2011 vs. 2009 Babolat Pure Storms (LTD. in my case)

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by LanEvo, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. LanEvo

    LanEvo Hall of Fame

    Aug 6, 2007
    Are there any difference between the two play-wise? Aside from just PJ difference?
  2. roundiesee

    roundiesee Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    I was wondering the same thing, anyone tried both? :)
  3. TimothyO

    TimothyO Hall of Fame

    Oct 5, 2010
    According to TW retail they're the same, just different paint.

    They say the same thing about the PSGTs.

    The TWU data shows some differences but I think that's because TW retail averages several frames to get their data while TWU picks one frame at random and publishes its specs as representative of the particular model (yes, it's silly, but that's how they do it).

    Whichever PJ you pick if you buy multiple frames be very careful.

    When I used the PSLGT I had a devil of a time finding two frames that matched. I shopped locally and was able to measure them. When my wife wanted one of her own I couldn't find one that matched the two I had purchased so just bought one that I thought she would like. The difference in specs between my two and hers was huge! Felt like two completely different models.

    OTOH, when I bought three random 2009 Pure Storm GTs from TW over Black Friday weekend they all came in within one gram in static weight, one gram SW, and within a 1/4 point in balance. And they all feel the same in flex (I once had two Head Speed 300s which felt radically different in flex).

    It's my understanding that production runs can also make a difference. Therefore, it would make sense that you can't match 2009 and 2011 models even if nominally the same since they were produced in different runs.

    My advice: the 2009 PSLGTs are great frames. Soft, precise, low powered. Spin potential is even good. The only reason I don't use them anymore is that I need just a little MPH help on serve and the PSGTs gives me that. If you're looking at the sale on 2009s go ahead and pull the trigger. If you need two or more DEFINITELY have them matched or else you'll be disappointed.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012
  4. Head Pegger

    Head Pegger New User

    Dec 15, 2012
    I have hit with both. Different strings but obv same specs so id say they're the same
  5. djdannyj25

    djdannyj25 New User

    Dec 30, 2011
    I felt that the only difference was that the GT felt a little more solid, but not by much.
  6. KenC

    KenC Professional

    Aug 31, 2009
    No difference in the PLSGTs. If buying more than one and you want them matched, your best bet is to buy them at the same time and make sure the 3 digit manufacturing code on the buttcap is the same on all of them. Even if they are off a little they usually play pretty much the same and a gram or two of lead is all that is needed to make them matched.

    I stopped trying to get my racquets to be dead on balls accurate because even if the frame is perfect, differences in strings due to string wear make the racquet perform more differently than small differences in just the frame. In other words, a PSLGT with strings that have 10 hours on them will play very differently than one freshly strung. So, its really necessary to just get close enough with the frames and not go after perfection.

Share This Page