Started using this racket (Babolat AeroPro Drive GT,
I started using this racquet as well about 5 months ago. I switched from a Wilson Pro-Staff, the racquet Pete Sampras used which is a completely different racquet.
At first, I had no control at all with the Aeropro Drive. Lots more power, but really hard to control for me, coming from a much lower-powered racquet.
I am only just getting my timing and control with this racquet and it is really good. I get much better depth, I'm hitting with more spin now (this racquet REALLY takes spin).
String this racquet with a good polyester string like tecnifibre black or red, and it is awesome.
It really made my forehand better, as i'm able to put more topspin on the ball with this racket. This racket takes a lot of spin with the right string. I also feel i have a lot more control with this racket, than with my old Prince O3.
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I'm still playing with a 102in teardrop oversize racquet I bought 10 years ago as a teenaged junior. I broke a string the other night and played with a demo for the rest of the night, and the difference was so profound I've decided to buy a new one.
I think I want a smaller racquet head. I am not a hard hitter, but I was feeling a lot more in control playing with a smaller racquet which allowed me to go for my shots more and the end result was more power. Aside from that I don't really know what to look for. There are about a thousand different racquets on the wall at the club's pro shop and I don't really know how to distinguish between them.
What should I be looking for in terms of shape, weight, balance, etc?