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  1. li0scc0

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    Today I took the plunge. Just purchased TWO Babolat Pure Storm LTD's (non-GT) from the local racquet store. Strung up with Alpha Gut 2000 in the mains, and Duraflex in the crosses. Tension in the low/mid 50's.
    What I found when hitting this stick many times previously were 3 things:
    1) How easy it is on the arm. I have a bad shoulder, elbow (UCL tear), and wrist (TFCC damage). This will be the perfect stick for that reason.
    2) How accurate the racquet is. The first time I used it I didn't play great, but at the end of the day my doubles partner mentioned that I didn't double fault a single time (which must be a sign of the apocalyse, as I double fault frequently).
    3) How the racquet is so 'customizable'. Hence, I added 9.5-10 grams of lead around the top from 9 to 12 to 3. With added overgrip and dampener, total weight is around 352, swingweight over 330, and is still extremely head light (~ 7 pts)
    I am selling all my other racquets. This WILL be my racquet for the next 2 years. This is the racquet that will force the 2nd part of my signature to approach the 1st part ;)
     
  2. SullivanR

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    Ive been with the psltd for a couple of years now and I used to have 4 non gt versions and now i have 5 gt's and I love everything about this racquet. The exceptional control the clean feel at the net the weight. I am considering adding a little weight in the head; so any suggestions on that would be appreciated.
     
  3. Purist

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    Hi SullivanR. Would you please email me? I have a question for you about your rackets. My email address is in my profile.

    TIA!
     
  4. rlau

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    I have 3 grams @ 12 on my PSL non-GT.
     
  5. morten

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    i have the ltdgt, but what is better/different about the non gt?
     
  6. SullivanR

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    Purist, regarding your email check out this TW link it might help you out as far as defects, returns, and warrantys go.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/CustService/
     
  7. Kevo

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    They're very similar. The feel is a little different and the swing weight is a tad different, but they are so close that depending on manufacturing variations the specs on one versus the other could be identical with the right particular frames.

    I think the biggest difference is actually the paint. :)

    Which one is better is purely personal preference.
     
  8. morten

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    ok thanks, then i will not like the non gt either....
     
  9. OldButGame

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    Kevo thats helpful to hear, i have 2 PSL(nonGTs), and maybe i wont be so bent on the GT version if they're really similar. Theres too many other racquets out there i want. :)
     
  10. exo3

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    anybody have an idea of how the ltd and tour of the PSGT's match up?
     
  11. ReopeningWed

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    Vastly, vastly different sticks. One of my buddies is primarily a baseline basher and used to play with them; the Tour is much more stiff and swings a lot heavier. I think the low swingweight is exclusive to the PSLtd, and no other racket has reproduced the same feeling.

    Has anyone replaced the leather with a synthetic grip? Synthetic grips are easy to find around here, but I would have to make an order with TW if I wanted a leather grip.
     
  12. chizzle

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    I haven't replaced the leather yet, but it should be easy. I fixed the squeaky buttcap on my PSL. Any staple gun to get it started works. I'm sure you could even use Super glue, if that's even necessary.

    I am drifting back to this stick, after realizing the 90s are just a bit much for me. But, the one thing I loved/hated about this stick was the weight. So today, I added a strip of Unique lead tape (1/4" strip). I think it weighs a total of 18g. So I put 9 in the handle and the other 9g at 2:30 and 9:30. It made a world of difference. I love the dwell time on the 90s, and the PSL while very controllable, it felt lacking (again "plow" I guess).

    I'm not sure my FH will never be as "heavy" with this stick, but today was a step in the right direction. Any other lead setups on this stick that gets it b/w stock and 12.5 oz ??
     
  13. ReopeningWed

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    I was considering swapping out the Babolat leather with a synthetic grip; I'm afraid that might throw off the racket though. It's close to perfection as is, I'm too scared to tinker with it.
     
  14. rlau

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    If you prefer a softer grip than leather, you can take off the leather grip and weigh it. Then get a new synthetic replacement grip, and weigh that too. Add strips of lead to the bare handle to compensate for the weight difference. Apply the new grip and you're ready to go. The frame should have the same balance as before the grip change.

    EDIT: ... which is more or less what Chizzle described above (and what I did not see before posting)...
     
  15. RNBABOLAT

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    I like what I read. is this racket good for me??? im 18 years old and I play with the pure storm gt in stock form with the babolat revenge at 62 lbs i play really flat in both sides and im a 4.5 baseliner callege player so i would like to know if i can play better with this stick or i should go whit the prestige mp thanks for the advise :) from colombia
     
  16. da johnny boy

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    I just got two of these from tennis warehouse. I love how plush they feel. I ended up getting Solinico Tourbite 16 at 55 lbs because they had a special. They feel a lot better than my MG Instinct.
     
  17. jigrino

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    2011 Pure Storm Tour Ltd.

    The 2011 PSL is now out for grabs. Specs is the same as PSL GT. Has a new paint job though. Its the same red, white and black as the current PSL GT but with less black in the new variant. Purely cosmetics. No new technology. Still love my 4 PSL GT - performance and looks. Willing to wait another 2 years for an upgrade.
     
  18. chizzle

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    Debating myself. The new PJ looks a tad better at first glance. I have one PSL, one PSL GT. Just sold off my 90s.

    I only need one more as the pattern really keeps the strings in place longer.

    What to do, what to do....?
     
  19. Bennythejet

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    Just got my PSL, strung it up at 52 with Signum hextreme in mains and isospeed baseline in the crosses. It is a SICK frame, great control, depth, and spin. I probably got an extra 10 mph on my flat serve and an extra 6-8 inches on my kicker. the orange strings go great with the pj. I think it's easier to hit with than the pslgt.
     
  20. OldButGame

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    Babolats been havin a hard time improvin on that original PSL !!!!!...That IS a great frame !!!!!!!!!! :)
     
  21. thug the bunny

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    I've taken my new PSL out 3 times now, and each time my performance was markedly better than the one before. My last hitting session I was playing lights out. Deep, low, penetrating topspin FH groundies. Ripping 2HBHs. Laser-like angled winners. After 3 sessions with this stick I am now playing better than I ever have, in spite of the fact that I have only played 4 times all winter. The question is, does this stick have a break-in period? The first time I used it I thought I was hitting alot of off-center shots based on the "thud" feeling I was getting. But I either adjusted or the racquet got broken in, becasue this last time out the feeling of hitting was pure joy. Seriously, sometimes I didn't hit a winner when I could have because I wanted it to come back so I could hit the ball again!
     
  22. OldButGame

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    I'm sure its individual,...but honestly??...for me this stick was 'GO' from square one!!...No break in period at all!!!....(maybe a persons 'strings' might need a break in,...thats another matter..:neutral:)
     
  23. thug the bunny

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    Coulda been the strings, probably more like I had to get used to the weight and stuff. Regardless, I couldn't be happier now! Probably gonna get another for backup before they go away (don't tell the wife!)
     
  24. Kevo

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    I think I adjusted a bit within the first few hitting sessions, but it seems any new racquet I try needs a little bit of time to feel 100% comfortable. I agree with OBG though. Something about the PSL clicked for me early on and I've loved it ever since.
     
  25. luv2volley

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    got one in the closet

    I have one PSL ltd that haven't been used for a long while.
    Let me know if you want it.
     
  26. TaihtDuhShaat

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    I'd be interested as well about one. Is it 4 3/8?
     
  27. luv2volley

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    Yes it is 4 3/8.
     
  28. Warren

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    Another member to reaffirm his allegiance to this Group: Ryan Harrison. I've been reading chatter about whether he continues to play with a PSLGT or whether he recently switched to a PSTGT. A photo today on ESPN's tennis page (http://espn.go.com/tennis, under "Making His Mark") clearly shows Ryan swinging a Ltd at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open - the pictured racquet has 18 mains (whereas the Tour has 16 mains).

    Yet another satisfied customer.
     
  29. bcart1991

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    Picked up one of these last week. It hits very nicely, compared to my HPS 6.1 and Dunlop 200+.

    It came strung a little tighter than I want it, along with a few grams of lead at 3 and 9. It's NXT and feels like low 60s, I'm thinking 17ga syngut (maybe poly/syn hybrid) and 55lbs will feel even better. I think I'll leave the lead on for now.

    I can feel the difference with this 18x20 vs. my other 16x19 frames. Not better or worse, just a little different.
     
  30. jigrino

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    Mine is leaded at 3 & 9 6g. total with no counter weights in the butt to improve torsion stability and add mass to compensate for the light head. Tension in the mid 50's (using constant pull machine w/ 5% pre-stretch) works best for me with gut mains and multis in the crosses.
     
  31. chippy17

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    Good to know. Thanks.

    Yep, that's the one I have.
     
  33. OldButGame

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    :lol:,....Thug You sound like Me !!!!!!
     
  34. chippy17

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    how is it on the arm?
     
  35. bcart1991

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    With the full NXT, it's definitely softer than my flexy dunlop 200+ with poly/syn hybrid, but still has decent pop. It definitely hits a better flat ball with the tighter string pattern.
     
  36. chippy17

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    thanks for reply

    sorry not up on the lingo what is NXT?
     
  37. bcart1991

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    Wilson NXT multifilament strings.
     
  38. Rob1

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    Strings & Tension for Pure Storm LTD

    I had this racquet for a 1 year.
    Now playing with 62lbs mains Gut 16 and 58 lbs Biboface 18 gauge.

    I notice more power.
    I will try excel with addiction next.
    Does anyone have a recommendation?
    What tenison?

    Thanks
     
  39. OldButGame

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    I put full beds of Blackcode (18G,...50lbs,.........and .....ProLineII,....18G,...52lbs,...),....both were were great !!!:)[​IMG]
     
  40. chizzle

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    Anyone know if/when the 1st gen GT will go on sale. I mean for real, not just $20 off.

    Like $129 -ish ?
     
  41. TaihtDuhShaat

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    I'm Lovin It

    I've been using a PSL non GT for a month now and have found great results with this setup:

    5-6 grams at 12 o'clock
    TW Leather/1 overgrip
    NRG2 18 Mains/BHBR 17 Crosses 55 lbs/48.5 lbs

    The lead really allows the racquet to generate a lot of depth. So much fun
     
  42. chizzle

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    So I have all three gens of this stick.

    I know they said it's cosmetic only, but his one feels more plush/solid than the 2nd generation.

    It's like they've gotten better each version.

    My newest I simply have Alu Power 1.25 and Sensation 16 in the crosses.

    Very good looking too. But I have to say, I'm surprised that there is a different (better) feel. Just my thoughts so far.
     
  43. SammyAdamsMD

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    Had my first hit tonight with the 2nd gen pure storm ltd strung with Babolat Tonic at 60 lbs. Sublime! Soft, buttery but according to my hitting partner, resulting in heavier,harder shots.
     
  44. jigrino

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    Tried out Dunlop Biomimetic 100 for 2 months then the Bio 300 Tour also for 2 months. Now I'm back to my PSL GT. With Vs. 17g. at 55 lbs. nothing compares. Glad I'm back!
     
  45. mhj202

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    Looks like your request has been granted-- they are on sale now for $129!
     
  46. thug the bunny

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    PSL vs KPS88

    I got my PSL non GT about 6 months ago and then got a KPS88 about 3 months ago, so here's my take on a comparison:

    They are both great sticks that have incredible control and feel, and force you to become a good ball striker. The PSL is lighter in both static and swing weights. Thus it is more maneuverble but can be pushed by heavy balls. I added some lead at 10 and 2 after I experienced the mass of the KPS. The PSL has a softer feel with more flex, although the KPS can deliver that honey-like feel with the right setup and pure contact. The KPS is a true hammer that can hit right through any ball, but it needs really good preparation to get it started properly.

    Right now the KPS is my go-to stick, but I still owe much to the PSL for intorducing me to the wonderful world of player's sticks, and I still pull her out when I feel like I can't get the KPS around quickly enough. But, I just got a new Redondo C93 (yes, I am descending into racqaholism)...stay tuned...
     
  47. OldButGame

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    ...Come to the dark side Thug,...We have cookies and many many many raquets,....just waiting to be tried,...:twisted:
     
  48. thug the bunny

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    LOL, I'm at the threshold. I'm picturing this dark subterraneous world full of zombies staggering about with armfuls of racquets, chanting 'must have more...'

    I showed the wife my new Redondo (we were heading out to hit) and she just gave me that sidelong look and said "Really? What's your problem?". I swore that this was it...no more. Hope she believes me...
     
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    ..One of the last things I heard recently was,...."What are You going to DO with all those racquets ANYWAY "????!!!!!.....(In irritated tone,...)... :(
     
  50. teh_firestarter

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    Sorry to hijack this thread, I searched in the "stringing techniques" part of the forum and didn't found what I was looking for.

    Any of you guys have the stringing pattern for the "old" non-gt version of our beloved PURE STORM LTD ?

    I recently got a Klippermate and I'm not sure of where to tie the knots...

    I think it is: main skip 8 and 10 (top) and main skip 9 (bottom).
    Tie off... where?

    Thanks!
    -firestarter :twisted:
     

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