Roddick's Racquet and Specs

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by denty151, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. denty151

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    so yea, my friend is a professional stringer. He and his brother are both invited frequently to string at major tournaments. i was hanging around his shop the other day and we just started talking. i brought up the pj stuff and we were discussing strings and such when he showed me jill craybas' racquet. it was pretty cool but when i gave it back to him after a looksy, he disappeared to the back and brought out... DUN DUN DUNNNNNN Roddick's Weapon of choice given to him and his brother a while back !!!! here are some pics...


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    He uses the old butt cap. it says 4 and 1/2 but it feels more like a 4 and 7/8

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    JCS sticker at the throat.

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  2. denty151

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    a full look at the stick. it is in fact 16x19.

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    lead at 3 and 9 o' clock. i forget how many layers sorry :(

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  3. denty151

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    his rubber band shock absorber.. i was a little excited so i just snapped wutever :)

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    another look at the racquet.

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  4. denty151

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    Roddick uses the reverse side of teh tournagrip cuz it's rougher.

    Length: 27.5
    Weight:11.94 Oz.
    Head: 100 sq. in.
    Balance: Even Balanced, almost head heavy.
    Stiffness: 70, the same.
    Beam Width: the same.
    Swing Weight: i'm going back tomorrow so i'll try and get him to measure it.

    So from what i've seen, it is an off the shelf racquet but it's customized to his liking. The string pattern is the same exact as my Pure Drive+ (as in denseness or openess wutever.)
     
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  5. denty151

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    sorry the pics are so big .. my photoshop is broken and i'm trying to fix it LOL. :mrgreen:
     
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  6. muklucke

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    How long ago was this. I dont see his blue hurricane mains and the tourna seems alittle short for one of roddicks rackets.
     
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  7. denty151

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    he didn't tell me when he got it, i'll ask tomorrow. yea i noticed that too so it must be a while back a year or so ?
     
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  8. DoubleHanded&LovinIt

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    Why is the Tourna Grip so short?
     
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  9. denty151

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    like i said, it was given to him a while back so i have no clue. o__O
     
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  10. charles_boey

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    WOW thanks denty.
     
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  11. lidoazndiabloboi

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    nice pictures
     
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  12. hummer23

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    thansk for the pics, but i have these same questions. do the strings have any markings on them, such as vs gut, or pro hurricane?
     
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  13. denty151

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    haha, yea, it was a hella while back, the poly is actually the Ballistics
     
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    thanks denty
     
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  15. keenanj_08

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    Nice find.
     
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    coool

    That's Very Cooliez! Where could I get a silver and black buttcap like that? It looks so much cooler than the new one that looks like a jellybean! LOL!
     
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  17. Grant Morgan

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    That is a old stick. I am going to bet pre US Open win. THe grip and wrighting on the JCS sticker looks like Greg Dixons. He and I were working with JCS at the same time. I Started working with Andy at Davis Cup in Sep 03
     
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  18. efice32

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    Not sure if I'm correct here, but I think the silver and black butt-cap was for the older Babolat models before they updated the appearance of them.

    [​IMG] The throat is the part that's different now.
     
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  19. doriancito

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    very nice pictures at the start have any more?
     
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  20. denty151

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    you are quite correct my friend, but i think the pros prefer the older butt capps
     
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  21. denty151

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    i'm gonna be at the Mercedes Benz Tournament at UCLA in about 2 weeks, and i heard that safin and roddick were both gonna be there so i'll try what i can to take pictures.. although i have this feeling that mr marat safin is gonna be knocked out early, ahem, the playboy mansion is within pretty close distance.... LOL

    oh yeh, my friend and his brother will both be stringing at Mercedes Benz, i'll try to ask him if he can get something from one of the pros, haha
     
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  22. Kirko

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    Thanks a lot for taking the time to post those pics. !!!!!
     
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    thanks for posting the pics. i wonder how much lead is at the head.
     
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  24. Cool pictures. You can tell it's an old frame also because the rubber band looks just about shot. What's different about the older butt cap? Is it shaper on the end? The newer one is rounded on the end. Very annoying.
     
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  25. zorg

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    Cool. With your experience with Andy, did you know he likes the back, a little fuzzier side of tourna?
     
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  26. Grant Morgan

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    No he has it put on the right way. If it is on insid out it may be one he put on himself
     
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  27. zorg

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    Lol, he must be a smart guy...
     
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  28. Grant Morgan

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    He really is. That is just something he would not pay attention to. Alex Corretja puts his on insid out and overlaps so much it only goes half way up
     
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  29. subtleskeptics

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    I went to the same shop (located in Arcadia, CA) and got to hold the racket. The grip is huge, even though its labeled 4. I thought that the stringer dude got the racket from Roddick unstrung and strung it himself? Anyway, nice pics Denty, I mean ABNER, hahaha. Better wake up early tomorrow or else I'm not picking you up to go to Mercedes Benz qualies haha.
     
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  30. TEAMRAFA

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    yea very nice. i was actually just wondering a lot of this. thanks.
     
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  31. Octavian

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    did u get to check the grip under is the syntec or leather?
     
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  32. southpaw101

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    Roddick Racket

    Is that racket still at that shop in Arcadia rackets rackets i want to see it and get the weight done to my babolat to see what if feels to play with the AROD racket.
     
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  33. nickb

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    does he use a leather grip?
     
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  34. th____44

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    no....i think is a syntec grip....
     
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  35. Jonnyf

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    You can't get a babolat like roddick's his has a custom molded handle that makes it basically impossible to match a pd+ to it
     
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  36. D.  Nelson

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    ....nice pictures...the ONLY thing I'm surprised about is that GRIP size.....esPECIALLY because I was born...in Missouri!! I was under the (visual/logical) impression that his grip was very SMALL....look at his service grip and 'usual' forehand grip --- no way does it look like so much of his hand could actually go 'around' the grip if it was that big....VERY surprising !!!!???! Even more surprising....I was assuming that the reason he shanked so many 'do-able' volleys is because of the small grip size; not being comfortable/confident/stable when volleying against a hard hit ball.....I'd DEFINITELY like to swing that stick just to SEE that grip size/shape.....
     
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  37. tursafinov

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    Taken from recent Davis Cup.
    I believe this picture would indicate that the lead setup has changed.

    Your pics show the lead being 2 layers that start in the middle of the second white stripe. This is seen on the Aeropros next to him.
    The above photo shows Andy has moved his weight up above the second white Babolat stripe.

    ~Tursa
     
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  38. a guy

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    I'm surprised the weight is 11.94 Oz. How does that have enough stability for the heavy hitting of the pro tour?
     
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  39. travlerajm

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    The key is that his swingweight is still probably around 370. The low static weight combined with the almost even balance and high swignweight is the key to a racquet the serves really big. If you gave Sampras Roddick's racquet, he could probably serve 160mph. But Sampras needed more mass for better stability on his volleys, so he preferred to use a racquet almost 14oz.
     
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  40. a guy

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    Oh right I see. Is there a way of increasing swingweight without increasing the mass of the racket?
     
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  41. Kevo

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    Only if you can remove mass from one place and add it to another place.
     
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  42. a guy

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    Yeah I was thinking that.

    I don't really know much about swingweight. Is there a formula for calculating it? Does adding a small amount of weight to certain positions on the racket head increase the swingweight quite a lot?
     
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  43. ericsson

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    yes it does, i trimmed the bumper on my volkl and it's a lot more headlight, i like it but now it has less power, although i can swing faster. so it's only plastic but on the head a little can do a lot...
     
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  44. th____44

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    who are those apd from????
     
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  45. Forehand Forever

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    I'd think they'd be from the guy sitting next to him ;)
     
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  46. AlpineCadet

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    I live in SoCal. What's the tennis shop called?
     
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  47. master935

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    Who is the guy sitting next to him?
     
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  48. Octavian

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    did u look under the grip isn't it synthetic..i know others say its synthetic but i want to hear from the guy who posted this
     
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  49. Hewittfan22

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    it looks like michael russel but not sure
     
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    Yes in fact it's 99.9% Michael Russel sitting next to A Rod there.
     
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