what is going on here?

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  1. himynameisNIKE

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    are the strings moving or about to break?
     
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    He's hitting some mighty spin.
     
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    That is so cool, seriously....
     
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  5. davydenko_fan

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    whats up with his buttcap? looks as though it has white out on it...
     
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  6. Gorecki

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    ^^ in fact look like something more round than the head bc... so must be a custom handle shaped out to th elikes of prince or wilson... so he covers the logo! my guess anyways!
     
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    Some stringers put their tension/date sticker on the butt, or it just may be his # ID for the stick.
     
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  8. jrod

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    More evidence to support the slippery cross string spin-enhancement theory...
     
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  9. bsandy

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    What string(s) does he use ?
     
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  10. Pro_Tour_630

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    just last week, I doubt he would all of the sudden change BC
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  11. Pro_Tour_630

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    please provide source, this photo look like it has been photoshoped :shock:
     
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    Gut main alu power cross, and back and forth.
     
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  13. Gorecki

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    true. from that angle it's clear that it is a Head BC.... no questions asked!

    my bad!
     
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  14. himynameisNIKE

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    really? that was straight form atpworldtour.com :)
     
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  15. himynameisNIKE

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    is he not using teflon grommets? arent those supposed to keep the strings from moving or something like that?
     
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    Why would they use teflon if they were supposed to keep the strings from sliding? Seems like a really bad choice of materials if that is the objective.

    Furthermore, assuming he is in fact using gut mains and ALU power crosses, this combo is used by others as well, including Federer if I'm not mistaken. I've used this combo before and the spin one can get with it is exceptional. It's not the most economical set-up since the ALU goes dead after a few hours and you have to restring the whole thing. I've since switched to Weisscannon Silverstring which plays almost as well, for a LOT longer.
     
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  17. Pro_Tour_630

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    please provide link to the atpworldtour.com where you found the photo I did not see it, they probably took it off:confused:
     
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    You didn't know? The entire atpworldtour.com was photoshopped. Federer is a fictional character.
     
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  19. himynameisNIKE

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    i dont know that is why i was asking, i just know that the new head rackets have the teflon things, but he's most likely using a paintjob right?
     
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    wow.... this <pic> is an amazing shot... the amount of ball bite is insane
     
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  21. LPShanet

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    There is no grommet in the world that will keep a string from moving in the center of the string bed. String movement is normal and happens a lot more than people realize because the strings generally move back to much closer to their original position after the hit, at least until they are notched. (I'm not sure why so many amateurs have become so obsessed with trying to have their strings not move.)
     
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  22. himynameisNIKE

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    ah ok i see. so what are they supposed to do then? :oops:
     
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    Grommets are supposed to protect the string from rubbing up against the frame to help prevent premature string breakage. Wooden rackets and metal frames (i.e. Wilson T-2000) didn't have them, and some first generation graphite frames (i.e. Dunlop Max200g, Prince Graphite) didn't have them. People soon found out that

    As for their material and size? Companies fiddle with those to enhance feel (harder/softer material), enhance string movement perpendicular to the string bed face (Wilson double holes), or in the parallel direction (Wilson Rollers, Babolat Woofers).......

    As for strings sliding against each other as in the pic, those are properties of the strings themselves and LPShanet is correct.
     
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  24. himynameisNIKE

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    thanks that was very detailed :)

    so is teflon just another racket company gimmick?
     
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