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  1. raging

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    You will definitely get more feel & power with a multi like Xcel.
    If you are 3.5 then watch the string tension, keep control without going too tight & hurting your arm. Xcel will help there.
     
  2. raging

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    Release was planned earlier but like a lot of things held back.

    You could equally argue pre-Xmas sales, January for Oz Open.
    It totally depends on what hemisphere you are in.
    In Australia and Asia sales will be strong October through December.

    These 3 Strikes will be released first(DECEMBER) in all European countries but the 16/19, 305g 98" headsize will be released in Northern Hemisphere Spring 2014!

    Happy Now? :)
     
  3. maxrenn

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    Haha I guess, thanks! I've just bought a PK QTour 295 at £112 so not really in the market right now but the 305 18x20 looks very intriguing and I would love to try it, I'll ask my local shop if they are getting any for demo but they seem to only concentrate on the main sticks as they are a small shop - APD, PD etc...

    I've been bitten by the racketaholic bug so no doubt I will get my hands on one at some point.
     
  4. Gyomu

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    Good evening,
    Do you know when are the new Babolat string going to be released ?
    Also do you know if there will be new damps from babolat this year ?
     
  5. ollinger

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    I noticed the Babolat (tungsten) balancer tape was no longer on this website, and learned from TW staff the product had been discontinued. What happened? Seems like a very brief run for something the lead-phobics had been clamoring for.
     
  6. nthd04

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    New Rafael Nadal raquet coming soon?

    Dear Daniel,

    I am currently using a Prostaff 100 BLX and I am thinking of trying a Babolat raquet. I really like the Nadal's Pure Drive but it is a bit heavy for me so I think the Aero Pro Team GT (280g unstrung) is a good choice for me. I am wondering if a new raquet with similar look to Nadal's is coming soon as I really don't want to get a new raquet now and finding a new one is coming in like January. If you are not able to answer that question,may I ask what was the date the 2013 AeroPro Team GT released?

    Thanks xD :)
     
  7. Overdrive

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    Nadal does not use a Pure Drive. Use the search tab on the top of your screen to look for threads about Nadal's actual racquet.
     
  8. SFrazeur

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    Basically the adhesive did not adhere to the racquets.
     
  9. 2ManyAces

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    Should I pull the trigger on the aerodrive team , or wait for the pure strike 100?
     
  10. Francis27

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    I would wait, the Pure strikes look awesome!
     
  11. ollinger

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    Really? If that's a criterion, those H-shaped swing weights should have disappeared a long time ago, but I've had the tungsten tape on some frames for quite a while now with no sign of separation.
     
  12. SFrazeur

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    That's the reason. There is a conversation in this thread about it. I tried the Tungsten tape myself and it would not adhere well. Hit the sweet spot and it went flying. Swing through the air more than a couple times and it went flying as well.
     
  13. PureDriveFan

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    Fantastic news about the Strike!

    DB, is there a precise release date for the UK? (for the 305g, 18x20)

    What about the 'Babolat Play Pure Drive'? is there a precise release date for the UK for that racket too?

    Cheers!

    :):):)

    .....considering treating myself and buying both!
     
  14. PureDriveFan

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    ....how funny, the new HEAD Graphene Radicals have copied Babs orange and black colour scheme.....the Babs look better! :)
     
  15. Babolat Official

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    Flex is the RA (a value determined by testing). Machine calibration and racket setting (strung/gripped) etc. vary by tester. Our numbers are usually higher than what TW reports. In general, Babolat frames are stiffer.

    Balance is the measure of static weight distribution. The term used its "points" which correlates to 1/8 of an inch. 8 pts HL = more weight in the handle, balance point is 1 inch towards handle.

    Beam width is how wide the beam is. Our rackets are usually wider beam and more classic frames are thinner beams. the Pure Strike is tapered, meaning it is 21 mm at head, 23 mm at 3&9 o'clock on the frame, and 21 on lower hoop through handle.

    Some people are transitioning easily from the AS. You might like the 98 (16x19) or the 100 (16x19).

    Let me know if you have any other questions.
     
  16. Babolat Official

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    No familiar with this, but tapered beam is something we've been doing for a long time.

    PD & APD both are 23-26-23
     
  17. Babolat Official

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    We made them for the test frames. Haven't heard plans for stocking black replacements. It is possible to hack (cut) APD grommets into the 98 (16x19).
     
  18. Babolat Official

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    Dec 2013 for Pure Strike in Europe.

    There are a variety of reasons: grass roots marketing, heavy consumers (global) and when they play, sourcing, pro player off season, etc.
     
  19. Babolat Official

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    If you are breaking strings every 8-14 hours, try full poly.

    We believe most people in the PD are best suited by a hybrid, as it can accentuate the benefits of both strings. Do not feel hand cuffed. the recommendation is for people who have no idea what else to try. The best recommendation for string is to test out a variety of materials (and brands) and tensions. It can be a process but once you find the right combo, you'll (in theory) have the best tools for your game.

    What about the current set up do you like and not like? What tension are you string at?

    For every advantage, there is a drawback...it's a matter of balancing those to find the perfect combination.
     
  20. Babolat Official

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    String should be coming out in the next couple months but is very market specific.

    Some new damps but only cosmetic updates.
     
  21. Babolat Official

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    We went back to the drawing board on the adhesive. It was not sticking well enough to meet the demands of consumers. We've pulled most of the product and stopped shipping. We heard your issues and are working to make it the product we all dreamed.
     
  22. Babolat Official

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    Our products are on a 3 year cycle (longest in industry). So you're safe until 2016.
     
  23. Babolat Official

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    Wait and demo both side by side with your own strings. You don't want to be stuck wondering.
     
  24. Babolat Official

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    As previously mentioned, do not purchase this product. We're fixing it.
     
  25. Babolat Official

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    Dec 2013 for Pure Strike

    Not early 2014 for Babolat Play
     
  26. mflatow

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    Right now, I have the Xcel on the crosses at 63 and the Pro Hurricane on the Mains at 61. When I hit through the ball and make solid contact, it feels great. When I play defensive shots or slice backhands, I find that the ball floats long on me.
     
  27. nthd04

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    Yes!!! Thank you very much that is great news xD :) Just one last question, I am playing with RPM Team and I find it perfect for my playing style, defensive at baseline with lots of spin on forehand and pretty flat forehand + going on the net when chances arise. I am just wondering how RPM Blast differs from RPM Team?
     
  28. richsox

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    Hi Daniel,

    I have had the good fortune to demo both the Pure Strike 18 x 20 (305 gram) and also the Tour version (320 gram). I am and have been a PD user for 10+ years, and also have Pure Storm GT in my bag....

    I like the Strike and wityhout doubt the 305 is suited more for me. My only real weapon is a pacey first serve, which the PD's accentuate, however I do not get the same PoP with the Pure Strike, although placement is far more accurate.

    Will the 16 x 19 305 Strike lend itself to more PoP on serving than the 18 x 20 305?

    I am trying to figure out if I should go for the 305 18 x 20 or wait until the 16 x 19 comes out in the UK.

    What are the Pro's and Con's versus each other between the 305 Strike 16 x 19 and the 18 x 20?
     
  29. maxrenn

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    Thanks for answering my question it is really appreciated. I do love Babolat products, I bought an APD GT but it wasn't for me so I hope to try and buy the Pure Strike or maybe a Pure Control :)
     
  30. borisbaseball

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    New Babolat Pure Controls

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    New pure control!?!? It does remind of the old pure control, doesn't it? Does it have a matte finish? Looks good although not as much as the pure strike...
     
  32. Bartelby

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    That is a very beautiful classic looking racquet compared to the modern edgy colours of the Strike.

    I like the way the black red contrast picks up and defines the shape of the hoop.
     
  33. SFrazeur

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    I had purchased mine before the recall. Looking forward to its re-release.
     
  34. ultradr

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    I just want to know exact location of the thickest part of the given
    profile "21-23-21" of the Strike. 3 and 9 oclock around the hoop?
     
  35. Nostradamus

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    ^^^Why such Ugly PJ's ? next we know, Babolat pure drives will be painted pure brown or black. Yikes
     
  36. borisbaseball

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    It has a matte finish. Control is all red and black while the Control Tour is black and mostly red but also some light brown/tan/gold color on the throat (personally I don't think it really goes with the red and black colors). New tech called flex carbon.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Tour version
     
  38. JDMasFCK

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    That is hideous, but I reserve my judgement until I see it in person.
     
  39. RoddickistheMan

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    So freaking sexy. Wow what a awesome pj. I think babolats are gonna kill ot on pjs alone this release season. So simple and the inside hoop being red with the 80sish throwback look on the outside. Badass
     
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    I wonder how different CarbonExtrem, GT and FlexCarbon really are? But I'm finally playing well with the Storm Tour at very low tension so the new Control Tour is a must try despite the gold accent.
     
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    what does flex carbon do ? does it give you more control and power at same stiffness index like 70 or 72 flex rating ?
     
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    PJ looks too much like a Carbon Xtreme.

    Have Babolat run out of design ideas?


    Carbon Xtreme:
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    If you string higher, you may gain some control but lose the great feeling on solid shots. It may require getting used to the feeling on the ones that don't feel right.

    Anyone else have suggestions?
     
  44. Babolat Official

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    RPM Team is softer and has more power, but less control.
     
  45. 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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    3 and 9 oclock
     
  47. Babolat Official

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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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