Yoshihito Nishioka racket

jackcrawford

Professional
Pretty amazing they would word it that way.

But that information is objectively false. Check out this recent picture of Chardy with visible lead at 3 and 9 and likely some under the bumper. He is reported to have a 332 swingweight.

He had that 332 SW with his old frame, too. Since the Tec XTC 305 retail SW is 329, I'm guessing he has a light prostock version that is modded to the same specs as retail, as smalahove points out. My point regarding specs is that not all pros play with a 350 SW (Verdasco was well below that at one point), so possibly Nishioka is also one who does not. Since in any case the same specs do not equate to the same racquet, Tecnifibre's wording tends to confirm your point about pros not playing retail frames stock.
 
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cyanide43

Rookie
You're correct. In fact, many pros play well below 350sw nowadays. The current range is between 332-343. Anything lower or higher is unusual.

Anything is the 320s is astronomically low for professionals. I doubt he's there.
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
You're correct. In fact, many pros play well below 350sw nowadays. The current range is between 332-343. Anything lower or higher is unusual.
That seems like a pretty tight SW range, given that pro players range from 5'6" Schwartzman to 6'10" Karlovic and everything in between :)

Do you have a source for that SW range and why any outliers would be "unusual"?
 

Anders

New User
Just to pick up on if Nishioka is using a stock or customized frame, it appears that his racket had weight added to the handle a few years back. According to a recent auction of one of his rackets he used at Wimbledon 2016, he was using the Vcore Si 98 with a 4 1/4 grip. The stock weight strung was 323 g but the racket he played with weighed 340 g. The racket was strung with Babolat VS Touch Natural Gut in the mains and Yonex Poly Tour G Spin in the crosses. It looks like he had his rackets strung sometimes at 53/50 lbs and at other times at 51/48 lbs.
 
Pretty amazing they would word it that way.

But that information is objectively false. Check out this recent picture of Chardy with visible lead at 3 and 9 and likely some under the bumper. He is reported to have a 332 swingweight.

I can hardly see the lead tape, but looks like it covers about four strings? For 1/4" lead tape, that is about one gram in all. Could be for matching purposes.
 

Alexh22

Semi-Pro
Played with both the sv and red 98 and I am not surprised he never switched. The new racquets yonex puts out lack feel. They are stiff and boardy. I doubt any pro would actually use them in long matches. And yonex is one of the worst pj users today even though we all know Stan uses a discontinued 95D
 

McEncock

Rookie
@cyanide43
Are you sure? Us only from TW talk about strung SW pec, as on the other hand all serious tennis player who have their racquet customized talk mostly (if not only) about unstrung SW. The reason is simple : the variation of gauge and nature of the string affects the strung SW. So it varies too much to be a reliable info when you need serious racquet spec. I got this info from a friend who used to be 500ATP Frederic Petitjean, and from another player, ex top 200 and now top 400ATP.
But if it really is 311sw strung, all is in the nature after all!
 

cyanide43

Rookie
Not sure. Would be an interesting experiment though. Without the high mass (330 range and below), a high swingweight (330+) is critical
 

Eichiro

Rookie
See Nishioka must be using a custom mold or something because the regular sv98 has a sw of 320 according to TW.
 

Alexh22

Semi-Pro
I do not know of any pro that actually uses the sv98 or the red 98. What they need was the old solid yet comfortable material that is no longer being produced for general public. I read their pjed racquets are done in Japan as we all already know these higher ranked players do not like change and it is not that difficult to simply spray on a pj.
 

polksio

Rookie
Don't think it's an Si or an Xi 98 but if it is, they play very very stiff. With some lead at 10 and 2 (actually quite a bit of lead : enough to bring it up to 350SW) the racket stop caring about such things as "sweet spot" it's actually scary. Dont like it so much with a poly though, as I said very stiff, could explain the gut.
 

Eichiro

Rookie
Don't think it's an Si or an Xi 98 but if it is, they play very very stiff. With some lead at 10 and 2 (actually quite a bit of lead : enough to bring it up to 350SW) the racket stop caring about such things as "sweet spot" it's actually scary. Dont like it so much with a poly though, as I said very stiff, could explain the gut.
It's an sv98
 

polksio

Rookie
It's an sv98

Head Size: 98 sq. in. MP
Length: 27 inches
Weight: Strung — 11.3 oz Unstrung — 10.8 oz
Tension: 45-60 Pounds
Balance: 9 Pts Head Light
Beam Width: 22/22/21mm
Composition: HM Graphite/Nanometric XT
Flex: 65
Grip Type: Yonex Synthetic
Power Level: Low
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 20 Crosses
Shared Holes: None
Main Skip: 8T, 8H
Swing Speed: Fast, Long Swing
Swing Weight: 320

That makes much more sense
 

ron schaap

Professional
VS Touch mains and Yonex PolyTour Spin crosses.
Could be true according to his picture at Yonex site.
However does not make sense because sharp tour spin edges would saw in no time into soft gut or does he order a restringing every other game? And with profiled string in crosses he does not have added benefits of it. Why not reverse if he must use gut?
 

ron schaap

Professional
Having a slow day are we @Fedstrashaapstus? #fedbait :rolleyes: (Granted PTS 'sharper' than Alu Rough.)
Alu rough is just dented while pts is really sharp therefore i think Nishioka is maybe using an other blue coloured cross string . Still curious why Yonex states that he uses fullbed Poly tour spin while he clearly is not.
 
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