The Truth about Babolat's "GT Technology" Braided Graphite

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  1. sureshs

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    Why doesn't somebody from the company come on here and clarify if the braided graphite is present throughout the frame or not?
     
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  2. JoelDali

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    Hi Suresh, I am Jorge from Babolat, and the Cortex and braided graphite secrets will never be revealed unless you reveal your epic man bosoms to the forum. Pic or graphic description will suffice.
     
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  3. martini1

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    Sounds like big babo is in some hot waters here. Unless they can prove that solid looking frame is indeed with some braided graphite in it. Perhaps they cheated by using just one layer of the roll and then plain old sheet of graphite outside? But why is the pure drive so stiff?
     
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  4. Hi I'm Ray

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    ^^ I think the description of GT fibers being throughout the frame is for the 2012 PDs and not the old ones.

    The GT "windows" or I should say sticker sections on the 2012 PD's are printed on too. I like the new PJ for the 2012 PDs, esp the PDR, but the new printed on GT sections really cheapen the look to me.
     
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  5. Hi I'm Ray

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    I got a really bad paint chip on my APDGT the other day from a racket collision while playing doubles. The chip actually exposed one of the little gray filaments that are woven across the carbon fibers in the GT section. Well, I'm no expert on Tungsten, but I'm under the impression that a Tungsten filament would be like a wire. This exposed filament is somewhat reflective but feels and reacts much more some sort of plastic fiber, I can move it around and it snaps back to its original position. Maybe someone who knows more about Tungsten can chime in here. lol.

    Well at least this GT patch or whatever it is under the sections that don't have clear windows (the paint chip is at 3 o'clock opposite from the clear window).
     
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  6. WhereIsMacMac

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    bump bump bump
     
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    The link you provide with the above text includes a video. It only shows the Pure Drive series and Pure Storm series. It does give an animation that shows the entire racquet being the GT material.

    The Aeropro is not included in this video so one would assume that it does not have the GT material throughout the entire racquet.
     
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  8. db10s

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    OK, time to set up a class action lawsuit for false advertising.... :twisted:
     
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  9. Long Face

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    Right on.

    Who knows a good lawyer? :mrgreen:
     
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  11. gavna

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    Again any dealer who knows their stuff will tell you the AeroPro line ONLY has the GT inlay at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions on the hoop. Every freaking Babolat rep knows this and it's part of the sales pitch - here in Texas ive seen Mike M one of the reps explain this in detail to a shop. The Pure Drive has it around he whole head.....and for the Pure Storm again only at certain spots.

    That's the reason the Pure Drive and Aero Pro lines play so different as the GT changes the flex of the hoop.......Never has Babolat stated that the GT product was similar to braided graphite...etc.
     
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  12. sundaypunch

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    EDIT---- Looking back at page 1, the OP is posting pictures of a Pure Storm, not an Aeropro as I mentioned on the last page.
     
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  13. tennis_balla

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    Exactly, I have the 2012 Babolat catalog in front of me here and it shows the placement of GT for each line of their rackets, Aero, Pure Drive and Pure Storm. If someone assumed it was all around the frame, well thats their fault.
     
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  15. yonexRx32

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    You're absolutely right... in your own world... you can also bet that the racket contains infinitesimal amounts of gold platinum and palladium, residuals of the industrial manufacturing process. Based on your logic Babolat could claim the racket has gold-platinum technology, and they wouldn't be lying.
     
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  16. v-verb

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    It is deceptive on Bab's part,

    BUT

    Yours was a great response!!! If it works, who cares.
     
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  17. v-verb

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    It is deceptive on Bab's part,

    BUT

    Yours was a great response!!! If it works, who cares.

    BTW who is the smokin' chick on your avatar?
     
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  18. mcnota

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    babolats quality has been declining every single year,
    cheaper materials = larger profit for them, the last good babolat rackets were the originals, swirly..even the first aeropro drive was great, but since then, terrible.
     
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  19. TroutSc

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    On the apdgt that I hack sawed, the "GT" area was a bit harder to saw though. It appeared to more of a film, nothing interior to the frame...but was different than the other areas...harder, denser fiber.
     
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  20. chay337

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    any pictures?
     
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  21. TroutSc

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    Sure. Email me through here. I can't post em now but can send from my phone.
     
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  22. chay337

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    I don't have enough posts to see your email.

    Mine is evo lude @ ya hoo dot com (no spaces).

    Thanks IA!
     
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  23. babyhagrid

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    This might be a thread hijack, but how long will it be until some saws through one of the new Graphene Speeds or Instincts to check if there is any of this "magic" nano material in there. Obviously it would be hard to know for sure without a high power microscope.
     
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  24. TroutSc

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    I'd like to saw through my volkl and see "dnx" but they are in good shape so I won't do that. Like i said, the gt area was different than the rest of the hoop. Still hollow but different. The cortex was like a plastic surround, slightly inset into the frame. I'm not sure what to make of it, good or bad, just what I saw. Those pix are on another thread.
     
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  25. chay337

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    IIRC, graphene is a very expensive material and it's only used in the throat area of the newer Head racquets.
     
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  26. babyhagrid

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    I guess my question should be, can we really know that its there or are we paying for a veneer that doesn't make a difference and is just marketing blurb.
     
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