Babolat Range: Why is there a PDR, but no heavier APD ??

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  1. MAXXply

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    Just curious, for reasons historic or otherwise, why is the Pure Drive available in a heavier spec (PDR) yet the Aero Pro Drive is not ?? Is it only the Roddick factor ?
    Surely there are enough APD-using pros who are seen to play with obviously leaded-up APDs that Babolat could see some potential to add another heavier frame to their line-up to create a niche for a heftier retail APD ??
     
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    You've got it backwards: The APD is the heavier version. They have APD Team, which is slightly lighter, and APD Lite, which is ridiculously lighter.

    For the PureDrive line, they have PDR, PD, which is slightly lighter, and PD Lite, which again, is ridiculously lighter.
     
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    ^^ I mean the PDR is, as per TW, 337gms strung, 320ish unstrung? So why isn't there a 320ish APD frame?
    I had an enjoyable time using an APD on the weekend but thought I could go maybe 310-320gms unstrung with it
     
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    Ah, I see. Well, I'd say there's not much of a demand for it, they don't want to further confuse the users by adding yet-another-version of the frame, and the fact that if they want it heaver, they can just buy some lead.

    I've been against modifying sticks for so long, trying to find the perfect match for me stock. But I've come to the conclusion that adding a bit of weight isn't too hard to do, and it opens up my range of frames to play with.
     
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    ^ Agree, but I think they've got so many frames already what's another one in their large range? I wished some of their superfluous extra-length versions could be replaced with a heavier APD. A challenge would be what to call this heavier version...Since the "+" designates extra-length frames, I suggest AeroPro Drive MAX :)
     
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    The raison d'etre of the APD is swing speed, the aerodynamic shape. A heavy one that doesn't swing so fast might not make much sense to the marketing dept.
     
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