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ConorM3737 11-02-2012 05:52 AM

Aero Pro Drive 2010 vs 2013
 
Hey TW, I'm thinking of buying an Aero Pro Drive in time for Christmas, and was wondering if you guys think I should buy the GT, or is the extra money for the 2013 model worth it? Thanks.

Boricua 11-02-2012 06:15 AM

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Originally Posted by ConorM3737 (Post 6989769)
Hey TW, I'm thinking of buying an Aero Pro Drive in time for Christmas, and was wondering if you guys think I should buy the GT, or is the extra money for the 2013 model worth it? Thanks.

I would definitely buy the new one. I have used the Cortex and GT version. The GT I consider a bit stiff when used with full copoly. I have been told that the new version is more dampened and buttery and that is what the Aero needs. 50 or 60 more dollars spent is worth it.

Andyroo10567 11-03-2012 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Boricua (Post 6989813)
I would definitely buy the new one. I have used the Cortex and GT version. The GT I consider a bit stiff when used with full copoly. I have been told that the new version is more dampened and buttery and that is what the Aero needs. 50 or 60 more dollars spent is worth it.

+1 to that. New one.

Rafa4Ever 11-04-2012 08:17 AM

I have used the new one and it is definitely worth it. Feels like a new racquet

db10s 11-04-2012 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Rafa4Ever (Post 6994133)
I have used the new one and it is definitely worth it. Feels like a new racquet

I'm not saying you don't, but I find that hard to believe. Pics or it didn't happen. What do you mean by "feels like a new racket"? Like, different?

db10s 11-04-2012 09:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Rafa4Ever (Post 6994133)
I have used the new one and it is definitely worth it. Feels like a new racquet

And where did you use it?

TW Staff 11-05-2012 08:27 AM

ConorM3737,

I've just finished up a month-long playtest of the new AeroPro Drive and actually just played a tournament with them this past weekend to finish it up. The specs of the 2010 and 2013 are very similar, as they are very similar in weight, stiffness, and swingweight. However, the dampening technology in the new one is very effective and I think is worth getting the new one. The shock from the stiff frame is dampened much better with the new technology Babolat has introduced this year, and it makes the racquet much more comfortable to hit. I'd definitely get the new ones for Christmas. And they look great too!

Andy, TW

ArliHawk 11-06-2012 07:02 AM

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Originally Posted by TW Staff (Post 6996129)
ConorM3737,

I've just finished up a month-long playtest of the new AeroPro Drive and actually just played a tournament with them this past weekend to finish it up. The specs of the 2010 and 2013 are very similar, as they are very similar in weight, stiffness, and swingweight. However, the dampening technology in the new one is very effective and I think is worth getting the new one. The shock from the stiff frame is dampened much better with the new technology Babolat has introduced this year, and it makes the racquet much more comfortable to hit. I'd definitely get the new ones for Christmas. And they look great too!

Andy, TW

Andy, how would you compare the Dunlop Biomimetic M 6.0 and the 2013 AeroPro Drive?

dgoran 11-07-2012 08:57 AM

Hi Andy can you compare new pure drive 2012 to aero pro 2013 is it flexing like aero pro 2010 or is it stiff like pd

TW Staff 11-07-2012 10:08 AM

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Originally Posted by ArliHawk (Post 6998141)
Andy, how would you compare the Dunlop Biomimetic M 6.0 and the 2013 AeroPro Drive?

I found the APD to be much easier to swing and a lot more solid than the M 6.0. I know that Chris was a much bigger fan of the M 6.0 than I was, but I would definitely go with the APD over it. The 2013 APD is one of my favorite racquets I've hit in a long time.

Andy, TW

TW Staff 11-07-2012 10:11 AM

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Originally Posted by dgoran (Post 7000556)
Hi Andy can you compare new pure drive 2012 to aero pro 2013 is it flexing like aero pro 2010 or is it stiff like pd

I have not hit the Pure Drive in quite a while, so I will hit it in the next couple days and get back to you. The new APD didn't feel very flex-y to me...it seems pretty stiff. However, the new Active Cortex that has been used in the Pure Drive is now introduced in the AeroPro Drive, and it makes it significantly more comfortable and improves the ball feel quite a bit.

I'll hit the Pure Drive though and get back to you with a comparison.

Andy, TW

TW Staff 11-07-2012 02:27 PM

Ok, I just got done hitting the Pure Drive 2012, and the two racquets felt quite similar in spec. The biggest difference to me was just the shape of the beam, which affected the way they play. The Pure Drive is more "club-like", offering tons of pop and power from the groundstrokes, but I felt the AeroPro Drive maneuvered a little better and was a better racquet from other areas of the court. The Active Cortex is in both now though, which makes them both more comfortable and plush feeling than previous versions. For me, I'd give the edge to the APD.

Andy, TW

dgoran 11-07-2012 03:11 PM

That was fast :) that must be a dream job customer is requestion you try a racquet and you immediately do hahaha this is awesome. Thank you for your feedback.

BTW did you feel that either one is stiffer than the other or they were the same. I for example feel that APD 2010 is flexing more in the throat in comparison to 2012 Pure Drive.

TW Staff 11-09-2012 07:16 AM

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Originally Posted by dgoran (Post 7001199)
That was fast :) that must be a dream job customer is requestion you try a racquet and you immediately do hahaha this is awesome. Thank you for your feedback.

BTW did you feel that either one is stiffer than the other or they were the same. I for example feel that APD 2010 is flexing more in the throat in comparison to 2012 Pure Drive.

To be honest I felt that the stiffness of both racquets was pretty similar, but you're right, the APD has a tiny bit more flex in the throat of the racquet. I was discussing it with playtester Chris too, and he felt the APD gets a little "brassy" feeling towards the tip, whereas the PD doesn't. For me though, they felt real similar other than the obvious difference in the shape of the beam.

Andy, TW

naturallight 11-09-2012 08:44 AM

Hi, is the shape of the grip any different with the new Babolat racquets? I heard it was more rectangular like the Head grip shapes. Is that true?

thanks

TW Staff 11-09-2012 09:18 AM

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Originally Posted by naturallight (Post 7004380)
Hi, is the shape of the grip any different with the new Babolat racquets? I heard it was more rectangular like the Head grip shapes. Is that true?

thanks

I couldn't tell any difference between the old and new Babolat grip shape. They seemed pretty similar to me.

Andy, TW

naturallight 11-09-2012 09:29 AM

very helpful, thanks

srvnvly 11-09-2012 10:13 AM

Andy, is the grip still a bit larger than normal? I use a 3/8 grip normally, but the current APDGT 3/8 grip almost seems like 1/2.

mrrockstar 11-09-2012 10:33 AM

Hi Andy, how do you compare the APD 2012 with Head Extreme Pro 2.0?

which one is more comfortable, especially for injured before?

thanks!

TW Staff 11-09-2012 11:34 AM

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Originally Posted by srvnvly (Post 7004554)
Andy, is the grip still a bit larger than normal? I use a 3/8 grip normally, but the current APDGT 3/8 grip almost seems like 1/2.

Babolat grips tend to run just slightly larger than normal, and these new APD's are no different.

Andy, TW


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