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  1. GS

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    I bought one of my favorite racquets the other day, a used Pure Control Team Plus. The old grommets/bumperguard needed replacing, so I tore them out, then ordered a few sets of Pure Storm/Control/Zylon grommets. They're too small and don't fit. On its throat, this Pure Control Team clearly says it has a 98 sq in head. Could it really have a 100 sq in head? And is my only hope to order some Pure Storm Team grommets (since that stick has a 100 sq in head) and pray that they'll fit?
     
  2. Babolat Official

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    Prestrung racquets should be 25 kgs. However, with shipping, etc. the string has probably lost some tension. If it is a concern, probably best to get restrung to your specific desires.
     
  3. Babolat Official

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    It's subjective to the user. You'll find plenty of people on this board who love Babolat (and plenty who don't). Yonex makes some great products too.

    The best advice I can give is demo a couple frames (TW has a great demo program), string them up how you like (then restring to adjust for difference in frames).

    Everyone has different preferences. I (and other people on this board), can help make educated suggestions, but at the end of the day, you need a racquet you enjoy. That might be with one of the other brands.

    Let me know if you have any questions.
     
  4. Babolat Official

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    So we're on the same page: The old old Pure Control Team Plus was a 98. While the new one is a 100 (and lighter, etc.).

    Did you send me an email? Someone did about grommets and I replied but haven't heard back.

    Anyways, send an email with pics and as many details as possible to dbecker@babolat.com and I'll forward to our racquet technical guru Josh. He is actually stringing the French Open right now, so it might take a week or two. But he has helped others with grommet issues.
     
  5. Lukhas

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    Hiya,
    With the bigger size and higher stiffness despite the low swingweight, can I expect a Babolat Pure Storm LTD (+) to be more powerful than the "regular", smaller version?
     
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    Wow that's pretty much not what I expected to hear. The stringbed of a frame I got prestrung with Xcel Black seemed pretty boardy and low powered as for multi strings at 25kg, it felt more or less like 27-28kg with great control and very little string movement besides. Is it possible that the factory tension was higher than 25kg? Or the case is that the new AeroPro is less powerful and more control oriented frame than the previous models? Thank you for your answer.
     
  7. Babolat Official

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    It's possible that it was strung higher. If it is this much concern, probably best to get it restrung to your personal preference.
     
  8. BrigadierGen3

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    I was under the impression that with the french open babolat would be announcing(re-announcing) the play and connect?
     
  9. Babolat Official

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    2013 we have a French Open Pure Drive.

    We have revealed the official Babolat PLAY (the name of the racquet) logo and will be releasing more information as the year goes on. This has been a long project but one we do not want to screw up.
     
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    I heard a rumour that Babolat is going back to the double lines on the strings next year but keeping the new logo for everything else. Is that true?

    It would make sense and it looks so much better with the lines.
     
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  11. Francis27

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    I hope so

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  12. Babolat Official

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    that would be news to me, and they usually tell me that type of thing. love it or not, the new logo and stencil are here to stay.
     
  13. SFrazeur

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    The logo--while boring and lifeless in comparison to the prior--is fine. The half, slanted cut double line stencil is simply ****ing idiotic. Babolat took something that was great for decades and screwed it up.
     
  14. Razvan

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    Hello Daniel,
    It's nice to see that the producers are interesteed to talk to their "customers".
    I have a situation now and I would like to hear your oppinion.
    right now I'm trying to swich raquets and I stop for 2 models: one is the Babolat Aeropro Drive (2013) and the other one is Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro.
    As I am an agressive player what do you recomend me?
    I'm looking for power and control.
    thanks in advance for your reply.
    regards
     
  15. gordonshumway

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    As a Babolat rep, Daniel will certainly recommend the Head racket for you.
    The answer is as usual, demo them yourself (hit both rackets back to back) and decide which one fits your game better.
    I tried both sticks, and the Aeropro has certainly more spin potential which you may or may not like.
     
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    more informations

    Dear Gordon,
    thank you for your reply, I must clear something with you all.
    Unfortunately I don't have the possibility to make a demo in Romania.
    all the raquets I've Tried I've bought them so you can imagine that there's a big amount on money involved.
    I asked you guys for an honest oppinion because maybe you had the chance to demo both of them.
    thank you once again.
     
  17. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Honestly, either racket will work if you have good technique. Get the one that weighs the highest weight you can comfortably handle.
     
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    hi razvan, i've played with aero pro drive gt ( the old generation ) for more than a year and i have played 30 min with Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro.

    the head offers more control due to the 18x20 string pattern and because of the balance ( 310 mm ) is more for manoeuvrable whippy . but if you have 2 hand backhand and a baseline type if play babolat will be more suited .
     
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    also Head Graphene Speed Pro have some know quality issues with the new Speed Pro grommets.
     
  20. Lukhas

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    Well, I just received one of these for demo. We'll see then, hope it will be pleasant! :)
     
  21. Razvan

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    Thanks

    Thank you for your oppinion. The weight is not a problem since I'm quite a massive player 1,85 and 92 kilos.
     
  22. Razvan

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    Hy Mircea

    Hy Mircea and thanks for the answers.
    I tried (from a friend) the previous version and it was good. But I noticed a higher vibration in this raquet.
     
  23. maxrenn

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    Hi Babolat Official - I was wondering are Babolat ever likely to re-release the original APD as say a classic version as there is a lot of love for that particular stick?

    Thanks,

    Max
     
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    I second this.
     
  25. Nostradamus

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    YES, especially since RAFA is still playing with it. LOL but let's keep it under raps,,ok.... Shjhhhhhh
     
  26. Babolat Official

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    Thanks for the note. I haven't hit with the Speed Pro but it is pretty popular on the forum, so I'm guessing it is a great racquet.

    The Aeropro has plenty of power. If you have a pretty aggressive game (power, spin, etc.), I would recommend using a poly. I personally like RPM Blast 17 strung around 50 lbs.

    Do you have the ability to demo? That is ultimately the best case scenario. You can tweak the racquets and decide which one is best for your game.
     
  27. Babolat Official

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    Just saw this. Since you can't demo, maybe post something in the general racquet forum? I have not hit with the Head frame. And I work for Babolat. So you can guess where my allegiances lie.

    I did have a drink with Nastase the other day, he is now playing with Babolat. And is a really cool guy.
     
  28. Babolat Official

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    not at this time, but you feedback has been noted
     
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    Thanks for your feedback, I've noticed some players continuing with the double line...this could be right up your alley.
     
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    Thanks for the reply it is appreciated. It is a shame though but from a business perspective I can understand the decision.
     
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    I really wish a 98 sq. in. was available in an 18x20.

    I love the feel of the Pure Storm LTD but it is a bit under powered and demanding. I also like the Pure Storm GT but get too much height on my shots. I have been using the Blade 98 18x20 but wish there was a Babolat equivalent.
     
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    Daniel, if you've read Jimmy Connors book I'll bet you had more than one drink, and plenty of places to go afterwards!!!! Sound like fun!!!!
     
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    Anyone notice the Pure Drive Rodick 2012 price drop to $169? Is it the death of the PD Roddick? Am I committing hyperbole for the fun of it?
     
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    In the real world, a price drop used to mean too much product and not enough demand.

    Whatever people think around here, the PD must vastly outsell the PDR.
     
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    I would think that the PDR series isn't selling as well as it once did now that Roddick is retired and his lack of success prior to that. I think that there is still a market for a heavier Pure Drive like racquet. Not as large as the Regular Pure Drive market, but still existent and profitable. I would like to see Babolat re-brand it as the "Pure Drive Tour" or the "Pure Drive Limited." After this they can have other players endorse it.
     
  36. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    Dear Babolat Official,

    I noticed there is a 'new' (don't know how new it is, forgive me my ignorance) Babolat Pro Hurricane string and an old one from 2010. I'm considering to buy this string, can you please tell me the difference between the old and the new one? This question also applies to the Pro Hurricane Tour.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  37. Babolat Official

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    We've listened. And we've got something new coming out in 2014. I've play tested recently and although not maybe my racquet of choice (love my APD), I think it will be well received. We'll be releasing details and asking people to playtest at the end of the year.
     
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    In between sets during Rafa/Djokovic. But next time, we party.
     
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    the only update we've done to PH and PHT in the last couple years is: the packaging with the new logo and wider colour rangers in some of the markets. From a performance standpoint, the string is the same.
     
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    I've added the book to the reading list. Where does it stack up against other tennis reads? GIlbert, Agassi, PMac, etc.
     
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    We're in the process of figuring this all out.
     
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    Definitely pick it up for a quick read. It is interesting as it provides a lot of insight into tennis in the mid 70's into the 80's. If one takes Jimmy at his word, I think there was a lot of misunderstanding about him, his mom, etc....It sure was a different time on the tour those days. What a competitor!!!
     
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    Dear Babolat

    Pro hurr tour is true greatness. but can you make it little bit more powerful ? thank you
     
  44. Lukhas

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    ^Try the hybrid set with XCel. 8)
     
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    I am hybrid already with X-1 biphse. isn't xCel less powerful ?
     
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    Thanks, very good to know...
     
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    Hard to be more powerful than X1-Biphase. But Xcel is a very powerful string. Softens the stringbed too, your arm will thank you. Tried it, played nice, cut when it was too powerful.
     
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    Best way to add power is to hybrid. Personally, I prefer VS Gut. If that is too expensive, you can try Xcel Power or one of our other multis.
     
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    I've used X-1 and would have to say it is more powerful than Xcel but not more so than VS Gut.
     
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    Thank's

    Thank's Daniel, for your honnest oppinion and quick reply.
    As for the drink...be careful Mr. Nastase is highly trained:twisted:
     
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