Where are Gold Leaf racquets and bats sold?
All of our racquets and bats are sold through club pro shops. If you are interested in purchasing our products, then please contact your club professional. For additional information, please contact Sean Quinn at Sean@goldleafathletics.com.
In the UK, if you're interested in buying a racquet but your club professional does not stock Gold Leaf, then please contact our UK sales representative, Ben Taylor-Matthews of the Leamington Tennis Court Club, at Ben.Matthews16@gmail.com.
What makes Gold Leaf racquets and bats unique?
There are several details that make our racquets and bats unique.
We source the highest-quality hardwoods, and we use aerospace-grade adhesive to bond those hardwoods into precise laminations. We are the only manufacturer to use rock maple as the racquet's and bat's outer layer, where it is ideal for its superior abrasion resistance. The outermost ply of vulcanized fiber (see below) is embedded just beneath the rock-maple layer to protect it from wear, which significantly extends the life of a racquet and bat.
Our racquets and bats are finished with a simple varnish so they retain a natural wood aesthetic. There are very few sports that still use wooden implements, and we choose to amplify their natural beauty and our craftsmanship by applying a simple finish.
We use 24k gold leaf for all of our logos and custom details. Gold leaf is simple, classic, and unbelievably brilliant.
Are custom details available?
We offer custom logos on the backhand throat of each racquet free of charge. Custom names or monograms can be applied to the shaft for an extra fee. All of our custom details are applied in 24k gold leaf.
We are currently offering bats with only the Gold Leaf logo on both sides of the throat.
Where are Gold Leaf products made?
We make every racquet and bat by hand in our workshop in Bowie, Maryland, just east of Washington, DC.
What are racquets and bats made of?
Our racquets and bats are made of four types of wood-- white ash, rock maple, black walnut, and basswood. White ash makes up the majority of the racquet and bat laminate, as it is extremely strong and durable. We use rock maple for the outer layer of our racquets and bats for its abrasion resistance. Basswood is used for the Y-shaped racquet throats because it's lightweight and resilient. Black walnut was chosen for the bat throats because it is strong, light, and beautiful.
The reinforcing material in our racquets and bats is vulcanized fiber. The Laws of Tennis and Rackets stipulate that racquets and bats can be made only of wood, wood-based derivatives, and adhesive. Vulcanized fiber is a very strong paper that is made 100% of cellulose, derived solely from wood. It provides added strength in the direction of the laminate's thickness, perpendicular to the wood grain. We stock vulcanized fiber in navy-blue and white.