I didn't want to rain on your parade Povl and that of other retail Tour 90 players, but if you want the truth then here goes. It doesn't make me happy to dampen the enthusiasm of others but many of us here are more about a search for the truth than living in a pleasant but naive dream world? The Federer Stock racquet that I have is very similar in a lot of ways to many of the other pro stock racquets that I own in that it is an almost identical mold to the retail version. The Federer racquet LOOKS almost identical to the BLX and the KFactor racquets. The difference lies in what it is made out of, the layup if you will. The retail Tour 90's (KFactor, BLX etc) are made out of heavier material and have their weight more evenly distributed throughout the frame. The Federer racquet starts out much lighter overall and then has a lot of weight put into the handle (a lot, not a little) and then has varying amounts of lead put on the end of the racquet at 12 to match up the racquets to the same specs as there are it appears substantial variations in the weight of even his racquets stock from Wilson. I can tell you from experience that a racquet with weight in the handle and lead on the end plays very differently from a racquet that has the weight evenly distributed through it. The overall balance in cm's might end up the same, but the way it feels to swing and more importantly, how it flexes and feels when you hit with it are different. Now the good news is, the Federer racquet and the retail are very alike in terms of mold, more so than most others except a couple like the Pure Drive Roddick Plus to Roddick's (save the cortex and maybe being a smidgeon softer) and Rafa's Aeropro to Rafa's actual stick. As many learned TW members would be able to tell you, many pro's use racquets that are completely different under the paint, that bear almost no resemblance at all to the retail version of their paint job. For instance, Robin Soderling's racquet, Richard Gasquet's racquet. The Fed's racquet, on the other hand, weighs about the same as the retail and flexes very similarly, just has the weight distributed a little differently. Hope that answers your question. I think the retail Tour 90's are tremendous racquets for the highly skilled player. My issue with them is that they are a bit tough to use when it is windy and that they don't allow you to play 'bigger' like some more 'tweener' style racquets that can be tamed a little by using poly. In terms of being able to place and enjoy stroking a tennis ball around a court, my Fed sticks are up there with my pt57a's for feel but give me more spin more easily. The best racquets for hitting single handers (and I need the help!) that I've found so far. All of the pro stocks I've bought (and there have been a lot of them) have led me to conclude that the main difference between most pro stocks and the retail is the quality of the materials used and the process involved in their construction and that they tend to come out lighter so that pros can have them customised to their preferred specs. Some are closer to the retail than others, some are completely different and can't be replicated with a retail stick (Gasquet's current super light setup can't be achieved with a retail Instinct Tour XL for instance, just too heavy stock). Fed's retail equivalent is very similar to what he uses and your average person who isn't as obsessed as I am would be well satisfied. As a racquet victim, I'm not but I may well never be.