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  1. TimothyO

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8xK0F5SMHY

    I was skeptical of your comment and then I searched for the video on YouTube.

    Reminds me of that robot from the original "Judge Dredd" movie: "Eat recycled food, it's good for the environment and ok for you."

    You're right, from a PR perspective what they should have done is donated a new pair of Babolats to charity with the purchase of each new pair. As we say in marketing, "The optics are really bad".

    What's most important from a PR perspective is that if you play a lot of tennis your shoes are pretty much dead and don't provide support. It's not like your tennis shoes are "gently used" walking around the grocery store and between house and car and mall. They're subject to lots of abuse at high speeds and changes in direction on hard surfaces.

    Maybe Babolat believes that folks in need of charity don't need shoes with decent support? After all, what do they do all day but often stand on their feet behind fast food counters, wait tables, walk around stores on tile floors stocking shelves, clean houses, etc. The fact is that most people in need of charity actually work, usually on their feet all day. Worn out tennis shoes probably aren't very good for the health of their feet.
     
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  2. Babolat Official

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    We'll release more info later in the year but it will come to US market in 2013.
     
  3. Babolat Official

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    Thanks for your comments.

    If you are familiar with our brand, you'll know we partner and donate a wide array of products, signed racquets, and money to various charities around the world. If you would like specific examples, feel free to email me.

    And fear not, you'll see a TV spot on one such organization for underprivileged youth in the coming month on TC.
     
  4. Babolat Official

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    Maybe Babolat believes that folks in need of charity don't need shoes with decent support? After all, what do they do all day but stand on their feet behind fast food counters, wait tables, walk around stores on tile floors stocking shelves, clean houses, etc.[/QUOTE]

    Really?
     
  5. TimothyO

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    Yes, folks in need of charity mostly work and work very hard on their feet all day. Hard to believe, no?

    Babolat is French, non? Let them eat cake? :D
     
  6. TimothyO

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    Is this one about donating used RPM Blast? :D
     
  7. ArliHawk

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    Is there any chance that in the future Babolat may come out with a "Pure Drive Classic" or "Aeropro Drive Classic" much like Volkl has done with its V1 Classic?
     
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    which pure drive would you have them do? The first one, paint scheme and everything for me please!
     
  9. ArliHawk

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    The first of both is what I had in mind. From what I understand, both are a little more forgiving than their respective current versions.
     
  10. Babolat Official

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    This isn't from the company, but from me . I'd appreciate it if did your homework before you make sweeping generalizations. My contact info is dbecker@babolat.com if you need some guidance on where to start looking.

    Have a good one,

    Daniel
     
  11. Babolat Official

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    nothing planned for 2013/2014 but I'll forward on as market feedback to the product team
     
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    I'll help you get started. Here is a charity I've supported for the past couple years (independent of Babolat) and Babolat now provides free product to: http://pastande.org/feltonfactor
     
  13. TimothyO

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    Steady there Daniel.

    Babolat publically posted a film of them gathering worn out tennis shoes for poor people.

    Don't blame us for noticing that they're giving worn out shoes to folks who often spend lots of time on their feet doing difficult jobs.

    If you don't like it then you should contact Babolat since I have no power over their marketing staff.
     
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    have a good one Timothy
     
  16. TimothyO

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    Nobody here said that Babolat DIDN'T donate stuff to charity. I certainly didn't.

    To whom are you responding precisely?

    The topic at hand is Babolat's donations of worn out tennis shoes to folks so that the residents of well-heeled Laguna Hills could have new shoes.
     
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    Thanks and will do.

    Very strange, I've never see it happen like that before.
     
  18. Babolat Official

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    Anyone headed to the French Open?
     
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    Thank You, Babolat.

    Babolat, I just wanted you guys to know that replacing the head guard of Aeropro 2013 with headguard from Pure drives really works well if you want to drop some Swingweight off the head. It makes a noticeable difference. Thank you Babolat for making the 2 piece headguard and grommets.

    You guys are Geniuses and Awsome.
     
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    Yep.........be there for first week and then the semis and finals - will be my 43rd time.
    Will have to miss most of week 2 as my youngest has a tourney same week.....
     
  21. Babolat Official

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    thanks for the kind words and the tip!
     
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    shoot me a note when you get in, we'll have some cool Babolat Play&Connect technology demos on site
     
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    I have been using Wilson Champions choice setup for about 7 years (natural gut before that) so I am interested to try a tried and tested hybrid set up from Babolat.

    Racket is ncode six.one (the limited run of Fed edition sold in Japan market only). String tension is 54/52 or 52/50 (main: natural, cross: alu rough).

    I play 1 hour per week. With that frequency I never break strings. I only restring when the strings become unplayable - usually 3 to 4 months.

    Do you have any recommendations? I actually prefer the strings break more often so I have more excuse to restring.

    Om
     
  24. 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?
     
  25. Babolat Official

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    Pure Drive, Xtreme, Aeropro Drive, Prestige Pro
     
  26. 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? :)
     
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    Fingers crossed for a Pure Storm... :)
     
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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.
     
  33. 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.
     
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    Oooo really excited, i will probably be buying it
     
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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.
     
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    Replacement for the AeroStorm line...........:)
     
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    Hope it's better set up than last years;)
     
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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)
     
  40. 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.
     
  42. Babolat Official

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    Stay tuned. You guys will be the first to know when I can talk about the new project.
     
  43. 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.
     
  45. Babolat Official

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    At least two new projects coming early 2014.

    The Pure Storm will be updated...
     
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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
     
  48. 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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