By Bill Gray and Bruce Levine on May 20, 2010
The AeroPro Team GT is for smaller and less skilled players who want to be like Rafa but don’t have the stamina, strength or strokes of tournament-level players. Its balance makes the frame ultra-maneuverable, so you’ll get great spin with a medium or long stroke without having to risk knocking yourself out by trying Nadal's over the head follow through. Babolat reinforces the racquet with graphite and tungsten throughout the frame, and extra tungsten at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions of the head. This gives the AeroPro, which has the lightest swingweight in the hybrid category, unusual stability for such a mobile racquet. But its relatively light weight and head-light balance might also take a bit off your first serve: Even though there’s potential for tremendous racquet-head speed, there might not be enough mass to send the ball flying like you can with a heavier stick. To compensate, try adding some lead tape to the tip of the frame.
Bottom Line: Best for baseliners who patiently construct points or are content to retrieve and force the error.
The AeroPro Team GT is ideal for hard-hitting players who appreciate the spin, power and aerodynamics of the AeroPro Drive and are seeking more maneuverability. Players get optimum feel with the AeroPro Team GT equipped with Babolat's cortex system.