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  1. Babolat Official

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    I don't know the specific names/models of the machines but we test flexibility, frame strength, spin, power, durability, swing weight, balance, etc. All the racquet companies do this to varying degrees with various machines.
     
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    With every advantage (more power, more spin, more control), there is a drawback. We've been a leader in open string pattern racquets that generate spin and will continue to work with pros, coaches, and rec players of all levels to create products that help players maximize there game.

    Didn't someone used to make a 14X18 players frame?
     
  3. HarryB-97

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    Would that happen to be RPM Dual?
     
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    I asked a 6.0 player here if he was going to switch to the 99s. He works in a tennis shop, and gets all his stuff free. Although he hasnt demo'd the 99s yet, he said there was no way he would switch(currently playing Head).

    Maybe the drawbacks are too much of a sacrifice to deal with, when you already have your "A" game on deck?

    For me, my "A" game is present, but I'm not so lockled into it that I cant change it up a bit to adapt to a new racket.
     
  5. db10s

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    14 x 18... POG IIRC...
     
  6. vsbabolat

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    No, it's not. Here is a stencil on the first Babolat racquet I ever hit with. There were "VS" stencils in the 70's and 80's. There was even a VS stencil with the double lines at the bottom of the stencil.
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    This is the very first Babolat racquet I ever hit with back in 1989. It was for testing cordage.
     
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  7. 2handsbothsides

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    Hi Daniel,
    We really need you on the string forum as some of us would rather focus on string. Maybe your response to this question can be posted there.

    I saw your previous comments on BT7 where you acknowledge Babolats intent to improve durability and that there are many trade offs in life. Would you acknowledge that in this case Babolat took the worlds best playing production tennis string, increased durability a bit for the trade off of a stiffer string with less power and feel?

    Look forward to your response!
     
  8. db10s

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    What do you mean by "cordage"? How does it play?
     
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    This sounds so cool... May I ask "how" do you do it? I'm overly intrigued.
     
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    In MY experience, durability is the same. I'm not the only one with that experience either.
     
  11. vsbabolat

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    Cordage means String in French. It was good frame. Very stable, soft, with no vibration but good feel. It was never for sale. It was given out to certain people.
     
  12. Francis27

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    I dont know if youve answered this question already but when is the release of the RPM Dual?
     
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    +1. Daniel, there are countless negative posts within multiple string threads on this board regarding new Babolat VS gut (with BT7). Why doesn't Babolat offer the (non-BT7) original VS gut as an option for those that prefer it? I guess that if the rumor is true that Wilson natural gut really is made by and the same as Babolat original VS gut then Babolat is technically still offering it.
     
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    I've heard March mentioned once or twice, quite excited to try it.
     
  15. Babolat Official

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    You are correct
     
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    My apologies.

    I should have said, this is our first time making a stencil since we began making racquets (1994).
     
  17. Babolat Official

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    This sounds like a loaded question...but here goes.

    BT7 was added to make the string more durable without grossly changing the way gut plays. From your phrasing, I'm going out on a limb and guessing you feel it plays stiffer, with less feel, and less power. I hear you and if you read the thread, I've relayed this information to our string product team.
     
  18. vsbabolat

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    Have you ever seen the Babolat VS Test Cordage racquet before?
     
  19. Babolat Official

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    I've heard the Wilson rumor before but no one in the company will confirm. Sorry.

    Making one set of gut is an incredibly complicated and lengthy process. It takes over 60 days.

    I am headed to France on Sunday. My first trip since I joined the forums. One of the topics I will be addressing is BT7. I hope to have some more information to report back to all of you the following week.
     
  20. Babolat Official

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    Nope. We don't even have one in the US office. I've been to the room in Lyon with every racquet we ever made, but have not looked at this one specifically.
     
  21. vsbabolat

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    It was actually a very good racquet.
     
  22. Babolat Official

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    Exact dates very by country but it should be around there for UK.

    Curious to hear what you think. I've tested the 16 in a full bed and didn't love it. Tried it in a hybrid with VS and it felt better.
     
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    You can use a Babolat RDC to test swing weight, balance point, flexibility, and string bed stiffness.

    For spin, we shoot a ball at the string bed at varying angles/spins/paces and use a special camera that shoots at 240 FPS (or something absurd like that, can't remember off the top of my head.) There also is a machine that is kind of like a radar gun that measures RPM (revolutions per minute).

    When we (and most people) product test, the idea is to have as much of the test controlled, so you can tweak specifics variables to understand their effect.

    Durability is less exciting, but involves putting stress on products until they break.
     
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    Hi Daniel, I look for this thread every time I pop into the forum....thnak you! For the record, I am an aredent Babolat user since getting serious about tennis (Pure Drive users for 10 years-just bought the 2013 APD though-Love it, and always use VS Touch @ 57lbs.)

    My question: is it true that the Pro's have their racquets made (possibly to their specifications) in Lyon, as opposed to us mere mortals that get the "Built to spec in China" racquets in the retail shops?

    Viva La Babolat!

    PS My all time favourite is still the PD Team! (Bab should re-launch it as a classic!)
     
  25. Babolat Official

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    I loved the PD team. Played with it for years. I also recently switched to the 2013 APD.

    The pros racquets are customized versions of the consumer frames (some more than others). We have a team that adjusts swing weight, balance, etc. but they are built off the same frames you buy in a shop. Some pros constantly tinker with customization while others have the same specs for the entire season.
     
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    When will online stores start selling the new syntec pro grip?!?
     
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    Is there a authorized place to buy babolat products in israel?
     
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    Is Babolat coming out with a replacement for the AeroStorm line? I know Jack Sock has long been using the AeroStorm, but this is a new look similar to the AeroPro 2013 paint job. Is this just an AeroStorm painted to look like the current line of AeroPro or a new racquet altogether?

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  29. Francis27

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    It does kinda look like the aerostorm but in the 2013 aeropro drive paint job but i think it was somewhere here in the thread where daniel said the aerostorm would be discontinued
     
  30. JDMasFCK

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    It is the aero storm tour but in the 2013 aeropro drive paint, looks really nice imo, wish they continued the Aero Storm line :/
     
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    Anyone add weight to the aeropro drive 2013 to increase SW and more stable on volley. Can you share your experience. Thank you!
     
  32. Babolat Official

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    April for the US.
     
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    No Aerostorm in 2013 :(
     
  34. vsbabolat

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    It's a paint job.
    Steve Johnson is still really using the AeroStorm too.
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    Is it me or can you see the 'old' style cortex under the pj on Johnson's racquet? Its been painted black to disguise it but the shape can be made out.
     
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    You can see the old cortex lol
     
  37. Babolat Official

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    you are correct.
     
  38. Babolat Official

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    we are not selling the Aerostorm in 2013
     
  39. Rock Strongo

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    Never seen someone working for a racquet company admitting to a PJ!
     
  40. Federerkblade

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    lol good on you for admitting it. Hes hardly a main star though whos using it
     
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    I want some of those painted Aero Storms! I like the new PJ on the new Aeros a lot more than the previous generation. If BabolatOfficial has a hook up, please let me know :).
     
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    The new-design Babolat-logoed (stenciled) stringbeds look sharp on tv.
     
  43. Boricua

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    I agree. Are they being sil on TW already?
     
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    I just got one from TW last week. Just call them.
     
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    Daniel - When will new Babolat apparel with the new logo be available from TW? Thanks.
     
  47. BluDiamond

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    Why are Babolat painjobbing old Aero Storms if the line is being discontinued? Doesn't seem like a lasting solution for me to be honest - I'm pretty sure there will be a new Aero Storm from what I've heard in the UK
     
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    As daniel said earlier, 2014 will be new racquet coming out..they are just paintjobbing to help out pros not ready to change. 2013 is just a "rest year" for retail on Aero Storm. Later in year there will be more info on what the new racquet looks like for 2014.
     
  49. Sundan

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    Hi Daniel, i sent you a mail now, did you recieve it ?
     
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    Check with TW for exact dates but we have produced the stencils and are sending them out in the next month or so.
     

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