Pro's racquets & paintjobs

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Barnes68, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. Barnes68

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    I've been playing tennis for years, but just started getting interested in racquets the pros play with. Can someone explain the whole racquet paintjob to me? For instance Fed plays with one racquet, but it's painted to look like another model. Thanks for anyone who can help.
     
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  2. Tamiya

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    ... that the Marketing Dept wants to push in the Retail sphere.

    Could be the player wants to keep using an older model
    or has a custom frame that doesn't exist for retail sale.

    That's it! :)
     
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  3. Blitzball

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    There are certainly numerous other threads that go into great detail on paintjobs used by pros. I'll give you a short summary.

    Correct, Federer does use a paintjob over what I believe to be something similar to the K-Factor, but probably very customized to meet his optimal balance, weight, etc. The same goes for Djokovic; he uses a Radical mold with a Speed pro paintjob. Andy Murray uses a pro mold called PT57 that isn't available to the public from retailers, but it can be purchased from some online auction sites and sellers on here sometimes. And of course, he uses Radical Pro paintjobs-- he'll be sporting the new 2014 paintjob next year, but he'll be using the same mold like always. It's very common for pros to use custom molds that meet a certain feel and quality standard, which I think usually consists of mostly graphite composite, and less material that would cause a dampened or muted feel (like basalt). Also, they tend to be flexier, more early 2000's style, rather than the trending stiff sticks. So I'd say at least 90% of the pros use racquets that are not what their paintjobs depict. Also, paintjobs are typically done strictly for pros, but if you can find a custom paintjob/decal place in your local area, they can probably fix you up if that's what you're inquiring.
     
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  4. Bdarb

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    Read the federer lawsuit thread right below this. It will answer any question you could ever possibly have ad naseum.
     
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  5. robbo1970

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    Very few pro's don't have their rackets customised in some way. Some use what closely appears to be the same mold as the retail frame, but they are rarely exactly the same. Tweaks here and there to weighting, balance, grip shape etc. Of course the manufactors who sponsor them will want them to use the latest paintjob to help their marketing.

    You will see on here, many threads that discuss this. Federer is a great example, as mentioned, as is Nadal, who has the Cortex painted on his racket to look like the retail version.

    I recall a Dunlop promo video a while back, when Jurgen Melzer said "I am looking forward to seeing the new paintjob". NOt the new racket, just the paintjob. One of the classic paintjobs of all time (IMO) was Pat Rafter using his Prince Response but with a Dunlop 500 paintjob. You could clearly see the double-bridge, it was laughable.

    If you trawl through the threads here you will see lots of examples of paintjobbing. There is an Almagro thread where (if you know your Dunlops) his racket is sitting at the stringers and although he is 'supposed' to be using the Dunlop Bio500 Tour, it has straight beams resembling the Bio300, but even the paintjob is more like the standard 500 as opposed to the Tour version.

    The safest way to view this situation, when you see a player using a racket with a specific paintjob, safely presume it is not that actual racket.
     
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  6. vsbabolat

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    A customized racquet does not make a paint job. What makes a pint job is taking one model of one racquet and painting it to look like another racquet. The example you gave of Rafter and his Prince Response being paint to look like a Aerogel 500. That is a paint job.
     
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  7. BreakPoint

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    But what if it's the same model (mold) but with a customized layup? I would still call that a "paintjob".
     
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  8. Bdarb

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    Ask and you shall recieve op.. All the scholarly pj heavy hitters of the Tt boards accounted for...


    Gentleman, start your redundant engines
     
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  9. vsbabolat

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    When I say customized in that context, I am talking about how a racquet customized for weight, balance, swing weight, and or a custom shaped handle done to a racquet. A racquet that has a different layup but the same mold as retail is a paint job.
     
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  10. BreakPoint

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    Yes, you're referring to customization AFTER the frame has already been produced. However, they could also customize the weight, balance, and swingweight of a frame DURING the production process while using the same mold. That's how they make the same model using the same mold and layup but with different specs, such as with the Asian and U.S. versions of the Tour 90s.
     
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  11. robbo1970

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    I just tried to give a bit of information to the OP, which you seem to contradict in your reply to BreakPoint.

    But theres no need to pick holes in my attempt to help answer the OP's question, why don't you give the OP the full answers and explanations :)
     
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