Originally Posted by OHBH
Babalots are mostly cheap and stiff, and they do not
give you any more power than a lot of players sticks. Tennis warehouse has already done the homework for you.
Now select a wilson prostaff 6.0 85 vs a APDGT and you will see that because of the greater mass the prostaff actually has a greater power potential than its so-called "modern" replacement. Even the pacific x feel pro 90 vacuum rates better in this regard.
Babolats are simply light and stiff so 3.0's can whip their arms around extra fast to generate good topspin and ruin their arms. Babolats goal is give the consumer great short term results in a demo to buy the stick and not return calls three months later when they complain about TE.
But better players do not need this gimmick as good technique and heavier rackets produce a more consistent heavy ball. That is why you see pros adding huge amounts of lead to the their frames-they want them to play more like the older players frames of yesteryear.
Mostly cheap in what way? Are they pure graphite, no, but their construction is no worse than say a Microgel Radical.
Also, and apologies if I'm mistaken, but the link you referenced doesn't necessarily help in that there is one set of variables for each of the four racquets. Of course the racquet with the greatest swing-weight is going to have the "heaviest" or "quickest" ball, but that's presuming you are approaching your shot in the same manner for a racquet with a swing-weight of 350 than one at 315. You're not. There is always going to be some variance - whether it is pure swing, racquet angle, etc. Again, apologies if I misunderstood the chart as I only spent a few seconds with it, but the aforementioned issue became evident rather quickly.
You're remaining points also don't ring true to me. First, you say that "Babolats are simply light and stiff so 3.0's can whip their arms around extra fast to generate good topspin and ruin their arms." Unstrung at 11.3 oz and a swing weight of 331 isn't "light." Afterall, the IG Prestige Mid has a swing-weight of only 317 in comparison. You next say that "Babolats goal is give the consumer great short term results in a demo to buy the stick and not return calls three months later when they complain about TE." Sorry, but I think your bias is shining through here.