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Down_the_line 10-08-2012 02:56 AM

Serena Williams' real racquet
 
Got a quick question for Big John and any other Pro Stock experts out there. What's the consensus on the frame Serena Williams really uses under her paintjobs? I've heard the Hammer 6.4 Powerholes mentioned a lot. Is this true?

jorel 10-08-2012 06:40 AM

wasnt she using a frame that was made specifically for Federer to try?

robbo1970 10-08-2012 08:25 AM

Wait for it.......................is it a Big Bubba by any chance?

PBODY99 10-08-2012 10:07 AM

She switched to the K Blade 104 when they were released. The production frame does have a modified Power Holes system. I doubt she uses the BLX layup as it has a lower RDC stiffness rating.

Hankenstein 10-08-2012 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by robbo1970 (Post 6942180)
Wait for it.......................is it a Big Bubba by any chance?

Yes! You are correct! Here is a photo of Serenas frame together with a Nadal-frame from 2008


PBODY99 10-08-2012 08:18 PM

She will not have to switch brands.........
 
Wilson's Outer Limits is just as big, a tad quicker at the net & of course hits a bigger ball.

Down_the_line 10-08-2012 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by PBODY99 (Post 6942354)
She switched to the K Blade 104 when they were released. The production frame does have a modified Power Holes system. I doubt she uses the BLX layup as it has a lower RDC stiffness rating.

Thanks for the info. Interesting that Serena allowed herself to switch to a recent frame. You hardly ever hear of that among pros who religiously stick to the racquet they've used since their teens or early 20's.

Good on Serena for being open minded and willing to truly use a new Wilson racquet, rather than just endorse it with a paintjob.

zapvor 10-08-2012 11:54 PM

i strung her racket once. the paintjob is one of teh best i have seen. shes using some real old hammer series

フェデラー 10-09-2012 07:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Down_the_line (Post 6943465)
Thanks for the info. Interesting that Serena allowed herself to switch to a recent frame. You hardly ever hear of that among pros who religiously stick to the racquet they've used since their teens or early 20's.

Good on Serena for being open minded and willing to truly use a new Wilson racquet, rather than just endorse it with a paintjob.

She also used to be full gut until this year until she switched to a hybrid during the summer, and of course we all know happened after that.

Down_the_line 10-09-2012 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by フェデラー (Post 6943920)
She also used to be full gut until this year until she switched to a hybrid during the summer, and of course we all know happened after that.

Yeah, I heard she was urged to try the new Luxilon 4G string and ended up incorporating it into her setup.

Rulo 10-12-2012 08:55 AM

I'm almost sure I read somewhere that she was one of the few players who actually played with the racket she advertise.....Guess it wasn't true....

vsbabolat 10-12-2012 10:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Rulo (Post 6950307)
I'm almost sure I read somewhere that she was one of the few players who actually played with the racket she advertise.....Guess it wasn't true....

She really does use the Blade 104

jorel 10-12-2012 11:06 AM

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Originally Posted by vsbabolat (Post 6950460)
She really does use the Blade 104

interesting ... if she uses an OS..one wonders if it suits weekend warriors as well

mbpga1222 10-12-2012 05:50 PM

i have one of her frames and so does my local tennis shop, definitely the real blade 104.

Down_the_line 10-13-2012 03:02 AM

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Originally Posted by mbpga1222 (Post 6951251)
i have one of her frames and so does my local tennis shop, definitely the real blade 104.

But to reiterate, she uses the K Blade Team 104, not the current BLX Blade Team 104 that she is endorsing.

racquetfreak 10-13-2012 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Down_the_line (Post 6951765)
But to reiterate, she uses the K Blade Team 104, not the current BLX Blade Team 104 that she is endorsing.

that is true, i have seen the kbt with blx pj.

Big John 10-14-2012 05:56 PM

I've only seen one of her older racquets with a NCode paint and it was at least 27.5 and had a massive head on it, basically a heavier granny racquet! :)

I agree it looks as though she is now using the Blade 104, a very underrated racquet in my opinion, used to sell plenty of those in the shop, very easy to hit.

I'd say switching away from full gut might have helped her too, how you'd control full gut in a bigger headed racquet without stringing stupidly tight I have no idea.

keithfival 10-15-2012 08:07 AM

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Originally Posted by jorel (Post 6950587)
interesting ... if she uses an OS..one wonders if it suits weekend warriors as well

Shhhhh! They are hard enough to find as it is!:)

PBODY99 10-15-2012 09:57 AM

Serena & Venus have used over sized rackets for all of their career. Their father was asked about that early on, and said something to the effect that using a powerful racket forces you to learn control.

Seth 10-15-2012 11:41 AM

To be clear: Isn't 104 sq. in. a midplus?


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