Carlos Alcaraz is using a stock Pure aero vs

Spend some time playing with heavy/old balls on clay in a country with relatively mild enough winters to be outdoors & see what happens to your sw preferences.
 

Airmate

New User
I had wrist injury before, and after that I raised my SW from 320 to 330. The added weight really handles the pace and heaviness from my opponents' shots. For me when I play local tournaments against those 5.0+ players, it was really hard to handle their serves and forehands if I uses light rackets with low 320 SW (especially college players and I'm not even talking about D1 Varsities). So I really doubt that any pro can use any rackets with SW under 330 on the tour...
 
Saw this interview with who I assume is @uk_skippy . At 7:15 he implies that carlos’ racquet setup is one that “probably wouldn’t work for you”. This likely means he isn’t using the rumoured ~325 sw.Video
 

HitMoreBHs

Professional
Saw this interview with who I assume is @uk_skippy . At 7:15 he implies that carlos’ racquet setup is one that “probably wouldn’t work for you”. This likely means he isn’t using the rumoured ~325 sw.Video
Of course it wouldn’t work for us. All TTWers worth their salt aren’t able to play with swingweights under 340. Too unstable, not enough plow, not manly enough etc.
 

Sander001

Hall of Fame
I am super skeptical. The male ego alone pushes us to want to have heavier racquets. This same mystery surrounded nadal. Everyone thought he had a light racquet.
Not if you really wanted to find out. Nadal's specs have been posted here going back 16 years ago 8-B
 

innoVAShaun

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dl32

Rookie
What was the cross?
Not dgoran, obviously. I did luxilon gut 1.25 and 1.25 alu round. Should have been 52/50, but had a couple beers and ended up 52/52 unintentionally, lol.

That said, WOW. Monstrous spin and power. Balls land in even with gut at 52. I’m liking my accident and almost don’t want to see what 52/50 feels like given I liked it so much. I thought gut/poly would be a waste but did it anyway as that is what I normally use in most frames.

I’m four hours into both the frame and strings. This frame is nuts. You need to be able to swing fast, semi north/south is all you need in my opinion to get the full effect. Never really liked Babo except for the OG APD but good lord…I liked my first 4 hours a lot.

I completely see how “the kid” is hitting 100mph forehands. The frame has it, you need to give it the juice.
 

pico

Hall of Fame
Not dgoran, obviously. I did luxilon gut 1.25 and 1.25 alu round. Should have been 52/50, but had a couple beers and ended up 52/52 unintentionally, lol.

That said, WOW. Monstrous spin and power. Balls land in even with gut at 52. I’m liking my accident and almost don’t want to see what 52/50 feels like given I liked it so much. I thought gut/poly would be a waste but did it anyway as that is what I normally use in most frames.

I’m four hours into both the frame and strings. This frame is nuts. You need to be able to swing fast, semi north/south is all you need in my opinion to get the full effect. Never really liked Babo except for the OG APD but good lord…I liked my first 4 hours a lot.

I completely see how “the kid” is hitting 100mph forehands. The frame has it, you need to give it the juice.
I hear you. I have mine strung with BHS7T 1.30mm on mains at 56 and Signum Hextreme 1.30mm on cross at 53. The crush factor is addictive. I ordered Babolat natural gut 1.30mm and was wondering what to cross it with. I might use my go to Signum Hextreme.
 

dl32

Rookie
Frame generates so much spin, any round poly will do it, I just use Alu as I’m used to it. The spin with gut is a snap back factor. Btw, I just say round poly since strings really do move…just less friction. No shape or rough texture needed. Spin is big enough as is.
 
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Bender

G.O.A.T.
Indeed. The true Alcaraz stick is a pro stock made by Illuminatis in the Area 51. They only use graphite derived from PT57A that have been stored for decades in a secret military facility in Austria.
I’m convinced half the pro player gear heads are flat earthers.

Show me they’re not, with video evidence and an RDC machine and I’ll claim AI generated videos, ilerminaty-tampered RDC / counterfeit Alcaraz frame, or all of them at the same time. Why? Because my mind doesn’t believe it. Everyone else is duped including people who have had access to his alleged frames, but not me.
 

Antónis

Professional
Don't remember the details, but I remember a story about Sampras and the "W" stencil on his strings, he asked Nate Fergunson to do the stencil with one layer of paint only, of course the "W" faded very fast so Wilson asked him to do do it with two layers, thinking Sampras didn't notice but oddly (or not...) he did.
He returned all racquets with a warning - I'm the one who pays you, don't do it again, or you're out.
How sensitive a player has to be to notice the difference, that thing is painted with a marker, the ink must weight next to nothing
 

mtommer

Hall of Fame
Don't remember the details, but I remember a story about Sampras and the "W" stencil on his strings, he asked Nate Fergunson to do the stencil with one layer of paint only, of course the "W" faded very fast so Wilson asked him to do do it with two layers, thinking Sampras didn't notice but oddly (or not...) he did.
He returned all racquets with a warning - I'm the one who pays you, don't do it again, or you're out.
How sensitive a player has to be to notice the difference, that thing is painted with a marker, the ink must weight next to nothing
I wouldn't assume it was a weight issue. That said, many athletes are superstitious...
 

Mischko

Professional
Many players then and today ask for a thin application, because it's slippery, stringbed doesn't grab as it should
 

Lambsscroll

Hall of Fame
Holy cow! I didn't check the boards for few days and got some hurt feelings :). First of all I was joking, I guess I know who the real trolls are, so relax. I’ve been busy so didn’t get to post the rest of the pics. If you check my previous posts I’ve contributed with plenty to this forum. What’s up with this entitled attitude anyways… I don’t need credit from a forum of nobodies, I’m here to learn and share.
I’ll post the pics tomorrow, just easier to do it on pc instead of my phone.
Measured specs - 330g 32.2cm L4 with og

So the confirmed spec I got from babolat which was unstrung is def correct. Balance could be off by .1mm but the swing weight could be matching.

The person that has it was ultra protective of the frame so I couldn’t take it for swingweight measurement but I’m guessing 325~ ish. My modded VS is 331g 32.7cm 333sw. So I’ve measured 6 VS Aeros frames so far and I can tell you the quality control is really good all 6 were within 5g or less. So I can tell you by the 6 frames that it is possible to get a stock frame at this spec but it’ll be by pure chance. No silicone in the handle or lead under the head bumper. He grips the over grip really tight so the grip didn’t feel that big. Ive transitioned from a L4 to L2 over the years, kind of makes me curious to try it out again with new tech.

cheers!

almost forgot Rpm blast 1.30mm 25k/23kg

Here you go!

Well, I strung up one of my rackets and with a overgrip and strung with a 16g poly string the weight is 229.49 grams and the balance is the same as the photo from HeavyHitter. I actually have that balance beam at home. I also have the DUNLOP swing weight machine and reading came out to 318. Keep in mind the racket that I have is the Pure Aero VS.
 
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