The Novak Djokovic Racket is very popular amongst recreational players who want to emulate the current world number 1 and 20 Grand Slams Winner. Novak has used Head rackets for the majority of his career but also used Wilson rackets for a small period between 2005 and 2008.
We have published the below guide with the aim of helping you understand what racket |Novak Djokovic actually plays with on the ATP tour and whether the retail version that you can buy in the shops is anything like it.
What Racket Does Novak Djokovic play with?
ATP Pro and current world number 1 Novak Djokovic endorses the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro Tennis Racket (see image above) but he actually plays with a customized Head PT113b pro stock frame which has completely different specs to the Speed Pro but is painted to look like the Speed Pro. Love it or hate it but this is a common practice in the tennis industry and is done to boost sales.
What are the Specifications of the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro Tennis Racket (retail Version) Vs Novak’s Actual Racket?
Below are the racket specifications for the retail and pro versions of Novak Djokovic’s Racket. As you can see from the below specs, the retail and pro versions of Novak’s Rackets are very different.
|Novak Djokovic Racket||Retail Version||Pro Version|
|Head Size:||100 Inches||95 Inches|
|Racket Length:||27 inches||27.10 inches|
|Strung Weight:||329 grams||353 grams|
|String Pattern:||18 x 20||18 x 19|
|Balance:||6 pts HL||6 pts HL|
|Swing Style Required:||You need a long and fast swing||You need a long and fast swing|
|Power Level:||Low powered racket (you need to generate your own power)||Low powered racket (you need to generate your own power)|
|Recommended Level:||Advanced player (not recommended for beginners)||Advanced player (not recommended for beginners)|
Can You Buy Novak Djokovic’s Actual Racket?
If you want to play with a racket with the same specs as Djokovic’s actual racket, then you might find it hard to get your hands on one as it won’t be available from your local tennis shop. You can try sites like ProStockTennis who specialise in pro tennis frames or wait for one of his rackets to be auctioned for charity. Either way, it will be very expensive to get your hands on one.
What Grip Size does Novak Djokovic use?
Novak Djokovic uses a 4 and 3/8 grip size with two overgrips on his rackets with the overgrips bringing it closer to a 4 and 1/2 grip size. Other top pros like Federer and Nadal also favour smaller grips with overgrips so they can get extra wrist snap on their serves and to make changing their grips much easier.
As mentioned in my article on Roger Federer’s Tennis Racket, just because pros like Roger or Novak uses a 4 and 3/8 grip size, that doesn’t mean you also should use it. Everyone’s hands are different and you need to get the grip size that suits you. If you play regularly with a grip size that is too large or too small for you, this can lead to issues like tennis elbow.
Does Novak Djokovic play with a Vibration Dampener?
Like a lot of tennis pros, Novak Djokovic plays with a Vibration Dampener on his tennis racket. Novak endorses and uses Head’s Djokovic Dampener that is available from the Head website in white and features Novak’s logo in black.
How does Novak Djokovic string his Racket?
Novak Djokovic strings his racket with Luxilon Alu Power Rough in the crosses and Babolat Natural Gut. Like many top tennis Players, Novak will vary the tension on his tennis rackets depending on the conditions and the surface he is playing on. Generally, the string tension on his rackets will be in the 55 lbs on the cross strings and 59 lbs on the main strings.
Should I buy the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro Tennis Racket?
So you are probably wondering if Novak Djokovic doesn’t play with the Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro then why should I. However, I think the retail version of the Novak Djokovic Racket (for the vast majority of recreational players) is a much better pick than going for a racket closer to Djokovic’s specs.
The Speed Pro is much lighter than Novak’s actual racket and will be much easier to play with for recreational players. The larger head size of the Speed Pro will also be more forgiving on off centre shots. All in all, I think it would be a much better fit for intermediate to advanced recreational club players than Novak’s actual racket.
Personally, I have played with the Speed Pro and I thought it was an okay racket to play with but I didn’t fall in love with it. I think the main reason for this is that I like to play with a heavier racket that is more headlight than the Speed Pro.
Where can I buy Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro Tennis Racket?
As Novak Djokovic is the current world number, you will have no trouble finding a Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro Tennis Racket to buy as they will be stocked in most good tennis shops. You also have the option of buying the racket online.
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