Pros who use 28" Racquets

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Ash Doyle, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. Ash Doyle

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    What pros play with 28" racquets? I can only think of Mardy Fish, Jan Michael Gambill, Albert Costa, and at least formerly Tommy Robredo, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Coria.
     
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  2. Nyl

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    chang, the pioneer of longbody
     
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  3. abiriax

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    yeah but the real question is where do you buy the bloody things? i can't find them for love nor money nowardays
     
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  4. AndrewD

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    Does Rochus play with a 28 inch frame? Seem to recall hearing that it was an extended one.
    abiriax, you can buy the POG longbody (28inch) through Tennis Warehouse for 140.00. Sorry mate, just saw you're in the UK. That would be close to 74pounds for you through TW .
     
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  5. Ash Doyle

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    AndrewD, the bad thing is TW only has 4 5/8 grips of the POG longbody left. I'm in the same situation abiriax. The old Prince Michael Chang Graphites I use I had to find on ****. Vantage offers their racquets in 28" lengths. I'm going to try one out.

    I believe Thomas Martinez has mentioned on these boards that Marcelo Rios used a 28" frame also. You around, Tom? I would love to hear any input you have about 28" racquets on the tour.
     
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  6. Z-Man

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    As a POG Longbody player, I'm also interested in anyone's thoughts about the pros' use of long racquets. I'm also curious if anyone knows the weight and balance used by great clay-courters such as Coria, Ferrero, and Costa. The POG LB comes 12pts headlight, but I'm sure the pro dirtballers put some extra weight in the head...
     
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  7. Nyl

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    i'm using the POG LB OS, which has similar spec to the POG LB MP..... it's less solid but still remains good control and power. LB racquet is only for heavy spin baseliners for sure.... claycourters seem to have the preferences to make their racquet head heavy... really heavy...
     
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  8. Z-Man

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    If the pro clay specialists make a headlight racquet like a POG very head heavy, they must add a lot of weight and end up with a 13oz+ stick. Seems like long racquets are making a comeback--I don't know about the subject other than from this board and seeing lists published on the internet, but it seems like several pros use a 27.5+ inch stick.
     
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  9. Ash Doyle

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    There are others that know more about it than I, but it appears that 27.5" is becoming the length of the majority of racquets on the tour. Also, I think longer racquets, such as the 28" lengthers, are wrongly stereotyped as a "baseliner's only" racquet. They can volley well, and that extra reach can come in handy at the net.

    Also, Ferrero's POG LB is said to be lighter than 12 ounces, so he couldn't have added much weight at all to the head if it started out as a standard POG LB.
     
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  10. AndrewD

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    AshDoyle, I dont know anything much about this,only what I read in a post here, but I believe there is a company that will lengthen a racquet for you. That's all I know, sorry to not have extra information. I think the person who mentioned it is Deuce. If you post something in the 'racquets' section you might get a reply from him.

    Right now TW has one 4 3/8 POG longbody advertised in their liquidation section.

    " Prince Graphite Longbody Mid+ (3/8) used $115.00 1
    Used racquet in excellent condition, Hit maybe once, plastic still on handle, Strung w/ Prince duraflex 16 gold, No Cover"

    That might help
     
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  11. Ash Doyle

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    Thanks for the info about the POG LB, AndrewD!
     
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  12. Z-Man

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    Re: 27+ inch racquets--does anyone know if the pros ever choke up a tad at the net or when hitting a flat forehand. I was fooling around today and discovered that when I choked up one notch, the flat forehand I use to attack weak balls was much improved. The POG LB behaved like a Diablo MP or maybe even the LM Prestige I used to play with. I might have heard JCF chokes up on some shots. Anyone else heard or see this?

    In case your wondering why not just use a shorter racquet, deep topspin rally ball forehands, serves, and backhand passing shots are awesome with this racquet...
     
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  13. AndrewD

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    Z-Man, go to Getty images and have a look for pictures of Ferraro. You can see that he regularly chokes up on the racquet and not just when he's hitting volleys. Sometimes you look at him hitting and wonder why in the world he bothers with a longer racquet but when you see him serve or hit a backhand you can see he's moved his hand right down onto the butt of the racquet.

    What I find interesting and frustrating is the the POG longbody is a 100sq frame which would suit me more than the midplus (93) or the oversize (107). Ive often wondered why they didnt just up the head size a touch but guess they did along with the length. Have been tempted to get the longbody and just cut it down to a standard 27inches. Still, its very interesting what you do Z-man and also very interesting to hear what a good frame it is. A little more flexible than the midplus isnt it?
     
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    Vantage tennis custom raquets, you can sellect anything from 27"-28" for the racquet length.
     
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  15. Z-Man

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    Good call on the Getty Images site--you can really see what they're doing. I'll bet the Diablo MP plays a lot like a POG cut down.
     
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