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greystar403
09-30-2012, 11:14 AM
Watching re-runs of Roger's cup. Saw Gasquet's racquet with a WHITE/TRANSLUCENT head guard.

Same Liquidmetal Instinct XL or something different?

Doubles
09-30-2012, 11:37 AM
Sam racket, but the new extreme pj has that translucent bumper.

Rulo
10-04-2012, 05:53 AM
I saw him playing at the US Open....Did anyone notice that he actually uses half a leather grip and half overgrip?? Is he not sponsored anymore and he is trying to save some cash?? Or it's something about balance??

http://deportes.starmedia.com/imagenes/2012/09/richard-gasquet-abierto-de-estados-unidos-2012.jpg

Nostradamus
10-04-2012, 05:56 AM
What is the advantage of translucent headguard ?

dgoran
10-04-2012, 06:09 AM
What is the advantage of translucent headguard ?

We can now see lead placement unlike with other non translucent head guards :)

Arsnlrob
10-04-2012, 06:12 AM
I saw him playing at the US Open....Did anyone notice that he actually uses half a leather grip and half overgrip?? Is he not sponsored anymore and he is trying to save some cash?? Or it's something about balance??

http://deportes.starmedia.com/imagenes/2012/09/richard-gasquet-abierto-de-estados-unidos-2012.jpg

Not only that, he comes to the court with a big container of Tournagrips and changes the overgrip 5-6 times each match!

dadozen
10-04-2012, 02:15 PM
The funny thing is that the leather grip is actually Babolat. Saw that while he was playing doubles at the USO, and was changing the Tournagrip of his racquet

floydcouncil
10-04-2012, 08:34 PM
I saw him playing at the US Open....Did anyone notice that he actually uses half a leather grip and half overgrip?? Is he not sponsored anymore and he is trying to save some cash?? Or it's something about balance??

http://deportes.starmedia.com/imagenes/2012/09/richard-gasquet-abierto-de-estados-unidos-2012.jpg

Maybe he just likes it that way......... no big theory nor over-thinking needed...

I Heart Thomas Muster
10-04-2012, 09:13 PM
I have no direct knowledge on the matter but it looks like he wraps the leather and Tournagrip multiple times around the butt of the racquet to make it larger which doesn't leave enough grip material to cover the entire pallet similar to Thomas Muster's racquets.

Notice the changes over the years:
http://a.espncdn.com/media/ten/2005/0525/photo/a_gasquet_i.jpg

http://answers.bettor.com/images/Articles/thumbs/extralarge/Richard-Gasquet-stuns-Andy-Roddick-to-reach-quarterfinals-of-BNP-Paribas-Open-59270.jpg

http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2012/09/30/1226484/954962-richard-gasquet.jpg

thejackal
10-04-2012, 09:21 PM
Notice the change in the size of the buttend flare over the years as well

Fed Kennedy
10-04-2012, 09:52 PM
What the hell richie that looks ridiculous

ace0001a
10-04-2012, 10:12 PM
Looks like the bare pallet for the top half of the grip handle. I wonder if there is a leather or base grip under the tournagrip...

Seth
10-04-2012, 10:16 PM
As vsbabolat pointed out in another thread, it's the Liquidmetal Instinct Tour XL but, as of this year, without the Liquidmetal ridges.

ace0001a
10-04-2012, 10:16 PM
Also, if Head is able to make translucent bumper guards and grommets for the old Instinct mold (PT161?), I wonder why they don't put them on Murray's PT57 since they have them for the YT IG Prestige Pro? From a marketing standpoint it would make sense since Head went through all the trouble of changing the the Radical Pro to the Radical MP mold with 16x19 pattern and then putting CAP grommets on it.

Marcus2137
10-05-2012, 06:43 AM
I just saw him play at the China Open the other night. I got some close up shots of his racket.

His racket definitely doesn't have ridges any more but the clear bumper does.

The top half of his pallet is bare and in one picture I can read the pallet. It's a TK57 L4.

He has 1/2 a leather grip. He uses a full length Tourna, but he wraps the end of the butt cap about 4-5 times to get the flare before he continues to wrap the rest of the grip (still stopping halfway, just like the 1/2 leather grip). So basically 1/2 of the overgrip is wrapped around the butt cap, and the other 1/2 covers the 1/2 leather grip.

Just a guess, but when he was changing his Tourna grip, I'm 99% sure he had a Head Finest Calfskin Grip under.

He racket also has his name printed in the throat.

I can load pictures and show them if anyone is interested.

JohnB
10-05-2012, 06:52 AM
That would be great!!

Power Player
10-05-2012, 07:00 AM
Definitley looks like he is building up the buttcap with his grips instead of getting them modded. I like it. It probably makes the grips absorb a lot better too.

vsbabolat
10-05-2012, 07:47 AM
Also, if Head is able to make translucent bumper guards and grommets for the old Instinct mold (PT161?), I wonder why they don't put them on Murray's PT57 since they have them for the YT IG Prestige Pro? From a marketing standpoint it would make sense since Head went through all the trouble of changing the the Radical Pro to the Radical MP mold with 16x19 pattern and then putting CAP grommets on it.

It's because Murray does not want use the Clear grommets. Tommy Haas is the same way. He wont use the clear grommets either.

Marcus2137
10-05-2012, 08:00 AM
It's because Murray does not want use the Clear grommets. Tommy Haas is the same way. He wont use the clear grommets either.

VS is right of course.

I also got some close ups of Haas' setup. Looks like PT57a's (18x20) with IG paint, but classic black caps. Looks nice. At one point he threw a racket and it landed just in front of where I was sitting (front row, about 7' off the court). I was trying to imagine how I could reach his racket before he had time to come pick it up. :)

I'll work on cropping and posting the Gasquet pictures in the next few minutes. I'm sure it's nothing new or amazing, but at least some people can get a look.

Marcus2137
10-05-2012, 08:33 AM
You can easily see LM ridges in grommet bumper, but not on racket
http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-pPpm5Ng/0/L/i-pPpm5Ng-L.jpg
He's spinning the racket here, and it's night, so there is some blur, but you can see his name in the throat and see hints of lead under the bumper
http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-VTP9FjZ/0/L/i-VTP9FjZ-L.jpg

http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-NTcQxKF/0/L/i-NTcQxKF-L.jpg
I was a little wrong about the grip. The leather grip is also wrapped a few times on the butt cap, so it already has some extra flare, and then the Tourna grip is wrapped around a the butt cap a few extra times to make the flare bigger. When I zoom in on this, I can also clearly see the shiny "HEAD" that they use on their Finest Calfskin grips, so I'm 99% sure that's what it is.
http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-zz7Wj3L/0/L/i-zz7Wj3L-L.jpg

Marcus2137
10-05-2012, 08:34 AM
Lead
http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-zWVPvLC/0/L/i-zWVPvLC-L.jpg

http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-pL5khX2/0/L/i-pL5khX2-L.jpg

Grip flare detail
http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-nkdRgLF/0/L/i-nkdRgLF-L.jpg

Marcus2137
10-05-2012, 08:37 AM
I can zoom in even more here, but you can see the pallet says "TK57 4"
http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-mvwW4xv/0/L/i-mvwW4xv-L.jpg

http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-896wkmD/0/L/i-896wkmD-L.jpg
In these, I can easily see that there aren't any LM ridges any more, but the new clear caps still have LM ridges molded in:
http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-LXnkJ5b/0/L/i-LXnkJ5b-L.jpg

http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-dvXSBn9/0/L/i-dvXSBn9-L.jpg

A_Instead
10-05-2012, 08:53 AM
And the head shape is clearly not "lolly popish" like the Extremes.

And about his grip set up..
If you look at it close, the shape is the "coke bottle" approach.
Fat, skinny, Fat...
Just like the Babolat Contour grips that you can buy...

floydcouncil
10-05-2012, 09:19 AM
And the head shape is clearly not "lolly popish" like the Extremes.

And about his grip set up..
If you look at it close, the shape is the "coke bottle" approach.
Fat, skinny, Fat...
Just like the Babolat Contour grips that you can buy...

It's pro stock Instinct.

His grip is uneven probably due to non uniform wrapping (both leather grip and Tourna). I don't think the pallet underneath is shaped.

novak.20v
10-05-2012, 09:58 AM
@Marcus2137 Those pictures are amazing, thanks!

& what string is that?

dgoran
10-05-2012, 10:10 AM
Big banger original

Seth
10-05-2012, 10:33 AM
Marcus2137 is GPOATing.

Roger Wawrinka
10-05-2012, 12:54 PM
Wait a minute, is that strung with all 4G?

uk_skippy
10-05-2012, 01:09 PM
Wait a minute, is that strung with all 4G?

Big banger original

What he said, @ 24/23kg

Paul

JW10S
10-05-2012, 02:10 PM
I could be wrong, but it appears to me he wraps the leather grip over itself a few times at the bottom of the grip to create the 'knob' and as the knob has gotten bigger his grip covers less of the handle. I've seen him play and change the Tourna-grip at every change over.

I Heart Thomas Muster
10-05-2012, 02:24 PM
I'm gonna give this a shot on an old Microgel Prestige MP and see how it plays.

On a side note I am amazed by how long that little tuft of hair in the front has survived.

http://blogs.as.com/.a/6a00d83451bf7069e20134866d0b4f970c-800wi

Fastpace Ace
10-06-2012, 06:59 PM
Markus2137 thanks! Great set of pics and great sleuthing!

Marcus2137
10-06-2012, 11:35 PM
No problem. Just lucky to be in the right place at the right time (with a huge lens:))

Old Chemist
10-07-2012, 08:27 AM
Marcus2137,

Great photos!

Curious, looks like only 2 knots -- is his racquet strung using 1 piece?

Marcus2137
10-07-2012, 10:08 PM
Marcus2137,

Great photos!

Curious, looks like only 2 knots -- is his racquet strung using 1 piece?

Good eye. I looked at all of my photos, zoomed in a lot, and I only count 2 knots. Definitely looks like 1 piece. Interesting.

uk_skippy
10-08-2012, 02:59 AM
I've always strung his rqt 1 piece (2 knots). Crosses go from top to bottom so no real need to string 2 piece.

Regards

Paul

I Heart Thomas Muster
10-09-2012, 11:39 AM
I feel somewhat silly posting this in Pro's Racquets and Gear but I did try it out on my Flexpoint Tour and if you like holding the racquet low it works fantastic. I really like it on the serve. Felt really secure and I felt like I could let the racquet head lag and really pull from the handle.

That said I won't be switching over permanently. It was just a fun experiment.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p505/nodarkthings0708/IMG_0245.jpg

I Heart Thomas Muster
10-09-2012, 11:43 AM
That's not my purse BTW

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p505/nodarkthings0708/IMG_0247.jpg

Seth
10-09-2012, 01:09 PM
Nicely done! Thinking about this myself.

I Heart Thomas Muster
10-09-2012, 01:21 PM
Thanks. I felt pretty bad ***** pulling that baby out of my bag. That's right. The pallet is exposed. That's how daddy rolls.

Roger Wawrinka
10-09-2012, 01:32 PM
What he said, @ 24/23kg

Paul



I could not deside which one it was between those two strings. Thanks for pointing it out to me.

darklore009
10-10-2012, 12:52 PM
The way his grip setup is for one-handed only.

gavna
10-10-2012, 01:00 PM
Considering how crappy he has been playing the last few weeks maybe little Richie needs to start wrapping his grips all the way up the pallet?

Doubles
10-11-2012, 07:08 PM
Considering how crappy he has been playing the last few weeks maybe little Richie needs to start wrapping his grips all the way up the pallet?

What does that have to do with anything?

Cup8489
10-11-2012, 08:04 PM
Certainly is interesting that he's choosing to not wrap any higher than that..

curious, the pallets he's using, are they like the traditional head pallets or more similar to a wilson shape? I know the speeds come with a more square pallet, but my MG extremes come with the more traditional head pallet.

Just wondering in case I decide to get the more square ones.. if this is what they're in fact called.

Also.. why are the pallets on his and the radical tour previously posted grey? mine are black.. different composition perhaps?

Doubles
10-11-2012, 08:35 PM
Certainly is interesting that he's choosing to not wrap any higher than that..

curious, the pallets he's using, are they like the traditional head pallets or more similar to a wilson shape? I know the speeds come with a more square pallet, but my MG extremes come with the more traditional head pallet.

Just wondering in case I decide to get the more square ones.. if this is what they're in fact called.

Also.. why are the pallets on his and the radical tour previously posted grey? mine are black.. different composition perhaps?
Head altered the shape, and color of pallets on their newer rackets. Or it at least feels that way to me.

Cup8489
10-11-2012, 09:24 PM
Head altered the shape, and color of pallets on their newer rackets. Or it at least feels that way to me.

Gray looks better. Not that it matters but I was using 1 tourna over the pallet for a while. didnt make it to the top.

greystar403
10-12-2012, 09:28 AM
I found that Tourna never makes it all the way on my IG Extreme Pro. It always makes it on my brother's Prestige though...

Tennisguy777
10-12-2012, 09:32 AM
So what is the head size seems larger than a 98. Also any specs like balance and flex sw and static weight.

Cup8489
10-12-2012, 11:46 AM
I found that Tourna never makes it all the way on my IG Extreme Pro. It always makes it on my brother's Prestige though...

The extremes have longer handles than the prestiges and the radicals. I can get a full tourna xl all the way to the top on my 4 1/2 handle MG Radical, but not even close with my 4 3/8 extremes.

I Heart Thomas Muster
10-13-2012, 12:42 PM
I have a question about the Flexpoint Radical Tour I was fooling around on. I just popped open the butt cap and there is silicone inside and I just noticed the butt cap says 5 1/8. Is that normal? I'm sure it's nothing but the silicone inside surprised me and might explain why these are still the most solid racquets I've ever hit.

tennismastermine
10-13-2012, 03:55 PM
what is the name of the shoe that richard gasquet is wearing?

darklore009
10-13-2012, 04:26 PM
ASICs gel resolution or speed

Seth
10-13-2012, 04:48 PM
what is the name of the shoe that richard gasquet is wearing?

I think, and others have shared this thought on the boards, that he wears the Asics Gel Enqvist from several years ago.

Kenzik
04-25-2013, 05:31 PM
Hi guys. Does anyone know if his racquet is extended?

Kenzik
04-25-2013, 05:35 PM
And possibly his racquet specs?

dgoran
04-25-2013, 07:07 PM
Unstrung:
347g
348sw
12" (30.4cm) balance with tourna

ART ART
04-26-2013, 05:08 AM
Unstrung:
347g
348sw
12" (30.4cm) balance with tourna

His racket is 69.5cm lenght, correct ?
Strung specs with tournagrip, should be around:

365g
375sw
31,3cm Balance point.

フェデラー
04-26-2013, 06:00 AM
So what is the head size seems larger than a 98. Also any specs like balance and flex sw and static weight.

I believe he is still using the Liquidmetal Instinct Tour XL which had a 100 sq. in. head.

dgoran
04-26-2013, 09:20 AM
Yes extended I had a picture that ukskippy posted its 365 strung but that's without 2gr damper so if we want to be picky 367 :-)

フェデラー
04-26-2013, 10:46 AM
I feel somewhat silly posting this in Pro's Racquets and Gear but I did try it out on my Flexpoint Tour and if you like holding the racquet low it works fantastic. I really like it on the serve. Felt really secure and I felt like I could let the racquet head lag and really pull from the handle.

That said I won't be switching over permanently. It was just a fun experiment.



As a one hander I will try this at some point. I know Wawa does a very subtle version of this. He puts a small piece of medical take at the very end of the butt and then wraps the grip over it.

http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/REU-TENNIS-OPEN_.jpg

dgoran
04-26-2013, 01:05 PM
As a one hander I will try this at some point. I know Wawa does a very subtle version of this. He puts a small piece of medical take at the very end of the butt and then wraps the grip over it.

http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/REU-TENNIS-OPEN_.jpg

Please don't try the above pictured... rather give me the racquet

フェデラー
04-26-2013, 01:41 PM
http://balle-de-break.blog.lemonde.fr/files/2011/07/gasquet2.jpg

Super close up, you can clearly see the ridges around the head.

As you can see here though, as of late, the ridges seem to have disappeared. However, there are ridges in the grommets, but there still don't seem to be any there.

http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/ddp01Ai8N21PKiRd_vII5g--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD0xMDI0O3E9Nzk7dz0xNj A2/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2013-03-29T004134Z_1984262018_GM1E93T0O3P01_RTRMADP_3_TENN IS.JPG

Gasquet has also begun covering the whole pallet as well. It seems like he pieces together two grips because flaring it and having it cover the whole pallet would be impossible.

alexwawrinka
04-27-2013, 02:33 PM
ridges are still there on his racquet , i saw them at monte carlo when he played vs cilic

Doubles
05-01-2013, 12:14 AM
The way that leather grip is wrapped just bothers me. It seems like a lot of pro's really don't care about their gear that much. They just want what they're comfortable with.

rpsbel
05-01-2013, 02:27 AM
The way that leather grip is wrapped just bothers me. It seems like a lot of pro's really don't care about their gear that much. They just want what they're comfortable with.

Yes. They want to win and the gear must to be comfortable and fit their expectations. It looks like normal to me. The sponsor should customize the gear to the pro's needs. But I don't see any problem with how a tennis pro wrap the their grip. It is only my opinion.

Lukhas
05-01-2013, 03:16 AM
Looks like the Tourna Sampras dampener. Wonder if it's good.

robbo1970
05-01-2013, 03:54 AM
Is his leather grip wrapped upside down?

フェデラー
05-01-2013, 05:36 AM
Looks like the Tourna Sampras dampener. Wonder if it's good.

I think it's the Luxilon O dampener that is super popular on the tour (Gasquet, Berdych Monfils, etc). You could just ask Luxilon for them and they would send them to you, however I believe they stopped producing them.

Is his leather grip wrapped upside down?

I think because Gasquet wants to have the grip going up the whole handle, he had to put two grips together, because there is no way you could wrap the leather around the base like that and then have it reach the top. Also look at how much black tape he is using to keep the grip in place.

Lukhas
05-01-2013, 05:51 AM
I think it's the Luxilon O dampener that is super popular on the tour (Gasquet, Berdych Monfils, etc). You could just ask Luxilon for them and they would send them to you, however I believe they stopped producing them.
I checked. Couldn't find Wilson ones either. Only Tourna. Although if they have the durability of the Tournagrips (one of the reasons that makes me use Pro's Pro overgrips instead), it will be without me.

Relinquis
05-01-2013, 07:39 AM
Looks like the Tourna Sampras dampener. Wonder if it's good.

the tourna sampras dampner is great. very light and doesn't over dampen. just take away most of the ping sound leaving the feel and other sounds of the string.

I Heart Thomas Muster
05-01-2013, 12:57 PM
Interesting anecdote from a previous thread about Gasquet's grips.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=7289844&postcount=19

I Heart Thomas Muster
05-01-2013, 01:00 PM
As a one hander I will try this at some point. I know Wawa does a very subtle version of this. He puts a small piece of medical take at the very end of the butt and then wraps the grip over it.

That was my only complaint about Yonex racquets. I loved the RD-7 except for that tiny butt cap. I would put a build up sleeve over the cap, trim, then regrip the racquets.

フェデラー
05-01-2013, 02:59 PM
That was my only complaint about Yonex racquets. I loved the RD-7 except for that tiny butt cap. I would put a build up sleeve over the cap, trim, then regrip the racquets.

On my BLX 6.1 tour I definitely think its too thin as well. My backhand often feels unstable, especially when I want to rip it.

Relinquis
05-02-2013, 07:51 AM
i use a bit of athletic tape under the grip to increase the size of the butt-cap a little.

it's easily reversible if you overdo it, just take the tape off and wrap a shorter amount.

hirschi80
08-27-2014, 12:40 AM
[QUOTE=Marcus2137;6937223]I can zoom in even more here, but you can see the pallet says "TK57 4"
http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-mvwW4xv/0/L/i-mvwW4xv-L.jpg

http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-896wkmD/0/L/i-896wkmD-L.jpg
In these, I can easily see that there aren't any LM ridges any more, but the new clear caps still have LM ridges molded in:
http://marcus2137.smugmug.com/photos/i-LXnkJ5b/0/L/i-LXnkJ5b-L.jpg


but all the pics show 16/19 string pattern. the LM instinct has a 18/19 string pattern!

edit: ok sorry. the LM instinct tour has a 16/19 pattern! :)