2013 AeroPro Drive

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  1. gavna

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    Just got to see the planned 2013 APDGT's - the only new "Tech" will be the addition of the "new" cortex down the handle (Just like the current Pure Drives) and the paint job is exactly like the current limited edition French Open model except where you see the Red Clay it will be yellow for 2013. So like the 2012 Pure Drive with Black the main color and Blue the trim - Black with some Yellow trim is the new APDGT set up. Looks very clean and less bumble beeish.
     
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    Nice!
    Cant wait for it.
     
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  3. tennis_balla

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    Will be interesting to see how they hide/paint job the new Cortex onto Nadal's rackets.
     
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  4. ArliHawk

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    I assume it was a prototype and you didn't get to hit with it?

    Sounds interesting, though. Will have to take it for a test drive when it comes out next year. Still loving the current APD, especially in the 2011 French Open paint job.
     
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  5. tistrapukcipeht

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    Can't wait for the same racquet with different colors??

    The guy described the racquet as the same, we all know how bad it is.
     
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  6. db10s

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    I'm assuming the same pj style applies to the Aero Storm etc...?
     
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  7. Fed Kennedy

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    They shoukd drop stiffness a little
     
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  8. ArliHawk

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    For some reason, I don't find this racquet to be nearly as stiff as the RDC would indicate. It's much more forgiving than the Pure Drive for example.
     
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    Cool, I've always been a fan of the APD's
     
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    No pics??? :-|
     
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    Exactly my thoughts. I can feel some flex when I hit with APD but none when I hit with PD. It plays firm but not super stiff. If I had to estimate its stifness I would say ~67. Definitely not above 70...
     
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    I would love to see them bring it in at 67. The plus feels ok to me but I feel every bit of the 70 rating on the standard.

    It feels ok while Im hitting but afterwards my arm is saying things.
     
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  13. Fed Kennedy

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    Lets see a photoshop of the rg paint with yellow instead of red...
     
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    yes a 67 apd would be great
     
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    OP, do you know if there will be an update to the Aero Storm line also? I do wish they gave it a different PJ to differentiate it from the APD Bumblebee-ness.
     
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    Pics or it didn't happen!
     
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  17. gavna

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    No discussion - the Storm line is really secondary - the BIG movers are the PD and the APD globally.....lots of promises on how the "play and connect" will change the way the rec player (3.0 to 5.0) will use this tech to improve...etc etc etc. If you add up all the global sales Babolat has the APD and the PD lines alone out sell ALL other Babolat frames by over 2 to 1.

    In fact one huge issue with the powers that be at Babs is how they HATE the fact both Harrison's are using the PS Ltd's - a stick Babolat just can't market beyond a very small segment.
     
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  18. gavna

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    Its supposed to be - they have 2 completely different layups - the main difference is that the Pure Drive has the GT fibers throughout the whole head of the frame - the AeroPro Drive has GT fibers only at the 3 and 9 o'clock - it changes the torsional response and in fact makes the APD the spin monster it is.
     
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  19. pheonix6579

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    The PS Ltd is the "red-head step child" of Babolat
     
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    Hey i play with it - I use the PSL Ltd+ extented version only sold in Europe - BUT i have been looking to cross over to the dark side and start using the APD - I play ITF seniors and it seems all of us (50 yrs old +) are all using a PD or APD......I may have to just give in:)
     
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    the thing is its such a great stick......but if they could they would LOVE to kill it! It sells "just" enough and it fits a small but important niche so at least for now it stays. no marketing, no additional promotional benefits for the shops.
     
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    The Original APD is meant to be 67 RA and I've always found this version to have a small but pleasing flex to it - ideal in fact for those who prefer a stiff response but with a bit of underlying softness. Actually when doing soft polys strung lowish, I can find it too flexy!
     
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    Ross, I feel the same way about my GTs--firm but not stiff. In my mind's eye (yellow replacing red on the RG version) the 2013 is one great looking frame!
     
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    do you know whether there will be new pstgts in 2013?
     
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  25. YesTennis

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    Hi Gavna- I'm approaching the 50 yo club. I'm a 3.5-4.0 player, semi western fh and one hand bh. Since you're very knowledgeable/familiar with the APD and PD, any advice or help in which might clearly be the preferred racquet for my situation? Thanks in advance
     
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    What about black with yellow 'aero' transfers for the new paintjob?
     
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  27. gavna

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    Told no changes for the Pure Storms.......love to drop the Ltd's but cannot - some of the Recreational sticks will get make overs.
     
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  28. gavna

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    My best advice is try them both.....i have been playing with the PS Ltds for years but finally started fooling around with the APD+ and APD......try them both. Take the Demos out for a week and decide for yourself.
     
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    Here you go...

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    Very good...note that the current cortex piece will be gone and replaced with the new version.....what we saw was preproduction mock up and looked very much like the above.
     
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    Wonder if SW will decrease as in the new PDs
     
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    Funny stuff - I just measured my APDGTRGE and the flex is 67?! :) I will check the other one too because I think it plays a bit stiffer but it could be me...
     
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  33. Bartelby

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    They are going to have the monocoque handle because my guess is that is where the 'play and connect' thing gets slotted.
     
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    I think my post was deleted, sorry to those who didn't see the edited pic. And I'm not going to repost pics that already got deleted once, b/c they'll probably be deleted twice.
     
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    they deleted your self made picture? :lol: what a joke.

    everyone can paint the red part in yellow and they act like uhhh omg a picture xD. furthermore your pic may be near the real 2013 prototype why else should someone care to delete this
     
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  36. db10s

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    Its back now...
     
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  37. TennisGuy89

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    I can't wait for this racquet to come out..
     
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    ROFL.. you fooled the TW staff into believing that APD was the 2013. It's obvious it's not from the cortex piece.
     
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    I can see if I had put some effort into it and got the perfect color and erased ROLAND GARROS on the throat and put BABOLAT, etc... but I didn't. Oh yeah, I accidently erased the stencil lines and a part of the frame.
     
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  40. O.fa

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    Heres a try.
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  41. sports4eva115

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    ^^^^ looks like a job well done!
    I'm not quite sure what to think of it... not as big a differene as the pure drive, that baby made me wanted to switch sticks just on looks alone...course, cant afford to do that in college!
    I'm guessing if the new one comes out and the 2010 aepdgt goes on sale, I'll just buy the cheaper one..
     
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  42. sports4eva115

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    actually... wasent Nadal supposed to use the french open style apd at this year's french open? or is it just for the final?
     
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  43. Doublebounce

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    IMO they should bring back the red for the aero storm, it looks too similar to the drive now.
     
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  44. mrmo1115

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    So does that mean just a new paint job.. like what they did in the '11 version?
     
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    I also would like to know if the PSTGT will just get another paint job. Based on past postings, I thought they might bring out a new version in 2013. What a bummer :cry:.
     
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    I don't think so. I think Tsonga was using the French Open version but I think Nadal is sticking to the regular one.
     
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  47. gavna

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    Pretty much every sponsored Babolat player like Querrey, Tsonga, Sweeting, Mello....etc all were using the RG special edition.....Babolat was clear back in April that ALL APD players would be using the RG paint job. Of course Nadal shows up with the same old black/yellow and at the reception in Paris it was said that Rafa is so set in his ways he just couldn't accept a new PJ for just 2 weeks???? Tsonga last year used his RG models thru Wimby and Sweeting, Mello and Querrey all had theirs in Houston.
    Interesting bit was Brian Baker who at he start of RG was still using his own sticks and thus the black/yellow during his run in Nice and Paris. I bet he will at least get free stuff now.
    The big disappointment is Rafa as every Babolat sales rep was pushing that Rafa would be using the RG special edition - alas Rafa does what Rafa wants.:)
     
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    It'd be funny is Rafa pulled a Pete Sampras and kept the current PJ and refused to move away from it. :)
     
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    There should be Aero Storm with different PJ...
     
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    From what gavna is saying I think the reason the PJ looks like an APDC is because Babolat doesn't care if they sell aerostorms and would rather use the PJ to make people think it's an APDC instead.
     
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