Hi, im 14 years old and i play with a western grip, i have a full fast swing and play mostly hard court, but also on clay, i was at a store buying a new racquet (Wilson Pro Staff Blitz) and i told the guy, really nice by the way, that i was using the western grip, then he told me, "go straight to babolat" i thought i heard him talking about the aeropro drive, but i wanted more opinions, im starting to save for either the racquet or an electric guitar, maybe both, but first the racquet =)
thats the most ridiculous thing i have heard from a salesman, western grip = babolat
if you have long fast swings then you need a control racquet, simple as that, go with whatever racquet feels best, you gotta demo, honestly you gonna spend hard earned cash on what a salesman says? i think not, hit a tonne of balls with different bats and see what feels the best, you can always string to fine tune power/control but the racquet has got to feel good in your hand.
if you plan on volleying i wouldnt get a babolat, if you are big on groundies then definitely consider one. Pure drive seems ot be the popular vote so i'd check them out first, i have heard the aero is very quick thru the air, therefore harder to control.