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

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  1. Geology_Rocks!

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    ''I was using the wrong racket'' is a very ugly excuse.
     
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    Not completely true. He uses one of,if not the lightest rackets on the tour. He hits for spin more than for power so maybe a little added extra weight to his racket will help him finally get some depth on his shots. Depth has been a major problem for Nadal for a while now. At least he seems to be trying something different,but since I know you cannot stand Nadal and want to see him fail,I can see why you're hoping this doesn't work out for him.
     
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  3. tusharlovesrafa

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    i concur...
     
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    He is finally making the transition from boy to man with a heavier frame.
     
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    No, more humour for the racquet.

    Yep, now he'll be taking the linesperson's eyes out.
     
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    Thanks,Tushy. I knew I could count on you. :)
     
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    keep quoting me,It makes me happy and cheerful.Vamos Clarky..
     
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    I am so happy he made the change.....at least his backhand will penetrate the court more. He ripped some backhands dtl and the crosscourt ones have the same depth as the 08-09 backhand. Thought the consistency is not there.....at least if gets used to it.

    He can deal with Djokovic much better.......can't wait to see how it turns out.
     
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    Glad to hear this is true too, hopefully when he gets used to it, it will help him out a good deal.
     
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  10. TennisFan3

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    Nadal has one of the LIGHTEST swing weights on tour. There were official specs of his racquet posted by someone here.

    So even if he added some head weight (and there is NO OFFICIAL source on what exactly he's done) the difference is likely marginal. Even with the extra weight, Nadal's swing weight would still be less/equal to many pros.

    So short term injuries are unlikely. Although long term it might have some issues, given Nadal generates all his spin largely with racquet head acceleration.
     
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    Hey buddy - HNY! BTW I am still stuck on adding someone on PS3. Can't figure out anything worth damn :(

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    Also do you know if the Uncharted dual pack is any good? They have a sale on Bestbuy for it, and I thought I might go and pick it up today..
     
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  12. Mike Sams

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    How is he going to generate as much topspin with a heavier racquet on clay? Heavy topspin is the pinnacle of his clay game. A heavier racquet means less topspin which means Nadal's trying to adapt his game for all surfaces. And considering that he was still in full topspin mode in 2011 and how much trouble he was having on clay against Murray, Djokovic, Federer, Isner, and even Del Potro, how is hitting less topspin in 2012 going to help his clay game? :-?
     
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  13. gsharma

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    Every pro alters his racquet for the clay season. Even Fed adds some lead tape to 12 o'clock position. Tweaking your equipment is a big part of playing on the tour.
     
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    Well, I don't know his SW so I'll leave it at that. I'd be surprised if it's less than 340-350.
     
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    it DEFINITELY was lower than that
     
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    I agree with some comments here. His backhand was so powerful... I guess he is stepping up his game (and he should) because guys like Djokovic, Murray and Federer have great backhands (even though, in my opinion, Djokovic and Murray have the best in the game).
    So yeah, he is doing whatever he can to be better and win Djoko. It's tough to be Nadal at this moment.
     
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    http://gulfnews.com/sport/tennis/nadal-sharpens-up-in-straight-sets-win-over-federer-1.959434
     
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    Sounds like a good idea, which has been discussed here before...
     
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  19. Povl Carstensen

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    Sorry, but is there any source for EVERY pro alters his racket for the clay season?
     
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    A lot of players, even pro, do not add any lead. So you are correct. In the end everyone just does what works for them.
     
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    Yet, Nadal must still be in love with the RPM blast string. I wish he would change that!
     
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    If Nadal never love a lot RPM, he wouldn't have won 6 RG. Asking him to go away from RPM, you'll be sorry during the clay season.
     
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  23. passive_aggressive

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    Yeh, real tough when he gets a free ride to the final of every Grand Slam.

    ONLY THEN does he have to worry about someone who can beat him (Djokovic).

    In fact, if Federer beats Djokovic in the semi's, Nadal gets a free ride all the way to the title.
     
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    Why should he change his string?
     
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    Adding u now, not sure about uncharted though, HNY :)
     
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    Thanks much!
     
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    his hemmorrhoids are going to erupt with the added weight.
     
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  29. ben123

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    just to throw a thought in this:

    i dont really trust this link. people on here trust for example this or juras or some other "quality" sources. but yet when you compare them it fails very much. just compare for example this with juras specs - its a complete disaster.
     
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  30. Clay lover

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    One thing not to trust this, one thing to speculate yourself about Nadal's racquet, which is even MORE untrustworthy. I like how people automatically assume that Nadal's racquet to have a low swingweight based on his swing style and such...
     
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  31. Lsmkenpo

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    I think you can trust him, he works for the United States Racquet Stringers Association and is the editor for Racquet Sports Industry magazine.
     
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  32. ben123

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    nono i never said that i myself believe too that he plays with a "normal pro sw". just saying i dont trust in all these specs (there are much specs on this side as you know).

    while speaking about nadals racquet: i have more confidence in this one user who bought nadals racquet. he at least showed the weight and balance per photo
     
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  33. Lsmkenpo

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    LMFAO, than your foolish, you trust someone that says they bought Nadal's frame on the internet over the top USRSA tech advisor and editor of it's magazine.
     
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  34. ben123

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    well, i dont. theres just a too big a difference between all the specs we get per random links.

    collinthestringer or smth like this is i guess also a known stringer in the uk but his specs are all over the place...
    and even if those specs were right, what is up with jura who gets so much respect on here. for example clements racquets weighs above 370gram at gregs side and less than 330 at juras specs - quite funny no?
     
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  35. Bartelby

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    355 + 3 grams of lead = 365 = sw 2 = instant success
     
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    well it was the guy who bought all the racquets. lastly he bought djokos racquet from the bay. so yeah he seems trustful. in addition the racquet was signed by nadal and had a gt pj without cortex.
     
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  37. Lsmkenpo

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    Some players change specs going to different surfaces, and some specs can be strung vs. unstrung.
     
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    these specs completely didnt match. im not stupid that i cant calculate strung vs unstrung
     
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  39. Lsmkenpo

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    Are you talking specifically about Clement ? He really did switch racquets a few times.
     
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  40. Lsmkenpo

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    Are we sure Fat Ralph is talking about adding weight to his racquet, maybe something was lost in translation and he was talking about his midsection.
     
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    I first read midsection as medication and was like :shock:
     
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    What are you talking about? Nadal is not fat in any way.
     
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    2012 After spending his off season sitting around eating biscuits, he has to be at least 10lbs heavier, look at how thick he is and the size of his thighs, that isn't new muscle, I wouldn't call him obese just yet, but he isn't in shape to grind against Djokovic on the slow courts, that is for sure

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    One bag of biscuits isn't enough he needs three bags of biscuits

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    I agree with you.He's not fat.He's quite handsome I think.
     
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    Greg Ravens site has SW specs for Nadal for a few different years.

    2007 which was posted at SW 355

    2009 SW 350

    And I thought I read somewhere that he had dropped to SW 344 at some point? So clearly he's adding the lead to get the swingweight up for more pop and length on his shots. The question is how high has the number gone up?
     
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    My only concern is that a heavier racket will put more pressure on those tender knees of dear Rafito.
     
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  47. tusharlovesrafa

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    What about fed's cyst on his face?? Won't that effect his vision and flow of Talent through out his body and make it harder for him to hit 2 handed backhand.
     
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    I am glad you brought that up. Starting in 2008 there was a steep decline in Federer's ability to concentrate on points. When you combine this debilitating condition with Mono, it's quite clear that Nadal never would have won any of the slams that he did in 2008 and beyond. For Federer is like a fine Cabernet, he only gets better with age. Nadal then is at only three majors due to your bringing up the Cyst and we can safely say that Federer is at 23.

    Tushy, many thanks for bringing up one of the biggest hidden issues in all of tennis.
     
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    Is Raffza strong enough (mentally) to swing a heavier racket?
     
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  50. tusharlovesrafa

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    What are you smoking,bro?? You are contradicting yourself,first you say that there is a steep decline in his ability and then he is like old cabernet or bottle of wine who tastes better as time passes by.This is complete bull-sh-it.
    I don't agree when you say that Nadal is 3 times major champion.I don't think he has yet won any slam.According to me,Fed started declining since 2005 so that means rafa has 0 slam.
     
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