Which Company Started the PaintJob thing ???

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by IOP, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. IOP

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    My guess is Wilson, they had too many players using the 6.1 and painting their 6.1s was a strategy to market their other racquets. I might be wrong in my guess. Maybe nobody else cares about the fake paintjob issue. But, I do and am inclined to think its wrong to mislead consumers, and yet it is still being practiced.
     
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  2. BreakPoint

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    Are you kidding me? Manufacturers have been doing paintjobs since the beginning of tennis. Even back in the wood racquet days of Budge and Tilden. Most of the pros that used wood racquets back in the '40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's used paintjobs. Rod Laver even had his Dunlop Maxply wood racquet painted to look like an aluminum Chemold racquet! Now that's quite a feat!
     
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  3. Swan Song

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    I think the first one to actually do it on graphite racquets were Adidas when they had Lendl to sign a contract to use their racquets. Don't quote me on this though because the White Star mold and the GTX-Pro mold is very identical.
     
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  4. dennis1188

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    I had several of both these rackets in the mid 1980's, the kniesel white star was made in Austria, the Adidas GTX-Pro was made in France. The Adidas rackets (same size as kniesel) where heavier weight. BTW the kniesel seemed less strong in the lower hoop near the junction w/ the throat. As hairline cracks or breakage developed in this area on the Kniesel rackets. The Adidas rackets seem to be stronger in this area w/o any problems. It seemed to be widely known that Adidas was licensing frm kniesel and allowed to use the mold, so not just actually a paint job.
     
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  5. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Jack Kramer used a Don Budge signature painted to look like a Jack Kramer.
     
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  6. Brian Purdie

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    I recall a class in college in which we were shown cave drawings by primitive man with clubs used to beat animals, prey, and unrelenting women. Some were shown to exhibit the lines and lettering consistent with others clubs of the time, but still others were different. Through deciphering many of the ancient languages, we are now able to understand some of the symbols on those clubs used by alpha males within certain societies and those used by the serfs. It was proven that serfs/gamma males did indeed use clubs that were representative of those used by alpha males, but that the alpha male did not, in fact, use that exact same club. These are the first true signs of "paintjobs" known to exist.
     
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  7. hummer23

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    lol thats hilarious. this board is out of hand trying to figure out what pros use. you arent that good, so using a freaking tour 90 isnt going to help you. instead, go lift weights or train or just hit. i never heard anyone talk about what kind of basketball the NBA uses. what if its just a spalding paintjob on a wilson ball? or a custom made indoor outdoor leather verison of the rawlings ball?
     
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  8. IOP

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    You should drive a Pinto thats painted like a Hummer. Both are afterall, automobiles, why did you spend the extra money for. Are you a professional driver, by the way ?
     
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  9. BreakPoint

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    What does the ball have to do with it? All basketballs used in the NBA must be of the official size, weight, and bounce. Both you and the other team are all using the same exact ball to play with. In tennis, racquets vary greatly in head size, weight, balance, flex, width, length, composition, technology, materials, strings used, etc. Not everyone on the court is using the exact same racquet. Some racquets are better than others.
     
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