James Blake To Head

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Djoker_69, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. baseline_monster

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    Dude do you just post silly comments to get a reaction!?
     
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  2. Dave M

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    I wondered for a long time, there are a lot of fedace posts out there that i used to find myself wondering the age of the poster or if they were just being a WUM or really didn't know.I still can't tell.:confused:
     
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  3. mozzer

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    I think he could possibly be the greatest troll ever?
    Cant be a Donnay, i think they have like 15mm beams or something crazy?
     
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  4. Figjam

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    hey that what you get from people who go to standford.
     
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  5. JoelDali

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    No, thats my job.

    Fedace exists for tennis knowledge transfer.

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  6. johnnymacfan

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    It's a HEAD for sure...But I'm not sure why this is getting so much attention. Blake has not been relevant in ATP tennis in over 2 years. He could play with any brand and it won't change the fact that he's 30 and slowing down while the younger players are getting stronger, faster, and fitter. Great guy, but it's getting to be a bit like the Brett Favre situation. Let it go and start the next chapter in your life.
     
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  7. Figjam

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    yeah but Farve has actually won stuff and was one of the best at one time. I dont think age has all that much to do with it. infact i think its a factor of motivation. Reall I think it is, not overall motivation but the "moment" motivation, where you really just dont feel like giving that last 2%, that you used to. Its like early in your carreer winning is everything, but then after time passes you just get worn down, and start to realize you spent your life chasing a little yellow ball that in the end whether you are Federer or some Joe blow, it really doent mean jack squat.
     
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  8. Lefty78

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    Hate tennis much? :confused:
     
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  9. Figjam

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    no I love tennis, I just realize, that end of the day, its only a game, what if ti was never invented, then federer woudl be just some guy you never heard of.
    and playing it doesnt affect anything.
     
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  10. Jonny S&V

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    Lol... Completely wrong on all grounds, but nice try. ;-)
     
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  11. baseline_monster

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    SO what is the real story then?
     
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  12. Jonny S&V

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    Dunlop just doesn't have the money, and from what I can tell the resources, to compete with other companies. I like watching James play (in 2006 mind you), but he's very demanding and picky when it comes to his equipment. I think Dunlop was tired of the racquets that they made for him (and probably gave him for free) getting repainted and endorsing other companies.
     
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  13. King_roger

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    It had also a Head Basegrip, Kelly Jones brought them to us before James' first round loss against Kubot.
    Seems like a new "real" Head rackets.
     
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    Captured screen from R2 Blake vs Bachinger match...
     
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    From that picture the bumper guard still looks like the one from his Dunlop and even the string pattern. I think they made him a new frame with the same drill patterns. Also he never used lead tape strips that long before. Is that lead tape on the inside of the throat? Wow looks like the making of a TGK Blake, from my estimation that has got to be close to 2 ounces of lead.
     
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  16. safe

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    I think he will use a Prestige to hide that lead tape :)
     
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  17. Cup8489

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    holy smokes... that's alot of lead..
     
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    Wow! with that amount of lead wouldn't that suggest that it could be a Radical MP or something?
     
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    Hmmm... i look at my 300 Tours and Radicals and if you look at the end of grommet, then its not round but quadrangular. Dunlop have quadrangular grommets Head does not. Bumper guard is also more dunlop like. Seems more like 300 Tour, than Radical. Lots of lead indeed.
     
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  20. zspyderman

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    Not sure why you say that. If you are a Dunlop fan, it's a nice try on your part.
    In fact, I had a long conversation with Tommy Haas in the players lounge about a year ago at one of the events, and I only repeated his complaints and the stories i heard concerning all the other Dunlop guys. Robredo was down to 2 frames, and Blake had I think 3 left at the time. Tommy was waiting for his sticks for two months before he asked HEAD. They were happy to oblige.
    Before you try to discredit someone, you need to have some facts.
    Nevertheless, I had been wrong before.... ;-) ...but not this time
     
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  21. BLACKOUT

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    Dunlop is a wreck, nice frames, but all around as a company, consumer and pro level they are a wreck. We know Haas is one of the most finicky guys out there, but truth is truth. Blake and Berdych carrying a Dunlop bag but playing with HEAD frames..... nuff said
     
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    Dunlop is a "wreck" because of Sports Direct. When Sports Direct bought Dunlop in 2004 they fired they whole R&D Team which included Player Services and now outsource R&D. The former R&D leader went on to start Vantage Tennis.
     
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  23. vsbabolat

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    Why are you trolling this thread? The first time was funny now it is getting very old.
     
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  24. baseline_monster

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    Are you based in the UK dude? If not, u have done good research! Mike Ashley is crushing the sports retail market here!
     
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  25. baseline_monster

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    Its a Head stick. I know a lot of people are seeing identical things from the Dunlop but he would have went to Head, said this is what I am using, see what you can do. Head then would have pretty much cloned the mould and style and put there top materials in it, its a Head stick based upon a Dunlop frame. As the above poster stated, he wouldnt be doing all this if he could still be using his old Dunlops. As for FEDACE, I try and give the guy the benefit of doubt but some posts are just stupid. If you knew nothing about the racket industy when you first joined then maybe some slack could be cut, but with 18,000 posts...... trolling comes to mind dude!
     
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  27. uk_skippy

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    Amen to that

    Can't wait for him to go under. I think sports direct is still under investigation for improper business actions.

    In my local area they're closing one of their shops in a main tourist area and it'll be a new Jamie Oliver restaurant. Strange thing is the shop management only found out about the closure thru an article in the local paper. That's how sports direct respect their staff!!

    Regards

    Paul
     
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  28. Pioneer

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    I LOVE that lead tape I just don't see why he'd want to add so much to the throat. usually pros try to keep weight off the throat and in the grip/head. Maybe he wanted more power or something


     
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    Innegra or twaron lite posterboy.




     
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    Could not agree more with this. Dislike the shops intensely
     
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  31. DudeBro

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    I hope whatever does with Blake helps him out, he's gotta be on his last (tennis) legs here.
     
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    Blakes performance in Stockholm(saw him live) was so poor... very dissapointed, and i have always liked him ..
     
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  33. uk_skippy

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    Have we 'lost' some post on this thread??

    I'm sure I replied to a post by Dave_M but neither his nor my post is visible.
     
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  34. baseline_monster

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    Its probably because the hairpin started of very light like the pro stock prestiges do. I think blakes rackets are quite heavy. See what your sating though, could have added more weight in other areas. Must be some method for it, maybe adds more of a solid impact feel?
     
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    I believe Racquet manufacturer sponsorship strategy goes beyond just the active career of a touring pros. The ability to carry the brand using the player's name, looks and whatever else needed is the most important.

    Mr. Blake is a good looking guy; he is capable of carrying a Fila brand in the tennis apparel market. More importantly, he's an American.

    I can only guess that Head's sponsorship contract with Mr. Blake is about market penetration in the U.S., which has not been that great comparing to their other markets.

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