Does Dominic Thiem uses retail Pure strike?

I saw this pics from Unstrungcustoms who’s an awesome dude used to customize for tons of pros. Today’s he’s posting the frame for Dominic Thiem and the first thing caught my eyes is that the rackets come in like retail versions. Everything looks like identical to the retail version, even with the plastic wrap on the grip...is that’s mean Thiem is actually using the retail pure strike 3rd gen?





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haqq777

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Nice pictures. I was under the impression that Babolat has always maintained they do not have prostocks for their pros (how much of that is true, I don't know).

Btw, is it the pictures angle or has he changed his lead placement a bit?
 
Nice pictures. I was under the impression that Babolat has always maintained they do not have prostocks for their pros (how much of that is true, I don't know).

Btw, is it the pictures angle or has he changed his lead placement a bit?
I don’t see there’s any lead placement change after he switched to the 3rd gen pure strike...Babolat posted how to customize his frame in Instagram before. Comparing to his first gen pure strike, yes he modified the lead length. But that’s probably because the 3rd gen just comes with a higher swingweight.


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haqq777

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I don’t see there’s any lead placement change after he switched to the 3rd gen pure strike...Babolat posted how to customize his frame in Instagram before. Comparing to his first gen pure strike, yes he modified the lead length. But that’s probably because the 3rd gen just comes with a higher swingweight.


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Yeah, that is probably it. I remember longer strips from before but could be that I am remembering from his older sticks. I can't seem to find Babolat's Instagram post on customization of Thiem's racquet. If you can post link that would be awesome. Thanks.
 

JackSockIsTheBest

Professional
I think he just uses the retail sticks but customizes them with lead tape. He also posted a video of him getting his racquet tuned. Don't know if that does anything though.
Yeah I think so too. Also does he use lead tape under the head or he just uses on the sides, just wondering.
 
Yeah, that is probably it. I remember longer strips from before but could be that I am remembering from his older sticks. I can't seem to find Babolat's Instagram post on customization of Thiem's racquet. If you can post link that would be awesome. Thanks.
It was a story on Babolat Instagram account so I can’t find it anymore...I remember it was before one of the major tournament final and Babolat posted that story “how to prepare Dominic’s racket” something like that


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uk_skippy

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I don't beleive that those are actual Thiem's frames as Babolat customise for him. I think they have just copied Thiem's specs for those frames.

But in short, he does use retail versions customised as he wants them; plus he has a customise gripsize and maybe shape too.

I have 1 of his frames from Wimbledon 2018, and before I framed it I had a quick hit and it felt the same as my own 1st gen strikes.
 

David Le

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I don't beleive that those are actual Thiem's frames as Babolat customise for him. I think they have just copied Thiem's specs for those frames.

But in short, he does use retail versions customised as he wants them; plus he has a customise gripsize and maybe shape too.

I have 1 of his frames from Wimbledon 2018, and before I framed it I had a quick hit and it felt the same as my own 1st gen strikes.
He uses a head grip pallet and I believe it’s the rectangular one.
 
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Thiem uses the gen 3 pure strike, however recently he used the gen 1 but switched. Obviously he customizes, which is interesting, I’d love to know his spec.
 

uk_skippy

Hall of Fame
He uses a head grip pallet and I believe it’s the rectangular one.
While I haven't checked my Thiem frame, I have read that the shape is Head rectangular shape, but it would be molded by Babolat not the pallet system as 1) Head pallets won't fit the Babolat hairpin (and I've tried), and 2) its a custom L2.5 size.

Thiem uses the gen 3 pure strike, however recently he used the gen 1 but switched. Obviously he customizes, which is interesting, I’d love to know his spec.
Specs are 317g/314mm/310sw, L2.5 grip. These are direct from Babolat
 

David Le

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While I haven't checked my Thiem frame, I have read that the shape is Head rectangular shape, but it would be molded by Babolat not the pallet system as 1) Head pallets won't fit the Babolat hairpin (and I've tried), and 2) its a custom L2.5 size.



Specs are 317g/314mm/310sw, L2.5 grip. These are direct from Babolat
That’s what I thought but I worded it bad. Haha Yeah, 4 1/4 is small for a guy his size, but it can impart more spin ala Nadal.
 
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While I haven't checked my Thiem frame, I have read that the shape is Head rectangular shape, but it would be molded by Babolat not the pallet system as 1) Head pallets won't fit the Babolat hairpin (and I've tried), and 2) its a custom L2.5 size.



Specs are 317g/314mm/310sw, L2.5 grip. These are direct from Babolat
Sheesh. That’s below my spec! Or is that unstrung?
 

smalahove

Hall of Fame
That’s what I thought but I worded it bad. Haha Yeah, 4 1/4 is small for a guy his size, but it can impart more spin ala Nadal.
His size is one thing, but he has huge hands, even for his stature. They look like he should use 5 1/4 instead :)
 
As Skippy alludes to, those are not Thiem's rackets being customised in the Insta posts. The post is somewhat misleading. Babolat does the customisation for its leading players in-house.
 
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BilyNovak

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after all these are Thiem rackets or not? because if he customized Djokovic rackets what prevents him from doing the same on Thiem rackets.
Does Thiem really use strike v3?
 
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after all these are Thiem rackets or not? because if he customized Djokovic rackets what prevents him from doing the same on Thiem rackets.
Does Thiem really use strike v3?

Take a look where he talks about his racquet itself, he mentions it.
 

uk_skippy

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after all these are Thiem rackets or not? because if he customized Djokovic rackets what prevents him from doing the same on Thiem rackets.
Does Thiem really use strike v3?
They don't customise for Novak, Head do. He is friends of Novak and may have copied the customisation from Novaks rqts. Babolat customise Thiem's rqts. Since, yes he does use V3 Strikes, it won't take much to take the retail version and customise it to match Thiem's specs as published by Babolat.
 
after all these are Thiem rackets or not? because if he customized Djokovic rackets what prevents him from doing the same on Thiem rackets.
Does Thiem really use strike v3?
To be very clear, they are not Thiem's rackets. Thiem's customisation is done by Babolat. Having seen his frames and speaking with Babolat, he has moved to the v3, customised to his specs as Skippy has confirmed. Occasionally players do switch to new sticks rather than stick with old ones painted haha.

Also - Neither does he customise for Djokovic - please don't be mislead. Djoko's rackets are initially customised by Head and then the 'primary care' of his rackets after that is handled by Priority One (P1).

As Skippy has said, he is friends with Novak, through Novak's younger brother, and occasionally provides stringing services when Novak trains in Spain.
 

Dan007

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They don't customise for Novak, Head do. He is friends of Novak and may have copied the customisation from Novaks rqts. Babolat customise Thiem's rqts. Since, yes he does use V3 Strikes, it won't take much to take the retail version and customise it to match Thiem's specs as published by Babolat.
So P1 doesn't customize for Djoker anymore? Just stringing?
 

socallefty

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If Thiem starts winning multiple Slams including the USO this weekend, will it make the Pure Strike a popular racquet? Right now, people think only of the Pure Aero and Pure Drive when they think of Babolat.
 

JackSockIsTheBest

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If Thiem starts winning multiple Slams including the USO this weekend, will it make the Pure Strike a popular racquet? Right now, people think only of the Pure Aero and Pure Drive when they think of Babolat.
i currently use the pure aero but im 13 so i really am thinking of switching to the strike series when it becomes the time.. should i?
 

David Le

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The PS V2/G2 was very popular in sales as well as on the ‘For Sale’ forum/thread when they complain for it being too stiff. Lol
 

David Le

Hall of Fame
i currently use the pure aero but im 13 so i really am thinking of switching to the strike series when it becomes the time.. should i?
I wouldn’t switch just because lots of people are using it or even if it’s marketed as a Grand Slam winning racquet. Play with whatever suits your game.
 

socallefty

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I used to play with the Gen1 Pure Strike Tour and switched to the Gen 3 PST last year. I love it and it is more comfortable than the Gen 1 - I can string with poly and poly/gut hybrids on it. I thought the Gen 2 Project17 had too harsh a feel for my elbow when I tried it while the Gen3 feels more dampened and comfortable.
 

onehandbh

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I used to play with the Gen1 Pure Strike Tour and switched to the Gen 3 PST last year. I love it and it is more comfortable than the Gen 1 - I can string with poly and poly/gut hybrids on it. I thought the Gen 2 Project17 had too harsh a feel for my elbow when I tried it while the Gen3 feels more dampened and comfortable.
Gen3 Pure Strike Tour is 16x19 and gen1 PST was 18x20.

You prefer the 16x19?
 

socallefty

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Gen3 Pure Strike Tour is 16x19 and gen1 PST was 18x20.

You prefer the 16x19?
Good question. If they had made a 18x20 Gen3 PST, I would have bought it instead of the 16x19 PST. But they released only a standard 18x20 which I found to be unstable and since I am not the type to customize racquets, I bought the 16x19 PST.

It took me about 10-12 hours to make the adjustment to the more open pattern when I switched from Gen 1 to Gen 3 with slices and serves taking the longest - there was almost no adjustment needed for volleys and only a few hours to change my groundstroke swing to adjust to the higher launch angle. Flat serves took the longest as I had to change my contact point. For me, it was worth it as the extra comfort allows me to play with polys and poly/gut hybrids whereas I was forced to play with full-bed gut with the Gen 1 PST as the Gen1 stiffness was at the edge of what my elbow would tolerate. Playing with poly/gut hybrids with the Gen3 allows me to swing out more freely and I have more pace/spin as a result. I also have more easy spin on my serves and the only downside is that I had to learn to swing faster to hit flat serves with as much pace as I used to with gut in my previous racquet. So, overall I feel that I’m a better player with the Gen3.
 

Ash Tennis

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I saw this pics from Unstrungcustoms who’s an awesome dude used to customize for tons of pros. Today’s he’s posting the frame for Dominic Thiem and the first thing caught my eyes is that the rackets come in like retail versions. Everything looks like identical to the retail version, even with the plastic wrap on the grip...is that’s mean Thiem is actually using the retail pure strike 3rd gen?





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I had heard he was using red and black pure strike, but didn’t switch when 2nd gen came out, but then did switch when 3rd gen came out.
 

onehandbh

Legend
Good question. If they had made a 18x20 Gen3 PST, I would have bought it instead of the 16x19 PST. But they released only a standard 18x20 which I found to be unstable and since I am not the type to customize racquets, I bought the 16x19 PST.

It took me about 10-12 hours to make the adjustment to the more open pattern when I switched from Gen 1 to Gen 3 with slices and serves taking the longest - there was almost no adjustment needed for volleys and only a few hours to change my groundstroke swing to adjust to the higher launch angle. Flat serves took the longest as I had to change my contact point. For me, it was worth it as the extra comfort allows me to play with polys and poly/gut hybrids whereas I was forced to play with full-bed gut with the Gen 1 PST as the Gen1 stiffness was at the edge of what my elbow would tolerate. Playing with poly/gut hybrids with the Gen3 allows me to swing out more freely and I have more pace/spin as a result. I also have more easy spin on my serves and the only downside is that I had to learn to swing faster to hit flat serves with as much pace as I used to with gut in my previous racquet. So, overall I feel that I’m a better player with the Gen3.
My brief hit with my friend’s gen2 18x20 felt good. He added some silicone in the handle and lead in the head so I am not sure of its specs. I have not tried serves or volleys with it yet. Full poly strings.

Compared to my RF97 the pure strike felt like it had more power, but maybe that was because it was lighter and easier to swing for me.
 
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