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gavna 05-27-2012 12:39 PM

2013 AeroPro Drive
 
Just got to see the planned 2013 APDGT's - the only new "Tech" will be the addition of the "new" cortex down the handle (Just like the current Pure Drives) and the paint job is exactly like the current limited edition French Open model except where you see the Red Clay it will be yellow for 2013. So like the 2012 Pure Drive with Black the main color and Blue the trim - Black with some Yellow trim is the new APDGT set up. Looks very clean and less bumble beeish.

Action Jackson 05-27-2012 12:42 PM

Nice!
Cant wait for it.

tennis_balla 05-27-2012 12:56 PM

Will be interesting to see how they hide/paint job the new Cortex onto Nadal's rackets.

ArliHawk 05-27-2012 01:48 PM

I assume it was a prototype and you didn't get to hit with it?

Sounds interesting, though. Will have to take it for a test drive when it comes out next year. Still loving the current APD, especially in the 2011 French Open paint job.

tistrapukcipeht 05-27-2012 02:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Action Jackson (Post 6570241)
Nice!
Cant wait for it.

Can't wait for the same racquet with different colors??

The guy described the racquet as the same, we all know how bad it is.

db10s 05-27-2012 02:02 PM

I'm assuming the same pj style applies to the Aero Storm etc...?

Fed Kennedy 05-27-2012 03:38 PM

They shoukd drop stiffness a little

ArliHawk 05-27-2012 03:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fed Kennedy (Post 6570563)
They shoukd drop stiffness a little

For some reason, I don't find this racquet to be nearly as stiff as the RDC would indicate. It's much more forgiving than the Pure Drive for example.

quest01 05-27-2012 03:54 PM

Cool, I've always been a fan of the APD's

Bud 05-27-2012 04:02 PM

No pics??? :-|

BobFL 05-27-2012 04:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ArliHawk (Post 6570579)
For some reason, I don't find this racquet to be nearly as stiff as the RDC would indicate. It's much more forgiving than the Pure Drive for example.

Exactly my thoughts. I can feel some flex when I hit with APD but none when I hit with PD. It plays firm but not super stiff. If I had to estimate its stifness I would say ~67. Definitely not above 70...

Fed Kennedy 05-27-2012 05:02 PM

I would love to see them bring it in at 67. The plus feels ok to me but I feel every bit of the 70 rating on the standard.

It feels ok while Im hitting but afterwards my arm is saying things.

Fed Kennedy 05-27-2012 05:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bud (Post 6570599)
No pics??? :-|

Lets see a photoshop of the rg paint with yellow instead of red...

ben123 05-27-2012 05:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fed Kennedy (Post 6570692)
I would love to see them bring it in at 67. The plus feels ok to me but I feel every bit of the 70 rating on the standard.

It feels ok while Im hitting but afterwards my arm is saying things.

yes a 67 apd would be great

MAXXply 05-27-2012 05:39 PM

OP, do you know if there will be an update to the Aero Storm line also? I do wish they gave it a different PJ to differentiate it from the APD Bumblebee-ness.

Yourtenniscoach 05-27-2012 06:59 PM

Pics or it didn't happen!

gavna 05-27-2012 08:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by db10s (Post 6570415)
I'm assuming the same pj style applies to the Aero Storm etc...?

No discussion - the Storm line is really secondary - the BIG movers are the PD and the APD globally.....lots of promises on how the "play and connect" will change the way the rec player (3.0 to 5.0) will use this tech to improve...etc etc etc. If you add up all the global sales Babolat has the APD and the PD lines alone out sell ALL other Babolat frames by over 2 to 1.

In fact one huge issue with the powers that be at Babs is how they HATE the fact both Harrison's are using the PS Ltd's - a stick Babolat just can't market beyond a very small segment.

gavna 05-27-2012 08:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ArliHawk (Post 6570579)
For some reason, I don't find this racquet to be nearly as stiff as the RDC would indicate. It's much more forgiving than the Pure Drive for example.

Its supposed to be - they have 2 completely different layups - the main difference is that the Pure Drive has the GT fibers throughout the whole head of the frame - the AeroPro Drive has GT fibers only at the 3 and 9 o'clock - it changes the torsional response and in fact makes the APD the spin monster it is.

pheonix6579 05-27-2012 08:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gavna (Post 6571030)
No discussion - the Storm line is really secondary - the BIG movers are the PD and the APD globally.....lots of promises on how the "play and connect" will change the way the rec player (3.0 to 5.0) will use this tech to improve...etc etc etc. If you add up all the global sales Babolat has the APD and the PD lines alone out sell ALL other Babolat frames by over 2 to 1.

In fact one huge issue with the powers that be at Babs is how they HATE the fact both Harrison's are using the PS Ltd's - a stick Babolat just can't market beyond a very small segment.

The PS Ltd is the "red-head step child" of Babolat

gavna 05-27-2012 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pheonix6579 (Post 6571080)
The PS Ltd is the "red-head step child" of Babolat

Hey i play with it - I use the PSL Ltd+ extented version only sold in Europe - BUT i have been looking to cross over to the dark side and start using the APD - I play ITF seniors and it seems all of us (50 yrs old +) are all using a PD or APD......I may have to just give in:)


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