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Old 10-02-2012, 07:48 PM   #33
El Zed
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 331

Originally Posted by TimothyO View Post

A good and thoughtful post to start the thread. Well done!

I'm guilty of damning Babolat in total but really should note that the (less popular) Pure Storm line is control oriented and mostly army friendly, especially the PSLGT.

The problem with their other lines imo is that many (not all) frames are very light, stiff, with large heads for huge power and a light swing feel.

For most rec players there are usually one of two results: elbow pain from poor form due to an inability to control that immense power except by arming the ball tentively...or elbow pain from an attempt to tame that power with full poly that, these being rec players, often remains in the frame long after it's dead and an even greater threat to arm health (they're not pros after all restringing after every match).

They seem designed for professionals with the skill to tame the power with great technique (especially great timing for topapin) and/or constant restringing with fresh, full poly. And yet every weekend I see members at our club banging away with their APDs and Pure Drives, usually with a brace in their wrist or elbow. A couple of weeks ago my son met another 12-year old mini-Nadal swinging an APD with full poly who grasped his arm in pain on several occassions.

Finally, like Wilson, Babolat QC is terrible. Trying to find two frames that play nearly the same is very difficult.

I enjoyed the Pure Storm products but the rest of the lines leave me cold (and in pain when I've tried them!)
Thanks for the reply and compliment, I appreciate it.

I guess, I should have prefaced my post by saying that I was fully a member of the "classic racquet" club to the point that even considering the use of a Babolat was near heresy. After actually giving them a prolonged demo - most notably the APDGT - it was clear that they are indeed great racquets if you're willing to accept the modern feel. I appreciate that people have an affinity for classics, but I can't get past the example of an old air-cooled Porsche being pit against a modern water-cooled variant. While one has certain unmistakable charm, the other is undoubtedly superior from a performance perspective. I completely appreciate that some people "gel" better with certain racquets than others - but for me, why would I not consider the APDGT superior to a PC600/PT630 if I can get similar control and +5/10 mph with the former?

I guess my ultimate goal was to maximize controlled power. I presumed (apparently incorrectly) that this was the primary goal of other players. I accept the preference of some for "feel," and the subjective nature of defining feel. But that being said, I believe lost in the whole "Babolat" bashing on this board is exactly what you just brought up - the immense potential of this stick once utilized correctly. Thus, it's apparently a question of risk/reward and what racquet has the most potential upside. After all, isn't this the whole appeal of a player's stick - the inherent belief that a racquet is capable of delivering superlative performance if one's ability is to that level? At a slightly reduced weight of 11.3 oz unstrung, the APDGT is further similar to a pro stock in that it affords some room for leading-up.
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