Nadal changes his Racket

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  1. OddJack

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    Sure.

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  3. TennisLovaLova

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    the power of marketing...
    is he switching to a smaller stick? we dont know nothing about this.
    it's just pure marketing communication from Babolat...
     
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    Is this kind of like when he changed his grip at the 2010 USO? [​IMG]
     
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  5. pvaudio

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    Honestly. Do people seriously think this is anything but a marketing exercise? Nadal hasn't played a competitive match in many months, so he's going to return with new equipment as well? The king of superstition and tradition?
     
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  6. Rogael Naderer

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    Actually that was much more severe a change...
     
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    That's great sorcery
     
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  8. Top Jimmy

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    Sounds like he's making the switch to the Steam S!!!!!
     
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  9. cluckcluck

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    If anything he'd be sporting an oversized stick. I'm sure his match "timing" is waaaay off. So a bigger racquet for less mishits sounds about right.
     
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    MOAARR TOPPSPINN!!

    I'm sure Nadal goes to sleep at night dreaming about topspin.
     
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  11. raging

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    sorry guys this is just a few reporters gone crazy.
    Rafa is NOT changing his racquet!
     
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  12. raging

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    ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_900434&feature=iv&src_vid=mzKbHmcds4o&v=9a23NcGZfQI
     
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  13. gavna

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    Sooooo funny reading these threads......the original report was from ESPN.UK and was citing a 12 month old YouTube Babolat vid.........now you have Yahoo South Africa quoting the same Babolat YouTube Play & Connect promo......classic lazy reporting. Funny stuff

    IF you are a conspiracy nut you could almost think Babolat did this to promote Rafa's supposed return with a "NEW" stick.....yes the new 2013 APD.
     
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  14. cluckcluck

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    This is from yesterday:

    [​IMG]
     
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    No gav it's just lazy reporters trying to find an angle & getting in wrong...
    Play & connect has confused a lot of people, even Babolat weren't sure which racquet to use- The PD is probably the best choice, Babolat are just relieved he is playing again.
     
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  16. gavna

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    Same old same old........he does look thinner.......hmmmmmmm
     
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    Agreed. Though I'm not going to say why (I'm pretty sure we can all speculate).
     
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  19. gavna

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    Can't wait to see if he really switches to the 2013 version with the active cortex.....I can see where Babolat making the claim that he is using a new stick means he "really" will be using the 2013 upgrade.........we will see once close ups of his stick show the new cortex......from the HUGE pic above its looks like the new version but you can't tell if the cortex is PJ'd or the real thing.
     
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  20. cluckcluck

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    ^^I'm sure it'll be PJ'd. As hard as he hits the ball, the racquet would snap at the cortex.
     
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  21. dr325i

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    Exactly, and the wimpy Tsonga can only learn from Nadal how to hit hard...
     
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    According to this he is in fact using it at the urging of uncle toni. Also babolat wants to heavily market the microchip in the raquet thing- play and connect at the end of the year and they really need nadal to perform well since nobody in top 5 uses babolat and roddick is gone now.

    http://www.iol.co.za/sport/tennis/new-racket-bigger-business-for-nadal-1.1461213#.UQq1zvIjLzM
     
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    The racquet has bearely changed since the first edition...I doubt it would help.

    Babolat racquets don't feel good on impact....has no feel. It a miracle Nadal can volley decent with that racquet.
     
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    No joke. I'm shocked that he hasn't been sidelined with shoulder/elbow/wrist injuries more than his knees.
     
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  25. RogerRacket111

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    He thinks a Racket Change will fix everything :) He is like any player struggling with their game who thinks the problem is the racket. How long before he realizes its not the racket its his game.
     
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  26. gavna

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    See I disagree......I've been using the PSLtd+ for years and just this fall switched to the new 2013 APD+.......I love it and really really didn't think I would. I never liked the APD before but this one does play better......my son is on free list and switched from Wilson 6.1 95 to it as well - also shocked me he did this. It's a boatload more comfortable -
     
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    Rafa's Boomerang!

    Babolat have been telling all their coaching ambassadors since 2007 that Rafa is switching to Cortex, BUT he doesn't need it!

    He just needs that boomerang feel *

    I would be surprised after all this time that he now wanted or even needed a softer feeling frame...
    he still likes belting it with full poly.


    and that racquet to whistle through the air again!*

    Just hope he gets back & cranks it up again.
     
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    Surprised that Mr 10000 accounts hasn't turned up already to say "nadal reached to final of the AO with only a few weeks of getting used to adding more weight to his racquet" etc..

    Makes me laugh that he wants more topspin though haha. Is that even possible?
     
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    He doesnt really hit the ball that hard frequently, he just swings fast and puts spin on the ball, a hitter like Tsonga, Berdych, Isner and even roddick put more stress on a racket than nadal does, spin puts more stress on the string vs. the racket. Big hard flat hitting puts more spin on the racket vs. the string.

    PS Aggy broke her racket at the cortex in the 2011 US open, but that was because she was banging it all around the whole match, and eventually on a return, SNAP! Right at the cortex. She was pissed the whole match trowing tantrums.
     
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  31. raging

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    sorry cluck. you may have misunderstood me- Babolat have been telling us since 2007 he was changing to cortex but HE NEVER HAS!

    It has become a running joke at Coaching Conferences that they tell us he is "really going to switch this year"

    Everybody almost smirks & changes the subject...:)
     
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    No worries raging. The day Rafa actually uses cortex will be the day we find out what he's actually been playing with.
     
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  33. gavna

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    Yep...exactly the same when told the last two years he would also use the Roland Garros PJ - a hahahaha poor sales and marketing reps with sheepish look on their faces telling us all "yes he does use cortex and yes he will use the special edition!!!!!!" Ahahahaha
     
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  34. Mick3391

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    Cool, but WHAT racquet? They don't say.

    "More Spin"! Okkkkkkk
     
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  35. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    You mean like his knees?

    "I'm really going to try to play the Olympics. Nope, not ready yet."
    "I'm really going to play the US Open. Nope, not ready yet."
    "I'm really going to play the season ending indoor stretch. Nope, not ready yet."
    "I was going to play AO Open. But uhh, I caught a stomach virus and needs to pull out 2 weeks prior to the actual tournament."

    At this point, everything that comes out of Nadal's camp is a moo point.
     
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  36. cluckcluck

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    It was 3 weeks early.
     
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    All this talk of spin is most appropriate for the story.
     
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