ROMAN PROKES!

Tennusdude

Semi-Pro
Has anyone ever had their racket customized by Roman or strung by Roman? Apparently he greatly helped many professional tennis players and is extremely knowledgeable. He was mentioned in Agassi's book .Anyone?
 

RedBeard

Rookie
Interesting. My daughter started working there a couple months ago. I’ll have to ask if she knows him. Maybe I can get a deal on extending my VCORE Galaxy Black...
I’ve had his son do some racquets for me. Super nice and knowledgeable. Took time to explain exactly what needed to be done to match my racquets and why.

I would add that I didn’t know who he was at the time. He just gave the impression of being extremely knowledgeable without feeling like he was rushing through the process to get to the next job. And fascinating watching the stringers geek out on racquet and string tech while they watch matches on the screens behind them too.
 
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ollinger

G.O.A.T.
Has anyone ever had their racket customized by Roman or strung by Roman? Apparently he greatly helped many professional tennis players and is extremely knowledgeable. He was mentioned in Agassi's book .Anyone?
I'd be surprised if you're getting work done most of the time by Roman himself. When I'd call there a decade ago to have some work done, he generally answered the phone himself. In the past few years it's others who've answered the phone.
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
Amazing how weight is added to your racket in the right places (not much) and it swings easier than stock..and the plow...
Just got to know the recipe..and he does..
 

Tennusdude

Semi-Pro
I understand that customizing a racket can be helpful but I am not understand why customizing it to a Pro specs would help me when it have to be customized for me after all I am not going to be able to play with Andy Murray's racket
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
I understand that customizing a racket can be helpful but I am not understand why customizing it to a Pro specs would help me when it have to be customized for me after all I am not going to be able to play with Andy Murray's racket
Pro spec = custom built for one person in the world, you.
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
Mine is specd similar to a wta professional..330 grams all dressed..
Key is to start with a nice base racket..then achieve a heavier spec with some lead hid here and there..a squirt of silicone there...add the right strings and low tension..bam..a racket with plow, stability, low vibrations..which swings like a feather..
 

Tennusdude

Semi-Pro
I am using the Wilson K Blade 98 I hope he can help me it plays pretty well but sometimes I get a little tired and also it's tough to return extremely heavy shots to my backhand
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
I am using the Wilson K Blade 98 I hope he can help me it plays pretty well but sometimes I get a little tired and also it's tough to return extremely heavy shots to my backhand
I'd probably look to get another base racquet. Getting tired = heavy. However, the mass should help you return heavy shots. If you're having trouble with both of those, I would think another racquet is in order.
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
Tendude.. a customed racket won't over come tiredness and heaviness..
The answer to that is many things..
Personal conditioning.. skill level.. opponents level..
tennis accumen.. etc...
If you are not willing to spend the time on the court to get stronger and want quick short cuts...(that may not last) try a lighter racket....or at least one with a lighter swing weight...
 

Tennusdude

Semi-Pro
I'd probably look to get another base racquet. Getting tired = heavy. However, the mass should help you return heavy shots. If you're having trouble with both of those, I would think another racquet is in order.
First you say getting tired equals a heavy rocket menu say mass helps you return heavy shots. I guess there's no winning here hahaha
 

Tennusdude

Semi-Pro
Tendude.. a customed racket won't over come tiredness and heaviness..
The answer to that is many things..
Personal conditioning.. skill level.. opponents level..
tennis accumen.. etc...
If you are not willing to spend the time on the court to get stronger and want quick short cuts...(that may not last) try a lighter racket....or at least one with a lighter swing weight...
This is only on the backhand and when I'm playing against players that really hit a heavy ball that plows through the court. I play every single day all year long. I think you're off the mark recommending a lighter racket I think I need something heavier more mass to return a heavier shot. I would think a lighter racket will feel flimsier against the heavier shot and I would have to work harder to counteract it
 

Tennusdude

Semi-Pro
Tendude.. a customed racket won't over come tiredness and heaviness..
The answer to that is many things..
Personal conditioning.. skill level.. opponents level..
tennis accumen.. etc...
If you are not willing to spend the time on the court to get stronger and want quick short cuts...(that may not last) try a lighter racket....or at least one with a lighter swing weight...
Your recommendations are very vague and general do you have any specific drills are tips on how to return heavy or shots.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
This is only on the backhand and when I'm playing against players that really hit a heavy ball that plows through the court. I play every single day all year long. I think you're off the mark recommending a lighter racket I think I need something heavier more mass to return a heavier shot. I would think a lighter racket will feel flimsier against the heavier shot and I would have to work harder to counteract it
Lighter racquet just takes more energy unless its a power tweener and then it will help with that at the cost of control.

Id suggest finding your ideal swingweight. That really solves a lot of problems for me.
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
Your recommendations are very vague and general do you have any specific drills are tips on how to return heavy or shots.
It pretty much just boils down to you need to get into better shape. That would help 99% of the people here. If you're getting fatigued playing with a heavier racquet, there is zero benefit in getting a heavier racquet. You're just more likely to hurt yourself if you play through fatigue.

The lighter racquets are stiffer to help take on heavier balls. There are plenty of people who play at high levels with lighter racquets without issue.
 

Tennusdude

Semi-Pro
It pretty much just boils down to you need to get into better shape. That would help 99% of the people here. If you're getting fatigued playing with a heavier racquet, there is zero benefit in getting a heavier racquet. You're just more likely to hurt yourself if you play through fatigue.

The lighter racquets are stiffer to help take on heavier balls. There are plenty of people who play at high levels with lighter racquets without issue.
You're still not listening I am fine on the forehand and serve and even volleys it's the backhand.
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
You're still not listening I am fine on the forehand and serve and even volleys it's the backhand.
We're making suggestions based off of what you told us. Post a video if you want a more specific response. It would not be that unfathomable to struggle more on a backhand with the heavier racquet due to fitness issues. It is natural to be better at returning heavier balls with a forehand or volley than with a backhand.
 

Tennusdude

Semi-Pro
We're making suggestions based off of what you told us. Post a video if you want a more specific response. It would not be that unfathomable to struggle more on a backhand with the heavier racquet due to fitness issues. It is natural to be better at returning heavier balls with a forehand or volley than with a backhand.
In my case my backhand is always much better much deeper with a heavier racket but then my forehand and serve suffer cannot get enough racket speed on the forehand or serve with the heavy racket
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
In my case my backhand is always much better much deeper with a heavier racket but then my forehand and serve suffer cannot get enough racket speed on the forehand or serve with the heavy racket
You're giving us conflicting information.

You just said that you have no problem on forehands and serves and volleys, but you have issues with backhands.

And now you are saying your backhand is much better.

Which one is it? In either case, the conclusion is still the same if you want to stay with the same heavy racquet. FITNESS. Especially with your new information saying that you can't get enough racket speed. Otherwise, look for racquets that have lower SW or lower weights.
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
The only more advice I can give is spend more time on the court..
Clarity and specific answers to your questions and desires come from within.
Answers are there..just need to find them..
 

Tennusdude

Semi-Pro
You're giving us conflicting information.

You just said that you have no problem on forehands and serves and volleys, but you have issues with backhands.

And now you are saying your backhand is much better.

Which one is it? In either case, the conclusion is still the same if you want to stay with the same heavy racquet. FITNESS. Especially with your new information saying that you can't get enough racket speed. Otherwise, look for racquets that have lower SW or lower weights.
Reread, but I doubt it will help you
 

joohan

Hall of Fame
In my case my backhand is always much better much deeper with a heavier racket but then my forehand and serve suffer cannot get enough racket speed on the forehand or serve with the heavy racket
I have the same problem. Frames I like on my FH are not ideal for my BH. I’ve found some sort of middle ground and shifted it in BH favour since my FH adjusts better.

In your case, as has already been pointed out, it might be the case of finding/manufacturing a good swing weight within other specs you find important. Professional fine tuning will most certainly help a lot.
 

McLovin

Legend
I have the same problem. Frames I like on my FH are not ideal for my BH. I’ve found some sort of middle ground and shifted it in BH favour since my FH adjusts better.
I have the same issue. Many frames (original VCORE 97, Pacific X Tour Pro, etc.) were great for my backhand, but I couldn't control the forehand. I went in the other direction: found a stick for my forehand (VCORE 98+), and trusted my backhand (which is my better side) would eventually come along. After 4 months, I'm glad I did.
 

joohan

Hall of Fame
I have the same issue. Many frames (original VCORE 97, Pacific X Tour Pro, etc.) were great for my backhand, but I couldn't control the forehand. I went in the other direction: found a stick for my forehand (VCORE 98+), and trusted my backhand (which is my better side) would eventually come along. After 4 months, I'm glad I did.
Yes, smart money is on taking time and thought to identify a frame (or better, set of specs) you can work with and then work with it.

I’ve picked a frame that had my preferred specs plus felt the best to my hands and it really is amazing how committing to a setup and knowing it inside out on the court is helping my overall game. That being said, maybe I’d have gotten here faster with a bit of professional gear help. I like the journey, just saying...
 

beltsman

Legend
I have the same issue. Many frames (original VCORE 97, Pacific X Tour Pro, etc.) were great for my backhand, but I couldn't control the forehand. I went in the other direction: found a stick for my forehand (VCORE 98+), and trusted my backhand (which is my better side) would eventually come along. After 4 months, I'm glad I did.
Same problem for me. What is best for my serve and FH is bad for my BH, touch, and slice.

I'm trying to go with the Fh-centric approach right now.
 

joohan

Hall of Fame
Same problem for me. What is best for my serve and FH is bad for my BH, touch, and slice.

I'm trying to go with the Fh-centric approach right now.
I guess it’s much easier when you have a “money maker” shot your game is built around. More straightforward reasoning.
 
He did a handful of racquets with custom handle molds for me back in the days before 3D printed pallets. Everything is top notch, and the level of personalization to the service is highest available if you aren’t a tour player. If you want to get the full customization experience, starting from him watching you hit to having him figure out your ideal specs, then there’s not really much of a comparison. Other shops might charge less, but they won’t take the time to do a full on-court consultation.

Even now, I still use the specs we decided on, I just buy printed pallets and add the weight myself. Every time I try a something different it just doesn’t feel right. It’s an investment, but you will get the absolute best setup for your game.


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Tennusdude

Semi-Pro
He did a handful of racquets with custom handle molds for me back in the days before 3D printed pallets. Everything is top notch, and the level of personalization to the service is highest available if you aren’t a tour player. If you want to get the full customization experience, starting from him watching you hit to having him figure out your ideal specs, then there’s not really much of a comparison. Other shops might charge less, but they won’t take the time to do a full on-court consultation.

Even now, I still use the specs we decided on, I just buy printed pallets and add the weight myself. Every time I try a something different it just doesn’t feel right. It’s an investment, but you will get the absolute best setup for your game.


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Thank you very much for your reply. Do you have any idea if I can travel to the Orlando site and have him or his son watch me play there oh, have you had any experience with his son?
 
Thank you very much for your reply. Do you have any idea if I can travel to the Orlando site and have him or his son watch me play there oh, have you had any experience with his son?
I haven’t worked directly with his son, I did my consultation when I was on a trip to Manhattan. If you go to his website you should be able to get in touch about what options they do now.


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