Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by msalamon, Aug 1, 2011.
Babolat ps. Also a fun word to say.
So you think it's cooler to say- "I play with my Head"?
I don't even know what that means.
Yes it is. Heady players have more way chance to get aHead.
Some 6 or 7 years ago, a guy was hitting on the wall at our local tennis courts and asked to hit around.. we did and he could not contain his enthusiasm for this racquet he's been hitting with, he says he's even entered the US Open (however you qualify as a not pro). I asked him what his racquet was and he showed me and told me it's the Volk PB10. It was pretty cool looking. He was so sure of the stick that I went and bought a used one online myself soon after. I just got another one from TW this season and couldn't imagine playing with another racquet. Volkl is original and I think looks cool. But hey, I also rock the new BlackBerry Z10 phone. Maybe I'm seeing things differently. lol
Who indeed? Well let's see... Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Sergi Bruguera, Yannick Noah, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash & Petr Korda. Some recent and current players include: Sam Stosur, Radek Stepanek, Tatiana Golovin, Dominika Cilbulkova, Melinda Czink, Liezel Huber, Kevin Kim & Stephanie Voegele.
Who gives a **** about the brand name?
And I prefer to play with my PB 10 Mids. Makes me different than all the other rec level players out there that play with Babolat, Head, Wilson and shank every other ball...
But the PB10 wasn't even out 6 or 7 years ago.
Yeah. Funny, I was just going to come here and edit my post as I thought it over and really was more like about 3-4 years ago that I found it. Seems like forever though lol
Who now? Liezel Huber.
Volkl and Babolat were neck and neck. Then Becker came into the picture and decided he alone could champion the brand. When Volkl had McEnroe and the seniors, they were very popular. Then they a) quit the endorsements and b) tried to make racquets like everybody else.
Although I am a fan of Becker's frames, he almost ran Volkl into the ground.. They could have been successful; but like George Lucas, he wanted absolute creative control.
Juniors do. They really do. The juniors who succeed will be seen on TV and will drive racquet sales for any given company. Every junior wants that contract. Every junior wants their status elevated amongst their peers. What's cooler? Being sponsored by Pure Angle racquets or Wilson? Wilson is "Roger's" company. Oooh, ooooh, oooohhhh, Fed is my inspiration. Ooooh, ooohh, oooohhhh, IWANTWILSON! IWANTWILSON!!!
Most juniors aren't that mature so, yea, of course the above reads as childish. So what? Juniors move this market in every aspect. Adult "club" leaguers most certainly do not.
Case in point, Athletic DNA. It is solely their junior marketing that has gotten them as far as they have. Sign a big name to sell to the juniors. Keep pushing to the juniors to influence other juniors. Up and comers validate choice and keep desire strong. Market share increases.
Count the HEAD Speeds in junior tournaments right now..
Beat me to it...seems like common sense, but people seem baffled that endorsements deals drive which racquets pros use. Heck, even on the small time levels you'll have a club pro, backed by a big manufacturer, influencing their juniors to use the brand that pays them.
Dead on! Also market availability...first time mom and dad take little aspiring Serena or Rafa wannabe's to a sporting good store to get a stick they are going to be surrounded by cheap retail sticks with photo's of the top pros on them implying they "use" that $20 stick. Then if the kid is talented they will have success regardless of the stick, so likeliness of them sticking with that brand as they evolve up the line to to the higher level players racquets is very high!
When they learn the ugly truth about what pro players use, their dreams of GOAT hood would be crushed...
Fed is looking for a slightly bigger frame than the 90 with similar specs. What the hell, pick up the PB10 93 and crank out another Wimbledon! lol
You cannot be serious! The PB10 93 feels NOTHING like a Tour 90. I can't see any long-time user of the ProStaffs being able to quickly switch to the PB10 93. They are totally different racquets.
I was just going by the specs (they are very similar). I assume, therefore, they would be, but since I don't play with the tour 90 you'd know better. I used to play with a ProStaff 95 but that's not the same.
To my knowledge: Liezel Huber, Kevin Kim & Stephanie Voegele
Precisely...and no little Junior Girl is going to ask mommy to get her a Volkl because of Liezel Huber and Voegele, and who the hell is Kevin Kim?
I like Volkl, but for most players starting out, availability combined with lack of marketing clout will rarely make them a choice.
It has "sparked" me to look to build a new collection though...I want to go out and beat people down using nothing but "off brands"...Volkl, Donnay, Fisher, Technifibre, Solinco, Etc.:twisted:
I would like to add Andreji Chesnokov, Jiri Novak,Alexander Volkov, Jana Novotna,Felix Mantilla and Eric Taino to this list.
Most pros are able to hit the center of the stringbed consistently without "OptiSpot."
I don't know what they were thinking with that..
It's a gimmick that 9/10 of tennis racquet "technology."
CURRENT!!!!! I'm sure those past players helped sell a few Volkl sticks, but they are PAST!!!! Don't get me wrong, I'd use a Volkl in a second if it meant a date with Voegele..but c'mon...."Why don't pros use Volkl?" implies currently, and that answer is simply marketing and endorsement clout or lack of.
Great sticks, if you happen to stumble upon them, but most up and coming players won't.
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