Martina's Bosworth racquet from Australian Open on ****

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  1. counterpuncher

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  2. kreative

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    thx for the link, pretty kool. 8)
     
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  3. Ryoma Kun

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    pretty expensive
     
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    Thanks Ryona for stating the very obvious. :roll:
     
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  5. @wright

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    The head looks bigger than 96. I'd love to hit with one of those.
     
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    Her Bosworth racquet swings with some heft. Very stable and has some nice power – most likely due to low tension. We have one to exact specs - let me know if you'd like me to post them here.
    Also, not sure of the tension, but it felt like it was in the low 50lbs range.

    Chris, TW.
     
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    Chris, that'd be great if you could post the specs on her frame.
     
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  8. Bhagi Katbamna

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    If AU $ are equivalent to Canadian $, that's around $50 US right?




    :lol:
     
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  9. Richie Rich

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    Bhagi - maybe a year ago. Aus $ and Cdn $ catching up to US fast. You check exchange rate lately?? :shock:
     
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    A$1.00 = US$0.75, which makes A$900.00 = US$675
     
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  12. thomas martinez

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    Uh, Chris, she doesn't string that loosely. At the Open, I got to string for her with blue uncoated gut at 74 pounds.
     
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  13. jayserinos99

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    i'm really interested in how it plays. it's a hefty stick for sure so the type of ball struck with this frame must be a pretty heavy one.
     
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    Guys, it was a joke, that's why there was a :lol: after my post.
     
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    74lbs, wow! The racquet we received from Warren also had the blue uncoated, but it felt like it was only strung at about 52lbs, max. I'll measure the stringbed stiffness on our RDC and post that, too.

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    Back from the RDC machine.

    Weight: 13 ounces
    Stringbed stiffness: 59 (note, this is not a direct measure of tension)
    Flex: 67
    Swingweight: 366
    Balance: 12.5"

    Chris, TW.
     
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    wow, she has to be in shape to swing that stick ,and in doubles, its really tought to react fast, i cant imagine how in shape she has to be to remain quick wit that bulky of a frame
     
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  18. thomas martinez

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    Yeah, 74 with uncoated gut. To say the least, I was wound tighter than a clock spring when doing that one. Never strung uncoated that high before. Was nice doing some uncoated again though, moves through the string bed oh so nicely
     
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    Im surprised Martina plays with such tight tension and she has lasted so long. What is "blue uncoated" and what guage is that gut she uses ? That was nice of martina to give that racket to her friend to make some big $$$ off ****, nice bonus :wink:
     
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    That's a racquet strong enough for a man, but ph balanced for Martina?
     
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    My guess it is Pacific going by the association Bosworth and they have with eachother. Gauge, it felt and looked like 16, but I didn't have a mic there to check for sure. Strange for her to be using 16, since in the past years she's been using 17.
     
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    You're kidding, right?

    It is suprising to me that MN strings that tightly though. She appeared through the years to follow the trends of whoever was the most popular player.

    I also would love to find out how to buy uncoated gut. I think that is the big difference in my memory. In yesteryear when I used to play with PDP Rough Gut and as close as 17 years ago, gut had a whole lot more feel than synthetic. I have posted here that of late, gut has no better feel than top level synthetics. Through reading the TW boards, I've learned that there are such things as coated and uncoated guts. I found out the difference when TW sent me some Global (uncoated) Gut to try. It, although not long-lived in my frame (it broke in my bag after one practice), felt like gut of old.

    TW, if you guys can get some uncoated gut, I'd love to try some. Hell, I'm old enough now that I probably wouldn't break it for two weeks. :)
     
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    Hey Rabbit, get in touch with Pacific USA or give Bosworth a shot to get it. As for Martina stringing that tight, as long back as I can recall, she's strung that tightly going back to 87 when she was still using her old R-22s.
     
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  24. Richard Parnell

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    I strung her frame at Wimbledon at 75 lbs. and you have to be pretty used to stringing with gut to be able to do a good job as uncoated can be a real pain.The gut she uses is pacific and the blue dye used was not uniform on the string, can't remember the gauge but I seem to recall that it was thicker than 16.But there again I might be wrong.
    Have a great one,
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  25. X-45 Corp.

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    Just my take...

    Serve and volley players (Martina, Pete, Johnny Mac) along with those with super topspin strokers (Borg and Vilas) have always strung tight. It is more suited to the style of play, and gives you more control.

    Most of the pros string tighter then you would think, and you have to remember that especially with gut and very elastic strings the stringbed tension can drop quite a bit depending on the string you use.

    My two cents...
     
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    McEnroe didn't start to string above 55 until recent years. Now a day he is around 58-60 for his Dunlops. And at the Open this year, I think Martina was the tightest, with Spadea at 72 behind he. Most are in the 55-62/25-28kg range in terms of tension. You'll even get guys like Canas and Sanguinettei at 19 and 15 kilos respectively and Ruano-Pascual at 21/19 out there as well.
     
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    Re: Just my take...

    I disagree, as Thomas Martinez pointed out, Mac played on the low end of the tension range when he was at his S/V domination. Also, natural gut is the best string there is for holding tension, all the way to its breaking point.
     
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  28. I thought to burn off the coating, you could just run coated gut through a piece of cloth clutched in your fingers?
     
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  29. intense2b

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    I agree with Joe and tom: Mcenroe always strung his racquets with low tension. Even today he strings at 58-60....which is not all that high either.
     
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  30. Richard Parnell

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    Natural Gut has the least tension loss in comparison.Normally 5% and thats it. Chang = 16kgs(sometimes) Lucas Arnold = 18kgs,Cañas = 19.5 kgs. Ferrero 23 or 24 kgs. No rhyme or reason.
    All the best,
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    If I remember correctly, didn't Mr. Serve and Volley Paul Annacone string his Prince frames at some insanely low tension as well?
     
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    Yes he did & so did some aussie who used a prn.pro alu. in the forties.
     
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