Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Fed for Pope, Dec 9, 2013.
the big auction site.
Looks like it.
Oh dear... This thread makes me feel like going to an AAA meeting for the first time
...well, I have liked the Federer Nike shirts for a long time and have once in while bought some, when they were on sail. Also the occasional shorts... But I also wear other tennis gear, I.e. I like some of Djokovic's Uniqlo gear, my tennis shoes are asics since many years and I started to appreciate TW house socks a while back.
Racket wise I have been been searching for the right racket, after my highly appreciated Prince Mono's started to break down on me...I went through a couple of different racket types until I settled for the Prince Ozone O3 MP... Or so I thought until a friend of mine showed up with a couple of test rackets, including one BLX tour 90... For the fun of it I wanted to try Federer's stick... Love at first hit... I had to put the racket away after 5 minutes, because I just liked the precision it gave my shots too much (and also because the string job was too hard on my arm... (I am a softy, trusting for many years in the same string and pretty low tension, with no intention of changing either).
I couldn't get the BLX Tour 90 out of my head anymore and switched to it roughly 9 month later and never looked back (got the black, red, golden Federer bag with them...great bag in my opinion). But in all other directions... I started searching the net... Is it really the same stick Federer plays or not? I started adding other versions of Tour 90 (K90, HPS90, N90) to my collection, to find out if they were different... Meanwhile I am a racket collector (mainly Wilson Pro Staff kind of rackets like the PS85, 95, KPS88, other classics, some woodies...) and have some rackets hanging on my walls (wife not always happy ;-))
I guess I am not really a Federer copy cat, but I like some of his stuff. I have always played a 1HBH, with the exception of a few years as a kid and have not really changed my tennis with the Federer style in mind. But one positive effect the switch to the 90 had was that I saw Federer to things on TV, that I had never thought I could do...but with his racket I dared to try such things (I.e. Back hand half volleys on the base line instead of stepping backwards) and some things actually work for me and I think it helped me to improve my tennis in some areas. For sure more of a mental trick than really the racket switch, but I don't care... I got better in some areas and that is cool.
I dont have his racquets because its just way too heavy for me and headsize is a bit small. Im happy with my 95 sq inch frame. I do have 2 of his model shoes. The Wimbledon vapor 9 2012(bought it cause it has the only RF logo at that time) and the vapor 9 AO 2013 ( I like the color, i find it unique). I got a coupe of shirts too. AO 2013, Wimbledon 2012 (course i bought i to match the shoes. hehe), Basel 2011, shanghai 2012.
You should have gotten this year's. The one he used at Wimbledon. It's really nice.
I own the USO 09 black/red Vapors, the Wimbledon 06 crew (with the flaps), the USO 10 jacket, a couple of RF hats, the AO 11 practice crew with the logo and the 2011 Davis Cup polo with the Swiss flag. This is off the top of my head. I don't remember what else I won.
That is really impressive. You haven't even used any of them.
I don't know how to play tennis.
I feel like BHBH would beg to differ
Quite so! BHBH
I was curious how my Wilson nSix-One Tour 90 would play using Federer's specs (as far as we know) which I think is 364 grams, 32.2 cm balance and an estimated 355 swingweight. I made the racquet 364 grams and 32.2 cm without consideration for the swingweight and it measure out on my PTC at 355 exactly.
The racquet plays incredible. It's so solid and hits through the ball easily. It reminds me of my ProStaff Classics I oplayed during my "prime" after I put leather and an overgrip on them. As long as you prepare early the racquet is a tool of the devil and you will not be overpowered. My OHBH was especially well suited for the set-up. All that said I've only used it in half hour sessions and gone back to my Volkls which are 360 grams but only a 335 swingweight so I'm not sure if I could handle those specs for a 2-3 hour match. I've had a few friends try the racquet and they hit a heaver ball for sure but they too feel like they couldn't handle it for a full match (we're all mid 30's to early 40's). Rest assured I've never confused myself with Federer but it was a fun experiment and just for the hell of it I may build my volkls up to the same.
Geoff actually plays a frame spec'd exactly as Fed's, which I BELIEVE (not 100% certain on this, so maybe he will chime in) has a SW of 335. Best, BHBH
This is great! How did you get it to weigh 364? (did you start with an asian model?)
I would like to try this - can you tell me where you put how much lead? I hope you started with a standard Tour 90? I do not have an Asian one that I can use as a start. Also, I have started replacing the Wilson leather with Fairways and have a Wilson Pro Overgrip on them.
Thanks for your inputs.
I'll definitely try 2014's 90 and hopefully Fed reverts back to his trusted and proven 90 sq in weapon.
Let us know how it plays. I read a review that mentioned it was very close to the K90. I guess that would be good news, though I am still not sure if I prefer the K90 or the BLX90...
Anyway, I wont by the 2014 model before it goes on sale in a year or 2...
I'm pretty sure my nSix-One Tour 90 is the standard version. Unstrung with a Babolat Synthetic grip it weighed 327 grams, had a balance point of 31.4 cm and a swingweight of 297. After stringing the racquet I added 7 grams of lead at 12:00 and 9 grams of lead on the handle as near the butt cap as I could. Without an overgrip it the specs were dead on.
Here's the racquet. I'm not sure what how to differentiate an Asian model.
IhMuster, fyi, the Asian model typically is leaner, has better skin and accomplishes more in mathematics and the sciences.
Asian lists weight as 320g in throat. not sure how yours is 327 unstrung though (diff between leather grip and synthetic may account, not sure how greaat it is)
Geoff uses the US Version, modded to Fed's specs. The placement of lead will vary from frame to frame, depending on the 'baseline' spec (and with Wilson's QC this can fairly widely vary!!) Geoff, care to reveal how the magic is acheived? BHBH
Lead under the bumper.
Now that is magic!!!! :-?
Does it play that much better?
Not sure who the question is for. If for me, I have played the 90s in stock form and the Federer set up. My only sensitivity is to grip size, string type and tension. I think I play the same 2.5 level no matter the set up. BHBH is much more discerning. I set up all of his racquets the same specs, same pallet (AK90), string and tension. His non AK90s have the custom pallet where the mould comes from an actual AK90. This mould has even been put on some non Wilsons that he has purchased and tried recently. This allows him to have the same connection with any racquet.
Sorry BHBH if I have given away some of your secrets!
Not at all! I'm proud to be the beneficiary of 1stServiceTennis.com's supreme customization services. BHBH
So does it make you play like The great man?
I bet no one here has his new model racket . That would be a great find, it's not on the market yet though. Whoever gets it first post updates on the statistics please.
No. But helps me play MY best!! . BHBH
I vary my stuff a lot. For example:
Federer cap, orange Federer tour finals 2011 shirt
murray: aussie open shirt, wrist bands and murray wimbly shorts 2011
wawrinka yonex shirt
don't know who wears nike courtballistec 4.1s
nike fed/rafa socks
Hello guys. Plz Would you like to tell me model Nike Vapor Tour 9 clay (nike code 531158-081).
In which tournament worn this shoes RF in 2013 ?
I'm guilty of hoarding Fed equipment...
Now having admitted that, the white shirt he is wearing in R2 right now isn't even close to the one on sale.
Nor are his shorts, in fact they look like the 7" Rafa shorts more than anything.
Shame. I love wearing exactly the same as Him
Speaking of that, does anyone know of racquets that are similar to the one he's using now? I already know of the Blade 98-- that's my current stick.
Finally Federer read these TW forums and took our advice. Amen.
Apparently it's a sting 98, although I couldn't find anything about the racket.
It's in the thread about His proto racket
That was Dali being a dipstick
just an urban legend(about the sting...)
My lack of experience shines through
I'd wouldn't mind having some of Fed's polo shirts since I quite like them, especially THE french open polo.
What I really would like to have though are white Federer Express and red Roger That shirts
Created my TW profile specifically to admit my guilt:
2010 US Open polo/RF hat
2011 Wimbledon kit head to toe
2012 Cincinnati kit (including the jacket)
2013 Wilson bag
And always searching for what's on sale/leftovers on TW! But no bandanna at least! :lol:
I was at the nike factory store looking for a new track jacket and stumbled upon his wimbledon track jacket for $30. Its the only piece of RF "gear" I have. But the track jacket is comfy and real nice looking.
Alas, Fed equipment fanatics will be able to continue with the Fed tradition, that is, continue to buy and play with the 2014 edition of PS90!
After tonight's match against Rafa, add psychologist to the equipment list.
Not Fed gear, per se, but any if you guys know what this shirt is called or where to find?
I mean, come on. This is just a beauty.
Google: "Nike Over The Shoulder Graphic T-Shirt "
Nobody we know! :twisted: BHBH:twisted:
Alright, the Nike desginer, because of whom Fed's shorts looked like pajama bottoms/boxers in AO, should be fired with immediate effect
The new racquet, i hear, is going to be red....like most people figured.
By the way does anyone know anything about His new bag?
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