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2013’s Babolat Aeropro Drive + Propulse 4. New sticks and kicks for the court.

2013_Babolat Aeropro Drive

Above is one of three 2013 Babolat Aeropro Drive range tennis racquets coming out December 12. It is a cosmetic update of the 2012 version with the addition of new Cortex Active Technology which gives players extra help with feel that can, in turn, maximize your topspin potential (you do have to stroke the ball correctly of course). The new range includes:

For baseline players looking for power and spin
 $199 USD unstrung
Head size: 645 cm2 /100 sq. in.
Weight (unstrung): 300 g / 10.6 oz

For baseline players who appreciate power, while looking for more maneuverability.
$195 unstrung
Head size: 645 cm2 / 100 sq. in.
Weight (unstrung): 280 g / 9.9 oz
For women and high-level juniors looking for a lightweight racquet with spin. 
$189 unstrung
Head size: 645 cm2 / 100 sq. in. 
Weight (unstrung): 260 g / 9.2 oz

The tennis techie's dream Play and Connect racquet is still on hold for retail release.

Babolat 2013_Propulse 4 blank and yellow Joining the new Aeropro racquet are updates for the Babolat Propulse tennis shoe, one of my favorites. The Propulse 4 All Court  is available in black/yellow (as here, left) and white with blue for men, $120.

2013_Babolat Propulse 4 womensIt comes in a pretty coral for women (right), $120. Junior versions are $65.

The Propulse keeps you low to the ground and stable during rapid side to side movement. The footbelt locks your foot in giving a custom fit.  The Kompressor system offers good cushioning and Michelin outsole, durability.

 The shoes will be in stores in February 2013.

Learn more at or test drive/buy at Tennis-Warehouse and Babolat retailers worldwide.