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When Bradley Wiggins started doing really rather well in the Tour de France middle-class men started to put down their golf clubs and put on the Lycra and tear up the country roads. Rory Mcilroy and Justin Rose were no longer their idols, and coupled with high fuel prices, middle aged men decided to squeeze into their favorite team’s colors and cycle to work and play instead. After this weeks revelations they will have to reach for their inhalers to keep up and with the Ryder Cup next week then maybe gold with be their sport once again. The whistling on the podium during the National Anthem told you all you need know about this cheaters respect for the sport and integrity. I, on the other hand, cycle and play golf and won’t be wearing the Lycra or the Pringle any day soon.
I have accrued my golf clubs over the years and bought my first one when I was 16. I have all manner of brands and names on my wedges and drivers in my bag, everything from a Nick Faldo sand wedge to a Lee Trevino rescue club. After a while I abandoned using a driver as I could never really hit the ball straight and far with one so just carry a 5 wood and a 3 Iron for distance. I like to plot, not smash, my way around the course. Once you are in the rough or sand you start to have a bad round very quickly. The game is all around hitting the ball straight after all. The key to hitting with a 3 iron is minimum draw back on the wing, of course. If it hits the sweet spot you are a way, low and straight and the bounce will bring up the 200 meters.
So I have the sticks but what about the basket? Well, we all know if we need a second hand guitar or golf bag the best place to find one cheap is charity shop. They are always staring at you like a stray dog at the pound waiting to be rescued, the owners giving up a hobby that was just too hard.
My old bag was a bit small and stinky and I needed a bigger one to put all the stuff in. I couldn’t get my waterproofs in and my whisky so more storage space required. So walking past a charity shop there was a secondhand Wilson bag for just £30. It looked pretty new and probably a dead mans bag where the wife has bought it in as she has divorced him or he croaked on the golf course. Either way I have no problems buying anything but underwear second hand. Its not one of those expensive behemoths the Americas cart around in Palm Springs that cost about $400.
• Top - 7.5” x 9.5”
• 8 dividers
• 3 stays construction Stand
• Light weight FRP legs, durable and easy action
• Diamond polyester fabric
• 5 closed pockets
• 2 large side pockets
• 1 velour pocket with water resistant zip
• 2 Large bottom pockets with boot handle
• Padded double strap
• Insulated water bottle sleeve
• Umbrella holder
• Towel ring / glove holder
• Rain hood
• Easy embroidery bottom panel
The bag is about £80 in Sports Direct or Argos and stands around a meter or so. It’s made of a plastic looking leather substitute with 8 club dividers. Pro golfers use up to 14 clubs in their bags. I use just 9-10. My handicap is round 15 right now and more of a touch and feel golfer. I can use a 7 iron like a pitching wedge down to a five iron. Around the greens is my strength and I make those irons talk.
2 decent sized side pockets are good for booze, golf tees and gloves etc with two larger pockets lower down the bag for an extra fleece and the waterproofs and 5 smaller ones higher up for stuff. The strap is easy on the shoulder with extra padding and double cut for over the shoulder walking and a solid bottom panel to slam it down in a huff. You can attach towels, umbrellas, gloves, and drinks canisters on various holders. A rain cover keeps the clubs dry but not a zip up job. The novelty extra is the V shaped metal stand to keep the bag static and upright that folds out.
I have had the bag for a year now and it’s ok but no more. It falls over on the stand if the ground is too boggy and the wind is howling. The pockets are fine but the bag does take water. That means rust and condensation damage on the clubs if they remain in the bag in the garage or cellar. The bag material scratches and the stitching not the best but it’s holding together so far. It has to be lumped around 18 holes. The bottom does sit on a hire trolley as the bag has no wheels. For £80 top end I would not pay that. It’s worth £50 and definitely one to pick up in a charity shop.
No offence to rossmoorlock, but i'm afraid all of you who may have rated his opinion as helpful have all been had! To mention but a few points that i disagreed with, he mentions that a raquet is 'heavy' at under 300 grams, now that may be when compared to one that weighs 219 grams, namely pro staff raquets and hammer and hyper carbon raquets. Now if ross is as good as he thinks he is, and considering hehas been playing all his life i presume he will be going for the pro staff raquets which although fall short in power, more than make up for it in control and feel. The reason i presume this is because he should be able to generate his own power and as an experienced player, he will want to go for position rather than power. I own to raquets a Wilson Pro Staff 5.1 and a Yonex RD 7, and although both are heavy the control they offer more than make up forr their 'lardinness' Your ideas on tennis elbow are not entirely incorrect but they are also far from true, you must be careful how you word things especially since the tone in explaining the risks of tennis elbow pretty much makes buying a 'control and feel' raquet a very scary prospect when in fact it isn't. I could tell you that probably all men players in the ATP tour use raquets weighing 280 grams plus so it can't be that bad to use one. I know we are not all Pete Sampras but we are also not Pee Wee Hermans.
When somebody mentions the word Wilson to me, I immediately think of tennis. Wilson is the biggest are most popular tennis brand in the world. They have created the best racquets for years now, and many professional players use their equipment. The quality of their racquets has always been excellent and they are always so highly recommended. They seem to be a long way ahead of the other makers because of great designs and technology. When I was younger I always wanted to have a Wilson racquet, so that I could show it off to my friends. It was just the thing to have. What is Rollers Technology? ---------------------------- The rollers are found on racquets and take the place of the grommets in the racquet head. On your racquet you can find the grommets where the string goes into the racquet. They are generally little circles made from plastic and make the racquet easy to restring and keeps the strings in place. Grommets tend to become a bit loose after the racquet is a few months old and tend to move about and create a very annoying rattling sound when you are hitting a shot. This new technology by Wilson will stop this from happening, as the rollers are built in as part of the racquet. They also allow the strings to move freely in a pulley action to enhance control and feel on the ball. The Wilson racquets vary a lot and they have made different racquets to suit different styles of the game. They make some racquets that are very powerful and make other racquets that are not so powerful but are good for control on the ball. Their racquets vary a bit in length and in weight. The longer the racquet the more powerful it is and generally the heavier the racquet the more powerful it is. For 2001 Wilson have introduced a new range of Pro Staff racquets called the Pro Staff Halo series. Each frame contains a material called Halo, which is meant to provide outstanding benefits to the player. I have played with a few of th
ese racquets and find them to be fairly good. Pro Staff Kevlar ---------------- This racquet contains a material called Kevlar Halo. It helps to build up more power and greater comfort on the ball. This racquet weighs 280g, which is a little bit over your average weight for a tennis racquet and you do notice this when playing with it. Although the racquet only has a head size of 95 sq” I found it to be very head heavy. This is probably because I play with a light racquet but playing with this racquet for too long would definitely hurt my wrist. I would recommend this racquet to somebody that has previously played with a fairly heavy racquet. It is quite powerful so maybe would benefit the older players game more. It would cost you about £119.99, which is quite a good price for a racquet of this quality. Pro Staff Graphite ------------------- This racquet is made out of Graphite Halo and has a very strong frame. They frame does not bend and therefore no power is lost on impact with the ball. The head size is 103sq" which is not that big, but this racquet generates a lot of power. Due to the under average head size the sweet spot on the racquet is not going to be that big, so I would recommend this racquet to a good timer of the ball and to somebody that needs to liven up their game with a bit more power and aggression. This racquet weighs 265g, which is not to heavy, but is heavy enough to make it fairly powerful. This racquet costs £109.99, and would make a very nice buy. Pro Staff Titanium ------------------- This racquet is quite lightweight at 253g. This is because it is made out of titanium, which makes it easy to control but yet has a lot of power in the head. This is a very nice racquet and would suit most games. The head is 103 sq" in size and again has a fairly small sweet spot. The power in the racquet should make up for this but I would test this racquet out before you buy it
, just to make sure that it is not too powerful for you. This racquet would cost you £99.99, which I feel is a very good buy and I highly recommending this racquet. Hyper Carbon ------------ Hyper Carbon is a new material that racquets by Wilson are now being made out of. It is a space age material produced exclusively for Wilson by the number one carbon fibre supplier in the world. Hyper Carbon is four times stiffer and four times stronger and sixty-five percent lighter than titanium. This is a big breakthrough for Wilson and their Hyper Carbon range has proved to be a big success and is truly excellent. Each of their racquets is given a power rating. The lower the rating the more powerful the racquet is. The lowest they go at the moment is 2.3. Hyper Hammer 2.3 ----------------- This racquet has to be the most powerful out of all the Wilson racquets. It rates along side the Head TiS8. The head size is 110 sq",which is about the average head size for a racquet. It is 26inches long, which is a little bit longer, then your average racquet. Some people say that racquets like this are 'women’s' racquets, as they are more powerful, but it is a unisex racquet and I know a few male people that play with them. It is made out of Hyper Carbon and Graphite and weighs 219g. This is very light for a tennis racquet. So be careful in a gust of wind, as the head may become difficult to control. I would recommend this racquet to players that really want to try something different. If you are bored with your game and what that little something extra then this racquet is for you. The price of £199.99 may put you off though. Hyper Hammer 4.3 ---------------- This racquet is a little less powerful then the one above but still has a lot of oomph to it. The head size is 103 sq" which is a little bit small. The power in the racquet makes up for the small sweet spot and allows the player to re
ally thump the ball hard. It is made out of Hyper Carbon and Graphite and again is very light at a weight of 225g. It is a well-balanced racquet, but lacks a bit of feeling and control on the ball. I would recommend this racquet to the same kind of player as above. They need to hit a fair bit of topspin on the ball to be able to control the power, but again the price of £189.99 might put you off a bit. Hyper Hammer 5.3 ---------------- This racquet is not as powerful as the one above and when hitting the ball you will get a lot more feel and control. The head size is 110 sq" and the weight is 250g. The extra weight has been added to give it a bit more power to go with the control, as nobody wants a racquet that only allows them to tap the ball over the net. This racquet like the previous two is made out of hyper Carbon and Graphite and is a very nice racquet. I would recommend this racquet to somebody that already hits a tennis ball quite hard. This racquet is for a player that likes a lot of feel on the ball. It would cost you £179.99, which again is a lot of money to spend on a racquet. Hyper Hammer 6.3 ----------------- This is my favourite Wilson racquet. It has the perfect contrast of power and control. It weighs 250g and feels really nice. It has a perfect balance and again is made from Hyper Carbon and Graphite. The head size is 110sq" and it has a nice sweet spot. It is really easy to time the ball with this racquet and it is for building up racquet head speed. This racquet is suited to a young aggressive game and for a person that hits a lot of topspin and power. It would cost you £149.99 and I would highly recommend this racquet to you all. Hyper Pro Staff 5.0 -------------------- This is a nice racquet from Wilson and has a nice contrast of power and control. It weighs in at 331g and a lot of you will find this racquet way to heavy to play with. I personally could not play wi
th a racquet like this and I would definitely not recommend anybody that plays with a light racquet to change to a racquet with this sort of weight. Not only will it affect your game, it will affect your health. You may end up with tennis elbow and possibly a damaged wrist. The head size on this racquet is 95 sq" which is fairly small. I would have to recommend this racquet to the older tennis player and to somebody that already plays with a heavy racquet. It would cost you £159.99 and I do not rate this racquet highly. Hyper Pro Staff 6.5 ------------------- This racquet is pretty much based around control although it does have a fair bit of power. It has a low power rating and is made from Hyper Carbon and Graphite. The head size is 95 sq" and the sweet spot is small. It weighs 281g, which is a little over average. I would recommend this racquet to somebody who likes a lot of feel on the ball and to somebody that is happy with their game the way it is. I can't see this racquet improving many peoples game but I can see it making you more comfortable hitting the ball. This racquet would cost you £129.99 and would be a good buy at that kind of price. Hyper Hammer 7.3 ----------------- This racquet is all about control and feel on the ball. It is a very nice racquet but definitely does lack power. It weighs in at 265g but when hitting the ball you will feel the need for more power. The head size is 110 sq " and the sweet spot is fairly big. This racquet is suited to somebody that is happy in their game and not looking to make drastic changes. It would cost you around £99.99, which is a very good price. Hyper Hammer 26 ---------------- This is a junior racquet and is therefore only 26 inches long. It is meant to be a replica of the hyper hammer 6.3 but it obviously that little bit smaller. It has a fair bit of power in the frame but is also very good for control. This racq
uet would help a lot of junior games and I would recommend it to all young players. It weighs 255g and any junior is strong enough to handle this kind of weight. At £99.99 this is an expensive junior racquet but it will improve their games very quickly. I highly recommend this racquet. As well as making racquets, Wilson make a number of different racquet bags. They do them in red and blue and they are very stylish and classy. Hyper Range ------------ These are a bit boring actually and are not the best racquet bag from Wilson. These racquet bags attract the older buyer and would cost about £30 depending on the size. Classic Range ------------- These racquet bags are very nice indeed. They are a classy blue colour and have a big Wilson logo running down the side. I recommend these, as they have a lot of space and a very comfortable strap. They cost about £30 depending on the size. Tour Range ----------- These racquet bags are identical to the ones above but are a bright red colour. I recommend these again for the same reasons above and they have very nice compartments for your tennis gear, such as racquet, ball, and drink flask areas. These cost from about £30 again depending on size. Wilson also make a few pairs of trainers. These trainers are specially designed for tennis and have reinforced toes and extra thick tread. DST Mens Tennis ----------------- This pair of trainers is quite heavy vut they are very sturdy and very grippy. They are blue and white and have reinforced toes. They are not the most comfortable pair of trainers ever but they do a very good job. They would cost you around £70, but i guarentee you that they will last you well over six months. Sensation DST -------------- This is a very nice pair of trainers. THey look very good, with dark blue stripes down the sides. They have the wilson W on them and the
y look more stylish then any other wilson trainer. Again they have a reinforced toe and the grip on them is very good. They would cost you £79.99 but these are a new range and will go down in price soon. Si I would leave it a while until you buy this pair of trainers. DST 02 -------- This pair of trainers is very boring. Well in my opinion anyway. They are mostly white with a bit of blue around the back. They are quite a straight pair of trainers and therefore are not the most comfortable pair in the world. They have a reinforced toe and would cost you around the £69.99 mark, which I think is a lot for this pair of trainers. Mens Extreme Tennis 3 ---------------------- This is a very nice pair of trainers from wilson. They are mainly white but the reinforced toe is a bright blue and they have two stripes running for the toe to the back which are again a nice blue colour. They look very stylish and perform well. They fit close in around the foot creating little movement so you won't injure your ankles. They are quite light and are very easy to move about it. They will last you at least six months and they only cosy you £49.99. I highly recommend this pair of trainers to you. I know that some of the items above seem to be quite expensive. This is because they have only just brought out their new range. I would suggest that you wait a few months before you buy any of these items, as I am sure that they will go down in price. I hope that I have helped in giving you a guide to Wilson tennis racquets. If you have any questions on any of the items then I am willing to help you. So please leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can.