Andy Murray's Head MG

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  1. ericsson

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    Well you never know what's in the mail, this week it was Mr.Murray's personal Head MG :), it is used in the clay season strung with Alu and VS gut. Strange thing is the racket is not that heavy, at least don't feel so heavy.
    There is a lot of lead under the caps though. More to follow...
     
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    RDC!!! RDC!!! RDC!!! Yeah I know... I'm like a broken record :)
     
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  3. DavaiMarat

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    Do you customize racquets for pros?
     
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  4. maximo

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    Do you work for P1?

    If so, that's pretty cool.
     
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    that would be okay.
     
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  6. FedererForehand

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    Pics would be sweet! Please & Thank you :)
     
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  7. ericsson

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    Will do as soon i find some time, i'm a litlle busy right now but pics will follow...

    BTW: the racket weighs 345 grams strung! 21mm beam constant.

    i don't work for P1 or customize for pro's (although i do customize for friends ;-)
     
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    He CANNOT work for P1...reassure me Ericsson...you haven't betrayed the small red triangle for the big red W :D
     
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    Wow, 345 strung? That's quite light ( for a pro)
     
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  10. Fedace

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    Not really. Murray had some major Wrist problems in the past and some people attributed that to the heaviness of his racket. so probably he took some weight off of his frame. He doesn't hit hard anyway so it probably doesn't make any difference.
     
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  11. THESEXPISTOL

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    No need of hard hits... He's a pusher
     
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  12. ericsson

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    Here some pics:

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  13. Steve F.

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    Thanks!

    Nice! Thanks for taking the time to post ---

    At 345 g, seems practically like a stock MGPP, depending on the balance point...

    I'm sure you're saving the TGK code pic... :twisted:

    Hope you have the chance to balance it out!
     
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  14. Automatix

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    Nice pics... Thanks for sharing Ericsson!
     
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    awesome!

    so for sure its a prestige pro eh? would love to know what balance he uses.
     
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  16. PED

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    Is "andy murray" the only thing printed on the throat or is there a TGK code on the other side?

    Thanks for the pics, I was just curious as to if Murray is playing with the same version as Wawrinka.
     
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  17. Blade0324

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    My MGPP's are about 354 strung with Wilson pro overgrip on them so this may be just a little lighter these are normal retail versions.

    That said I have a couple that came from the Head Pro room that have no TGK code on them at all. They are perfectly matched and weigh in at 346 strung with pro overgrip. This includes about 16g of lead under the caps in the top of the hoop and what I would estimate to be about 20g of weight in Silicon in the handle. These would probably be only about 290g unstrung with no overgrip and without the lead and Silicon. Interesting how much less weight is in them as a stock frame before customization. It really allows to get the racquet to a wonderful weight and balance without it getting too heavy. When I have tried to get the balance of my retail frames close to the balance on these the static weight ends up getting up around 365g strung. 20g even in the handle makes a pretty huge difference in how they play even at the same balance.

    I'm not surprised at all at the weight of Murray's frame. The ones I have are so solid feeling even with this relatively low weight.
     
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  18. PED

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    ^^Spot on Blade, that's one reason I considered trying out the MP version as it's a bit lighter stock than the Pro, giving me more room to customize to my specs. Does your Pro at 354g include leather?

    As I mentioned above mine are 345, but I'd love to see how the MP would play at 340g with some lead at 3 & 9.

    Do your ones from the Head Pro room play any different than your retail ones and what's the SW?
     
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  19. KonTrol

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    his rkets nice tough
     
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    Good post!
     
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    Nice pictures...
     
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    nice post! have you measured the balance?
     
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  23. lenderbender

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    oh woops didnt read properly nvm ignore my last post.

    how is it that they feel much more solid? Can we get the same feel from our own customizations? Sorry bit of a newbie to all this
     
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  24. PED

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    Here's a good new thread with some more feedback on the various Heads and customizing:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=274483
     
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    You're welcome guys!
    there is no TGK code but there is something, TUE 62, honestly i think it has something to do with the stringing, Tuesday and 62 lbs maybe, i hope Ron can chime in here from P1, i also think (i'm quite sure actually) it is strung by Ron or P1, just take a look at how short they cut the knots!

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  26. ericsson

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    Not yet, i'm a little busy right now...
     
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    thanks for posting these!
     
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  28. ericsson

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    No problem Auto, it's my pleasure ;-)
     
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    Yes- thanks ericsson... your aweseome man!

    Does anyone know if he switched over to the new Youtek PJ yet?
     
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  30. Steve F.

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    Say PED, while we wait for ericsson to post the balance info, can you follow up on Wawrinka's MGPP frame? What info do you have?

    Thanks again ericsson... nice stork to drop that baby off!
     
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  31. PED

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    I think you're correct there, I remember Ron Yu saying about the date and the tension on the Federer frame thread.
     
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  32. PED

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    Nothing specific-I just remember a thread on here earlier in the season about Head trying to get the players to use the actual microgel frames. Stan switched to either the TGK version(most likely) or the retail version. Either way, I believe Stan used an 18X20 stick last year and moved over to the 16X19 of the Pro this year. If I can find the link, I'll post it.


    Here it is:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=257171&highlight=Wawrinka
     
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  33. jmverdugo

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    Why do some racquets have the TG code an others dont? Last week I saw both types, both Radical MG, one had TG231.2 and the other one had nothing. I asked and the told me they were "Head's players racquets" anyone knows?
     
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  34. Steve F.

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    Thanks PED. Yeah, I remember that thread because of the eminently quotable exchange from vsbabolat and JediMindTrick :

    vsbabolat
    JediMindTrick
    :p

    Anyway... back to Murray.
     
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  35. maximo

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    Murray does use P1.

    I remember in the match against Gonzo at the FO in the middle of it Murray sent a few racquets back to stringers to be strung around about 58 if I can remember.

    Yeah, Murray did struggle badly against him. :(
     
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  36. Blade0324

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    My pro's at 354g are with the hydrosorb factory grip. My 2 from the pro room also have the hydrosorb grip. That is the only thing I have changed on those 2 as they came with Leather and I just don't really care for the leather feel as much as the stock grip with overgrip.
    As for SW I would have to calculate as close as possible but have never taken the time. I'd love to get them all put on an RDC to find out SW and flex but to my knowledge there is no where in the Denver area that has one. :(
    As for how they are more solid I'd have to say that it's really mostly due to how the weight is distributed. The sweet spot seems a bit easier to find, I get less twist from off center hits and I am absolutely more effective serving with them. Without knowing for sure if I had to guess I'd say they are more stiff than the retail version.
     
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  37. Mdubb23

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    Ericsson, man, that's amazing. Congratulations!

    Ron (RJYU), could you perhaps confirm what the writing in the throat means?
     
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  38. PED

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    On the federer racquet thread earlier this spring, Fed's stick had an identical sticker and Yu confirmed that it was date strung and tension.
     
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  39. FedererForehand

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    Ericsson - if you interesting in parting with this frame- I would love to make a deal and give it a great home!
     
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    what is the balance?
     
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    Thanks for sharing!!
     
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  42. iankogan

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    Is it just me, or does this stick looks more like MG Radical (with CAP grommets) than MG Prestige? That would explain the low weight... I mean, look at the color. Radicals are orange, Prestiges are red. This one looks orange to me, just like the MG Radical MP I'm demoing at the moment.
     
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  43. hyogen

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    pros use different racquets with paint to make them look like newer racquets...so that new racquets will sell.
     
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  44. ericsson

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    FF, you can always make me an offer ;-)

    Can't tell for now, i'm hoping to use my friends RDC soon...
    The static weight is quite light but the SW is a lot higher, a lot of lead under the bumper, the racket has a small crack at 12 (mad Andy :) ) so i'm afraid to hit with it, it's strung very tight, this racket is used at the Monte Carlo open couple months ago...
     
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    So I guess this is not the retail Prestige Pro since a lot of lead under the bumper would make that frame weigh more than this one does?
     
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  46. iankogan

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    ok, this is for sure MG Radical, not Prestige. I'm not crazy after all (see my previous post 07-21-2009 03:39 PM). You can actually read the model name on the upper picture in ericsson's post 07-20-2009, 03:27 PM. Partially obscured by the CAP grommets/bumber guard, but it certainly says 'radical', not 'prestige'. I would not have noticed but for the fact that I'm demoing MG Radical MP now. Great racket by the way, I liked it enough to order a pair. Eagerly awaiting the arrival... Meanwhile will play a USTA league match tonight with the demo.
     
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  47. PED

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    I can see that you are new to the boards :)
     
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    I am (blashing with shame...) And I can see that you enjoy posting enigmatic comments :)
    Anyway, now that we've established it's MG Radical, does it mean that Andy Murray possibly had nothing to do with this particular frame? Just asking, being a newb and all...
     
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  49. dr325i

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    you established that.
    I have a racket with me that looks like MG Prestige MP, says Prestige MP on it, and has a little code (in place of Andy's name) that says PT57E. When I put it next to my retail Prestige MP, it does not look like one, it weights different, and so on...

    Get it now?
     
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  50. iankogan

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    I get it. The racket we are discussing looks like MG Radical, it says 'Radical' on the frame, but let's call it Andy Murray's custom Prestige because the guy who posted the pics says it is. I get it. LOL.
     
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