Gasquet's racquet

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  1. spksz

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    does richard gasquet use a real liquidmental instinct? and does anyone know what strings he is using?
     
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  2. jura

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    Don't know about the strings, but his racket is a real Instinct! Very strange, but he's not the onliest pro using this stick: Youzhny does as well!
     
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  3. BERDI4

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    Strange because it's such a light racquet. Guillermo Vilas is actually using it too.
     
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  4. jura

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    You can be sure that they don't use the LM Instinct with the original weight. They might have weight them up to at least 310-320 gr. (unstrung). Same as all the Pure Drive players do.
     
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  5. efice32

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    yeah, that's probably right. And agreeing w/ jura, Andy Roddick PDT+ isn't original weight and I know that for a fact.
     
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  6. deflori

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    I said it many weeks before,the instinct is a very great stick,i ve never hit a better backhand with any racket,buy this! :)....

    Richard uses a standart Instinct(dont know if its modified,but i think too)
    He strung with alu,now with the Orginal,when iam right..
    Martinez told in a thread that he switched a while between standart and xl,now its the standart;) (crazy ****)

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    look here
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=33005&highlight=instinct
     
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  7. Astennix

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    looking at today's match (and photo at ATP.com) seeems he went back to the XL...his grip looks way longer than 27" frame....between 27.5 and 28"...
     
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  8. Craig Sheppard

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    Is Gasquet in some sort of dispute w/ Head about sponsorship? He doesn't use a stencil... Why isn't Head jumping at the chance?
     
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  9. Pistol Pete

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    Hey Thomas has gaston really tried the ncode frames? Have any pros tried the real ncode frames?

    Also the pros that use wilson sticks and use leather do they use wilson leather or babolat...I know gaston uses leather so does max and roger just wondering what kind of leather they use?

    Iam switching to leather so Iam not sure whether to use wilson leather or babolat. I have heard alot of good about babolat...was just seeking advice

    Is wilson or babolat thinner than the other?
    Does 1 weigh more?
    Which do you recomend?

    Iam sorry if Iam a pain thomas...iam just a curious kid....
     
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  10. verdasco67

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    gasquet uses alu? i cant see the blue....doesn he use the original or other alu strings?
     
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  11. gmlasam

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    amazing he is the only one I have seen currenlty on tour that dosen't use any overgrips, and not to mention he is using Fairway leather grips :)
     
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  12. jura

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    No, he is still in contract. Look at other pictures from the same day there are stencils in the strings. He probably broke a string or changed the racket for other reason and the stencil wasn't already painted. That's all.
     
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  13. Zeta

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    This is a real Instinct.
    Nice frame.
    Strange choice for a pro.
     
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  14. Morpheus

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    Beam looked too thin for a real instinct.
     
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  15. Zeta

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    For me is thick enough. :)
     
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  16. gustavo33

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    his strings seems very loose
     
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  17. shacked

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    Yea..But what does he wind it up too??
     
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  18. Fede

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    Hi, today I saw Gasquet raquet stinging at Foro Italico in Rome, he uses Big Banger original at 24-23 Kg, and it's not a paintjob but a real Instinct.
    The other player's prestiges, though, were all older versions painted, with the fake liquidmetal inserts!
    Ciao
     
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  19. mombasa

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    Just a question..... maybe it's a standard Instinct that any human can buy.... but is it a Instinct (27 inc-318g) or a XL (28 inc-340g)???
     
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  20. deflori

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    yeah,i would be interested too,has anyone strung it,david or tom?

    tom told last year that he switched between standart and xl version(no joke)i think its the stdrt.at the mo'
    [​IMG]
     
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  21. ST

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    The way I read Tom's post is different. I believe he was trying to say Richard is switching b/w the 18x19s & 16x19s string pattern both in the XL version, NOT b/w standard and XL. If you read carefully:


    "Yes, he does play Instincts. He had several versions of the Instinct at the US, some were longer 18 x 19s, and others were the 16 x 19s. Strange but true. And at that time he was using ALU Power, not the hybrid of Head Comp. Poly/Head Natural gut he's used in the past."


    The stock XL is 16x19 as you know, so the longer 18x19 means a custom string pattern in an XL, and the 16x19s are just the regular XL tour you can get in retail, not a regular length 16x19. This is the way I read it, maybe Tom can clarify himself?
     
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  22. deflori

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    thats true what you read there,but he switched not only with the pattern.he tried both - but i think its a strdt with bb org.at the mo'
     
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  23. ST

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    how do you know he tried both? What makes you so sure he uses a standard now?
     
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  24. deflori

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    Nothing is sure about pros and their equipment,but when i look the many richpixx i would say its not a xlversion...but can be..
    I emailed with some guys,and he tried out both - but thats not so interesting.
    I would like to know what he swing this days(how heavy it is),this french sensation backhand dude:)
    [​IMG]
     
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  25. Gasquetrules

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    XL is pretty hefty stick

    I've begun experimenting with slightly lighter frames and poly strings (always played with 12 to 12.5 ounce headlight thin-beamed racquets with syn. gut). Since I like Gasquet so much, I picked up a couple of 27" Instincts and one XL Instinct Tour model on a used-goods website. I have a set of pretty accurate digital scales. The two regular Instincts weighed close to specs: 11.1 and 11.3 ounces with no overgrips. The first had syn. gut and the second poly. But the XL weighed a hefty 12.2 ounces. After I added an overgrip, it tipped the scales at 12.4 ounces.... although on balance it was much more headlight than the lighter 27-inch versions. Considering that the thing is about 27-5/8 inches long, it swings heavier than most of the older "players" sticks I've been using for years. It's very powerful, and with the swing-weight it would take a very good player to swing it the way Gasquet does and get that kind of result.

    The regular Instinct does feel light, but the XL Tour model is a hoss!
     
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  26. DoubleHanded&LovinIt

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    Gasquet Paintjob--Click to Enlarge

    I'm not sure if pictures has been posted before--clearly this is an Extreme Pro paintjob over a Liquidmetal, most speculate or confirm that it is an, Instinct.
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  27. TENNIS_IS_FUN

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    Well it definately is a liquidmetal from the ridges, and since I have only known Gasquet to use the Liquidmetal Instinct, i think it is.
     
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  28. Pleepers

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    I'm pretty sure it has been discussed before, and from what I remember it is indeed a variation of the LM instinct XL tour...
     
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  29. Bogie

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    ya those pics were posted on getty images months ago. and its not so much a variation of the tour xl as IT IS the tour xl. i have heard that richie likes the way that head sends him the sticks and doesn't deviate too far from it.
     
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  30. vsbabolat

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  31. Pro_Tour_630

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    VS another reason that these guys are really using the LM Radical TOUR?
     
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  32. vsbabolat

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    I am confused. Gasquet use the LM Instinct Tour XL. The only guy I know of that still uses the LM Radical (don't know if it is the Tour or not) is the doubles specialist David Martin.
     
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  33. Pro_Tour_630

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    never mind my bad I counted the strings they are 16X19
     
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  34. Fedace

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    How does he control this powerful frame ?
     
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  35. Bogie

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    the same way nadal, roddick, moya, and andreev control their babolats, ljubicic, karlovic, and youzhny control their head sticks, and koubek, llodra, guccione, and lopez control their npro opens.
     
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  36. DoubleHanded&LovinIt

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    Answer: spin, swingpath, swingspeed, racquet face orientation.
     
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  37. PurePrestige

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    Shooooooooot.
    It's a paintjob? Are you saying the Microgel Extreme's I bought aren't going to give me that amazing backhand? WTH did I buy new rackets for if they don't make me play like a pro!?!?
     
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  38. Pleepers

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    Probably with his amazing skilz ;)
     
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  39. PurePrestige

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    Yea Pleepers is right. He's French.
     
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  40. Shashwat

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    Are those nat gut? Looks like it.
     
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  41. uk_skippy

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    No, Luxilon Big Banger original. I think, if memory serves me correct 24/23kgs. The picture was taken at Wimbledon this year. I Managed to string a few form him while I was there.

    Regards

    Paul
     
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  42. ShcMad

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    *Rolling eyes* Noob, pleaseeee
     
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  43. julianoz

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    shcmad, are you that thick?
     
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  44. PurePrestige

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    Yeah Curly, are you that thick?
     
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  45. topangasun

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    i was just wondering if anyone knows if Gasquet cuts his instinct tour xl down to a normal 27 inch?
     
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  46. Pleepers

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    I'm pretty sure its the stretch length (27.6 inches).
     
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  47. cknobman

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    Watch Gasquet get destroyed by Ferrer this weekend and payed close attention to his racquet. Without a doubt a paintjob. Not even same headshap as a microgel extreme. Total bs have more integrity and dont endorse products you dont use.

    (I know everyone does it and it wont change but it still dosnt make it right)
     
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  48. friedalo1

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    he uses a painted liquid metal instinct.

    He uses a custom extended liquid metal instict painted to look like a new head gel racquet. the tourna grip only fits 2/3 of the way on the grip. A special extended version that weighs over 13 ounces.
     
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  49. jackson vile

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    before he was plaing the Iprestige XL, he now uses the Instinct XL with Lux Alu, leather grip, and dampner.

    This adds a lot of weight to the racket, makeing it over 12.5oz

    Is it one of the best back hand rackets? Yes, is it one of the best serving and forehand rackets, No.

    Also sucks ass at the net, if you are a basline basher than this is the racket for you, along with the RDS002Tour
     
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  50. Fedace

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    Do you think he will switch to Microgel instinct ?
     
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