Gasquet's Gigantic Racquet and bat-handle

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  1. TimeSpiral

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    Look at this thing! It's massive.

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    I know it's probably just a funny camera perspective, but geez it looked hilarious when I was watching. So much so I had to snap a pic.

    And then there is this, something I had not noticed before.
    Gasquet uses a baseball bat-like handle! Wild.

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    ^ I am amused. gr8 pix.

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    Nice detective skills.. Batman... :cool:

    You should get this moved to the Pro Gear section because it is wear it should be..
     
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  4. Overdrive

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    Anyways, it looks like the racquet people sawed off a baseball bat and used super glue to place it on the butt cap.
     
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    Huh. Gasquet plays with quite a lot of spin, forehand as well as backhand. Is his racquet altered to help him with this? I know nothing about tennis equipment.
     
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  6. Lukhas

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    The flared buttcap has been discussed ad nauseam in this section, especially when talking about Gasquet's PJ. Might as well search a bit.
     
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  7. TimeSpiral

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    Flared butt cap! Ha. What a hilarious phrase.

    The flared butt cap was of tertiary interest to me. I primarily thought to racquet to look gigantic, so I posted it.
     
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  8. Engelworks

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    The head on that racquet looks bigger than his entire torso haha
     
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  9. mykoh

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    he's actually using a big bubba under an extreme pj.
     
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    Fact! :):)
     
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    Poor guy's also rapidly losing his hair.
     
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    Yep, it doesn't look good. :(
     
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  13. Lukhas

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    Dunno, I don't feel he's much balder than previous years. His hair stick together when he sweats. And damn he sweats a lot. :shock: I remember Nishikori asking in Montréal to a ballboy to wipe the baseline at the spot where Gasquet was serving after a changeover... :lol:
    EDIT: Maybe loosing them a bit in the front, just over the forehead. Much shorter than before too.
     
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    Thomas Muster did the same thing.

    I even fiddled with it in the 80's HS days.

    Feels kinda cool, but unnecessary for most with modern grips(OG's).

    edit: i didn't build a handle, just used tape and grip to achieve the big butt.
     
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  15. Lukhas

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    ^Did the same. But for me it was to compensate for a tiny buttcap. Because of the tiny buttcap, I had problems holding the racquet properly throughout my strokes. Tends to almost fly out of my hand during the follow-through. Didn't happened yet, but I didn't want to take the risk. An half of an overgrip later and problem solved.
     
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  16. PurePrestige

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    I wish we had more info on what has been up with his racquet lately. From the most recent specs it seems like he removed a ton of weight from his frame while maintaining a similar balance and swingweight. From ~360grams down to 314grams according to the last report by Greg Raven.
    Along with that came the realllly flared out buttcap, so i'm wondering how they managed to make such a light racquet that still had a high swingweight and everything.
     
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    I feel like this would be more relevant under optical illusions lol...and like someone said before a little search would yield many results on Gasquet's racket and flared buttcap.
     
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  18. 0d1n

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    More recent specs have been taken @ tournaments...from tournament played racquets and they are still in line with the older specs you are mentioning...so the 314 grams one wasn't "a rule" or "the direction he's going towards".
     
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    Next time I have the pleasure of seeing Richard in person, I really want to say, "I like your buttcap" or perhaps, "may I see your buttcap?" Will he know what I'm talking about or will the meaning be lost between English and French? How do you say, "May I see your buttcap?" en Français?
     
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    ^"Buttcap" doesn't have a proper translation in French. Ask to see his racquet handle that will do fine. He speaks good English, but has a very thick French accent.
     
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    I'm trying to learn French...any tips? I've been using the Duo Lingo app for the phone, and I do feel like I'm a learning a lot, but it doesn't seem like enough. You hear good things about Rosetta Stone, but it's so expensive.
     
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    Except that's it's an awfully complicated language? None. You need to have lengthy trips to French speaking countries, two weeks/a month doesn't do well enough. Not even French people speak proper French. Quebec inhabitants speaks the best French with barely any (if not not a single) word from other languages; too bad their accent is really thick. That's why in Montréal they were saying "40 partout" while in France you'd most likely hear "40 A". "A" comes from the English word "All", and therefore isn't used by Quebeckers.
     
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    You can download it using a torrent if you're into that kind of thing. I have the italian russian espanol and french... now which language to learn..
     
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    ^

    Can't you get viruses from torrents? :neutral:
     
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    Try their free trial. If it's not worth it, don't buy it. If it is worth it to you, to learn the language, then buy it.

    Or, as this person suggests, you can steal it.

    Yes, and it's stealing.

    Just buy the darned software if it's going to provide you a service that you find valuable.
     
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  26. Bdarb

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    Yes as I suggested it can be stolen off of the internet and virus free.


    When you can download a car, we'll talk about theft. Anti-piracy is bogus. But that is for another thread.
     
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    Direct to me that thread so I can inform you and why you're wrong.
     
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    Disclaimer: I'm not telling you to torrent. Seriously, support the devs: if you like it, buy it.

    Generally there are mostly false-positives. Since the cracks are dong something you're not supposed to do if you're a "good" user (crack the security of a software), your anti-virus rings a bell. You often will have to add said software as an exception in your anti-virus and block it with your firewall so it doesn't connect to Internet (most can't anyway, crackers ain't that stupid). Now it doesn't mean you should DL any/everything either, but mileage does vary. On the other hand, just going on the internet is more than enough to get viruses. The best anti-virus is between the keyboard and the chair after all.

    Slightly off topic discussion though.
     
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  29. Egoista

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    nice observations
     
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  30. Bdarb

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    I respectfully decline. I'd prefer to keep it to tennis where I probably agree with you on more than disagree. I torrent tennis matches from time to time as well:) I don't really know where else you could find a recording of say 2010 Wimbledon or something. Regardless, gasquets racquet end is out of control! Namaste.


    PS I like that you have the dark knight icon along with the whole enforcing the law thing though.
     
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  31. TimeSpiral

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    Right on, brother.

    Oh, and every time I see Namaste now, I can't help but conjure this hilarious take down of a popular health foods grocery store in the US called Whole Foods. It's really quite funny. I strongly recommend you read it.

    And yeah, the Dark Knight avatar, and me enforcing the law is entirely incidental. Ha! But what a funny observation. As far as you torrenting old tennis matches ... I don't know. In my opinion, that's slightly different. If there was a market out there selling legacy tennis matches on-demand, then obviously I would suggest that you support the tennis economy, but if there is no legit market for something, then file sharing between peers is different, in my opinion. I respect your position to not argue about this, but since you mentioned this specific instance, I figured I would comment on it.

    Back to tennis!
     
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  32. Bdarb

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    I would honestly HIGHLY Reccomend you steer clear of torrenting something like Rosetta Stone unless you are very familiar with the process. As stated above there is a more likely chance youd dl a threat to your computer even if you did get rs along with it.

    Fwiw I never even downloaded them my brother did and he did pay for the espanol. however even when ou pirchase it, you can upload it to one computer only. Practices like this are why I have no problem when people download stuff. Companies make it so you can't do what you want with the things you purchase.

    Apologies this is exactly what I said I wouldn't discuss with ts.


    ... Gasquets bh, it gets no better than this shot, for me personally in tennis. Beautiful.
     
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    It's on my Christmas list.

    Now...back to flared buttcaps. (It's always fun to type a sentence you never thought you'd type :)
     
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    No worries, brother. And I received your message.

    Gasquet's BH is definitely one of the finest shots on tour right now; truly something to behold. It's also somewhat alien to me, being a player who predominantly uses two hands on both sides.

    Since you asked about my 2HFH (not in this thread):
    I played baseball as a young child, and then one day in my college years a few friends of mine decided to play some tennis for the exercise. Having no training, and not being a huge spectator fan, I wasn't really sure what to do with the racquet so I had to figure it out.

    Hmm. How do I control the racquet enough to smash it into the ball with enough spin to keep the ball in play? I thought to myself, experimenting with the racquet. Well, you hold a bat with two hands. This handle looks similar. I'm striking a ball--so that's similar too. Maybe I'm supposed to hold this thing with two hands!

    Years later I would discover that this was unusual. Not only do not modern male players hold the forehand like this, but virtually no recreational players play like this either! In the meantime, I've been developing my 1HFH to cover some of the weakness of the 2HFH and in reality have a hybrid forehand: I used the 2HFH for virtually all strike zone, high balls, and topspin shots. I'm able to swing at maximum RHS and still control the ball with pace and spin. Interestingly, the 2HFH opens up the jump shot forehand, which is really useful at my level. Low balls, first serve returns, on the run shots, overheads, slices, volleys ... all that stuff is done with one hand.
     
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  35. Bdarb

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    I imagine you're tricky to play against. I actually hit a 2hfh believe it or not for a season in high school because I was coming off a wrist injury in hockey. It was funny because we had a new coach an he's like hey nice bh, hey nice bh, hey nice.. Wait what the hell are you doing?? Lol
     
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    Haha. Yep. I've had opponents play the whole match thinking I was a lefty, hitting killer BHs all day! Hahahaha.
     
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    what about "bouchon de manche"...for buttcap
     
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    Big butt cap to make up lost hair, sign of middle age crisis.
     
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