Li Na and Kim Clijsters Babolat Pure Drive

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  1. mrmo1115

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    Are they both non PJ PD's? Anybody with information on both their racquets?
     
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    The other night ESPN had a nice close up of Clijsters PD and it definitely had the cortex!
     
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    Correct, she uses the real cortex version, before that it was a pure drive generation I under various pj's...
     
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    I was watching the AO on Eurosport, and Mats Wilander made a comment
    that most female touring pro's also use stock rackets. (How accurate that is I don't know, he tends to to have some really good insights, followed by some bad info)

    Also in an interview with Nate Ferguson on Tennis.com , he doesnt list any WTA players as customers.

    Whether this supports this is open to debate i guess...

    I think its more realistic to compare our own games with that of some WTA players and their frames based on this, as not many amateurs can handle 360g+ frames like some ATP players (bit of a generalisation). Plus its still fantastic to watch.
     
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    Clijsters uses a stock PD.
     
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  6. mrmo1115

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    Any info on Li Na's Babolat?
     
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    And Radwanska uses some form of the Pure Drive with Cortex as well. The PJ is for the Lite, but not sure what the actual specs are of her Babolat.
     
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    ^ I wouldn't be surprised if Radwanska does use a lighter racquet though.
     
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    Caroline said that Yonex had 5 specialists working on her new frame before AO, just to make sure that everything was perfect for her. So I doubt she uses the stock version..
     
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    ^ Caroline??
     
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    wozniacki.
     
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    ^ I realize that, but the subject is on Radwanska and Li Na, how did it get to Wozzie?
     
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    Former Babolat user :)
     
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    do you think they could use the gt technology without the cortex?
     
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    Anything is possible with racquet customization.
     
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    I used to a big supporter of this theory but the thing is that most WTA players use setups that are very light, stiff and the swingweight is significantly higher than the weight. This works for them because they rely mostly on their groundstrokes and keeping the ball in play, whereas a male amateur player, even though he will get his ass handed to him by any WTA player, doesn't necessarily have the same style of play as the women. ATP pros prefer setups that have more weight and in general the weight is distributed more throughout the frame. This helps them because they have big serves and need the power to hit more aces. And power comes from weight. Just because the amateur males are A BIT closer to the WTA players than the ATP players doesn't mean they'll play better emulating the women.

     
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    I was just responding to this post. Dont know about the other girls, but Caroline is not using a stock frame.
     
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    I'm guessing Li Na uses a stock PD but I'm not sure... anyone can confirm her racquet?
     
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    Sorry if i wasn't clear with what i said, In no way am i saying that ability wise the WTA players are closer to us , or male amateur players.

    I was merely pointing out that the majority of players on here , i would of thought use rackets in their stock form. Since most male tour players have their rackets heavily customised , (not excluding some WTA players of course) , but on the whole i would think there are more WTA players using stock frames.

    If comparisons are to be made about how certain rackets play , my point is that surely it would be better to look at someone known to use it in stock form.

    I play to quite a high standard here in the u.k , and have played some female players using stock rackets who are simply amazing, ie top 100 in country at the time. etc

    In terms of performance the best bet is to always try them out , any racket will perform better with a player of pro standard (male or female) using it. Whilst i can appreciate how from a curiosity standpoint it is interesting to know whether the previously mentioned pro's are using (pj's or not). How they play with these frames compared to ourselves would largely be irrelevant.
     
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