Pure Drive Roddick vs Roddick GT vs Roddick Black and Stringing?

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  1. TripleB

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    Took my Babolat Pure Drive Roddick off the 'Wall of Frames' tonight and used it most of the time in 4 sets of doubles. I had forgotten how good it felt to hit with huge power. I was really crushing my backhand, hitting excellent spin off both sides, and the slice stayed lower than I remember.

    Where I really saw a huge difference over my Dunlop AG 4D 200 Tour is on the serve. I didn't lose my serve once tonight (which is extremely rare in 4 sets), was hitting with pretty good spin (think it would be even better with my Solinco Tour Bite 17g mains and Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16L crosses), and hit more service winners tonight than I have in at least 2 years. I switched over to my 200 Tour for a game and immediately missed the power. The one area I seemed to stuggle with the Roddick was getting the racquet around quick enough on my forehands. And the grip is too large compared to what I play with now.

    Can anyone compare the Babolat Pure Drive Roddick to either the Roddick GT and/or the Roddick Black '12?

    I looked to see what I have my current Pure Drive Roddick strung at but couldn't find the information because it was so long ago. The cross is Yonex Tour 850 and I would guess the mains are an old type of Kirschbaum. I have no idea at what tension.

    I think the recommended tension for this racquet is 55 to 66. In your opinion, at what tension should I look to string this racquet with the Solinco Tour Bite 17g mains?

    Thanks for any and all information and help.

    TripleB
     
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  2. rafafan20

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    I think the main difference is the enhanced arm comfort in the new one.
     
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  3. CBORNANCINI

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    Hello TripleB. I agree that the 2012 version of PDR is more comfortable. And I enjoyed playing with Genesis Typhoon full job on it. And I'm also testing the Typhoon in the mains with Pro Supex Maxim Touch in crosses. Maybe I'll play with this setup.
     
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    What tension did you go with?

    I'm thinking about starting with 56 pounds on the mains (Solinco Tour Bite 17g) and 59 pounds on the crosses (Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16L).

    TripleB
     
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    TripleB, I put 53 pounds in Genesis full job. In hybrid stringing, 54 pounds. For my taste, in both I should have put 52 pounds, because this racket is a little stiff and has a power quite controllable.
     
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