Prapong left a comment for Christian Howgill
"Merry Xmas and a Happy New Years 2011!"
Dec 25, 2010
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Dec 19, 2010
Christian Howgill commented on Christian Howgill's blog post 'Was It A Mistake to Allow Non Wooden Rackets?'
"Yes, I think the ruling bodies should have been stricter, when they first started to use aluminium rackets."
Dec 13, 2010
John Spoerl commented on Christian Howgill's blog post 'Was It A Mistake to Allow Non Wooden Rackets?'
"If we let MLB use whatever space age technology they wanted there would be 500ft homeruns on the regular"
Dec 13, 2010
Christian Howgill commented on Christian Howgill's blog post 'Was It A Mistake to Allow Non Wooden Rackets?'
"Yes, we still have a few of those keeping our wooden tournament racquets safe! Some of them still play with their original gut, but every year we lose one or two and have to have them re-strung."
Dec 6, 2010
Christian Howgill commented on Christian Howgill's blog post 'Was It A Mistake to Allow Non Wooden Rackets?'
"Well, in England the best wooden racket and certainly the one that everyone remembers with most affection is the Maxply by a long chalk. Yes we have someone at Queen's Club who still plays with a wooden racket and it winds his opposition up…"
Dec 6, 2010
Tim Prapong left a comment for Christian Howgill
"Yes, I got to see all the nice things on your website. The Darwin graphic and the Lobfather cap is very funny! I like the crossed racquets doormat personally. If I had my own place, I would definitely get that. I would like to see those icons a…"
Dec 5, 2010
Tim Prapong commented on Christian Howgill's blog post 'Was It A Mistake to Allow Non Wooden Rackets?'
"I would love to play doubles with wooden racquets. I actually played wood against everyone with their modern graphites in doubles and won all my matches. Needless to say, people were either mad at me for daring to do such a thing, or were…"
Dec 5, 2010
Tim Prapong commented on Christian Howgill's blog post 'Was It A Mistake to Allow Non Wooden Rackets?'
"So which wooden racquet takes it as the best of all time? The Kramer? The Maxply?"
Dec 5, 2010
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Dec 5, 2010
Christian Howgill commented on Christian Howgill's blog post 'Was It A Mistake to Allow Non Wooden Rackets?'
"Yes, I used to run a wooden racket tournament at Queen's Club and when people first stepped onto the courts the first 20mins was awful tennis, but by the end of the day players were "stroking" the ball more and suddenly finding they…"
Dec 5, 2010
Tim Prapong left a comment for Christian Howgill
"Very interesting to read you were the manager at Queen's Club. I tried your website but wasn't able to view it."
Dec 5, 2010
Tim Prapong commented on Christian Howgill's blog post 'Was It A Mistake to Allow Non Wooden Rackets?'
"I challenged two of the young community college players to try their Federer based swing with my wood racquet. One complained that his wrist was hurting because he could not "pull" on the ball. Wood racquets require a "push"…"
Dec 5, 2010
Tim Prapong commented on Christian Howgill's blog post 'Was It A Mistake to Allow Non Wooden Rackets?'
"Yes, I would agree that Nadal's forehand with a wooden racquet would be difficult to manage. There is not enough springiness in the stringbed coming from the small headsize. He wouldn't get as much spin as a result and would risk more…"
Dec 5, 2010
Christian Howgill commented on Christian Howgill's blog post 'Was It A Mistake to Allow Non Wooden Rackets?'
"Yes, Federer retains a certain grace and elegance that transcends the generations and I think he would have been an equally great champion if we still used the wooden rackets. Nadal on the other hand would have to change his game a bit, if he tried…"
Dec 5, 2010
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"Mark, Thanks for that, yes, you wouldn't have heard of us as we've only just launched and don't have funds for a marketing campaign so we're relying on word of mouth, which has been very good so far and we're getting some…"
Dec 5, 2010

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I am a:
Tennis Fan, Casual Player, Tennis Shop Owner, Tennis Club Manager, Tennis Media
Neighborhood or other helpful location info:
London
Random things about me (hobbies, occupation, tennis history, favorite band, etc.):
Former Manager at The Queen's Club, now CEO of The Tennis Emporium, selling tennis themed gifts ranging from sumptuous designer rugs to fun kitchen tea towels that explain how tennis caused the worlds financial crisis!
Favorite pro tennis player(s):
I love exciting players who put their heart on the soul on the line, so players like the new kid, Dustin Brown all the way back to the old guard like John McEnroe
My tennis skill (please check your NTRP if you know it):
Not bad
On the court, I am a:
rightie, trixter, doubles partner, returner, one-hander, all courter
My favorite local courts:
Anywhere
Relationship status:
Single
Favorite website:
http://thetennisemporium.com

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Was It A Mistake to Allow Non Wooden Rackets?

Posted on September 28, 2010 at 5:30am 13 Comments

Did the ruling bodies make a mistake by not regulating the size and content of tennis rackets? In the late 60's and early 70's nobody had ever thought of using anything other than wood for playing tennis. So when Connors strolled on with a metal racket, the regulatory bodies did not know what to do as there was no rule against it.



But were they too slow to react? Have we lost some of the skill and artistry of the game and sacrificed it to the skill of the manufacturer, where… Continue

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At 8:59pm on December 25, 2010, Tim Prapong said…
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At 7:37pm on December 5, 2010, Tim Prapong said…
Yes, I got to see all the nice things on your website. The Darwin graphic and the Lobfather cap is very funny! I like the crossed racquets doormat personally. If I had my own place, I would definitely get that. I would like to see those icons a little clearer. Maybe the fainted silver fit in with the theme but I wear glasses and am very nearsighted. But I am definitely going to read that pdf book. :)
At 4:34pm on December 5, 2010, Tim Prapong said…
Very interesting to read you were the manager at Queen's Club. I tried your website but wasn't able to view it.
 
 
 

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