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Comments: The PS Ltd. is a perfect blank canvas to customize a players racquet however you like. The Yonex RDS1
90 was my favorite racquets, but, Yonex stopped making it. So, I used TW's learning center to calculate swingweights (thanks
TW!) and customized the 2009 PS Ltd. to be exactly like my RDS1. With 8g of lead tape in the right spots, my swingweight specs
are now identical to the RDS1 (329). I actually like PS Ltd. better now. The 95 sq in headsize is a bit more forgiving and I can
attack short balls much more aggressively. There is no question that this racquet requires a full swing every time. Lazy swings
turn into balls in the net. But, when I swing away, the control is amazing (the power is up to me). There's not much pop on serves
(more than RDS1 though), so I rely on placement and angles with success. This racquet is extremely arm-friendly, at least with the
weight I'm using. My calculation of the base specs are 11 pts HL and a 301 Swingweight. I customized it to 8pts HL and a 329
swingweight. I'm using Tonic 16 gut at 55 lbs. and all is good.
Comments: Unfortunately, this racquet got the best of me. When I hit with it for the first time, and many times
there after, I could not believe the control I was able to get. After purchasing two however, I quickly learned how demanding these
frames are. For positives, my arm never hurt with this frame. Whipping through the ball is easy, and hitting too deep is not a
problem. As for negatives, without complete focus, the small sweetspot is too unforgiving and the frame is too underpowered. If
you question your game the least bit, I would not recommend this racquet. But if you are confident in your game, and maybe into
customizing frames, this racquet maybe for you.
Comments: Mine came with 14 grams more than the specs stated, and it was too heavy for me. Besides that this is
a very, very good racquet. Great feel, power and control, and the rest is your play.
Comments: I am trying many raquects at the same time, and keep on coming back to this Pure Storm Ltd GT.
Despite of its weight, it actually feels lighter than some 300g requects due to its light head. It's great fun to play with as it calls for
your full focus to make the most correct form and movement, like working with a coach.
Comments: Coming from a racquet that does more of the work for you is a bit of a transition, but if you're serious
about finding more feel and control I strongly suggest a few demo sessions with this stick. The racquet power reduction is
noticeable, but it's not as significant as many say if you hit proper strokes and get behind your shots. The number of clean
winners I'm able to hit with a Pure Storm GT is not much more, if any, than with the Pure Storm LTD GT. Spin is completely up to
the player. It's entirely possible to hit flat or with a good amount of topspin depending on what you want. With this stick, you are
in complete control of every aspect in your game. It's a bit demanding and you need to swing with full confidence, but when you
do, the payoff is significant. The bottom line is this racquet can be your best friend or your worst enemy.
Comments: I love this racquet but would like to add one thing to this review. I have three of the 2009 version and
two of the 2011 version. I have them all customized the exact same, same strings and tension on all but for those that say these
racquets are exactly alike IMO opinion are incorrect. The 2009 feels heavier and seems to be made from a slightly different
material. It has more plow through and feels more solid. The 2011 version seems to be made of a cheaper material and has a
lighter feel to it, but is more arm friendly. You might need to be at a certain level to notice the subtle differences but I won't play
with 2009 and 2011 on the same day any longer.
Comments: Geez this is a good racquet. Best Babolat racquet I've ever hit with, and I think it's because the feel of it
is just so different from the other Babolat racquets. So much more connection to the ball, still a tad muted (Babolat's influence is
still in this racquet), but man, just one of the sweetest feeling racquets I've ever played with. Even though it's string pattern is
extraordinarily tight, I found a extremely large amount of spin from it (again another Babolat custom), hitting some really nice
topspin winners and twist serves. Leather grip, which I like, and the mass of the racquet just really plows the ball (don't really feel
it though). Swingweight is low so maneuverability is great, volleys could really just let the racquet punch the ball back, not really
having to do a lot of work. Comparing it to my Wilson Six.One 95, feels a tad more muted and easier to swing, and better for spin.
Great racquet, I think it's a step in the right
direction for Babolat's player frames!
Comments: I switched to this from a Wilson k90. The Wilson just had slightly too high of a static and swing weight
that would cause me to be late on shots and really work over my arm/shoulder when I played alot. I had hated every Babalot
racquet I had tried previously, but I was liking this one from the first stroke. The demanding nature of the k90 always made my
weaker shots (one-handed backhand and 2nd serve) unreliable. This racquet helped me develop weapons like a topspin backhand
and a kick serve. My putaway forehand wasn't quite what it was with the k90, but the amount of spin I can generate and less
weight brought my consistency way up. It has a great feel, and great ability for touch/feel shots thanks to the lower stiffness. Full
swings are a requirement, This racquet was made for the aggresive player. This racquet is very fast through the air, very
maneuverable. I do recommend 2 grams of lead at 12 for some more spin and pop. I only have one bad thing to say about the
racquet, and unfortunantly it's a bad one. Its lacking big time in the stability department. You won't really notice this if you're
taking good swings/punches at the ball during groundstrokes/volleys, but those shots you're trying to block back because your
out of positon, or chasing down trying to lob it back is where things get frustrating. I've now switched to the Wilson Pro Staff 95.
4grams of lead at 12 and the rest in the handle to get similar specs to this racquet. I now have a racquet with the Wilson feel that
I missed, stable as a rock, more spin, and more power(I don't feel like I've sacrificed any control either).
Comments: I've been playing with the Pure Storm GT for almost two
years. As much as I loved the control and heavy ball that I could hit with
it, I wanted something with a lower swingweight. I tried about 30
different sticks, from the light Dunlop 300 and Head Instinct to the
Wilson ProStaff 95 to the Pure Drive Roddick and Wilson Six.One 95. I
even bought the Babokat Aero Storm Tour GT. However, the Pure Storm
LTD GT was an unexpected treasure! I hit with a full western grip and
heavy topspin, so I thought the dense string pattern would be
unbearable. Due to the unique specs, however, I gave it a try. I ended up
beating a player that I'd only beaten once before. The heft and yet
maneuverable feel allowed me to toss my serve farther in front and go
get it with much more racquet head speed, resulting in a very deep and
much faster serve. On groundies the 9 pts HL balance and lower
swingweight allowed me to hit tremendous topspin, while the dense
string pattern allowed me to slam flat putaway groundies whenever I felt
like it. The amazing control and response from this stick demands that
you provide your own power and have very good mechanics, but if that
sounds like you, this stick may be for you, too! I feel that I can really hit
out in the ball without fear of hitting deep. This is my new stick of
choice and I just can't say enough about how controlled, precise,
versatile, and fantastic it is. A must demo far players seeking a solid, but
maneuverable epic players' stick. Great job Babolat!!!!
Comments: Everything the advanced players are saying about this
racquet I found to be absolutely true. It was very exciting getting
the Ltd. GT in the mail. However, this racquet completely bested me
from the very first swing! Through the past few days it has been like
re-learning how to play tennis since it is such a departure from the
racquets of my past. The accuracy and spin generation is impressive
especially for an 18x20 pattern @ 95 sq in. Once you dial in and get
your swings long and fast, the Ltd. GT will take you and your game
soaring to new heights...Fast! I bought it specifically to give me a
training tool and whew!...It has been working VERY well for me. As
previously stated, running wrist flick swings are puny at best, but
then again I am pretty weak. This racquet demands full, fast swings
from me in order to make any sort of pace. It took awhile to get used
to the 95 sq. in headsize down from my normal 102 sq. in from a heavily
lead-weighted Head Light Microgel Monster. Bottom line, if you are an advanced player this racquet will feel like
an extension of your arm...astounding!
If you are of intermediate skill level, don't fear the beast, work on
accuracy and swinging long and fast with good form and footwork and
you'll get better fast!
Comments: I recently got a Babolat sponsorship. I tried many of their rackets and coming from playing
with Head Prestige Mid for 8 years and MP for a year was very tentative on making the switch. I found the PS Ltd the
best racket for my game. I play Open level tournaments along with a national/world ranking in the 35's. I have a very
aggressive game with big groundstrokes and serve. I started with my tension in the low 50's strung with a Poly
1.25mm. I am now stringing my racket at 46-48 lbs and boy does it feel great!! I added lead (2-4" strips) at the 3 & 9
o'clock(around 3 grams). I recommend this racket to the player seeking a flexible racket with LOTS of control.
Comments: I have one of the 2011 versions and one of the 2009 versions. I like the newer one better
despite them being "the same". I've had a lot of success with this racket and enjoy the control. You definitely have to
string it with lower tension. The biggest problems I've had with it are with lack of touch, especially on drop shots. Prior
to playing with this racket I played with the n6.1 tour 90 for several years, then the blx blade tour for a summer before
I picked these up in August. They've definitely helped my game but I miss my finesse shots. I've also read a lot of
comments about trouble with backhand slice. I was lucky enough to not have that problem. The ball just stays so low!
The racket challenges you to have good form and is great everywhere on the court (except drop shots!) Its one of the
best out there, and great for those who like a player's stick under 12 oz.
Comments: From the switch between my Babolat Pure Drive Roddick Plus, I really liked this racquet. I had
no trouble adjusting. This racquet is very control friendly and still gives me a good deal of power. Feels really good on
serves and really stable at the net. Only con would be my backhand slice. I tend to hit the frame a lot due to the smaller
headsize. I demoed this racquet before purchasing it, and had to buy it. Overall, I would definitely recommend this
Comments: I never really liked the Babolat Pure Storms. I tried this racquet and
I loved it. I love the specs of this racquet because it fits me really well. I am a all around player. From the first shot this
racquet amazed me for feel to performance, but I was upset with my backhand slice. I used to
use the Head Youtek Speed 18x20.
Comments: I have been playing with this frame for about 9 months and was considering
changing as I did not feel the plow on serves. Also the racquet has what I consider a small sweet spot. I added some
weight at 3 and 9 o'clock. I can tell you this addressed the lighter serve issues and expanded the sweet spot. I am very
pleased with the results and will continue playing with this stick.
Comments: I am a Wilson guy all the way. I use the Wilson BLX Six.One 95 which is a very open string
pattern. One of my friends gave me his Babolat stick so I thought I'd try it. At first I didn't like it but then I broke the
strings that were on the racquet within a set so I decided to string it myself but with a twist. For the crosses on top, I
strung the first cross, skipped the second, strung the third and skipped the fourth. This opened up the frame a bit
more and gave me a little bit more power and spin. In general, I liked the racquet but not enough to switch.
Comments:This is a fantastic racquet, I recently switched from the Babolat AeroPro Drive GT looking for
a more controlled racquet and found that the Babolat Pure Storm GT Ltd. is super at net and with directional play. On
groundstrokes it takes more effort and skill to get what you want but it's results are fantastic. Super racquet for getting
what you want out of yourself.
Comments: I really like this racquet a lot with the Babolat RPM Blast string because it allows me to hit the
ball a bit harder but still have the same amount of topspin on the ball. I used to use the Head Microgel Radical MP
which was a little to loose and very light. This racquet is a little heavier and stiffer which I like. I am a 5.0 level player
and I think the
racquet is better for people in the 4.5 to 6.0 level of play. I really like the stick!
Comments: Be careful before buying! I thought I loved this frame when I started playing because of the
buttery feel and solid plow though, but after about 7 months of play I'm now very frustrated with the tiny sweet spot
and unforgiving feel. I play number 2 varsity singles at a 5A school, and have solid swing mechanics but this racquet
still was to much for my small body frame.
Comments: I have been playing with this for a year (Note: the new version is just a paint job change). It
is a great all around racquet, but the sweet spot is tiny. The racquet does deal with off-center hits well and you will
still have reasonable control. But you only get the true pop and feel on the ball with the sweet spot, and you have to be
consistently solid and strong with your swing to hit the sweet spot with this racquet. If you're not at least a 4.0, I
wouldn't recommend demoing it.
Comments: After 20 years of playing Wilson ProStaff racquets, from the Original 85 to Federer's 6.1
Tour, and finally Sampras 88, I was looking for a racquet with the same feel but less weight. Don't look any further, this
Babolat will tell you exactly where the ball will land as you hit your shots. From drop volleys to flat serves, I found no
other racquet that could give me the feeling I was looking for (I bought 6 different racquets in the last 5 years, without
success). FOR PLAYERS who generate their own power; NOT FOR recreational use, this racquet requires a lot of energy
from the player, but will give plenty in return (controlled aggressive shots for tournaments). I may hit as hard as I can
and the ball will stay in; lots of control. For all these players who think that the best racquet ever is the Wilson PS 85,
you can now enjoy the same precision and feel, without the (over) weight and a greater head (95 sq.in.) Don't wait to
benefit from what technology can do for you!
Comments: I used to play with my KFactor 95 racquet and have tried this racquet to look for a ligher and
more control racquet. I find that the control of this racquet is very good and accuracy is good with a fast swing.
However, I think this racquet lacks a bit of spin. I wonder if the Pure Storm Team GT could provide more spin and a
similar control with this racquet? Is the control of the Pure Storm Team has a big difference as it has a 100 headsize.
Can TW give me some advice?
Comments: I demo'ed this racket along with a few others and it was the best of the
group. I have recently bought two of them, and plan to buy two more. They are great control sticks, and are great if
you're a player who produces you're own power. Serves can be difficult, but with superb groundstrokes and a board-
like racket, comes a weaker serve (yet, more consistent), but I've been testing new forms of serves and just got a great
one. This is my favorite racket of all time, everything has improved. I am thinking I want some more pop to add to my
strokes, so I might go to a RPM blast string as 54 tension. Test the racket out, it's great!
Comments: I am returning to tennis after an 18-year layoff. I played competitively up to and into
college, and then left the game completely due to injuries and desire to do something else. Coming back, I looked to
several racquets, the best of which is the Pure Storm GT Ltd. My game used to be significant power but I would often
lack control. Within 6 weeks of coming back, I can see the control this racquet brings. I can hit a hard shot (take a full
swing) and put reasonable spin on it and place it very well - something I recall was difficult to do with the old racquets
to 2 decades ago! Serve is strong, easy to place, but lacks a bit of power (that could be me - 20 yrs older!) Overall, I'm
very happy with this racquet. Buy this if you can generate the power and want more control. If you want more power,
you should probably look elsewhere.
Comments: This Limited version is very different from regular Pure Storm. It is SERIOUSLY an
underpowered racquet. It feels great when you put your body weight into the shot, as well as serve, slice and volley.
Unfortunately, it is not helpful when scrambling or stretched.Forget running forehand - wrist flick would not work.
Combination of closed pattern - head light and high flexibility puts great demand of footwork and mobility. Anything
less then full swing with perfect weight transfer produces mediocre shots.
Comments: Totally in love with this racquet! I recently switched from the Tour + version and can't figure
why I hadn't earlier. It's such a solid, flexible and maneuverable frame that's great for generating your own power and
control. I've always used Babolat and always will. Great job Babolat!
Comments: The Pure Storm Ltd GT offers a wonderful combination of control and, with
the right string, power and spin potential even with the dense string
pattern. Previously I used only 16-main racquets and wish I had tried
the Pure Storm Ltd GT earlier. It's also surprisingly comfortable rivaling my PB10
Mid when using gut mains. The Pure Storm Ltd GT combines the precision of Dunlop's
AG 4D 100, the comfort of Volkl's PB10 Mid, and, with the right string,
the spin potential of racquets such as Prince's EXO3 Tour 100 (16x18). A
good string combo to enhance spin potential is Babolat VS gut mains and a smooth
poly cross (eg MSV Co-Focus) at 51/47. If you're looking for a soft,
arm-friendly frame that doesn't compromise feel or control then you'll
enjoy the Pure Storm Ltd GT. I've tried both the 2009 and 2011 versions and the only
difference truly is the paint job.
Comments: Same as the last one besides cosmetics. LOVE the last one, chose by cosmetics, I personally
prefer the matte colors of the '09. Regardless, they're great racquets, get one if you want a control racquet.
Comments: Been playing with PSL-GT for 2 years now and love it. What's new in the 2011 version is just
the paint job. Have 4 sticks of the 2009 PSL-GT and I'm willing to wait 2 more years for an upgrade.
Comments: Is this racquet scheduled to be playtested? I hear that this is a great frame, but I would like a
more professional/analytical opinion.
Comments: Is the only difference between this and the older PS Ltd GT a new paint job?
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