Babolat Pure Storm Tour - actual weight?

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  1. bluetrain4

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    The specs for the most recent Pure Storm Tour, as well as the previous version, have the weight as 12.1 oz.

    But, I was borrowing someone's frame today and on the frame itself, it says that the weight is 11.3 oz. If that's the unstrung weight (which I assume it is), then the strung weight would be 11.8, 11.9 oz at most.

    I realize a specific model varies from frame to frame, and I know that TW's specs are based on their own measurements of a handful of frames.

    But, I'd like to here from people who own with or have played with this frame. What has been you're experience - 12.1 oz or lighter?
     
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  2. Power Player

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    Mine was 12.1...12.3 with OG and dampener.
     
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  3. Casco

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    the TW weieghts are strung weights, and string for that racquet, with a 16x20 is 15-16 grams or so. When I do the math I get 11.8-11.9 or one could take the 320 gms that Babolat specs indicate and add the string amd we get 335-336. The 12.1 oz or 343 grams that TW has listed indicates a quality control variation or perhaps some measurement error or both. When I purchase a raquet, I have someone in the shop, who already knows the weight of the handle wrapping and other materials that are wrapped on or attached , weigh the raquet and account for these materials, than send me one that is right to the manufacurer spec. This way, not only do I get a racquet the way it was designed to be, but when I order another in the future, and place the order in the same manner, I get matching racquets.
     
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  4. KenC

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    I think Babolat tries to get within +/- 7 grams of the specified weight, as I have a Bab PSL that on the throat says 320g +/- 7g.

    I think Babolat has many manufacturing plants that produce racquets for them, as the three letter code on the buttcap changes. I bought two PSLGT racquets at the same time from the same source and they were perfectly identical in all characteristics and have the same three letter code. I bought a third 3 months later which has a different code and it weighed two grams less and was a little more head light than the other two. I recently bought a fourth and it had yet another code and was 5 grams lighter but balanced the same. So, I think that there are manufacturing allowances either from batch to batch or plant to plant that we have to live with. I used a local racquet technician to get all 4 to be equal and play identically.
     
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  5. rooski

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    Mine are 12.2 and 12.3 oz (7 pt HL and 6 pt HL). They are set up identically with PHT 16/Addiction 16, over grip, shock absorber, and protective head tape on the guard. You can get them just under or right at 12 oz with a full syn gut or multi set up and deleting the head guard tape.
     
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  6. Bud

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    I'd also like to know if the twistweight on the 2011 Pure Storm Tour is correct. TW has it listed at 15.78 g∙cm² (up in APD territory)

    The 2009 version was 11.29 g∙cm²

    That's a huge increase in stability from the 2009 to 2011 version... considering there were only cosmetic changes.
     
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  7. tlimster

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    I've used both extensively and found that the GT version is much more stable near the tip section. The old PST fluttered sometimes at the tip, so I added lead at 3 and 9 and it was fine after that. The GT is also slightly more powerful. Overall, I'd say it's better than the old version.
     
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  8. parasailing

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    Wait are you referring to the 2009 vs 2011 GT or are you refering to GT vs non GT?
     
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  9. counterpuncher

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    I have found weight differences in the 3 PSTs that I have owned over the past few years.

    I picked up the GT version last year and this is some 5g lighter than any of my old non-GT versions, which was a blessing for me as the SW was also less.

    I found the GT version to be slightly stiffer, slightly more powerful and slightly less stable, but that is probably due to the lower than spec weight of my stick.
     
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