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  1. Rokushio

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    Daniel, I've been having an issue with my apdplus 2013.

    I have always been a one handed backhand player from the beginning and a few weeks ago I started training in advanced lessons where people hit quiet hard.
    For some reason I have a pain in the shoulder since then trying to follow up with the class, specially when I do the 1HBH motion.

    Could it be that the racquet length, stiffness or any other variable is not the best suited for a 1HBH? I have been considering demoing the Pure Storm line..
     
  2. mavsman149

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    Any thoughts on switching back to the old string stencil? I personally think the old stencil all the way across was classic and looked much nicer
     
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    I play with the new APD and I think it plays stiffer than the old one. But I get a little more control from that so I like it. I do think it flexes more than the PD (but some on the board don't feel the same).

    The new line will be more of a classic/hybrid frame. We'll start releasing info on it in the next couple months. It will be in between the APD/PD and PS lines.

    Might be worth waiting to demo.
     
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    Nope. It took me a while to get used to it. But it grows on you. Or maybe it doesn't.
     
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    My gut reaction would be RPM & VS.

    However, the more popular hybrid in the office (D1 level college players) is PHT and VS.

    Both are pretty nice, really can't go wrong.
     
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    Back to LTD with PHT & VS. If he tests new frames, will be in the off season.
     
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    Prestige Pro is a great stick. We had a fling and it was fun while it lasted. Free power and spin is great if you can control it.

    Spot on on your other points. I'm even trying to get into the hybrid world, and I pop RPM 17 every 8-14 hours.

    For every advantage, there is a drawback.

    Glad you're in the family!
     
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    1. great stick
    2. whatever stores have of the PD RG is it, special cosmetic and we are not making more
    3. more pinpoint control = PS. more spin = APD. Demo Demo Demo
    4. yes
    5. new line coming 2014, you're onto something...
    6. thanks for the kind words, if I ever miss a post or don't respond within a couple days, my apologies. always feel free to email me dbecker@babolat.com
     
  11. Babolat Official

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    what string are you using?

    has increase in pace from players greatly affected where you are hitting the ball and how clean?
     
  12. Florico

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    Thanks Daniel, i decided to wait until the new frames comes out.
     
  13. sixone90

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    I can confirm this. I was told it will be called the Strike my Babolat rep. I have also hit with the racquet, funnily it has bumps on the inside of the throat like the Graphene Speed.
     
  14. Babolat Official

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    I'm guessing you hit with a blacked out prototype? the final racket is not in the US yet (or even in our warehouse).
     
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    So when can I get the smart racket from Babolat? Wasn't it supposed to be this summer? Why the delay?
     
  16. TennisMD

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    so Daniel, by old are you referring to the first APD without cortex, supossedly the rkt Rafa still uses. I have one in great condition and thinking of restringing and giving it a whirl, but before I do curious to your thoughts on the newest APD(your rkt) and the first APD. For me big serve and forehand key, also playing a lot of doubles 55 and older, 4.0 level; so return game big, if I serve big and employ my forehand and return big my volleys only have to be mediocre. So your thoughts, currently using Head youtes Ig extreme pro 2.0
    Thanks for your thoughts
     
  17. Lukhas

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    They say original APD and today's PD are really similar.
     
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    Thanks for the in put, so I assume the original APD is more of an impact rkt
     
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    Yes, but I don't imagine the final racquet will be any different other than with the final cosmetic.
     
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    Isn't the current PD way stiffer? I thougt the apd/o had a strung stiffness of 65/66, as opposed to 71/72 for the PD 2012.
     
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    how about for junior rackets? anything new comin out late/early next year?
     
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    Hi Daniel,

    I recently purchased a Pure Drive Lite. I think its a great racquet. It doesn't feel all that stiff though, even though the Babolat website states that its stiffness is 72. Do you think the website has incorrect information, or is there some sort of magic under the hood that makes a really stiff racquet not feel so stiff?

    Reason I ask is, I switched from the normal Pure Drive and Aero Pro Drive models due to their stiffness effects on my arm. It's just strange that the PD Lite doesn't have this issue.

    Thanks!
     
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    that would kind of defeat the purpose of product sample testing, wouldn't it?
     
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    don't get too caught up in the numbers. how it feels in your hand is most important. the "stiffness feel" of a racquet can vary depending on game, string, etc.

    Enjoy!
     
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    we'll have a big announcement winter 2013. with a project as complex (10 years in the making), we didn't want to rush it. needs to be perfect.
     
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    I'm referring to the 2010 (previous model). You can always string it up and give it a try. If it feels better...great. If not, you won't be thinking about it. And if you're like me, you're usually always thinking about tweaking something.

    Remember, with any tennis product (string, racket, shoe, ball, grip) for every advantage, there is a disadvantage. Play test it out and weigh your options accordingly.
     
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    Early spring 2014. more info around December.
     
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    I'm using poly, Kirschbaum Pro line II, 52lbs

    My swing is getting a little forced, sometimes I hit the ball late, and sometimes I don't get to impact the ball with the sweet spot.

    Anyway, today I went to a Physiotherapist and she said I should
    -Correct my technique(She is an ex pro and pointed me out about hitting late)
    -Warm up before trainings with minitennis
    -Stretching after. Received some massages and resonance to reduce the inflamation of tendons.

    Maybe 2014 to be announced release might be good news for me??
     
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    This is one of the projects that Babolat had the pros testing late last year.
    Daniel can give you more exact info. but that prototype has been changed quite a few times since then.

    Getting the racquet right is important for every player but if Jo can put everything together for 2 weeks, he has shown he is a huge threat at Slams.

    Unfortunately he still needs to win a Masters & his latest injury will hamper that...

    Looking forward to testing a few frames in December, January:)
     
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    I'm not a doctor, so I'll defer to your medial professional. Strong technique, soft string...if that doesn't help, it might be time to explore other frames.
     
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    well said. we'll work with TW to get you guys some of the first frames we send for testing. stay tuned.
     
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    Hopefully the stiffness on this racquet falls between the APD and Pure Storm.
     
  35. TennisMD

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    Yes have strung it up and hit off machine and like but question most of us at TW have two of same and I only have one original APD so my question can you compare anyone of the current APDs being sold at TW to the old. any come close?
     
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    Not really, it was more of a demo than a product sample testing. Besides, the racquets are being manufactured as we speak. A bit late for change now.
     
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    Thanks for your speculation. You're a little off. The product will come in two waves.
     
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    Same frame design and static weight, different feel and swing weight. The degree to how different is subjective to the user
     
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    You mean, this year? Because if not...
    [​IMG]
     
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    So thanks for your time I am seeking your opinion as to what current model most closely matches the old APD ( without cortex). This would at least establish a demo starting point. I could infer many things from your general reply they are all equal and only feel matters or not. So to to rephrase I am asking in your opinion what current APD plays most similar to old
     
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    the 2010 (previous mode)

    however, we have not sold them in over a year, so you'll have to check with specific retailers on stock
     
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    Great Photo of Jo!
    Yes, I meant this year!
    How could I forget Paris...

    Really had hoped he might crunch another Masters this year & this leg injury
    will derail him.

    pun not intended...BUT no intent to derail this thread:)

    ...new "AERO"racquet range is really perfect pitch for a player like Jo , Jerzy, or even Steve Johnson.

    The 2 new racquets wave will be a beauty & is very exciting for Babolat fans.
    I know from your posts Lukhas you are a Babolat fan.

    I am personally looking forward to testing the new "Storm" incarnation.

    I think both will be an interesting development at the Oz Open.
    Some lucky players won't have to wait that long...:)

    I know some of you may get frustrated with the Babolat method of whispering their message but they like to tell their story softly & release information in waves & not as a waterfall...or tsunami!
     
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    Hi Daniel, is the squeaky buttcap issue on pure storm and pure storm Ltd is solve ? Thanks.
     
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    Thank you will do
     
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    Not really, but if it can avoid being as unstable and powerless as a Radical while not having the ultra soft head of a Pure Storm, it may be worth a demo really. Wothout the almost even balance of a Blade too, needs more HL. Sounds interesting indeed.
     
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    from what you have written, a bit hard to please!:)

    getting somewhere between a Radical, Storm & a Blade is a big challenge! It is always worth hitting with new frames.

    You can then customise them with your personal strings, grips, balance etc.

    Don't forget that if you change too many variables...it can be confusing.:)
     
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    Well, a more stable Storm with a less soft head will do. :)

    Got some news on the "Pure Stryke". Fount the infos on another French tennis forum.
    3 models, 2 in 98in² and one in 100in², weight going from 280grams to 320grams. Very think beam (like Fisher Vaccum or Major X-One for old guys), cosmetics are mate black with fluo orange inserts.

    Bummer, though they would be green (red, blue, yellow, green, quite different). but at least, they're not looking like the AD, which was kind of a fail in PJ from Babolat, making very different frames look similar.
     
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    If the 100 is 300g with a stiffness of 65 to 67, with a 16 x 19 pattern, might be very tempting.
     
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    I believe they switched resins on the last update
     
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    I'm going to let you guys in on a little secret...there will be 4 models in the new line with varying weights, head sizes, and string patterns.
     
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