Federer's racquet and retail

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  1. BreakPoint

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    You mean kids don't want to go anywhere else in the world? Hmmm...I wonder why?

    Oh, and I'm sure kids find Union Station in Washington D.C. and Grand Central Station in New York really fascinating. :???:
     
  2. Bobby Jr

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    Again, facetious claims and you probably know it. They are the attractions, not places. The sort of things people take their kids etc, so the attendees are likely to be in groups of 4 or more for the most part. Of course tons of people see Times Square etc. (actually, you inflated your claim of 9 out of 10 regardless - only 6 of the top 10 are in the USA*)

    What actually matters in terms of popularity of tourist destinations is how many people from elsewhere - i.e. another country - would travel there. America is well travelled but hardly 9/10 of the the must-see places by any cultured standard. You'd have to be a cultura philistine to desire to see Las Vegas over The Great Wall of China, or Disney Land over Great Barrier Reef.

    Anyway, America is far from being the top tourist destination worldwide... France beats it by over 17 million people.
    1 France - 76.80 million
    2 United States - 59.75 million
    3 China - 55.67 million
    4 Spain - 52.68 million
    5 Italy - 43.63 million
    6 United Kingdom - 28.13 million
    7 Turkey - 27.00 million
    8 Germany - 26.88 million
    9 Malaysia - 24.58 million
    10 Mexico - 22.40 million

    * the list for Breakpoint (well, at least according to Forbes Traveler)
    1) Times Square (New York City, NY) 35 million
    2) National Mall & Memorial Parks (Washington, D.C.) 25 million
    3) Disney World’s Magic Kington (Lake Buena Vista, FL) 16.6 million
    4) Trafalgar Square (London, England) 15 million
    5) Disneyland Park (Anaheim, CA) 14.7 million
    6) Niagra Falls (Ontario, Canada & New York State) 14 million
    7) Fisherman’s Wharf/Golden Gate National Recreation Area (San Francisco, CA) 13 million
    8 ) Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea (Tokyo, Japan) 12.9 million
    9) Notre Dame de Paris (Paris, France) 12 million
    10) Disneyland Paris (Marne-La-Vallee, France) 10.6 million
     
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  3. xFullCourtTenniSx

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    This post is confusing beyond all belief... But this is the web so I suspect if you typed this in another language and I were able to read that language, it would be much clearer. Sadly, I am monolingual.

    Take a stock K90, add a little bit of lead tape under the grommet, get Federer's custom grip mold on the racket, string it with Babolat VS (Team?) Natural Gut mains @ ~48 lbs and Luxilon Alu Power Rough @ ~45 lbs in the crosses (using a 50-50 stringing method on the crosses http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QJxPjoH1_I), put 3 power pads on the bottom center 3 mains, grip it with Wilson Leather with a Wilson Pro Overgrip on top with a black vinyl tape finishing, and stencil it with a red Wilson "W" and you have Federer's personal racket.

    Would Federer play in a tournament with the racket? If you did everything right, yes... He probably won't know the difference from his own racket. (So you can sneak into his bag and take out on of his rackets and he won't know.) :D Oh wait... He uses a BLX paintjob now... Well you could try painting it over... Nah... Now THAT'S too much work...

    Federer's racket was a K90 with some weight under the grommets.

    Now it's a BLX90 with weight under the grommets? I have no idea... The BLXs are just so bad! Only difference though is he adds a little lead tape. THAT'S IT!
     
  4. BreakPoint

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    Well, geez, no wonder the French hate tourists! There are more tourists in France than there are French people! There are only 65 million people in France but 77 million tourists? Talk about making the place too crowded. Can you imagine if 118% of the U.S. population came to visit the U.S. every year? That's be an extra 370 million people roaming the streets! Yikes!!! :lol:

    I'm not sure what list you were looking at, but I linked the list I was referring to, which I read on Yahoo news this morning.

    Here it is again: http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-40711683

    The Top 9 are ALL in the U.S.

    1. Times Square, NYC
    2. Central Park, NYC
    3. Union Station, Washington D.C.
    4. Las Vegas
    5. Niagara Falls, N.Y.
    6. Grand Central Station, NYC
    7. Faneuil Hall, Boston
    8. Disney World, Orlando, FL
    9. Disneyland, Anaheim, CA
    10. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

    Evey list can be different depending on who's making the list. This is the list published by Travel+Leisure magazine that I was basing my post on.
     
  5. GoSurfBoy

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    ...and all this has to do with Fed's racket......how?
     
  6. BreakPoint

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    Because even Federer wants to go to Disney World. :)
     
  7. dr325i

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    Again, if you "traveled the World" it would be very obvious that the list you put up there is a total BS. Plus, it lists a specific location, rather than destination...
     
  8. akybo

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    I'm sorry,now as I read it again,I have to really focus to understand what I've said.
    The short story: Federer's racquet is a little lighter than retail,becouse if you add 8g on the head to a retail K90 the result will be something in the 370g area(with overgrip);not a big deal if you ask me now.
     
  9. R1CKSO

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    the EXACT weight is 364 grams :)
     
  10. ben123

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    NOOOOO

    364,2grams

    no problem for helping you.

    (btw he plays with 1.30gut so not team i think) and he adds 10? string savers!
     
  11. rjw

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    this thread is so fubar'd wow!
     
  12. DownTheLineWith90

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    If Federer places 8 grams at 12, how would that add up to 364 grams?
     
  13. Povl Carstensen

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    From what I have seen he (or rather F1) puts between 2 and 4 grams of lead in the top.
     
  14. sixone90

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    It's 364g strung with overgrip
     
  15. Yveskim89

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    The smoothness of the prostaff 85 mold with 90 sq headsize. It would be the closest racquet mold for RF racquet.. K90 migt be the identical one but the density of the graphite must be low.. The last racquet that wilson have high density ( graphite ) in their line that still on store right now is PROSTAFF 85. You can compare all the retail 90's made so far but none would feel the same with prostaff 85 mold.^^
     
  16. DownTheLineWith90

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    Yeah, but
    339 grams stock
    5 grams overgrip
    8 grams at 12
    17 grams for strings
    = 369.
    What's with the extra 5 grams?
     
  17. corners

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    A couple possibilities:

    1) The frames Fed uses get sent from Wilson to P1 with bare hairpins - no foam grip. P1 then adds custom grips to the frames. The foam they use could be lighter than stock.

    2) The frames Wilson sends to P1 are lighter than retail K90s. Wilson made a 319 gram version of the K90 for the Asian market. They might send those frames, or something like them, to P1. If you lead up the Asian version to match the US version they play identically.

    All K90s that I have owned have several metal bars about 1 inch up from the buttcap inside the handle. These are counterweights to make the racquets headlight and bring them up to the target weight for the retail model. Wilson may not put these metal bars into the Fed pro stocks, which would allow P1 to add silicone or their own metal pieces to get the frames to the Federer spec.

    There other possibilities, these are custom racquets. But it's still perfectly possible that the layup of the Fed prostock 90 is the same as the retail K90. The weighting is just a little different.

    On the other hand, it might be a different layup, but the fact that the math doesn't equal 364 grams is not a reason to assume that it's not the K90 layup. Fed and Wilson said the retail K90 was "all but identical" to his frames. So until we get some other info that's the best we have to go on.
     
  18. lidoazndiabloboi

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    Also, P1 uses their own leather grips, so they could be lighter than the Wilson version
     
  19. DownTheLineWith90

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    Oh I see..
    I expected some of these reasons that could've altered the overall weight, but thanks, both of you.
    Adding 8 grams to 12 would increase the swing weight ginormously..
     
  20. Povl Carstensen

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    Yes that can easily change it +/- 5g.
     
  21. PrinceMoron

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    Power pads.......... Need to change racquet more frequently in damp weather as they absorb moisture and critically affect weight and balance.

    I am investigating synthetic alternatives or I might have to move somewhere with dry climate.
     

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