Ernests Gulbis: Strings or Lead Tape?

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  1. JStar7

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    Is it Ernests Strings at high tension (Pacific Poly Force 17 28/27kgs) or the lead tape at the top of his racket that makes him hit with soo much power off of easy groundstrokes. I mean, the guy was smacking groundies left and right with effortless power. Maybe it's his fitness.....or is Pacific Poly Force a powerful poly?
     
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  2. film1

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    I was wondering what his set up is as well, effortless power and excellent strokes, loose points will cost you playing Murry but man.
     
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  3. adams_1

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    It isn't his setup that gives him power, he's just a big hitter.
     
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  4. Lefty78

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    enviable technique...
     
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  5. dgoran

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    I post this with respect so I am not flaming as I never do that (check my post history) but I just don't understand why people ALWAYS I mean ALWAYS assume that it must be a trick (lead tape, strings, special custom racket, etc) when they see a tennis pro play and they are impressed.

    Is it in our nature to think I can do that too I just need some of the same magic dust that he or she is carrying? I am serious with this question, what is it about tennis that people think I can do that, that's easy.

    I mean if you saw mike Tyson break somebody's jaw in a ring you would not think "Oh, what kind of glove is that, he hits so hard, If only I get that glove..."

    Or if you see Jordan dunk over 5 guys you are not going to think he has a special sneakers.
    but with tennis...there's something about tennis that makes people think its easy, Ive noticed that over the years.

    Sorry for the digression to answer OP question see thread:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=191841
     
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  6. Gimmick

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    Right, like people say how does Barry Bonds hit so well and then his bat breaks and it's corked...... or....what are we talking about again?
     
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  7. Richie Rich

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    it wasn't his bat, it was the juice. now, in relation to the OP's post.......... :mrgreen:
     
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  8. film1

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    I agree with you and understand what you are saying, the guy could rip most anything with power and ease.
    I do feel sure like most pros or good players have tested a lot of set ups and found some work significantly better for them.

    There are tons of post about players racquet specs, string tension so it is not unusual.
    I am not going to run and buy his strings, poly kills my arm and if he gave me two of his fine tuned frames I bet my strokes would be pretty much be the same or worse.
    If I remember right, Mac used to string in the high 40s and borg in the 70s and I was interested but would still string my wood frames 58.
     
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  9. JStar7

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    No offense taken. It's just i've never really watched him play and nor have i ever really seen someone besides Rafa completely rip at every ball. I just thought maybe strings or lead would aid with his power as it does for some pros. And on top of that his racket is really stiff (PT57E). So....just some thinking going on....that's all :)
     
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  10. stanfordtennis alum

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    i dont think he is using pacific poly force but i may be wrong
     
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  11. dincuss

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    He uses:
    PT57E Leaded to 12.5oz
    Pacific Poly Force 17 62#
    Tourna over HydroControl
     
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  12. dincuss

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    ^^
    Also Poly Force is one of the most control oriented strings Ive ever tried.
     
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  13. PED

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    Actually, the pt57e is only a 62 stiffness versus somewhere in the low 70s for Roddicks PD.

    I do know what you mean about this power, he seems to rip it harder than anyone else out there and the kicker is that it looks SO effortless :)

    Even though that style has really worked out for him in the long run, he's one of my favs to watch. He totally blasted querry off the court back at the French this year.

    I guess in the end it's raw ability and well as preternatural timing.
     
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