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  1. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Rafa... New Paintjob

    PA Rafa is set to be released next year. I can't wait to see it, and play it.
  2. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Bonjour from Babolat: Part Trois

    I personally don't think you will be disappointed, especially at a slightly lower tension, but you're going to have to try it to really know. It's a Pure Aero, but I think it could just possibly be the best one yet.
  3. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Bonjour from Babolat: Part Trois

    The new Pure Aero is going to be a big seller in my opinion. I know this may **** some people off (I'm sorry!), but since I'm not 100% sure I can say anything yet, I just want to say that the new version has some characteristics that people have been asking for. Hate to leave you with just...
  4. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Bonjour from Babolat: Part Trois

    I've heard early 2023, but fingers crossed!
  5. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Carlos Alcaraz with pure aero VS in 2021

    That's awesome! It is a great frame! Cheers!
  6. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Official Babolat Strike VS 2022 thread

    Hey All, Just thought I'd post this link to a pretty solid article on the new frame. I'm interested to get your thoughts on how the new Strike VS plays for you, and how the article describes it! Cheers! https://www.babolat.com/content?fdid=news
  7. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Official Babolat Strike VS 2022 thread

    I just recently heard March 23. Fingers crossed.
  8. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    IW 2022 Demo court

    Yeah, I let some people try it before Indian Wells and they re-strung it with that string job. It should have Bab strings in it. Yikes, I'll probably have it re-strung tomorrow. Any preference on a set-up?
  9. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    IW 2022 Demo court

    Hey, Yeah, I have my Strike VS out there, but I have to take it on Friday when the demo court closes up. Just a heads up. I hope you enjoyed hitting it. I know it's not for everyone, but I think it will find a nice following.
  10. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    IW 2022 Demo court

    @mad dog1 It was great meeting you! What a beautiful day in the desert. Hope to see you out there again soon.
  11. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    IW 2022 Demo court

    Hey, Just saw your post. I'll be down at the TW tent from M-F during Week 1 for Babolat, just as an ambassador. I'm not sure if our so cal rep dropped off a demo at the TW court this weekend, but I can bring mine when I work the booth (starting tomorrow). I'll definitely plan to bring it...
  12. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    My Review of the Pure Aero VS (2020)

    Hey, I've been experimenting with weight recently. Lately, I've added 2.5 grams to 3, 2.5 grams to 9, and 2 grams at 6 on the hoop. It still feels fast, but has much better plow now. By the way, tungsten tape is the best way to go nowadays. I recommend the Wilson tungsten tape on amazon. It...
  13. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    How to make a Pure Aero VS less hollow

    Hey. I understand where you're coming from, but I'm still loving the frame, especially since I added 2.5 grams to 3, 2.5 grams to 9, and 2 grams to 6 in the hoop. Still fast, but much more plow. Just a thought. Cheers.
  14. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Official Babolat Strike VS 2022 thread

    I'm not 100% sure, but didn't the Pure Drive VS and Pure Aero VS both have a 9-pack? So maybe it's coming. T-Dub would probably know for sure.
  15. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Carlos Alcatraz pure aero vs setup

    Rafa's racquet is just the original/first generation aero pro drive (or whatever it was labeled as back then) that they still produce for him. He's tinkered with weight over the years, but it's the same retail racquet that Babolat produced years ago and still produces for him at his request.
  16. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Carlos Alcatraz pure aero vs setup

    Hey, I'm super interested too. I love the Pure Aero VS. Not to contradict you, but I'm pretty sure that Babolat doesn't produce pro stocks. That said, I'm sure it's customized to match his desired spec. As some have previously thought he plays just stock with no customization, I think that...
  17. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    My Review of the Pure Aero VS (2020)

    Hey, I just wanted to chime in that I added some weight to my Pure Aero VS hoop via Wilson tungsten tape, and I love the way it feels. The racquet actually feels a little more comfortable. I've got 2.5 grams at 3, 2.5 grams at 9, and 2 grams at 6. Cheers.
  18. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Official Babolat Strike VS 2022 thread

    Hey JMac, Man, The Roddick frame was legendary. Personally, I'm bummed that Roddick and Babolat don't have a stronger connection these days. That frame was fantastic and the newer generation(s) (after Roddick retired) were great as well, but I think Babs discontinued them because of sales #s...
  19. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Official Babolat Strike VS 2022 thread

    Hey, So I talked to someone at Babs today about the possibility of a Strike VS Tour. It does not sound like that is something they are working on. One of the things they said was that the VS version is in essence the tour version of the Strike in this case. I would definitely add weight if...
  20. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Official Babolat Strike VS 2022 thread

    Oh, Wow. I was told the opposite, but i'll keep an ear out and report back if I hear anything!
  21. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Official Babolat Strike VS 2022 thread

    No worries. I've had the stick for a few weeks now, but I just dropped it off at my local shop, Irvine Tennis, to let people take it out for a test ride. I'm also hoping that Babolat brings a few Strike VS demos out to the TW demo court for the BNP in early March. If you're headed out to...
  22. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Official Babolat Strike VS 2022 thread

    Hey, It's all good. What do you want to know about it? It's not for everyone, but definitely a much-needed frame in the Strike family, especially for control and feel in a moderately open (16x20) string pattern. To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of the Strike 16x19. The string pattern is...
  23. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Official Babolat Strike VS 2022 thread

    From what I've recently heard, mid to late March. I know it sucks to wait, but I do think it's really going to be very well-received. Cheers.
  24. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Official Babolat Strike VS 2022 thread

    It's shooting for the same type of control and feel of the Pure Control line, but entirely new mould.
  25. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Official Babolat Strike VS 2022 thread

    Hey, Yeah, I think the Strike VS is loaded with spin, the head light balance and whippy feel helps too. String pattern density is almost perfect for me!
  26. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    Rafa 21 Shirt

    Any update on the shirt? Man, I'd love to get my hands on it! :) Thank you!
  27. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    My Review of the Pure Aero VS (2020)

    Hey All, Do you grip up higher on the handle for your forehand grip, a la Jack Sock, or do you like to grip down on the handle, like Rafa? I think I fall somewhere in between. I recently think it feels better to grip lower on a dryer grip like with the vs original over grip, like Rafa (He's...
  28. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    My Review of the Pure Aero VS (2020)

    Anybody recently notice that Leo Borg (though not quite the prolific player that his father once was, to say the least, :)), but he's swinging the Pure Aero VS right now. Still pretty cool!!!
  29. BabPlayer-JohnnyG

    I wish Babolat would re-release the bag!

    I wish Babolat would re-release the bag!
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