Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by tennisfeld, Jun 2, 2010.
Which racket (Wilson) was Mark Woodforde playing on the ATP tour ?
He used a custom Wilson based on the PS 7.5 mold using a custom drilled 12x16 pattern which is based upon his old Snauwaert Hi-Ten's...
His strings were made by Luxilon and is about 1.60mm thick, the same string they've put in the original Hi-Ten's.
ps: Mark strung his rackets VERY tight at about 40kg...
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I saw him coaching last year at the Pilot Pen in New Haven, CT. He had a K 6.1 paintjob, but with a super open pattern (like his old sticks).
ericsson...thanks for the info. I remember that racquet very well...always thought the custom string pattern was pretty cool.
Has anyone tried to 'modify' a prince 'O' racket (for custom wide/open string pattern w/ a very heavy guage string for heavy topspin play)?
sorry cant get the photo to post but follow the link to a photo of woodies frame.
For a short time Woodie played with Yonex racquets that had the same string spacing. I got to hit with one of his racquets. Even though he did string tight the string bed did not feel tight due to the wide open string pattern. I didn't much care for how it felt--I think there is good reason you don't see that pattern around.
here's another pic of his racquet, but not as up close...http://www.tennisserver.com/turbo/images/hartford98/MarkWoodforde.jpg
The original Snauwaert design that he started the open patterns with was of an extremely stiff frame designed to withstand very very high tensions - hence the name Hi Ten. At the poundage these frames were strung at, control shouldn't have been that much of an issue. No idea if the same concepts applied to his later racquets though.
Thread revival - somewhat like this?
Nice stick v-verb, post some specs when you have the chance, great stuff!
Will do when I find time this weekend. Will do the Snauwaert ATP as well
I've hit with one of Woodforde's racquets and yes, he did string them tight but due to the very open string pattern it did not feel all that tight. As I'm sure most know a 18/20 pattern racquet will feel tighter than a 16/19 pattern racquet strung at the same tension. Woodforde's racquets did have a unique feel--which btw I did not like too much.
Thanks! Some weights for you. Have to figure out swingweight later
Woodforde Wilson 272 g (need to lead this one up)
Snauwaert ATP 103 374 g (this was one of Woodforde's sticks and I guess he leaded it up for his taste)
Snauwaert Hi-Ten 30 360 g
I haven't hit with Woodforde's stick with his string or tension, but I have hit with a Hi-Ten 30 and I'm a total convert.
Although they are strung up tight with thick poly string they feel comfortable. I have a tender wrist and elbow and even after a couple of hours of heavy hitting I had zero soreness.
I'll start a new thread about these racquets after I've hit the Wilson and ATP, but so far the spin, comfort, power and touch are perfect for me. I'm selling most of my 50+ sticks and keeping my Hi-Tens and variants (Wilson Woodforde's and Woodforde ATP's) and my Chicago and St Vincent Pro Staffs
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