***The Pure Storm Tour thread***

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  1. ClubHoUno

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    I will use this hybrid in my 4 Bab PST GT's coming to me soon from Babolat France/TW Europe. Plan to use Bab VS team 17 in the mains @ 28 kg and Lux BB Alu Power @ 26 kg in the crosses, expecting the Lux to loose at least 5-10% tension within the first hours of play - thus reaching the recommended lower tension, Luxilon should be played at.

    I get 12-14 hours play out of this combo in my old PST NON GT with the use of 32 Babolat Elastocross stringsavers installed.

    I need a bit of spin from poly and a bit of feel from the Nat gut - so I hope this is the perfect combo for me :D
     
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    I have now used the new PST GT´s for 5-6 hours with different strings and tension and i simply dont find the rhythm as i did with the old PST´s!!!

    The old frames are in my opinion more alive.

    However,, of all my friends who have tried my new GT´s everyone just loves them!! They say they are so powerful and solid so I guess it´s me that are the one to blame i dont like them,,,

    Anyone here that wanna sell their old PST´s??
     
  3. Superspin_AT

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    PST GT + or normal length

    I have decided to buy 2 PST GTs, but I don´t know if I should buy the overlength or the normal length - version.
    I still play with the old PST+, which my coach has given me.
    It is the best stick on groundstrokes, that I´ve ever tested. When I would take the old PST, then I would take the + version. Should I also buy the GT+?
     
  4. Barricade V

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    If you play with the old version of pst +, then get the new plus version. It is still the best stick for groundstrokes
     
  5. Superspin_AT

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    Thx for your statement!
    Yes, I´ll get the +version.
     
  6. mrmo1115

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    How does the LTD GT compare to the Prestige FXP MP ?

    What are the similarities and differences? Would the racquet switch be a drastic one and take time to get used to?
     
  7. Superspin_AT

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    What is in your opinion the best string for the PST GT (+)?
    I´ve just played the old PST+ with Luxilon BB Original 1,30 and liked it very much. But I think a string with a smaller diameter like 1,25 would be nicer. I´m very interessted in the new Babolat Revenge.
    What strings can you recommend?
     
  8. TimmyG

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    i put all revenge in one of my pst gt sticks and loved it!! big time spin, felt really comfortable hitting a little more agressive than usual without fear that the ball was going to sail long on me.. great string!! probably going to buy a reel soon!
     
  9. Superspin_AT

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    Thanks for your statement!
    Have you strung it as hard as usual?
     
  10. JackB1

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    Any PST users ever compare it to the Prince Ozone Tour? That is another arm friendly racquet at around the same swingweight. I am currently playtesting both. So far I like the PST more on groundstrokes, but I can generate more pop on serves with the Ozone. The PST feels much more stable and solid to me than the Ozone.......now if I can just get a little more pace on my serve, I'd be all set :)

    I WILL try dropping the tension a little next stringing and that should help. Right now I have it at middle tension of 56. I will try 54 next.
     
  11. Superspin_AT

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    Maybe some lead helps...
     
  12. JackB1

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    Question to all Ozone Tour Owners......

    Did u mod your racquet with lead and if so, how and where? I want to add weight to the handle, but this racquet doesn't seem to have a "trap door" to get into the handle??? Is my only option to put lead tape strips along the handle, under the grip?
     
  13. JackB1

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    Anyone? (see above)

    Also, anybody know how to get the buttcap off the Ozone and if you can
    add weight inside it?
     
  14. Power Player

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    I'm interested in trying out a PST GT. I started my Babolat experience with an APDC and I still use it. The main thing I experience is too much power. I have tried leading it up, but that is tough to get right. I use a western grip, but I also like the SW. I have to use a western only with the APDC.

    So that brought me to the Donnay Pro One OS. I love this racquet..it is my favorite so far. What sucks is that it is discontinued. I love the control I get with it, but serving is a little tricky. The SW is also too low for me.

    I hit a 2 handed backhand and a western/SW forehand. I like to hit with a lot of pace and really love the placement I get with the Donnay.

    How does the PST GT compare?
     
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    ive been using luxilon big banger 16 in the mains and wilson nxt tour 16 in the crosses with the mains at 65 and crosses at 63,i find this combo to generate alot of spin and power and also good control.hope this helps. good luck
     
  16. dgoran

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    Hey bro I went back and forth between pst and APDC and now I bought PD GT as well along side 3 Pro Tour 630. I had PSt for almost a year not the GT version. So I will try to answer it from the frame not material perspective

    PST is deffinitelly more along the Head Prestige/PT630 line of frames with ADDITION of that sweet woofer feeling after you nail the flat one. I did not try GT version of PST but in general you will need to flatten out your game a bit maybe a tad more semi-western than western in contrast to APDC and PD style of frame. PST was very flex feeling comparing to APDC and PD and weight appears to be perfect if you are playing somebody around your level. I did however notice that playing 6.0 and above (near futures level) I was really late and sweet spot looked that much smaller. I was missing my APDC at that moment. That was only once though so I was deffinitelly not use to that level of play, but it made me realize how frame performs relative to speed of the game.

    To shorten this blahblah that im posting here and sum it up PT630 is awesome probably the best serving/feeling stick ever, PST was sweet I felt like gonzo nailing shots and serving and they were ALL adequate in my pitty A+ Orlando leagues BUT>>> if there was one stick that I would have when trying to face much much better player 6.0 and above I would go with PDGT/APDC. Did you see that review PSTGT vs PDRGT that a college level player posted? I felt the same...
     
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    Interesting, thanks for all the info. There is a great player I hit with at Azalea sometimes. I struggle with him when I use the apdc, but when I used the Donnay, he had problems. All that control just lets me keep the ball out of his strike zone.

    I atually am looking to flatten my game out just a little. I hit western with the apdc (have to), and the only thing that sucks is when you play good players that can handle the massive spin. It can be a crutch because it goes right into their sweet spot. And if they time it right, it's a winner.

    Also, I am thinking long term. I am in my early 30s and I have to string the apdc tight with poly over 57#s to control the power. I would rather have poly at around 54 or so. And I really like the softer frame.

    I would say that I am probably a lot stronger then the average tennis player due to my football/lacrosse and weightlifting background. I am starting to think I need to factor this into my racquet selection.

    It's a tough call. I always knew I'd have to roll with 2 or 3 different sticks for a while before I finally got one I liked. There are just so many options now. Maybe Etennis has the GT demo, but they have not had the PST for a while. I did hit with the PST plus, and I really liked it, but I did not spend enough time with it because I hate the plus size sticks.
     
  19. JackB1

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    Anyone go from a Pure Storm Tour to a regular Pure Storm?

    I love the PST but find it a bit too heavy and sluggish at times and was wondering if I should just get a regular PS and weight it up a little?
     
  20. JackB1

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    ^^^^^^^^^^
    anyone?
     
  21. groundstroke1

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    Who ever says that the pst is not good for a windshield wiper finnish is misinformed. Some frames afford different amonts of spin and plow through, but dont effect one's finnish.
     
  22. Slice_Serve

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    I didn't exactly go from one, but I was very close to getting the Pure Storm Tour until I decided to get the Pure Storm GT instead.

    I can tell you that I had the same problem with the Tour as you did, it felt sluggish and tough to whip it around. You should definitely try the regular Pure Storm, because if it ever feels too light you can always lead it up.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    I have been hitting with both for the last several days--love the feel and stability of the PST, however it is wearing me down some on serving--(I have had shoulder surgery(s) on both shoulders)so the 12.3+ total strung/overgrip weight can be a little much.

    Took out the reg PSGT and it had the same feel on impact, but def not as HL as the PSTGT and harder to whip around. However--the total strung wt. wtih overgrip is only 11.25oz. Therefore, I am leaning heavily to the reg PSGT and adding about 10-12g under the grip to make it about 6pts HL and will get the static to about 11.7-8oz--which is perfect for me. Have been tinkering on TW Univ customization page (actually got a total success) and can get the SW to 330 and 11.8oz with just about .50-.55oz under the grip and using the heftier babolat lead tape this would not be but about 12"-14" or so of tape--I would start with 4 3-3.25" strips along the lower 1/3 of the grip Great way to make a PSGT a new PS"ST"GT (PureStorm"SemiTour"GT) :twisted: Thoughts on this lead setup--others try the same??

    FYI:
    PSGT strung w/ overgrip/dampner wt: 11.2oz and 13.2 balance 325SW
    PSTGT strung w/ overgrip/dampner wt: 12.3oz and 12.6 balance 333 SW
     
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  25. Bodycamp13

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    Pst

    I've been hitting with a TW PST demo and loving it. Hit with a local demo of the Gt version tonight. Didn't compare. The Gt felt much stiffer and I just couldn't feel free to swing like I can with the standard PST. Anyone else have the same experience?

    I'm on the verge of buying the PST and want to make the right decision.

    The string jobs seem to be very close - both with Addiction?
     
  26. JackB1

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    anyone compare the Pure Storm Tour to the Aero Storm Tour? Is the AST that much stiffer or does it have the same soft feel?
     
  27. JackB1

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    Every time I hit with my Pure Storm Tour, I am always amazed at how buttery smooth groundstrokes feel. The ball-pocketing feel of this frame is addicting. It's like coming back to a comfortable old shoe. Always feels great!

    Anyone needing a COMFORTABLE, slightly heavy racquet with a great blend of power and control should not overlook this oldy but goodie!
     
  28. dacrymn

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    I recently got a PST gt +, and I love the feel. Shots are solid, control is unbelievable, and it's good at the net too. It would be perfect, but I've realized that I'd prefer the standard length more. I, personally, don't feel like I can bring it around fast enough, in addition to my lackluster footwork.

    But, comfort is definitely the word. Its strung with full poly, but its as soft as synthetic in any other frame.

    Just curious, but anyone here interested in trading a regular pst gt for a pst gt +?

    Just thought I'd try
     
  29. journeymonk

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    Been a while since I've posted, and been a while since I've been on the courts.

    Dusted off my PST ("Lucy") and here's the latest mods:

    > 6 grams of Babolat lead tape each at 3 and 9

    > changed to a Babolat natural leather grip, covered with VS overgrip

    > strung with TF Black Code 1.24 @ 57lbs.

    Hope to be able to free up my schedule and play again this week. Will tell you how it goes.
     
  30. ClubHoUno

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    Just bought 4 Babolat VS Leather grips for my 4 PST GT's, as the guy who installed the Head Leather Tour grips, somehow installed them so the racquets don't feel quite the same size.

    So bought 4 of the Babolat VS leather grips and will install them soon - hope to get a more even feel and grip size in my 4 PST GT's.
     
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    got my pst gt a few days ago--i've played a couple of hours...

    extremely stable racquet for it's headsize and weight...not very spinny...
     
  32. akoni

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    Planning on picking up so PSTs and wanted to get feedback on the grip size from anyone who plays/used to play Wilson racquets. I've always been a 4 1/4 in Wilson which feels perfect, so should go down to 4 1/8 for the PSTs?
     
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    I think the Babolat grips feel about 1/2 size larger than most, so it depends what you like and what you put on top of it. I stayed with my same size grip. If you don't use an overgrip and like a thin grip, then get the same size. If you like a think grip + an overgrip, then maybe go down 1 size?
     
  34. akoni

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    Well I currently use a leather grip + overgrip on a Wilson 4 1/4 and it feels just about right. My thinking is that a synthetic grip + overgrip on a Babolat 4 1/4 might feel almost the same. I don't mind going down to a 1/8, but adding I am worried that adding more than one overgrip will make the grip feel too round.
     
  35. JackB1

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    You could try the Babolat Skin Feel Grip. EXTREMELY thin synthetic grip.
    That, with a Head Extremesoft overgrip (also very thin) and you should be fine.
     
  36. hondas2k

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    bump for new memberssss
     
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    does anyone know that color of US version and Asian version are different for PST (non-GT)?
    I was in South Korea during the last winter and I stopped by tennis shop to strung my rackets. I was looking at rackets displayed and I've noticed that PST looks different comparing my sticks. My rackets are Black and Red colors mixed up..But PSTs that they have them in a shop were Orange and Black.
    I came home looked up F. Gonzalez 's matches when he was using PS (non-GT) it looks kinda similar color to an orange not a red.

    Is just US Version of this stick is RED + BLACK?

    I am confused.
     
  38. nn

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    are you sure orange one is pure storm not tour?

    Gonzo is using pure storm according to TW. But we all know he has custom one.
     
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    just ordered 2 :) I'm excited to try these babys out
     
  40. JackB1

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    PST = red
    PS = orange
     
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    TW just knocked 10 bucks off the price. Now they are $119.
     
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    I got 2 demos from my local shop for $90 (total).
    They are in decent shape. I would say 8/10.
    I usually play with the gt version, but what the heck I couldn't let them go. I am gonna use them to test strings and customization.
     
  43. hondas2k

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    now i know the difference.

    thanks a lot
     
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    Has anyone else experienced how easy this racquet chips? :evil:
     
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    All the new racquets chip easily. They put so little paint on them that I am not surprised with the quality.
     
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    After reading PED posts in this thread, I have to say that he's one of the few really intelligent posters on these boards that consistently posts accurate and insightful comments about the PST and other racquets.

    As for the PST, it has to be one of the most criminally underated sticks.

    Solid, meaty, good control, swings very well, very adjustable, forgiving hoop, very nice distribution of weight throughout the frame, great on serves etc.

    Only downside for me that it still has an element of that Babolat brassy / tinniness than you always feel coming into your arm through the frame, despites its low flex. Babolat simply don't seem to understand how to produce a construction that's plush rather than slightly jarring in any of their racquets.
     
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