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  1. 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.
     
  2. Babolat Official

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    We adjust static weight, balance, and swing weight based on their preference and testing.
     
  3. longbody

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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.
     
  5. vvkid

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    does the PD2012 or Aero pro drive comes in a size 25 or 26?
     
  6. 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
     
  7. Topspinner271

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    Could you reply to my earlier post, also how can someone get a job with babolat?
     
  8. Topspinner271

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    Most of them do yeah.
     
  9. ricki

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    Can you please tell us specs of Janowticz's Aerostorm? Thanks!
     
  10. 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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  11. 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.
     
  12. mirceam

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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
     
  13. vvkid

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    nice! thanks man
     
  14. 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.
     
  15. mirceam

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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
     
  16. 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.
     
  17. Babolat Official

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    both come in 27 and 27.5(+). or are you asking about junior frames?
     
  18. Babolat Official

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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.
     
  19. Babolat Official

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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
     
  20. Babolat Official

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    Andy has been playing with the same racquet since he joined Babolat. We did not have cortex technology back then.
     
  21. 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.
     
  22. 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.
     
  23. mirceam

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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 )
     
  24. 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.
     
  25. Nostradamus

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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.
     
  26. Lukhas

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    Spin to RPM no problem. More control with PHT and still a good amount of spin IMO. Maybe the reason why Nadal prefers RPM, while Roddick did try the RPM but quickly went back to PHT.
     
  27. Nostradamus

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    Dear babolat. Why do you not sell that cheaper gut Tonic anymore ??? I can't find it anywhere in the TW site or internet in USA. not everybody is a millionare like Federer. us poor people need to enjoy the fruits of babolat natural gut as well.
     
  28. Lukhas

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    Tonic is $11 cheaper than VS. As I said in the Happy Hour thread, you still have Pacific Classic gut for example of cheaper alternatives. Or/and you can get an half set to string the mains and put whatever you want in the crosses. Or get the the pre-made pack of RPM with VS or PHT with VS, or any other brand that offers such a conditioning.
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/BabolatString.html
     
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  29. Babolat Official

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    This is very astute. Roddick and Harrison both tried RPM, but felt it was too much spin and not enough control, so they stuck with PHT.
     
  30. Babolat Official

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    Have you checked with TW under Babolat string ;)?

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/BabolatString.html

    looks to be $11 cheaper in the US. Not sure for other markets.
     
  31. zapvor

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    its cool to see the official guy tell the honest truth straight up
     
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    Yes, well, the main thing is that he plays a Pure Drive and no matter what you stick in or on it it will be ever thus.
     
  33. Babolat Official

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    thanks for the comment
     
  34. Nostradamus

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    It is still $36. it is way too expensive. It used to be $26, what happened to price ?
     
  35. Lukhas

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    Used? When? It's natural gut man. All other brands are between 30 and 40$ or so, exception made of one specific set of Pacific strings because there's much less coating and the string is therefore more fragile. You're moaning way too much, it's not like Babolat is doing something different from other brands here. It's the "price of gut", not "Babolat's take on the price of gut" or something. Yes, dead cows are very expensive. EDIT: 20$ is the price of a premium multi or some Luxilon strings for example. Expecting natural gut to be the same price?
     
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  36. SFrazeur

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    In 2010 TW had Tonic for $32.95. In 2009 it went from $24.99 to $31.95.
     
  37. DonDiego

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    Oh please... get a reel and it's 15$ bucks a set, or less.

    Edit: + 10$ a job, worth it if you like it, since it's gonna last for a while.
     
  38. Doubles

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    They make gut in a reel?

    (End sarcasm)
     
  39. zapvor

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    ooo gut in a reel would be fun!
     
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    It's from a VERY large cow!!!!
     
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    Thank you very much for your answer.

    Could you tell me or could you ask for the stifness of Andy Roddick frame? I'm very very interested on this spec.

    Thanks a lot again. Merci.
     
  42. Babolat Official

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    It takes two cows (intestines), 60 days, and all manual labor, to make one set of natural gut. I've had the honor seeing the process. I never understood why it was so expensive until I saw what it really takes to make ONE set. I'm trying to get a video made so people understand. It really is a craft, an art, that the family has been honing for over 130 years (more so if you count when the Babolat family produced string made for musical instruments).

    At the end of the day, it's a personal choice. It's either worth it, or it's not. And there are other companies making cheaper versions. But I can't comment to their quality or process.
     
  43. Babolat Official

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    He has his racquet customized by **** (or he used to). I'd ask them for the most up to date specs.
     
  44. Babolat Official

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    If the gut is not individually wrapped in sets...I would stay away from it.
     
  45. Lukhas

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    Something like this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCHkNko0OvI

    Well, there isn't Babolat written over it, but I guess it's similar.
     
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    It was mentioned the Aero Storm Tour will be discontinued. I believe this is the best playing racquet in the Babolat line, and I have tried several. Perfect blend of Pure Storm Tour control and weight, with all the benefits of the Aero series dynamics.

    Will there be a replacement type racquet to take it's place, something along the same design?
     
  47. Lukhas

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    Aero Storm line already was discontinued. And has been for years in fact. But they're planning to bring back a similar model in 2014.
     
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    For years? I have 2 Gts purchased new this year. ( Yellow/black/white ) Good to hear about something similar for 2014.
     
  49. Lukhas

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    There was no Aero Storm this year in the Babolat line. You can check the website, the Aero Storm is nowhere to be found, and wasn't there in 2012 too (not totally sure). I don't say you're lying about finding two brand new ones, but Babolat had discontinued the frame few years back. Since when, I guess the official here can tell you. But there was no more Aero Storm last year or this year IIRC, but they're bringing back a similar frame in 2014. Which is good news indeed. Felt the Pure Storm Ltd Plus' head are vibrating too much. Well, I have to ruin my new frames first. :)
     
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    There are three U.S retailers that I know of, selling new Aero storm tours, as I write this. They may well be left overs. Not sure when the Babolat web site stopped showing the Aero storm series as a current model. I know TW did a review of the Aero Storm Tour GT, as a new iteration at the end of 2010, almost 2011.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/reviews/BASTGT/BASTGTreview.html
     

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