Federer’s actual Frame specs!

moon shot

Hall of Fame
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I heard before that Fed gets lighter frames from Wilson than 340g and adds silicone and lead to get his desired specs. If this is true, without the actual weight of the rackets he gets from Wilson, it is impossible to know how much silicone is in the handle, no? The only people with that kind of data would be the good people at P1 or Wilson HQ themselves I guess. I am not a huge Fed fan, but most pros have got silicone in the handles of their frames and lead at 12 o'clock...so the feel of the racket is completely different to retail frames. I am a huge fan of silicone in the handle. I have been doing it for about 6 years now, and for anyone who hasn't tried it, I recommend it. Really makes the frame feel solid. If anyone has accurate data, I'd love to hear it
 

taylor15

Rookie
Spoken like a true businessman. “Ca-Ching” when he sees players destroy racquets he customizes. I guess an artist or a craftsman would have expressed some sorrow or dismay.


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I generally agree, though artists and craftsman are generally producing one off or limited production pieces.

These guys are modding tons of sticks
 

hoodjem

G.O.A.T.
After stripping the racquet, I was able to conclude the following specs and modifications as his actual playing specs.

His frame is a Wilson prostsff RF97 autograph in 4 3/8 grip (leather priority one leather grip and custom molded Handle) with a Wilson pro conform over grip and of course he uses the old school power pads to help preserve the playability of his natural gut main strings.

His only modifications to the weight of the racquet is he placed 3 grams of lead at 12 oclock in the tip and he had silicone injected in the Handle. To help figure out exactly how much of silicone is in the Handle, keep in mind that unstrung the racquet actual weighs 345 grams (without overgrip and strings ). When I get it all strung up with the power pads later this week I can give string weight as well. Thanks all and I can figure out how to post pictures I will.
Can you describe the "custom molded handle"?
 

pennc94

Professional
I generally agree, though artists and craftsman are generally producing one off or limited production pieces.

These guys are modding tons of sticks
Fair point, but I expected a bit of artisan in him.


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Jster

Professional
Hello all,

I was lucky enough to receive an actual Roger Federer frame through my contact at the Wilson pro shop in Chicago IL yes this means it was the laver cup edition and would like to share a little bit as to his actual playing frame.

I will have to admit that the retail version we can all but in stores is very smillar and probably as close as you can get to the actual pros frames with a few minor modifications. As we all know top players use pro stock racquets not available to the general public and just simply endorse or promote and sponser the user friendly racquets we see for sale in retailers around the world.

After stripping the racquet, I was able to conclude the following specs and modifications as his actual playing specs.

His frame is a Wilson prostsff RF97 autograph in 4 3/8 grip (leather priority one leather grip and custom molded Handle) with a Wilson pro conform over grip and of course he uses the old school power pads to help preserve the playability of his natural gut main strings.

His only modifications to the weight of the racquet is he placed 3 grams of lead at 12 oclock in the tip and he had silicone injected in the Handle. To help figure out exactly how much of silicone is in the Handle, keep in mind that unstrung the racquet actual weighs 345 grams (without overgrip and strings ). When I get it all strung up with the power pads later this week I can give string weight as well. Thanks all and I can figure out how to post pictures I will.

it is wilson pro overgrip (characteristics: comfort)
 
The retail RF is pretty if not very head light all ready. Any silicone in Feds racket handle might be to compensate for his custom pallets being lighter than retail.
 

denoted

Rookie
Maybe a cliché observation here, but perhaps the fascination with pro stocks and secret customizations is related to the belief that if we rec players could just get our hands on this special equipment, then. . .?
 
I'd guess that the RA is the same as that of a stock frame given that so much else is pretty close.
RA and layup are the only specs I’m really curious about. I had some custom handles put onto some of my RF97’s to redistribute weight and the sticker code was GR180YI CT1. The CT1 layup is what Wilson uses for most H22’s, and is the same layup as Monfils. Based on previous info that the RF97 was developed from the H22, it would make sense that Rogers racquet would have the same layup and RA as retail.

It would make sense that his racquet would be stiffer since he lowered his SW and BP and raised his TW, but he did play with a 58RA PS90 so who knows.


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Sorry mate, that's not true...

Actually "after many law suits" Wilson says clearly that Federer DOES NOT play with RF97.
From Wiilson's catalogue, in the red line:
«Racket specifications on endorsed consumer models may vary from the models used by Pros for match-play».

Additionally the promotional text says that the racquet is "co-designed by Roger Federer".
Nowhere the phrase "used by" is written...

PS: The diference on the font sizes is the real one, whatever that means...
This sentence is the now common mambo-jambo ALL racquet manufacturers state on ad's of ALL their models. Just to stay on the safe side.
In the specific case of RF97A, it has always been stated by Wilson (including a Wilson rep active in this forum) that the hairpin frame is exactly the same (same mould) that you may find on retail; only differences are the customized handle and tunings (lead tape, silicon). Still, the mambo-jambo is recommendable for use since already the different handle may cause lawsuits by money-seekers.
I would add it make perfectly sense, considering there would be zero sense to market a 340g-unstrung racquet aimed at amateur buyers. Better to feed retailers with a 320g model and let buying fans live their dream.
 
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