Rafters Bat?

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  1. richied

    richied Rookie

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    I've been using the Prince TT midplus for a while now. This lovely racket is a S&Ver's dream. I'm interested to know what was Rafter's official bat during his prime? I heard recently that it wasn't the T.T it was actually the Prince Precision midplus with a TT paintjob? T/F

    Is the T.T still made by Prince ( I need some new ones)? In fact do Tennis companies keep making a few of the older rackets for those who really like what they have been using for years?
     
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  2. galain

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    His brother told me that many years ago that he never changed from the PP Response but that the grip was custom moulded and weight was added. How long that remained the truth I have no idea - I did see some specs posted here that showed his frame being quite different from the stock PPR version in terms of stiffness and balance - so who really knows?
     
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  3. onlyvirtue

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    he always play with Prince Precision Response Ti 97square inch all his career.. with difference paint job
     
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  4. Rabbit

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    ^I think Rafter's model goes back before the Ti
     
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  5. McLovin

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  6. Rabbit

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    yeah, wasn't that a 500? I'm not even sure it was the "heavier" tour model.
     
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  7. AndrewD

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    Have a look at the 5th picture of the 2nd top row. You can see from the grommet strip on the top of the racquet that he's still using his old Prince. You can also, just, make out the gel insert which signifies that line of Prince racquets.
     
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  8. McLovin

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    Good eye. Honestly, that is why I qualified my post w/ 'but it looked like'. I wasn't certain if he had changed or if it was a PJ, although I'm not sure why he would do a PJ. Its not as if he's sponsored, is he?
     
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  9. innoVAShaun

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    He used the Prince Precision Response 660. 97in², 23 mm Straight Beam, Double Bridge, sweet stick if you ask me.

    I can't believe I sold my pair dirt cheap on e-Bay in '03. =*(
     
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    Great catch! The gel insert almost looks photshopped in, but you're right, the grommet is a 100% give away.
     
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  12. Chase

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    yea I think he's sponsored by dunlop, he's done a few ads for them before in australia
     
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  13. zidane339

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    Hey I have one of those! Had no idea it had so much significance. Never use it, been trying to sell it for a while..
     
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  14. prosealster

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    he never used a tt warrior...always used ppr
     
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  15. OliverSimon

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    Doesnt Ferrer use this frame?
     
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    Dunlop Aerogel 500. it is clear...
     
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    No, it's already proven that it's an old Prince, just painted to look like a Dunlop AG 500. Again, you're 100% wrong and acting like you're 100% right. Shut up, you have no idea what you're talking about.
     
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  18. McLovin

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    Sorry NickC, but Fedace has 10,000 more posts than you, which by forum rules means he has more knowledge than you... :roll:
     
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    ^hmmmm...wonder if Rafter is using the new, secret string...
     
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  20. NickC

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    Isn't that a bit of a fallacy when you take into consideration the fact that I have more posts than you? ;)

    Yeah, he is! And only Fedace knows about it!

    But seriously, what is he using? From what I can see, it's a hybrid of VS Gut mains and Babolat R crosses. Any idea as to what he used during his tour days? Maybe that'll give us some insight...
     
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