Austrian wunderkind Dominic Thiem is using the old Babolat Pure Strike 18×20 with Babolat VS Touch Black (natural gut) in the mains and RPM Blast 17 in the crosses. This is now painted as the new Babolat Pure Strike.
So the stakes are high this year. Will he live up to his massive potential? For Babolat I’m sure this is a big question as well, since Thiem has the potential to become a racquet poster boy with the new Babolat Pure Strike , but he is actually using the old model – the Babolat Pure Strike 18×20 with silicone in the handle and lead tape. You can get the older model really cheap right now, but I personally prefer the new one and this is my main stick at the time of writing…
Thiem is deceptively strong and creates massive racquet head speed in his big swings and that’s what makes him exciting to watch. I think he’s pretty much the perfect ambassador for the Babolat Pure Strike and Babolat desperately needs to reignite the model after the “failure” with the previous, in most players view, rather “boardy”-feeling racquets.
Thiem is stringing his Babolat Pure Strike with Babolat VS Touch Black in the mains and RPM Blast 17 in the crosses (you can buy this in a hybrid set as well). This gives him an arm-friendly, yet control-oriented setup.
The Babolat Pure Strike has received rave reviews and seems like a great modern weapon for an attacking tennis similar to Thiem. If you’ve tried the racquet, let me know what you think in the comments field.
If you’re interested in what other ATP professionals use on the tennis court, check this list of articles describing the racquets of the ATP professionals. And if you’re curious about pro stock tennis racquets, I suggest you read this article about pro stock tennis racquets.
Here are the strung specs of the Babolat Pure Strike
|Head Size: 98in²/630cm²|
|Length: 27in / 68,5cm|
|Weight: 11.3oz / 320g|
|Unstrung Weight:10.8oz / 305g|
|Balance: 33,02cm / 4 pts HL|
|Unstrung Balance: 32cm / 7 pts HL|
|Beam Width: 21.3mm / 23.3mm / 21.3mm|
|Racket Colours: White/Orange|
|Grip Type: Babolat Skin Feel|
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H
|String Tension: 50-59 pounds / 23-27kg|
If you’re looking for a Babolat Pure Strike or another racquet, you can check out these articles about racquets and buying a new tennis racquet:
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Quick facts about Dominic Thiem:
WIENER NEUSTADT, AUSTRIA
RIGHT-HANDED, ONE-HANDED BACKHAND