Since moving into our new location in the gorgeous community of Woodbine, Racquet Network has been able to offer more athletic wear of different styles, colors, and sizes. With summer already begun, our first ever Summer Apparel Clearance Sale is well in motion, where customers can get premium ladies and junior Wilson apparel for 50% off or more. Dozens of tank tops, tee-shirts, capris, hoodies, and skorts of a variety of colors and styles qualify for this big sale.
“It’s a very exciting time,” says Coach Gene, our in-store sales expert and coordinator of the Summer Sale, “our staff have spent a lot of time over the past three weeks gearing up for this sale, marking items down and displaying them in our apparel section, and now that it has begun, we have people coming in everyday to check out what we have in store for them.”
It’s not just racquet sports players coming in to check out the summer sale either. “A lot of people think we sell strictly racquet sports apparel,” adds Coach Gene, “what you’d be surprised to learn is that our apparel is very versatile, and can be used for almost any athletic activity, from running and walking to yoga and spin class.”
For a limited time, get 50% or more off select Wilson ladies and junior apparel, suitable for almost any athletic activity. Stop by our store in Woodbine to browse our full selection and take advantage of this great offer.
You find yourself standing in front of a tennis bag display at a large sporting goods box store. This looks nice … but why is it $140? This one looks the same, but it’s only $79.00. What’s the difference?
Bags are like everything else in life. You get what you pay for.
Cheap bags are cheap for a reason. Generally speaking, they are cheap because they are made of cheap materials: thin fabrics, nylon zippers, weak stitching and no padding where padding is required.
While they may seem like a bargain, cheap bags are rarely a bargain. In most cases, cheap racquet bags are a bad investment that doesn’t last very long.
So instead of standing in front of a bag display wondering what the difference is, come in and talk to one of our experts. We offer the same tennis bags as the national sporting good stores. We even offer the same prices. The difference is that we have staff who are trained to answer questions. And our selection of bags is a lot broader both online and in-store.
Most importantly, though, our experts are trained to ask YOU questions. What will you be carrying in your bag? Are you playing indoor or outdoors? How long do you want your bag to last?
Wilson makes dozens of different racquet bags. They make budget bags, recreational bags and professional bags. They make bags for adults, teens and children. They make ladies bags and men’s bags. They make bags for coaches and bags for players.
So unless you are an expert (like us), it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.