Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by thienzsch, Feb 18, 2012.
What Racket is he using???
Wilson KBlade 98, Luxilon M2 strings @ 44/46 to 42/44, depending on conditions. Recently got his frames updated with the current BLX 98 paint job.
wow tensions are pretty low :shock::shock::shock:
I was watching him y'day at the SAP Open and his racket looked extremely tiny. It's like the size of hewitts. Is it really 98in?
had a chance to see his racquets up close at davis cup.
leather grip, lead under the bumper and strung with full luxilon m2 at a fairly low tension. seems otherwise stock
His racket probably looked tiny because he is a giant lol.
Take delpo for instance. In ANY picture of his he does not look like he is using a 95 inch head
H25 (nblade pro stock mold)
Ahhh that could be it!
H25 is not nblade pro stock
Thus he is not using it...
It's a typical tension for 18 x 20 string pattern with full poly.
Yes, I've been using a soft poly at that tension. I have no idea how anyone uses poly at tension of over 60, which some people do it seems!
he's using the k blade, most likely, but he was testing new frames recently before he got the new amplifeel blx blade pj.
This guy calls it a P25 and also says it's a nBlade mold: http://www.stringforum.net/board/showthread.php?t=9070
Yeah it also could be an n blade with the new amplifeel pj.
the P25 is a tweener mold from Wilson, sort of instinct mold if i remember well
Some people here claim that it is indeed a stock k blade mold, could be true.
I train with him when he is back home, and I can confirm that he is using a stock version
So it is a stock k blade?
Can you post the specs ?
Im sorry i dont have the specs. I know that he is not using a specific custom mold. he uses the kblade stock version while sporting the newest blade paintjob, and there is of course lead on the frame.
Do you know if he adds a substantial amount of lead or if it's mainly just to match the racquets. Just wondering how much heavier his racket ends up being compared to the stock version, have you hit with it at all?
definitely some lead under the bumper. around 6-8g as far as I could tell
Ah nice! Did you get a peek under the bumper of the unstrung ones? That'd be like 2 layers of lead tape across the top roughly?
I wonder with the lead & leather grip what the total weight of his frame ends up at, probably around the 12oz mark at least.
As for balance I bet some of the hardcore talktennis members could hazard a guess just from looking at the picture of the racket finger hang in your article. Haha
That would make the swingweigth: ~365 ...
that was my method lol. since the leather grip is heavier than the stock synthetic grip, I'm guessing there's only lead under the bumper. I only had a few minutes to do the interview, so I had Yvon (the Team Canada stringer) pose with the racquet that way so that we could estimate the balance.
Slightly off topic here but how does the kblade differ from the gold/black blade and the latest black ones in ppls opinions? thx
@Ross I tried it sooooo long ago but if I remember it was NOT muted and almost plush like new blade is. Stiffer brassier response but lots of people prefer that over new blade from what I read in reviews on TW sales pages.
I string my rackets around 65 with ALU Power. Hate the trampoline effect at lower tensions
I have a couple of P25's and got them in the bag, the P25 is as described like a copy of an extreme or instinct. The pro stock blade that I thought was a p25 is referred to as a Kblade pro stock and comes in an open or closed pattern. I think that is racquet that Raonic uses and is the racquet that Yongary is selling, it just isn't called a p25.
The kblade pro stock feels flexier in the head to me than the standard kblade, which felt stiffer in the head in my opinion. I think these racquets feel much nicer than the retail but probably don't have as much pop. This is clearly not an issue for Raonic!
Thanks, very interesting. Will post this info in the pros/blade thread.
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