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  1. Babolat Official

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    Thanks for the note. I haven't hit with the Speed Pro but it is pretty popular on the forum, so I'm guessing it is a great racquet.

    The Aeropro has plenty of power. If you have a pretty aggressive game (power, spin, etc.), I would recommend using a poly. I personally like RPM Blast 17 strung around 50 lbs.

    Do you have the ability to demo? That is ultimately the best case scenario. You can tweak the racquets and decide which one is best for your game.
     
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    Just saw this. Since you can't demo, maybe post something in the general racquet forum? I have not hit with the Head frame. And I work for Babolat. So you can guess where my allegiances lie.

    I did have a drink with Nastase the other day, he is now playing with Babolat. And is a really cool guy.
     
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    not at this time, but you feedback has been noted
     
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    Thanks for your feedback, I've noticed some players continuing with the double line...this could be right up your alley.
     
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    Thanks for the reply it is appreciated. It is a shame though but from a business perspective I can understand the decision.
     
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    I really wish a 98 sq. in. was available in an 18x20.

    I love the feel of the Pure Storm LTD but it is a bit under powered and demanding. I also like the Pure Storm GT but get too much height on my shots. I have been using the Blade 98 18x20 but wish there was a Babolat equivalent.
     
  7. YesTennis

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    Daniel, if you've read Jimmy Connors book I'll bet you had more than one drink, and plenty of places to go afterwards!!!! Sound like fun!!!!
     
  8. SFrazeur

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    Anyone notice the Pure Drive Rodick 2012 price drop to $169? Is it the death of the PD Roddick? Am I committing hyperbole for the fun of it?
     
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    In the real world, a price drop used to mean too much product and not enough demand.

    Whatever people think around here, the PD must vastly outsell the PDR.
     
  10. SFrazeur

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    I would think that the PDR series isn't selling as well as it once did now that Roddick is retired and his lack of success prior to that. I think that there is still a market for a heavier Pure Drive like racquet. Not as large as the Regular Pure Drive market, but still existent and profitable. I would like to see Babolat re-brand it as the "Pure Drive Tour" or the "Pure Drive Limited." After this they can have other players endorse it.
     
  11. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    Dear Babolat Official,

    I noticed there is a 'new' (don't know how new it is, forgive me my ignorance) Babolat Pro Hurricane string and an old one from 2010. I'm considering to buy this string, can you please tell me the difference between the old and the new one? This question also applies to the Pro Hurricane Tour.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  12. Babolat Official

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    We've listened. And we've got something new coming out in 2014. I've play tested recently and although not maybe my racquet of choice (love my APD), I think it will be well received. We'll be releasing details and asking people to playtest at the end of the year.
     
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    In between sets during Rafa/Djokovic. But next time, we party.
     
  14. Babolat Official

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    the only update we've done to PH and PHT in the last couple years is: the packaging with the new logo and wider colour rangers in some of the markets. From a performance standpoint, the string is the same.
     
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    I've added the book to the reading list. Where does it stack up against other tennis reads? GIlbert, Agassi, PMac, etc.
     
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    We're in the process of figuring this all out.
     
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    Definitely pick it up for a quick read. It is interesting as it provides a lot of insight into tennis in the mid 70's into the 80's. If one takes Jimmy at his word, I think there was a lot of misunderstanding about him, his mom, etc....It sure was a different time on the tour those days. What a competitor!!!
     
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    Dear Babolat

    Pro hurr tour is true greatness. but can you make it little bit more powerful ? thank you
     
  19. Lukhas

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    ^Try the hybrid set with XCel. 8)
     
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    I am hybrid already with X-1 biphse. isn't xCel less powerful ?
     
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    Thanks, very good to know...
     
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    Hard to be more powerful than X1-Biphase. But Xcel is a very powerful string. Softens the stringbed too, your arm will thank you. Tried it, played nice, cut when it was too powerful.
     
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    Best way to add power is to hybrid. Personally, I prefer VS Gut. If that is too expensive, you can try Xcel Power or one of our other multis.
     
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    I've used X-1 and would have to say it is more powerful than Xcel but not more so than VS Gut.
     
  25. Razvan

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    Thank's

    Thank's Daniel, for your honnest oppinion and quick reply.
    As for the drink...be careful Mr. Nastase is highly trained:twisted:
     
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    Babolat strings

    I almost forgot,
    Babolat strings are the best. I know it may sound stupid but I prefere Pro Hurricane 1.20. It suits my style perfectly.
    Regards,
     
  27. Babolat Official

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    All good! Glad you're in the family.
     
  28. Fuji

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    Hey Daniel,

    I read on another thread that PHT is made in 15 / 15L gauge. (Cannot remember which) Is there any chance of it making it's way to USA/Canada? I'd love to try my favourite string in a thicker gauge! :)

    -Fuji
     
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    The 15L is very rare and not carried in the US (and I'm pretty sure not in Canada). there may be some packs floating around from 4-5 years ago. I don't believe we even produce it any more.

    Our of curiosity, what advantage do you get when you play thicker strings? I've always played 17 or 18 and even 16 feels too thick for me.
     
  30. zapvor

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    PHT in 15g? you guys are nuts.........why not just go to kevlar
     
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    just saw the storm replacement for 2014. sharp cosmetics
     
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    Pics or it never happened. OKKKK. Do you have pictures though? Any hints on what it looks like?
     
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    do have pics. I ll let dan decide whether he'd like to have em up here
     
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    ^Then I gladly take hints instead. What mold does it use? Aero mold or Pure Storm mold?
     
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    still a storm mold, thin beam. might be a bit rounder than the current mold but hard to tell
     
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    Dear Babolat. I think the PD 2012 seem to be more powerful than the Aeropro drive 2013 to me. Do you agree ?
     
  37. Fuji

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    Ahhh I see! That's too bad!

    I've been using the Steam 99S lately, and it just eats strings rather quickly. PHT is my favourite string, and I'd like to try it in a open string pattern-friendly option. :)

    That being said, I normally use 16g in any stick with 16 mains, and 17g for 18 mains. I don't like 18g string as I find the durability isn't the best, and even for a poly it always feels a little too "poppy." :razz:

    -Fuji
     
  38. Andyroo10567

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    Able to email em to me?
     
  39. Francis27

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    Me too if you can
     
  40. SFrazeur

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    I personally agree.
     
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    Lets hope they will, with the original paint job too. A lot of people would buy them as they aren't as stiff as the new ones.

    I for one would buy 4 sticks without hesitation.
     
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    shhhh, don't steal my thunder
     
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    I've played with both strung with various combinations and agree. I'm not sure if there are studies that prove otherwise but from personal experience, yes.
     
  44. Babolat Official

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    when I can send them out, you guys will be the first to see them. however if someone has pictures and shares them, totally out of my control.
     
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    did you see the "other" project as well?
     
  46. Babolat Official

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    i'll release all the details when i can
     
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    lucky for you I didnt.

    a guy I know who works for the canadian distributor was playing doubles with it and we talked about the storm replacements a bit. also saw it a few weeks ago being carried by a ITF-ranked teaching pro around here. definitely more interesting to look at than the current generation storms (which I find a bit busy-looking). very sharp
     
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    [​IMG]

    :p

    spy-photo level quality
     
  49. Francis27

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    Is that actually the racket?
     
  50. naturallight

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    Babolat Official, sorry if this has been asked but do any of the pros/college players sponsored by Babolat ask for modifications to make the frames more comfortable? If so, what do you do for them?
     

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