Discussion in 'Racquets' started by TW Staff, Jul 28, 2011.
Spencer reviews the Babolat Pure Storm Ltd GT:
Will we ever get to see reviews for the Pure Storm and Pure Storm Tour GT's?
Good review, but I too would like to see one on the PSTGT
nice review... good to see the video in mp4 format.
Good review! I pretty much agree with everything Spencer said. Great stick, but serving with it is quite a challenge to get free points.
100% accurate review. I love this racquet and it's my "go to" frame for match play ATM. Only thing I would add is that the low power allows you to generate tremendous spin as you can really swing out.
As my serve has improved I also find that I can now handle more power than the PSLGT can deliver. While working on my serve the low power and great spin provided a huge margin of error on serves.
But after tweaking its weight, balance, and string setup I now find the Speed MP 18x20 provides similar control but with a bit more power which is especially welcome on the serve. So now I'm in the process of migrating to the Speed.
I had tried other Babolat frames and disliked them so much never bothered with another. The PSLGT doesn't play like any other Babolat. It feels like a Volkl in some ways: comfortable, solid, precise. Think "lower powered, more spin friendly PB10 Mid".
Advice to potential buyers: tweak up the weight for more power/plow through and go with a softer string such as gut. I have lead in the grip, at 6, and at 12 for a total weight of 12oz at 11 pts HL. I also replaced the leather grip with a Wilson Shock Shield.
One more note: after playing with my PSLGT my tennis-veteran wife insisted on switching to it from the PB10 Mid and a friend 100% new to tennis is winning matches at the 3.0 level (yes, he skipped 2.5 and -3.0 and dove right in at 3.0). Veterans will enjoy the frame's precision while noobs will be able to develop their strokes without fear of hitting long. It's just a great, great racquet if you can provide the power.
Perfect review Spencer! Honest, detailed, and accurate.
One of the best reviews, very detailed and accurate, keeping it real!
Nice review! I really enjoyed it. What makes the difference between the EXO3 Tour and the PSLGT for you?
They both have their advantages, and things I like about them as they are both easy on my arm. What gives the EXO3 Tour 100 16x18 the nod for me are a few things:
The 100 square inch headsize offers a bigger sweet spot allowing more forgiveness. I'm penalized less when hitting off center.
It plays better for me defensively. Meaning, I can get the ball deeper with less effort which is especially important when I'm hitting on the run.
The open string pattern gives a bit of a livelier feel, and I can get more consistent depth.
Lastly, I can get a little more velocity on serve.
...What it comes down to is this:
-If I chose a racquet completely on how it feels, I would go with the Pure Storm Ltd GT
-If I chose a racquet on effectiveness for my game and results, it's the EXO3 Tour 100.
Great review Spencer! I would love to see the Pure Storm GT and Pure Storm Tour GT reviewed as well someday. Keep up the good work!
In the review, I didn't mention the numerous string set-ups I tried. I tried many because I was looking for that "perfect" balance of feel with enough power.
I tried full bed of multifilament at mid tension, and felt it changed the feel, as it didn't have the ball pocketing I experienced with a full bed of poly.
I tried a natural gut/poly hybrid, with gut in the mains at mid tension, and again wasn't thrilled with it.
So I went back to a full bed of poly, but this time I went very low with tension. (Chris was experimenting with very low tensions at the time, so I thought I'd give it a shot) I went as low as 30 lbs and found more power and more action. Something that was a definite plus. Serves were better, forehands were good, as well as the slice. It was the topspin backhand I couldn't control at that tension. Not sure why, but it was skewed.
From there, I went up in increments of 5 lbs. I tried 35, 40, 45 and 50. Ultimately, I found the best tensions to be between 45 and 50 as it didn't compromise the excellent feel of groundies, and added a touch of power on serves. Still, I felt my serves didn't get enough help from the racquet.
The last set-up I used (as shown in the video) was Volkl V-Maxx. It's a hybrid of V-Pro 17 and V-Wrap 16 (syn gut). I put the V-Pro in the mains and V-Wrap in the crosses, both @ 50 lbs.
Good review. I like the detailed comments including the +/- attributes. Well done, Spence.
Great to see that the TW team have gone back outside to shoot the videos.
Excelent review Spencer,
I really enjoyed it! Looks like a new type of format for reviews with just one person, going trough all the strokes.. instead of going trough 4 or 5 playtesters!
I was really cool.. I liked it a lot.
Would it be something to do more often?
It's something we do from time to time. Chris has done a few solos, and we've even done a couple "2-person" reviews.
In the particular case of the Pure Storm Ltd GT, it was a racquet I was fond of, and played with quite a bit. However, it was not a racquet on the review slate, so after noticing there were several message boarders that shared the same passion I do for the stick, we decided to do a "Solo" review of it as there isn't a whole lot of collaboration needed.
We are always looking for ways to get more information out there to help out the end users.
Thanks for the feedback!
I liked this review format and like Spencers point of view as we seem to have similar tastes in racquets.
Keep up the good work Spencer!
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