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Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Ross K, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. degrease

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    I am a babolat man
     
  2. MikeHitsHard93

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    #Strikefirst

    Lol
     
  3. slice bh compliment

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    Thanks. that's what our rep said, too.
    I used to like the durability of an 18/20 pattern and did not mind the dense feel on a nice big midplus. But i am now an aging touch player, and i do not care about durability, so i am going to wait until may and get three or four.

    Will it be 305grams, same as the strike? If so, i will do the lead and silicone routine. Allez!
     
  4. Babolat Official

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    Correct 305 grams.

    For my style, it plays real nice with all poly in low 40s or hybrid around 48.
     
  5. Sup2Dresq

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    babolat official,

    Do you modify your APD in any way?
     
  6. Kemosabe

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    does anyone here have any tips for customizing the APD+? I really want to keep the same swing speed, but just add a tiny bit of stability against bigger hitters. thoughts?

    silicon in handle? more HL?
     
  7. TennisCJC

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    The new RF97 in the 12 oz or 11 oz model with some lead will be better for your S&V game. You are in the honeymoon period with your Bab and geez, coming from a 85" head I am sure it does play better. You'll be with the RF97 within 12 months.
     
  8. mawashi

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    From the Pure Control Team to the APDC to the PD2012 and now the Pure Strike Tour... Guess I really never left my Babs lol!
     
  9. sparkshark

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    Babolat Alliance!!
     
  10. Bartelby

    Bartelby G.O.A.T.

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    A year ago Skin Feel grips were in the shops and I developed a taste for them, but now Syntec Pro is everywhere.

    Any big differences between the two or should I hunt down the Skin?
     
  11. ArliHawk

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    Skin is better for bevel feel. Syntec Pro is a little thicker and cushions more.

    I m partial to skin feel because it takes the APD grip size down a bit/.
     
  12. tennisfanatic2424

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    I just acquired 2x babolat pure control team standards from a buddy. The bumperguard is worn and needs replacement. So is it the pure storm standard or pure storm tour bumperguard that will fit this racquet? Also will the new 2014 pure control or pure control tour series bumperguards work as well? I feel this is the best place to get my answer as you all are all Babolat Experts!
     
  13. sbmackie

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    Joined the tribe through trial and error. Pure Drive all the way. Until some other faire maiden catches my eye.
     
  14. Brad1981

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    Would like to see a 325 gram Pure Drive in the future. The extra 10 grams makes a difference at the 4.5+ levels. I lead mine all the way to 13 oz in fact.
     
  15. DJTaurus

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  16. sbmackie

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    First Bab

    So about 8 months ago I was standing around the local Mega Tennis Store, contemplating weapons. I was leaning Prince Warrior 100, or the Warrior ESP 100 as a 'tweener sabre. A Wise and Noble Babolotian suggested the Pure Drive. I did an A/B compare with the Warrior 100, and while it was close, I chose the Babolat for feel.
    I don't think you can go wrong with a Pure Drive strung with a good monofilament for beginner through 4.0. Just my take.
     
  17. sbmackie

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    Correction

    I said monofilament. I guess I was thinking about my next trip to Hilton Head, when I will combine some good tennis with fishing for Red Drum. What I MEANT to say was multifilament.
     
  18. PhxRacket

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    Hey Babolatians,
    I want to lead up my 2015 PD+. What recommendations do you have? Leather grip? Lead in the hoop? Tac in the handle? I want to get the PD+ to have similar swing weight to a Blade.
     
  19. ChicagoJack

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    Hi PhxRacket,

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    The 2015 PD+ has a SW of 326. If you count both current and legacy models, there are 18 Wilson Blades, ranging from SW 308 to 340 Link Here.

    2. There is a tool in TWU designed specifically to assist with matching the Length, Balance, Mass and SW of one frame to another. Link Here , And Here.

    Regards, J
     
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  20. PhxRacket

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    I have played with the BLX Blade 98 since it was available in the black and gold iteration. It is not extended, but I was lucky enough to demo the PDR+, and I actually like it, except for the weight. It feels light in my hand and in play.
     
  21. ChicagoJack

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    SW 326 | PD+ 2015
    SW 335 | BLX Blade 98 (Black & Tan)
    SW 331 | Blade 98 (Black & Neon Green)

    1. Adding 3 grams of lead at the tip would bring your sw up to 335.

    2. I've owned quite a few extended length frames, (including the 2012 Black PDR+) every one of them felt better with additional weight in the handle. I would consider counter balancing with 5-10 grams in the handle.

    3. Your PD+, and both of the blade versions are (in stock form) almost identical in overall weight (318-320 grams), so if you want to keep your overall weight similar, you dont have much wiggle room.
     
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