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Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Ross K, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. FluidTennis

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    @Mateo. How did the Babolat APD 2013 compare with the Yonex Ai 98? I'm interested in your feedback because I'm looking to move from Blade 2015 18x20 to the Yonex Ai 98 because I'm finding it hard to adjust to the Blade swingweight and balance with many of my balls landing short.
     
  2. DJTaurus

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    Just drop the tension at 23 kg on your blade and try a poly like poly your pro or Alu power 16L or 4G at 1.25. You will miss blades feel and surgical precision if you move to those 2 sticks you mention..... And you will certainly have control issues too. Your balls will sail away most of the times.
     
  3. Mateo

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    Well, my opinion is that Yonex is better racket. It is very soft with great control and nice spin (less than APD but its ok). Power level is lower than APD but higher than Prestige or Blade. It is easier to play with Yonex than Blade or prestige, control is better with blade, but yonex is not far away.

    APD from my POV is more forgiving than yonex, bigger head size, easier power, but if I had to choose no 2 it would be AI 98 all the way. I would also try AI 100 but I didn't have the opportunity.

    Also, Yonex is better at net, feeling for the ball, it is more connected, maybe muted, but for me better than APD. Also I have found that with APD spin on the ball is must have, I have tried flat forehand few times and it was like biting hand if or not would be in.....but this Saturday was 30 Celsius with sun in my forehead and I was playing great in this conditions for 2 hours. I was not so tired with APD like with yonex. With yonex third set of the game was really torture but that was my issue with stamina and overall condition that is lacking, framing the ball and slowing down my service.....with APD I was still in the game.....and that is why I have choose APD over Yonex but as I have said biggest issue with Yonex is my lack of playtime.

    As play testers said Yonex is really between Blade and Aero and I totally agree with that.

    If you want something little easier than blade, with little more power, Yonex all the way.....

    If you want to be lazy and conserving your body power in hot summer days, than APD would be more/very helpful in that department.
     
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  4. Mateo

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    try yonex, if you have too much power, you could also string it higher (25 kg), and you will get deader feel with better control.
     
  5. JackB1

    JackB1 G.O.A.T.

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    The Ai98 is very different from the APD. The APD is much easier to use and has lots more power. If your balls are landing short with the Blade, the Ai98 won't fix that since they are similar power levels. If you want a Yonex, I would suggest the Ai100 instead alond with the APD.
     
  6. Mateo

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    I would say that yonex is in between blade and aero, and more on blade side regarding power level....definitely has more power than prestige...mine was strung at 23 kg and if you have full stroke it will be enough power
     
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    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Yes, I want to go out on top.
     
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  8. Fuji

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    Retirement is great. 10/10 would recommend. ;)

    P.S. Congrats on the Guru!!!

    -Fuji
     
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