Rafa’s NEW racquet paintjob

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
I think RAFA does demo these new rackets when they come out. he hit for few hours during practice but never actually switches to them. I think he is obligated to Babolat to at least try it in practice since they are paying him so much money
Photo op at Academy; kills two birds with one stone.
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
Rafa is using the original AeroPro Drive from 2005. Babolat is just as bad as all the other companies. What you are saying was true 13 years ago but not anymore. Very few of the Babolat Pros are really using what they are painted as. Most Pure Drive players are using Pure Drive’s with active cortex and woofer grommets. Most Pure Aero players really using AeroPro Drive’s with active cortex and the old woofer grommets from the last generation.
How about the recent converts like Wozniacki?
 

haqq777

Legend
I thought Rafa would be using his new PJ but he still has La Decima PJ right now. Typing this as I see him play Paire. Is he supposed to debut new PJ at USO?
 

Kid Carlos

Semi-Pro
So, you're seriously not aware that Nads is still using a paint jobbed APO from early last decade? Ahh, C'mon!! :rolleyes: How are you re 'flat earth' theory? ;)
No one ever said that Nadal was not using an earlier version of the Pure Aero. All that was said was that this is the new racket that he's endorsing and the review of it. Babolat has made a new Pure Aero and that's a fact. You're getting excited here and talking about irrelevant stuff trying to get attention. All good, amigo.
 

Kid Carlos

Semi-Pro
Rafa is using the original AeroPro Drive from 2005. Babolat is just as bad as all the other companies. What you are saying was true 13 years ago but not anymore. Very few of the Babolat Pros are really using what they are painted as. Most Pure Drive players are using Pure Drive’s with active cortex and woofer grommets. Most Pure Aero players really using AeroPro Drive’s with active cortex and the old woofer grommets from the last generation.

Aware of that. All that was said was that Nadal is not into heavy mods. He's pretty simple when it comes to his racket.
 

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.
He's not using what you can buy. You can spin that anyway you want.
My spin on it!:

"Rafa probably needs to save some more money to buy the Pure Aero 2019 racquets. In the meantime; he has to settle for playing with the La Decima racquets."o_O
 

jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
How so? The writer is a Babolat Ambassador and received this racket before anyone. Nadal will max use this racket by the USO or maybe even before. Nadal is a player with the least mods on his racket from any top player. He doesn't even have a personal stringer like all the other top players. He will be using this frame.
Babolat is one of the few companies that doesn't have to do heavy mods on their frames and players are using pretty much what you see. The new Pure Aero plays a lot like the Pure Drive. That's what Nadal wanted as well. Have zero time for trolling you or anyone else, amigo.
You clearly stated that i) "Nadal will max use this [meaning the new Pure Aero that you just referenced in the previous sentence] racquet by the USO...'; ii) "He will be using this frame." You queried my reference to the 'smoke and mirrors' aspect of Nadal hitting with the new model for a photo shoot when he has no intention of changing to said model, and will instead continue to use his decade(s) old APO that is substantially - unless you think ~15g of lead on the tip and ~5g in the handle isn't enough to constitute substantially - customised, and no longer available retail in any form. You also suggest that the new racquet was altered at his request when you stated "that's what Nadal wanted as well" implying that the changes would be of benefit to him personally; this is unlikely given that as you are now aware, Nadal will not be playing with this model. BTW, how'd you enjoy the tungsten in the GT models?
 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
You clearly stated that i) "Nadal will max use this [meaning the new Pure Aero that you just referenced in the previous sentence] racquet by the USO...'; ii) "He will be using this frame." You queried my reference to the 'smoke and mirrors' aspect of Nadal hitting with the new model for a photo shoot when he has no intention of changing to said model, and will instead continue to use his decade(s) old APO that is substantially - unless you think ~15g of lead on the tip and ~5g in the handle isn't enough to constitute substantially - customised, and no longer available retail in any form. You also suggest that the new racquet was altered at his request when you stated "that's what Nadal wanted as well" implying that the changes would be of benefit to him personally; this is unlikely given that as you are now aware, Nadal will not be playing with this model. BTW, how'd you enjoy the tungsten in the GT models?
Love it, love it, love it!

Especially the end referencing tungsten. :)
 

hurworld

Hall of Fame
Nope. She is using the AeroPro Drive with active Cortex and the old woofer grommets.
Ahh, thanks. Genuinely curious. How do you know this? Through observation of frame?

Also, in the recent Wimbledon I saw a couple of young players wielding PA - e.g. Katie Swan and the Junior Boy champion Chun Hsin Tseng. I suppose they were wielding pro stock with PJ too?
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Ahh, thanks. Genuinely curious. How do you know this? Through observation of frame?

Also, in the recent Wimbledon I saw a couple of young players wielding PA - e.g. Katie Swan and the Junior Boy champion Chun Hsin Tseng. I suppose they were wielding pro stock with PJ too?
Yes, through observation of the frame. There are physical differences between the Pure Aero and the AeroPro Drive.
Katie swan is using the Pure Aero.
Chun Hsin Tseng is using the AeroPro Drive. You will notice the black Active Cortex above the grip and the original Woofer grommet design in the throat bridge, the different designed bumper guard with visible Woofer Grommets.



Racquet companies have taken a page out of the mobile phone industry. Supposed upgrades every 2 years, 3 with Babolat. In reality there are no real upgrades. They just make it different than the previous marketing BS.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Yes, through observation of the frame. There are physical differences between the Pure Aero and the AeroPro Drive.
Katie swan is using the Pure Aero.
Chun Hsin Tseng is using the AeroPro Drive. You will notice the black Active Cortex above the grip and the original Woofer grommet design in the throat bridge, the different designed bumper guard with visible Woofer Grommets.



Racquet companies have taken a page out of the mobile phone industry. Supposed upgrades every 2 years, 3 with Babolat. In reality there are no real upgrades. They just make it different than the previous marketing BS.
these are old Aero, not new ones
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Fedace, hurworld asked me what Chun Hsin Tseng is playing with. I told him the AeroPro Drive and what made it the AerPro Drive. Try to work on your reading comprehension please.
Nadalgirl, Aeropro drives are no longer being made, even in china. so how can he get a hold of them? not make sense,, ?????????????????:rolleyes:
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Nadalgirl, Aeropro drives are no longer being made, even in china. so how can he get a hold of them? not make sense,, ?????????????????:rolleyes:
Fedace, Babolat makes the AeroPro Drive for the pros on tour and paint them to look like the Pure Aero. Look at the photos
 
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Kid Carlos

Semi-Pro
You clearly stated that i) "Nadal will max use this [meaning the new Pure Aero that you just referenced in the previous sentence] racquet by the USO...'; ii) "He will be using this frame." You queried my reference to the 'smoke and mirrors' aspect of Nadal hitting with the new model for a photo shoot when he has no intention of changing to said model, and will instead continue to use his decade(s) old APO that is substantially - unless you think ~15g of lead on the tip and ~5g in the handle isn't enough to constitute substantially - customised, and no longer available retail in any form. You also suggest that the new racquet was altered at his request when you stated "that's what Nadal wanted as well" implying that the changes would be of benefit to him personally; this is unlikely given that as you are now aware, Nadal will not be playing with this model. BTW, how'd you enjoy the tungsten in the GT models?

I've used all the generations of the Pure Aero from start to even the unreleased 2019 model. Again, I'm not saying that it isn't a paint job. Simply saying that Babolat is claiming that this is Nadal's new frame and the review supported and reviewed that. This latest version is a great racket - much like all the previous Aeros - nothing more or less to say. Thanks again for the chat.
 
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