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  1. Babolat Official

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    16x19, with a more open string pattern, offers more access to spin (and in my opinion, power). You do lose some pinpoint control. You will not get as much pop as with the PD. I would wait until both are out so you can test them side by side (and with your other frames). Then you'll know for sure.
     
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    1/2 as dense as previous carbon, header card has RA at 69, which is a misprint, should be 68. Plays slightly more flexible.
     
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    You caught us, we've run out of ideas. It's all downhill from here.
     
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    The normal looks much better than the Tour in my opinion. Not sure where the brown/tan came from.
     
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    Does this mean it is lighter and so more maneuverable ?
     
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    The old technology was 6,000 carbon fibers, the new flex carbon is 3,000. Same weight.
     
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    why should we buy less carbon ? more carbon is better, no ?
     
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    Cheaper to produce presumably? Bit like Babolat's reformulation of VS ie fewer but bigger fibres.
     
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    Flex may mean less stiffening material if the decrease in fibres is anything to go by and that may be all to the good in terms of feel.
     
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    The silver on the old Pure Storm Tour was unattractive and aged quickly, so while similar the new design looks cleaner.
     
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    Sorry to be anal on racquet specs but may I ask how far is it from the tip
    of the head ? In terms of point or inches ?
     
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    We wanted to make the racket more flexible. Less dense pattern = more flexible in our testing.
     
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    Sorry, incorrect. Focus was changing racquet. We don't sell enough of this model that changing profit margin would have huge effect on our bottom line.
     
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    On the nose.
     
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    Don't have the info off hand.
     
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    Is there Plus (extended, 27.5 in) version?
     
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    Thanks a lot for your answer!! :)
     
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    Not in the US. Some European markets will carry one.
     
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    This makes sense. My two 315s are very different in stock mass and SW. The lighter one also feels a lot more flexy than the heavier, higher SW one. I've always wondered if the lighter one was more flexy because its weight and balance seems to indicate a lot less material in the throat and lower hoop and that seems to be the case.
     
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    Around the half position of the hoop is 23 in "21-23-21" profile for the strike, right?
     
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    I wonder who is going to be the first person to post a thread about being injured after playing with the new Babolat frames. Probably a new user or a rookie.. :lol:

    On a more serious note, these frames are getting a lot of hype. Even more so than the Pro Staffs, Prestiges, and rebooted Prince Graphite frames.. Folks, be sure to demo the frame to see if it actually works for you as a player instead of jumping on the bandwagon and paying $200+.
     
  23. RoddickistheMan

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    Dear babolat official. Will there also be a pure storm line being released as well.
     
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    @Babolat Official

    What are some easy ways to authenticate a racquet besides the usual "buying from a authorized retailer"?

    As much as I would like to, sometimes it makes more sense for me to but second hand from others who are moving on to a new racquet.
     
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    The Pure Storm line is being renamed (or named once again) the Pure Control line. In another thread TW staffer Michelle said that she's hitting with it now and reports a flex rating of 62. It's due for release spring 2014.
     
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    Don't listen to him. Go buy 10-12 before everyone else does.

    On a serious note. We highly encourage extensive demoing (including using our competitors frames, there are great products on the market right now). Buyer remorse is painful and expensive. Take your time, string a couple frames, compare, do it right.
     
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    Renamed the Pure Control.
     
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    If the racket was initially purchased in the US, we can track it to the dealer.

    I highly recommend against purchasing used frames. One, it means we sell less. But more so, even if cosmetically things are fine, you can't 100% know what condition a frame is in. TW usually runs pretty good specials when the models roll over...and you still qualify for the manufacturer warranty.
     
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    this is correct
     
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    I saw TW initial RA for the Pure Strike:

    18x20: 65
    18x20 Tour: 64

    We rated them at 70 (and the 100 at 68 ).
     
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    Can you tell us what month this will come out? I have two 2009 Pure Storm GTs that are 4 years old and I'm ready to get new racquets. The guy at my tennis shop has recommended a few raquets to demo. I will get the 2012 Pure Storm GT if I don't like any others because I like my current racquets. I'd like to try out the new version of the Pure Storm and was wondering how long I'd have to wait.
     
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    Besides the tech you mentioned, is there any difference between the Storms and the new Pure control?
     
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    February 2014
     
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    Nope. Plays a little softer. Same specs. New cosmetic. As it is our more classic frame, it won't undergo radical changes.
     
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    I know everyone has been on a Pure Strike bonanza, but I just want to throw out some mad props to the APD 2013. This racquet never ceases to amaze me. So much power yet so much control, more heavy spin then the new crop of "spin" racquets. Sooo confidence inspiring, tons of fun.
    Thumbs up Babolat.
     
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    Seconded. I have 2 of these bad boys modified (tungsten putty in the handle thanks to TW) and I can get some nasty spin with these frames. I'll be forever an experimenter and picking up some 95s, but these will be my main sticks for a while.
     
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    Are you sure the storm line is being replaced by the control line. I remember seeing a picture of the new storm. It had a orange color scheme on it and no it wasnt the strike or the new control. Anyone have the pic?
     
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    The new Pure Control (Storm) is what I'm waiting for! Though I still don't really like the pj.

    Daniel, when do you think more details about weight, balance, stiffness will be available?

    Thanks!
     
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    Daniel,

    How does the set up for the PD play work? Do you have to specify strings and tension? If so, what strings are supported? I want to stock up on bab strings before i get the trial frame...
     
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    Hi Daniel,

    Early on in this thread, a number of us suggested that Babolat could re-introduce the pre-BT7 VS gut and brand it 'classic'. I think you were going to relay that to the appropriate people. Have you ever had any feedback on whether this is being seriously considered?

    Apologies if you've already provided an answer to this: the thread has become rather long, and so I fear it may be buried within!
     
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    The Pure Strike 100 is absolutely Magical. I beefed it up from 10.1-12.1 in our store's demo and I may switch away from my Aero Plus for this racquet. SO much feel. It plays like a hybrid between a Pure Drive and a Blade but with a super aerodynamic flight path. I personally feel that Tsonga is probably playing with a customized 100 head size but that they are using him to try and sell the Strike Tour. I will have a full review coming on the Pure Strike 100 in the next few weeks.
     
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    I think the Pure Strike 100, would be a great racket, because the PD and APD are 100, so the Strike 100 with a little help of lead would be great..
     
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    It would great to hear your review....I was hoping this 100 rq. would be great with some lead to it.
     
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    "The Pure Strike range will go on sale in December 2013 featuring three versions – the 305g Pure Strike, a heavier Pure Strike Tour and the lighter, more forgiving Pure Strike 100 with a larger head size.

    A fourth version of the Pure Strike, with a more open 16x19 string pattern will be released shortly before the 2014 French Open, while Babolat are also set to release a new string in time for the Australian Open." (some source online)

    Is it true that the Pure Strike will go on sale in December this year in the US? Or will it be January? And I am correct in that the 16 19 version will release in April?
     
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    I'm hoping that it'll be December 2013, but TW says Jan 2014. A couple of the local shops here have also given the date of Jan. 14 or 15 as the official release date. Not sure why Babolat wouldn't want to release it before Christmas to take advantage of the holiday boost in sales.
     
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    In Europe the Pure Strike series will available from 01 december (the US will be a couple weeks later), the 305g 16x19 will be available in may 2014.

    This is the info i have.
     
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    Much appreciated! Still one of my favorite sticks.
     
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    I am very sure. I know people. And have some of the Pure Controls at my desk.
     
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    Same specs as Pure Storm, stiffness drops to 68 (in our testing, TW is usually much lower).
     
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    Any string will work (even other brands). String type, tension, damp customizing frame, etc.. we've got it covered.
     
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