Originally Posted by pfchang
I know there are a couple of threads out there on the APD, but I mainly have two questions for the APD users out there.
I'm about 5'10, mainly a baseline player, big serve/FH, versatile with spin and flat shots. Currently use ~12oz IGPMP with BHB7 at 50lbs. Bought the APD for fun (courtesy of Arlihawk
), but really enjoying it, and playing better than usual. Currently strung with Head Rip Control @~60lbs.
So I was wondering if anyone had my background experience and if they have any suggestions on what worked best for them?
I'm usually not too keen on straying away from stock, but after hearing about how much better it plays, I figured I have nothing to lose.
Lastly, any string choices out there. I'm a fan of BHB7, but not really sure what tension to go with, considering how i'm used to 50lbs in a prestige. Probably try BHB7 out first, but wondering if there were any suggestions out there.
It's rather late so apologies if I don't have the specs handy, but I have a few suggestions for you. First, BHB7 17s work extremely well on this racquet. I recently strung mine at 55M/52C and I couldn't be happier with the combination of power/control/spin. Beyond that, I have added Blu Tack throughout the handle cavity, and feel that this has improved feel immeasurably. Tried it with my 2010 APD and vastly prefer it to the feel of the 2013 without. Indistinguishable otherwise, and now prefer the 2010 version. Beyond that, I have applied a liberal amount of lead from 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock - resulting in a total weight of approximately 12.75 oz. Frankly speaking, it has left my beloved Pro Tours in the distant shade in terms of performance, and is only slightly off in terms of feel. I can get you the actual specs tomorrow, but can't recommend the use of Blu Tack highly enough. In all honesty, the APD below 12 oz was somewhat disappointing to me, now, its a completely different racquet - solid, stable, comfy and devastating from the baseline.