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fedex27
01-29-2005, 06:16 PM
whats going on with the butt of the handle? it has a silver something on it.
http://www.safinator.com/aussie7_05/capt.mel20701271306.jpg

hummer23
01-29-2005, 06:39 PM
looks like a grip increasing heat shrink. im not sure why that might be there, becase he can probobly order his frames in teh correct grip size. other than that, it can be a grip wrappeed under the tourna, but taht makes no sense on his stick. most likely a heatshrink sleeve.

fedex27
01-29-2005, 06:40 PM
looks like a grip increasing heat shrink. im not sure why that might be there, becase he can probobly order his frames in teh correct grip size. other than that, it can be a grip wrappeed under the tourna, but taht makes no sense on his stick. most likely a heatshrink sleeve.
maybe he was trying it out. or he threw it and the sleeve slid. i dunno

hummer23
01-29-2005, 06:43 PM
its normal that the sleeve reaches over onto the butcap where the logo is, in fact thats hte way it should be to prevent it from coming off, but i just dont understand why he uses. perhaps he uses a very big grip size, more than 4 5/8, but in that case, he'd have a custom pallet made. . . its quite puzzling.

D. Nelson
01-30-2005, 01:40 PM
....I heard that he plays with a SMALL grip....and if you look at his serve grip...and forehand....his hand wraps all the way around the handle (f.h.) and index finger (serve)....You're NOT going to do that with a 5/8+ grip size.....

Type40
01-30-2005, 01:58 PM
That link seems to say 'access forbidden', anyone else unable to see it?

pstour90
01-30-2005, 02:02 PM
i got the same access forbidden message

fedex27
01-30-2005, 03:36 PM
it looks like the sites down. sorry guys it worked last night. he does use a 4 1/2 grip. he is just huge and can get his hands all the way around it.

hummer23
01-30-2005, 05:09 PM
maybe its some special underwrap he uses to get a particul feel, or maybe the new style head logo he glued onto the butcap is falling off, and back end of the pallet is showing. anyone know what color the pallet on a prestige classic is? does the pic look like that color?

Perfect
01-30-2005, 05:12 PM
it looks like the sites down. sorry guys it worked last night. he does use a 4 1/2 grip. he is just huge and can get his hands all the way around it.

I am 15 years of age and I use a 4 3/8 grip. Safin is a bigger guy than I am of course ;)

fedex27
01-30-2005, 05:24 PM
maybe its some special underwrap he uses to get a particul feel, or maybe the new style head logo he glued onto the butcap is falling off, and back end of the pallet is showing. anyone know what color the pallet on a prestige classic is? does the pic look like that color?
threr blackish brown. i play with a 4 1/2 and cant get my hands around it like that. i can do that with a 41/4 grip tho

hummer23
01-30-2005, 07:52 PM
hes a big guy safin, 6 foot 4, and im sure he has big hands as well. also, the grip under the tounra night be a thinner grip then a stock synthetic, or maybe its a thinner leather grip. does anyone know what replacment grip safin is playing with? also, are his pallets custom or stock?

BreakPoint
01-30-2005, 09:31 PM
What is it with these pros using such small grips? I heard Federer uses a 4 3/8 grip. These guys are pretty big with, I'm sure, pretty large hands. I would think guys like Safin and Federer should be using at least 4 5/8 or 4 3/4 size grips if they gripped the handles like most recreational tennis players.

hummer23
01-31-2005, 11:01 AM
more spin that way. nadal does the same thing. the smaller the grip, the more you can whip some spin onto the ball supposedly.

PrestigeClassic
01-31-2005, 06:53 PM
More spin, more maneuverability. Try it. Pros don't need a larger grip's edge in stability. Besides, Federer uses that lame Wilson Pro overgrip, so he needs a small size to be able to hold on to it :) Federer wraps it with a decent amount of overlap, so it can't be that small.