The Natural Tennis Racquet a.k.a. The Dumbest Racquet I've Ever Seen
The description says that the Natural Racquet "has been called the 'Racquet of the Future,' and could very well be. Both hands can deliver more power, control and accuracy in shot making. See what it can do for your game!"
I'll tell you what it can do for your game...royally f#$% it up, that's what. Look...tennis is a hard sport. Its hard to learn and even harder to become a good player. I understand that. I understand that the club player may want a little help - maybe a larger head, a wide-body, whatever. But you know what? You need to learn with a single grip on your racquet. You need to decide whether you're going to have a 1-handed or 2-handed backhand. Or maybe 2-handed off both sides. Its one thing to choose equipment that makes life a little easier so you enjoy yourself more. But you DO NOT choose equipment out of convenience. I can't think of a worse thing to give to a new player.
Here's some more from their description. Please note that these tennis experts misspelled Wimbledon. And serving, how does that work? I've heard that it needs to be a pseudo-volleyball serve to work. I don't even know what to say to that...
You might consider buying this to use as a divining rod, though...
Word on the message boards
* Both hands deliver more power, control, and quickness on all ground strokes & volleys
* Angle of handle delivers more body torque
* Angle of racquet face on serve imparts more spin
* Volley with either hand gives greater reach
* Short learning curve
22 Years in the making
The dual grip racquet was developed by Lionel Burt of the Los Angles area 22 years ago and has undergone several changes in design and development. Just recently in the last year the Easton Aluminum Corporation saw the potential and merit in it's concept and design and are now implementing it's manufacturing in Tiwan on a highly professional level with a major racquet maker.
Up until a few years ago it was thought if you were right handed you couldn't even think of hitting a ball left handed. All this has changed with the "Natural". More and more people (even top pros) are realizing the merits and possibilities of developing the coordination in the unused hand. With just a little work on the backboard you too can find out it's really not that hard, and the advantages are awesome!
Several top players in So Cal are winning with the "Natural". One in particular is Brian Battestone. This young man has in one year won 10 open championships in the southern California area, one being the Santa Monica Open 2006. He as now achieved a challenge ranking and is starting to play in the big leagues. It has been approved by the World Tennis Federation, Wimbeldon Tennis Foundation, as good to go for all levels of play in competition. Patents are existing.
is that this is not the first attempt at such an atrocity.
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Posted by Bob Wallace at October 16, 2007 11:26 AM
Hey mr. Noname bloggist I happen to use the racket that you speak of. And it absolutely works wonders for me. What happens is because of the ways it's designed it allows you to have more control with your forehand and you can use your non-forehand hand to help guide it so you can basically have two hands on both sides if you want to. Also the awesome thing about the serve is that it already supplies your serve with topspin, so any spin added onto that is just a bonus. And for your question "no" you do not have to do a flying monkey leap just to serve. If you saw the video on the natural website it is just that one players preference. Who the heck told you that? Anyways it is a very nice, quality racket, that will help you so much with problems that may not even be related to tennis. There is a study that shows with people who use this racket have less of a turn when they hit, and therefore have less hip and knee related injuries. I understand that everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but yours I'm sorry to say, is in need of some "major" researching.