Some people seem to be worried about whether the tennis racket they are buying is a fake. The most common I see is the Babolat Aeropro Drive GT but I have seen queries for the Head Microgel and numerous Prince tennis rackets. If you want to be sure you are buying the Aeropro Drive GT from a reputable dealer then click through to Amazon below.
So repeating, buy from a reputable and recognized dealer. That means don’t buy them off some less than honest seller on Ebay. Feel free to even contact the racket manufacturer to check if the particular supplier you are buying from is legitimate. You can also try emailing the manufacturer and sending them pictures of your racket for verification if you are really concerned.
If you’re a complete beginner, there is a higher chance that you might catch a fake racquet. If you want to shop securely and with no worries, you can go to Enjoytheenjoyment.com and read their buyers guide about beginners racquets. They also reviewed other racquet sports equipment like Racquetball and Badminton racquets and Pickleball paddles.
Other dead giveaways that the racket is fake include inaccurate color/text reproduction and a different string pattern to the original. A couple more dead giveaways relating to the Aeropro Drive GT specifically include; the presence of a hologram sticker – definitely means you have a fake!
Also, try the light head versus heavy head demonstration. This involves putting a finger in the throat and watching to see if the head floats up above the handle or sinks below. Fake rackets tend to be head heavy as a rule. Fakes have improper location of markings and some missing logo detail.
Some of the other things you might be able to pick up on are;
- The inside of your racket are poorly constructed when you remove the cap on the bottom.
- The center divider is skewed in a fake. Authentic racket has a straight divider.
- The “GT Technology” text is should have a gray background with small lines.
Fake copies will almost always have a black background with no lines visible to the naked eye. Of course, it is hard to compare a fake to the real thing in person if you have already bought a fake. This is why it is SUPER important to buy from the most trusted dealer you know.
It cannot be stressed enough. Fakes are not confined to Babolat however, so I have included some links for other manufacturers/models.
Check out an example for Head tennis rackets: http://www.tenniswarehouse.com.au/store/racquets/fake-racquets.html
Another for Babolat in general: http://www.regentville.com/2007/03/fake-babolat-pure-drive.html
In summary a bit of common sense and research will go a long way towards avoiding buying a cheap copy. Hope you have found this somewhat helpful.