Steve Johnson to Yonex

Joonas

Semi-Pro
Ive hit with the 95 and the 100 and was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed them. I think the feel of racquets are getting back to normal.
Interesting comment on the feel from you. I have been acclimatizing to SV98. It has an unique feel. Not bad but need to get used to. Havent tried 95 or 100 though.
 
It's obviously not the racquet as Caroline switched back to Babolat but still hasn't been able to establish herself in the top 10 again.
Feliciano Lopez or Ivan Ljubicic (both moved from pure drive to wilson/head) and many more never recreate same performance. I understand racquet is not the only thing but main tool. Delpo was not willing to part away with his frame for long time for reason...again it is player to player but many never recover to same level after switching frames.
 

Gemini

Hall of Fame
Feliciano Lopez or Ivan Ljubicic (both moved from pure drive to wilson/head) and many more never recreate same performance. I understand racquet is not the only thing but main tool. Delpo was not willing to part away with his frame for long time for reason...again it is player to player but many never recover to same level after switching frames.
Stan Wawrinka left Head and went to Yonex (3 major titles). Ana Ivanovic won her only major title and rose to No. 1 in the world (after leaving Wilson for Yonex). Dominic Thiem recently went from Head to Babolat. These would be cases that negate your

Feliciano Lopez's ranking has always fluctuated wildly but his year end rankings have been much better with his Wilson frame (somewhere around 2008 or 2009) compared to his time with Babolat before the switch.

When players switch from one racquet brand to another, more times than not, they're not going to choose a racquet that is drastically different from what they have already been using. Especially if they were happy with their previous frames, it's all about making more money.
 
Stan Wawrinka left Head and went to Yonex (3 major titles). Ana Ivanovic won her only major title and rose to No. 1 in the world (after leaving Wilson for Yonex). Dominic Thiem recently went from Head to Babolat. These would be cases that negate your

Feliciano Lopez's ranking has always fluctuated wildly but his year end rankings have been much better with his Wilson frame (somewhere around 2008 or 2009) compared to his time with Babolat before the switch.

When players switch from one racquet brand to another, more times than not, they're not going to choose a racquet that is drastically different from what they have already been using. Especially if they were happy with their previous frames, it's all about making more money.
Stan is standout in that category for sure. Novak moved from wilson blade to head and struggle for sometime but won major slams with head.

Ana won only slam with wilson (all downhill with yonex after switch).

If you look at number of move majority says they went downhill. If it is not broken don't fix it (works very well with racquet)
 

Swan Song

Professional
We shall see if Stevie really switched to the VCore SV 98 today or tomorrow since his doubles match with Diego Schwartzman is the last match on Show Court 2 in Brisbane.
 

Gemini

Hall of Fame
Stan is standout in that category for sure. Novak moved from wilson blade to head and struggle for sometime but won major slams with head.

Ana won only slam with wilson (all downhill with yonex after switch).

If you look at number of move majority says they went downhill. If it is not broken don't fix it (works very well with racquet)
No..Ana won her only slam (French Open 2008) playing with Yonex and became number one in the world in August of that same year.

And you have yet to provide any evidence that proves the majority of players' rankings suffer when they change rankings.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Stan is standout in that category for sure. Novak moved from wilson blade to head and struggle for sometime but won major slams with head.

Ana won only slam with wilson (all downhill with yonex after switch).

If you look at number of move majority says they went downhill. If it is not broken don't fix it (works very well with racquet)
Novak never really used the Blade.
 

moon shot

Hall of Fame
Yeah pros never used retail version or model but total custom made...open secret..not novice o_O
I'll take the middle road here. I think what you might mean by custom made is they are totally divorced from retail reality.

You may know, however didn't mention is the preponderance of players who simply use frames from years past with a current paintjob and lead.

For whatever reason it irks me more that Gasquet plays with some form of a Instinct disguised as a extreme while Berdych's is a Radical in Instinct guise. I'm bothered less by players like Nishikori who at least are swinging a similar mold to retail.
 

royroy85

Rookie
Struggled today vs Grigor. The usual topspin forehands lacked bite and the slice was not fizzing. He was looking at his racquet time and time again...He does look fit, lost quite a bit.

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Struggled today vs Grigor. The usual topspin forehands lacked bite and the slice was not fizzing. He was looking at his racquet time and time again...He does look fit, lost quite a bit.

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watch highlights to make your own conclusion...I made mine earlier
 

McLovin

Legend
I was watching Tennis Channel last night and Carillo mentioned Johnson's racquet change. Both she & Gimelstob were curious why he would change at this point, and both were also skeptical, commenting that his Babolat seemed like a perfect fit for his game/playing style.

I think he'll struggle the first part of the year until he either begins to believe/trust in the frame, or loses all confidence and returns to his trusty Babolat.

I am rooting for him, though. Its nice to see a college player make it in the professional world. But...he needs to work on the 2-handed backhand if he really wants to be a threat outside of the 3-week grass season.
 

Gemini

Hall of Fame
I watched parts of that match and the only significant difference I could see in his game (that might be due to the racquet) is the amount of loft he has on his slice backhand. His slice seemed to float more.

His forehand actually seemed to have more pop but there were several forehands where he was way too early making contact resulting in shanked balls that still managed to land deep in the court. Also, from that same wing, he looked like he was trying to create shots that just weren't there. Often spraying them wide. Not a fault of the racquet. Just bad strategy.

One big change I've noticed is Johnson attempting more two handed backhands and not just relying on the slice. That stroke still has a long way to go.
 

navigator

Hall of Fame
When players switch from one racquet brand to another, more times than not, they're not going to choose a racquet that is drastically different from what they have already been using. Especially if they were happy with their previous frames, it's all about making more money.
It's almost all about the money. Virtually all of these pros can adapt to a different racket given a bit of time. There are just as many instances of players improving after switching frames as there are players declining after a switch. Generally it's about how big the contract is. Same with clothing, etc. It's just all marketing baloney to grab wallet share from racquetaholics and tennis pro-idolizers, the engines that keep the companies in the tennis industry fat and happy.
 
I was watching Tennis Channel last night and Carillo mentioned Johnson's racquet change. Both she & Gimelstob were curious why he would change at this point, and both were also skeptical, commenting that his Babolat seemed like a perfect fit for his game/playing style.

I think he'll struggle the first part of the year until he either begins to believe/trust in the frame, or loses all confidence and returns to his trusty Babolat.

I am rooting for him, though. Its nice to see a college player make it in the professional world. But...he needs to work on the 2-handed backhand if he really wants to be a threat outside of the 3-week grass season.
you nail it on backend side...totally useless to slice every single backend...roddick never learn either...each of its own
 

jarko111

Hall of Fame
I was watching Tennis Channel last night and Carillo mentioned Johnson's racquet change. Both she & Gimelstob were curious why he would change at this point, and both were also skeptical, commenting that his Babolat seemed like a perfect fit for his game/playing style.

I think he'll struggle the first part of the year until he either begins to believe/trust in the frame, or loses all confidence and returns to his trusty Babolat.

I am rooting for him, though. Its nice to see a college player make it in the professional world. But...he needs to work on the 2-handed backhand if he really wants to be a threat outside of the 3-week grass season.
I was watching Tracy Austin and Mark Knowles on TTC today and they said that Yonex is known to give big money to their players when they brought up Stevie's equipment change.
 

DNShade

Hall of Fame
Actually - Stevie just tried out the Yonex stick and ended up really liking it. His switch wasn't motivated by money - he just liked it better so he went with it. Now I'm sure Yonex wasn't opposed to that and that they are taking care of him nicely, but he didn't jump from Bab just because of some offer -- the other way around actually. And he seems to be doing pretty well with it so far.
 
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