Nadal reveals he is using a heavier racquet this (2012) season.

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  1. nadalwon2012

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    Nadal says he isn't used to it yet but will improve as he continues to practice this week heading into Doha. Watching his shots vs Federer right now early on, Nadal is hitting a heavy ball. Anyone got an official article on this? The commentators are quoting his press conference from after the Ferrer match yesterday.
     
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  2. Lsmkenpo

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    It is the same racquet he has always used, players don't switch racquets they just paint them to look like a new model. The commentator doesn't know what he is talking about. There is no new model of Nadal's racquet being released till 2013.

    If its heavier it is from the addition of lead tape, which he has always used.
     
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    The commentator is only quoting Nadal. Nadal said he is using a heavier racquet this season and that he hasn't had much time to adapt to it yet. Nadal didn't necessarily say he changed racquets, but just that it is heavier. The way I worded the title of this thread may have sounded like I meant he's using a completely different racquet, but I just meant his racquet is now heavier.
     
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    This explains why Nadal recently said that he isn't changing his game. See, if his racquet is now heavier, he can continue to use the same techniques and tactics and rely on the heavier racquet to add weight to his shots.
     
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    Great.

    Now with a heavier racket Rafa can tire by May instead of August.
     
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    ^^ lol

    I'm sure this will help his shoulder injury !
     
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  7. zagor

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    Heavier racquet will help him defend the Monte Carlo exo.
     
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    The relevant bit:


    The second semi-final petered out into a one-sided affair as Nadal, still not fully fit and trying out a heavier racket, could not match the speed of Ferrer.
     
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  10. Legend of Borg

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    Heavier racket to help him win the Rafa Slam.
     
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    Either the commentators are making things up, or that article was written before Nadal's press conference. Nadal apparently said his shoulder felt fine during the Ferrer match and that his shoulder injury had prevented him from training enough with his heavier racquet which he hopes to get used to by Doha.
     
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  12. passive_aggressive

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    Haha, competition is toast now.

    Rafa's shots are already the heaviest in the history of tennis.

    With a heavier racket, it would be a wonder if any tennis player could return a single one of his forehands without their own racket coming spinning out of their hands.
     
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    I notice his backhands are flatter and penetrate through the court more
     
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  14. nadalwon2012

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    Yep, I was impressed because his shots were deeper, not near the service box.
     
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    I hope this is actually true and not a rumor.
     
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    Yes, the inglorious transitional event between the HC and the CC season. :)
     
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    Helped Novak, helps defense and return of service IMO. Really we don't even know how much weight was added and where. Easier power also depending on where it is placed.
     
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    Awesome.
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    Thanks!

    I drew inspiration from your clever quips about "transitional" things. :)
     
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    I think it's true. Nadal said he added weight to it and it's taking him some time to get used to it. He should have done this a long time ago,imo.
     
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    Nadal still has quite a long stroke though. He may be able to add some pace to his shots but against an aggressive hitter like Ferrer yesterday he seemed uncomfortable with his shot recovery.
     
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    If weight was an issue, he would just have it customized with lead. The balance would be adjusted. I don't think he would switch to a racquet just for weight reasons. I don't think he's switching, maybe there's an error in the interpretation.
     
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    Yeah. And he hit some massive serves, some touching 180 km/h.
     
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    It was added to the top so he can generate more power and depth.
     
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    Yes he does and he hase enough pace. He just has added power and depth to his spin. Should be used to it before AO.
     
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    I hope he counter-balanced the weight by adding some to the handle or else the added weight will change his mechanics.
     
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    ???
    Did anyone mention a "new model"???
    Or a diferent paint scheme?
     
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    What injury?

    He's playing fine.
     
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    Nobody said he switched racquet models. Just that he is using a heavier racquet (as in he's had it altered).
     
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    Since this is true i wonder how it will affect his game. Personally i hope he gets some form back (and im a fed fan) because i don't particularly enjoy one-man-army type tennis where one person dominates for years on end. Also i hope this fixes his depth issues as many of his shots land on or by the service line.
     
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  32. Bartelby

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    there's still no evidence!
     
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  33. TennisMaverick

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    Actually, if your technique is solid and your fitness is good, heavier frames aid with joint issues.
     
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    Nadal has added even more lead weight than usual. and babolat made slightly heavier frame just for Nadal. which is easy to do.
     
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    In 2013 the Nadal will use a racket manufactured exclusively using lead tape, to help him serve and volley exclusively.


    The current racquet helps him transition to the 2013 one.
     
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  36. beast of mallorca

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    So, is this the transitional racquet that will help him overcome being the transitional Champion or the transition will never materialize.
     
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  37. gsharma

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    Heavier and head-light. Head-heavy racquets means wrist/arm/forearm issues.
     
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    NOT if your technique is solid and your fitness is good. It's not going to be an issue for any 6.0-7.0 player.
     
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    High swingweight is going to become an issue sooner rather than later. Ask Soderling - his racquet had a notoriously high swingweight and he had to go lower when he developed wrist issues.

    Moreover, head-heavy racquet means more trouble generating racquet head speed, which could be an issue for a guy like Nadal.

    Ofcourse, it's all relative. Going from a 12oz to 12.5 oz racquet is nothing for pros as opposed to going to 13.5 oz stick.
     
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    Well, Nadal certainly hit his shots deep in the Federer match. So looks like Nadal won this thread.
     
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    It's good news that he's trying something different...
     
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    The new string will actually help him recover his mental strength, so I've heard dearest Senti
     
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    You forgot that It will also help in recovering passion,intensity and humour for his game
     
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    his racket already has a buttload of power. It's not his racket, it's how how he plays against Djoker.
     
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    Look you all need to calm down. No string will help him gain mental strength. A heavy racket will not make the other rackets spin viciously in the hands of his opponents. His only hope if to train under Obi Wan Moyanobi and master the ways of the force. Let's stick to changes that are actually possible.
     
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    http://rabulleil.blogspot.com/2011/12/mwtc-rafa-adds-few-grams-of-weight-to.html
     
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    From what I could see, the strings were not gripping the ball well. That lead to a few uncharacteristic errors, otherwise Fred would never have won that single game.

    Anyway, looking at the scoreline, Nadal has AO in his bag. The King should be trembling in his pants.
     
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    More weight in the head actually means improved mental strength for the racquet, no?
     
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