Asian Karatsev Racquet

McEncock

Semi-Pro
@dr325i
Thanks again for those infos. I'd love to know two more things about his setup : Grip size and shape, and at which tension he strings his 1.25 Hawk

Thanks!!
 

McEncock

Semi-Pro
Head does not string his rackets so I would not be able to tell you the details about the tension :)
Same for the grip size I suppose? Or does Head Pro Room offer this kind of service (moulding custom grip, etc...) - in this case, any info? :)
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
Not doubting this, but someone help me out — how can a stick stay that light and that head-light while keeping the swingweight that high? I know this isn't a retail frame, but every racquet I've ever seen with weight<335g and SW>330 is pretty head-heavy. What black magic is this?
This requires an extremely polarised weight distribution on the racquet, but easily done with a pro-stock hairpin that has no handle weights. You’re right that even on the ATP where highly polarised setups are the norm, it’s rare to see strung weight <335 with BP 32cm. Most of the Next Gen’s using lighter setups are playing with strung BPs 32.5-33.5.

It is possible to mod a retail stick to such specs, but you’ll need to find a “lite” racquet of around unstrung 280g and BP 32.5. As you said, it is more typical that retail racquets on the lighter end of the range have relatively head-heavy balance. They also tend to be stiffer with thicker beams and larger head sizes, which isn’t what most people looking for a “platform stick” want.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
This requires an extremely polarised weight distribution on the racquet, but easily done with a pro-stock hairpin that has no handle weights. You’re right that even on the ATP where highly polarised setups are the norm, it’s rare to see strung weight <335 with BP 32cm. Most of the Next Gen’s using lighter setups are playing with strung BPs 32.5-33.5.

It is possible to mod a retail stick to such specs, but you’ll need to find a “lite” racquet of around unstrung 280g and BP 32.5. As you said, it is more typical that retail racquets on the lighter end of the range have relatively head-heavy balance. They also tend to be stiffer with thicker beams and larger head sizes, which isn’t what most people looking for a “platform stick” want.
Interesting thing... even though the specs indicate very polarized weight distribution, it also has substantially high twistweight due to the cap grommets. So he’s swinging an efficiently weighted club.

He also chokes down 1/2”, so effectively, he’s swinging 27.5” and 360sw, which can do a lot of damage.
 

HitMoreBHs

Semi-Pro
Interesting thing... even though the specs indicate very polarized weight distribution, it also has substantially high twistweight due to the cap grommets. So he’s swinging an efficiently weighted club.

He also chokes down 1/2”, so effectively, he’s swinging 27.5” and 360sw, which can do a lot of damage.
I’m now checking Google images to see if he’s wearing a fat wristband...
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
PT57A is a general term used here. Comes in various layups (A1, A2, A3...)
Most common and one that matches the PT630 is the PT57A2 layup
Karatsev uses the PT57A2
Appreciate the info. Thanks!

Could you elaborate on how you would describe different layups A1 A2 A3?
 
This requires an extremely polarised weight distribution on the racquet, but easily done with a pro-stock hairpin that has no handle weights. You’re right that even on the ATP where highly polarised setups are the norm, it’s rare to see strung weight <335 with BP 32cm. Most of the Next Gen’s using lighter setups are playing with strung BPs 32.5-33.5.

It is possible to mod a retail stick to such specs, but you’ll need to find a “lite” racquet of around unstrung 280g and BP 32.5. As you said, it is more typical that retail racquets on the lighter end of the range have relatively head-heavy balance. They also tend to be stiffer with thicker beams and larger head sizes, which isn’t what most people looking for a “platform stick” want.
Thanks for the explanation, I appreciate it.
 

EasternRocks

Hall of Fame
Not doubting this, but someone help me out — how can a stick stay that light and that head-light while keeping the swingweight that high? I know this isn't a retail frame, but every racquet I've ever seen with weight<335g and SW>330 is pretty head-heavy. What black magic is this?
He corrected his post and it's 340 g strung 340 SW which makes a lot more sense.
 

Raizu

Rookie
Not doubting this, but someone help me out — how can a stick stay that light and that head-light while keeping the swingweight that high? I know this isn't a retail frame, but every racquet I've ever seen with weight<335g and SW>330 is pretty head-heavy. What black magic is this?
My racquets are 354g with a swing weight of 355g. It’s a lot of weight in the grip with the right amount of lead at 3 and 9.
 
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