Lucas Pouille to Babolat

mb3182

Rookie
He moved to Babolat in January (and to Le Coq Sportif too instead of Adidas). Indian Wells was supposed to be the first tournament with his new sponsors but Rona decided otherwise.
Btw he was out for a while due to an elbow injury. Not sure playing with the Pure Drive is a smart move...
 

lefty10spro

Semi-Pro
So Pouille is gonna be a big star and sell a bunch of rackets? :-D He was very inconsistent (on his bad days) with the 18x20 Prince T100P. This is a sweet but low-powered frame. The Babo switch could be a disaster like it was for David Ferrer. Unforced errors thru the roof and a blown elbow are the risks even for the pros.
 
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Deleted member 768841

Guest
Anyone know which version of the pure drive he is using underneath the 2018 paint?
The mold looks to be the 2018, the beam and grommets are very similar to the 2018 from a close look.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
It's a nice racket, but given his racket history he would never play with it. Given that, I think in general its a misleading that players endorse frames which don't even come close to what they are playing themselves.
i think it's really about the money. whoever pays the most. "Show me the Money"
 

blablavla

G.O.A.T.
I may hope a professional tennis player grabs a racket that he likes over 20% extra contract money, but yeah, I think indeed that history has proven that that is not always the case.
and there were cases of players using a frame that they like painted as something completely different, from a different manufacturer.
 

David Le

Hall of Fame
It's a nice racket, but given his racket history he would never play with it. Given that, I think in general its a misleading that players endorse frames which don't even come close to what they are playing themselves.
How come? Wasn’t most of his Prince racquets back then are 18x20? I would think the VC97HD would do him wonders cause of the thin beam, flex, and control.
 

haqq777

Legend
How come? Wasn’t most of his Prince racquets back then are 18x20? I would think the VC97HD would do him wonders cause of the thin beam, flex, and control.
Head size and beam width are considerably bigger factors here. The VC97HD is a much thinner beam and smaller head size. The 18x20 Pouille played with was a pretty open pattern 100 sq in 18x20 with 6 mains in throat anyway and practically had the same string spacing as usual 16x19 patterns.
 

David Le

Hall of Fame
I was talking more about his Prince Tour 95 before he made the switch to the Textreme Tour 100P. Obviously he switched over to a bigger head size to get more depth and power, but imo he played better with the T95.
 

haqq777

Legend
I was talking more about his Prince Tour 95 before he made the switch to the Textreme Tour 100P. Obviously he switched over to a bigger head size to get more depth and power, but imo he played better with the T95.
I agree. Honestly, I never understood his switch from his Rebel/Tour 95 to TT100P. Was a pretty drastic move in my opinion, especially when I feel like it wasn't really needed. He obviously knew something we all don't, I guess.
 

Frans Bleker

Professional
I was talking more about his Prince Tour 95 before he made the switch to the Textreme Tour 100P. Obviously he switched over to a bigger head size to get more depth and power, but imo he played better with the T95.
Yeah, indeed, that makes sense, but yeah, I think he wanted more pop considering he switched to a Pure Drive. But in general I know that there is a trend among pro players that they think bigger is better nowdays. I heard this from some Pro Players that they are all considering going bigger. In that sense I think tennis is going the same direction as Table Tennis is in right now, max power and use spin to control that power in order to get maximum energy into a ball.
 

Lavs

Hall of Fame
Yeah, indeed, that makes sense, but yeah, I think he wanted more pop considering he switched to a Pure Drive. But in general I know that there is a trend among pro players that they think bigger is better nowdays. I heard this from some Pro Players that they are all considering going bigger. In that sense I think tennis is going the same direction as Table Tennis is in right now, max power and use spin to control that power in order to get maximum energy into a ball.
Nowadays majority of Pros play with 100 sq rackets which have >=23mm beam. That's how they think they would get desired Pop and Depth on their shots. Keeping in mind that they can control the ball pretty well. I think Lukas went good direction with Babolat because staying with Price with his style of play he would never jump into Top10.
Moreover, majority of retired Pro switched to bigger frames, most of them to Babs (Chang, Kafelnikov, Agassi and Muster also played APD for some time).
 
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