Don’t you miss the big Russian bear and his thunder groundstrokes? Well, you can still watch Marat Safin on the Champions Tour from time to time. But what racquet does he use?
During most of his career Marat Safin played with the legendary HEAD Prestige Classic 600 (HEAD pro stock code PT10), but on the Champions Tour he’s using the HEAD pro stock model called TGT 292.1, which is the “last great HEAD racquet series” according to most HEAD experts (I agree with this) and is the pro stock version of the HEAD IG Prestige Mid.
In fact Safin really changed to the Microgel Prestige Mid (tgk 237.1) in his last years on tour with the following specs: Weight: 359 g Balance: 32.3 cm. Sounds like a massive beast to swing, but he 89.5 sq inch head size makes it quite fast through the air. And whip it Safin could! He was always entertaining to watch with a big, yet varied game and a massive temper that could explode at any time.
The HEAD Microgel Prestige Mid that Safin used in his last years on tour was a quite a bit stiffer than the buttery HEAD Prestige Classic 600 with an RA of 63 strung, a weight of 346 grams, and a swing weight of 328 it required quite a lot from amateur players to be effective with it.
I owned the pro stock version of the Microgel Prestige Mid a while ago, but likely not the Safin personal racquets. I did enjoy playing with it, but it didn’t quite match up to the performance of the Prestige Classic 600 or even the IG Prestige Mid.
One poster on the TW forums (p1k) shared this great pic of his Safin personal frame in the Liquidmetal prestige paint job. I really like the Liquidmetal paint jobs as they are as fake as it can get with painted ridges instead of the actual physical ones you could feel when you touched them.
Marat Safin retired in November 2009 and judging by how well some older players have done on the tour (Roger Federer comes to mind), this was way too soon!
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