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Serge46
04-24-2005, 03:07 AM
Hi, Iím a 44 Power baseline player with good volley technique (3,5 - 4,0). I also play much offensives slice, but my biggest attribute is the one handed back-hand . I used to use the LM Prestige MP and while playing with it, I great modified my back-hand, but my western for-hand still isnít stabile. Mostly I hit the ball in the wrong spot. I think the 8 pts balance and the Weight of this racquet is the reason for my errors - I donít have enough the reflex that is needed while playing this rocket a specially on the hard court. A few days ago, disappointed with my poor for-hand, I tried playing my sonís Babolat AeroPro Drive. And wow! great, my for-hand, volley, serves have gone much better Ė more spin, power and super maneuverability. Even my trainer told me that he sees the big difference in my game. The size of the racquet head is also very good for me, the 100 is just perfect - I have less errors when I hit the ball and the woofer system gives me strength and power. Unfortunately, my pride, the back-hand have become much worse and I couldnít play it so good like I used to with LM Prestige MP. I also have got some reservation due to the precision AeroPro Drive. I would like to hear your suggestions, maybe Babolat Pure Control Team Std. MP (it's 100 sq. in. and the woofer system also) is the better alternative between very precision but less powered LM Prestige MP and big power and spin potential of AeroPro Drive. But I heard the Babolats causes much pain in the elbow and some other problems. Thanks.

MarkOzi
04-24-2005, 05:21 AM
Don't take the Babolat Pure Control Team Std. - it is still a poor Babolat Pure Control Zylon with some lead added to grip. In m. opin. the ProKennex Ionic Ki 5 PSE will be the best for you - but you must be a very strong. Next good choice its:
1.ProKennex Heritage Type R
2. ProKennex Heritage Type S with some (6 - 9 gr.) lead tape at 2 and 10 o'cl.
3. Head Classic MP (100 sq. in also).

FuriousYellow
04-24-2005, 05:01 PM
I gotta tell ya Serge...sometimes reading your posts makes me think I have some kind of tennis twin on the other side of the world. I'm close to the same age, been playing for about the same amount of time, previously used the LM Prestige MP and decided to look for something that swings faster and has a larger head, and just tried out the Aeropro Drive this weekend.

I saw your previous post regarding the Pure Control Std. MP and meant to reply. I agree with MarkOzi. If you're used to hitting with something solid, then you won't like the PC Std. MP. It's very light, and very very easy to swing, but it doesn't hold up well against hard hit shots. I demoed it at the same time as the PK Type R and it was like night and day. The PC Std. MP was twisting badly in my hand against heavy shots and found it difficult to return those heavy balls with the same type of energy. Serving was a big disappointment as I expected more zip from a Babolat racquet.

Both PK Heritage racquets are nice and wouldn't mind playing either one. The Type-S is lighter and swings easier, but is stiffer and vibrates a lot if you take the dampener off. The Type-R feels more solid, but it's close to the weight and swingweight of your Prestige.

EdiNorton
04-25-2005, 03:35 AM
FuriousYellow and the rest

Thank you for your suggestions - I have also the same problem. Actually, I've been thinking about both heavy Head - FX Radical MP Tour or Instinct Tour XL with soft string (AluAce17). I try the Babs and it's super but I need more control, the new Prokenex is to less powered for me - today I try the old model 10g. The question is how will "play" the heavier Head's racquets in long period - a sp. in "bad days" for groundstrokes or volleys ... FY - how long did you play with AeroProDrive? Could you tell your opinion about this racquet?