Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by degrease, Jan 31, 2014.
Usually pros use very heavy rackets yet tsonga is using the babolat pure strike 100.. any ideas?
His footwork is not good enough.
Ha ha.. ok serious answers now plz
He has customized it. His is 325g unstrung with a custom handle to make it longer. The lighter the base racquet, the more easy it is to customize it. Not to mention that he most likely wanted to keep the 100in² headsize and 16/19 pattern he's accustomed with.
I'm pretty sure he knows more about what he needs than any of us...
wait...different people like different rackets? But that means that one racket is not absolutely the best?
The Force is strong in this one. Please continue to spread the good word.
Tsonga likes open patterns as far as I can tell.
I think it has more to do with advertising and the consumer audience. Not a lot of people are able to handle the "Tour" version. Since the standard version fits a bigger variety of players, it would make sense to emphasize its endorsement more.
I agree with greystar. Tsonga's the second biggest name using Babolat, so they are going to want to capitalize on the money they're sending him and use him to try to make people try and buy pure strikes... since the 100 is the one most people would be able to use effectively, that's the one they advertise.
This is your answer. It has nothing to do with marketing to hackers
it is just a PJ. he uses still APDC (no GT version)
Not even close. You can't paint an Aero racquet to look like a Pure Strike.
In the words of a wise young guru, "He's mediocre at best. At best"
New year, new paint job.
Not an APD+ paintjob. Lukhas has it right. You can call it Tsonga's special Pure Strike Tour+ 100 16x19 version.
He sucks, that's why!
Just kidding, he probably has it customized just the way he likes it; the paintjob was most likely decided by Babolat's marketing team
I do like how some people are just sooo sceptical. Paint job is the default setting. The distinctive throat of an apd looks nothing like a conventional racket yet they still say paint job. If tsonga used a cricket bat they would say it a paint job of his old apd
I am sure his racket is weighed different and is heavier than stock. Babolat can customize the weight distribution for each player.
Well like the others said, Tsonga's rackets, like any other players' rackets, are customized. And plus, it's not like the stock form Tsonga's previous racket was that heavy. Tsonga is known to put long strips of lead tape on his rackets.
I should have included that basically, weight and balance are customizable and not to worry about. It's the specifications like the beam width, string pattern, and head size that aren't able to be customized easily.
Man, it is not even tsonga out there. Underneath the fit, french biracial guy with curly dark hair, it is shane warne. just a really good paintjob.
Clearly you are blind then... that's no APD
nice ha ha ha
Thanks, i don't know why i thought of an australian cricketer. Must've been during the oz oipen.
Could have gone with someone more popular in france and the us. Like jerry lewis.
Back on topic.
It has to be the string pattern. Jo is used to having 16 mains. His APDs were/are generally loaded up with a ton of silicone in the handle and upwards of 12g of lead in the head. So i am sure what he is packing is specd out much heavier than a tour, but w the sotring oattern and headsize of a strike 100.
I am going to get a pair of the strike 16x18 when it comes out in may. Probably do the silicone and lead thing, too.
Same here. They are also cheaper than the tour
Is there a new Pure strike with a stronger force coming out soon?
I think he is right. Look at what Federer is doing with his PJ, making his pro90 into looking like Prostaff 97. it is amazing
The RF97 frame actually looks a lot like Federer's old stick . I personally think he's playing with the same racquet he's always had. Wilson most likely only changed the PJ.
I purchased, played with and eventually sold the PST for the best part of two months. Loved the racquet once I tweaked it to be more headlight, but I never felt "connected" to the ball, as much as I did with the Blade 93.
Different beasts - one that I've managed to tame, and one that (for my game) I will admire from afar.
Props to Babolat for introducing the Strike line of racquets. If not for the lack of "feel" I'd have switched to the PST in a heartbeat.
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