For some, Sir Andrew Barron Murray is the Greatest British Sportsman of all time, for others he's just a boring Scottish tennis player, but what tennis racquet does he use to ply a trade that's won him three Grand Slams and over $60 million in prize money?
Murray has been a brand ambassador for Head ever since he was a junior and has long been one of the prominent faces endorsing the Head Radical line of racquets, specifically the Head Graphene 360 Radical Pro.
Is that really his racquet of choice or is there more to it? Let's take a look.
What Racquet Does Murray Actually Use?
Surprise surprise, Andy Murray actually uses a completely different racquet to the one he endorses.
The PT57A is also known as the Head Pro Tour 630 or Thomas Muster racquet and depending on who you speak to in the tennis community; it is regarded as one of the best racquets ever made.
Rather than the typical 18 x 20 string pattern used on the Muster frame (PTF7A), Murray's is drilled with a 16 x 19 string pattern (hence the 2 being appended onto the pro stock code PTF7A2) and was never available to retail customers back in the 1990s.
What Specification is Andy Murray's Head Racquet?
|Head Size||98 in²|
|Balance||33.2cm (2pts HL)|
|String Pattern||16 x 19|
|Grip Style||Karakal PU Super Grip + Tournagrip|
|Grip Size||4 3/8″ (L3) + Overgrip|
Has Murray Changed Racquet Specs During His Career?
Like most players, Murray has flirted with other racquets over the years by testing them in the offseason, but unlike Federer and Djokovic, he's yet to make any significant changes to his racquet.
At the back end of 2020, according to dr325i on the Tennis Warehouse Forums, Murray was testing a slightly longer racquet (a change Novak Djokovic made in 2018) but whether he did switch is currently unknown.
So the only changes Murray has made are the addition and removal of lead tape and silicone throughout the years, with quoted specs of his racquets swing weight being as high as 400 and as low as 370.
Given his recent hip problems and a game that relies heavily on defence, a change may actually make sense to help him prolong his career by ending points sooner but switching from a racquet he's used since his junior days is no easy task given his level of success.
Why Does Murray Use the Head PT57A2?
Murray uses a counterpunching tennis style and, rather than blazing winners, he's redirecting the ball to try to force an error. The return of serve is one of his best assets, and that high swing weight allows him to step in and bunt the ball back rather than taking massive cuts at the ball.
Although Murray uses a static weight similar to most other pros, his swing weight is very high. This is because he has a shorter and slower swing than Federer and Nadal, so to achieve the same level of power, the racquet has to act as if it were heavier, hence the distribution of weight towards the head and the very high swing weight.
If you think of someone like Dominic Thiem trying to use Murray's racquet he'd be tearing his arm off every time he hit the ball. On the other hand, Murray can take smaller swings and let the racquet's weight do the work, and it works well for his technique.
What String Setup Does Murray Use?
Murray uses Luxilon Alu Power in his main strings Babolat VS Touch Natural Gut in the cross strings. His tension will vary throughout the season but is up around the 60lbs mark.
Can You Buy Andy Murray's Racquet?
To buy the racquet, Andy Murray uses you have a few options. The first being if you want a racquet that looks like his would be to buy the Head Graphene 360 Radical Pro he endorses.
While nothing like the frame he uses specs-wise, it's a stylish frame and is a stable racquet for both intermediate and advanced players. You can compare specs below:
|Murray's Actual Racquet||Head Graphene 360 Radical Pro|
|Head Size||98 in² / 632.26 cm²||98 in² / 632.26 cm²|
|Length||27in / 68.58cm||27in / 68.58cm|
|Strung Weight||12.5oz / 353g||11.5oz / 326g|
|Balance||33.2cm / 2pts HL||32.39cm / 6 pts HL|
|String Pattern||16 x 19||16 x 19|
|Grip Style||Karakal PU Super Grip + Tournagrip||Head Hydrosorb Pro|
To buy an actual PT57A2 pro stock frame, you'll have to scour the forums, and websites like ProStockTennis to try and find a match used racquet for sale.
You might be able to pick up a match used racquet that Murray has used himself in which case you will be playing with his exact specs.
Murray is not the only pro to use a PT57A2 on tour though, so it's possible to buy other players pro stock frame and customise it to match Murray's high swing weight.
A third option is to pick up a used Pro Tour 630 from almost 30 years ago. This will have the wrong string pattern as it's an 18 x 20, but if you add some lead tape and silicone, you will get a similar playing frame if you can overlook the string pattern.
Finally, Head has recently launched the Head Pro Tour 2.0, a limited edition remake of the Head Pro Tour 280 (the 280 is basically a 630 but stiffer and was for the American market). The remake is essentially the same frame, albeit with none of the synthetic fibre called Twaron in its construction. Again this is an 18 x 20 string pattern.
This will be your cheapest option as match used pro stock frames are $$$, and the used market for Pro Tour 630 racquets is equally as expensive due to demand outstripping supply.
So there you have it. Andy Murray's real racquet specs revealed. What do you think of his swing weight, could you use a frame like that? Let me know in the comments.