How does the original black Aero Pro Drive compare to all the later APDs ?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by MAXXply, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. MAXXply

    MAXXply Hall of Fame

    May 29, 2008
    Question for Babolat loyalists and anyone else who has played the original black/dark grey APD: how does/did this original version compare to the later versions, especially in terms of stiffness and swingweight? Are the later versions a definite improvement over the original or is it a case of "the original and best"?
  2. Hi I'm Ray

    Hi I'm Ray Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2010
    Swings a bit lighter and plays a little flexier with more of that raw, good plain graphite feel that I remember from 90's rackets. Still a bit hollow but probably the most feel and feedback of the APD's. The 2013 I've only used the + length, but it is the smoothest and most solid feeling of the APD's.

    BTW my current stick is the older APDGT.
  3. El Zed

    El Zed Banned

    Jul 30, 2012
    Ray did a good job explaining the basic differences between the original APD and the past two models. To me, I found the original to play very closely to one of my 2012 French Opens (which played differently to my 2011 FO and definitely differently to the 2013 APD) - namely, in terms of appearing to be slightly softer.

    From an aesthetic perspective, the original looks very cool (my favorite is the 2011 FO, though). That being said, the 2013 APD improves upon it quite a bit, to the point that I wouldn't consider any of the prior versions unless DEEPLY discounted. Although I previously thought a modified APDgt was preferable, the new APD is a special frame and has appeared to have corrected some of the APDs previous drawbacks (namely, feel). So if you can get past the Nadal factor (which, I thought there was some scuttlebutt that he might be now on board w/ the 2013 version and not just employing a PJ), the latest version is indeed the best one to date.

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