Victoria Azarenka Racket as 07/31/2010?

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  1. Buckethead

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    I don't think her racket is the Extreme model,it looks like more the Prestige line.
    Anybody knows what it is?The shape is more to Prestige than to Extreme.
     
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  2. HiroProtagonist

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    Looks like the Extreme to me and not talking about PJ.

    MHO.
     
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  3. BobFL

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    It is Liquidmetal for sure. I think it is the Instinct, not sure tho...
     
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    Yep, it's an Instinct...
     
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    Thanks for the clarification/confirmation! :)

    Btw, this is the same racquet and the ridges are clearly visible...

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  6. Buckethead

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    I knew it it wasn't Extreme,it just doesn't look like it,very noticeable.
     
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  7. jazar

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    strung for her at wimbledon. liquidmetal instinct. strung with alu power.
     
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    Youtek Extreme Paint Job

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    Makes you wonder how many Head pros are using LM and intelligence framees. Was the LM line THAT good? I like the intelligence line myself but didn't fall in love with it as I was transitioning my love to golf when they were out. It seems so many pros using non-Prestige sticks prefer these older versions to the new technology.
     
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  10. BobFL

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    Gasquet uses LM Instinct Tour XL too...
     
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    Why is this Liquid metal Instinct so popular ?? Gasquet uses it as well. XL version seem to be the choice of these pros. It has very high SW 333. that is not good
     
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  12. BobFL

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    Well my friend has it and it is a great frame. The standard version was below average for me. HUGE difference between the two. I really liked it on serve! My serve was excellent. Btw, it does not swing that heavy at all (333).
     
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  13. Jaewonnie

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    ....genius :p
     
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  14. Fedace

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    is it still available somewhere to buy ???
     
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    Easy to see the painted-over LM ridges and elongated (unlike the rounder Extreme) head shape in the photos from Bank of the West.
     
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  16. BobFL

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    Yes it is :) I have seen them here and on ebaU...
     
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    It's not the only factor, but one of the reasons for this is simply the timing for when the Liquidmetal frames came out (2003). Pros in their mid-20's now would have started using the Liquidmetal versions in their teens. And we all know how loathe many pros are to switch frames once they're on tour when they don't have to (unless they have a specific aspect of the frame's play they want to change).

    That, combined with the fact that the Liquidmetals were the last Head frames to be made in Austria, and that many didn't like the way the Flexpoint series played, meant that Liquidmetal were the most likely Head frames for players of a certain age to have used at a key time in their careers. At that time, Head players, if they weren't already on the Kennelbach pro room program (and therefore using older frames, such as the PT's), would most likely have used the Liquidmetals, and then wouldn't have had many other options worthy of consideration until the MG's came out, and were adopted into the new pro room program.

    VSBabolat can speak to this with greater authority, but as far as I know, the Liquidmetal and Flexpoint molds never had as major a presence in the Head pro room, so many of the players who use them are using modified stock frames, rather than custom layups or the like. But the Liquidmetals were available out of the Kennelbach factory, and were the last frames to be part of the Austrian run.
     
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  18. Meriko

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    Just a kind of random question, but are the LM Instinct standard and LM Instinct Tour XL the same mold, or at least similar? When I compare pics of pros racquets( like Gasquet's Tour XL to Azarenka's standard), the head shape, etc. look the same, but am I wrong?
     
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  19. t-swede

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    the standard and the xl are not the same mold , standard is 18/19 and the xl is 16/19 drill pattern .
     
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  20. Meriko

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    I knew that, but is that all that is different?
     
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    It probably makes sense that it's the instinct LM - 18 x 19 pattern and those ridges - I believe I saw some older pics of her using the LM instinct years ago...
     
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  22. BobFL

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    They are completely different frames. They share only the name, everything else is different:

    - weight distribution
    - flex
    - length
    - swing weight
    - mass

    and as a consequence they play 100% differently. For example: serve. With std. was fluffy and weak but with the XL was really heavy and very penetrating...
     
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    Why couldn't you drill different string patterns on identical molds? I think you need to review the definition of "mold". That said, i can't answer Meriko's question.
     
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  24. vsbabolat

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    As far as I know the Standard Length and the Tour XL use the same mold but have a different drill pattern.
     
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  25. Meriko

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    Thanks for the first straight forward answer :p I feel like such a moocher on these boards for doing almost nothing but asking questions, but hey, everything I know about tennis gear is from these boards, and I know there are plenty of knowledgable people on almost every subject.
     
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