Babolat Pure Control Users: Your Setup

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by bfonz7, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. bfonz7

    bfonz7 Rookie

    Feb 18, 2004
    I doing alittle research to see what others have done with their Pure Controls to maximize performance.

    Right now im using 2 2001 pure control standards, still tinkering with tensions and i'll settle somewhere between 58-64.

    I'd like to add lead tape at some point, but my game is still adjusting to swinging a heavier stick than a Wilson Surge ( the 2001 PC's run about 12.2 oz rather than the 11.8 of the 2003's)

    What have others used, from what i can tell this stick is a very popular players frame on this board...
  2. TMB

    TMB New User

    Mar 24, 2004
    Though this is my first reply, my comments are based on a lot of reading of other TW posts; those posts have been very helpful in guiding me to a racquet set-up that best meets my personal needs. My Pure Control is different from yours (new standard midplus-- 100 sq inches, 27 inches long), but perhaps the comments will help.

    I was using Gamma Live Wire Professional 17 strung at 62 pounds, and was moderately pleased. I did try 60 pounds as well, but felt a significant loss of control, particularly on any off-center hits. So I like 62 pounds.

    Then I made two changes. First, I added six grams of Babolat lead tape-- three grams at 9 o'clock and three grams at 3 o'clock. This made a huge difference-- much greater stability, much less twisting of the racquet on off-center hits, some added power... It felt like a very different (and much better) racquet. Then I tried natural gut (Bab VS Team-- 17) still at 62. Again, I felt another great improvement-- a much softer (and better) feel... greater awareness of the ball on the strings (no board-like feeling)... seemed like I had more power while still maintaining control... So these two changes (lead and gut) made a huge difference, and it's now a racquet I like a lot.

    Disclaimer. Some of the change may be psychological, i.e., I went in believing from my TW post reading that lead and gut will make certain changes, and then in fact I felt those changes. However, I'm not sure it matters whether the differences are real or perceived; with the changes, I played with more enjoyment, comfort, control, and confidence.

    To round out the picture, I use a Babolat High Damp vibration dampener. I don't notice any difference in playability or elbow comfort, but I like the dampener because it eliminates the lingering vibration that is so noticeable without it. Finally, I use Yonex Super Grap (white).

    Hope this helps.
  3. awsskater

    awsskater New User

    Feb 21, 2004
    My two pure controls are strung at around 57 (first time, strung it too low i think) with wilson extreme synthetic. I have two tourna grips on each racquet (i have 4 and 1/2 but need 5/8). Next time i restring i will go up to around 62lbs with sensation in the crosses and extreme syn. in the mains. One is a little less headlight then the other one, but they are the best racquets I have yet to use.

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