Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by MixedMaster, Apr 28, 2014.
Does anyone happen to know what racket Lendl is using on the Power Shares Tour currently?
isn't he using that octagonal Bosworth racquet?
Any pics available?
Yes he is. With a special hybird
ahhh yes, the Lendl method. I've always wanted to try that one out, but I've been a bit reluctant to be honest.
I would as well. I wonder why we don't see many pros using Bosworth Racquets.
I'd say mainly because they generally are not accessible as juniors and they have a completely different design over conventional racquets. Pros generally stick with what works for them and I imagine making a radical switch from a conventional racquet to a Bosworth would impact their game too much.
Good point. I was thinking financial reasons as well. Last pro I remember playing with one was Stepanek, but he switched to Head a year or two ago. I liked the looks of his Bosworth when he played with it.
I will bet it is super heavy like his old Adiddas racket. it was like 14 oz.
Ivan also had a long term relationship with Warren Bosworth, who was his racket customizer. Maybe since he is not getting big endorsement bucks to play some maker, he is paying respect to Warren and his business now run by his son. They are great rackets, just don't pay pros big endorsement bucks. BTW, I really want to try that string job.
I know this is Premium engineered stuff.
Does he use any special alloy metal graphite, like grapheme, BLX or special graphite like that ? or is it just regular graphite ?
Don't know about special lay ups, but I recall I think last year he had a really really sweet green paintjob. I only saw it once but thought 'that's a classy looking stick'.
Neither graphene nor BLX are actually used in rackets as they are too expensive to implement.
1g of graphene costs between 100$ and 1000$. So how much would a racquet with graphene in it cost? A few thousand dollars likely.
this is what he says on the bosworth website :
In racquet testing with Bosworth Tennis for his current racquet set-up, Lendl declares his Bosworth Tour 96 as “simply the greatest racquet I’ve ever hit with, period.”
I was thinking about stringing up a racket like that. Seems like it would be a good idea. Has anyone here strung one up like that?
yeah there was a thread for that somewhere… Was a good read. The user Unorthodox Stringing (I believe that was his username) has done this as well and a few other unconventional experiments, very fun to read.
I have. It was a bit of a pain to string that way. Outer edge was OGSM an inner was Sonic Pro i believe. It felt terrible to me, but everyone agreed it looked cool. The challenge to string it in this method was ultimately what I was after. An i got what I was looking for.
Brad Gilbert, in his day, played the Fox version of these rackets, FYI. They were designed by Bosworth, it's not really a new design, in fact 25 or more years old.
what the h*ll is up with Brad Gilbert on this forum lately!?
There's been a breakthrough in graphene which has made it very cheap now, but I'm not sure it's stiff enough -- it flexes like rubber -- for use in a racquet frame.
For those who don't know about graphene, it will at some point in the near future be the material that nearly everything we use is made of, check out this recent NYT article: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/...it-dunk-it-graphene-the-material-of-tomorrow/
I hope you realize that it bends like that because it is only one atom thick and the bond is very strong between the molecules so that it doesn't break; you are quite literally displacing a plane of atoms that forms a molecule.
Using Graphene in a more substantial form would involve stacking up sheets of it on top of each other. The intermolecular forces (Van der Waal's forces) will hold the sheets together (though these are generally the weakest intermolecular bonds in existence). How this would act I can only surmise, but I assume that the material is very stiff in one plane and more or less flexible (depending on the strength of the Van der Waal's forces, which can greatly vary) in all other planes (as it is a two dimensional structure). How this would be used in terms of manufacturing (not electronics) is questionable, but it certainly gives rise to various possibilities.
Graphene production was quite expensive when Head released their "Graphene racquets" and there is a reason why there is no mention of these racquets in the article (graphene is not used).
I don't know, is he making the rounds?
I think his "Gilbonics" get abit tiresome. He thinks he's snoop dog/lion what with all the terms/nicknames/etc he comes up with.
At least he's a Raiders fan....
yeah Mr. Lob, that messiah of the pushers, constantly quotes him for his praise of pushers ?) and now it's started here as well . In the last few days I've seen at least 6 references to Brad Gilbert, when the guy doesn't really deserve so much attention…
Well, the oval racquet head shape is literally hundreds of years old. And Lendl also used the ten-sided shape on tour in 1994.
Brad Gilbert deserves a mention in this thread as Lendl's whipping boy. That is all.
Wow, then how does Wilson and HEAD company put these material in there ?? and not charge $1000 per racket ??
They don't. It's marketing bs to make the consumer think that their racquets are special.
Lendl's racquet looks damn cool!!! Paint job is elegant. String set up looks quite sophisticated. I'm adding it to my racquet roster. Who cares how it plays, it's aesthetically pleasing!
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