I heart Roddick! *Appreciation Thread*

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  1. Studio City

    Studio City New User

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    I cannot quite figure out why but this racquet, despite its stiffness rating, is quite possibly the most comfortable and crisp racquet I have ever had the pleasure to hit with. Weight, balance, power, control, everything about it is spot on. After the first step on court with the PDRGT+ I cursed myself silly for chancing injury. I had just demoed the RDiS200 and Ti-80 hoping to ease a shoulder injury I incurred last month and left the court with pain in both my wrist and shoulder. So there I am the next day, yielding a racquet 11 points higher in stiffness than either Yonex and after the first swing of the racquet I wanted to squeal…with delight. Been playing some amazing tennis—averaging 2 aces a game! Get this, I picked up a used PDRGT+ off the boards that was strung with Babolat Revenge at about 55 or so! The stiffest poly ever at 302! No pain! I don't get it! The last time I dared myself to string a full bed of poly I used Luxilon Ace at 51 in a TGK238.4 and after an hour I felt like someone was trying to reel a fish through my arm—ouch!

    I have clocked 5 hours of game time into this racquet over the weekend and my body and mind feel wonderful. I even forgot to stretch before and after my game today. What gives?

    I <3 Roddick!
     
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  2. Doubles

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    Give it a week, then tell us how your arm feels...
     
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  3. ayuname

    ayuname Semi-Pro

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    I felt pain on my first forehand. :(
     
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  4. azn_lefty_roddick_jr

    azn_lefty_roddick_jr Rookie

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    It really is a wonderful stick; have three generations of the Pure Drive here - two of them Roddick-spec, the third leaded up to Roddick's weight, and all three Plus versions.

    Never incurred any arm troubles at all with them, and they feel great for everything, especially the serve and in doubles!

    Hope there are more people out there, like you and I, who appreciate this wonderful racquet!
     
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  5. ollinger

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    Motivation is perception, the cognitive psychologists tell us. You must really need to believe the thing is comfortable; I found it really unpleasant to use.
     
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  6. Chapter 24

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    Can you share Roddick's specs please. I'm thinking his actual racquet differs from this one:

    Babolat Pure Drive Roddick GT Plus

    Head Size:
    100 sq. in. / 645 sq. cm.
    Length: 27.5 inches / 70 cm
    Strung Weight: 11.7oz / 332g
    Balance: 7pts Head Light
    Swingweight: 336
    Stiffness: 71
     
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  7. azn_lefty_roddick_jr

    azn_lefty_roddick_jr Rookie

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    Haha, sorry, I didn't mean to confuse you! By Roddick-spec, I meant the Pure Drive Roddick series as well.

    I do believe that these off-the-shelf versions have similar weight and balance to what Andy Roddick uses, since in actuality he uses the second-generation Pure Drive Plus with Woofer, before the Team and Cortex versions, and he only has Cortex painted on his sticks to promote the new marketing hype from Bab. The Pure Drive he uses has the same paintjob as our GTs, but weigh drastically less, since a stock Pure Drive weighs in the neighborhood of 300 grams; lead at 3 and 9 o' clock, and in his handle, bring it up similar to our specifications.

    For reference though, in case you were curious of my specifications, all three of my Pure Drive +s weigh 320 grams unstrung, and have an unstrung balance of 320 millimeters.

    There is, though, a wonderful thread in the Pro Gear discussion subforum, in which a user has one of Andy's sticks, and I do believe he has specs on it. The member's name is "hoodjem", if I remember correctly.
     
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    azn_lefty_roddick_jr Rookie

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  9. Studio City

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    Perhaps ollinger is right, except today I played again for two hours after an incredibly long work day and all the while as I approached the baseline to start the game I could only think about Doubles and ayuname responses. I never thought for a second that the PDRGT+ would improve my game, nor be comfortable. I am still iffy about the frame because every single time I take a crack at the ball I am waiting for all the tendons in my arm to twang, but they never seem to—it's unreal! And so, the racquet is growing on me. Let me also mention that the strings played incredibly dead today and yet, I only felt bad feedback off the string bed which did not filter itself into pain whatsoever.

    Can't explain it. I just hope others will give the PDRGT+ an opportunity the next time they demo. It truly is a rare racquet.
     
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  10. JRstriker12

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    As a former PDR user, I have to give that stick some love. Played with it for three years straight and loved it. Big ground strokes and big servers. Big topsin and nasty kickers. Have to agree that it had a solid feel from the baseline. IMHO, it didn't feel that harsh. But on the flip side, sometimes, you don't get alot of feel either (IMHO).

    IIRC - the PDRGT is a substantial improvement over the cortext version in terms of stability and playability (from what I've read on TW).

    I do have to admit, that as I advanced and the longer I played with the racquet, I found that I had to go full poly and string tighter to keep the ball in the court consistently.

    Maybe I was just getting old, my after my 3rd year of playing with the PDR cortext, I noticed that I was getting a bit of tennis elbow. I don't know, maybe the stick was going dead from use, it maybe it was wear from using a stiff stick with full poly.

    Anyway, I still keep at least one PDR in the bag and break it out every now and again for kicks. My current sticks are Prestige Pro Mircogels.

    I still eye up the PDRGT's every now and again and consider going back to Babolat though......
     
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