Who is going to buy Fed Autograph 97, and why?

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Fed for Pope, Aug 4, 2014.

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Will you buy, and why

  1. Yes, I love Roger and will play with it despite lifelong use of 90s and 85s

    21 vote(s)
    11.1%
  2. Yes, intriguing pro staff concept

    54 vote(s)
    28.4%
  3. Yes, interesting large(ish) frame racquet

    46 vote(s)
    24.2%
  4. No, don't be silly (and pj is off-putting)

    57 vote(s)
    30.0%
  5. No, would do (RF fanaticism) but can't handle 97 squinches

    12 vote(s)
    6.3%
  1. Fed for Pope

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    Will you buy, and which category are you?
    I'm just intrigued as to the target market...
     
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  2. arche3

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    Yes. Because I like fed. I won't use it but just have a couple just because.
     
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  3. sureshs

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    I will buy it because I must - but only if it is below $200
     
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  4. darklore009

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    voted all three 3 yes's
     
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  5. Keizer

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    I heard it's going to start at $230. However, I could be wrong.
     
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  6. Mickael122

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    I'll probably give it a try. But I'm afraid how such a big heavy frame will swing. I'm a 90 user, with bad knee injury waiting for surgery, and switched earlier this year to the PS95, matched to the 90. I didn't like the way such a "big" frame swung, I hit shots much better with the 90. So I don't know, I'm considering the lighter one to demo
     
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  7. Seth

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    No, but because I'm GOATing the Dunlop MW 200g.
     
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  8. anubis

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    I highly doubt even the "Autograph" version is the same frame that he uses. It's probably no where near it. If we're lucky, it might be as close as an IG Prestige MP is to the Pro Tour 630: in the same ball park, but not in the same league.
     
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  9. TennisLogic

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    If what you're saying is true and word gets out that the autograph is not Federer's real and identical frame, the sales will flop.
     
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  10. Praetorian

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    Yes, but only if the specs are as indicated in the promo materials. It's in my "wheelhouse" as the play-testers would say. Definite demo though.
     
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  11. SpinToWin

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    It probably is the same frame, only that his frame is modified to different specs (has his custom handle by P1 and a higher swingweight thanks to lead application).
     
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  12. BreakPoint

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    Didn't seem to affect the sales of the Tour 90s over the past 11 years.

    Besides, this new RF97 Autograph was designed from scratch for Federer so I don't see why Federer himself wouldn't use it (the Tour 90 was originally designed for Sampras). And reports are coming out now that it is indeed a very heavy racquet even in stock form.

     
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  13. augustobt

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    If I had to change my racket ever again, it will be for one yonex vCore 89.
     
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  14. ENJOY TENNIS

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    Yes. I collect RF racquets copies.
     
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  15. arche3

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    Screw it. I'm gonna change from apdgt to the fed97. Go all in with the fed worship. champions choice strings too.
     
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  16. hoodjem

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    Yep, why fight it.?

    Become Fedolytes, Fedulators, Wilsonians, Bettereronians, Rogerians.

    Intone the chant:
    "I can play Like the GOAT too."
    "I can play Like the GOAT too."
    "I can play Like the GOAT too."
    "I can play Like the GOAT too."
    "I can play Like the GOAT too."
     
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  17. Captain Ron

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    I hear this stick comes with a ticket to 3.5 nationals!
    Wilson will even handle the appeal down from 4.0 to 3.5 if you trade in your PD! Apparently they are still negotiating with the USTA to allow for an automatic drop from 4.5 to 3.5 if you trade in 2 APD's.
    I'm considering pre-ordering 3 to get the guaranteed trip to the national semifinals.

    Ok, yes I will probably demo it and act like a kid at Christmas when the demo arrives :)
     
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  18. Phalagoo

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    I definitely want to demo it when possible. Of course, everyone else will want to do the same so I don't know when that will be. I am interested in how it will play, though.
     
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  19. sureshs

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    Review is out in the Rackets section.

    Breakpoint was not given a sample to test.
     
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  20. Bartelby

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    If people are sensible they'll buy the lighter weight version of the Fed racquet.
     
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  21. sureshs

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    The lighter racket is not Fed's racket, so what is the point? There are many choices available for frames, but you buy this because it is closest to Fed's real specs (which must be true because of the lawsuit).
     
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  22. West Coast Ace

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    I will demo. But I'm pretty solidly in the Head camp; doubt I'll change.
     
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  23. coloskier

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    I'll demo it too, but probably stick with the 2014 90.
     
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  24. ednegroni

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    I will buy the light version since I use the 95L @ 11.3oz. I would welcome the 97sq.in. headsize as well and the balance.
     
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  25. Bartelby

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    It's the same frame so it should feel similarly.

    You'd probably need to add several grams at 12 to get the extra 20 plus swingweight points to get to Federer's swingweight so the heavier one is still not the Fed racquet.


     
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  26. RanchDressing

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    I'd have to play with it to know. But I'm happy with my modified graphenes.
     
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  27. Knife

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    I haven't owned a Wilson racquet since the original Pro Staff, and can't see myself buying any in a near future...
     
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  28. Tennis sensation

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    I will demo and see. If I like it I will buy it.
     
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  29. TennisCJC

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    There have been several reports that Federer did play with the retail K90 with a slightly different string drill pattern and lead tape customization. Greg Raven even test a racket used by Federer against a retail version.

    It has also been reported in TT that Nadal uses a old stock APD customized with lead tape.

    So, some pros are using retail rackets with their personal tweaks.

    I think the RF97 auto and the lighter version will be worth a demo. Specs look like a modern pro staff which has possibilities.
     
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  30. coolschreiber

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    Add one more option.......
    Would love to buy the RF97...but not buying another racket for another two years to cure racketaholism :)
     
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  31. kbui

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    I will buy and use them all if it's makes me #Betterer :)))
     
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  32. Dedans Penthouse

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    If I can see something in writing that confirms it's Federer's racquet than I will buy it, damn the cost!


    But I must know it is his. I must.



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  33. kbui

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    Whoa... just saw the paintjob, I will pass, it is not #Betterer :)
     
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  34. Team10

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    I'm definitely demoing all versions of the new PS97 line and if I don't like any of them enough to switch, I'm still going to buy the RF97 autograph just because this will most likely be the last racquet that Fed uses in his career. Plus the paintjob is pretty sexy.
     
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  35. coolschreiber

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    haha... like your honesty.. i'm not buying it eitehr...dont think this paintjob will make me betterer
     
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  36. Roddick85

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    I'm in the market for a new racquet, my 2 current BLX 90 are starting to show signs of age. I love the BLX90, best frame I ever owned. Was thinking of getting the newer BLX90, but I understand these will be discontinued very soon, so I'm not sure it's a very good move to invest money/time in those frames, as sooner or later I'll need to get new frames and I won't have access to the updated one anymore.

    One of the thing I loved about the BLX90 is the high weight/swingweight for a stock frame. I understand that the RF97 will keep similar specs, which is a plus for me. I like the new PJ as well, another plus. Only thing I have mixed feelings about is the larger head size. I used to play with a Head 100sq.in years ago, never liked the feeling especially on the 1hbh, never really looked back since going with the 90 in early 2012. I'm on the fence.
     
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  37. SpinToWin

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    go to drakulie's review thread in the Racquets section. He basically calls it a more powerful and forgiving Pro Staff 90 and says that he had no problem with his 1HBH. It definitely is worth a try for you.
     
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  38. Sid_Vicious

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    How about a third "No" option? "No, its a nice racket, but I don't want to buy a 230 dollar racket"

    Nothing to do with RF fanaticism, 97 square inches, and PJ.
     
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  39. Roddick85

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    Thanks for bringing that up, didn't see that review yet.
     
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  40. kbui

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    Drakulie's thread is excellent. The RF97 definately deserves a demo. I like how he states that the racquet's mass doesn't get pushed around (ie, super stable like a 90). Can't wait to demo one :)
     
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  41. Power Player

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    I play with very similar frames so the potential to have something similar with a larger sweet spot and some more power is appealing.

    It doesn't mean ill prefer it over what I use, but its worth grabbing one in my case.
     
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  42. hoodjem

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    Makes sense to me.
     
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  43. movdqa

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    I will do what I usually do: wait for the reviews by the good Wilson users here to see what they have to say and then decide on whether or not I want to go through the trouble to change frames. It would have to be a spectacular frame for me to switch to it though because I hate the switching and customization process. I also hate Wilson's QC which may be one more reason not to switch. Unless the higher price means higher quality.
     
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  44. movdqa

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    You should just get the t-shirt then.
     
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  45. Chuonfood

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    Couple questions:

    1. When and how will we know if Roger is using any of the RF97s that are coming out and what are his specs?

    2. Where can I find Drakulie's review?
     
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  46. BreakPoint

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  48. BounceHitBounceHit

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    It is the same frame
     
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  49. movdqa

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    I'm pretty sure it's the same frame given the P1 pictures that we've seen over the years of various players. The question is how much lead tape does Roger use at 12:00?

    I assume that he will continue to use a custom molded grip too.
     
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  50. BreakPoint

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    That's pretty much a certainty. Almost all of the top pros get their grips custom molded. There's just too much inconsistent variations in size and shape with factory molded grips. Some pros also want a custom size that fits their hand perfectly, e.g., 4 7/16, etc.
     
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