Nadal Switched to AeroPro with Cortex?

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  1. jura

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    Only to things to all this conspiracy BS:
    1. Nadal didn't switch his racket, he is NOT using the Cortex!
    2. Roddick is not using the Cortex system as well, so he didn't switch his racket since he went pro.

    Sorry that I have to say this: John, please visit a doctor!
     
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  2. Fedace

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    then why does Nadal's racket sound so strangely different in Monte Carlo and i noticed roddick isn't using so much lead tape on the head of the racket, that means he is using the heavier cortex racket, NO ????:confused:
     
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    john, For the record Jim Baugh RETIRED. There was no shake-up at Wilson. When Jim Baugh RETIRED Wilson was the #1 SELLING racquet brand in the world. A few years later after Jim retired Wilson still is the #1 selling racquet brand in the world. Nothing has changed in Wilson's market share.

    john you talk about the Pro Staff 2.7. I got news for you there never was a Pro Staff 2.7. You must mean either the PROFILE 2.7 or the HAMMER 2.7. They are two very different racquets.

    Roddick STILL has lead on his racquets here are the pics:
    http://legacyeditorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=73831903&cdi=0
    http://legacyeditorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=73721959&cdi=0
    http://legacyeditorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=73721816&cdi=0
    The Pictures are from last Davis Cup Tie against Spain and the SonyEricsson Open this past March.

    There is no difference in specs between a Pure Drive WITHOUT Cortex and a Pure Drive WITH Cortex according to Tennis-Warehouse. Here is the Link all Specs are within tolerances
    www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCBAB-BPD25.html
    www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCBAB-BPD.html
     
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  4. jura

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    I played both, the old and the new APD - the sound is the same and the result of the strokes have no difference. Only the feedback is different. I know from a sure source that Nadal until now didn't switched to Cortex. Maybe he will do sometime, but yet he didn't.
    You can produce the racket heavier without using lead. roddick is one of only two players that get their rackets tuned directly from Babolat.
     
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  5. Kill-It

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    it's late. hammer = handle.

    I blame Frasier Crane
     
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  6. Dangus

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    Nadal's racquet has no rubber strip. It's just painted on.
     
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  7. Dangus

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    Just in case you missed it. ;)
    Oh, and it's Cortex, not Coretex.
     
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  8. Dangus

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    I hear TW is coming out with the new AeroPro Drive with Cortex in mid May.
     
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    A babolat rep came into our shop today, and showed us the new APDC, and they've actaully changed the mould of the APD completely, they've not just stuck a bit of rubber on it. Its wider (and maybe slightly flatter?) above the handle, and looks far better. The asthetics look great in person.
     
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  10. jura

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    Sorry, but I have the new Aeropro Drive here and the old version as well - it's exactly the same mold only with Cortex - they changed nothing else! I don't know which racket you've seen.
     
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    Where did you get the racquet from? I'm pretty certain there was a difference in the throat. Euro/US discrepancies maybe?
     
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  12. Dangus

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    He's still using the old APD.
     
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  13. AlpineCadet

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    Should we just take your word for it or do you have a source?
     
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  14. jura

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    Directly from Babolat. And there is no difference and I even don't believe that they make differences between Euro and US. Wouldn't make sense and would be to expensive.
     
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  15. BluDiamond

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    has anyone got a decent pic of the new aero bag?? how is it different and is the shape the same??? what new functions does it have and when is it released??
     
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  16. jura

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    I only saw it: It's more solid, the shape is more like the former Tour Bag and there are some more improvements but I can't remember exactly - it's some weeks ago.
     
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  19. Yeah the link requires a login...
     
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  20. jura

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    Try again, now it should work
     
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  21. Dangus

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    Nope, still says I need a login.
     
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  22. It doesn't work. You have to be a member of that site to see it apparently. Can you save it and repost it here on imageshack or something?
     
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  23. z-money

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    Cortex is the worst idea ever i will bet top dollar that no pro ever uses it for serious competition
     
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  24. A lot of people seem to like it and it also seems that the new PD's with cortex were almost universally lauded as feeling superior to the previous version.

    Generally it seems players stick with the racquets they "grew up" on. Roddick claims to have been playing the same stick for 8 years. They get used to it and it works for them so why change? You think they want to mess up their results while on tour for a fairly minor revision? If anything I am guessing you would perhaps see new pros using cortex racquets in a few years.

    Think about it. the "old" racquets of today were once the "new junk" of a few years ago that "no pro would touch."
     
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  25. jura

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    Normally you don't have to be a member to see the pages. I refreshed the link and tried from another PC and it works.:confused:


    Or maybe try this link:
    http://hostpic.de/pic.php?show=m26392.jpg
     
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  26. That worked! Thanks. Not sure I like the look of the mesh but we will see when more pics are released I suppose. :)
     
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  27. BluDiamond

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    thanks...it looks similar to the new roddick bag with the big BABOLAT written across the middle...its virtually the same as the old version, any pictures of the other side of it so we can see the side pocket??
     
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  28. z-money

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    no college player ive met uses it and when roddick did a event at my club he gave one of his rackets. its customized and everything. but no cortex just paint. nadal is using the same old thing. its no secret that most pros just get a new paint job for the same racket: hewitt, agassi, tursonov, federer, etc
     
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  29. Yeah exactly. You're proving my point exactly. College players are generally in their very late teens and early 20's. Same age as Nadal, who uses the old one because that is what he grew up on. If we see cortex for real on the pro tour I wouldn't imagine it would be for another 3,4,5 years maybe.

    Again, if it was junk, why would just about everyone say it is superior to the old version? People won't change what isn't broken when they are already at the top of the game but people coming up in a few years might use these racquets on the tour perhaps. One never knows.

    I don't get why it even matters anyway. You think it's junk, most people think it's much better. Just play with what you want and give it a rest.
     
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  30. z-money

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    same with the pure drive. and the reason i think no pro will ever really us cortex junk is because it deadens the feel of the ball. when i hit a good shoot i want to feel it. it allows me to get pumped up. but when a perfect shoot and a 15foot miss feels just as dead then i say it sucks and i will never use it. i believe they paint there rackets but dont switch thats nothing new
     
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  31. z-money

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    thats a good point. and its the same reason why i use what i use. by the way i tryed both originals and prefere them to cortex, another pro who i work with has too and he agrees. but we are just two out of much more so who knows... just like you said
     
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    Now that new commercial of nadal hitting with cortex is out, is this proof enough to tell you that he has really switched to Cortex ??
     
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  33. saqdeez

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    Why is that proof? Did they show x-ray vision of him playing with the cortex in the racket? didnt think so.nub
     
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  34. Fedace

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    He said on the commercial, they made it specially for him and he likes the way it feels, he said it gives him more feel..;)
     
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  35. Roger_federer

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    Well obviously they are going to say that...it's the whole point of marketing.
     
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  36. NebAce1

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    Well what's he going to say that he hates the way it feels, and he doesn't know why they made it. It's marketing. All Babolat is trying to do is make money.
     
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    How do you know rafa doesn't know why they made it? Cortex is supposed to give you better feel for the ball, everyone that tried the cortex had said they like it better than APD
     
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  38. z-money

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    who is everyone? andy didnt switch and neither will nadal. pros paint their rackets duh!
     
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    I want proof of the fact that rafa is painting his rackets
     
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  40. NebAce1

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    I'm not saying that Rafa doesn't know why they made it. Im just saying that you can't believe what he is saying, because that doesn't neccesarily mean its true. Not saying Rafa's a liar, but it's just business, and Babolat is in it to make money, and they will do anything they have to do to make it.
     
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  42. AlpineCadet

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    Agassi said he loves Flexpoint technology and that it works well for his game, but we all know he doesn't use Flexpoint technology, except for the paintjob of it.
     
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  44. RafaelRoddick54

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    Well, In the pictures the throats do look a little bit different
     
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    i like the new PJ. looks better than the yellow/black.
     
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    I have to agree that the paintjob on the new APD is nice. Makes it stand out from the other Babs out there. In fact i was looking away from buying an APD until i saw the new p/j, and now i'm leaning toward getting it again.
     
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    So what you're trying to say is that you're willing to build your game around a certain racket because of its paintjob? ;)
     
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