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  1. beernutz

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    Welcome Daniel! Or at least welcome to your new nick. Sorry if someone has already asked this but which racquet or racquets in your history did you play with in college?
     
  2. Babolat Official

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    Pure Drive, Xtreme, Aeropro Drive, Prestige Pro
     
  3. Babolat Official

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    If you are not worried about breaking string, try VS Team 1.25 Gut in the mains and RPM Blast 1.20 in the crosses. It does not come in a hybrid set, so you would have to string two racquets (or only make one set).

    We sell hybrids with VS 1.30 and RPM Blast or Pro Hurricane Tour 1.25 (half set of each).
     
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    Any hints? :)
     
  7. Lukhas

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    Fingers crossed for a Pure Storm... :)
     
  8. dje31

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    Beam on right looks pretty flat, semi-boxy @ 1:13. My fingers are crossed for something like the swirly Pure Control in a low 60s RA. My 48 year old joints can't take 72RA, no matter how well you hide / damp it.
     
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    Please tell me we're not going to see the "Aero Pure Pro Steam Drive 99S" come December.
     
  10. Lukhas

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    Ever tried a Pure Storm? The Ltd. is at 59RA for the softest, the Team at 60, the "Standard" at 63, and the Tour at 64. There aren't only the Pure Drive and the Aero Pro Drive lines at Babolat you know. Those pure storms are sweet players sticks, or so I heard.
     
  11. Francis27

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    Oooo really excited, i will probably be buying it
     
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  12. dje31

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    Yeah, I think I've demoed just about every iteration of the Pure Storm, Tour & Std., barring the Plus and Ltds. Really wanted to like one of them, and admittedly didn't customize the demos...but stock, they pretty much all left me cold, or not getting anything better than what I'd been playing. So I moved on.

    I'm sure I'll try this new one, as long as the specs are close to what I'm after.
     
  13. Bartelby

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    Looks like a slim or slimish tapered beam with cortex.
     
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    understand the since inception of the 'aero' range of rackets with its aero modular design and open string pattern has always been linked with spin generation.... wonder if during the construction of the rackets, they are also weighed in such that it aids racket head speed (polarised)
     
  15. Babolat Official

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    Come on. We're not one to follow.
     
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    The weight, balance, and swing weight are all calculated efforts from our product team.
     
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    Stay tuned. You guys will be the first to know when I can talk about the new project.
     
  18. Babolat Official

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    Update to the Pure Storm in 2014. Not just cosmetic. Can't comment any more at the time.

    The blacked out racquet is a different project.
     
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    So do you guys engineer the APD with the idea that it will be customized? I know you used to write "lead tape location" on old babs...also why not inject some silicone at the factory like other brands do...your touring pros all have it in there.
     
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    At least two new projects coming early 2014.

    The Pure Storm will be updated...
     
  21. Babolat Official

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    We offer a range of racquets that we believe fits the needs of a majority of players (Team, Lite, standard, plus).

    That said, we encourage people to use these as bases to customize, as no two games are the same (i.e. I add a leather grip to slightly augment the feel, balance, and weights).

    If we inject silicone, it is a fixed dead weight that can not be moved and would prevent people from doing customization on their own.

    Part of our offering to pros is customizing length, weight, swing weight, balance, etc. with what best suites their game.
     
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    Anything similar to an update of the Aero Storm for 2014? I've asked before, but haven't gotten any solid answers
     
  23. Babolat Official

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    Have you asked on here?

    As I've mentioned, the Aerostorm was discontinued for 2013 (with no plan for renewal).

    There is something that we are targeting to "Aerostorm" players...sadly, I can not give details yet.
     
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    I noticed that for the new AeroPro Drive 2013, when leaded up at 12 for about 10g like Nadal, it has a similar swingweight to Nadal's racket at 350g(if my calculation is correct). Do you know if Babolat decreased the swingweight for this version to allow more customizations? Because at stock form I find it lacks plowthrough and stability.

    Have you leaded up your APD2013? Because I've put about 7 grams at 12 so far, and it is sooo much better! :)
     
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    I a back to the Aeropro. Strung with TCS mains and NRGG2 crosses. Feels great.:)
     
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    Details wouldve been nice bc now i switched to head which wasnt the best replacement for my aerostorms :(
     
  27. Babolat Official

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    Sorry, the product isn't out until 2014. We'll have more information as we get closer to the release date.
     
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    Will you be able to tell us whether the Storm line will come out around the Australian Open 2014 tournament?
     
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    What is going on with the Babolat stringing team. I know the mostly European guys/girls are doing the French. Any tournaments you are doing here in the states? I have emailed Mickey.

    Chuck
     
  30. gordonshumway

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    Hi Daniel,

    just wondering if you guys are going to keep the Pure Storm Ltd in the lineup?
    I really hope you do, it's such a fantastic racket. I have tried heaps of sticks from all sorts of different brands, but no other racket lets me load up as big and swing as smooth as the PSLtd.
    Interestingly the Head Prestige MP (which is very similar to the PSLtd) seems to be very popular and I often see it being used at money tournaments. Having played both, I like the PSLtd hands down better - maybe the racket just needs better marketing. It's not even available here in Australia..

    If you keep the racket in the line I hope you won't mess with the specs too much, e.g. don't make it less head light.

    Cheers!
     
  31. dje31

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    ^^^ Gordon:

    You should probably consider stocking up, esp. when they go on sale.
     
  32. Lukhas

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    I wonder who the AeroStorm targeted. Since I see the PD line for power, APD line for baseline, PS line for precision (plus the Ltd. as a player's racquet). Just wondered, please fill my ignorance.
     
  33. Babolat Official

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    Safer to say "early spring" 2014. But this date could move.
     
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    slated for early spring 2 014. this could change. but will be in first part of 2014.
     
  35. MarinaHighTennis

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    Is there anything going on with Babolat Team right now?
    I email and they don't respond for a while and I just called and it says "closed" till monday
     
  36. Babolat Official

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    There is a "racquet space" in between the Pure Storm and APD/PD line. If you wanted more from the Pure Storm, but not as much as the Pure Drive and Aeropro "gave" you.

    If you've played with all three, you'll understand they are different animals, but there is a large gap between the Storm and other lines. The Aerostorm filled that gap.
     
  37. Babolat Official

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    It is not going anywhere. I haven't seen the raw data specs from testing, but the concept specs were the same.
     
  38. Babolat Official

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    Did Mickey respond?

    The VS String team is still alive and we have two event planned for the summer.

    Stringing is more of an art than a commodity in Europe. We do have some US guys on the team, including Babolat's own Josh Newton! He is legit.
     
  39. Babolat Official

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    Are you referring to the US Team?

    If so, sadly, we have to give the guys time off now and then. The office was closed last Friday and Monday as one of the team members is expecting a child. I believe they were in today and catching up. Sorry for the delay.
     
  40. MarinaHighTennis

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    Ah I see no problems then. Congratulations to him! Was it Craig or Matt?
     
  41. Babolat Official

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    Craig's wife is expecting within the next couple weeks. If you shoot him a note, it would probably make his day. It is his first kid and he is pretty excited.
     
  42. Babolat Official

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    I just tried to reach him and got the same reply, maybe the little guy came early?

    FYI, the office voted to name the kid "Jo-Wilfried". Still no confirmation from Craig if this name was accepted by the family.
     
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    So I finally understand why the "Aero" part in "Aero Pro Drive". Thanks. Sounds exiting. I had noticed Pure Storms were quite different from the other lines in specs.

    On the way to become a "Stronga" kid... :twisted: Congrats.
     
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    He said he would be in touch if and when a position opened. I guess I need to be patient. I have the qualifications. I sent my resume. Any suggestions?
    Can you reveal which tournaments they are doing here in the states?

    Chuck
     
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    not sure about the US events. continue to check the babolat website for job openings. it's a competitive industry, gaining experience and maintaining patience is key.
     
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    I have played with Pure Drives from the team version now to the Pure Drive 2012, 'Black.' And each time I think Babolat has improved the racquet's stability and enlarged the sweet spot.

    -SF
     
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    Thanks for the kind words, glad you like the product!
     
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    Hello, will you be able to tell me what is the factory tension for Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013 that in the UK market comes strung with Xcel Black French Open? Many thanks in advance.
     
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    Bonjour, babolat. I can't make up my mind at to which is better racket. Babolat or Yonex
     
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    You're not really this stupid, right? This has to be a joke.
     

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