Cork. Major league baseball players have been using it for years to enhance their hitting performance. It is illegal in baseball, but to date, there is NOTHING in the rules and regulations of tennis to prevent it from being used. Guts and Glory Tennis has been experimenting with integrating cork into many of today’s modern frames and the results are staggering.
We began using cork obtained from the local Lowe’s department store. We integrated it into the handle looking for additional power and we were disappointed with the results, but we did not give up on the quest. The dampening we found was quite promising but we were still lacking in the power we sought. Our neighbor owns a tile and flooring installation business and also plays tennis. I told him about our efforts to cork a racquet and he introduced me to a polymer impregnated form of cork under the brand Aprilia. It is a Scandinavian product, referred to as “Loof” in the industry. This cork, when used in the handle did produce distinctly different results, and they were quite good. Unfortunately, we were still lacking the power we were seeking.
In order to remedy this we tried to determine what we could add to the racquet that would increase power. We thought way outside of the box on this one. Our solution may surprise you. Superballs! Yep, you read that correctly, superballs! We used a MAP torch to melt the superballs into a thick liquid that we could pour into the handle. Again, the first effort failed. The weight was more than we wanted and the power was completely uncontrollable. We continued experimenting and found that a little dab, approximately 1/3 of an ounce, was all the superball liquid that was needed. The results were stunning!
When the superball liquid is combined with the Loof cork, magic happens. Controlled power that increases the speed of serve for a recreational/league player at least 25 – 35 MPH, if not more. Ground strokes come flying off the racquet at speeds that most league players have never imagined and surprisingly they land in the court with great accuracy.
We have perfected the formula and are now planning to offer a service where we provide this exclusive customization to customers. If you are interested in becoming one of the first in your area to have a customized corked racquet, please let us know by leaving a comment below. We will contact you in a few days to determine how we can work with you to find the perfect blend of Loof cork and superball liquid to add massive power to your game.