Where are Gold Leaf racquets sold?
All of our racquets are sold through club pro shops. If you are interested in buying a racquet, 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 unique?
There are several details that make our racquets unique.
We source the highest-quality hardwoods, and we use aerospace-grade adhesive to bond those hardwoods into a precise lamination. We are the only manufacturer to use rock maple as the racquet's outer layer 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.
Our racquets 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 the beauty of our wooden racquets 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 for racquets?
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.
Where are Gold Leaf racquets made?
We make every racquet by hand in our workshop in Bowie, Maryland, just east of Washington, DC.
What type of wood is in a racquet, and what's that colored material?
Our racquets are made of three types of wood-- white ash, rock maple, and basswood. White ash makes up the majority of the racquet laminate, as it is extremely strong and durable. We use rock maple for the outer layer of our racquets for its abrasion resistance. Basswood is used for the Y-shaped throats because it's lightweight and resilient.
The colored material in our racquets is vulcanized fiber. The Laws of Tennis stipulate that racquets 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 racquet's thickness, perpendicular to the wood grain in the racquet laminate. We stock vulcanized fiber in navy-blue, burgundy, white, and gray.