Babolat Aero Pro Drive Setup?

thefan

Professional
Just got a APD after reading all the reviews which raved its spin potential. How should I set my adp up so it can achieve maximun spin.
What strings? (hopefully under $10)
At what tension?
Lead?

Thanks

Heres the specs on the APD:
Head Size:
100 sq. in. / 645 sq. cm.
Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
Strung Weight: 11.3oz / 320g
Balance: 5pts Head Light
Swingweight: 324
Stiffness: 67
Beam Width: 23-26 mm
Composition: High Modulus Graphite
Power Level: Low-Medium
Swing Speed: Fast
 

dave333

Hall of Fame
you could try something like nadal, which I think is like 15 grams at the tip and 5 grams in the butt. As for strings, try a poly like cyberflash, luxilon BB, SPPP, pro hurricane....
 

th____44

Rookie
you could try something like nadal, which I think is like 15 grams at the tip and 5 grams in the butt. As for strings, try a poly like cyberflash, luxilon BB, SPPP, pro hurricane....

or maybe babolat tour duralast....at 55 lbs....
 

WhiteSox05CA

Hall of Fame
I've never experimented with lead before but does increasing the weight with lead produce better spin?

Yes, ss long as the weight is polarized. I'd also try something like Luxilon ALU Power "Rough" for MAX spin. Nadal uses 15L Babolat Duralast. It's a very underpowered string, with lots of spin. The problem is that it is only available in Europe.
 

thefan

Professional
but wouldnt adding weight decrease the swing speed thus decreasing the spin.. I know that adding weight increases power because force=ma. But wheres the science behind adding weight= increased spin?
 

thefan

Professional
^ but in reality adding weight would slow down the swing speed, if it is enough to affect the spin, I do not know as i have never experimented with lead before.

But has it been proven that weight increases spin potential?
 

thefan

Professional
I think that it would increase the racquet's power but just not as much as placing the lead in the head
 

thefan

Professional
At what tension should I string it at?
The reconmended string tension for the apd is 55-65 pounds..
 

kerplunker

Semi-Pro
Add 15 grams to 12 o'clock, 5 grams to the handle, and String with Alu Rough in the Mains and like NXT in the Crosses...imo
 

WhiteSox05CA

Hall of Fame
Nadal strings at a very high-powered tension, but he uses a very low-powered string.

Have you tried any of these set-ups? Troubleshoot.
 

thefan

Professional
Nadal strings at a very high-powered tension, but he uses a very low-powered string.

would that mean he strings it at low tension (50-), thus giving him power..
or he strings it at a high tension (65+)?

also what are some low powered string out in the market, to be honest, i never even knew there was such a thing as low powered strings
 

datsveryinterestin

Professional
Nadal string LOW tension 55lbs with a LOW power string Babolat Duralast available only in Europe.

I have used Duralast and it is surprisingly soft and great for spin. I have no idea how Nadal has been hitting 124mph serves with it though.. impressive!

If you have never used a poly, you could try any of them like Hurricane or Hurricane Tour or Luxilon Original.. might take a few restringings to see which one you prefer.

Stringing low is fine .. you could string from 50-55lbs no problem. Just have to keep the ball in the court when you swing!
 

WhiteSox05CA

Hall of Fame
what are some low powered strings that can generate a lot of spin?

Babolat Tour Duralast 15L. If you can get your hands on it. Pro's Pro Cyber Spin would be perfect for you. Very high spin, very low power. Other good spin strings are... Signum Pro Poly Plasma HExtreme, Luxilon ALU Power "Rough" and ACE. Topspin Cyberflash has a lot of power, if that's not what you're looking for.
 

thefan

Professional
so i think i'm going to try low tension, 50 lb with a low powered string (which i am still looking into.)
 

thefan

Professional
^ well i only used it for a few times but its pretty good. It's powerful but the spin is on the mediocre. I still have to tweak around with it. planning on lowering the tension and changing to some nice spin string
 

Rulo

Rookie
My Aero Pro Drive:

Grip: Babolat Syntec Grip
Overgrip: Babolat VS Original White Overgrip
Strings: Babolat Tour Duralast strung at 26.5 kg (58.5 lbs)
Vibration Dampener: Babolat Custom Damp
 
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