Do the top Seniors in your area use the Pure Drive ?

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  1. atatu

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    Got my butt kicked last night by a 61yo guy (I'm 50) in doubles. He is a former tour player from Australia who now plays for the US in international competitions. He was using a Babolat Pure Drive, as do a lot of the top 50 and over guys around here. I'm always amazed by that, I thought the frame was for younger guys, but now I'm seriously thinking of trying it out. Curious if this is true in other areas of the country.
     
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  2. yemenmocha

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    Yes I see quite a few of the better 50yr+ folks use them, and they're good.
     
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  3. Nostradamus

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    Why is the PD for younger guys only ? LOL. because it is harsh on the arm ?
    FYI, PD has ton of power and control is pretty good so i think it is perfect racket for older guys in high level.

    Not all old guys use Big Bubba. So how fast did this old guy serve ?

    he must have been getting pretty good pop still with this racket. and what was he doing to you that was so good that he was kicking your butt ? Figure that out and maybe you can learn from it and do it yourself too.
     
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  4. atatu

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    Yeah, because it's pretty tough on the arm, I did try the GT version briefly and it felt pretty harsh, which is why I'm surprised when I see older guys using the frame. I use a Donnay Pro One myself, and even then I have to be careful with my strings.
     
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  5. ced

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    Do the top Seniors in your area use the Pure Drive ?

    Don't believe anyone in my group does. Mostly Head, Wilson and Prince plus a few Pro Kennex (like me).
     
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  6. Nastase

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    Theres a mix in my group...a few do use the PD, but several have played with that racquet and have since moved back to thinner beam racquets and have just moved up in head size to accomodate for aging. I have tried several iterations and while I could easily play with it, I dont. I dont find the PD to be as powerful as folks say...but did find it easy to play with in general since it has a big sweet spot, open pattern etc...comfort was ok, no arm issues for me. Preference dictates.
     
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    The seniors here use granny sticks. Some are actually pretty good players. The PDGT was pretty harsh but the 2012 is noticeably easier on my arm. Poly can make even the soft flexy rackets feel harsh (depending on the string & tension) but IMO you can just avoid poly altogether as tweeners can play just fine multis. If you want to play it on the safe side with your arm health, the Organix V1 mp (it might need some lead) comes close to PD in power and is very comfy, the PD 107 is also quite easy on the arm and is even more powerful than the PD.
     
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  8. jorel

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    wasnt laver using one
     
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  9. Hi I'm Ray

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    Was he really using a PD? When I met him at TW many years ago he was hitting with a PK, kind of the opposite of the PD
     
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    put on Gamma pro RX replacement grip. it will feel like you are hitting with dunlop 200 g racket
     
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    yup. some older guy. 70ish, strings it up with "cat gut". he may foot fault everytime, but what a wicked slice serve, and nice little drop shots. i played with it once, nicht schlect.
     
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    At my club, I haven't seen anyone above 30 but myself using a PDGT. Wilson flavors are everywhere.
     
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    67 year old guy who lost in the finals of the local 65's here uses a old WilsonProStaff 85, redirects the ball with a flat short stroke, seldom hits deeper than the service line, and keeps it close to 3' of the sidelines. He makes everyone run forwards to field his low short angles.
    Beat me 0 and 0 in singles.
     
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  14. Rozroz

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    this is interesting.. can you tell some more?
     
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  15. recreationalplayer

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    I am 55, use a 110sq inch PD w/ Tonic 16g string and love the combination. I have added lead tape to the handle and frame & serve as well as 4.0's where I live, if not a little better on a good day. In the area of NC where I live, the "Piemont," the PD is used by male players of all ages with the possible exception of age 70 and above.
     
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    At 55, your serving should not be impaired by age too greatly.
    Now try again at 63, with multiple shoulder injuries.
     
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  17. McLovin

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    While not a top senior, my father, who is 75, has used the PD 110 for many years now.

    What I see more of are the Aero Pure Drives. In fact, I believe Pavel Slozil (who is the pro at World Tennis Center in Naples where my parents live) uses the Aero Pure Drive.
     
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  18. PBODY99

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    Yes a few who are not local teaching pros do. At the 45-50 Grass Courts I noticed more this year than in 2010, many had switched from Prince port frames.
     
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    i was introduced to it few month ago by local pro. He also had some arm problems and dampener wasn't helping. so he put on this Gamma pro RX grip with built in vibration dampening cushion system. and all his pain went away.
     
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    A lot of the 50+ guys at our club use it and I've seen the same thing when I've been travelling here and overseas. But is it really such a big surprise? Remember how many really good players used the Wilson Profile or some extended length wide-body back in the 90's. Those things had crazy power and I find the Pure Drive a whole lot easier to control. That 61 year old guy probably hit the Profile back in the day, liked the power but couldn't control it. Now he gets almost the same bang with a whole lot more control.
     
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    ok, thanks.
    but wouldn't this increase the grip size? mine is on the limit (with overgrip) as it is.. :(
     
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    Yes, it will increase the size. but after little time, it shrinks back to original size
     
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  23. galain

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    Almost all the top seniors where I play use either the Pure Drive or one of the old Head Ti frames - S2 and S6 seem to be the most popular.

    The bottom feeders tend to be more into the latest gear.
     
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  24. jorel

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    a pd is a pk (or used to be)
     
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    r u calling us bottomfeeder?
     
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    There is an ex-tour player who played USO, Roland Garros, and Wimby. He has wins over top 20 players from the 70s-early 80s. He is now in early his early 60s. He plays a Volkl PB 10 - I don't know if it is the 325 or 295 version. I would kind of expect this as this is probably very similar to what he played his whole life.
     
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  27. galain

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    Yes - but only because I love you all.

    German club tennis is pretty strong. A lot of our senior players are former pros, so 'bottom feeder' is still several magnitudes above where I'll ever be!
     
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    A lot of 50 and older at our club using the PD including myself at 64
     
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  29. drakulie

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    quite a lot of the top seniors here use babolat. Many are sponosred and on the USA travel team. However, most are not using the Pure Drive.
     
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    Ok, you just posted in the Donnay P1 thread that your PD is killing your shoulder ? What's up ?
     
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    Here in Italy I see the older generation using the Head Crossbows. They look like they have to be 150in. racquets.
     
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