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rafafan20 01-30-2013 07:27 AM

Dunlop 500 Tour v. Bab Pure Storm GT
After cracking my tfibre 320s and having a brief but unsuccessful stint with the head graphene speed pro, I have narrowed down through demo'ing my search to two racquets. Like both racquets, the bab is a really solid all around racquet for me, especially on the serve, while the 500t allows me to unleash my groundstrokes but not as much control on the serve/at net. Just wondering the thoughts of those who have demo'd both for more extended period of time (than 1 week).

TroutSc 02-20-2013 09:51 AM

Have you played these or decided? I actually have both coming for demo tomorrow.

LeeD 02-20-2013 01:47 PM

My normal racket is a leaded Aero500, for the past year.
I hit with a PureStormGT 3 weeks ago, us trading rackets back and forth.
You case is a case of the opposite effect.
Usually, Babs are stiff and powerful, a little light in weight.
In your case, Tour is stiff and powerful, Babs is flexy and controllable. And seemingly very dead.
500T's are powerful, almost like a AeroPro or PureDrive. And the fastest serving racket I've ever tried. I haven't tried the PDRoddick. Control on serves is excellent, as the stiff frame tells the ball exactly where to go.

TroutSc 02-20-2013 04:14 PM

Thanks Lee. On the 500 tour, have you hit with the bio? Wondering how it is on the arm.

LeeD 02-20-2013 04:28 PM

The 500T I tried was the 4D. Seemed stiffer and more powerful than my Aero's, and much heavier in SW, but fine in overall weight.
I likened it to a big club. Big, brawny, powerful, little touch, a racket to slam the ball around.
I'm 5'11" and playing weight around 145. Just not my style. The one I tried had some 16 gauge string at 58 lbs. Waaay too tight for me.
My 3 Aero500's are strung at 52 with 16L, a little too stiff, but OK. If I ever break a string, I'll go down to 48.
Seems softer strings are just more friendly, and don't trampoline if you swing at every shot, and NOT block anything. When you don't employ a full swing, the ball does trampoline some. I guess it's better to slice hard when tentative, and swing fast when confident.

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