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  1. Razvan

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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,
     
  2. Babolat Official

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    All good! Glad you're in the family.
     
  3. 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.
     
  5. zapvor

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    PHT in 15g? you guys are nuts.........why not just go to kevlar
     
  6. thejackal

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    just saw the storm replacement for 2014. sharp cosmetics
     
  7. Andyroo10567

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    Pics or it never happened. OKKKK. Do you have pictures though? Any hints on what it looks like?
     
  8. thejackal

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    do have pics. I ll let dan decide whether he'd like to have em up here
     
  9. Lukhas

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    ^Then I gladly take hints instead. What mold does it use? Aero mold or Pure Storm mold?
     
  10. thejackal

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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 ?
     
  12. 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
     
  13. Andyroo10567

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    Able to email em to me?
     
  14. Francis27

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    Me too if you can
     
  15. SFrazeur

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    I personally agree.
     
  16. m2nk2

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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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  17. Babolat Official

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    shhhh, don't steal my thunder
     
  18. Babolat Official

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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.
     
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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.
     
  20. Babolat Official

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    did you see the "other" project as well?
     
  21. Babolat Official

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    i'll release all the details when i can
     
  22. thejackal

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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
     
  24. Francis27

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    Is that actually the racket?
     
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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?
     
  26. TimothyO

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    I use the red Babolat team bag (6-pack) and painted a couple of my Bio 200 Lites like that...all black with simple red Babolat stripes.
     
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    We adjust static weight, balance, and swing weight based on their preference and testing.
     
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    Hoping that the new Storm replacement line will include a lighter, non-Tour 27.5" version, something similar to the old Pure Control Zylon 360 Plus. Extended racquets at > 12.0 oz. are too much for this mere mortal (like that length, but at < 11.5 oz.). Thanks.
     
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    Hi, Daniel -

    Given the current "sale" price and the player's retirement, is the Pure Drive Roddick being discontinued? Correct to presume the correct retail price is a temporary promotion?

    Thanks.
     
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    does the PD2012 or Aero pro drive comes in a size 25 or 26?
     
  31. Topspinner271

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    I play with the babolat drive z mid 2013. rpm blast 17 at 56 lbs. what do you think of it? and could you tell me its stiffness
     
  32. Topspinner271

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    Could you reply to my earlier post, also how can someone get a job with babolat?
     
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    Most of them do yeah.
     
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    Can you please tell us specs of Janowticz's Aerostorm? Thanks!
     
  35. carlosoki

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    Hi, how are you?

    I have 3 "retail" Babolat Pure Drive Roddick+ and 1 prostock Andy Roddick personal frame.

    I want to know why Andy dont use cortex system in the frame and if the construction materials are different (feeling playing is ike two completely diferent racquets).

    Thanks


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  36. Lukhas

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    Because like Nadal, it's one of the previous versions of the frame under the paint. IIRC, Roddick even used to hit with the Team version with lead in his first slams or so.
     
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    I would like to try the Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour & VS Gut Hybrid in my Pure Drive Roddick GT. What is your feedback?
    is much different from a full Pro Hurricane Tour & Xcel?
    How is the power and spin vs a full poly setup like poly star energy or poly plasma?
    How is durability ? . I break the poly on around 20h but around 12h all the polys i try are losing playability
     
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    nice! thanks man
     
  39. Lukhas

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    You should string gut mains and poly crosses, or the poly will kill the gut and you'll get less spin out of it.
     
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    ^Lukhas why most of players string poly in mains? What about the power?

    The back widow just broke tonight and when was fresh strung it felt that needed some extra pop. should I go for a lower tension with the hybrid or keep the tension because the VS is giving me extra pop? On TWU when I've search for similar string with black widow one of choices was PHT
     
  41. Babolat Official

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    I'm not sure at the moment, it is my understanding we will continue to offer this frame. But that could change.
     
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    both come in 27 and 27.5(+). or are you asking about junior frames?
     
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    I have not played with this particular raqcuet, so I can't say. We rate is at 73 ra. Which is moderately stiff.
     
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    I've given some general advice on the tennis industry in some earlier posts. Here is where we post our jobs: http://www.babolat-jobs.com
     
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    Andy has been playing with the same racquet since he joined Babolat. We did not have cortex technology back then.
     
  46. Babolat Official

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    I don't have them on file at the moment and didn't have a chance to ask him at Wimby. I'll see if I can catch him at the US events.
     
  47. Babolat Official

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    The PHT/Gut will hold tension better and provide more power and feel than PHT/Xcel. However, it is more expensive. I haven't played this combo enough to speak to durability, but they should be more or less the same.

    A hybrid will have more power and feel than all poly, but less durability and spin.

    Most polys lose playability within 10-14 hours. A hybrid is a good way to combat this.
     
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    last time i strung the black widow @ 55/53 lbs ( 25/24 kg ) and it felt to 1kg to tight. should i go lower with the PHT/VS or keep the tension for the mains and raise the crosses.? Something like 55/57 ( 25/26 kg )
     
  49. Lukhas

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    Most players string poly in the mains in a poly/multi hybrid because the multi has little business in the mains. But in a gut/poly hybrid, most players string gut in the mains. Gut mains and poly cross is a very low friction association, that allows excellent spin potential. While the reverse is very high friction, lower spin potential, and the poly will most likely break the crosses very quickly. Some players like it, but it's kind of a waste to do so IMO. String your gut mains about 3 or 4 pounds higher than your crosses. You can drop tension in comparison to a regular poly/multi hybrid. Especially if you pre-stretch the gut first. Now, I don't play gut because of the price, so I can't help you too much on this.
     
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    Which do you think has more power and more spin ?? PHT 18 Gauge ( I buy this from TW Europe) vs RPM blast 18 gauge.
     
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