I know a few players that are like that; that dont know a thing. They just add weight. They make sure the strips are the same length and the frames feel the same or just have them matched from the get go and modify down the road. Totally aware that's how most of the 1000 are. But, a lot of them have professionals they work with too. Andre dome was a top college athelete and is now on tour. He worked a lot with Paul R @ TW. No offense to andre, but i wouldnt be surprised if he didnt know all the little technical names of weight placement. Nor should he. That's not his job.@RanchDressing, fair enough. I am open to any possibility as there is a lot of misinformation out there, to be sure. I believe its completely possible that there are pros in the 320SW range and 330SW range. There were guys in the early 2000's such as Krajicek, Schalken, and Kafelnikov. Why is it so hard to imagine there being guys in that range today?
It's also possible that claims of Verdasco and Goffin being that low in SW are false! But I question your assumption that they MUST be false. Those 2 guys ARE "special" as you put it! They are elite pros. You really think they couldn't compete with a slightly less stable racket with less plow? In my opinion that is ridiculous. The more you are around elite players the more you realize, many of them are not gearheads and have absolutely no clue. Many use less than desirable setups.
But it doesn't change the fact that higher level players are quite sensitive to equipment. Research has shown that. Even rec players can be quite sensitive.
I don't think that it's impossible. But it is very unlikely. I'd be the first one to admit I was wrong, if there was some kind of concrete evidence. But there isn't. And because of that we have to look at this objectively and err with the information and standards we do know. It just isn't very likely. As long as people are aware that this is the case, they can choose to believe otherwise. We already have one likely stringer saying verdasco uses a 35x sw. That to me is enough especially considering the batch that info came with (verdasco not being singled out).
I get why people want to believe he uses a low sw, its relatable, but from what little ive seen of the pro frames, playing people better than me, hearing from people in the industry, my own experiences working with others to modify their frames, it's highly improbable.