"Babolats are for girls"

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  1. radtennisfan

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    Indoor ITA college tourney in Houston recently was a babolat fest! Personally I find them difficult to control.
     
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  2. Egoista

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    I think you are all missing the point

    the rocket launcher makes it so easy for a payer not as talented as others to rip insane topspin and easy access to power....

    make that same player play with either a 90 or 95 and see the difference...
     
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  3. Babolat Official

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    Interesting fact, I started playing with Babolat so I would finally have something to talk to girls about.
     
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  4. Babolat Official

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    Easy Johnny Mac. We know you're still bummed that we aren't all using wood frames.
     
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  5. SCRAP IRON

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    NICE RESPONSE... Much like the new Pure Control Tour!
     
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  6. Edburger

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    I think, is actually legit topic. Brands, they very much about perception.

    Babolat, it not like Wilson / Dunlop / Prince. Does not have long legacy as serious racquet maker in tennis. When it first come on scene, was absolutely regarded as cheap/inferior brand.

    Seems to me, older players (25, 30+) not have much respect for Babolat. They still see, crappy cheap light racquets that were bought by girls and grandmas in early 2000s.

    I think, younger players - much more respect. Grew up with Nadal and Roddick using Babolats. Not so much prejudice.

    I think, Babolat very slick marketing. Very hard to go from nothing to industry heavyweight in 10 years.
     
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  7. Sparky

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    Smooooothe operator
     
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  8. Knife

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    Can´t imagine owning a Babolat, they look and feel like frying pans. So much better with a thinner frame and more oval-shaped head. In terms of design Babs are tied for last place with Yonex on my list...
     
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  9. Babolat Official

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    To each their own, that is the beauty of the open market. You have to play with what works best for you (even if it is not a Babolat frame).
     
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  10. bigdaddyps

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    Finally a little levity here on this board. I love it. Whether one believes it or not, it's a damn funny statement.
    Kudos to the creator.

    You know I do see a lot of the female species using Babos.
    I'm just saying, LOL.
     
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  11. SFrazeur

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    If someone is ripping topspin shots or winners then they have some awesome technique.
     
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  12. Mick

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    It has got to be very frustrating for people who lose to guys who play with girls' racquets :shock: :)
     
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  13. Edburger

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    I not think so. Is like losing game of ten pin bowling to someone who uses those bumper things in the gutter.
     
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  14. ShahofTennis

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    Maybe in the past when their cosmetics were more colorful/less conservative. In terms of color, yellow was the last thing I wanted on my racquet. The Pure Strike Tour reminds me of the Batman Beyond series. Pretty damn cool actually.

    [​IMG]
     
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  15. Sparky

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    Funny you should say. One of my previous teammates looked like he was using a frying pan. He played with a Head. In our last season, he was undefeated. The opponents couldn't hit his garbage knuckle balls.
     
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  16. winn0923

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    If babolat is for girls, I might have to go buy some dresses
     
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  17. palmerop

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    That's pretty much it. Full stop.

     
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  18. Knife

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    Babolat works well for many, that´s for sure. ;-)I just prefer a more classic look and feel...
     
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  19. ACK4wd

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    Sure that Babolat wants both men & women to buy their rackets.
    Seems logical that regardless of identity issues, that many may concern themselves with being able to distinguish between how they are perceived and how they want to be percieved. Percerverating vs. not caring that much about it is a personal choice.
     
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  20. slice bh compliment

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    Me too. But since they make pure strikes and controls (and the best shoes in the industry), i am a babolat guy.
    I leave the classic look and feel to my clothes, my car and my bike.

    One of the best looking, best playing frames of the forty years i have been a Tennis player.

    I am warming up to that orange.
     
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  21. Egoista

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    Technique yes but the rocket launcher helps tremendously
     
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  22. wilsonmakesmeSTEAM

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    Personally, I like Yonex...
    one of the most unique racket brands in the market
     
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  23. WhereIsMacMac

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    You do realize this is a "Babolat" thread, right? :confused:
     
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  24. Sparky

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    He thought it was a "girls" racquet thread. Lol :twisted:
     
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  25. WhereIsMacMac

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    Oh, I figured
     
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  26. Sparky

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    Wilson. Now there's a man's racquet. We've all seen Serena. :oops: doh!!
     
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  27. WhereIsMacMac

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    Don't forget Venus
     
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  28. kingcheetah

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    I don't know how Serena is able to do what she does as far as maintaining her strength on a raw vegan diet... her racquet's SW is in the 370-390 range, and strung in the mid 60s, yet she absolutely destroys the ball... she's a once in a generation type player no doubt.
     
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  29. Shroud

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    Clearly a raw vegan diet can lead to great strength if done right. Gorillas are way stronger than the strongest man and 97% of their diet is vegan and the other 3% are insects.

    And we are civilized weaklings these days. Our forebears were swinging 4-5 lb swords and sporting armor while fighting to the death. We struggle with 12oz rackets....

    Serena is an amazing athlete. Why does Nadal use a lower sw racket than Serena?
     
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  30. SCRAP IRON

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    I would like to see Nadal use a "man's" racket!
     
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  31. PDR

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    Coming from the ag100 I used to hate the feel of babolats. But once u adapt, your game definitely goes up a level. Nobody plays to lose, right?
     
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  32. slice bh compliment

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    Yup. Nobody plays to lose.

    And now, for the top ten reasons i play, submitted by our home office in lincoln, nebraska.

    10. I play to wield equipment my mainstream sports friends can't pronounce.

    9. I play to feel the ball wilt under the weight of my 14.5 ounce hammer of Thorlo. I mean Thor.

    8. I play to show off my 85 square inch head, my lead tape poisoning and my corinthian leather power pads.

    7. I play to talk about kevlar/piano wire hybrids at 70 pounds.

    6. I play to humblebrag about my slipping from the edge of a world ranking to 5.0.

    5. I play to hit with guys half my age and fourlevels above me, but i pretend i am just having a bad day each time.

    4. I play to talk about roger being arrogant and effeminate, rafa doping, nole being finished and murray being a cool guy.

    3. I play so i can wear nike or adidas head to toe, even though i have to pay full retail for everything now that i am a lowly 5.0 rec player. If that.

    2. I play so i can justify my tennis shopping habit and my time spent on the tw forum, lol!

    1. I play to destroy the hopes of noobs everywhere who think they like the sport for the sake of the sport.

    Kidding, of course. But everybody has a little bit of poseur in them.

    Enjoying the game. Still got my man card, according to my wife, even though i have been using babolat frames for the past few years.
     
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  33. Shroud

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    How do you adapt to a racket you hate the feel of? I could never seem to do that. That "HOLLOW" feeling just blows!
     
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  34. PDR

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    Once you've demoed almost every racket there is, you'll realise that you'll go through good and bad times with whatever set up you have and you'll never be happy until you accept that. That's what I did, and I went for the big power big spin racket that is the pdr. Monster racket. On a bad day, I might not have that pin point precision and feel that i can get with a smaller head, but I'll never get pushed around by anyone. I can sacrifice feel for that.
     
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