> > > > any size wood?
> > Unless graphite or boron or something similar is added to the wood, a
> > wood racquet's maximum size is about 75 sq inches. Any bigger and it
> > gets too heavy and breaks too easily.
> > > good question. Some of these posters don't understand that size matters
> > > much/more than composition. When Flipper hit some 120 mph serves with a
> > > racket a few years ago, he did it with a wood that was about 90 sq
> > > On the small side by the standards of today's rackets, but still much
> > > than the 65 sq inches common back in the wood era. Even Sampras's 85 sq.
> > > incher is big by those standards.
> > From what I recall, Flipper was given a standard sized Dunlop Maxply
> > with which to hit.
> From an article describing the test:
> "It wasn't easy for Philippoussis. The three racquet heads were vastly
> different in shape and size, ranging from the 84-square-inch hitting area of
> the wood racquet ...
> So the wood was an 84-incher...
I'll check this. No 'wood' racquet was ever that big. It's a mistake.
"A third racquet, an antique wood one, was put in the test mix mostly
for the benefit of the ITF, which had been openly pining for "The Way
We Were"---before, the ITF says, racquet technology changed the game
and put it on the dangerous cusp of a one-dimensional fast-serve
contest. Philippoussis had a determined gleam in his eye as he strode
past a group of novices toward Showcourt 3 at Melbourne's National
Tennis Centre, site of the Australian Open. "Hello, Mark," said a
nervous little boy in baggy pants. "G'day, young 'un," Philippoussis
muttered with a faint smile, his attention squarely focused on the
task at hand. It was high noon, and he seemed as confident as any
gunslinger would be who approached a shootout knowing one of his
missiles would be fired from a much-dreaded fugitive weapon."