The Aeropro Drive Original will arguably go down as the best modern racquet of all time...here's why

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I don't like it with Cortex. Agree with the topic - the original is the best one.
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.
 

Crashbaby

Rookie
I normally use leather to add feel, with this racquet it was vibrating so I tried a Wilson shockshield grip. It was like I added my own cortex, feels great on this stick.
 

dr. godmode

Semi-Pro
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
 
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
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.

In short, you will not lose money on it. People invest in property, I say invest in the APD Original while you still can hahaha!
 
Just bought the Tour version of the 2019. First Aero I've ever used and I can't wait.

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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.

Lovely racquet, also has a fantastic paintjob.
 

Xpherex

Rookie
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?
 

el sergento

Hall of Fame
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.
Ever heard of:



SW is like body fat: really easy to put on, but almost impossible to take off.

That’s why the APD 2013 is the bomb. Comfy, and with a low Enough SW for customization.
 
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?
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.
 
Doesn't Rafa use the Pure Aero 2019?
Haha not at all, it's just a paintjob like 99% of all racquets on tour.

Next thing you'll be shocked to know is that Djokovic doesn't actually use the 100 sq inch 18x20 Speed Pro he endorses, and instead plays with a custom 95 sq inch 18x19 racquet.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
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).
 
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).
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.

That said, it also helps that Babolats make tennis easier to play for most players, and the APD Original was an early precedent to breaking the norm of classic, heavy player frames. TTW purists migh've hated it initially, but it's only after joining the dark side that you realise what you've missed out on all these years.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I think its a great racket for singles play for aggressive baseliners who occasionally come to net to finish the points. Rafa proved yesterday you can serve and volley as well with it. but it isn't for doubles where lightening quick net reflexes are mandatory
 

n8dawg6

Legend
but it isn't for doubles where lightening quick net reflexes are mandatory
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
 
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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
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?
 
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