Rublev testing Head blackout

rjp1977

Rookie
Youtek was only a marketing term for new but cheap material. Like all the fancy Head technologies in recent years.
The Youtek IG Prestige MP and Radical MP were/are popular rackets. I like the Radical MP and only changed for a bit more easy power to save my arm.
 
Will never forgive Wilson for discontinuing the legend that is the 6.1 95. Also, surprised that Rublev went for such a different feeling racquet. Gravity Pro plays and feels very different from any version of 6.1 95, something Rublev played with for the longest time.
For some reason, I have never been able to get on with the Six.One 95. I picked up tennis again with this racquet, eight years ago, and I played with both 16x19 and 18x20.
Then I picked up a Pro Staff 90 just for fan, and the Six.One went down the bin: too little whippy, lack of feeling at the net, etc.
Might be just me.
 

tobi

New User
The blacked out frame shown above has paint chipped on the upper part of the head, revealing a Gravity PJ underneath it - a boxyish thin beamed frame, but with a rounder head than the PT57s...
As I do play with a gravity pro by myself, I was able to not only take pictures of it in Vienna, but also look at some details. The plastic bumper on top is the same as with the gravity pro - not sure if other head rackets also use this one.

But as the black color chipped off and there was coral and teal color underneath, it‘s quite clear to me that it has to be either a stock gravity pro or some modified version of it.

The sticker on the racket said ‚A. Rublev No.11 (7)‘ - not sure what those numbers mean.
 

polksio

Semi-Pro
For some reason, I have never been able to get on with the Six.One 95.
There is no "Six One 95" because Wilson QC is so bad I once got a 4pts headlight PS97. There is the particular Six One you have which can be anything! Wohoo ain't that just crazy
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
Looking at the hoop shape and it sure looks like a Gravity to me.

Makes sense as a shortish player on tour that he would want more plow at the top of the frame.

Scrathing my head why 6'6" zverev would be using it. Seems like a standard oval frame would be better for him.
 
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Raizu

Rookie
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Looking at the hoop shape and it sure looks like a Gravity to me.

Makes sense as a shortish player on tour that he would want more plow at the top of the frame.

Scrathing my head why 6'6" zverev would be using it. Seems like a standard oval frame would be better for him.
whats your definition of “shortish”? I didn’t realize 6’2 was short these days.
 

stickM

New User
Yeah, I noticed the red showing through the black PJ in a close-up during Rublev vs Evans (tiebreaker) this week in Dubai. Seems Head wouldn't bother to provide a prostock with custom Gravity PJ if they were then going to paint it black. Is he just playing a customized retail Gravity???
 
Yeah, I noticed the red showing through the black PJ in a close-up during Rublev vs Evans (tiebreaker) this week in Dubai. Seems Head wouldn't bother to provide a prostock with custom Gravity PJ if they were then going to paint it black. Is he just playing a customized retail Gravity???
Doesn’t matter if you’re gonna bump up the weight by that much anyway..


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Yeah, I noticed the red showing through the black PJ in a close-up during Rublev vs Evans (tiebreaker) this week in Dubai. Seems Head wouldn't bother to provide a prostock with custom Gravity PJ if they were then going to paint it black. Is he just playing a customized retail Gravity???
Anyone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong but I think the gravity pro prostock code is tgt 344.4. Lower base weight than retail like most head pro stocks are. Leaves room for lead and silicone and technically the added weight from blackout paint. So I doubt it’s a retail gravity but who knows. I’m really curious about his swingweight and balance though.
 

polksio

Semi-Pro
Anyone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong but I think the gravity pro prostock code is tgt 344.4. Lower base weight than retail like most head pro stocks are. Leaves room for lead and silicone and technically the added weight from blackout paint. So I doubt it’s a retail gravity but who knows. I’m really curious about his swingweight and balance though.
What would be your educated guess on why all pro stocks have a lower base weight?
 
I think primarily to allow plenty of room for customization so each pro can have them tailored to their individual specs. It also makes frames feel better in my experience to have lead in the head and silicone in the handle if done right- polarization allows higher swingweight at lower static weight, more dynamic flex.
 

polksio

Semi-Pro
I think primarily to allow plenty of room for customization so each pro can have them tailored to their individual specs. It also makes frames feel better in my experience to have lead in the head and silicone in the handle if done right- polarization allows higher swingweight at lower static weight, more dynamic flex.
Lower twistweight too?
 

Howard H

Rookie
Anyone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong but I think the gravity pro prostock code is tgt 344.4. Lower base weight than retail like most head pro stocks are. Leaves room for lead and silicone and technically the added weight from blackout paint. So I doubt it’s a retail gravity but who knows. I’m really curious about his swingweight and balance though.
TGT is always the pro player version of TGK with mostly the same layup. Only difference is that TGTs are without steel weight in handle area, like the retail/TGKs have. So TGT raw frames are lighter and leave more room for cutomization.
His balance and sw are pretty low.
 
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TGT is always the pro player version of TGK with mostly the same layup. Only difference is that TGTs are without steel weight in handle area, like the retail/TGKs have. So TGT raw frames are lighter and leave more room for cutomization.
His balance and sw are pretty low.
Thank you sir! Any idea roughly on what they are? ;) It’s interesting to watch his strokes vs zverev with the same racquet (albeit different specs). It seems pretty apparent that zverev has more weight behind the ball but not nearly as maneuverable and consistent so I guess that would make sense. I’m still trying to decide on making the gravity pro my main stick, playing around with the set up, etc. It’s a very intriguing frame indeed.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Thank you sir! Any idea roughly on what they are? ;) It’s interesting to watch his strokes vs zverev with the same racquet (albeit different specs). It seems pretty apparent that zverev has more weight behind the ball but not nearly as maneuverable and consistent so I guess that would make sense. I’m still trying to decide on making the gravity pro my main stick, playing around with the set up, etc. It’s a very intriguing frame indeed.
Zverev’s less HL and higher SW
Rublev “low” SW, very HL
Both TGT344
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
I also prefer it this way (and probably I’m only able to play it this way).
But then again, an argument could be made that Zverev’s frame is the true, original Gravity
Still too early to use terms "true" or "original" with the gravity line!

Would personally like to see the center mains with a tighter spacing in the future.
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
Since the Gravity Pro supposedly was developed for and with input from Zverev, I’d think he has dibs.
Agreed, but I'm not calling his game "mature" by any means, so ask me again when he's 27 and creates a frame (muster, pro tour 630) that immeditely elevates his game.
 

Micks

New User
TGT is always the pro player version of TGK with mostly the same layup. Only difference is that TGTs are without steel weight in handle area, like the retail/TGKs have. So TGT raw frames are lighter and leave more room for cutomization.
His balance and sw are pretty low.
Can I remove the steel weight easily in Gravity Pro and, is it lay between pallets and bone? Why I want to do so is to keep the weight and balance, but switch the original grip into a weighty leather one.
 

Howard H

Rookie
Can I remove the steel weight easily in Gravity Pro and, is it lay between pallets and bone? Why I want to do so is to keep the weight and balance, but switch the original grip into a weighty leather one.
Unfortunately the steel weight is not removable without destroing the frame. The steel is positioned between the carbon tube ends in the shaft/handle area and applied there before molding.
 

polksio

Semi-Pro
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dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Unfortunately the steel weight is not removable without destroing the frame. The steel is positioned between the carbon tube ends in the shaft/handle area and applied there before molding.
Nothing unfortunate there :). The Gravity pro is excellent as-is, weight, balance, layup...
 
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