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Andy Murray’s Racquet

The Scot says he loves his Head Radical Pro in promotional interviews, but what tennis racquet does Murray really use?

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?

Murray Head

Surprise surprise, Andy Murray actually uses a completely different racquet to the one he endorses.

Murray has long been the Head Graphene 360 Radical Pro poster boy but actually uses a pro stock racquet designed well over 20 years ago, the Head PT57A2.

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. 

Murray Pt57a

What Specification is Andy Murray's Head Racquet?

Murray Head Pt57a

Like Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, Murray uses a weighty racquet when it comes to static weight but that swing weight of 379 kg cm^2 is crazy high! You can see his full specs below.

Head Size 98 in²
Length 27in
Strung Weight 353g
Balance 33.2cm (2pts HL)
Swing Weight 379
String Pattern 16 x 19
Dampener Yes
Grip Style Karakal PU Super Grip + Tournagrip
Grip Size 4 3/8″ (L3) + Overgrip
Stiffness 58

Has Murray Changed Racquet Specs During His Career?

Murray Serve

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 Racquet Smash

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 String Setup

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.

This hybrid string setup is designed to give him a blend of control thanks to the polyester string in the mains but enough touch/feel from the contrasting natural gut in the crosses.

Can You Buy Andy Murray's Racquet?

Murray Head Radical

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
Swing Weight 379 325
String Pattern 16 x 19 16 x 19
Grip Style Karakal PU Super Grip + Tournagrip Head Hydrosorb Pro
Stiffness 58 68

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.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or writing about tennis I play regularly myself and have a keen interest in tactics, equipment and technicalties of the sport.

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12 Comments

  1. Hum… when he’s great, he’s British. When he’s boring, he’s Scottish.
    Or vice-versa, swapping the cause/effect relationship. Now that’s a smart pun!

      1. Yes, it’s absurdly high. Anything over 330 kg.cm2 (those are the missing units) makes me operate in slow motion mode. Reaction shots, better forget them. Murray built up a lot of muscle but by looking at him and the way he moves, I get the impression that his body frame was not made to accommodate that extra mass. Something looks a bit off or maybe it’s just an impression caused by his generally negative/angry posture.

      2. Yeah the kg cm^2 is in the post somewhere 🙂

        I agree, he is not someone who is a real natural athlete. He is a product of work ethic and training.

        I tweeted this a few years ago saying that injury would catch up with him and he would be unlikely to play in his mid-thirties, he was searching his own name on Twitter and replied to me saying “Wanna bet?” lol.

        I am not sure who won the bet, he’s still playing, but he did retire 2 years ago according to the ATP and everyone had recorded farewell messages. So I think it’s void!

  2. Whatever you may think about Andy, when he is not playing it is boring without him 🙂
    I would love to see him back… only so Roger can beat him 🙂
    #sorrynotsorry

    Good idea Jon to do posts about their racquets as well. Sorry really sorry to see Stan go, but Come On Nickolas 🙂

  3. Hey Jonathan,
    Great writing and research on all the rackets. As far as the AO, I think the best match so far was the Shapo vs Sinner one. It gives me hope there will be decent tennis after Roger. Too bad for Stan, it was right there. I figured out why one of the reasons I don’t like Djokovic. He plays the victim role. The heat, his shoulder, the fans, the ATP, etc.
    Anyway, I’ll rout for Medvedev, I suppose.

    1. It was a pity that those two met in R1, but a draw is a draw. I like Sinner. He’s very circumspect and has clear ideas about what to do. 2/2 in finals don’t drop from the sky. His game is not the most exciting and reminds a bit of Djokovic. Maybe he’ll evolve to a more varied game; there’s plenty of time ahead.

    2. Sinner has been hitting a lot with Nadal of late, probably picked up a few tips.

      Stan, he must be annoyed to be so far up in the tie break, I didn’t see it but he said he got tight when the finish line was in sight.

    3. Like or not, facts are facts. Djokovic was first a victim of Western Alliance bombing Belgrade, when he was young. This is something sitting deep in his psyche. Then it was the gluten problem, discovered in 2010.
      Remember Dolgopolov talking about Djokovic? Something like “he plays dead and then all of a sudden he gets thousand legs, all running towards you”.
      Yes, Djoker is a master of psycho-game. I bet, he sometimes consciously loses a set against underdogs only to come back to win 6:1, 6:0. Negative crowd makes him stronger and he plays actually not with the opponent but with the public. Because the public is mostly against him. So his element is to make the hostile crowd happy by almost losing but then suddenly starting to play another tennis and winning. This has roots in his young years during Balkan war. Nothing to like or dislike. This is simply fact. You may still have tons of reasons to dislike him, of course.

  4. Most pros use paint jobs so not worth taking note of their apparent rackets. Doesn’t matter as there are hundreds of frames to choose from, find one that suits you not your favourite player who is contracted to one manufacturer.

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