The Babolat 'Blitz'

klementine

Hall of Fame
O.k.-- tonight played outdoors (here in unusually cold Greece)... Went to Zappeo (a nice public sports facility-- with low-entrance and lit courts-- under the moon and Acropolis)... next to me a youngin'-- asked him if he wanted to hit around for a couple... then after our exchange, I drop my traditional line....

..'So, you wanna switch racquets for a couple of rallies?'

I gave him my MGPrestigeMid (Reb95's getting strung) and he handed me a customized AeroPro Drive Cortex (non-GT).

What the $#@%?????

I don't know if it was because of the 'new-racquet-in-my-hand' feeling and the fact that I just did not care and was hitting out.... but man... what a nice,powerful racquet--- feels a bit hollow--o.k... very hollow.... It was a nice surprise.

Has anyone gone from a more 'traditional'-racquet, both in terms of specs and design, to the AeroPro Drive and been satisfied? Benefits...Losses?

I never bothered to demo-- just based on looks-- it seemed way too thick and just strange.
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
O.k.-- tonight played outdoors (here in unusually cold Greece)... Went to Zappeo (a nice public sports facility-- with low-entrance and lit courts-- under the moon and Acropolis)... next to me a youngin'-- asked him if he wanted to hit around for a couple... then after our exchange, I drop my traditional line....

..'So, you wanna switch racquets for a couple of rallies?'

I gave him my MGPrestigeMid (Reb95's getting strung) and he handed me a customized AeroPro Drive Cortex (non-GT).

What the $#@%?????

I don't know if it was because of the 'new-racquet-in-my-hand' feeling and the fact that I just did not care and was hitting out.... but man... what a nice,powerful racquet--- feels a bit hollow--o.k... very hollow.... It was a nice surprise.

Has anyone gone from a more 'traditional'-racquet, both in terms of specs and design, to the AeroPro Drive and been satisfied? Benefits...Losses?

I never bothered to demo-- just based on looks-- it seemed way too thick and just strange.
I too used to use player's racquets in competition. I then picked up an original APD and started winning more matches. I always shied away from Babolats because of elbow issues... but gave them a second chance when my TE was gone. You either love the Babolat feel or you don't, based on my experience.

Try the new APDGT when it's released. It feels much nicer than the previous version.

The Pure Drive GT feels almost identical to the APD GT... so you may want to pick up a PDGT or demo one. The only difference between the PD and APD is the aero beam right above the handle.

Also, the PD/APD's feel better IMO when they are weighted up to about 12 oz. I usually slap on a leather grip then some lead at 3/9 to achieve the stock balance (or slightly more HL).
 

klementine

Hall of Fame
^ Yes. Will have to demo the APD GT.. saw it on the wall when I dropped-off my racquets for stringing.

I didn't serve at all tonight... but the groundstrokes were coming off the string-bed so effortlessly.

I don't know what purpose that 'aero-beam' serves but it felt much more natural to me than the PDR-Gt did when I demo'd it.

Fantastic !!!!
 

Ross K

Legend
klem,

I was on the verge of taking a look in this direction and buying/testing an old APD, then bailed out at the last minute (besides other things I've been busy getting to know the YT Rad Pro.)

I wonder though... could you describe how stiff/harsh did you find it?... Plus also, how about tinny hollow frame feel?

It will also be very interesting to hear how you think it performs on serve. I don't believe it's especially highly regarded in this area?... I could be wrong though?

Keep us updated should you test it out properly.

R.
 

Ptrac

Rookie
I switched from MGprestigeMP 18/20 to the original APD last year. I switched because I was getting horrible TE from the prestige which I had never have before.
Im a 5.0 baseline grinder, but will gladly mix it up with a serve and volley.

Groundstrokes: more topspin and depth with more "fake" power, but lost control and feel for the ball. I noticed that over the course of a few months my forehand has changed to more of a window wiper motion to compensate for the added power on almost all of my FH shots, even when I'm stepping in. When I don't hit the ball out in front enough my ball lands short with no ummph, especially when I am hitting against players who hit hard and flat. I even found myself changing my FH grip closer to full western which does not feel good in my hands. I became less consistent with the APD by soaring balls long when not enough topspin was added, or I would apply too much and land short. I have trouble finding that happy medium on off days.

I never really got a hollow feeling, but the quality of APD is by far the worst out of all the rackets I have used so far.
The stiffness of the APD is very comfortable compared to the Prestige. Never get arm or shoulder pain

Serve: lost some control and pop, but was able to hit kick serves noticeably better. I eventually was able to control the big flat serve up the T and slice serves out wide and into the body. My serve is just as effective now as it was with the Prestige.

Conclusion: If I could return to the prestige without getting TE I would just because I was more consistent and felt more natural to hit with a semi-western FH grip. My shots were more penetrating and felt crisper with the Prestige. However TE is not an issue with the APD so im sticking with it for now. Might take the RDis100 mp for a ride :)
 
I'v been playing with the APDC for 2 years and I had to switch because of a Golfers Elbow. I must say, that it was the best racket I have ever played with, but it couldn't take the stiffness. Now I am playing with an Pure Storm Tour GT and I LOVE it.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I tried out the apdc because I was away for the game for so long and wanted to see what the new tech could offer. While I loved the power, I really did not need it. I also could not get past the thick beam, I just REALLY play better with a low powered player's stick that has a thin beam. I am also pretty strong so that is a factor.

I think for a junior, the babolat is a perfect racquet. Their arm can handle the stiffness, they are not very strong yet and need the power, and they are growing up with the thick beam, while that style was being introduced as a granny stick when I was a junior.

For me, there is something about the flexy feel of a graphite player's stick that make me feel confident and at home. I never could get that way with the Babs, but I still think they are excellent choices for a lot of players.
 

klementine

Hall of Fame
Oh man..... here goes.

I reserved, for demo, this friday, a YT radical pro, a YT radical OS and a APDC GT.

Back to demo'ng.

Wish I could string the demos with my own string and tension... but oh well.... some lead tape is definately being slapped-on :twisted:

All 3 of these frames intrigue me, especially the RadPro and AeroPro Drive GT...

I usually play thin-beamed, flexible racquets with an 18x20 pattern... I like hitting top-spin... but much prefer to plant my feet and drive the ball flat.

I'm wondering if all-of-a-sudden... with these so-called--'base-line' sticks if my technique will change.

I figure just stick to my strokes and 'wait and see'... more power from the APDC GT should be fun ( due to the stiffness and beam width ) ... I don't see the ball magically flying out of the court due to this.

Just wondering how all these sticks will handle back-hand slices, drops and lobs.'

I know what to expect from them on serve and groundstrokes.
 

Ross K

Legend
Oh man..... here goes.

I reserved, for demo, this friday, a YT radical pro, a YT radical OS and a APDC GT.

Back to demo'ng.

Wish I could string the demos with my own string and tension... but oh well.... some lead tape is definately being slapped-on :twisted:

All 3 of these frames intrigue me, especially the RadPro and AeroPro Drive GT...

I usually play thin-beamed, flexible racquets with an 18x20 pattern... I like hitting top-spin... but much prefer to plant my feet and drive the ball flat.

I'm wondering if all-of-a-sudden... with these so-called--'base-line' sticks if my technique will change.

I figure just stick to my strokes and 'wait and see'... more power from the APDC GT should be fun ( due to the stiffness and beam width ) ... I don't see the ball magically flying out of the court due to this.

Just wondering how all these sticks will handle back-hand slices, drops and lobs.'

I know what to expect from them on serve and groundstrokes.
As we are both Reb users previously - and as I'm on the verge of switching to the Rad Pro - and not only that, but as I was considering noodling around on an old APD primarily for the sake of curiosity - well, I'll be keen to hear your thoughts re the YT Rad Pro and new APD frame.

Specifically... re the Rad Pro... arm soreness - I felt twinges almost immediately (I'm looking into a range of things to deal with this)... serve (I haven't quite grasped it yet with this frame)... re the APDC GT... feel (just how stiff feeling is it?)... and serve (I know there's plenty of spin to be had but is there adequate oomph and pop?)

If I were to guess which you'll like best, with its high SW and even more effortless oomph than the Prince, perhaps the YT RP will fit you better? Then again, coming from the Reb, which hits a flatter and more precise ball than either, do you really want to go open pattern? Between the 2, the Bab will be way more easy to swing (and I'll add the RP's balance, so different to the Reb, is taking me some time to adjust). Then again, the Rad Pro plays to me somewhat like a Bab that actually has some body and stability behind it, control and flex too...

Anyway, keep us posted klem.

R.
 

logansc

Professional
I was a long time Babolat user...I had a couple of the original APDs, I liked everything about them except serving and that is my best shot. I switched back and forth between my C10 Pro and Head Radical MPs for a while but I get sick of mishits and lack of power when I'm not completely set.

Just recently I was hanging out at a PGA Tour Superstore and decided to playtest the new Exo White+Black, Dunlop 4D 500T and the new Wilson Pro. I picked up a PDGT just for comparisons sake. After about 2 hours I left with a brand new PDGT...
 
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