Roger’s BLX90

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Fabfed, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. chip&chrge

    chip&chrge New User

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    That would be cool to know

    Good observation that was the first thing that jumped out at me when I saw it...and the pads are painted...one can only imagine what the PJ is hiding.

    Actually due to evidence of a paintjob, customization, and wear and tear I tend to believe that this is the real deal.

    Thanks for sharing Fabfed. Let's root for Rog this year's Wimby!
     
  2. martini1

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    So is the BLX PJ exactly the same as the K90 PJ in terms of everything right down to the flex, balance, and feel?

    I'd assume Fed uses the exact same stick.
     
  3. gplracer

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    McEnroe on tv stated that the new "lighter rackets" allow players to get so much power..... This is not a light racket. It seems to me that the term "light" is not used correctly. Maybe most of the pros play with 12oz frames and that is light compared to what they used in the past.
     
  4. Wombat_Joe

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    Where are the string spacers?
     
  5. Povl Carstensen

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    I would assume that too.
     
  6. Filipinotennis

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    what are the things on the bottom grommets of the racquet?
     
  7. VGP

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    Exactly. Not just figuratively speaking. A Light (L) frame was 11.9-12.5 ounces unstrung. Medium (M), 12.6-13.5 ounces, and Heavy (H) 13.5+ ounces.

    With the advent of lighter, stronger materials, the terms Super Light (SL) and Ultra Light (UL) came into play....

    "power pads" which are just pieces of leather
     
  8. Larrysümmers

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    powerpads.

    10char
     
  9. dadozen

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    This and Drak's thread about the stringing job he took at the Delray Beach ATP are two of the best threads I've ever read here.

    Thanks FabFed!
     
  10. Bhagi Katbamna

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    In the past(and during Mac's time) pros used 13 and 14 oz rackets. Exactly like you said.
     
  11. Filipinotennis

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    Where can you find them?
     
  12. BreakPoint

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    Just take a leather grip and cut them into little squares. That's where they come from.
     
  13. dr325i

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    do you know what they do...before you "get them"?
     
  14. Ragamuffin

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    Ok sure. But what is the black covering on the three external sides?
    I can't understand from the pics. :confused:
     
  15. Filipinotennis

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    well then can u please enlighten me and tell me what they do?
     
  16. dr325i

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    Search...save your and my time...
     
  17. bert96

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    can you please upload a close-up of the strings:)
     
  18. Lambsscroll

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    Ty for the info.
     
  19. rafanadal fan4e

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    Fabfed if i may ask you.. How much it cost to you rafa's frame, roger and nole?
    Thanks
     
  20. I can answer that for you, Nadals racket can be bought at toys r us for 10,99 USD, Federers and Djokovic`s rackets are REALLY expensive ;)
     
  21. Netzroller

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    Wow, so Nadal can destroy Federer using a toy racket.
    Imagine what he would do to the guy, if he used a real racket...:shock:
     
  22. FedExpress 333

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    Im not reading this whole thread, can someone please tell me the stats/balance already.
     
  23. Blackmamba24

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    very nice fabfed
     
  24. danielpi

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    There's a word for what you are. I could tell you what it is, but it's been discussed plenty of times on this forum, so do a search.

    Dude. Yeah, seriously. I HATE people who write crap like this. I friggin' hate it. Why in the wide world would you do something so douchy? Seriously, it takes considerably less time to write, "They're supposed to reduce stress on the strings," than the catty, snooty, idiotic drivel you wrote about how he should search the forums for the info. Eight words. You could've said it in EIGHT WORDS.

    And to give the poor fellow, FilipinoTennis, whom you harassed a better explanation:

    Power pads are little leather strips that you apply to the bottom grommets. The theory is that they reduce the sharp angles that the strings have to turn, thereby reducing the risk of string breakage. It's really not particularly useful, since these days, the moulded grommets are angled in such a way as to have roughly the same effect as the power pads would.

    Use 'em if you like how they look. That's about as good a reason as any. I'd be willing to wager that's why Fed uses them.
     
  25. 2Hare

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    I don't think Federer uses it out of fear for string breakage. Powerpads are supposed to dampen the strings similar to string dampener and perhaps add a bit more spins. I think those are the real reasons.
     
  26. PhotoBlue

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    I'm sure he's not worried about breaking strings...he probably brings about
    8 racquets on court and I've never seen Roger break strings.
     
  27. BreakPoint

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    I do think it's because Federer doesn't want his gut main strings to break prematurely. He brings enough racquets so that he can change racquets every 9 games. If his strings start breaking early, he may run out of racquets before the match is over. He also uses string savers on his strings to further prevent premature breakage.
     
  28. gplracer

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    I go through strings rather quickly. A set of NXT/Poly last about 4 hitting sessions. Recently I have been playing with a BLX90 that has babolat natural gut/poly. I find this combo last much longer. I am really surprised. I also doubt string breaking is an issue.
     
  29. BreakPoint

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    With all due respect, but I doubt you hit as hard or with as spin as Federer nor do the people you play against.

    BTW, Sampras used to use full VS gut and he used to break his strings constantly. And that's without poly crosses sawing into his gut mains.
     
  30. gplracer

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    I did not mean to suggest I hit anywhere as hard or with as much spin. Heck I am only a 4.5 player. I just think the gut might last better than the nxt when used with a poly. :)
     
  31. TennisCJC

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    Federer doesn't use power pads or string savers to prevent string breakage. He uses them for better feel and spin. Power pads give the mains a bit more give or trampoline effect (pop) and string savings cause more texture for spin in the string bed. The guy has a net worth over 100 million. If he felt the racket played better without pads/savers; he would not use them and switch rackets every 4 games instead of 9.

    Sampras broke lots of strings but he strung his gut at 70-75 lbs. Borg broke lots of strings in wood rackets but he strung his gut at 75-80 lbs. McEnroe strung gut at 45-48 lbs and rarely broke strings. Fed strings his gut/poly hybrid 45-48 lbs and rarely breaks strings with frequent changes.
     
  32. Fabfed

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    Managed to get one of Roger’s sticks from the current 2011 season, but soon to be old racquet (thanks to Yonie for the first look at his 2012 BLX pj). Used racquet but freshly strung with new overgrip. The specs is on the red side of the throat unlike the 2010 version I posted earlier. Looks just like the retail racquet.

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    2011 racquet
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    2010 racquet
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  33. FEDERERNADAL13

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    Congrats on the acquisition man!
     
  34. FedExpress 333

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    Nice job dude!
     
  35. bert96

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    thx for sharing fabfed :)
     
  36. FedererBestTennis

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    That's really cool. Lol @ 12.0 oz on 2011.
     
  37. TopFH

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    Nice racquet!
     
  38. geese_com

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    Thanks again FabFed!
     
  39. pudelko

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    Thanks for the pics!

    Is it safe to assume that the weight and balance hasnt changed?
     
  40. pistolphil

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    "Managed to get one of Roger’s sticks from the current 2011 season, but soon to be old racquet (thanks to Yonie for the first look at his 2012 BLX pj)"

    Spill the beans! What are the colours? still Red/Black/Gold?

    - pp
     
  41. FEDERERNADAL13

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    check the huge news about fed's racket thread ;)
     
  42. faultfoot

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    Awesome. Fabfed does it again! Thanks for sharing with us.
     
  43. dr325i

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    First of all, "dude" I was not talking to you.
    Second, keep that "dude" **** for your 16 year old friends.
    Next, there is a reason why we have the SEARCH button here -- so that people like the one in question do not ask stupid questions over and over.
    And finally, looks like the search button would also be useful for you since you THINK you know something, but could learn much more if you search the topic...
     
  44. lethalfang

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    Dude, if you don't to waste your time, don't answer it.
    To patronize people who ask "dumb" questions is lame.
    It's not always easy to search for answer when you don't quite know what the question is.
     
  45. 2Hare

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    lethalfang has a point here. Not everyone's hardcore tennis forum visitor. On top of that questions and answers keep a forum alive. This is already a pretty slow forum compared to vast amount of forums out there. So take ur middle age anger somewhere else please.
     
  46. abcman

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    Where is the "like" icon under your comment. I would like to click it 100 times:)
     
  47. abcman

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    Exactly.
    For newbie like me, I dont even know the thing is called a "power pad", how would I be able to search for my answer?
     
  48. gregor.b

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    Dude has made an extremely good point.BTW,thanks heaps for the pics FabFed,they are awesome.
     
  49. BreakPoint

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    Really? I've seen some forums that are lucky to get one new post a week anywhere on the board. This board gets thousands (or more) new posts every week.
     
  50. FedExpress 333

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    Does not mean you say **** like that to someone who just asked an innocent question. It is ppl like that who would rather say "I told you to not play near the pit" rather than help the bloke out. Hot the heck is he supposed to search something that he does not even know the name of?
     

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