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Is Federer's new racquet really a paint job?

Fed is now using the new BLX racquet from Wilson (though some think that it is a paint job on the K-factor). Here is what Tennis Warehouse says about the new racquet:

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Roger Federer's Six.One Tour gets updated with Wilson's BLX technology. Wilson has woven Basalt fibers in the construction of the racquet for what it calls "the most advanced composites in the industry." On court the BLX version of the Six.One Tour picks up where the KFactor version left off. With a very similar spec, the differences between the two are subtle. Our TW playtesters found the power level and control pretty much identical to the KFactor version with the main difference coming in feel. With Basalt in the construction, the BLX Six.One Tour is designed to resist vibration and offer a cleaner feel. Compared to the KFactor version, the Six.One Tour BLX feels slightly more dampened. As with previous versions, the racquet is incredibly solid from all areas of the court. The racquet's mass offers excellent plow through on everything from groundstrokes to serves. At net, there is a high level of control thanks to the solid response and solid bite from the stringbed. All in all an excellent choice for the advanced 5.0+ level player seeking the ultimate in control.
So, the BLX Six One is not much different from the K-factor Six One other than better dampening (should help with those back aches) and better feel (something that Fed is always striving towards).

Someone else mentioned that the BLX is a slightly longer frame, enhancing the sweet spot of the racquet and that should help Fed with his BH.

I personally think that he is using the new racquet and this is not a paint job.

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Re: Is Federer's new racquet really a paint job?

Six more slams easily now that the BH will be on fire.

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Re: Is Federer's new racquet really a paint job?

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Six more slams easily now that the BH will be on fire.
I don't think he has won a single slam until now because the BH was on fire and it won't change for the foreseeable future.

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I dunno, a couple times at Wimbledon his backhand was on fire. I recall it blasting Roddick off the court a number of times.
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Definitely a PJ.
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Re: Is Federer's new racquet really a paint job?

When will people learn about this? Every single one of the top players, without exception, has a paint job. Federer uses a custom racquet.
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pj if u ask me wished he'd use a bigger frame

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When will people learn about this? Every single one of the top players, without exception, has a paint job. Federer uses a custom racquet.
I dunno, the two racquets are so similar that Fed won't have to really break-in a new racquet at all. He gets better dampening and feel with the new racquet. Why does it have to be a paint job?

Now, it is entirely possible that the BLX that Fed uses can't be purchased but what makes you so sure that he is not using BLX at all?

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I dunno, the two racquets are so similar that Fed won't have to really break-in a new racquet at all. He gets better dampening and feel with the new racquet. Why does it have to be a paint job?

Now, it is entirely possible that the BLX that Fed uses can't be purchased but what makes you so sure that he is not using BLX at all?
Pur-lease. Do you work for Wilson? "He gets better dampening and feel" - why have you taken Wilson's claims at face value? "Better feel" is nothing but marketing gimmickry - whether one racquet has "better feel" than another is incredibly subjective.

Federer has his racquets custom made. We know this because someone got one of his racquets from one of his matches and compared it to to the off the shelf versions. And they were quite different. I remember reading the posts on another tennis website and looking at the pics. Amongst other differences, Federer's racquet had a different string pattern. So he will have spent a while with some people from Wilson getting him the exact racquet he wants, customised the way he wants it. Having spent time to get the perfect racquet for him custom made, I can guarantee you 100% that he isn't going to chop and change every time they bring out a new model (which is what they would have you believe). PAINT JOB.
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By the way, I am actually a fan of the Wilson racquets and use one myself (although not the latest version). But the claims that Federer is changing his racquet every time they bring out a new model are complete BS in my opinion.
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By the way, I am actually a fan of the Wilson racquets and use one myself (although not the latest version). But the claims that Federer is changing his racquet every time they bring out a new model are complete BS in my opinion.
That SHOULD be pretty obvious to everyone. Federer is a very smart man and works with his racquet company very closely to customize what works best with his game, much like Kobe Bryant does with his shoe company.
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Pur-lease. Do you work for Wilson? "He gets better dampening and feel" - why have you taken Wilson's claims at face value? "Better feel" is nothing but marketing gimmickry - whether one racquet has "better feel" than another is incredibly subjective.

Federer has his racquets custom made. We know this because someone got one of his racquets from one of his matches and compared it to to the off the shelf versions. And they were quite different. I remember reading the posts on another tennis website and looking at the pics. Amongst other differences, Federer's racquet had a different string pattern. So he will have spent a while with some people from Wilson getting him the exact racquet he wants, customised the way he wants it. Having spent time to get the perfect racquet for him custom made, I can guarantee you 100% that he isn't going to chop and change every time they bring out a new model (which is what they would have you believe). PAINT JOB.
I don't but do you? Yes, Roger probably has a custom racquet but why can't he use better technology if it is available and has virtually no downside in terms of preparation? The BLX technology seems to employ better composite technology to give better dampening and control (which equates to better "feel"). Or do you feel that players should have continued using wooden racquets with newer paint jobs?

You say that you have a Wilson racquet so I assume you know how to play tennis. Maybe you are a beginner but control is definitely something I can sense based on the racquet I use. I use a Wilson K-surge and it is quite different from (for example) a Wilson K-blade.

Who said anything about chopping and changing anything? He is probably now using a better racquet in the same Wilson racquet class. The weight, balance and frame size is similar even in terms of the one for sale so Fed probably customized the BLX like he did the K-factor with very little effort on Wilson's part.

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Re: Is Federer's new racquet really a paint job?

head still looks small as ever

would be a miracle if he never shanked BH's anymore
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head still looks small as ever

would be a miracle if he never shanked BH's anymore
He could use a 110 sq. in. head and still shank bh's.

As for the racquet, I thought he'd been using the same one since Munich 03. Since then, however, I believe he's asked Wilson to make minor frame adjustments for stability and what not on his custom frames while Wilson rolls out a new line every 3 years to make some $$$$.

What Roger actually uses? No one can say for sure.

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If only Federer was like Safin -- throwing away broken racket on daily basis -- there wouldn't be speculations about his racket, because we will get hold of them and dissect the specs.

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