Pro player racquets – true or false?
Re: subsequent pro racket/string overviews follwong the 2015 Open. It would be counterproductive for you to go to the trouble to research and printout player/racquet “updates.” Why? Well, I too was once a naïve pro gear hound eager to learn which racquet favorite pros were using. However some years ago I became saddened to learn that many pros are using older, often heavily customized racquet molds no longer available at retail. So many companies prepare a “paint job” that on the surface duplicates what one can buy. At least with strings, our “heroes” use the same product as we can buy. Babolat was sued and now in its lame racquet ads offers the disclaimer to the effect “… players pictured may use customized frames or different racquets entirely…” Head is worse yet! And even those that use a somewhat current model often have swingweights substantially higher than stock. Try using a racquet with an enhanced swingweight of 350 to 390 as opposed to the stock SW of 315-325; you’d be lucky to hit groundies past he service line! Not only are swingweights and molds different but the claimed headsize may also be smaller. Yes it is a disgrace and an insult to the fans. So what is served by a list of paintjobs for us to skim?? It is depressing to learn that such “eminences” as Djokovic, Murray, Berdych, Nishikori, Wawrinka among many have used or now use VERY different frames from what one sees on TV or in ads. Without boring you with sad details, suffice it to say that many/most do not use the “revolutionary/amazing new technologies” and lay up materials noted in ads! To his credit Sampras did indeed use a leaded up St. Vincent Pro Staff 85 and never INSULTED his fan base by boldly bringing paint jobs on court to deceive fans. And Federer’s sticks have been rather similar to what is sold off the shelf. I have reduced respect for the myriad of players who dupe fans in this manner.