Babolat aeropro drive

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  1. ohcaptain

    ohcaptain Rookie

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    Hi,
    Which string comes with a new aeropro drive GT ?
    Is it worth using?
    Even if its not a top notch string, I wouldn't like to take it off right away.
    Thanks,
    Rui
     
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  2. Andyroo10567

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    Your supposed to select which string you want. I'm guessing you previously bought racquets from a Sports Authority or a store like that. Those are all pre-strung racquets but some have unstrung ones.
     
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  3. ArliHawk

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    Get Premier attack or Head Rip Control 17 in this racquet. Both fit it well and soften up the racquet.
     
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  4. ohcaptain

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    This racquet is prestrung on the store, so I have no idea what it brings :/
    Sure I can ask... but thought someone might know.
    I've seen it's a Babolat string
     
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  5. ArliHawk

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    I'm guessing either Addiction or RPM Team.
     
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  6. MikeHitsHard93

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    I would guess babolat synthetic gut of some sorts.
     
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  7. quest01

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    I currently use this racquet and I string it with a full bed of Luxilon ALU Power at 58 pounds in the mains and 59 pounds in the crosses. I actually experimented today with lowering tension 5 pounds and it feels so much better. I lose a little control off my returns but my power game goes straight through the roof and not only that but it also expands the sweetspot by a pretty big margin. For years I've been stringing this racquet over 60 pounds, but now lowering tension to under 60 has dramatically improved my game. It's amazing how tinkering with string patterns can have a huge effect on your overall game.
     
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  8. db10s

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    There should be something printed on the strings.
     
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  9. db10s

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    And demo the racket first to see if you like it.
     
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  10. Francis27

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    Most factory strings on the babolat racquets are babolat Nvy
     
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  11. babyhagrid

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    In the UK the Aeropro's are pre-strung with Xcel. Its not a bad string, buts always better to get it restrung with fresh strings. I mean, how long have those strings been on the racquet before its bought?
     
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  12. ohcaptain

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    Yep. They are some synthetic gut.
    Have to change it at once...
     
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  13. pshulam

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    Mine strung with Babolat Addiction 130 /16.
     
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  14. AeroFan

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    I have the aeropro drive GT strung up with French Open Xcel at 58 lbs. I love it! Very crisp, lot of pop. Highly recommend it to you guys. By the way, how much of an improvement is the 2013 aeropro over the GT?
     
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  15. djdannyj25

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    I am a bigger fan of the GT and the Cortex at the moment. I'm still getting used to the new APD and I'm starting to groove with it. The new APD comes through the air faster than the older versions, but it doesn't have as much plow, and it doesn't feel as good outside of the sweet spot. But if you hit the sweet spot all the time, this new racquet feels pretty good. I still like the GT the most (haven't tried the original).
     
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  16. ohcaptain

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    just curious, how leaded are your APD's? (namely the GT)
    one interesting thing i've come to think about is overgrip (or grip) weight! very relevant taking it into consideration
     
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  17. tennisnut09

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    Does anyone add weight to the APD 2013. Can you share your experience. Thank you!
     
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  18. djdannyj25

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    APD 2013 14 grams at 12, 2 grams in buttcap, overgrip and dampener, plays beautifully

    My GT is leaded at 9 grams at 12, 2 grams in buttcap, overgrip and dampener

    They play exactly the same now, the 2013 lacked the plow that the GT had at first.

    All my racquets are head heavy and above 12 oz, I would definitely say to give it a try. APD's play so good when they are a little head heavy if you can keep the same swing speed.
     
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  19. tennisnut09

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    I am thinking about 8 gram at 3 and 9 and 2 gram on the top of the handle.
     
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  20. djdannyj25

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    I play with extreme western grip, so I get control from spin and lead at 12 enhances control while adding power to my game.

    If you hit with average spin or if you have flatter strokes, I would say go for lead at 3 and 9, which I also liked quite a bit. Control is great and stability is improved.

    The key to customization is start experimenting until you find something perfect. Don't give up! Good luck! :D
     
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  21. quest01

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    Yes roughly 5 grams of lead at the 3 and 9. I use 2 layers of 5 inch strips of lead; the 1/4 inch lead tape. I've been using this setup for a while, it allows me to hit a little flatter and through the ball more. It also reduces twisting.
     
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  22. greg280

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    12.8 ounces and a 32.5cm balance.. full alu power 55.
     
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  23. ohcaptain

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    o_O
    these are incredible numbers, even if stringed racquet.
    12.8 ounces (362 grs) is A LOT!!
     
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