And now for something completely different!
It is not often we get to do something completely different but this is that time!
Everyone loves to see what the very latest racquets are going to look like and how they will play but what about taking a look back, not forward!
This racquet review is going way back! I am not sure when this racquet was made but suffice it to say it was a while ago. I will guess that it is over sixty (60) years old.
Well, OK! What is it?
It is a Wright & Ditson Olympic!
This is a beautiful 68 square inch wooden racquet. The wooden grip pallet is wrapped with a very wide piece of perforated leather, not the slender leather used today.
The racquet has no butt cap. Or didn’t have a butt cap but now it does.
Pay particular attention to the weight of this racquet, and the stiffness!
Many of the current racquets will be in the 315-gram range with an RDC flex of 55+.
When we received it the condition was not great but it was straight and worth renovating. We all know how beautiful some wooden racquets can be so let’s get to the specifications.
|Manufacturer||Wright & Ditson|
|Racquet Model||Wright & Ditson Olympic|
|String||Head Synthethic 17|
|Machine Used||True Tension Professional|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||12 - After stringing|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||27.0|
|Racquet - In Plane Stiffness||500.0 lbs/Inch|
|Head Area, cm2||444.6|
|Head Area, Sq. Inch||68.9|
|Number of Main Strings||18|
|Number of Cross Strings||20|
|Main String Grid||7.00|
|Cross String Grid||8.30|
|Density (% of head filled with string)||.843|
|Average Cross String Space||.415|
|Average Main String Space||.389|
|Dynamic Tension, Kp, ERT||30|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||167.8|
|First Moment, Nm||.932|
|Swing Weight, Kg/cm2||359|
|Swing Weight, Ounces||12.66|
|Swing Weight Calculated||377.9|
|Head Weight, %||44.9%|
|Center of Percussion||21.0|
|Dwell Time, ms||10.6|
|Efective Stiffness - lbs||9.0|