By Bill Gray and Bruce Levine on May 20, 2010
The racquet that spawned the hybrid revolution just got better. This year Babolat added GT technology from its Pure Drive line to both the standard and extralong versions of Rafael Nadal’s stick. GT stands for the graphite and tungsten Babolat uses throughout the frame, with extra tungsten reinforcement at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions on the head to increase stability. Playtesters noted that the frame remained stable, and therefore comfortable, on off-center hits. This also allowed them to impart spin even when they made contact toward the frame’s edges. The GT Plus’ extra half-inch gives you more leverage on the serve for better placement and pop and a little more reach on wide shots. Playtesters who usually find extra-long sticks to be cumbersome didn’t feel that the GT Plus compromised maneuverability from the baseline, which is probably due to the head-light balance and aerodynamic throat. The AeroPro Drive GT is also used by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki.
Bottom Line: The dream come true for baseliners who like to end points with blistering backcourt winners instead of waiting their opponents out.
The aerodynamic design of the AeroPro Drive helps foster a faster stroke. The AeroPro Drive has been upgraded with Babolat's GT Technology to provided added stability and reduce torque for greater precision on shots.