Dominic Thiem's new strings at Indian Wells

racquetreligion

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I dont see Thiems improvement anywhere except his frontal lobe closing up making him more patient than before.
Still there are many factors not considered and this does not mean he will dominate like the top 3 have done but
perhaps be another Wawrinka we hope at minimum or better than him as the top 3 decline.
A balance between Patience, Motivation and Hunger is the issue. He has lost to players like Lajovic or SchwazGnome.
He has it all but mental fortitude is the domain of the top 3
 
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jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
If there's pictures then it really must be true!! #MUFON Maybe he is using a new retail racquet - or, like many other pros, maybe he's using a modified non-retail version or his old racquet with a paint job. We are, after all, talking about the same player who was using version one paint jobbed to look like version two. You believe what you want to believe - I'm going to wait for some actual verification before I jump on the bandwagon of the company that brought us graphite/tungsten. It's ironic that you appear to be happy to assume he's using version three paint jobbed as version two.
 

stephenclown

Professional
Seems to be using a different racquet and I doubt he would go to a stock Po7 this long after launch. It's likely they made a new racquet for him and who knows if that will ever be made for retail with the same layup. Although perhaps 2017 strike?

Throat grommets different to the black and red. hoop grommets have a notch on them, is this on the Po7? Just above the handle looks like it is missing the two tiers of the new model though could be poor pic quality
 
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ron schaap

Professional
WOW,, sounds great. Will it be called "RAFA Slayer" ? since thiem slayed rafa with it. or even " Thiem racket, Slayer of RAFA"
WOW,, sounds great. Will it be called "RAFA Slayer" ? since thiem slayed rafa with it. or even " Thiem racket, Slayer of RAFA"
I dont notice any difference between Thiems racquets except little less lead. Why would Babolat let him play with the same paintjob if it were a different racquet that they want to sell this year?
Then his strings were hybrid Babolat rpm blast rough-gut, then fullbed Rough, and now hybrid gut with ?. Could even be Alu because that looks sometime whitish on tv. If it is really white than there are a lot of alternatives because there are a lot of white strings on the market. Lol
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
Interesting that even with Nadal appearing somewhat moribund Babolat still found themselves in the ATP winner's circle at both MC and Barcelona; prescient marketing genius or sheer dumb luck?
 

shoesandko

Rookie
Babolat just had their global meeting in Portugal. Over 200 reps attended. Lots of talk about Thiem and Auger/Alliasime. It was mentioned at the meeting that Thiem is using the yet to be released Pure Strike with the old paint scheme. He had input into the newest model. The copper color string he is currently testing is RPM Power...
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Interesting that it's copper coloured. Maybe will play similar to element
Yes I hope so but then they 2 different companies. plus element didn't have enough feel or spin, just had ton of power.

This name for the New string is RPM Power...... That is interesting to me. RPM blast is one of the most powerful polys out there, you want to add even more Power ??? LOL. I would welcome same amount of power and Spin potential With more soft arm friendly feel.......
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Babolat just had their global meeting in Portugal. Over 200 reps attended. Lots of talk about Thiem and Auger/Alliasime. It was mentioned at the meeting that Thiem is using the yet to be released Pure Strike with the old paint scheme. He had input into the newest model. The copper color string he is currently testing is RPM Power...
So this new string is merely a Test string ?? and he is playing this Great with it and slaying the RAFA, Goat of clay courts and blowing away many ATP tour guys along the way. Truly game improvement string ??? WOW , when can I get that poly ??
 

terg

New User
head hawk 1.25 in crosses (25kg),head experimental string 1.30 in mains (23,5kg),i ask the stringer in monte carlo,the experimental string is a polyester rough
I also tought someone posted a photo earlier in this thread. You could see the Head hawk with Thiems racquet. Really underrated string if you aks me.
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
Babolat just had their global meeting in Portugal. Over 200 reps attended. Lots of talk about Thiem and Auger/Alliasime. It was mentioned at the meeting that Thiem is using the yet to be released Pure Strike with the old paint scheme. He had input into the newest model. The copper color string he is currently testing is RPM Power...
head hawk 1.25 in crosses (25kg),head experimental string 1.30 in mains (23,5kg),i ask the stringer in monte carlo,the experimental string is a polyester rough
So, if you don't mind me asking, did you attend the meeting in person, or did a Babolat sales rep relay this information about the racquet and string to you? Again, call me cynical lol...
 
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head hawk 1.25 in crosses (25kg),head experimental string 1.30 in mains (23,5kg),i ask the stringer in monte carlo,the experimental string is a polyester rough

You’re all welcome...posted it here before, but they deleted it for some reason, the magical string is Head, not Babolat Rpm power or whatever ******** they told at the meeting.


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Nostradamus

Bionic Poster

You’re all welcome...posted it here before, but they deleted it for some reason, the magical string is Head, not Babolat Rpm power or whatever ******** they told at the meeting.


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Then what is this talk all about RPM power string he is using ?? what about that ?
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
So the crosses are Head, and the mains are/were a prototype Head - Isospeed? Who knows - but will be branded as Babolat in 2020; or Babolat have a new string of their own that somewhat resembles the Head? prototype, and this has been in the mains all along, contrary to the all too pretty insta picture?
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
So the crosses are Head, and the mains are/were a prototype Head - Isospeed? Who knows - but will be branded as Babolat in 2020; or Babolat have a new string of their own that somewhat resembles the prototype?
So all this talk about RPM power is all Lies ?? all made up story ?
 

shoesandko

Rookie
So all this talk about RPM power is all Lies ?? all made up story ?
Nope, string will be available, was informed they do not have supply of string yet to provide Thiem, he was involved in the development process as well but who knows if he will use it once the string is readily available. On a side note Babolat had Bjorn Borg speak at the global meeting as well.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Nope, string will be available, was informed they do not have supply of string yet to provide Thiem, he was involved in the development process as well but who knows if he will use it once the string is readily available. On a side note Babolat had Bjorn Borg speak at the global meeting as well.
is it one of those very deceptive names.... they call it RPM power but it turns out to be very low powered polyester string ?? LOL. sometimes they do that.
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
is it one of those very deceptive names.... they call it RPM power but it turns out to be very low powered polyester string ?? LOL. sometimes they do that.
I would expect this new RPM version to be round, smooth, lower stiffness and a shade more powerful.


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Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Since it is on HEAD official instagram account, with a huge HEAD logo on the wall, with the stringer wearing a HEAD t-shirt, using a HEAD string machine on a HEAD racquet, i would bet it is a HEAD string.

EDIT: I missed the HEAD sneaker.
yes I agree. but this is bit curious. Head strings haven't been very popular in the past. I wonder what is prompting the pros to switch to head strings ?? putting money aside, is head strings that good ?
 
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