Review: Pure Storm Tour GT vs Pure Drive Roddick GT Plus

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by DustinW, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. DustinW

    DustinW Semi-Pro

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    Background:

    Current frame is the Pure Storm Tour GT. Before that, I hit the BLX 6.1 95 18x20 for about a year. I'm in my 30s, a solid NTRP 4.5, and I play both singles and doubles.

    Review:

    Both are strung with full Solinco Tour Bite. The PSTGT is the 2011 version, and the PDR+ is the previous version. No lead on either.

    PDR+

    I've always used more control oriented frames, and I've never been a big fan of extended length frames. With that said, the transition from the PSTGT to the PDR+ was pretty easy. It took me about a set and a half to settle in. First off, if you handed me this frame without telling me it was extended length, I never would have guessed it. Never once did I find it sluggish or hard to get around. Maybe because I've always played with 12 oz frames with a 330-340 swingweight, but the extended length was a non-issue for me.

    The PDR+ is definitely more powerful, but I found it to be very controllable. On groundstrokes, I found myself holding back at first. But once I got comfortable with it, I was able to take a really good cut at the ball without too much fear of it sailing long.

    This thing is a serving monster. Power, control, topspin... it was all there.

    At the net, I found it to be very maneuverable. It produced crisp volleys with good depth, and I was also able to hit touch shots when needed.

    PSTGT

    I love the control of this frame. I've always felt like I could put the ball anywhere I wanted. I wish it had just a bit more pop, and I'm not a huge fan of it's soft feel. The full bed of Tour Bite helps that, but that crispness I desire still isn't quite there.

    This frame does everything well, but I don't think it is exceptional at anything. Groundstrokes are very rewarding if you find the sweetspot, serving is accurate, and net play is consistent. I sometimes find it difficult to generate the spin that I desire (especially on serve), and I really don't generate pace on serve with this frame like I have been able to do with others.

    Conclusion

    I'm looking forward to spending more time with the PDR+, but I honestly think I could switch back and forth between these frames without too much trouble.
     
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  2. spectastic

    spectastic New User

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    so when you say the pstgt isn't really exceptional at anything, do you mean it's good at everything or it's just an average players stick?

    I'm sure there is compromise in different categories between pdr+ and pst, but I think those are pretty obvious.
     
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  3. DustinW

    DustinW Semi-Pro

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    I wouldn't call the PST average... it's good at everything but not great at anything (at least for me).
     
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  4. Dasol

    Dasol Rookie

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    DustinW,

    I am also using PDR Standard (2012), and PDR is a great one! I think I saw your comments on my question concerning trasition from PDR to PST and they are helpful! I will demo PST on Wednesday and let you know how I feel.

    Concerning PDR, I think "Fast" swing might be better than "moderate" swing in order to enhance control. Since PDR is very poweful, you can hit a ball with moderate swing without difficulty and it produces great pace. Yet, whenver I am afraid of its power and holds back before hitting a winner, the ball goes longer. So, personally, I swing "fast" and "full" to have nice spin for winner. When I use PDR, the thing that I think all the time is "don't be afraid of its power, and rather hit harder and fast to tame it!" :)

    I want to know what you think, DustinW!
     
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  5. DustinW

    DustinW Semi-Pro

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    I agree. With the little time I've spent with the PDR+, I think you are better off with a full and fast swing. When I let up, I was often dumping it in the net or hitting long.
     
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