The Babolat Aero Tour + (long) was the initial Aero Beam technology racquet and the genesis for all the subsequent “Aero” racquet models.
What made this racquet unique, and quite frankly not well accepted, was the triangular shaft leaving the grip changed to the opposite direction as it transitioned through the throat. This transition turned the triangle with the wide edge not on the outside and the thin edge toward the inside of the racquet.
This did a couple of very positive things from my perspective. The shaft was very stable and the hoop was very stiff in plane. This combination made for a very stable platform. From this platform you can change string and string bed stiffness without regard to racquet stiffness.
The down side of this design is that as you look at it straight on the width of the frame is “big”. Looking from the side provides a completely different and very narrow section. This was just the opposite of most contemporary racquets.
|Racquet Model||Babolat Aero Tour +|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||72|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||54|
|Head Area, sq cm||626.8|
|Head Area, sq in||97.2|
|Number of Main Strings||16|
|Number of Cross Strings||19|
|Main String Grid||7.25|
|Cross String Grid||9.81|
|Average Cross String Spacing||0.513|
|Average Main String Spacing||0.446|
|Dynamic Tension, KP, ERT||42|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||234.91|
|First Moment, Nm||0.842|
|Swing Weight, Gram||331|
|Swing Weight, Ounce||11.68|
|Swing Weight Calculated||360.5|
|Maneuverability, RDC ||66|
|Head Weight, Percent||47.1|
|Center of Percussion||21.1|
|Dwell Time, Ms||7.45|