TennisMD - here's my AeroPro Drive update

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by SC in MA, May 24, 2005.

  1. SC in MA

    SC in MA Semi-Pro

    Apr 6, 2004
    In another thread, you asked:
    The experiment of adding lead to help the APD to absorb more ball impact did not go well, mainly because I didn't like the way the racket played in the couple of leaded-up configurations I tried. It either played too heavy or I didn't like the balance, or both. :-(

    So I went back to a minimal configuration with about a 2 inch length of lead at 3 and 9. I also strung it with NRG2 17g at 56lbs. The good news is that the APD played well in this lead setup - very similar to how it plays stock. :) I played with it twice outdoors on clay with this setup against hard hitters. Though I hit a ton of balls, I didn't really have any elbow twinges either during or after playing. I wonder if its because things slow down a bit on clay. The ball is a bit slower and there's more time to properly prepare. Or maybe it was the string setup? Not sure of the reason, but I was glad there didn't seem to be any elbow problems even though I hit a ton of balls, and played for about 2+ hours in one of the sessions.

    I still think the APD plays a bit light, which is a plus and a minus. The minus is that groundstrokes just don't have a heavy, plowthru effect, which I think is a big plus with the n61 95. The plus side of the APD is it's easy to generate spin. And I really like its manuverability, which is very nice in many ways, but especially in dealing with clay court bad bounces. Another big plus is the APD didn't feel like a club when serving after 2 hours of play.

    So, my current plan is to continue with the APD unless I run into any sort of elbow/arm problem, or if I find I don't play as well with it as with the proven n61. I'll likely try an all-gut or gut/syn.gut hybrid string job in the APD in the near future.

    How about yourself? Have you stopped playing with the APD? Any update on your current racket situation?
  2. TennisMD

    TennisMD Professional

    Mar 24, 2004
    SC in MA:

    Unfortunately the forearm tenderness has flaired a bit.
    ..Played with the unweighted version last Pm played well but some discomfort ensued. I am puzzeled however for I demoed this rkt for wks and no problems. I think the weighted version 12.2 oz 6 inches of lead at 10 and 2 and the rest in the handle may be the best. Troublesome as I play well with the APD. May go back to my arm saver for awhile the Volkl C 10 MP.

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