Honeymoon with the PDR

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  1. MikeHitsHard93

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    Well... I'm pretty sure all of you know what I am about to say.

    Demoed the PDR for a week, and I really honestly thought I had found my holy grail. However, what I forgot to do when demoing was to ACTUALLY PLAY A MATCH WITH IT!... So in the demo all I did was baseline bash with a buddy. Of course I fell in love with it. I don't know who wouldn't except for those anti-Babolat TT Members... It fell like this was the racket that Jesus would use...

    So, I bought the racket as a present to myself for doing well in a semester of college. I played a couple matches with it later on...and let this be a lesson to all of those that do not know already...when demoing a racket, TEST IT TO ITS FULL EXTENT!!! This racket is way too heavy for me, and coupled with its shear power, I was sending balls all the way to the Netherlands. Now I am stuck with a racket that I cannot use.. And I don't know what to do because I don't want to keep dropping money on rackets and only get 75% back from TW.

    Anyone else have honeymoon periods similar to mine? What did you do with it once you found out you couldn't live together?? LOL. I still need to find my holy grail!
     
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  2. levy1

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    I did the same with the Juice Pro. Thank goodness I left all the plastic on the handles so I could return them. I likened the PDR racket also but both were to heavy .Wound up with the PD 2012. One of the best I have owned at a heaver SW.
    Bite the bullit, demo again and get what you want.
     
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  3. MikeHitsHard93

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    I've demoed about 20 rackets... I still don't know what I want in a racket LOL. I bought a Dunlop AG 4D 300T and absolutely hated it because it had no spin. I went on the other end of the spectrum and bought the PDR because it had monster spin and power... however there is little to no feel and too much weight and power for me. Back to the drawing board!
     
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  4. Ramon

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    I think that's one reason Babolats sell like hotcakes. You get this short-term rush by feeling all that power. It's like Darth Vader handing you a new light saber and saying that if you join him you will have all this new power. Don't be tempted by the Dark Side! :lol:
     
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  5. MikeHitsHard93

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    Hahahahaha! God I love star wars...and I love tennis. Mixing the two just makes my day that much better. Lol. Yeah I'm done trying babs because I am sure I need something at about 11oz that is flexible and a controlled tweener. The pure storm is not it. I don't like the feel of that racket. And the pure drive and aero have too much power for me.

    While I don't mind my Pro Open, I find it to be kinda ugly and I don't like that the tip of it is dead. I also feel like that even has too much power sometimes. This I string it with lightning xx 16 @60. Sweet spot is smaller now but I get better control. Swing weight on my future racket needs to be equal to or less than 320. Let's see if anyone can find something for me. This journey has began to be a pain in the arse lol
     
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  6. SFrazeur

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    If it makes you feel any better I know a VERY, VERY good competitive player who did a similar thing. He played ground stroke points with a Prince Rebel TEAM. He loved it, but never played a competitive match or even served with it prior to buying three lightly used ones. He soon found out it was too light.
     
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    take some real tennis lessons.. that might help.. !!
     
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  8. MikeHitsHard93

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    You know, I have actually played the rebel 95 team before and really liked the feel of it. However, I had the same problem. I was hitting balls short all the time and my opponent always had the upper hand. I liked how flexible it was though. If a racket is under 11oz, I feel like it shouldn't have a 18/20 string pattern. Period.

    On a different note, I would very interested to hear from someone that has had a honeymoon period with the BLX Pro Open...that would be interesting to read as well
     
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  9. MikeHitsHard93

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    It would definitely help, but I feel like it wouldn't be for the right cause in this scenario. I don't want to get better in order to tame a racket.. Make sense?

    Btw I'm at a 3.5-4.0 level. Self and peer reviewed.
     
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  10. Larrysümmers

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    you could practice in the mean time.
     
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  11. MikeHitsHard93

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    I'm a college kid with a budget :/ my practice is with my friends at the local courts every chance I get. And I have surpassed the highschool tennis coach in knowledge and ability as well..he told me so lol. So basically my training consists of me watching videos on YouTube, watching pro matches on tv, and trying to practice my strokes and gameplay whenever I get the chance to head to the courts with a friend.
     
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  12. Hi I'm Ray

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    Actually, it seems like it could be a mental thing. If you were playing well during rallies there's no reason why you can't hit those same strokes with it in a real game, unless you are putting yourself in a different mindset or your opponent is putting a ton of pressure on you. The other possibility is if you are like my hitting buddy: smack the crap out of the ball during rallies, make a ton of mistakes, ignore the 70% UE's and only focus on the 30% that look great or went for clean winners and assume you are doing well, then play a real game and find out that 30% translates into losses. I would think you'd do better with the PDR in a real game since you can tap into its biggest asset: huge power on serves.

    If its too heavy I'm sure you can find someone who will trade you for a standard PD.
     
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    The problem is that when you hit with power players that raquet is difficult to control the bombs of your counter, and if you have a one handbackhand, is impossible.
     
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    A college kid under a budget -- I'm pretty much on the same boat haha (although grad school) so I know where you're coming from.

    Regarding baseline rallies vs. a match setting, I'm with Ray -- if you're hitting awesome groundies during rallies, you should be able to reproduce that in a match setting. Give the racket a few more tries, and this time maybe try not to be so pumped up before the match so you don't end up donating more tennis balls to Netherlands...

    For your search for the holy grail, since you are under a budget, you could browse through used rackets in TW. They are cheap with 30-day refund policy :D
     
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    You're probably right about it being mental. The guys I play against however are older and don't hit very hard, so it's really easy for me to send balls flying because I'm the most powerful player on the court (but the least consistent, mind you haha). I have a big first serve that's flat, but it's hit or miss. My service game needs lots of work! That's another reason why I bought it. I'm just wondering if it's amplifying my weaknesses rather than my strengths...weaknesses being my inconsistency. If I played my best all the time I would consider myself a solid 4.0 if not 4.5.

    I think I might restring it with a multi at high tension instead of a hybrid. I don't break strings often enough to use poly so idk what I was thinking.
     
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    I switch it up between 1 and 2 hands depending on the situation, so yeah it hindered me.
     
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    I actually forgot about their used racket policy...thanks! Haha yeah you know how it goes then. It's so hard to find people to play with. I go to a community college so there is no tennis club..kinda saddens me
     
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    i hear ya. you can try trading it for something. you ever try the regular pure drive, or the pro drive?
     
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    I have tried both actually. I like the feel of both of them, but they were strung very loosely with multi. So I had trouble keeping the ball in the court with those demos. Would they have less power than the PDR? Btw I'm using the GT model
     
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    I finally received my PDR and really like it. Much improvement in my game compared to the Head Radical that I traded in.

    Hit, played a set, and fed balls with it. So far, great..!

    I noticed an immediate improvement in my 1hbh, serve returns, and serves. I can see where a pusher might have trouble with the unharnessed power, but with agressive strokes it seems to perform at its highest....

    I hope there is no honeymoon period for me !!
     
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    Which version did you get? And if you don't mind me asking, how good are you? Haha :)
     
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    I switched from a Head Youtek Radical MP to a 2012 PDR.

    I am 46 and played alot of tennis in the late 70's to early 80's. Played around the state of Texas and made it to state in high school ( a big feat back then ) :)

    Now my purpose is more of a hitting partner for my son and I give a few lessons to some beginners and I also string for some area players. My son started playing with the modern swing and agressive style which has caused me to adapt quickly just to keep up. He has been to Newks on a scholarship and works with a coach in the spring season.

    This is a long answer to a short question, but we live in a very small town 100 miles from the nearest tennis center, stringer, or league,,,,,,,so I really don't have a ranking. Been told that I would easily be a 4 to 4.5 depending on the city or league.

    The Radical actually has caused me some elbow pain. I know its supposed to be fairly soft and flexible but as we hit heavier and heavier it become a very uncomfortable frame for me. The PD and the PDR have a plow through and solid response from the ball that I don't seem to feel the effect from.. very solid !

    The PDR was delivered with a synthetic in it and I am going to put a poly main and syn cut cross in it soon.

    My son is playing with the 2012 Pure Drive and is carrying 2 in the bag right now. We are planning to use this PDR as a third frame just in case and let me use it for hitting partner purposes and to possbily keep a different string setup in it just for testing new setups.
     
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    You are probably better than you think you are! And in all honesty with your experience over me, I'm sure are better than me. I'm a 19 year old college kid that played 4 years of hs tennis, 3of them on varsity, and I got up to 1 doubles. Never won any titles or championships but always had a blast and I still occasionally hit with the current team and help out. It brings back good memories every time and reminds me why I love the sport.

    I would agree with you on the way these sticks play: very penetrating on everything especially on the slice backhand. I'm 5'10 175lbs but I honestly still think this racket is pretty hefty. My pro open is much easier to play with, but not as fun to hit winners. Sounds like you're the dad I might want to be in the future by playing tennis all the time and teaching your son and helping him strive for greatness! Thanks for the post.

    -Mike
     
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  24. Limpinhitter

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    Two words: top spin. That's what that racquet was made for. It's a great racquet and you WILL get used to it. It's easy to get used to winning points outright on serve and return. It is not too heavy. Put that thought out of your mind. The PDR is, at most, a medium weight racquet. In the mean time, what string and tension are you using?
     
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    I think the Pure Drive and especially the PureDrive Roddick definitely need to be strung with a poly string for better control and spin. A few years ago I tried to use a Pure drive with TF X-One and couldn't get it to work even at higher tensions.

    The racquet is not that heavy, but it does have a nice high swingweight. Maybe you are not used to the swingweight yet? And isn't that racquet 27.5 inches long? That half of an inch probably needs to be adjusted for as well.

    Most people play very differently between rallying with friends and facing an unknown opponent. Its a good idea to limit the free rallying to working on developing good strokes and shot sequences and then play/practice under the pressure of points to make it happen under stress.
     
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    All of what you guys are saying does make sense. But I really do hit with topspin probably a little too much especially when I need to go for winners, but I'm a little afraid to do it with this stick.

    As for string and tension, I ordered it with babolat pro hurricane mains at 58 and n.vy crosses at 60. They've been in there for a couple weeks now
     
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    I definitely agree with you there, as we have actually started playing matches instead lol. But no, it's the standard length one. Dear god I don't need a higher sw than what it already is lol
     
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    Honestly, you will adjust. The racquet is not super heavy,I found it to swing light in stock form and only liked it with some lead.

    Just work on hitting with more spin. As long as your arm is not bugging you, you have one of the best sticks released this year.
     
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    Alright I will give it a shot PP. I trust your advice. I think I am going to practice getting into position and moving my feet faster, which should translate into me hitting at the right time. If that doesn't work, I might consider maybe adding lead under the grip to bring down the sw. Good idea?
     
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    Yeah, it will make the stick heavier but more headlight. I personally like the racquet more head heavy, but my shoulder did not so I sold mine.

    Worst case you sell the stick to TW and buy an older but proven stick for roughly the same price. The Head MG Rad is light and probably perfect if you wanted a closed pattern stick.
     
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  31. Fed Kennedy

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    Trade it for the pure storm tour...much better stick in all aspects
     
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  32. Power Player

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    That stick plays heavier than the pdr.
     
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