Dmitrov should switch to 98 or 100 racquet

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  1. watungga

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    Dmitrov should switch to 98/100sq inch racquet.

    Even with 95, he is not hitting sweet spots consistently like Federer. A lot of areas surrounding the sweet spot is being used during his practice play (slow mo videos).

    Just sharing opinion.
     
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    i think in this forum a moderator, who checks the threads before getting them posted, is highly needed.
     
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  3. watungga

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    Mod, please mod this before it gets posted. Also mod my first post if its a legit post please.
     
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    1. He plays a 93, not a 95. 2. He's fine with the frame he's currently using.
     
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  5. hoodjem

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    Skip the 98/100.

    We should all switch to 110 sq. in. racquets. Then we could all hit the sweet spot all the time.
     
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  6. Federerkblade

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    interesting looking at his racquet in aussie open. anyone goit a pic as it looks bigger than a 93. looks more like a 95 or 96

    i saw it on tv several times

    if im wrong shoot me
     
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  9. Federerkblade

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    yeah i deffo know its been confirmed but he did change his racquet stringing pattern with wilson end of dec 2013 too. probbaly is but looks bigger to me
     
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  10. West Coast Ace

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    Great post. Very true in this case. GD has all the power he needs. Actually needs to learn to back off and not try to kill the ball too often.

    Of course then we'd be bouncing balls off the back fence...
     
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  11. Cavaleer

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    That's the answer.....LMAO!!
     
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  12. BreakPoint

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    But why stop there? If we all switched to 400 sq. in. racquets, none of us would EVER miss the sweetspot. :)
     
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  13. Praetorian

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    Or better yet, just play a tennis video game, ie. Top Spin 5, and NEVER EVER shank a ball ever again.
     
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  14. Devilito

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    his racquet is different this year than it was last year so we don't know for sure. It looks like a Pro Staff 95 with a custom drill pattern which he probably incorporated after trying the 95s. There is no guarantee that they custom drilled the 93sq" frame. Remember last year he was using 16x19, this year he's using 18x17
     
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    Hello, Mr. Dinosaur, these are old info... He switched in offseason to the new frame (some rumor about 2 weeks testing in U.S.)
     
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  16. Roger Wawrinka

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    It's not like he's doing bad with the 93 he just made to the quarters! No he does not need a bigger frame.
     
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  17. darklore009

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    he did well against Nadal with the 93 square inches. he isnt as old a fed. he's in good form compared to the last time he faced nadal (playing with cramps)
     
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  18. Federerkblade

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    It deffo looks bigger to me
     
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  19. PaulC

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    Have you ever seen the picture of his "BLX 95" (black and red) that was owned by a poster here (or from the auction site back then)?

    It looks almost as big as a 95!!

    The guy showed side-by-side pics of the 93 against the retail BLX Tour 90, while a BLX Blade Tour 93 head is only slightly longer but almost NOT any wider than the Tour 90 (which I own both), his 93 head is almost 1 full cm longer and wider than the 90 (particularly the lower hoop), almost like a 95!

    I suspect his 93 is more like a 93.5 or like the Donnay 94s.

    BTW, I don't see the current stick is any bigger than the ones last year or before, from all these current pictures.
     
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  20. ForLoveOfTheGame

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    You can DEFINITELY shank in Top Spin. BTW Top Spin 5 isn't out yet.
     
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  21. PaulC

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    Do you know that a Mid racket user's sweet spot is actually BELOW the center of the racket?

    Any USPTA folks who was sponsored by Wilson in the mid thru late 90s that still have their promotion materials for the PS 6.0 85 will be able to show you the picture about this.

    -- Which is why many seasoned Mid users have hard time transit to bigger frames.

    Guys like Philippoussis or Pim Pim have a hard time to even hit properly with the 95+s, whereas guys like Ivanišević or Sampras seems to be just fine.

    (Even though their serves are way slower nowadays, but that may not be related to the frames anyway :)

    Part of the reason is that: the majority of the 95+ frame have the last cross string placed too high up, compared with a mid, which shift the sweet spot higher towards the center of the racket.

    Fed's partial solution is to place the last cross-string as low as his Mid. Then again, when he started to attack in full-power beyond trading rally strokes, balls flies on him real BAD.

    My take is: he'll probably need to put more topspin to his forehands like Nadal does to compensate that, if he is staying with this frame.

    The way he hits, Dimitrov would probably fly even worse than Fed on both wings with a bigger frame, and he is NOT over-powered by even Nadal or anyone else on the tour right now anyway, so head size is a non-issue for him at this point, given that his 93 or 93.5 is pretty close to a 95 already, unlike Fed.

    He'll probably benefit from adding more torso stability to his frame by adding 2-3 RA stiffness though.
     
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  22. TennisAddiction

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    No body is a Federer, I think the fact that Fed used such a small frame for so long helped his "ability. I'd say that a player ranked in the top 20 in the world is doing just fine with the frame he's using. I doubt Nadal hits the sweet spot as consistently as Federer appeared to be able to do.
     
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  23. hirschi80

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    dimi played an almost perfect match against nadal. u guys saw his top spins? 2-3m over the net sometimes. then switching to hard flatter strikes while playing a point. this is just perfect. so why the hell he should switch to a bigger racket? this is only marketing.

    btw.: agassi would have won a lot more slams with a smaler racket :)
     
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