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  1. tdhawks

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    I want to change the swing weight of the new APD to that of the previous model. 316 to 331. Suggestions?

    This new racquet feels too different to me.
     
  2. rlau

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    A couple of grams of lead at 12.
     
  3. Babolat Official

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    I'm not a pro at the customizing but they are some experienced users on the board who can probably chime in.
     
  4. tdhawks

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    Wouldn't this change it from HL to HH? If I were wanting to keep it close to 4 pts HL, would it make more sense to add lead to 3 and 9 o'clock?
     
  5. chris_short1

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    how similar is the current stock Aero Pro Drive racquet to Nadal's actual Aero?
     
  6. Babolat Official

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    We customize his static and swing weight, etc. There are multiple forums and theories on this. I don't have the exact specs off hand.
     
  7. Stevo Karlovic

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    You win this round... :evil:
     
  8. Stevo Karlovic

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    Just go easy on my boy Ivo. There's no way the APD would've ever suited his game. One of your brass should've played Johnny on the Spot with a PS or PS Tour for his sampling. Could've easily avoided five years with the spray-painted, Babolat stenciled Head Instinct.
     
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    Add some weight to 12, and change the grip to leather grip. Add more weight to the bottom of the racket if you think it's still to head heavy. That will help with the balance.
     
  10. Babolat Official

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    as long as we're playing tennis, we're all winners
     
  11. Babolat Official

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    pumped to see the big guy healthy, back in action, and winning. if you don't follow him on twitter, you should. pretty entertaining.
     
  12. Babolat Official

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    yeah, probably need to get on this
     
  13. guedoguedo

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    babolat official, how would you compare your APD to the pure drive roddick (if youve used it). it seems like the APD used to be flexier but now they are seemingly equally stiff rackets. particularly interested in differences in spin but also all around differences? thx
     
  14. Babolat Official

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    I have used the Pure Drive Roddick. More power and stability, but not maneuverable enough for me. I feel the APD flexes more at the throat, which I've taken a liking to.

    Correct, APD gives more spin.
     
  15. Florico

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    I'm french and read something on a french forum about a line which the name is Strike for 2014? Can you say more about this? Real or false information?
     
  16. MF878

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    There have been Babolat sticks called "Aero Strike" in the past, and looking at the specs of those, I don't think it would fit the type of frame that has been described. Then again, I'm just a consumer speculating, so what would I know?
     
  17. MF878

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    By the way Daniel, I'm planning on joining the Babolat family with the Pure Storm Ltd. You're welcome.
     
  18. Babolat Official

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    There is a new line in addition to the Pure Storm update. That is all I can say at this time. More info in the next 8 weeks.
     
  19. Babolat Official

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    Awesome! Glad to have you. What string set up are you going with?
     
  20. Florico

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    Thanks Daniel i understand. I'm changing racquet and i asked you to know if i have to wait this other line or if i can buy immediately new frames...
    Just another question, i felt the pure drive too stiff for me and a friend of mine told me that aeropro feel a little more flex. This is the same RA. What is your opinion about this?
     
  21. MF878

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    No idea at this stage. Gotta get the rackets first and I'll go from there. I'm used to high tension (around 58lbs) stiff poly, so probably something along those lines.
     
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    Hi, could you recommend a good hybrid set up for more feel and spin ? Just got hold of a 2013 APD and really like it but its strung with a full set of sonic black edge .
     
  23. gavna

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    So Daniel what's the official word on Harrison's sticks? Did Harry dump the Tour and go back to the LTD?

    Knew that the Luxilon experiment is over - but over the last two days in ATL it looks like from court side he is back with the PS LTD?

    Or is it a prototype under the PS paint?
     
  24. Bama

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    I think you guys knocked it out of the park with the new APD. The older versions and some PD's I tried out had a "tinny" feel on mishits but I have not experienced that with the 2013 APD. I'm playing the APD + with 18g Blast @ 57 pds and really loving it. Extremely maneuverable, stable, and controllable power. It's solid in every facet of the game for me.

    Came over from a Youtek IG Pretige Pro and I won't say the APD is that plush but it's plenty comfortable and has a sweetspot the size of the grand canyon compared to the Prestige. It's just a lot less work and making my court time a little more enjoyable.

    Great advise on strings by the way. Refreshing to see a company official admit you can't have you cake and eat it to. Poly is great fresh but loses is favorable characteristics very quickly. I refuse to play with poly with more than 8 hours on it. Save your arm and cut that dead poly out folks! I spent one year on the DL rehabbing from surgery for a torn labrum. 3 metal suture anchors were drilled into the bone to reattach the labrum. Fresh poly I don't feel even the slightest twinge. Dead poly feels like a ball peen hammer is tapping my shoulder with every strike of the ball.
     
  25. guedoguedo

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    Im thinking of buying the plus version. How the heck do you make 18g last more than 2 hours? With this racket could you do tension in low 50s and manage the power with spin?
     
  26. Bama

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    Well this is my first go round with RPM Blast and have about 3 hours of singles and 4 hours of doubles on one set and only an hour or so of doubles on another so the jury is still out on how durable it will be for me. I actually went with 18g because I want it to break before it goes dead and it has more feel for volleys. I used to get 7 or 8 hours out of Luxilon Ace in mixed play between singles and doubles. I play with a pretty good amount of spin but it hasn't broken yet so I'm expecting about the same out of RPM. I can only get a couple hours out of 17g when using a multi in the mains. I think 18g poly holds up longer than 17g multi for sure.

    Not sure about managing power strung in low 50's. Haven't tried that with the APD +. I usually string thinner gauges higher so went with 57 pounds since it was 18g. It feels so good from everywhere on the court I don't have a reason to change it. It's a very comfortable feel with no harshness for me. If all I did was play singles and roll balls from the baseline only coming in occasionally to put away a floater I imagine low 50's would be manageable with spin.

    I'm honestly very surprised by how well this set-up is volleying. In doubles I'm coming in even behind a second serve 90% of the time so I end playing some volleys out of my feet and half volleys. I also like to have the ability to chip service returns low at short angles and hit drop volley's etc. Most full poly set-ups don't lend themselves well to that but the 18g RPM in the APD + has surprised me. I'm really digging it so far!
     
  27. PureDriveFan

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    Great thread! Thanks for all of your insider info 'Babolat Official'.

    Played with Pure Drive since the 'Team' model.

    Couple of quick questions if you have the time:

    How long will the PD GT French Open model be available?

    For greater control with aggressive swings (compared to the PD), would you recommend a switch to APD or PS? (300g models)

    Will there be a PD version of the Babolat Play?

    Will Babolat ever offer a 300g unstrung racket with 18/20 string pattern?

    Lots of questions, thanks for any feedback!
     
  28. 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..
     
  29. 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.
     
  34. Babolat Official

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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.
     
  35. Babolat Official

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    Back to LTD with PHT & VS. If he tests new frames, will be in the off season.
     
  36. Babolat Official

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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!
     
  37. Babolat Official

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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
     
  38. 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?
     
  39. Florico

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    Thanks Daniel, i decided to wait until the new frames comes out.
     
  40. 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.
     
  41. 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).
     
  42. sureshs

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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?
     
  43. 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
     
  44. Lukhas

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    They say original APD and today's PD are really similar.
     
  45. TennisMD

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    Thanks for the in put, so I assume the original APD is more of an impact rkt
     
  46. sixone90

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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?
     
  49. anubis

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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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