Serena Williams' real racquet

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Down_the_line, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. フェデラー

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    Very true, there are probably hundreds if not thousands of rubbers, inverted and out, tacky, grippy, smooth, with soft or hard sponges. Then there are blades that are various plies (5 vs. 7) made out of dozens of different types of wood or composite materials (carbon). Table tennis is probably worse than tennis in this regard, and not only that, a whole table tennis bat can be extremely expensive, much much more than a tennis racket + string.
     
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  2. HRB

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    Actually every sport has gear heads...it's a harmless hobby...I got mountain bike friends who constantly talk about shaving grams off their bikes...all while carrying 2-10 extra inches around their waste! :twisted:
     
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  3. Harry_Wild

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    Could be on this forum or at the racquet forum here! It was back about 6 months or so ago.
     
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  4. kingcheetah

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    Any idea on balance?
     
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    Not surprising...most of the WTA tour players don't get all caught up in the mental gear game we men do. Having been around many female and male athletes (work in athletics) I'd say overwhelmingly men get way more caught up in their gear choices....much of it is superstition.

    On the other hand high level female athletes seem to put way too much pressure on themselves, which is why most really look forward to retirement, while the men seem to really love it and do not want to ever stop.

    Hey...we're different...no denying!
     
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    very funny. while riding, one of my buddies was spouting off about how he had shaved a pound or whatever from his bike, yada yada, talking about how he had the lightest bike.

    my much thinnner and fitter buddy looks over at him, laughs and says "shizz man, my bike is about 50 pounds lighter than yours, stfu!!"

    it was a good laugh. and so true.
     
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  7. HRB

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    There is such satisfaction to be had in beating an opponent who has the latest "Rafa" or "Roger" stick with an old Radical or Prince Spectrum 90...same satisfaction as RIDING up a hill on a $800 mountain bike and passing a guy PUSHING his $2500 bike!!!!:twisted:
     
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    Such high string tension even on the poly...

    Nice to hear that she is using a somewhat more recent racket.
     
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  9. kingcheetah

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    It's really interesting to me how she combines "old school" (nat. gut mains and a very flexible racquet) with "new school" (larger headsize, poly crosses, pretty even balance for a pro, high SW.)
     
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