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Save $200 Stringing Babolat Tennis Racquets

Great news for Babolat fans in Calgary. Our Babolat tennis racquet program just got even better.

There is no point in buying your Babolat tennis racquets anywhere else because nobody can beat this deal.

Starting today, every customized Babolat ™ tennis racquet purchased in-store now comes with $200 in free stringing upgrades.

But wait! There’s more …

Customers who purchase these racquets from us will save time as well as money because they will be able to automatically upgrade from basic labour (one week turnaround) to guaranteed one-hour stringing at no extra charge.

Racquet Network’s new tennis program saves you $20 every time you string your racquet. It also cuts down on the number of trips you have to make to our store.

Here is how things normally work.

  1. Break a string.
  2. Bring racquet to the store.
  3. Go home and wait for email notification.
  4. Come back to the store a few days later to pick your racquet up.

In other words, you make two trips to the store.

Here is how things work now.

  1. Break a string.
  2. Book an appointment.
  3. Bring your racquet to the store.
  4. Wait 30 minutes and then take your racquet home with you.

In order words, you only come to the store once.

The new system also saves you money. Guaranteed one-hour racquet service normally costs $40.00 plus the cost of string. Under the new program, it costs the same as one-week service: $20 plus the cost of string.

So players who are participating in our new program save $200 and 10 trips to the store, which more than pays for the cost of a new racquet.

This is because when you purchase a new Babolat tennis racquet from us, we automatically include $200 worth of stringing upgrades.

While this is awesome deal for anybody who lives in southwest Calgary, this is an even better deal for tennis players who live far from our store because it saves them even more time and more money on racquet stringing services.

Our new tennis program, therefore, continues to be the best overall program in Calgary for tennis players who want to save time, save money and play with the best tennis racquets in the world. In addition to those three things, our program is also best for the environment because it reduces car trips and keeps racquets out of the landfills for longer.

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Test Drive Wilson Tennis Racquets

Wilson tennis racquets in Calgary
Our customers test drive more than 1000 racquets, including Wilson tennis racquets, every year.
Thinking about buying a new Wilson ™ tennis racquet? We can help you with that.

Our Try One Before You Buy One program allows customers to test drive more than 1000 racquets and pickleball paddles every year. So if you are thinking about buying a new Wilson, you may want to make our southwest Calgary store the first stop on your journey.

Our current inventory of tennis demo racquets is north of 30. During the summer, we can increase this number to more than 50. So we have lots of racquets to test drive.

We also have policies in place to ensure that serious buyers do not have to wait forever to test drive our most popular frames. First, we require a deposit. Second we require a commitment. Finally, our most popular frames are put on a three-day limit during peak season.

These three policies help to ensure that customers who genuinely want to buy a racquet have an opportunity to try several options in a short amount of time before making a decision.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY - DEMO PROGRAM
Our customers test drive more than 1000 racquets every year.
How does the enormously popular test drive program work?

It’s very simple, really. Your deposit determines how many racquets you can take out at a time. This can be one, two, three or four. The deposit is $50.00 per racquet. Most people who live in Calgary take out two at a time. People who live far away, including out-of-towners, typically take out four at a time.

Most racquets can be taken out for up to one week at a time. However, there are exceptions for super hot frames which have a three day limit.

In all, customers have a month to try a variety of racquets. At the end of the month, the deposit goes to whichever racquet the customer chooses to buy. If they customer is not ready to buy a racquet, the deposit stays on their account until they are ready.

In the end, the test drive costs nothing. So it is an awesome way to figure out which Wilson racquet is best for you.


Wilson Tennis Racquets

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Upgrading Your Wilson Tennis Racquet

Wilson tennis racquets in Calgary
When it’s time to upgrade your Wilson tennis racquet, our experts can help.
As tennis players develop and age, their playing styles change.

Boys become teenagers. Teenagers become young men. Young men become older men and eventually become seniors. And as players transition through each stage of development, their playing styles and their equipment needs change.

Younger teens need some power assistance from their racquets. Once they develop their adult muscles, they don’t need it anymore. However, as men age past their prime, the day eventually comes when they need power assistance once again. And once they become seniors, they generally also want softer strings that are easier on their bodies.

The way men play tennis also changes through the years. Young players and young men play mostly singles. Married men play a mix of singles and doubles while the vast majority of seniors play doubles almost exclusively. As a result, their racquet needs change as they age.

What does seem to remain constant with male tennis players is brand loyalty. Wilson players tend to remain Wilson players throughout every stage of their development. They will change models from time to time, depending on their needs, but they don’t change brands.

You may be one of these players and you may be at one of those points in time where you have decided to upgrade your Wilson racquet to something that is better suited to your age or your stage of development. Perhaps the racquet you bought at the peak of your game 10 years ago is not the right racquet for you now. Perhaps you are playing more doubles than you used to. Or maybe it’s just time for something new. Something fresh.

Come into our southwest Calgary store and talk to us. Our experts can set you up in our Try One Before You Buy One program. You can take a month and try a variety of Wilson racquets to see what might work best for you now.

The program does require a deposit, but the deposit is refundable against the racquet that you decide to purchase. So in the end, as long as you buy a racquet from us, the program costs you nothing. It’a great way to find out what your options are. It’s the best way to start the upgrade process. It’s the best way to figure out what is right for you right now.


Wilson Tennis Racquets

Racquet Selector For a full list of racquets in this category, please check out our ONLINE RACQUET SELECTOR. You can sort by sport, gender, brand, size, weight, balance and more.
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Choosing Racquets: Do Brands Matter?

Hammers

Racquet Network has been helping customers choose racquets since 2004. Over the years, we have seen thousands of frames (and thousands of features) come and go. One year the, hot feature is a “flex point”. The next year it’s “titanium”. The year after that, it’s “recessed grommet technology”.

The truth is that some of these hot features are genuine technological innovations but most of them, unfortunately, are just marketing pitches. Every manufacturer wants you to believe that their frame is special. If you believe it is special, you will want to buy it. Therefore they are constantly tweaking their frames and adding features in order to swing more customers their way.

Sadly, too many customers fall for the marketing. Equally sad is the fact that so many customers buy particular racquets just because they are endorsed by celebrity athletes.

Racquets are like hammers. They are tools designed to accomplish specific tasks. If you are building a house, you want to use claw hammer. If you are shaping metal, you want a ball peen hammer. If you are breaking up concrete, you want a sledge hammer. But whether your hammer is made by Stanley, Craftsman or Dewalt is not really important. All three of these companies make all three of these hammers. Picking the right tool for the job matters much more than the brand.

The same is true for racquets. Wilson ™, Babolat ™, Head, Yonex ™ and Tecnifibre ™ all make tennis racquets. They make racquets for casual players, they make racquets for recreational players and they make racquets for professionals. All of these companies make racquets for doubles and racquets for singles. And they all make racquets that work for both.

At Racquet Network, we focus on carrying brands that are very well made. We avoid junk brands. We avoid brands who spend their money on celebrity endorsements and favor brands who spend their money on research and development. By doing this, we ensure a high level of satisfaction amongst our customers. In other words, we do this because we want happy customers who come back over and over again.

Just as hammers are tools, racquets are containers for string. Picking the right frame for the job (singles, doubles or both) is important, but it’s only half the battle. Once you have the right frame, you have to customize it to your playing style and frequency. Nothing breaks our hearts faster than watching a customer spend $300 on a racquet only to have it strung with $10.00 string. We would much rather see customers spend $200 on the frame and $40.00 on good string.

Brand, as we said earlier, is not the most important consideration in choosing a racquet. Nor is a celebrity endorsement. Our staff are trained to ask new customers a series of questions in order to narrow things down to the proper category in just few minutes. Once we have the category right, we find something in the right grip size. After that, we pick out a few frames to consider in detail.

Once the frame is in hand, we start the process of customizing it for our customers. First we ask a series of questions that help us figure out what the customer wants or needs the string to do. Once we have that information we pick out three strings at three different price points and consider them in more detail.

At the end of the process, we are certain that the customer has a frame suited to their general needs that is precisely customized for their particular needs as a player. This is true whether customers play tennis, squash, badminton or racquetball. And it is for this reason above all that we have the highest overall rate of customer satisfaction in Calgary.

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Time for a New Wilson Tennis Racquet?

Wilson tennis racquets in Calgary
How do you know when it is time to replace your old Wilson tennis racquet?
I bought my Wilson tennis racquet ten years ago. How do I know if it’s time to replace it?

Experts in our store hear this question almost every week. How do I know if I should replace my tennis racquet?

In most cases, the answer is simple. If you have to ask the question, it’s probably not necessary. You may want WANT to replace your racquet — and that’s fine. But that doesn’t mean you HAVE TO replace it. It doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

The only time you HAVE TO replace a racquet is when it is damaged. If, for example, you have worn holes in the bumper of if you have one or more broken grommets, your old tennis racquet may become a string eater. No matter how often you restring it, you will need to restring it again soon because the bumper and/or grommets are damaged are are unable to protect the string from coming into contact with the sharp edges of the graphite frame.


HOW TO CHECK FOR FRAME DAMAGE

Start at 12:00 on your racquet loop. Check the outside of the frame looking for cracks in the frame or damage to the bumper guard.

Once you go around the racquet to 12:00 on the outside of the frame, check the inside of the frame, again starting at 12:00. Look for split or missing grommets.

Missing grommets are obvious but split grommets can be deceiving, so you will want to do this in bright sunlight or, if indoors, use a flashlight.


Beyond actual frame damage, virtually every other instance is a want-to, not a need-to situation. Perhaps your playing style has changed and you want to get a new frame that is better suited to your playing style. Or perhaps you are playing more doubles or more singles than you used to. You may want to update your frame for that reason.

Sometimes it just time for a change. Some players get bored with the same gear year after year. So they buy something new to inspire themselves. Or maybe they buy something new to reward themselves for playing more. Whatever the case, there is nothing wrong with getting a new racquet simply because you want one. If the new one doesn’t work out, you can always go back to the old one.

Another thing to consider about the timing of replacing your old Wilson tennis racquet is that is can take a season or more to become fully comfortable with a new racquet. This is especially likely to be the case if you have been playing with the same racquet for a decade or more.

Our advice to players who are thinking about making a change is to take advantage of our Try One Before You Buy One program. Customers who visit us in our store can test drive a large range of brands and models over a month. At the end of the month, the security deposit they have put down goes toward the purchase of the racquet they decide to buy.

It’s a very popular program. Our customers demo more than 1000 racquets every year.


Wilson Tennis Racquets

Racquet Selector For a full list of racquets in this category, please check out our ONLINE RACQUET SELECTOR. You can sort by sport, gender, brand, size, weight, balance and more.