Pros' Pure Drives

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  1. MarrratSafin

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  2. dgoran

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    I am going to attempt to reel this thread back in to the original topic since I dont think its worth starting another one just for this.

    Basically I was wondering if somebody has compiled pro's pure drive specs for the users that use any variation of Pure Drive
    Player: W B S SW L
    Andreev
    Ljubicic (previous stick)
    Roddick
    Julien Benneteau: 335 32 ? ? 69
    Somdev
    Lapentti
    Moya: 322 37.5 405
    and countless others
    Nadal (not PD but very similar): 334 33.4 357
    Paes: 342 32.5 70 351 27

    I thought it would be a cool reference post that PD users can go back to it and try out what works for pro's kind of like bunch of APDC users are trying out Nadal's specs as posted by greg over at HDtennis.com
     
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  3. Aces09

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    Okay, the first layer that covers the "gt technology" is about 4 inches, the strip ontop of that is about two inches. The strips are quarter inch width. I haven't ever taken the bumper or base grip off to look for more lead
     
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  4. drummerboy

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    I am little confused now. Jura's specs say that 334gr of Nadal is unstrung, on the other hand Greg has similar specs on his site but he is saying his specs are from the strung racquets.

    I am not sure if Nadal has 334grams unstrung stick. I think that's too light for the pro level.
     
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  5. ipitythefool

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    Thanks! If I understand you correctly, there is lead strip that covers the "gt technology" (which we all can see) But you are saying, there is one more strip on top of that, and that one is about two inches long. Correct?

    Now, where is this two inch lead strip located -on top of the 4 inch longer one? Is it at the upper half of the long strip? Lower half? Or maybe this two inch strip is in center of the long strip?

    Thanks again...

    (ps: if you have access to his racquet, if you can give us the racquet's weight and balance point (if you can) you will be the hero!!! :)
     
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    The two inch strip is in the middle of the part that says "GT Technology. I really don't think I can be any more obvious. But i'll try. The first strip of lead starts at the 7th cross string (counting from the bottom) and goes up to the 16th cross string (also counting from the bottom)

    The second, smaller piece of lead tape starts at the 10th cross string (counting from the bottom) and goes up to the 14th cross string.

    The racquet, strung with Babolat Pro Hurricane mains and babolat vs gut crosses with the rubber band dampener (like agassi's), lead tape, and XL Tournagrip overgrip, is less than 1/2 inch headlight. I don't have a scale at my house that can weigh in oz, but next time i go to the club i'll try and get it weighed. But if I had to guess, based on the balance and feel, it's probably 11.7-11.9 oz. It's light for a players stick, but the 27.5 inch length bring the swingweight up. The grip is 4 1/2 and then the tournagrip is ontop of that. The cortex IS PAINTED ON. The woofer IS REAL. There is a sticker on the inside of the throat that just says "3/8 61" but the grip plainly says "#4 4 1/2" on the buttcap. Also, on the butcap "409" is kind of imprinted in the plastic. The paintjob is identical to the retail version, the bumper guard is also the same as retail.

    I decided that I don't want to remove the base grip (which is a babolat black synthetic) or bumper guard to look for more lead, I don't think there is any, based on the SW
     
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    Aces,

    Interesting... I'm curious to know how the frame feels in comparison to the normal PD+... have you hit with it at all?

    R.
     
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  8. Aces09

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    I've never used an original pure drive, not counting the actual roddick racquet. I've used the Pure Drive Roddick (cortex) and Roddick's actual racquet feels softer. If I ever find an original pure drive, i'll repost
     
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  9. dgoran

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    So that's approx. 13 in or 6.5gr of lead in the hoop and I am willing to bet that there is silicone or lead in the amount of 10-11gr in the handle exact location dpends on how head light roddick wants his racket to feel.
     
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  10. iowaviking11

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    On ****, i dont know the number, some one is selling two customized pure drives for a women player. They might have the specs on the description but not sure.
     
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    It's actually very close to even balanced, it's maybe 1/2 inch headlight, probably less than that. But it plays very solid, i don't think there's any lead in the handle or bumperguard
     
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  12. dgoran

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    I stand corrected than. I was going off of assumption that retail PD Roddick specs are what Roddick approx. is using and one of the ways to achieve retail PD Roddick specs from Pure Drive Team would be 5-6 gr in the 58cm position in the head and 10-11 gr in the handle. But if you are correct his Pure Drive only ways around 335gr strung with OG and Dampner + Lead as you described.

    Would you mind "getto" measuring balance and weight I mean you know kitchen counter and a scale. just gently slide head of the racket slide on the kitchen counter until the handle lifts off than measure the distance from the handle till the end of the counter/table.

    or if you dont feel like doing all that at least tell me when you hang racket on your finger if the racket tips towards head, handle or it's perfectly straight
     
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    When I hang the racquet on my finger, it just tips downward towards the handle, it's barely headlight at all
     
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  14. dgoran

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    So my calculated guesstimate is that it's approx. 13in/33cm head light and in that case there is no lead in the handle just like you said 1/4 inch by 4.5 in + 2 in strips on each side so total of 13 in of lead tape or 6.5 grams.

    That would make his racket close to 330-340 gr strung but that depends on the string and weight of the rubber band.

    Good stuff thanks bro you're the man.
     
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    The original PD is the softest of them all, has a RA of 67 in general but i had some which were 66.
     
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