I used to be a Babolat hater... now look what's in my bag

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  1. DustinW

    DustinW Semi-Pro

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    Well, not really a hater. For some reason, I always avoided Babolat because that's what everybody else was playing with. I guess they finally sucked me in. :)

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  2. UCSF2012

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    Those stickers/barcodes on the inside of the frame tell me those are demo rackets. Not too impressed.
     
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  3. djdannyj25

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    OHHHHH SNAPPPPP!
     
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  4. DustinW

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    What are you talking about??? I own all 3. Why would I post about having demos in my bag???
     
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  5. colan5934

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    I'm gonna guess that the Pure Storm Tour was bought on the forums. I know of a seller who puts those stickers on his frames to differentiate them, and he sells a lot of rackets on the boards
     
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  6. boomerTennis

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    What is your take on the new APD plus? How would you compare that to your PD plus and the previous APD GT plus model (if you have played with it before)? Thanks!
     
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  7. DustinW

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    What you see in the photo are the only Babolat frames I've ever hit with. I guess its not clear in the photo, but that's actually a PDR+ (not a PD+). And I just picked up the APD+ plus so I haven't hit with that one yet. Hopefully I will get a chance to this weekend, and then I will do a comparison to the PDR+.
     
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  8. roundiesee

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    I think they are vastly different, even though they are all Babolats. Which do you actually prefer?
     
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  9. DustinW

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    I prefer the PDR+ over the PST. They have a very similar swingweight and a similar overall Babolat feel, but the PDR+ is more crisp (which I prefer) with free power and spin.

    I haven't hit with the APD+ yet. It has a much lower weight than what I am used to, so I'm interested in seeing how I like it.
     
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  10. pshulam

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    Free? No loss in control, maneuverability, comfort?
     
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  11. DustinW

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    Yes, IMO, free.

    I much prefer a crisp (stiffer) frame over a flexy frame. And I don't find the PDR+ too stiff... I can feel it flex on serves and when I take a good cut on ground strokes, but it remains stiff on volleys and defensive stabs. While the PST isn't too flexy, it just doesn't have that crisp feel of the Pure Drive. Comfort is hard to define and is very subjective.

    As far as maneuverability goes, the heavier PST and the slightly lighter (but longer) PDR+ feel almost identical to me in terms of swingweight and maneuverability.

    I suppose the PST has slightly more control than the PDR+, but not enough to be significant for me. As I increase my swingspeed with the PDR+, it imparts more topspin on the ball... which in turn helps keep it in the court. With the PST, the ball comes off much flatter... but with less power, I can still swing harder and keep the ball in without the extra topspin that I can get with the PDR+. Hope that makes sense.
     
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  12. anubis

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    I just got a Babolat APD 2013 and I love it. I get so much "free power" with it. I've hit more winners with it than I've ever hit with any other racquet. And, its not terribly heavy so it doesn't tire me out.
     
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  13. RollTrackTake

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    instagram makes them look even sexier! I have an on/off again relationship with Babolat racquets.
    Started with the APDC -->PDGT -->APDGT -->2012PD -->2013 APD+.
    For whatever reason the love never lasts.
     
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  14. Larrysümmers

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    Love that pdr+ aim at a target and fire away. Nice pick up OP
     
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  15. dyldore

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    LOL, those stickers have the serial number for the racket on them. The bar code is for QR scanners on your iPhone or w/e. Bought an APD new from TW and it has the same sticker.
     
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  16. mrtrinh

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    Not very impressed with your ignorance. All babolats have barcodes on the throat
     
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  17. ollinger

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    The OP needs to read a book called "The Wisdom of the Crowd," a scholarly discussion about how large numbers of people usually get it right, i.e. if alot of people are using Babolat, it's probably a very good racquet to use. Avoiding something because everybody else uses it often indicates self-esteem issues, i.e. fear of being ignored because of conformity.
     
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  18. omega4

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    Not too impressed with your etiquette and manners.
     
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  19. Broly4

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    spot on, great point.
     
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  20. DustinW

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    Haha ollinger... good one. I think my self-steem is fine. I attribute it to wanting to learn things for myself instead of just being a sheep.

    How to Not Be a Sheep
     
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  21. El Zed

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    If something, works, it works. Trying other racquets to find a better alternative is one thing (in fact, disregarding a product due to widespread use may make sense on some level as it implicitly denotes a lack of specialization, hence it's popularity/acceptance by a wide-range), but disregarding a brand because its popular makes no other sense than if it's effectively a fashion statement. I don't get how this prevents you from "being a sheep."

    Nonetheless, good for you - Babolats indeed have their merits, despite what many on here will tell you.
     
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  22. LanEvo

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    I used to use the PDR for those reasons, I went to the PS Ltd. Maneuverability was my biggest factor, I could never seems to get my racquet in position fast enough with the frame especially at net. Comfort was fine, I did lose control when I tried to hit hard(er), ball pops up like a home run.
     
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  23. Shaolin

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    Large numbers of people eat at McDonald's and smoke cigarettes everyday. Doesn't make it a good thing.
     
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  24. Say Chi Sin Lo

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