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trigor
09-10-2009, 09:32 AM
... I have always wondered if the raquets the pros play with are actually the same as the ones sold to general public ... for example, does Nadal play with the same aero pro drive that is sold on TW for 200 dollars to us mortals, or is his raquet custom made and tailored to his style of game/weight/etc?

LeeD
09-10-2009, 09:42 AM
Isn't any sports where the top pros play with exactly what the public can buy exactly as is...
NASCAR?
Motocross? FMX?
Golf?
Surfing?
Waterskiing/wakeboarding?
Swimming?
Windsurfing?
TableTennis?
the list goes on, and all pros choose slight differences to enhance their performances over the "other" guy....

MethodTennis
09-10-2009, 09:56 AM
The short answer is no.

Most use paint jobs off their previous racquets Nadal and Roddick are good examples of this. It is thought that Nadal uses a paint job of the old origional Aero Pro Drive with lead tape under the bumper gaurd and roddick does not use the pure drive GT roddick but the old 2nd gen swirly pure drive with lots of lead in different places including 3 and 9 o'clock on the rackets head.

Hewitt has openly addmited using a paint jobed racket. Many racket companys have pro rooms where rackets are secialy made and customized for their pros. Babolat are known not to have a pros room where as wilson and prince are along with most other racket companys

canadave
09-10-2009, 10:00 AM
yes, most pros either use paintjobs, or customized versions of racquets...not the consumer versions found in retail stores.

By the way, a forum search will reveal volumes on this topic.

pmerk34
09-10-2009, 10:41 AM
The short answer is no.

Most use paint jobs off their previous racquets Nadal and Roddick are good examples of this. It is thought that Nadal uses a paint job of the old origional Aero Pro Drive with lead tape under the bumper gaurd and roddick does not use the pure drive GT roddick but the old 2nd gen swirly pure drive with lots of lead in different places including 3 and 9 o'clock on the rackets head.

Hewitt has openly addmited using a paint jobed racket. Many racket companys have pro rooms where rackets are secialy made and customized for their pros. Babolat are known not to have a pros room where as wilson and prince are along with most other racket companys

Adding lead doesn't make it a paintjob. Roddick/Nadal/Federer use off the shelf frames.

JediMindTrick
09-10-2009, 11:01 AM
The long anser, on the other hand, is yes, most pros use the same racquets that are sold to the general public, just not always the one they advertise.

Federer uses the same K90 sold in stores.
Nadal uses the same AeroPro Drive that was sold in stores. Roddick uses the same Pure Drive Plus that was sold in stores. Tsonga uses the Kobra Tour. And so on.

Some pros do, in fact, use frames that were never sold to consumers, but if Federer, Nadal and Roddick can win slams with "consumer frames", then, really, who cares about the pros who use "custom pro frames", they don't seem to win much. Maybe they should switch to "consumer frames".

Bottom line, the frames sold in stores are good enough to win slams, so the frame is not the problem, it's you.

JediMindTrick
09-10-2009, 11:09 AM
Adding lead doesn't make it a paintjob. Roddick/Nadal/Federer use off the shelf frames.

Right. Also Del Potro (Hyper ProStaff 6.1), Tsonga (Kobra Tour) and Simon (Pro Tour 630) use "consumer racquets". So we already have 6 out of top ten players using off the shelf "consumer frames".

skiracer55
09-10-2009, 11:18 AM
Right. Also Del Potro (Hyper ProStaff 6.1), Tsonga (Kobra Tour) and Simon (Pro Tour 630) use "consumer racquets". So we already have 6 out of top ten players using off the shelf "consumer frames".

...I've heard, for example, that Prince will actually drill small holes in the frames and put lead in, then seal up the holes for the Bryan brothers, so there's a customized frame you can't buy off the rack. There's also all the customizing that Warren Bosworth, et. al., used to do for some pros, as in reshaping the handle, and so forth. So my opinion is that there are two aspects: (1) The paint job phenomenon and (2) Taking a stock frame and customizing it...

JediMindTrick
09-10-2009, 11:39 AM
...I've heard, for example, that Prince will actually drill small holes in the frames and put lead in, then seal up the holes for the Bryan brothers, so there's a customized frame you can't buy off the rack. There's also all the customizing that Warren Bosworth, et. al., used to do for some pros, as in reshaping the handle, and so forth. So my opinion is that there are two aspects: (1) The paint job phenomenon and (2) Taking a stock frame and customizing it...

Yes, the paint job issue is different from the custom frames issue. Most pros use paint jobs yet, at the same time, most pros use "off the shelf consumer frames", just with a different paint in most cases.

MethodTennis
09-10-2009, 12:28 PM
Adding lead doesn't make it a paintjob. Roddick/Nadal/Federer use off the shelf frames.

roddick uses a second/third (not sure) gen pd+ painted up like the gt and nadal does the saame except its a aero pro drive painted to look like cortex feds im not sure lots of mixed info on his stick

lots of the top 30 and former top 30 use pjs the rest tend to use either the new racket or the old one

JediMindTrick
09-10-2009, 12:40 PM
roddick uses a second/third (not sure) gen pd+ painted up like the gt and nadal does the saame except its a aero pro drive painted to look like cortex feds im not sure lots of mixed info on his stick

lots of the top 30 and former top 30 use pjs the rest tend to use either the new racket or the old one

You seem to be contradicting yourself, first you say that Nadal and Roddick use the same racquets that are sold to the consumers, that is the original AeroPro Drive without cortex and the Pure Drive Plus without cortex, and then you use these guys as examples of pros that don't use rackets that are sold to consumers.