flipper's sound

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Pyro, Jun 26, 2004.

  1. Pyro

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    Ok, I know this is rather weird, but I noticed that whenever Mark Philipoussis(sp?), aka flipper hits the ball it has this awesome sound. It's like an explosion, like a cannonball

    if you don't know what im talking about, go to this site, btw tenniscruz.com has a lot of great shots to look at, anyway here's the link http://www.tenniscruz.com/movies/mphillipoussis_Serve.asp

    ok, now it's possible that he is just hitting the ball really really hard to produce that sound, but I have a feeling that it is possible the dampener/racquet/string because when I smack the fuzz out of the ball all I get is a little vibratining ping sound(pd with lux bb alu power and pete sampras dampener), and I know people who have a large pop sound when they hit the ball, so obviously there are a lot of different sounds, anyway, if anyone knows how I can generate this sound then please tell me. Little things like this might add some confidence to my game, god I love that sound.
     
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  2. syntex1

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    thats a dunlop revelation tour 90 hes using that racquet always made him sound like he was firing a cannon or maybe the leather bits he uses to help with gut wearing out makes the racquet sound different.
     
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  3. The simple truth is that Philippoussis hits the ball like a cannonball and the sound is the result of professional-calibre mechanics. But you're right, it's really weird considering he strings a heavy, flexible racket with tight gut in a tight pattern. Also, there's the four power pads in the throat, no other damper. Normally you hear the big WHACK sound with stiff rackets strung with stiff strings. So I have to say it is because Mark is simply the hardest hitter out there. Philippoussis doesn't "waste" much head speed either because he hits quite flat.
     
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  4. Steve F.

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    Thanks for the link pyro... fun stuff

    Agree with prestigeclassic, he's got a flamethrower for an arm. Couple other things though-

    - remember that's indoors, everybody sounds like some kind of minor thunder deity serving indoors, and flipper's a real one.

    - that's also not a dunlop, but a prestige 600/head classic mid - which is notorious for that particular sound when you hit out, particularly on flat putaways and yeah, flat serves. I miss mine for that very reason. Don't know if the newer iPrestiges or LM prestiges do that though.

    btw, here's a link to a thread talking about Philippoussis' frame
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/viewtopic.php?t=11339
     
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  5. dax_q

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    Indoors or not, his balls still make that sound coming off his racquet. He kills the ball.
     
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  6. syntex1

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    it is a dunlop its the only racquet he used throught out his entire time with dunlop it was made for him a signature racquet.
     
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  7. galain

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    "Indoors or not, his balls still make that sound coming off his racquet"

    That doesn't sound too comfortable. He should stop trying those Yannick Noah between the legs shots if thats the case...
     
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  8. alfa164164

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    syntex1

    Flipper was using the Dunlop for a time, but he was and is using a black painted Head Classic/Prestige. See past links on this topic and discussion from Nate as well. You can tell it's a Head just by looking at it (pattern, grommets, shape, etc.).
     
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  9. Hewittfan22

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    guys its so simple, reason why its making that sound is because he has lot of lead tape on his racquet. I know this because i use lot of lead tape and whenever you make the contact and hit the sweetspot it makes that sound, so if you really want to have that sound or wahtever try some lead tape
     
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  10. tetsuo10

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    I agree with Hewittfan22. I just recently put lead tape on mine and now it makes a loud, whacking sound.
     
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  11. syntex1

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    Flipper was using the Dunlop for a time, but he was and is using a black painted Head Classic/Prestige. See past links on this topic and discussion from Nate as well. You can tell it's a Head just by looking at it (pattern, grommets, shape, etc.).


    i think your blind that is a dunlop i have a revelation series racquet and a head and their similar but NO company would paint a dunlop paint job on a head racquet like in the video its not a red racquet and its not black its green. if u cant tell this is a old clip u can tell from the clothes, also the head shape is different from a prestige
     
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  12. dantyem108

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    yep, hewitt is right, i just put 2 ounces of lead tape on my bandit and it sounds more heavy and powerful.
     
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  13. alfa164164

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    syntex

    I can't see the video clip so I don't know what racket he is using in the video (could be the green Revelation 90 thing that he did use for awhile), I was talking about what he is currently using.
     
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