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  1. palmerop

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    Wow, the throat seems very large.
     
  2. swfh

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    Daniel, anything special planned for the qualies at the open?
     
  3. Nostradamus

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    Looks just like Federer racket. is he switching contracts and nobody knows yet
     
  4. SFrazeur

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    No. That's silly. Most blacked-out midplus racquets look rather similar.
     
  5. Bdarb

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    ^ I hope that's not a cortex just out of the picture. I'd love to try their new line but have always disliked the feel of the cortex. Hopefully that and the pure storm stay pure :)
     
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    probably stupid question, do 16x19 usually have 8 hole grommet sets on the bottom?? thought that would be an 18x20 but its a much more open pattern, 16x19 usually is 6 right?
     
  7. Babolat Official

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    1. In between
    2. You'll see them early 2014
    3. For the new line, yes.
     
  8. Babolat Official

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    We have not released any pics. It's all you tennis junkies.

    You guys are smart. You'll see the full cosmetic soon. It's not very subtle.
     
  9. Babolat Official

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    I confirm this is one of the prototype test rackets from the new line.
     
  10. Babolat Official

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    I have tested a couple of the models. I did not get to string to my preference (probably will go for 17 or 18 g RPM at 48-50 range).

    I played with the Prestige Pro for a while...I've been instructed not to make direct comparisons yet (sorry).

    I have reserved a batch of the new frames just for the TT community. We'll be asking for reviewers later in the year.

    I will likely be switching to this new frame.
     
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    No, this was taken by me at Wimbledon.

    There was no cortex on this rqt.

    It was a 16x19, and I think the spacing seems better than current Storms. I've also seen this frame in an 18x20. Both had 8 holes in the throat.

    Regards

    Paul
     
  12. Babolat Official

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    Merci. Even though I get into it with some of you (healthy spirited debate never hurt anyone, right?), this is one of the more interesting and entertaining parts of the job. Appreciate you all putting up with me.
     
  13. Babolat Official

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    We actually haven't released any info yet besides the fact there will be a new line. There are simply too many resourceful tennis fans out there...getting at info before we're ready.

    You'll see some product teasing in the coming months on our social media channels. Thanks for the patience.
     
  14. Nostradamus

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    We need more maneuverability, more power and more control in that order.
     
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    My apologies.

    Email me and I'll forward it to the after sales. This is their world. Not familiar with the particular shop enough to know their specific situation.
     
  16. Babolat Official

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    Sadly, no. Not being a sponsor of the Open makes on site activation impossible (my buddies at Wilson make sure of that).

    We're doing something kind of cool the end of this week (or at least I think it's cool) with our facebook & twitter pages and some of the top players.
     
  17. Babolat Official

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    I can neither confirm nor deny.

    But mostly deny.
     
  18. Babolat Official

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    I'll let you in on a little secret:

    We're a quirky French company. We're all a little crazy. And we love tennis.
     
  19. v-verb

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    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!:twisted:
     
  20. Babolat Official

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    Fear not. You spoke (many of you, quite passionately). We listened. We want products that meet all player needs. Infer away. You didn't hear it from me.
     
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    Not a stupid question at all. I believe you are correct.

    Some players prefer a tighter string pattern, some a looser. We aimed to address both in the new line.
     
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    Yes, almost yes, yes.

    For every advantage, there is a drawback. We try to find a balance of all with one or two advantages accentuated in each frame: power (PD), spin (APD), control (PS), a wonderful mix (new hybrid frame line).
     
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    what will the cosmetics be for the pure storm next year?
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    will any of these new racquets be used at the us open? (the storm or stryke)
     
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    That Sounds HOT. I can't wait for this new line. I am dying of anticipation.:)
     
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    Nice! Congrats on the job you're doing here Babolat Off.. Also involved with sports and marketing at a high level, and appreciate your info. Hope you can help me here. Any open string pattern coming up (it seems like that's the way the industry is going) ??? I'm down to my last Donnay Pro One International (TW edition) and REALLY wouldn't like to go back too the POG Mid. But that seems like my only only option to the near future... I tried the PS Ltd Ed., but the pattern was to dense to my liking. Thanks!!!!!!
     
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    Daniel,
    how is the flex in the new hybrid line going to be?
    High stiffness like PD or lower?
     
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    "a wonderful mix [of power, spin and control] (new hybrid frame line)"

    of course he got us all salivating with this promise! I am curious whether the new line will include a not-so-advanced frame for a 3.5 level player....
     
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    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for being part of the Forum. Any idea when you guys are going to release the Babolat Play racquet that connects to the computer or mobile device? Thanks.
     
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    Hi Daniel, I currently am using a babolat pure drive gt strung with prince synthetic gut duraflex at 58lbs. I am entering a tournament (my first!) and would like an identical racket for a spare in case of damage... I notice the puredrive I own (purchased 2011) is no longer available (at least in the UK) would the current pure drive model be a close enough spare strung to the same parameters? Thanks!
     
  30. Babolat Official

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    We'll have some more open string patterns in the mix, but not to the extreme of some of the other brands.
     
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    Coming soon. New line may be used by some players at Open. We have sent frames out but some players are still deciding. You'll know when you see it.
     
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    Should be lower than the PD. I have not seen the final spec exact numbers but it feels much more flexible.
     
  33. Babolat Official

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    Seriously, who is leaking information?

    There will be a skew that should play to this demographic. One of the managers who currently plays 3.5/4.0 and bounced between Pure Storm and 2010 APD found one he very much liked. Can't make any guarantees but we're trying to meet everyone's needs!
     
  34. Babolat Official

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    We just wrapped the photo shoot and video shoot two weeks ago. Look for me in it. Product comes to US market end of 2013.

    We'll have a special testing program for you guys to apply to be a part of that will be announced in the next month (or so) if everything stays on time.
     
  35. Babolat Official

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    Good luck!

    The PD got updated in 2012. The specs are the same but it now has active cortex. It plays a little stiffer. Some people like it, some don't, some don't notice, some do.

    If you can't find an old PD as a backup (maybe TW has some?), maybe give the new one a demo before you commit to purchasing.
     
  36. SFrazeur

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    Babolat Official,

    Excuse my ignorance, but what is with the lavender color theme on the official website?
     
  37. palmerop

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    Is Babolat selling Pure Drives to Solinco? Isn't this new Solinco Protocol incredibly similar to the Pure Drive? I haven't seen one in person bu by the photos on TW it seems very similar to Babolat's PD.
     
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    Thats good, the string wont get worn down as fast as the 99s. Can't wait!

    I just looked at it and it does look identical! But when i closely look at the throat of the Protocol it looks slightly bigger than the PD maybe because of the matte paint job? i dont know but it does look similar.
     
  39. Babolat Official

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    No. We only sell through authorized retailers.
     
  40. Babolat Official

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    Not indicative of anything. A nice pastel for end of summer?
     
  41. palmerop

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    Just a rhetorical question... I just wanted to express my surprise with regards to the striking similarity between the new Solinco Protocol and the PD and I wanted to see whether you had any comments on this topic. I certainly wouldn't expect Babolat to sell a competitor the molds for their best selling racquets...
     
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    This has probably already been asked, but what do Babola plan to do to replace the Aero Storm? And when can we expect new models? Thank you!
     
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    Around the AO 2014.
     
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    The last 2-3 pages have a pretty extensive amount of information including some pictures of new test racquets. Seems to be more than they're releasing to the general public but there are some crafty Tt members.
     
  45. palmerop

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    Here is my recap:
    - 4 different frames. This is a fact.
    - Maybe two different oval sizes? Probably nothing that has not been seen before (no 102 sq in). This is something I don't remember reading but maybe 98 and 100? Not really sure.
    - Different string patterns (probably 2), one is 16 by 19 as seen in the prototype photo and one is a closer 18 by 20.
    - Different weights, my guess is three as we were told of a "range" of weights. Something like 290, 300 something and 320 grams?
    - Lower flex than PD but higher than Pure Control.
    - Name is not "Pure Stryke". That is a fact too.
    Feel free to add any info if I got something wrong.

    My ultimate guess is:
    1. 100 sq in oval size, 290 gr strung weight, 16 by 19 string pattern.
    2. 100 sq in, 305 gr, 16 by 19.
    3. 98 sq in (or just 100), 320 gr, 16 by 19.
    4. 98 sq in (or just 100), 320 gr, 18 by 20.

    Just a speculation but it's something fun to think about during lunch break.
     
  46. palmerop

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    and 8 strings on the bridge, no matter what. that makes for safer stringing btw if you string your frames yourself.
     
  47. SFrazeur

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    In the "New Solincos!!!" thread there is a poster there who says the Protocals are from the same mold as the Donnay Formula 100.
     
  48. palmerop

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    Interesting thanks...
     
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    Checking those posts now, wow it looks so similar to the Pure Drive...
     
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