I'm not a new guy trying to make a name to impress people on the internet. i'm just an equipment fiend like the rest of you who has been priveleged enough to see part of the equipment world few get too. I finally got my name and decided to post because i hate to see what is a very nice forum constantly flooded by people who want to inflate their ego by saying they know the "truth". Yes players play with painted racquets, however as far as i know when it comes to a Wilson racquet it's not just a paint job. What you think might be a totally different racquet isn't necessarily so and in this respect you should be encouraged. A recent article in the official magazine for stringing professionals featured Wilson's tech center with which i am semi-familiar. That much i can say. What was said in the article is exactly what i can verify and also tell you now. The racquets in your stores and the ones in the pro's hands only differ my grams and millimeters. the grams when concerning weight and millimeters only in the meaning that the racquet, at least for a wilson pro, can be molded a certain way to change the way the racquet plays but not entirely. Too make a racquet originaly can be an overnight process the only difference is the mold the racquet is set into. So when a pro feels a racquet is too "airy" or "slow" tech center engineers are hired to translate what this means in terms of the racquets performance. I have had models from the stores and been given player molded racquets based on the same frames. Many times i have had the racquets in my bag for matches, they have the same paint jobs, and i'll be honest that they play different. Not that much differently though. It's not like Taylor Dent's RoK plays that much differently from the one hanging at your pro shop. Slightly but not much. This is due to chagnes that Wilson allows not only in the head shape/size but also in the throat and such. The reason i say i can believe Wilson is that's the only source i have in the industry and also the goal of Wilson's tech center is do for pro's what the Bosworth's and Premier 1's can't. Federer does use premier 1 and many wilson pro's due but a growing number aren't. I don't work for wilson but i have done playtests for them which is why i can vouch for what i'm saying as truth. While i know premier one strings and works on Federer's frame, i know the people that put it in the machine and take it out. In short, please don't clutter up the message board with Federer is fooling you and the rest of the tour is. They're not, cuz everyone knows. And it's not as bad as you think it is.