2013 AeroPro Drive

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  1. Veninga

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    Current APDGT has a swingweight of 331, 8 points less is something you feel.

    All main brands are trending to lower swingweight. So this was to be expected. Also the gap between APD13 and APDGT is roughly the same as the difference between the PD12 en PDGT, 11 points.

    Lower swingweight generates less power, therefore a bit more stiffness in the hoop i guess.

    Also hoping that the APD13 has a stringbed which is a not so open as for example the Instinct or Tflash or even Prestige S.
     
  2. Veninga

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    I mean a bit more stiffnes in the throat.
     
  3. YesTennis

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    Could someone please send me the pics at: Y4141@aol.com
    Thanks!!
     
  4. Bartelby

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    The two versions before the current one were 324 from memory, so its a return to the previous norm.



     
  5. Power Player

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    Stiff is stiff though. I thought the same about the 2012 PDr but after a while my shoulder just hated it.
     
  6. Rulo

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    Original APD

    It's just me or the first APD PJ (no-cortex) was the best??
     
  7. Blaxican10s

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    I think the new paint scheme is awesome! I like how bold the Aeropro Drives are, the way the Radical line used to be bold and stand out.
     
  8. Boricua

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    This version has more black, gives it a more classy look.
     
  9. botticelli

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    Well I have been playing with the 2013 Aeropro Drive GT for the last few days and honestly I cannot tell the difference between the stiffness of this model vs the previous model. I know the ball lands deeper in the court with the 2013 model perhaps because of the stiffness. I know there are some people out there that cannot use stiff frames, especially with stiff poly string like luxilon. However, I never had an issue like this with any of the Aeropros.
     
  10. Boricua

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    1- Given that the throat ot the new Aero is different if compared to the GT version, do you see a difference in how the racket feels when swinging? That is, does it still cut fast through the air like prior Aeropros?

    2- Besides the stiffness, does this new Aeropro have a more dampened or cushioned feel if compared with the GT version?

    Thanks
     
  11. iMpro

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    No it is DEFINITELY not just you. In terms of feel and aesthetics, the original is better in the minds of many.
     
  12. BoomstickTPH

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    It'll be taken down soon but on the other hand I love it!!! Does anyone now if that tantalum thing is true? And is it still gt?
     
  13. LanEvo

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    I guess it looks good, no offense, does not look like much of a change that pops out. I mean the PDR went form blue to full black on the 2012 PDR. I was expecting a bigger change than just this. It does look good though.
     
  14. BoomstickTPH

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    If its stiffer, wouldn't it make ragas problem worse?
     
  15. Ross K

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    I've got to be honest, I like the look of it. Yes. Like the black and the fact it's starting to look a bit closer to the very first APD.
     
  16. Bartelby

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    Best looking apd so far, but one has to see it in the 'flesh'.

    The 'aero' on the shaft looks so stylized and geometrical that its more of a design feature than branding.
     
  17. sundaypunch

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    It won't be stiffer when it is an original APD painted to look like a 2013 model.
     
  18. Alchemy-Z

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    I like the new logo was kinda hoping for more black over all...but it's still a good looking racquet
     
  19. Boricua

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    You may try it out as a demo using a soft poly in the low 40s. But, I know your concern regarding your wrist.
     
  20. Boricua

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    Totally agree.
     
  21. Boricua

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    Yes I was hoping for more black also but at least it has more black than the Cortex and GT versions. i suppose its now a tradition to have that white and yellow accents to give the racket a modern, agressive and flashy look to go along with Nadals personality.
     
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  22. xeros

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    aerostorm 2013 will be available??
     
  23. tistrapukcipeht

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    The butt cap looks good, that is about it, the racquet itself still looks as ugly as the the current, I don't see any drastic change in how it looks but the butt cap.

    What i don't understand is :
    A- all the fuss about this racquet, current/new since it's a horrible racquet, the worse I ever put my hands on, this is a low standard racquet quality wise, not even for free, getting 10 of them, I'd play with.

    B- Too much focus on stiffness rating, my current racquets have high stiffness and are still arm friendly.
     
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    The 2013 AeroPro Drive will be available on 12/12/12!
     
  26. Boricua

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    Its a matter of opinion. Ive used Apd cortex and gt, Then I used yonex rdis 100, 200 and 300. Vcore 100 and 98 and then came back to the apd gt. Yonex is much more solid but the design of the aeropro is better for my topspin game. Still, i use yonex 308 shoes. The best, best.
     
  27. davo81

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    Is this a joke or do you really have that information? I'd be grateful to hear more.
     
  28. Bartelby

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    The date makes perfect sense both in terms of past practice and in terms of the usual rfirst acquet release season of January-February.
     
  29. [d]ragon

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    A rep has confirmed the 12/12 release date.

    Also, Aerostorm line is discontinued
     
  30. The Great Rafa

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    Rafa's racquet looks very fugly, hope he sticks with this one, new bag?
     
  31. Fed Kennedy

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    Its all about star power...any racquet used by gavin rossdale, jon lovitz, rafael nadal, michael chang, tsonga, woz, schiavone, querrey, baker, paire and countless immortal 4.5 league ringers is gonna get attention whether it plays well or not.

    Also hope springs eternal that they will finally make one that doesnt feel like an empty soda can...
     
  32. BoomstickTPH

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    It's funny how on the paper in the middle of the hoop it shows nadal and tsonga holding the "new" aeropro but if you look closely its just a photoshopped picture of nadal and tsonga holding the current racquet.LOL look on babolat's main page with there top players. You'll see the pose between those pics of tsonga and nadal are very similar.
     
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  34. tistrapukcipeht

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    I hope you're kidding, there are racquets that generate more spin than aero pro, since you're talking about spin. The design "aero" doesn absolutely nothing to generate spin.
    Try the Yonex EZONE Xi Team 102, a lot more topspin is that's the reason you buy racquet. I have tried the VCore 100S, that one does provide a lot of spin, but how can you measure the spin potential and say Aero Pro produces more topspin than others? Can you say that Aero pro the balls jump higher?
    Either way, no offense to you or other people that believe that racquet is spinnest racquet out there, I think you guys need to get over this psychological Nadal's influence.
    Right, it also sounds like a snare drum, I couldn't get use to that noise either, besides all other problems.
     
  35. anhuynh16

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    All companies use photoshop... it's been like that for a while.
     
  36. D-money

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    Just held the new aero pro in my hand. Looks nice. Active cortex, hollow handle, slightly different paint, it looks cool. Swings about the same as the GT. Didn't get to hit with it as I was in a shop. It appears Babolat is changing their symbol to two stripes that cut off at a diagonal for international copyright purposes. They're phasing out the storms and storm tours as well. The propulse 4 will be pretty cool too. One to match the pure drive and one to match the aero pro.
     
  37. D-money

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    Its coming 12/12/12 as I'm sure you've all heard but they will drop the price on the current one on black friday.
     
  38. JDMasFCK

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    Any release date on the propulse 4?
     
  39. D-money

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    Propulse 4 was late January 2013 if I remember correctly. There was also some new grips and overgrips coming and a new RPM string called Dual? or duel? i think. I snapped a pic of the aero but was warned against posting it anywhere. Because of my relationship with the shop I think I'll honor the request.
     
  40. D-money

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    There was also a new bag that had straps that retracted like a seatbelt. It was pretty cool. The APD was beautiful as you all have seen but it appears there's quite a bit to be excited about coming from Babolat in the very near future.
     
  41. txt858

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    oh! didn't know that...
     
  42. Blaxican10s

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    Babolat gets all butt hurt if people show their stuff before people want. TW needs to stand up to these bully companies and stop bending over for them anytime someone on here does something that Babolat doesn't like. TW is big enough that they could stand up to Babolat but they won't.
     
  43. Bartelby

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    i think Babolat needs to come to terms with the internet and simply put up its own better photos as 'teasers'.
     
  44. Federerkblade

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    Hank

    Are you ready to post your thoughts
     
  45. Hankenstein

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    Hmm, not really ready for a full review because the tension on the strings was too tight.. Asked for RPM Blast @ 51 lbs, but it felt like 151 lbs :-?

    But compared with the APDGT, this version feels a tad stiffer, no doubt. The somewhat plastic/hollow feel of the APDGt is no longer present and the frame feels more solid.

    You can say its EXACTLY the same difference in feel between the APDGT and APD 2013 as it is between PDGT (blue) and PD 2012 (black)

    I will string it up in around 45 lbs and give it a go again soon.

    I dont see any difference in the frame itself though. Same stringpattern and same mold as the APDGT. There is one slight difference though, but im not sure it really os so because i have no longer APDGt at home, but it feels like the grip is a tad more rectangular in the shape then previous versions.
     
  46. Federerkblade

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    Thank you please report back with your preferred set up
     
  47. ArliHawk

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    So disappointed they had to make it stiffer. Maybe they can compensate somehow, but that 74 stiffness is scary.
     
  48. Bartelby

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    74 stiffness unstrung is more like 71 strung, so its more or less the same on paper.
     
  49. Hankenstein

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    My normal set up with the APD is with 25 grams of silicon and some lead at 3 and 9. This is just a demoframe so i cant do that on this frame. Sorry!
     
  50. Federerkblade

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    Hank I should have been more clear. I meant just the string tension to your best fit
     

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