Roman Prokes Under Review Podcast Interview

kkm

Professional
Don't forget that all or almost all of the touring pros using R P N Y ' s traveling stringing service switched to other traveling stringers in 2015. Sharapova, Berdych, and so on. Doesn't mean that they don't have R P N Y customizing their racquets anymore.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I don't think that Djokovic stopped using P1. The P1 guys normally string at the majors and Masters tournaments, normally not at the smaller tournaments.
I know P1 was doing Cincinnati for everyone for a while but that was the only M1K they were traveling to. When I knew Nate, he was purely focusing on customization with travel to slams and the one Masters.
 

haqq777

Legend
Just to clarify, Priority One has been stringing for Novak at all Slams and Masters 1000’s since 2007. We still continue to do so. Doesn’t mean he won’t fire us at anytime, but we hope not.
Thanks for clarifying, Ron. I saw the Insta post that @tennisgurl mentioned too so got a little confused. I think it was by Unstrung Customs who were working on his racquets. Fixed my original post now.
 

kkm

Professional
I know P1 was doing Cincinnati for everyone for a while but that was the only M1K they were traveling to. When I knew Nate, he was purely focusing on customization with travel to slams and the one Masters.
Yeah that’s the only tournament where P1 is on-site.
 

EasternRocks

Hall of Fame
Haven't listened but will do. I'm lucky to have a personal relationship with the Prokes family and he has been nothing short of amazing. I have to credit his team and him for taking a lot of my OCD and indecisiveness and also for sometimes telling me enough is enough! Overall one of the smartest guys in the business and has helped me also like Tiafoe change my Yonex handles so I can find my backhand grip better.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
@RobS He worked with Djokovic. Changed his specs which influenced his game a lot-ability to hit better angles (according to the interview) but all we get to know is that the racquet is lighter. How much lighter ? did he keep the SW same? balance ? IMO 310g racquet with 330 SW will feel heavier than 320g 315 SW racquet. In Djokovic's case "lighter" is still noticeable heavier than the specs of those nextgen players.
See
Novak's new frame specs
 

McGradey

Semi-Pro
Bump, just saw this thread and am catching up on the podcast—great stuff!


Fritz using an 11 ounce strung racket! Hilarious that so many here say they need a 13 ounce, 375 SW frame to handle the pace they run into at their local club. And, no, Fritz is not using a Moya type balance - a friend of mine strung for him at a Challenger and his frames were near even balanced so the SW is low, too.
This is so true. The racquet really is of little importance in the scale of things. So long as the user is comfortable with it, at the club level, their choice of racquet is not really going to affect their ability to win matches. Some anecdotal stuff to illustrate my point; among some of the best players I know, one uses a Wilson Federer racquet (looks a bit like an old RF97 w red and black paint but is actually a 105 sq in granny stick), one uses a Blade 100L (weighs about 300g strung I think), many good players use light or 'mediocre' racquets to great effect.

But the funniest has to be the guy who showed up this year and started playing social doubles each week. He's a middle-aged dude, very fit, and obviously a good sportsman with strong hand-eye coordination. He's been carving up the doubles socials, I haven't seen him lose a set, whoever plays with him tends to have a great day! He's gone up against big hitters and given them fits with his range of spins, angles and chip'n'charge tactics. He doesn't hit with much pace, ever, but he can handle playing against it. This guy uses a Wilson Blade 26. Yep, that's the junior version. He's out there with his kid's racquet making people with high end gear look like fools.
 
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Man I need to ask that guy some questions, I really just am demoing like crazy.
 

bleno567

Semi-Pro
R P N Y and P1 are the best-known because they string on tour for a bunch of highly-ranked players, but there are other great ones just not quite as well-known - Ring & Roll, DC, etc.
No love at all for Bosworth in this thread. Having had racquets customized by them and R P N Y, I can attest they do quality work.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
No love at all for Bosworth in this thread. Having had racquets customized by them and R P N Y, I can attest they do quality work.
Bosworth used to be the Star customizer but we don’t see much of them:(
Having met all of them at Bosworth, I agree, they are an awesome and knowledgeable bunch.
maybe they’ll chime in, A? ;)
 

Al Czervik

Hall of Fame
Dumb question I have always never understood when people talk about customization. How do you swap in one pallet/handle for another? Doesn't the racquet come as one unit? Do you saw off the handle you don't want and glue on what you prefer? Other than building up a grip or sawing down a grip, I have never understood pallet/handle customization, unless the company is actually giving the player what they want in the initial mold. But, I don't understand how Roman or P1 change that much after the fact.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Dumb question I have always never understood when people talk about customization. How do you swap in one pallet/handle for another? Doesn't the racquet come as one unit? Do you saw off the handle you don't want and glue on what you prefer? Other than building up a grip or sawing down a grip, I have never understood pallet/handle customization, unless the company is actually giving the player what they want in the initial mold. But, I don't understand how Roman or P1 change that much after the fact.
Head, Volkl and a few others come with the pallet handle system. Pallets are glued/attached to the hairpin and can be swapped. Other companies (Wilson, Yonex, Bab) use molded handles directly to the frame and would be harder (not impossible) to swap. THis gives you a flexibility to change the grip size or shape (rectangular vs. square...)
It is fairly straight forward (not necessarily simple because you have to take the grip off, buttcap (staples), detach pallets without breaking them, and reverse process making sure it is all attached well) process and if you have done it a few times, it becomes a pretty simple one.
It takes me usually 10 minutes to swap the pallets...
 
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