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Pioneer
05-08-2010, 05:45 AM
I'd like to make a thread that summarizes their racquet specs because I'm really interested in them. I did some research on the forum and it seems like they both use 370-ish racquets with grip size 4 and 380-ish swingweights. could somebody educated on the subject post the specs like:

static weight (strung)
swingweight (strung)
grip size
general lead tape locations
strings and tension (I know for Safin it's all BB original in the high 20s)

PurePrestige
05-08-2010, 08:24 AM
Hey, I don't know for Philippoussis, but for Safin, Greg Raven posted some older specs that he had.
353grams weight
32cm balance
347 swingweight
4 1/2 grip size

Last I knew for his strings was full Luxilon BB Orig. at 29/28 I believe.
Last known lead tape locations...a few years back he had even sized layers at 3, 9, and 12 oclock. Since then it's all hidden under the bumpers. Way back in the day he always used to have lead at 3&9 visible.

Pioneer
05-11-2010, 10:51 AM
I saw some pictures of Mark with the blacked-out prestige and long strips at 3/9 are clearly visible http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_2283_gallery.JPG

Doubles
05-11-2010, 10:58 AM
I saw some pictures of Mark with the blacked-out prestige and long strips at 3/9 are clearly visible http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_2283_gallery.JPG

That racket surely looks heavy, based on all the lead on the frame...

Pioneer
05-13-2010, 08:45 AM
Yeah they both use 370-380g racquets I think

Pioneer
05-17-2010, 05:13 AM
Pure Prestige, are those unstrung specs? If so, Safin's strungs specs would be something like:

370g
380 SW
33 cm

quite a monster

PurePrestige
05-13-2011, 03:35 PM
Pure Prestige, are those unstrung specs? If so, Safin's strungs specs would be something like:

370g
380 SW
33 cm

quite a monster

In response...basically a full year later haha (just happened upon this thread somehow).
No I don't think it is unstrung. It is in Greg Raven's 'grab bag' of Pro's Specs which has Pro's Specs listed for players such as Rafter, Ivanisevic, and Kafelnikov.
I believe these specs are from Safin's early career with the Prestige Classic, which is why it is simply listed at Head Prestige just like Ivanisevic, whereas for example Kuerten is listed with Head i. Prestige.
So probably specs from his early career when he was using the Prestige Classic strung up with full gut at 30kg.

Cup8489
05-15-2011, 08:28 AM
Definitely a club.. I'd be interested to see how it hits.

DavaiMarat
05-16-2011, 09:26 AM
Definitely a club.. I'd be interested to see how it hits.

I have two 237.1 strung up to Safin's (greg's) specs. Lots of lead at 12 oclock. The sweetspot is higher up on the hoop. Plow thru is extreme to say the least. IT's a little difficult to switch to another racquet after playing with this for a while. The ball just pan cakes on the string bed. That said power is high but you have to be able to wield it, need a 'Safin' like forearm. Serving is a dream. You just the ball up and let the racquet rise and smack it. No effort but my serve has climbing 4 feet up the back wall.

Not maneuverable at the net but solid enough.

Cup8489
05-16-2011, 04:49 PM
I have two 237.1 strung up to Safin's (greg's) specs. Lots of lead at 12 oclock. The sweetspot is higher up on the hoop. Plow thru is extreme to say the least. IT's a little difficult to switch to another racquet after playing with this for a while. The ball just pan cakes on the string bed. That said power is high but you have to be able to wield it, need a 'Safin' like forearm. Serving is a dream. You just the ball up and let the racquet rise and smack it. No effort but my serve has climbing 4 feet up the back wall.

Not maneuverable at the net but solid enough.

Think it's worth a play test?