Discussion in 'Racquets' started by gavna, May 27, 2012.
Please let me know how you feel about them, because this is my current dilemma too lol.
Well TW strings them for free with addiction or hurricane feel.
I'm not looking for it to completely be a game changer, because no racket can really do that. I'm just looking for a little more solidity, power, spin, and directional control.
I did not like the 2013 nearly as much as the older APD GT. It didn't have the same solid feel at all. I didn't even like it as much as my current BLX Pro-Open.
For me the older GT was just effortless. Seemed like most of the time the ball just goes where I want it to. That wasn't the case with the 2013.
Hope you didn't orde the 2013 yet, it's really bad news compared to even the GT. Feels more solid on contact, as many have said, but starting having some wrist/arm issues that I haven't had with any prior version. I'd save a few bucks and get the GT, or two. Of course, they all pale in comparison to the original.
Just my $0.02.
Thanks very much. I've decided to go with the pure drive+ but I have yet to order it. Too many people dislike the 2013 aero and I think I will just enjoy the PD+ more.
The '12 PD+ or an earlier version?
Mike did you ever consider the extreme pro 2.0 ?
'12 version extended
Never did. It seems a bit too heavy for my liking and game style. Plus it's ugly lol
This was my experience, too. The last version did not give me any arm troubles, but the 2013 did. Now I am a Volkl convert, using the V1 Organix MP.
Yes, it's the weirdest thing. At first you want to say how much of an improvement the '13 is, even compared to the original. After awhile though, its effects creep up on you until you can't wait to get rid of it.
I complicated the process by only keeping 1 of my old GTs. And after buying a couple of the V1s, I don't want to go back, I guess.
Well, from what I've read on here, it appears as though the Pure Drive had the same development path as the APD. If so, i'd venture to say the GT (w/ regular cortex) might be easier on the arm than the active cortex '12. The '12 PD thread seems to echo my thoughts on the '13 Aeropro, only in Pure Drive form. Not sure if this makes sense to you, may other can chime in.
I got rid of my GT's too, but migrated to the original, which I can't recommend enough.
Definitely attached to my Volkls now. It's like a PD without any arm pain. If it was only about 1/2 ounce heavier, it'd be perfect.
Mod, mod, mod my friend; 1/2 oz. isn't too far off.
Hi all APD2013 users, can you please recommend me a nice gut/poly setup for this frame? I was thinking of babolat vs 1.30/msv co-focus 1.23 combo that I tried on my PD2012 and it worked very well @58/54lbs, anyone who tried this setup (or similar) can share some thoughts? Thx in advance.
Playing with gut/4g at 54/50 & 52/48
Nice setup - needs to bed in a little but after a few hours the spin is very good.
Have a few spare sets of gut to play round with so going to reverse it and try poly/gut for fun. Interested to see how different it plays
I just ordered the outgoing APD GT, read the pages about the new 2013 APD being low powered and thats not what this 135pd guy needs. I've tried light racquets before like the Bio 500 and Bio 400 and both just sucked for me.
It's actually not lowered powered. TW's powermap shows that the '13 has marginally more pop in the absolute sweetspot (and I believe a better powerzone, going off of recollection on this though).
The '13 has a way lower swingweight that'll you undoubtedly notice and may therefore increase your swingspeed. On the contrary, if your racquet speed doesn't increase to offset this, you may find the old GT more powerful.
That being said, if you're a swingweight guy, the old GT gives you more room to increase SW and to stay at a reasonable static weight.
Thanks for the info, I have tried the 2 low SW Dunlops and the ball would just sail over the back line too often. Cant reel it in, I like the SW to be 325-330. The only time low SW works for me is on 1st serves :-?
Yeah, that racquet is really made for those that use massive top spin cuts. Not sure a lot of people have the racquet speed necessary to make up for the loss in SW though.
I don't find the 2013 to be over powered at all, I find it to be very low powered actually.
With the strings, overgrip and 4g of lead tape at 11:00 and 1:00, my SW is around 330 and I still have to swing very hard to get it deep. In the heat of the moment, when my arm is tired, most of my shots land on the service line.
Virtually every other racquet I've ever owned is more powerful than my two APDs. I find them to be very weak. But I don't mind, I still love them. I didn't really buy them for power anyway.
Contrast that to, say a BLX 6.1 95 16x18: that to me is over powered. I played a match once with it and 90% of my forehands came close to hitting the back fence. Absolutely couldn't keep the ball in play. Eventually dropped it and went back to the APD.
I found the 6.1 95 16x18 to be pretty powerful as well. I liked it, but ultimately chose the Extreme Pro 2.0 and one of the big reasons was because it had a little less pop than the 6.1 95. I liked other things about the racquet as well.
The TW review rated this racquet at 71 for power.
How they did string it at 70 pds?
So you're saying that the PD 12 grommets will fit on the APD's? And is there that much of a noticeable difference between the grommet sets?
I might try this as i'm in need of new grommet sets.
Babolat: tennis racquets for Europeans.
Why would anyone outside Europe want to buy their products?
Because they offer great spin due the their large sweetspot that let's you hit with extreme grips...duhhhh
Absolutely loving this frame! After polarizing it a bit more with leather grip and 3 grams at 12, it plays like a dream! Loving the stiffness, the controlled power, and how easy it goes through air. What surprised me the most about this frame is how stable it is at volleys, and how much control you can get from it with the right polys. This is not just a baseline frame anymore!
I am still amazed at how babolat made the 2013 aeropro drives whip through the air quicker than the previous versions while keeping the same racquet specs. I have clocked in many hours b/w the new and old versions and just enjoy the '13 models much better b/c of how easier it flows through the air.
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