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Interesting Article: Federer Unstrung (That's why you cant own the Great's racquet)

Tired of fights between Fedtard with Nadaltard or Noletard posters??? Well, let's take a break have a rest and read this short good article.


Federer Unstrung

TENNIS fans may lust after Roger Federer’s racket strung with Roger Federer’s string. But if they bought a racket customized to his specifications, they might regret the choice.

For one thing, such a racket would be hard to control. “You either have to have a real Roger Federer fetish or really good skills,” said Nate Ferguson of Priority 1, based in Florida, who does customization work for Mr. Federer and other top professionals like Novak Djokovic. “Of the 100 guys out there at the top of the game, none of them play with Roger’s racket.”

Ordering a racket strung the Federer way is a bit like ordering a Starbucks coffee. Just ask for “a Wilson 16 gauge gut main string and a Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Rough cross string,” and then hope you won’t have to say it again. The racket itself is a Wilson K Factor Six One Tour with a 90-square-inch head. The precise weight of his customized racket is a secret.

Assuming you’ve overcome the hurdle of ordering the strings, you would also need a bit of cash.

At the Madrid Masters tournament this week in Spain, Mr. Federer is playing with 12 rackets, swapping on or near every ball change and alternating string tension depending on the bounce of the ball (and his mood), so a full arsenal of customized Federer rackets would cost about $3,500, including the cost of the rackets.

“The racket gives you very little as a player,” Mr. Ferguson said. “It’s Federer’s God-given talent that creates the pace and spin.” PAUL BERGER


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Wow, that's why i never use nCode 90 or K Factor 6.1 (90 sq). Actually, that racquet is hell control for most ppl. ...imo

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Wow, that's why i never use nCode 90 or K Factor 6.1 (90 sq). Actually, that racquet is hell control for most ppl. ...imo
the kfactor is much easier to use than the ncode from my experience. the ncode drove me to almost quit tennis altogether because it just gives you nothing if your timing is slightly off. one day i would play at a ridiculously high level and the text time i would swear it was my first time playing the sport

the kfactor i have found just gives a little more room for error in stroke production. it's definitely no babolat frying pan but i've found a more consistent level of play with it.

having said that i don't waste time obsessing about my racquet configuration and i'm sure i wouldn't even recognise the racquet if i were to use Roger's.
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Tired of fights between Fedtard with Nadaltard or Noletard posters??? Well, let's take a break have a rest and read this short good article.
Okay, mission accomplished I think it doesn't relieve too much about Federer's exact racket settings considering that it's not only Federer whose racket is a science of its own. Many players have experts around them who do nothing else than tweak their rackets and grips the right way and there is a lot of experimenting and experience involved in this. Some players are really sensible with their equipment and feel it if the lead tape is attached only two or three millimeters off the right spot or if the racket is a few grams too light or too heavy. Same with the grip who needs to be perfect for some and which is individually adjusted for some players.

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the kfactor is much easier to use than the ncode from my experience. the ncode drove me to almost quit tennis altogether because it just gives you nothing if your timing is slightly off. one day i would play at a ridiculously high level and the text time i would swear it was my first time playing the sport

the kfactor i have found just gives a little more room for error in stroke production. it's definitely no babolat frying pan but i've found a more consistent level of play with it.

having said that i don't waste time obsessing about my racquet configuration and i'm sure i wouldn't even recognise the racquet if i were to use Roger's.

I consider your opinion. Mmmmm one thing for sure, i will like a stupid duck running around the court if i use that kind of racquer with small head.

I have a ncode 90, some old prince and slaz racquets (i used it) but no for ncode 95. Now I usually play with rqs 22, 102 sq.

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K what ? a paint job

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Only real men use the N-Code. K-factor is for pussies!
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K what ? a paint job
Exactly, it's a paint job. Fed's racquet is completely custom. There is nothing in a retail tennis shop like it, but Wilson knows that if they sell something called Federer's racquet people will buy it to be JUST LIKE HIM.

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Exactly, it's a paint job. Fed's racquet is completely custom. There is nothing in a retail tennis shop like it, but Wilson knows that if they sell something called Federer's racquet people will buy it to be JUST LIKE HIM.
I believe most players do use all custom rackets with paint jobs.

Sorry dear, I'll disagree with you: Wilson's rackets are great and they're famous much before Federer came around. I know he's a great marketing tool for the company, but their rackets speak for themselves.
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Yep Federer's racket is really a wooden racquet with a glossy paint job.

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I believe most players do use all custom rackets with paint jobs.

Sorry dear, I'll disagree with you: Wilson's rackets are great and they're famous much before Federer came around. I know he's a great marketing tool for the company, but their rackets speak for themselves.
I have no doubt Wilson makes excellent racquets, I think they are the best selling racquet company in the world, aren't they?

I know a few players who use retail model racquets, the most customization they have is lead tape (I have a few cracked frames). Most players use retail models or former retail models, but don't trust the paintjob. No one should ever buy a racquet because some pro uses it anyway, you buy the one that fits your skill level and playing style.

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I have no doubt Wilson makes excellent racquets, I think they are the best selling company in the world.

I know a few players who use retail model racquets, the most customization they have is lead tape (I have a few cracked frames). Most players use retail models or former retail models, but don't trust the paintjob. No one should ever buy a racquet because some pro uses it anyway, you buy the one that fits your skill level and playing style.
I agree I agree, when I finally changed for the n-code nsix-one I realised how great it is.
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Doesn't Fed string it quite loose?

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I have no doubt Wilson makes excellent racquets, I think they are the best selling racquet company in the world, aren't they?
I don't sure but not a long ago the best selling racquet is Prince. Not sure now. Well, okay they make champs racquet, for Federer or Henin or Sampras but it's not guarantee it will fix for us. Agree...

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Doesn't Fed string it quite loose?
I think yes. It needs much motion from the body to do it to aim exact spot for the ball.

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Doesn't Fed string it quite loose?
Yeah, and he doesn't use a dampener either.
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