Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by rafaisabeast, Mar 18, 2011.
Has any stringers strung nadal's racquet if so have the exact specs?
Search it up. I think Fabfed has the specs posted somewhere when he bought Rafa's racquet on a charity auction.
I would think nadals racket is not lighter than other rackets. he probably has a ton of lead on it.
334g. apd orig. 9g lead at 12.
Have you strung his racquets?
I held his actual racquet. It was standatd APD with 3g lead at 12.
I grabbed one of his sticks at IWTG. 336 grams, 33 cm balance, 344 swingweight.
Listen to this guy. I thought the range on the mass was 334-336g, strung, gripped, impact absorber, all installed. Very light total mass, and very light swing wt., for a pro of his ranking. More like a junior wt and swing wt.
Interesting, I wonder if this is more of a HC setup as opposed to the clay:
Static weight has gone up 4g to 336g
Balance has dropped 33.5cm to 33
SW dropped from 355 to 344.
Maybe he's looking for more stick speed (like he needs it...lol)
Well, what other possible reasons could there be?
That's a fairly big drop in SW and balance, pretty surprised actually.
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Surprised he changed specs that much.
I just checked mine (pre cortex version) and it is 336.7 grms. with a balance of 33.4cms and a sw of 354 (I have just switched on the RDC so it is still cold and may have a slight variation). This is strung with duralast and with an overgrip.
All the best
He uses L2 grip?
Junior SW?! Isn't Federer's SW about the same? Wouldn't that make it GOAT SW rather than junior SW?
Hey Greg, the specs seem to be more headlight and lighter swing weight lately for the hard courts. I wonder if that has been going on since he changed to the black strings or just lately for hardcourts.
I just wanted to ask if this was one of the rackets he was using at the IWTG tournament and if it was strung with overgrip/dampener and all that or not.
i suspect that is his us hard court spec I am willing to bet he will bump up the sw for clay court season
i think u would be right. federer also drops his tensions during clay season.
I thought it was higher??
Well I forget things lol :l
He drops tension to get more depth, and adds lead to the head for the same purpose. Since he will hit with more spin to bring the ball back down, it means he can hit with the same depth with less effort/more spin.
If you are able make a run to Brad Gilberts shop in San Rafael and he has one of Rafa's sticks in the middle of the shop. The believe it's one he used to win wimby and your able to get up close and personal.
When I say "I just checked mine" I meant, I checked the racquet I have that Rafa gave me.
All the best
Nice get... I think he will go back to those specs now for Clay season. Specs that Greg measured 1 moth ago I am willing to bet are his us HC specs.
Pics? Sorry if it's too big of an ask.
3 for the price of one
All the best,
This was just tweeted from Darren Cahill, go figure.
@darren_cahill Lots of Q's re Rafa's frame.. weight 312g.. balance 32.6.. swing weight 316 unstrung.. tension 56lbs.. thx ****.. now swing it like Rafa
Those are the unstrung figures for the entire stick: the balance would go up to 33.5 or so in strung form. Add string and an OG and that takes you to 334 strung, another 2 for the dampener gets you to 336g. The SW would be roughly 346 strung as well so Richard's numbers above are spot on.
Nice pic. I see Andre's Ti Rad paintjob.
For link to Killer's tweet:
Dang my the average mass of my sticks are about 350 g. Just can't swing like Rafa!
Now it's 56 lbs?!?! Used to be 55!
That is so CRAZY................
swingweight of 316,,,,,,wTF ?????????????? How does he NOT get pushed around by the heavy topspinners like Verdasco and Federer ????
It's unstrung, dude. How much longer is this act of your going to last? You are NOT an idiot.
Ha, ha - post of the day!
how would you go about customizing a apd gt to this? i put it into the customizer that tennis warehouse has and to say the least the places they say to put the lead look really iffy. http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/cgi-bin/customize.cgi
any help out there?
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