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blackfrido
04-22-2009, 06:17 AM
I noticed Jurgen Melzer in less than a year switched from Kneissl, to Head and from Head to Dunlop. Before Head he was using the Red Star painted in solid black.

Any experts opinion in how heavy this stick become after all these paint jobs?

http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/9052/jurgenmelzer1.th.jpg (http://img24.imageshack.us/my.php?image=jurgenmelzer1.jpg)
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/3394/preview2067.th.jpg (http://img24.imageshack.us/my.php?image=preview2067.jpg)
http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/204/jurgenwithhead.th.jpg (http://img529.imageshack.us/my.php?image=jurgenwithhead.jpg)
http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/4063/jurgenwithdunlop.th.jpg (http://img529.imageshack.us/my.php?image=jurgenwithdunlop.jpg)

origmarm
04-22-2009, 07:09 AM
I noticed this also. Surprised frankly, less by the initial switch as he went to black in between but more by the subsequent Head to Dunlop move.

Pro_Tour_630
04-22-2009, 10:25 AM
I spoke with melzers coach, he said it is a dilema, he has been testing many frames and does not like any of them, it is more in is head( no pun intended) then the frames.

blackfrido
04-22-2009, 04:14 PM
so I understand from your words that the Red Star is still working fine for his game.......
do you know the specs on that Kneissl?
BTW, you advised me about strings for the red couple of months ago (I guess that was last year). Never found any that suits right (at least for me, made a mistake of selling the sticks), but last week I bought another three frames to give a chance to the red beauty one more time!

nadal for number1
04-22-2009, 05:06 PM
different company paintjobs... same stick underneath

Pro_Tour_630
04-22-2009, 05:53 PM
^^^ that is not true

Pro_Tour_630
04-22-2009, 05:58 PM
he is using the actual new dunlop 4D 300 Tour, modified to his specs

ag200boy
04-22-2009, 06:12 PM
hm.. has anyone else noticed that dunlop stencils seem to wear off faster the other companies? just a random thought..

DunlopDood
04-22-2009, 06:17 PM
hm.. has anyone else noticed that dunlop stencils seem to wear off faster the other companies? just a random thought..

I think it's cause the stencil sits right in the sweet spot on most racquets (unlike Head), also most of these pros have a poly setup to which paint does not adhere to well.

vsbabolat
04-22-2009, 06:37 PM
different company paintjobs... same stick underneath

Melzer actually used the HEAD MG Prestige Pro.

blackfrido
04-22-2009, 06:46 PM
that was discussed before;
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=198426

he never played a Prestige Pro > it's Kneissl Red Star with a paint job

vsbabolat
04-22-2009, 07:47 PM
that was discussed before;
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=198426

he never played a Prestige Pro > it's Kneissl Red Star with a paint job

Melzer most certainly did at one time use the MG Prestige Pro.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Melzer_Indian_wells_2008.jpg
You should notice that the string pattern in Melzer's racquet here is 16x19.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Melzer_Indian_wells_2008-2.jpg
You should be able to see the C.A.P System grommets in these two photo above and below.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w50/vsbabolat/Melzer_australien_open_2008.jpg

blackfrido
04-22-2009, 08:19 PM
yes, I can see those grommets different than the Red Stars and the string pattern too

Pro_Tour_630
04-22-2009, 08:37 PM
331 mass
33.15 balance
337 Swing weight
4D model, 27.5


http://www.hdtennis.com/grs/pro_racquet_specs.html

He put around 25 grams of lead under bumper between 10-2

VS babolat, tell us what you did with your 300 tour, and how it played. sounds familiar

I know you like 32cm not sure you want to go 33cm

I always thought that the 300 tour was on the short side, might wanna do something about length even if .25

Shaolin
04-22-2009, 08:52 PM
I spoke with melzers coach, he said it is a dilema, he has been testing many frames and does not like any of them, it is more in is head( no pun intended) then the frames.



Sounds like the typical Talk Tennis member!

origmarm
04-23-2009, 01:03 AM
The strange thing is that you would think he would do his "experimenting" behind closed doors or under a black PJ or something rather than having the full "sponsored" PJ and stencil each time. I imagine many pros at some point or other may go through this process but it's rarely "seen".

Pro_Tour_630
04-23-2009, 04:57 AM
Sounds like the typical Talk Tennis member!
typical:confused:

here he is at indian wells in march with the 300 tour 18X20

http://i40.tinypic.com/1199lq1.jpg

one month later he is in monaco with the 300 tour in open pattern for more spin on clay,

http://i44.tinypic.com/2cida9x.jpg

Pro_Tour_630
04-23-2009, 05:03 AM
The strange thing is that you would think he would do his "experimenting" behind closed doors or under a black PJ or something rather than having the full "sponsored" PJ and stencil each time. I imagine many pros at some point or other may go through this process but it's rarely "seen".
at the pilot pen last year he had the blacked out redstar.

He likes playing with two different string patterns depending on surface.

imalil2gangsta4u
04-23-2009, 08:00 PM
a pro should not be switching rackets like that. how can you get your rhythem and confidence?

CANADIAN763
04-23-2009, 08:08 PM
a pro should not be switching rackets like that. how can you get your rhythem and confidence?

You are really questioning a pro's choice of racket? They know what is best for their games and what they like in their racket.

Cl1ntrock
04-24-2009, 05:47 AM
.............

l_gonzalez
04-24-2009, 05:57 AM
IT's definitely not normal to switch so frequently...

blackfrido
04-24-2009, 09:03 AM
it's not, but this guy is still ranking pretty high;
Current South African Airways ATP Ranking: 31
Current ATP Doubles Ranking: 55

blackfrido
04-24-2009, 12:46 PM
at the pilot pen last year he had the blacked out redstar.

He likes playing with two different string patterns depending on surface.

PT,
I was trying to look back your posts in how you customized your Red Star but I couldn't find any.
How you mind sharing your experiences again? thanks