Brad Gilbert clearly states Fed needs a racquet change

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  1. crazygamer2091

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    Its been confirmed today by Roger Federer himself that he is switching rackets. He's going from a 90 to 98 square inch headsize. From the looks of things, its going to be a switch to the Wilson Blade 98.
     
  2. BreakPoint

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    He will likely lose racquet head speed and stability with the bigger racquet, as well as accuracy.
     
  3. Ace of Aces

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    I wonder if their going to paint it like a 90 during matches at least until they are sure he is switching permanently.
     
  4. Shangri La

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    I agree with you. 90 sq in and one-handed backhand should stay at recreational level.
     
  5. nikdom

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    I'd read that Roger leads his K90 at the 12 o clock position. I doubt if he isn't playing the new 98 sqin stick leaded at 12, 3 and 9 for overall stability. It probably decreases the head lightness but I remember also reading that Sampras and Roger have racquets that are barely 1 pt HL or balanced anyways with all the leading, so this won't be different. If anything, he's losing some total weight so he can definitely gain some overall swing speed.

    My experience with larger heads has been that as long as they are made stable with some lead tape, I haven't found any trouble with volleying or BH slices - the two main trouble spots with a stock 95-98 sq in racquet as compared to a mid.
     
  6. souledge

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    Can we quote you on this in the future?
     
  7. RoddickistheMan

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    In summary breakpoint you wasted your time trying to make your point that he wouldn't and he officially just did. Tw posters 1 breakpoint 0
     
  8. HRB

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    NOW WE WAIT!!!!! Will all the fools on this thread have a hissy fit when Roger likes this change....hilarious...can't wait to see all the PS85's, N, K, and BLX 90's showing up on the "bay"!

    Open mouth insert foots please!!!!!!!! LMAO.
     
  9. BreakPoint

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    I'm sorry but when did I ever say that Federer "would never switch racquets"?

    I said his racquet is the least of his problems. How many of us have ever switched racquets only to find out that the racquet wasn't the problem but something else much more likely was?
     
  10. BreakPoint

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    Um....so people are all going to sell a racquet they like playing with just because some guy they've never met decides to use a different racquet? Bizarro!!!
     
  11. mellowyellow

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    Yes, where guys play to "not lose" vs trying to actually win....
     
  12. BreakPoint

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    When I play "not to lose", I use a bigger racquet and play defensive pusher tennis all day long. When I "play to win", I use a Mid and play aggressive offensive attacking tennis.
     
  13. HRB

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    OH SNAPS BREAKER DOWN!!!! How you going to deal with this!!!! Remember when I wisely suggested that the real reason for top players not switching sticks is no real time off to get used to them??? Yeah, look back and read...you'll see...ANY WHO...how you going to wrap your small mind around this...ROGER CONFIRMED...See this exact quote!!!!:

    “I’ve tried bigger,” Federer he said. “The problem is we don’t have enough time to do racket testing, you know? I’m always talking to Wilson about: ‘What else do you have? What else can we test?’ And who knows? Maybe down the road, I’ll change again.”

    Sorry Bro...you probably are in a state of mourning and putting your 90's on the auction sight...and insult to injury...BRAD AND OTHER NON SLAM WINNERS SUGGESTED IT!!!! LOL
     
  14. BreakPoint

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    And what evidence do you have that Federer is trying new racquets just because Brad Gilbert suggested it? Federer already stated a long time ago that he tests new racquets all the time and is constantly asking Wilson - "What else have you got? What else can I test?"

    The only thing new this time is that he's publicly saying that he'll be trying a new racquet in this little tournament that he doesn't really care about.
     
  15. HRB

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    This being said...I actually like 90's...in fact just won a match tonight with my ol' trusty Graphite Pro (89 sq inch)..but my point is I never choose a stick based on who played with it...but when I see how hard some of you fight the changes and evolution of their favorite Pro's it is obvious so many of you do. So my point was "tongue in cheek" that a lot of players are going to feel let down not using what Rog uses.

    Truth is, he probably won't stick to it unless he has immediate success...the fact is the "can't teach and old dog new tricks" mantra may be true here.
     
  16. heftylefty

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    "In Brad Fed Trust"
     
  17. RoddickistheMan

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    I think after finding out the end to all of these assumptions about the switch I'm very shocked he didn't just tell Wilson to make him a prostaff 98 with the same flat beam and pws. That or a 95 prostaff weight increased etc. surprised he didn't go with dimitrovs racquet either.
     
  18. mellowyellow

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    You likely not playing on the baseline against guys hitting within a few inches of the baseline. World of difference playing inconsistant club players.... Where serve and volley is still a winning tactic... FAIL! Lol
     
  19. DownTheLineWith90

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    in brad fed trustS
     
  20. souledge

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    Actually, I bet you that this will happen, if Rog shows up at the USO with something other than a mid.
     
  21. BreakPoint

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    Um...yeah, I do. Very easy for me to take those missiles coming at me right off of the bounce near the baseline by half-volleying them with my Mid and using my opponent's power against them. :)
     
  22. souledge

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    Pros of using EFH and 1HBH......so why do your opponents do this instead of hitting heavier and attacking the weaknesses of the two strokes?
     
  23. mellowyellow

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    If your strokes on the court are anything like the pathetic lackluster strokes of your keyboard, I highly doubt it... ;)
     
  24. BreakPoint

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    They try but then eventually miss as they get frustrated that I keep using their power to get all their shots back. :)
     
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    Gilbert "not that great of a player"

    I'm in agreement with this statement (i.e., Brad Gilbert is smart about tennis) but had to comment on the "Gilbert wasn't that great of a player..." comment.

    Brad Gilbert won 20 pro singles titles and made it to #4 in the world!

    Not that great a player? Why do people on these boards say stuff like this?
     
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  26. mellowyellow

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    Maybe he was a tweener, better than good but not great....
     
  27. HRB

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    Simple...because they are out of touch morons, who can play decent ball at a decent 4.0-5.0 level...but have no clue to the fact that any male player ranked in the 300-600 level would crush them and most chicks in the 100-200 level as well!!!!!
     
  28. HRB

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    IF YOU GOT A PAYCHECK FOR MANY YEARS PLAYING TENNIS THEN YOU WERE A DECENT PLAYER!!!!!! When is the last time ANYONE paid to see any of us play...NEVER!!!!! Brad became a millionaire...NUFF SAID!
     

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