Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Rhino, Jan 14, 2012.
I would probably go down a size for sure!!!
Also, players are using lighter racquets than in Gilbert's era, but still, a lot of them use heavier frames than most people posting here. I'm not saying that all pros use heavier frames than all TWers, but generally, pros are still using heavier frames than most of us, with exceptions of course.
So he uses an customized extended version of the Prince EXO3 Tour that you cannot buy anywhere?
Most pro's do these days!
Cheers man! Great Pics and specs!!:twisted:
Professional players have been progressively using smaller grip sizes, often two sizes smaller.
You are welcome. I'm glad people found this interesting.
The weight isn't a factor in whether or not he's using a leather grip.. though I will agree with you; he's using a synthetic replacement grip of some kind, perhaps just a durapro+ or duratac (if the pros still have access to those).. he doesnt seem overly concerned with the grip, only the frame and strings.
Still, I've always found that the BBO in an 03/ozone/exo3 tour with a tournagrip to look damn sexy . Maybe because I used to use that same setup on my o3 tours back in the day?
Interesting - "Progresively".
Can you list a few that went to a smaller grip size in the last 12 nonths.
It was meant in the sense that in the 60's 4 1/4 grips were not as common as 4 5/8 +... the trend is toward smaller grips from the past towards the present..
I have some pro stock Prince racquets that I would imagine play similar to Ferrers racquets.
They are the latest Exo3 Tour extended 27.5 with custom layup, similar flex to PT57a (very flexy!). Also grip 2, balance 33 and strung weight 355.
I cant help but think that flex somehow plays a big part in the ability to wield a frame like his. Im a high level club player so I feel I can speak to this.
I have tried playing with extended stiffer racquets like Bab Aeropro Drive Plus and the feel is completely different with these Prince racquets. I realize Ferrer plays Ozone Tour but even so thats a very flexy racquet and I believe Prince offers an even flexier layup than retail for that frame since the layup I have is even flexier! The playability is very unique. I have retooled my technique a lot since receiving these racquets. I love control and the dwell time from the frame flex combined with natural gut mains makes for in my opinion a fantastic frame. Also the added power from extended frame (Im shorter guy like 5 10) and smaller grip size 2 to really emphasize pronation of wrist for topspin. The way these clay court players play is something I can very much relate to with my preferred equipment choice.
Big hands... big feet... big chain.
FERRER does not use EXO3 racquets, but still OZONE !
Ow, I see you're saying it too later in your post, sorry
Interesting the fact that pro stock would be even flexier than retail... like the old fiberglass Prince frome the past, maybe ?
Anyway a picture prooving it again, from this last weekend final in Buenos Aires :
If so sees square holes there, he has to go and buy new glasses
And i just noticed after ferrer just defeated tomic at miami that ferrer heavily tapes his wrists under the large wristbands, further proving your point about his mgr/i.
Somebody said they get bored of watching Ferrer play....
I could watch him play all day.
I enjoy the patience and vision of Federer.... the power of Raonic and Isner... the adrenaline of players like Monfils, Tsonga and Roddick... controlled violence of Djokovic.... Ferrer is all heart.
Whatever racquet he's swinging... he's playing his @$$ off tonight against DelPotro. Plays a much more cerebral base-line game than Nadal, kind of has to, as he has less power. Reminds me of Chang at times, without the put away power. Just runs down everyhting. The man is drenched in sweat before a ball is struck.
One of my favorites.
Probably sleeps in his own sweat the night before just to get psyched for the next match!
Somehow, I get the feeling that if he plays one of us, non-professional players, he's still going to give it his all because it's still good practice for him. Got to respect that.
All of the skunk work analysis on his wrist bands aside, I really love the way Ferrer plays. I agree with the above posts regarding his thinking man's approach to tennis.
I also really enjoyed watching him play del Potro. At one point last night, del Potro was visibly frustrated at Ferrer's constant painting of the lines. Del Potro hit a pretty bad drop shot, Ferrer covered it, del Potro volleyed it back and Ferrer missed his volley. Del Potro raised his arms and put a finger in the air to signify that he finally got one. Del Potro was smiling and the camera caught Ferrer's reaction. He was smiling too and gave the thumbs up sign. Ferrer is just enjoyable to watch.
Watching Ferrer play Murray in final of Vienna.
So, in an effort not to start a whole new thread... Ferrer's new racquet paint job for the 2014 Tour 100... he's still using an O3???
I saw an old O3 Tour the other day and the O ports are so much smaller looking than an O3 Red/White, etc.. that for a tv viewer even in HD you couldn't tell what Ferrer's ports look like.
If he is still with the O3 Tour... there are so many players that just won't stray from the O3's.. Jankovic, Isner.. etc.
If you think back, Ferrer wouldn't leave his old Air frame from Prince either. He played with it out of paint for 2 or 3 years before finally moving to the O-port. It is next to impossible to spot this level of detail on TV.
And, I wonder where the "pros play with a 400g racquet" folks are. Ferrer's racquet is 322g? That's 11.4 ounces! The swingweight is 324? Wait, that's the same as a stock Prince Tour 100, how can this be??????
Because O3 is awesome
Seems evident that Ferrer was NOT using the 'bell-weight' on his frames - obviously this is why he lost~!~ Perhaps the stringer removed it just before his match... inquiring minds wanna know!
Someone needs to give that stringer a setting off awl
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Interesting that Ferrer used Original/ALU power hybrid at the World Tour Finals
what was the air frame?
Recently heard some commentators mention he switched up his string bed.After watching him in Rio sure looks like gut mains.Or am I missing something.?
Hey there , just thought i'd chime in about the grip size. I am 5 ft 6 inches , however my upper and lower torso are malapportioned haha. L3 is more ideal for me.
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