I don't like it with Cortex. Agree with the topic - the original is the best one.Yes, the one with the "Active Cortex". Nice racquet, but too low of a swingweight in stock form. That is one stick which just begs for customisation. Lead tape and silicone in the handle, and you're good to go.
Cortex does reduce the vibration, I personally like that cause it is easier on the arm. This is a very stiff racket afterall. But some people like that crisp clean feel without the cortex. you really feel that POP with the original aeropro.I don't like it with Cortex. Agree with the topic - the original is the best one.
2 for $50? That's a ridiculously good deal. Even if you decide to not play with them anymore and eventually sell them off, I'd expect them to fetch atleast a $100 per frame if they are in even moderately good condition.I just hit with the APDO for the first time and it is amazing. Solid, stable, easy yet controllable depth, great spin. What an amazing stick.
Interestingly, mine measured SW 321, rather than the over 330 stated in OP. I strung it with 1.24mm poly.
In my mind it is the best Aero ever made (ok I haven't tried the 2nd version), and one of my favourite racquets ever. Lucky I got 2 for $50. Hopefully the honeymoon period lasts forever.
Long live the APDO
To add to this, been playing with the Pure Aero 2019 for some time now alongside my trusty APD Original, and I gotta say, it's the closest you'll get to the feel of the Original. Think of it as a slightly more powerful, easier to use APDO.Just bought the Tour version of the 2019. First Aero I've ever used and I can't wait.
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Ever heard of:No it doesn't. The 2012/13 model was probably the best of the cortex range and maybe the most comfortable, but it had a laughably low swingweight of around 315+, and lacked plough through, something the APD Original doesn't.
Pure Strike Project One Seven 16x19 had a raw feel to it like the APD Original. Not sure how good the 3rd gen is, but reviews have been promising.I like the original APDO tried the green Pure Aero and it is too powerful for my taste, I have a full swing. and the pattern is way more open now. Which one from the new rackets feels like the first APD? Should I look at VS? or maybe other brands?
Haha not at all, it's just a paintjob like 99% of all racquets on tour.Doesn't Rafa use the Pure Aero 2019?
A large part of it honestly stems from Rafa's success of 19 Grand Slam titles with it. The same way Federer popularised the PS 90 and club level players worldwide started yielding the stick, even though the racquet far exceeded their skills. The Aero line in general, and the APD Original in particular has a strong cult-like following due to the racquet line's popularity, and because many have realised what Rafa actually uses under various paintjobs.APDO was an awesome racquet. Only the APD 2013 and arguably the current PA come remotely close
The APDO seems to have aged like a Van Gogh on TTW. I remember how hated they were for "ruining tennis" a decade ago; now people get all nostalgic over them like nothing happened (granted a lot of those guys stopped posting long ago).
absolutely. ive never seen doubles players at professional or amateur levels using an APD or PA, theyre as useless as holding a 27” rope at the net. this is why ive been considering a move to yonexbut it isn't for doubles where lightening quick net reflexes are mandatory
You sure about that? I know plenty of good doubles players around me with APDs/PAs who play terrific with those frames.absolutely. ive never seen doubles players at professional or amateur levels using an APD or PA, theyre as useless as holding a 27” rope at the net. this is why ive been considering a move to yonex
(im just being sarcastic. theyre fantastic doublesY
You sure about that? I know plenty of good doubles players around me with APDs/PAs who play terrific with those frames.
What exactly is it that makes these racquets not good for doubles?