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  1. MarinaHighTennis

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    Details wouldve been nice bc now i switched to head which wasnt the best replacement for my aerostorms :(
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. parasailing

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    Will you be able to tell us whether the Storm line will come out around the Australian Open 2014 tournament?
     
  4. vs1954

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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
     
  5. gordonshumway

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    Pure Storm Ltd

    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!
     
  6. dje31

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    ^^^ Gordon:

    You should probably consider stocking up, esp. when they go on sale.
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. Babolat Official

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    Safer to say "early spring" 2014. But this date could move.
     
  9. Babolat Official

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    slated for early spring 2 014. this could change. but will be in first part of 2014.
     
  10. 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
     
  11. 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.
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. 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.
     
  14. 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.
     
  15. MarinaHighTennis

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    Ah I see no problems then. Congratulations to him! Was it Craig or Matt?
     
  16. 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.
     
  17. 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.
     
  18. Lukhas

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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
     
  20. Babolat Official

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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.
     
  21. SFrazeur

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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!
     
  23. cocarrot

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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.
     
  26. GS

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    I bought one of my favorite racquets the other day, a used Pure Control Team Plus. The old grommets/bumperguard needed replacing, so I tore them out, then ordered a few sets of Pure Storm/Control/Zylon grommets. They're too small and don't fit. On its throat, this Pure Control Team clearly says it has a 98 sq in head. Could it really have a 100 sq in head? And is my only hope to order some Pure Storm Team grommets (since that stick has a 100 sq in head) and pray that they'll fit?
     
  27. Babolat Official

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    Prestrung racquets should be 25 kgs. However, with shipping, etc. the string has probably lost some tension. If it is a concern, probably best to get restrung to your specific desires.
     
  28. Babolat Official

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    It's subjective to the user. You'll find plenty of people on this board who love Babolat (and plenty who don't). Yonex makes some great products too.

    The best advice I can give is demo a couple frames (TW has a great demo program), string them up how you like (then restring to adjust for difference in frames).

    Everyone has different preferences. I (and other people on this board), can help make educated suggestions, but at the end of the day, you need a racquet you enjoy. That might be with one of the other brands.

    Let me know if you have any questions.
     
  29. Babolat Official

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    So we're on the same page: The old old Pure Control Team Plus was a 98. While the new one is a 100 (and lighter, etc.).

    Did you send me an email? Someone did about grommets and I replied but haven't heard back.

    Anyways, send an email with pics and as many details as possible to dbecker@babolat.com and I'll forward to our racquet technical guru Josh. He is actually stringing the French Open right now, so it might take a week or two. But he has helped others with grommet issues.
     
  30. Lukhas

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    Hiya,
    With the bigger size and higher stiffness despite the low swingweight, can I expect a Babolat Pure Storm LTD (+) to be more powerful than the "regular", smaller version?
     
  31. cocarrot

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    Wow that's pretty much not what I expected to hear. The stringbed of a frame I got prestrung with Xcel Black seemed pretty boardy and low powered as for multi strings at 25kg, it felt more or less like 27-28kg with great control and very little string movement besides. Is it possible that the factory tension was higher than 25kg? Or the case is that the new AeroPro is less powerful and more control oriented frame than the previous models? Thank you for your answer.
     
  32. Babolat Official

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    It's possible that it was strung higher. If it is this much concern, probably best to get it restrung to your personal preference.
     
  33. BrigadierGen3

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    I was under the impression that with the french open babolat would be announcing(re-announcing) the play and connect?
     
  34. Babolat Official

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    2013 we have a French Open Pure Drive.

    We have revealed the official Babolat PLAY (the name of the racquet) logo and will be releasing more information as the year goes on. This has been a long project but one we do not want to screw up.
     
  35. m2nk2

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    I heard a rumour that Babolat is going back to the double lines on the strings next year but keeping the new logo for everything else. Is that true?

    It would make sense and it looks so much better with the lines.
     
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  36. Francis27

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    I hope so

    10char
     
  37. Babolat Official

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    that would be news to me, and they usually tell me that type of thing. love it or not, the new logo and stencil are here to stay.
     
  38. SFrazeur

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    The logo--while boring and lifeless in comparison to the prior--is fine. The half, slanted cut double line stencil is simply ****ing idiotic. Babolat took something that was great for decades and screwed it up.
     
  39. Razvan

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    Hello Daniel,
    It's nice to see that the producers are interesteed to talk to their "customers".
    I have a situation now and I would like to hear your oppinion.
    right now I'm trying to swich raquets and I stop for 2 models: one is the Babolat Aeropro Drive (2013) and the other one is Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro.
    As I am an agressive player what do you recomend me?
    I'm looking for power and control.
    thanks in advance for your reply.
    regards
     
  40. gordonshumway

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    ^^
    As a Babolat rep, Daniel will certainly recommend the Head racket for you.
    The answer is as usual, demo them yourself (hit both rackets back to back) and decide which one fits your game better.
    I tried both sticks, and the Aeropro has certainly more spin potential which you may or may not like.
     
  41. Razvan

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    more informations

    Dear Gordon,
    thank you for your reply, I must clear something with you all.
    Unfortunately I don't have the possibility to make a demo in Romania.
    all the raquets I've Tried I've bought them so you can imagine that there's a big amount on money involved.
    I asked you guys for an honest oppinion because maybe you had the chance to demo both of them.
    thank you once again.
     
  42. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Honestly, either racket will work if you have good technique. Get the one that weighs the highest weight you can comfortably handle.
     
  43. mirceam

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    hi razvan, i've played with aero pro drive gt ( the old generation ) for more than a year and i have played 30 min with Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro.

    the head offers more control due to the 18x20 string pattern and because of the balance ( 310 mm ) is more for manoeuvrable whippy . but if you have 2 hand backhand and a baseline type if play babolat will be more suited .
     
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    also Head Graphene Speed Pro have some know quality issues with the new Speed Pro grommets.
     
  45. Lukhas

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    Well, I just received one of these for demo. We'll see then, hope it will be pleasant! :)
     
  46. Razvan

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    Thanks

    Thank you for your oppinion. The weight is not a problem since I'm quite a massive player 1,85 and 92 kilos.
     
  47. Razvan

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    Hy Mircea

    Hy Mircea and thanks for the answers.
    I tried (from a friend) the previous version and it was good. But I noticed a higher vibration in this raquet.
     
  48. maxrenn

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    Hi Babolat Official - I was wondering are Babolat ever likely to re-release the original APD as say a classic version as there is a lot of love for that particular stick?

    Thanks,

    Max
     
  49. qwertre

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    I second this.
     
  50. Nostradamus

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    YES, especially since RAFA is still playing with it. LOL but let's keep it under raps,,ok.... Shjhhhhhh
     

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