I'm discovering Babolat racquets...

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  1. DonDiego

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    After all this time hearing about them, seeing players around using them, getting beaten by opponents using Pure Drives, I decided to join the dark side and try a Babolat racquet. The Pure Storm GT.

    I've been searching for a low-powered, comfortable, maneuverable while still being a ''player's racquet'' for a long time. Went from Wilson 6.1 95, Prestige MP, Wilson 6.1 Team, Youtek Radical Pro... But there was always something missing. Too stiff, too lively, too heavy, not enough plowthrough...

    I didn't play yet, just hit some serves earlier. But wow... The kick I got from this racquet was unbelievable. Balls were jumping 4-5 feet in the fence without too much of an effort. And even strung with a poly, the frame was very comfortable.

    And more importantly, I got the feeling I always thought I would have using a Babolat: Tennis seems easy.

    Can't wait to try it in match play. I've added 12 grams in the handle so it's now 6 pts HL, and it feels great.
     
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  2. LeeD

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    About half my competition uses Babolat's. Most are APD's. While I prevail over most of them most of the time, two give me problems every time we play.
    Guess what? Got nothing to do with the racket's used, has everything do to with who is the better player.
    Djokovic seems to prevail over any Babolat.
    Fed prevails over all Babs user's except Nadal.
    Murray prevails over all Bab users except Nadal.
    Is Nadal good because of Babolat, or is Nadal just good?
     
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  3. stronzzi70

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    Well ,
    What about Tsonga last week ???
     
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  4. Sander001

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    Nice, where did you get it, aren't they discontinued?
     
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  5. DonDiego

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    It was an old demo, been on the shelf for a whole year I think. The RPM Team is very old, but still plays good. I'll be able to buy it for 75$ if I choose to keep it. I most probably will.

    EDIT: you can still find plenty of them brand new on the web. TW is just one store out there.
     
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    I would try a PDR before you buy it.

    The PS is a nice racquet, no question, particularly the Tour. But a PDR is a different ballgame altogether.
     
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  7. DonDiego

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    I don't think I'll try the PD. The Storm with weight in the handle is quite good so far, and it's not too far from where I was (6.1 Team beefed up).
     
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    Better try the PureControl +. It's the newest and greatest, replacing the PureStorms.
     
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    storm gt w/ weight added in the handle is a great stick! what string and tension?
     
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    I don't know. The balance and overall specs are different.

    RPM Team, but no clue about the tension. It's been in the frame for a year I think.
     
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    Welcome to the dark side, go announce yourself initiation to the Bab collective lol!

    I think that's the point of Babs and Yonex, make tennis easier and more fun!
     
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    I'm just wondering about the arm-friendliness of this racquet. I've hear all sorts of opinion on this forum, some say it's very plush, others say it's crisp and somewhat stiff. I've only served a few buckets of balls with it, so I can't really tell.

    The thing is I'll be playing a tournament this week-end which means I could play 5-6 games in two days if all goes well. I'm a bit nervous about leaving the RPM Team in the frame for the week-end. Maybe I shouldn't take any chance and put my good old Head syn gut PPS for the tournament? I've had a golfer elbow last year...
     
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    Donde esta Zorro?
     
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  14. DonDiego

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    Played this morning and won 9-7 with the Pure Storm.

    I really like this racquet. Easy to swing, easy spin, comfortable, and wonderful for the one-hand backhand. It gives me more oumph on my serves and I was able to put away shots more easily than with my 6.1 Team. It is more powerful than most people say (but maybe these people only compare the Pure Storm GT to other Babolat racquets). Let's also keep in mind that I added 15 grams in the handle.

    Since I've had elbow issues in the past, I'm not taking any chance and I'm cutting the dead poly that's in it, and will put a hybrid of Head syn gut PPS 16 and Dunlop Black Widow at 56/54. Should be a nice setup going into my local tournament this week-end.

    If I still like it comes Sunday, there will be two 6.1 Team 2012 18x20 for sale on this board, as well as a Youtek Prestige MP and a Youtek Radical Pro.
     
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    Forgot to mention: I don't know if it's the case with all Babolat sticks, but I realized mid-game that I really needed to THINK about putting lots of topspin on my shots to make the racquet shine and the balls stay in. I don't think this was meant for flat hitting.
     
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    I love that racket! I had a leather grip and 3 grams at 12 but it did give me elbow and wrist problems. Dropped the tension of rpm blast to 50lbs and it helped immensely! Still a twinge here and there but not a deal breaker. I preferred the way it played at that tension also. Just an idea.
     
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    A few grams at 12 will remedy that (as long as it doesn't put the swingweight out of range). I basically went the same route as you. Pure storm gt added a leather grip, loved it, but it took focus the keep from hitting long. A few grams at 12 and everything was perfect.
     
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  18. DonDiego

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    Won't adding lead at 12 increase power and make shots land even longer??
     
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    One more thing: There was no, absolutely no adjustment period (OK, except for the above mentioned topspin mechanic).

    As soon as I picked it up for the pre-game warm-up, it was just like my usual stick, only better and easier to play. Call it the honeymoon phase, but I've never been so confident about a racquet change. So much so that I don't even want to think about going back to Wilson or Head.
     
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    I agree with the storm for some reason balls tend to sail long with this stick, it doesn't automatically create spin for you but overall it's pretty good both in power and feel but the dead upper hoop bothered me when I first tried it.

    So far I have yet to hear of anyone complain of arm pains using this stick unlike with the apd and pd.

    It's a pretty similar story with a lot of players who have never tried a bab before lol! Almost all the babs I have tried were similar, just pick up and play however, the pure control team, apdc were the worst in terms of arm killers, the pd2012 was really surprisingly comfortable and the strike tour almost unbelievable in terms of playability and overall comfort.

    The first time I hit with the strike tour it was like the racquet was something I had been using for years, no adjustment no softly softly testing period, nothing it was just pick up and start blasting.
     
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    You're cracking me up. You're using a knock-off of a Prestige MP. No wonder there is no adjustment period. Great stick. Not like any other Bab, though, so I wouldn't call it moving to the dark side. I like the Blade 98 and IG Radical MP better in that class.
     
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    Dead upper hoop? Dind't noticed that yet. But if it's the case, it won't be a problem for me. I tend to hit most balls on the upper part of the stringbed and I prefer this part of the racquet to be low powered. This was actually a problem with the 6.1 95 16x18, with its extra wide string spacing in that area. Made the frame very lively and sometimes unpredictable for me.
     
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    LOL looks like you found the prefect frame for your game then :shock::shock::shock:!!!
     
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    You're right in that liking a Pure Storm doesn't mean you're suddenly a Babaolat fan... The PS seems to be the black sheep of the line-up.

    On the other hand, I wouldn't call the PS a knock-off of a Prestige MP. These are way, way different sticks. Way more easy power, spin, net clearance and easier blocked shot with the PS than with the Prestige. Also, not the same feeling at all. But I agree that with weight in the handle of the PS, the maneuverability and power of both racquets is not too far off.
     
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    Still enjoying this honeymoon...

    I guess it helps to play a few months with low-power and demanding racquets like the Prestige MP to appreciate even more the Babolat :)
     
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    How's your arm so far?
     
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    I see that it is the Pure Storm and not the APD so your arm should be fine....
     
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    Pure Control is completely different from the Storms. PC = cheap toy, tinny, hollow. PS = solid. Even the pros using Storms have not applied the PC paint job to their frames. Babolat probably realizes that it's impossible to compare the two.

    I drift between my Pro Staffs and Pure Storms. Both are quite solid with the Staffs providing more precision and the Storms more spin and free power.
     
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    Hated the feel of all Pure Storms, kinda like the Pure Control on my first hitting session !
     
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    The leaded Pure Storm GT seems more and more like a better version of a Youtek Radical Pro (at least for my needs).

    I've played with the Youtek last winter and had good success, except that it was a bit too heavy (swingweight) and cumbersome (100 head), and often too powerful.

    But I was hitting the ball like I've never hit a tennis ball. The weight forced me to swing very relaxed and let the racquet do the work to impart ''natural'' topspin. Same with serves. I was letting my arm loose and letting the racquet do the work, something I don't do anymore since I've switched to lighter and faster racquets. I really feel like I was progressing as a tennis player with the Rad Pro.

    So this is how I've decided to look at my Pure Storm from now on : an easier, more controled version of the Youtek Rad Pro. And a stick that will allow me to pick up my progression where I left it last winter.
     
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    Well that's great, hopefully your arm stays well. Babs have always been easier sticks compared to others and unlike other player sticks with the exception of yonex, you can really let the racquet do the work for you.
     
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  32. DonDiego

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    Exaclty. Although my Pure Storm is ''only'' 330 grams, I feel like it crushes the ball like a tank. I just have to prepare, stay loose, and let it do the work.

    EDIT: And I have no, but absolutely no idea why some people say it's too low-powered a stick.
     
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  33. mawashi

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    Poor timing lol? It is fairly low powered compared against the rest of the other babs but it's still a lot easier to use then a head mp, perhaps not the speed pro though.

    Crush like a tank huh... you haven't tried the strike tour then... balls lose gas just by looking at it.
     
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