APD vs head speed graphene pro vs blade 18x20

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  1. xeros

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    hello,

    i would to like to have some advice to choise between :
    babolat aeropro drive 2013
    babolat aeropro drive 2013 +
    wilson blade 18x20
    head youtek grahene speed pro


    i'm 4.5 or 5.0, i play hard on my forehand with top spin and flat to finish, i've a one handed backhand with a lot of spin and slice, and a good serve

    which one is better for my game?
    ps : i strung with lux alu
     
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  2. anubis

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    If you're a 5.0, you should already know what your strengths and weaknesses are. You've probably been playing for a long time, perhaps played D1 or D2 in college. Think back to some of your toughest matches of your past, when you defeated very good opponents. Did you accomplish this with:

    -- open or closed string patterns?
    -- heavy or light racquets?
    -- large or small string beds?

    The racquets that you used when you played your very best can shed light on what works best for you now.

    If you used to use (and win with) large, open string beds that were light weight, then the APD is for you.

    If you used to use small heads, closed string patterns, heavy racquets, then perhaps the Wilson 6.1 Tour 90... or the blade, either way.

    Or, if you used to use Radicals, the speed pro might feel nice to you.
     
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  3. srvnvly

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    The APD is seems very different from the other 2, with its open string pattern. Anubis summed it up pretty well.
     
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  4. dgoran

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    I bought 3 of the four to demo for a longer period and I to my surprise find apd plus best of the 3 for one hander. I never tried graphene so can't comment on those. Blade gives more perceived control but have to hit a lot harder to get the same result as with apd. But once dialed in forehands feel great with apd apd plus and blade trouble for me is the backhand for some reason I never fully trusted apd std and blade on backhand while apd plus felt good. Not sure why...don't have to mention apd is lots and lots easier to play with.
    Oh forgot to mention than I modified all of them to around 350-355 swing weight
     
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  5. xeros

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    my best matchs i do with 3 differents racket : head prestige mp (but to difficult in long match), head radical mp but not plowthrought and babolat aerostorm gt

    actually i play with yonex vcore xi 98 but i don't like the feeling

    so i think APD can bring me more plowthrought and improve my serve
    blade can bring me power and control
    and speed maybe could be a good mix
     
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  6. xeros

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    and between APD and APD+ which one do you prefer?
     
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