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rafabull

Semi-Pro
I've been looking to switch to a racket similar to my APDGT but with a more solid feel that can help me with my backhand and serve.
So far I've demoed:
Pure Storm GT
Pure Storm Team
Pure Drive
BLX Blade 98
Aero Storm GT
Prince EXO3 Rebel 95
IG Speed 16x19
BLX Six One Team
BLX Six One 95
BLX Tidal Wave

I just ordered:
Prince EXO3 Black
YouTek Radical MP
Yonex Vcore 98D
Dunlop Biomimetic 300

If anyone has been in a similar situation please share what kind of racket you ended up with and why. If anyone wants me to tell them what I thought about any of these demo's I'd be happy to.
 
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UWBTennis

Rookie
I've been looking to switch to a racket similar to my APDGT but with a more solid feel that can help me with my backhand and serve.
So far I've demoed:
Pure Storm GT
Pure Storm Team
Pure Srive
BLX Blade 98
Aero Storm GT
Prince EXO3 Rebel 95
IG Speed 16x19
BLX Six One Team
BLX Six One 95
BLX Tidal Wave

I just ordered:
Prince EXO3 Black
YouTek Radical MP
Yonex Vcore 98D
Dunlop Biomimetic 300

If anyone has been in a similar situation please share what kind of racket you ended up with and why. If anyone wants me to tell them what I thought about any of these demo's I'd be happy to.

Head Youtek Extreme Pro is a very good suggestion. The Pure Drive will give you a similar level of power but I like the feel of the Aeropro drive more. I think the best option that is close to your racquet is the babolat aerostorm tour, it's about the same head size and stiffness, but got more weight in the head, giving it a more solid feel. Also, if you don't waste money on a new racquet, adding a little lead tape at 3 and 9 will help with the solid feeling and a little in the handle will keep the swingweight the same. Also if you could document your experiences with each racquet it would be helpful to me and the other TT people.
 

un6a

Semi-Pro
Exo3 Black might be good alternative

I have Speedport Black and it plays very close to APD GT. Basicly same power and spin, but it feels a little bit more solid. So i'm interesting how exo3 black will work for you. It plays better with hole inserts installed at locations 3&9 otherwise feel is vague.
 

rafabull

Semi-Pro
I have Speedport Black and it plays very close to APD GT. Basicly same power and spin, but it feels a little bit more solid. So i'm interesting how exo3 black will work for you. It plays better with hole inserts installed at locations 3&9 otherwise feel is vague.

Yea I'm demoing that one soon
 

Teski

Rookie
Since you're looking at the Bio 300, have you taken a look at the new 400's? The 400 and the 400 Tour would compare nicely to some of the rackets you have been or will be testing.
 

rafabull

Semi-Pro
Head Youtek Extreme Pro is a very good suggestion. The Pure Drive will give you a similar level of power but I like the feel of the Aeropro drive more. I think the best option that is close to your racquet is the babolat aerostorm tour, it's about the same head size and stiffness, but got more weight in the head, giving it a more solid feel. Also, if you don't waste money on a new racquet, adding a little lead tape at 3 and 9 will help with the solid feeling and a little in the handle will keep the swingweight the same. Also if you could document your experiences with each racquet it would be helpful to me and the other TT people.

Sure, my most recent demo's are the Aerostorm, BLX Blade 98 and the Pure Storm Team.

Blade 98: A great racket for my backhand and volleys but I found that I had to create a lot of my own spin on the forehand side. On serve it was great wit flat serves but difficult to produce top spin second serves. Overall a good racket but I need one that will let me dominate with my forehand.

Aero Storm: Close to the APDT but a bit more stiff. Smaller sweet spot a little less feel. Good for spin shots and great on serve but it lacked the "plow through" that I want on some of the flat shots. Lacked a bit of finesse on drop shots ect. I can see why other people would love this racket but it doesn't really suit my game.

Pure Storm Team: After demoing the Pure Storm GT I wanted a similar racket with a bigger head size to allow a bit more forgiveness on my backhand. Also I wanted it to be lighter to have more room to customize the weight. This racket was good for both flat and top spin serves. Good consistency and good control. On groundstrokes the racket was a bit too low powered for me though. Usually I like this a bit because I can produce my own power but it was so dampened that I couldn't control the depth on my ground strokes or my volleys. It would be better with some lead tape in at 3 and 9 maybe but even then the racket wouldn't have the plow through that I would want in a 98 sq. inch frame.

Those are my most recent demo's.
The Head YouTek Radical MP, Prince EXO3 Black, Yonex Vcore 98D and the Dunlop Biomimetic 300 are all supposed to be here by tomorrow. I should be hitting with those on Thursday. If anybody else wnats to know about my experiences with any other rackets just ask. :)
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I loved the APDGt and needed a softer stick that was even better on backhands.

I'd suggest the Prince EXO tour 16x18, simply because I switched to it right from the Bab and loved it. It does not have the same power level, but is far more stable and comfortable. Also, it is the best stick for 2hbh of any racquet I have used. Tons of spin and comfort, and the power will come once you get used to the stick. It has a very solid feel as well, which is why I thought you may like it.

I have added 2 grams of lead to 3 and 9 for stability, but besides that it is stock.
 

rafabull

Semi-Pro
I loved the APDGt and needed a softer stick that was even better on backhands.

I'd suggest the Prince EXO tour 16x18, simply because I switched to it right from the Bab and loved it. It does not have the same power level, but is far more stable and comfortable. Also, it is the best stick for 2hbh of any racquet I have used. Tons of spin and comfort, and the power will come once you get used to the stick. It has a very solid feel as well, which is why I thought you may like it.

I have added 2 grams of lead to 3 and 9 for stability, but besides that it is stock.

Yea I was thinking about demoing that one as well
 

Macedo

Semi-Pro
Sure, my most recent demo's are the Aerostorm, BLX Blade 98 and the Pure Storm Team.

Blade 98: A great racket for my backhand and volleys but I found that I had to create a lot of my own spin on the forehand side. On serve it was great wit flat serves but difficult to produce top spin second serves. Overall a good racket but I need one that will let me dominate with my forehand.

Aero Storm: Close to the APDT but a bit more stiff. Smaller sweet spot a little less feel. Good for spin shots and great on serve but it lacked the "plow through" that I want on some of the flat shots. Lacked a bit of finesse on drop shots ect. I can see why other people would love this racket but it doesn't really suit my game.

Pure Storm Team: After demoing the Pure Storm GT I wanted a similar racket with a bigger head size to allow a bit more forgiveness on my backhand. Also I wanted it to be lighter to have more room to customize the weight. This racket was good for both flat and top spin serves. Good consistency and good control. On groundstrokes the racket was a bit too low powered for me though. Usually I like this a bit because I can produce my own power but it was so dampened that I couldn't control the depth on my ground strokes or my volleys. It would be better with some lead tape in at 3 and 9 maybe but even then the racket wouldn't have the plow through that I would want in a 98 sq. inch frame.

Those are my most recent demo's.
The Head YouTek Radical MP, Prince EXO3 Black, Yonex Vcore 98D and the Dunlop Biomimetic 300 are all supposed to be here by tomorrow. I should be hitting with those on Thursday. If anybody else wnats to know about my experiences with any other rackets just ask. :)

When you refered the Pure Storm, is it the GT version? Last week I tried the Pure Storm Team, and I was impressed. Unfortunately, my coach didn't order a Pure Storm. So, I ordered two Pure Storm and they arrived today.
Did you noticed many differences between them?
 

rafabull

Semi-Pro
When you refered the Pure Storm, is it the GT version? Last week I tried the Pure Storm Team, and I was impressed. Unfortunately, my coach didn't order a Pure Storm. So, I ordered two Pure Storm and they arrived today.
Did you noticed many differences between them?

The Pure Storm Team had a lot more forgiveness but it didn't have as much control and plow through as the Pure Storm. The Pure Storm was great on serve. Had a lot of consistency for flat and slice serves while it was hard to produce spin and power with the Team. Overall the Pure Storm Team is probably meant for a lower level player.
 

rafabull

Semi-Pro
Just finished hitting with the Bio 300 and loved it. Amazing kick serves. Great for spin and flat groundies. Forehands remind of the Pure Storm and backhands remind of Blade 98. Perfect blend of power and control for me. It's a bit heavy but easier to maneuver that I would have thought. Everything that I didn't get in most other rackets, this racket provided. Only complaint is that it is a bit head light for me and it was hard to create good depth on groundstrokes, but nothing a little lead tape can't fix.
 
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