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Babolat AeroPro Team vs Babolat AeroPro Lite

Babolat AeroPro Lite and Babolat AeroPro Team

See Rafa's Babolat AeroPro Drive Racket - Review and Playtest video clips!

HD Pictures | Live Playtest Videos: AeroPro Team and AeroPro Lite

AeroPro Team GT (YouTube Review)

The AeroPro Team is a great all around racket that has the lowest swing weight among the 2013 Babolat AeroPro models (see chart above) - this allows players to really "whip" the ball with more racket-head speed and it is easier to generate slice and hitting short angle shots in my experience. This is probably suited well for 3.0-4.0 players who want to generate more pace through a faster swing instead of simply a heavier racket.

I found from my own playtesting that it is also easier to generate topspin with this Team model than the standard AeroPro Drive when swinging with the same amount of force.

AP Team - Rating: 4.0/5.0



AeroPro Lite GT (YouTube Review)

The light 9.8 ounce racket (strung weight) seems best suited to younger juniors or older senior players who are looking for a light and nimble frame for beginner to intermediate level players (2.5-3.5 NTRP). The yellow and black paint scheme makes it look nearly idential to those rackets being used by Babolat's Top Tennis heroes.

The AeroPro Lite is 2 point Head Heavy (which favors a baseline oriented game) and will help developing players slowly graduate toward staying in the rally longer.

Again with a relatively low swing weight compared to the AeroPro Drive, this racket has good maneuverability and the 100 sq. inch head size suits a good range of players. It is interesting to note that both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic use 100 sq. inch rackets.

If you're a casual player, and simply enjoy rallying with friends and want a tennis racket that looks cool - this is a fine choice, but there are also many other rackets with similar specs that cost less as well.

AP Lite - Rating: 3.5/5.0


Babolat AeroPro Line - Comparison Chart

NameBabolat AeroPro Lite GTBabolat AeroPro Team GTBabolat AeroPro Drive GTBabolat AeroPro Drive GT Plus
Head Size100in² / 645cm²100in² / 645cm²100in² / 645cm²100in² / 645cm²
Length27.00in / 68.58cm27.00in / 68.58cm27.00in / 68.58cm27.50in / 69.85cm
Weight9.80oz / 278g10.20oz / 289g11.30oz / 320g11.30oz / 320g
Balance Point2pts HH2pts HL4pts HL5pts HL
Swing Weight300293316326
Frame Stiffness71726972
Beam Width26.0mm26.0mm26.0mm26.0mm
Tip / Shaft23.0mm / 24.0mm23.0mm / 24.0mm23.0mm / 24.0mm23.0mm / 24.0mm
CompositionGraphite / TungstenGraphite / TungstenGraphite/ TungstenGraphite/ Tungsten
Power LevelLow-MediumLow-MediumLow-MediumLow-Medium
String Pattern16 Mains / 19 Crosses16 Mains / 19 Crosses16 Mains / 19 Crosses16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains Skip8T 8H8T 8H8T 8H8T 8H
Tension55-6555-6555-6555-65

Summary

Babolat is including a line of Babolat Rackets which are lighter than the model that Rafael Nadal uses. The 10.2 oz AeroPro Team GT and the 9.8 oz AeroPro Lite GT are rackets designed for 2.5-4.0 players (who prefer a lighter frame).

The stiffness on all the Babolat AeroPro lines are relatively stiff when compared to other brands. But if this is not an issue for you, then these are finely-made rackets with a strong following in the tennis community.

TennisTopia: Mention us for Free Stringing with all Babolat AeroPro Rackets!

Contact TennisTopia (MD) for full details! They also have many Babolat racket demo's available - including the ones we used to playtest earlier in these videos.


1701 Rockville Pike B-10
Rockville, MD 20852
Congressional Village Shopping Center
(Behind REI)

Phone: (301)230-9195



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