Andy Roddick's Pure Drive GT Paintjob

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by jemsiter, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. jemsiter

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    Hi guys, I've just got Andy Roddick's racquets straight from Indian Wells. He used these two frames in Austrailian Open 2010 up until his Sunday match against Lu in Indian Wells. You can see from the code inside the throat the racquets were strung on 3/12 and 3/13 at 63 lbs. Also he uses PHT 17 main and VS Gut 16 cross, not PHT 16 like before. The codes on the buttcap indicate these are Andy Roddick's 536th and 547th racquet. The racquet is not as heavy as I thought it would be. I will get the measurements later. I only have my iphone with me right now. I will take better pictures later. There is a picture showing a paint chip... I was trying to figure out what's under the paint. Here are the pics:



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    NICE 8)
    are you his stringer?
     
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  5. jemsiter

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    no I am not his stringer, but I know his stringer
     
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    One more thing... the codes on the buttcap indicate these are Andy Roddick's 536th and 547th racquet
     
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    Wow! Nice get! can't wait to see the specs on these.
     
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    so no cortex, i may be old news, but not to me.
     
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    so "non polarized" setup...
     
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    Thanks for the pics! Nice acquisition!

    Is that one layer or two of lead at 3 and 9?

    Also, I would be very curious to learn where / how much lead may be under the grip on the handle or in the butt cap.

    I completely understand if you don't want to mess with the overgrip / replacement grip but it would be awesome to learn about his complete customization setup.

    Cheers!
     
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    cool stuff man , post more specs of it
    thanks in advance
     
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    Nice catch there... a few qsns if I may...

    Is that lead @ 3 and 9 or actually a bit higher up?

    Any lead on the handle?

    Finally and most importantly - have you hit with it?... Basically I'm very curious to hear impressions about the feel/flex of ARod's actual frame...

    Cheers,

    R.
     
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    Thanks everyone

    I will ask the person who modify roddick's racquets for the specs etc.
    There is only one layer of lead and they are a little bit higher than 3 and 9 but lower than 2 and 10.
    No I will not hit with them because I want to keep them the way they are as collectible. But from what I've heard from his stringer the frame is very stiff.

    I am surprise how much wear is on the strings just from a few games in a match. The strings has more wear than my 2 months old stringjob
     
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    For the above,
    There probably won't be any lead under the grip or in the buttcap, the people who customize Roddicks racquets make custom handles that are to his weight specs in order to attain the right combination of balance, static weight, and swingweight that Roddick prefers.
     
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    head light or head heavy

    people say it is head heavy
     
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    btw overgrip tourna..confirm oh we knew
     
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  17. jemsiter

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    Not official but feels like 4-5 points headlight
    Tourna extra wide overgrips
     
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  18. jemsiter

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    One interesting observation... both frames has the same side of the bumper guard wears much more than the other side... suggesting Roddick always holds his racquets the same side up
     
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    Yeah, me too!...................
     
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    Nice, I held his rackets when I was in New York, would you agree that there not as heavy as a lot of people would think? Also, this is probs as close as you can get the a stock stick from the last few years
     
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    Ha ha- that was my first thought when I saw this thread!
     
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    Hey man people said that he is using swirly pd+ which has 1 mm thicker beem and it feels slightly stiffer (I own Swirly PD Team and 2001 PD Team+)

    When I measured swirly's beam at the throat (right about where paintchip is on yours) it was 1mm thicker.

    Any chance you can measure the balance?

    Also if you have a scale I am curious what is it strung with OG and all that stuff...

    So you see any lead at 12?
     
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  24. PED

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    I believe Racquetcraft posted his specs a month or two back. If memory serves me, it was 320g unstrung with no OG.

    Here they are courtesy of RC :)

    Weight: 320 g weight overall
    Balance: 32.3 cm
    Swing Weight: 322 kgxcm2
     
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    so that would be around 345 350 strung with overgrip than
     
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    Yes, the rule of thumb is 30 units by stringing. It's much less of a club than I had been led to believe.

    I guess OG would add 6g and string would add 18g so that is 344g. Fairly light relatively and part of that SW comes not from the mass but from the extended length.
     
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    My XL tourna on PD+ ads 7gr and strings I would think 20gr or so...
     
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    I just wondered if he adds lead at 12 as well. PD+ simply becomes a monster after lead at 12...
    actually all Babolats do...
     
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    Good point, I forgot that tourna he has is XL and he uses it all it seems...all the way up to the "cortex". Not sure on the weight of the gut, my 16g full poly usually adds 18 or 19g.

    I'll be curious about the lead at 12 as well but almost would think he doesn't because of the low static weight.
     
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    Unrelated: but how do you like rpm blast comparing to spin x?
     
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    No lead at 12. No lead under bumper guard.
    The handle is custom mold so there are some lead under the molded handle.
    Actually Roddicks tourna grip is not longer than a regular tourna grip, it's just wider so it goes all the way up. I will post a pic with comparison later.
    I don't have a scale with me now so I don't know the weight, but it is a fairly light racquet.
     
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    why/how? Could you elaborate? I love experimenting with lead, I lead up my Pure Storm GT at 3 & 9 and on the handle...
     
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    So its definitely head light 6-7 pts since that lead is 5in on each side so 5 gr total. If they added weight to the handle it must be even more head light
     
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    I'm picking up my strung stick today and will play with it tomorrow.....I hope. Really looking forward to trying it out. SpinX is gonna be tough to be beat.
     
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    yeah -- definitely let us know how that plays out...i've been loving RPM Blast so far, and just picked up a few packs of Spin X silver....should be here in a few days...
     
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    yeah people and commentator also said his racquet is light compare to normal heavy pro stick.

    I think it will be head light atleast 5 point (like Nadal) otherwise very tough to hit such serve for 10 years in a row without any shoulder injury.
     
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    great mold thanks for the specs
     
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    great get, thanks for the pics, now someone, save the pics before sureshhshshs comes
     
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    I did...;)
     
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    Great find, thanks for posting!
     
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    I did as well :wink:
     
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    Does roddick still use the pure drive team
     
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    I wonder why Andy isn't sponsored by Tournagrip... obviously he likes it.
     
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  44. Kick Serve 14

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    Maybe thats why...
     
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    Tourna II is so much better than the original Tourna
    The old one would only last one set max
     
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    why does pros hate the Cortex. only real pro that uses the cortex is Ryan Sweeting. for me, Cortex really enhances the feel and kills the bad vibrations..
     
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    because a lot of the pros like the hollow feel when you smack it!
    You can lead them up, customize and turn it into a real club.:twisted:
    I have got the PD Team 3rd generation and Andy has got the "swirly" 2nd I think?? and even those are different in feel.
    I like the new ones...they are much more forgiving but when I played I wanted instant feedback..damn the bad vibrations...I only wanted...Good Vibrations!:)
     
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    I actually meant why is he isn't sponsored by Tournagrip. I saw one of their commercials and he's not even shown as a player using it- like the Bryan Bros., Sampras, and Blake to name a few.
     
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    That's a good question, I don't know why...
     
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  50. Kick Serve 14

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    Because most pros don't like changing their equipment, and besides, the Cortex rackets are just a gimmick that give you TE...
     
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