Today we will look at the Babolat Pure Strike, one of the most popular tennis rackets on the market today. We’ll go over the features that make this racket a great choice for beginners or club pros and the benefits the Babolat Pure Strike can bring to any player’s game.

BABOLAT PURE STRIKE - WHAT IS THE BUZZ ABOUT?


Babolat has been designing finely crafted rackets used by the world’s top professionals for years and the Babolat Pure Strike is no exception. It offers a terrific combination of comfort, lightness, strength, and speed. Which translates to an improved game for players at all levels. The Babolat Pure Strike was introduced in 2014 as the first iteration of a racket designed with professional players in mind. Subsequent versions kept the qualities most professionals want in a racket while also appealing to a wider audience.

 

WHAT IS THE BABOLAT PURE STRIKE?

The Babolat Pure Strike is a graphite racket designed for players who like to speed up the ball and want a weapon that helps increase their precision. The Babolat Pure Strike is not a traditional control racket but rather a hybrid racket that is forgiving without sacrificing power. Babolat’s Hybrid Frame Technology offers a unique combination of power and control that we felt the first time we used the Pure Strike.

 

To achieve this, Babolat designed the throat sections of the racket to feature wider beams at the key 3/9/12 o’clock points on the racket face which further enhances precision while increasing stability when impacting the ball.

 

TESTING THE BABOLAT PURE STRIKE

With the development of a tennis racket, testing plays a prominent role in the process. For the new Pure Strike, Babolat took the process a step further by responding to the needs of professional players joined in a large network. These ambassadors from around the world collaborated with Babolat engineers on all phases of the design process to produce a racket that was ultimately to become the new Pure Strike.

 

First, there was the analysis of the original Pure Strike, the first version released in 2014. We tested that racket, and it was a highly technical stick and targeted to a narrow group of professionals. With the introduction of the Babolat Pure Strike 2018 the company is hoping to appeal to a wider group of players without sacrificing the speed, power and playability of that first model. We think they've done that and then some with this latest model.

 

For the Pure Strike, ideal testers were players who prefer to end the point quickly, those adept at generating power and those who prefer to move on the ball early. By following these specific criteria and melding the gathered data with the design team the Babolat Pure Strike became the ultimate expression of a modern tennis weapon.

BABOLAT PURE STRIKE DESIGN: TWO CHOICES


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Babolat builds beautiful rackets that also incorporate a high degree of playability. And we found the Pure Strike racket a pleasure to hold as well as play with. And Babolat gives players a choice with the Pure Strike by offering it in two configurations; The Pure Strike 18x20 pattern and a 16x19 pattern. We preferred the Pure Strike 16x19 as it fit our game a little better.

 

Some pro's like to carry a variety of sticks in their match bag so it's nice that Babolat offers us a choice too. At the end of the day, it's a matter of playing style and what you are accustomed to. In any event, Babolat has you covered with two versions of the Pure Strike.

 

Are you're a counter puncher who likes to prolong points through control instead of spiking kill shots? If so, then the 18x20 might be a choice. But, if you play a power-oriented, topspin game that features a heavy serve and you enjoy blasting rockets into the corners then the Babolat Pure Strike 16x20 is the battle cannon for you.

 

SPECS

The Babolat Pure Strike 16x19 is a Graphite racquet with a Length of 27 in (69 cm) and a Head Size of 98 sq in (632 sq cm) with a Weight of 11.3 oz (320 gm) and a Balance Point of 13 in (33 cm). And as the name implies the Pure Strike features a String Pattern with 16 Mains and 19 Crosses. This pattern offers a little more speed and spin than the more forgiving 18x20 configuration. A 4pt Head Light tops off the racquet making it lighter at the head than at the handle and provides an added control.

 

PRICING

The Babolat Pure Strike can be purchased and is available at most tennis pro shops, online tennis, and sporting goods stores and Amazon.


If you're good enough to make the tour and receive a sponsorship from Babolat, they'll ship free racquets to your door.

How It Compares


We wanted to compare the Babolat Pure Strike with some other rackets on the market to see how they stack up.  Let's dive in and take a look at rackets we've used in the past or in some cases are now using.

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Wilson Blade 98 18X20 CV Tennis Racquet (4 3/8)
Racquet is unstrung and does not include a cover
YONEX Vcore Duel G 97 LT Tennis Rackets, Black/Orange, G1
Ball-crushing Technology never lose speed and power even after the bounce. The ball-crushing vcore duel g will completely transform your game. Ball height after bounce: 14% up spin: 8% up
Babolat Pure Drive Lite Black/Blue/White Tennis Racquet (4 5/8" Grip)...
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT BALANCED RACKET: The Babolat Pure Drive Lite Black/Blue/White Tennis Racquet is an excellent choice for an all around, well-balanced stick.  It has a 100 square inch head, an open 16x19 string pattern for spin, super lightweight frame at 10.1 ounces, and a standard length at 27 inches. This frame will reward you with penetrating, heavy baseline shots, and plenty of pop at the net and on serve.
Babolat Pure Drive Lite Black/Blue/White Tennis Racquet (4 5/8" Grip)...
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT BALANCED RACKET: The Babolat Pure Drive Lite Black/Blue/White Tennis Racquet is an excellent choice for an all around, well-balanced stick.  It has a 100 square inch head, an open 16x19 string pattern for spin, super lightweight frame at 10.1 ounces, and a standard length at 27 inches. This frame will reward you with penetrating, heavy baseline shots, and plenty of pop at the net and on serve.

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Wilson Blade 98 18X20 CV Tennis Racquet (4 3/8)
  • Racquet is unstrung and does not include a cover
  • Weight (strung): 11.3 oz / 320 grams
  • Balance (strung): 3 points head light / 33.27 cm

3/5 Stars

DESIGN QUALITY

The Blade family of rackets were originally launched back in 2006. Recently, Wilson added another impressive product to this line with a flexible racket made of Countervail, a uniquely flexible carbon which minimizes impact vibrations. The original Blades were good and this new Blade has evolved through tech tweaks and updates to deliver even more precision and stability than its predecessors.

 

We found this racket scored highest in comfort and at 11.3 ounces strung, is lighter than traditional player's rackets. But that's not to say that it lacks power. With a swing weight in the upper 320s and some serious heft above the grip, the Blade provides solid and confidence inspiring play. We did feel that the racket could feel a little too hefty during extended play even while appreciating its ability to drive the ball into the corners or keep our opponent on the baseline with heavy shots.

 

Another minor complaint is the somewhat dampened feel that the racket transmits to the player. It's sometimes hard to feel the ball when it contacts the racket face. We found this most prevalent during extended rallies. As stated, this is minor because the Blade offers an almost unmatched combination of stability and precision which makes it a racket any mid-level or advanced player should consider.

 

Consensus: Putting the Blade up against the Babolat Pure Strike was an interesting and fun comparison, but we found that the Pure Strike was easier to play with out of the box. Also, we had a better success rate hitting first serves with the Pure Strike. We gave the nod to the Babolat Pure Strike in this match-up.

PROS

  • Comfortable
  • Stable
  • Precise

CONS

  • Dampened feel
  • Feels heavy during extended play

WARRANTY

One year, materials and workmanship, when used in the manner intended.

YONEX Vcore Duel G 97 Tennis Rackets, Black/Orange, G1
  • Ball-crushing Technology never lose speed and power even after the bounce. The ball-crushing vcore duel g will...
  • Lock Booster System: the new System on the grommets has more holes towards the top of the frame as well as the grooves...
  • Tough g fiber: tough g fiber is incorporated into the shaft. 3 times more flexible than carbon nanotube, tough g fiber...

3/5 Stars

DESIGN QUALITY

Lightweight and fast and featuring comfortable grip, precise feel and plenty of torque to spin balls deep to the baseline the VCORE Duel offers a great choice for intermediate to advanced players.

 

The VCORE is an update to the Tour G line and returns to the more popular 16x20 string pattern while adding the proprietary Tough G fiber technology to the frame's throat to increase stiffness and stability. Don't worry, the classic Yonex Isometric head shape featuring the enlarged sweet spot is still there. We hit groundstrokes with reckless abandon and enjoyed both power and control with some great kill shots at the net but found the racket rather lacking when trying to accurately direct off-center volleys on the approach.

 

Where this gun shines is in the serve and return game. If you like to stand back and rain bombs on your opponent with a big serve and follow it up with withering groundstrokes, the VCORE will be your best friend.

 

Consensus: The VCORE 310 is a lighter version of the Duel G 97 and is a racquet that tends to favor those with big serves and an aggressive ground game. But for playability right out of the box we're sticking with the Babolat Pure Strike.

PROS

  • Big sweet spot
  • Light and fast
  • Lots of torque

CONS

  • Lacks stability when hitting off-center approach shots
  • Tends to favor players with a big serve and aggressive ground game

WARRANTY

One year, materials and workmanship, when used in the manner intended.

Babolat Pure Drive Lite Black/Blue/White Tennis Racquet (4 5/8" Grip)...
  • BEST LIGHTWEIGHT BALANCED RACKET: The Babolat Pure Drive Lite Black/Blue/White Tennis Racquet is an excellent choice for...
  • RACQUET SPECIFICATIONS: Head Size 100 sq. in. / 645.16 sq. cm.; Length: 27in / 68.58cm; Strung Weight: 10.1oz / 286.3g;...
  • RACKET TECHNOLOGIES: WOOFER: Freely moving strings work together to increase power and sweetspot; CORTEX: Unique...

5/5 Stars

DESIGN QUALITY

The Babolat Pure Drive is one of the most popular rackets in the world and helped to transform the modern game of tennis. When updating the Pure Drive, Babolat analyzed where most players make contact with the ball and adjusted the placement of the sweet spot based on their research. What resulted was a new design that moved the sweet spot in closer proximity to the top of the racket face.

 

We felt this updated design was an immediate success for two reasons. The Pure Drive is still one of the easiest rackets to use and now with the improved design, we found that we could play with even more power. Babolat features FSI (Frame String Interaction) in the new Pure Drive. FSI incorporates a redesigned drill pattern to allow for a denser string pattern in the new sweet spot. The result is improved control with added power.

 

Consensus: What's not to like? In fact, we couldn't find anything worth mentioning as far as complaints with the updated design for the Babolat Pure Drive.

PROS

  • Enhanced sweet spot
  • Denser string pattern; better control
  • Improved power

CONS

  • We're still looking for negatives

WARRANTY

One year, materials and workmanship, when used in the manner intended.

Babolat Pure Drive Lite Black/Blue/White Tennis Racquet (4 5/8" Grip)...
  • BEST LIGHTWEIGHT BALANCED RACKET: The Babolat Pure Drive Lite Black/Blue/White Tennis Racquet is an excellent choice for...
  • RACQUET SPECIFICATIONS: Head Size 100 sq. in. / 645.16 sq. cm.; Length: 27in / 68.58cm; Strung Weight: 10.1oz / 286.3g;...
  • RACKET TECHNOLOGIES: WOOFER: Freely moving strings work together to increase power and sweetspot; CORTEX: Unique...

5/5 Stars

DESIGN QUALITY

The Balobat Pure Strike features quick head acceleration and extraordinary playabiltiy. The tradeoff is that it comes with a reduced stiffness level and boxier beam than it's pricier Babolat stablemates. But that is a downside that will be lost on all but the most discerning of professionals. On the upside is a racket that delivers the explosiveness associated with the modern game without sacrificing control.

 

It's a fast and lively racket with a juicy weave that gave us the pop we desired and the confidence we needed to place explosive shots wherever we wanted. And the topspin we generated with this stick was impressive. The Babolat Pure Strike packs a response that's stable and light into a quick player's frame. The Pure Strike is a racket that has universal appeal and one that commands freaky control over the ball. And at around 200 bucks it's hard to find fault with this graphite cannon.

PROS

  • Light weight
  • Fast head acceleration
  • Extraordinary playability

CONS

  • Top level pros may find it lacks stiffness
  • Larger, boxy frame

WARRANTY

One year, materials and workmanship, when used in the manner intended.

Conclusion


We really struggled with our ultimate choice as it came down to the two Babolat rackets. But we ultimately settled on the Babolat Pure Strike as our weapon of choice. As with the Pure Drive we found a lot of positives such as light weight, power, control, and incredible topspin capabilities.

The price difference between the Pure Strike and the Pure Drive is negligible at around $20, with the Pure Strike being the more expensive of the two. We felt the benefits this racket imparts to the player are well worth the extra cost. The Pure Strike might be a little more racket than a beginner or intermediate player could appreciate right away but one that a player could grow into as his game develops.

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