Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by spksz, Apr 14, 2005.
i'm sure he uses a lm instinct because i have seen pictures of the bumps in his pj racquet!
Babolat vs touch i think!!!
He actually uses Luxilon Big Banger Original.
Maybe TsongaBonga didn't read the post correctly, thanks AlpineCadet!
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i thought gasquet uses a MG extreme pro?
Here is a nice close up photo of Gasquet's racquet.
lol that's a good shot !
i cannot control my hysterical laughter
by the way why not give min a MG insticts pj
did i say something funny???
Nice pic VS, looks like the old LM is still his holy grail ;-)
...I think that THAT picture; of his 'bumps', and Henin's racquet showing the Power Holes, are THE TWO BEST SHOTS EVER for proving the 'paintjob reality' !!
Yo good observation,,, are not those raised rectangular sections from the old liquidmetal range of Head?
kind of because he doesn't play with the extreme. it's a paint job
yeah, lol. i never noticed that before, but man, that's kinda obvious.
Yes, indeed strange.
And yes, he is using the real instict. I don't know which string, but it's yellow. I can tell you that for sure.
Maybe it's due to the fact that Gasquet uses an XL version, and the current MG Instinct doesn't. So Head went with the Extreme which does.
Just a thought.
I believe its Luxilon Original. I remember it being his choice of strings on some Grand Slam Stringers manifest.
Hope that helps.
hmm interesting. seems like a pretty powerful frame. If comfortable enough, it might fit my game. haven't tried any instincts ever. but i'm kinda getting tired of the pure players sticks like Prestige, kblade tour, etc.
i was told the other day by a head rep that gasquet has now switched to an MG extreme. i queired it but he was adamant. he said that weight wise it is around 360-370gr and approx even balance.
murray's is allegedly around 380grams and head heavy and safins is upwards of 390grams.
I am sorry your Head rep does not really know or was lying to you. Gasquet is still using the LM Instinct with the MG Extreme Paint Job.
These photos were all taken at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships. You can clearly see the Liquidmetal ridges on Gasquet's racquet.
To prove that these photos came from the 2008 Wimbledon Championships here is the link as to wear the photos came from.
Looks standard length to me.
Just look at the pallet, it's much longer than the Instinct Standard. (BTW, I own 2 LM Instinct Tour XL frames.)
Looks extended to me.
But Gasquet uses original tourna grip or head agassi pro overgrip?
Is he using the LM Instinct w/ an Extreme Pro pj? Cuz the head of his racquet doesn't look nearly wide enough to be Extreme Pro
He's still using the LM Instinct Tour XL with the MG Extreme PJ. Not sure why noobs are saying he isn't.
he uses tournagrip. i used to use the lm instinct and it was a really good racket for topspin but 2 of them actually had manufacturer flaws and cracked in the same spot on the throat as hairline cracks after about a year of use. my friend kim (a girl player) returned my serve once w/her head lm instinct xl and cracked the frame in 2 spots while returning it. no joke! (it was a fast serve)
He uses liquidmetal with BB Original
What gauge is that string? In the first pic it looks amazingly thick!
1.30 bb original
In Rodgers cup, He using a micro gel instinct. He been playing bad with the extreme so he switch back to the instinct.
Gasquet never used the MG Extreme Pro. Gasquet has always been using the LM Instinct with the paint job of the MG Extreme Pro.
This Photo was taken on July 12, 2008 in Stuttgart, Germany.
You can clearly see the LiquidMetal ridges on Gasquet's LM Instinct.
^^^It is definitely NOT the microgel, it is laghable actually, the shape is so totally different. so did we agree that it is Liquidmetal Instinct XL tour ?? what is weight and balance ??
Just replayed the match and it was yellow not orange like the instinct.
Send them back and tell them you want the exact same racket that the pro is playing with! Let us know how it goes!
I was stringing some rackets for him during the Stuttgart week and I can also tell you that he's using the LM Instinct Tour XL, strung with BBO 1,30 at 24/23 kp - as mentioned many times before.
he should get a microgel instinct pj
Can confirm that today at the Rogers Cup. Strung a few of his frames yesterday, and he uses BB Original at 23/22 kilos. Looks to be 28 inches, but definetly extended length, and 6 pts HL. It weighs 12.8 ounces with the Head calfskin Leather grip, tournagrip, and his strings.
Big Apple, are you part of the official tournament stringers put together by Merchant of Tennis which are stringing on Rogers Cup site?
In the last photo I see that Gasquet uses Agassi pro overgrip, he has the head adhesive tape. have you notice it?
Customized Instinct, with Luxilon Original.
I am sorry, but I don't understand it very well Which racquet do you have on the wall? Gasquet's Instinct 16x19 ? And did you or alpinecadet measure his racquet and said it was 340g/31cm balance?
If you have Gasquet's racquet, could you please tell us if it has some silicone in the handle and lead under bumper? Do you know how much lead? You could at least open bumper a little bit and you will see.
Do you know it's swingweight?
@ the earlier posts (i'm too lazy to quote which one's I am referring to)
Gasquet did move between 18 mains and 16 mains. But whether or not his string pattern is open with 16 or not his racket doesn't have XL written on it anywhere.
So even though he has an XL racquet it does not have XL painted on it, I guess this is probably so Head could market the regular Instinct when the XL was discontinued.
Also @ the grips babolat:base and vsvergrip. Gasquet as far as I know has always always used Fairway Leather or Head Calfskin (I forget which ) base grips and Tournagrip overgrips. If it has a Babolat base grip and VS overgrip it is either A) not Gasquets B) Gasquet layup with different base grip put on by whoever owns it or C) a test frame for Gasquet trying out new things? Of course most likely of these three is A.
I was confused by the specs listed however.
One by AlpineCadet I believe saying Jace sent an email stating 340 grams, which sounds alright and 31cm balance unstrung.
The racquet I suppose then comes out being almost 360 grams strung with a balance around 9 or 9.5 pts headlight? These sound 'close' to Big Apple's confirmed specs, with a difference in balance measured.
Second by Big Apple which states 12.8 oz (~362 grams) and 6pts headlight. Weight seems alright to me I suppose. The problem I have is that he states it being 6pts headlight, but he states that it 'looks' to be about 28inches long. I don't know how he calculated the balance, but I think balance boards are based on a 27inch racquet, though not owning one I don't know. Regardless without knowing the length of a racquet I don't see how he managed to calculate the balance...maybe I am missing something here and it is my mistake, if so please point it out to me
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In the Medibank he was using BB original 130 strung at 23kg.
The string pattern on his bats is very odd too. I can't remember what exactly it was, I THINK it was 16/20. What was strange about it though is that the spacing of the strings seemed custom. The middle 8 or so mains (4 either side of centre) were really closely placed while the others were spaced much further out. It felt a lot different to stringing a regular LM Instinct.
his string spacing seems same as stock liquidmetal instict tours. they had a more open pattern than the regular instinct
he uses the instinct xl
I should sell my Instincts
I've got 4 LM XL Tour Instincts and one standard LM Instinct. I should sell them. To me they are just too bulky and stiff, have a hollow feel and don't feel solid enough. I get poor feel and control with them, and they are murder on my arm. No wonder Richie developed arm problems last year.
I think it would take a very strong player to accelerate this frame through a hard-hit shot and control it, especially with a stroke that would generate a lot of spin. Maybe Nadal could whip one of these around. The extra length adds more to the SW than the weight itself.
Again, I'm amazed Gasquet plays so well with this setup.
I much prefer a smaller head, thin-beamed frame with standard length.
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