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Comments: I switched to this racquet after laboring with the Wilson PS97 for 6 months. I am a 4.5 player with
modern strokes and good technique. This racquet works for me at the spec 11.3 ounce weight. It is a very solid hitting racquet,
it swings fast and much less cumbersome than the Wilson PS97, the hoop is solid and the racket has very controlled flex in the
throat area. It is somewhat less powerful than the PS97, but I find it more precise and I am significantly more consistent and can
put many more strong shots in play. It is not a low power racquet, but it has less power than the PD/APD models. I do find plenty
of power when serving, something about the balance distribution makes it shine there. I would recommend you pay to get the
weight and balance checked. I found plenty of examples coming in at the high end of the tolerance pushing 11.6 ounces vs. the
spec weight. So far it is very comfortable on my arm and shoulder. The racquet does not feel "soft" but the dampening must be
good because my arm is happy. I think TWU shows it has a low vibration frequency. I am very happy with this choice and find it
superior to the PS97, the Blades and Head Radical.
Comments: I'm a big hitter and this racquet really helps my game greatly. It's a racquet that requires a big swing to
get the full effect, so if you aren't looking to rip the ball, this one isn't for you. It has a solid feel that gives lots of heavy shots and
gives good spin, but you need to go for your shots. I also noticed that if you put too much cover on the ball, it's not going to
travel as far. This is definitely for big hitters who hit a flatter ball that want a bit more spin to compensate for their flatter strokes.
I found the access to slice amazing. I previously played with the Yonex RQiS 1 Tour for 6 years. This was a good decision to
convert here. Awesome stick.
Comments: Adding to my 9/2014 comment below: I have had an extended playtest with both the Pure Strike 16x19
and the Wilson Blade 16x19. First with the racquets strung at the middle of their respective recommended tension range (55 lbs
for the Blade, 58 lbs for the PS -- both with Wilson NXT Tour). Then both at 58 lbs with Ashaway Cross Fire 18. The verdict
remains: The PS feels more solid and you can hit a heavier ball, the slice is especially amazing (despite both racquets have virtually
the same spec). Having said that, if you are a traditional player who hits a flatter ball and a slice (like me), I like the PS more. It
reminds me of the Wilson 95, which I have played with all my life. If you are a modern heavy top spin player, you may like the
Blade 98 more. It has more power but a bit less control (and as I said the ball feels less heavy). Finally, I think if you put stiffer
polys in both racquets, then I think the Blade may play very well and the PS may be a bit dead (I haven't tried it, just my intuitive
Comments: I absolutely love this racquet. I've never been a Babolat fan, and have been playing with Prince for the
last five years. However, I tried this racquet and it is incredible. I mostly play doubles at the 4.0-4.5 level and this gives me great
feel and accuracy on returns, volleys, and serves. Serving has always been the biggest part of my game, but I feel like I can hit any
serve anywhere I want to with this stick. I also love the amount of spin this stick generates for both topspin and slice. I give it an
A++ to anyone with a fast strokes looking for control and feel.
Comments: I started to play tennis again after many years, I'm a 3.5 and choose this frame because it's
weight/swingweight is the higher I like to handle. Moreover, I needed a control oriented frame as I tend to hit hard. Well it's a
quite demanding racquet. I like it a lot but every time you don't hit with good technique or you take your eyes away from the ball
you will know it immediately! Very precise, good spin, great feel when you hit well. Makes me very insecure on my serve witch
happen to be my best shot though. Feels unstable at net: you really need good technique to hit the ball in the sweet spot during
volleys. I am going to keep it a while, I like it a lot, but too demanding for me. I'm a 3.5 player -- strung it with Wilson NXT at 56
Comments: This is a great stick -- it makes me feel confident in my game. I demoed many racquets including the
Pure Drive, AeroPro, Wilson Blade 98 (16x19), Dunlops, Heads, Yonex racquets, Pacific, and this new Pure Strike (I used to play
with a Dunlop Aerogel 4d 300). All of them were ok, but this one allows me to hit spin shots and a hard, flat ball with control. I
can't find another racquet that allows me both. If you swing slow, you will get poor results; swing fast and you will be rewarded.
As a 45 year-old 4.0 player with a very good, hard first serve, heavy forehand and decent two-handed backhand I need a racquet
that will put the ball where I want it and this does it well. Modifications/details: leather grip under a thin black overgrip, and a
textured poly at a medium-high tension.
Comments: I wanted to like this based on the reviews and specs, but was disappointed. Coming from a Pure Drive
Roddick, this felt rather tinny/metalic and dull when striking the ball in my opinion.
Comments: I wanted a more solid racquet than my Blade 98 (16x19). Perhaps coming from a BLX 95, it is not "fair"
to say that about the Blade 98. Anyway, I decided to give the Pure Strike a try. Both racquets strung with Wilson NXT Power 17 at
mid range of recommended tension. The Pure Strike feels more solid than the Blade 98 (both at stock without any weights added).
However, the Blade feels more lively and powerful -- so a tough toss up here. I tried adding weight to the 3 and 9 o'clock position
of my Blade 98. Then it became head heavy and played a bit differently. Will give it a longer try. Perhaps try various tensions and
string combinations and see how it goes.
Comments: Love the 16x19. Coming from a Dunlop F3.0 Tour, this racquet upped the power, comfort, and spin
that I wasn't getting from the Dunlop. Be wary, this racquet can be quite string sensitive. As of right now, I have settled on a
poly/syn gut hybrid that is working magically.
Comments: I have both the Tour and the 16x19 versions of this frame. I have to give the upper hand to the Tour.
The extra weight is perfect. I can rip it from anywhere I want. The 16x19 is too light for my taste. I felt like if I didn't swing as hard
as I could it would go straight into the net. And when I did swing as hard as I could I would hit the ball long. This racquet doesn't
have as much control or power as the Tour. The serve is a plus as it accelerates fast.
Comments: I've been play testing this racquet for months, and finally decided to put it in play for good, replacing
my Prince Rebel 98 and Prince Tour 100 (16x18). I had gone to the Prince due to arm strain issues coming off Babolat Pure Drive.
I have not experienced arm issues with the Strike since finally settling on RPM Team at 48 lbs as the best string option for me on
this one. I was very careful and deliberate in play testing extensively for about 2 months including league and tournament play.
In the end, the stability and maneuverability of the Strike is superior for my game. I feel I can swing confidently with depth and
spin on both sides. The performance on returns is phenomenal, especially against heat. And, on serve it out-performed anything
else I've played with recently because the swingweight allows me to generate more speed for extra pace and spin.
Comments: I am disappointed in this frame so far. Comparing to the Roddick GT I have been playing with, this one
although lighter, feels sluggish, heavier and dull on impact with the ball. I probably picked up a little pace on serve, and after
hitting with it a bit I was finding decent groundstrokes with the Pure Strike in spite of the lack of feel. The real red flag for me is
that I had arm pain on the inside of my elbow, which I've never had before. I haven't given up on it yet. I originally strung it like I
do the Roddick, with Solinco Tour Bite 19 in the mains and RPM Blast 18 in the crosses and that just didn't work. Going to RPM 18
in the mains and Excel in the crosses as it says on the frame. We'll see if that wakes up this racquet. I hope so, or I'll have to buy
up several more Roddicks. Probably not what Babolat wants to hear.
Comments: Good overall solid racquet. I didn't like it for the 1st hour of hitting because the sweet spot felt too
small and the racquet felt so underpowered compared to my Blade 98 and I was about to give up on it. On my next outing, I was
able to finally adjust to the feel and launch angle and it started clicking. Serves had good control and pace but not as much pop as
a Pure Drive or Blade 98. It has a nice soft, flexy feel which gave good touch and control from the baseline and net. I liked it much
better than the 18x20 version which felt underpowered with a smaller sweetspot (dead spot at the top of the sweetspot) while it
still had nearly as much control. I like the blend of feel and power. I've been going through many racquets lately (Pure Drive,
Aeropro, Blade 98, Yonex Ai98, Babolat Pure Control, Head Speed Pro, Graphene Radical Pro) and I find this racquet to fit my
game. It reminds me of my liquidmetal Radical but allows me to serve much better maybe due to having a little more mass in the
upper hoop. The softness and flex felt similar to the older line of Head Radicals -- not the new Graphene version which is too stiff
and does not have enough feel which left me feeling disconnected from my shots. This racquet is a good control racquet for the
advanced player but you have to be able to supply some of the pace. I find it a little more powerful than the new Babolat Pure
Control line but with good control still -- good pocketing on shots.
Comments: Very solid stick and one of my favorites that I have hit with this year. I bought a few for an extended
play test. It's very different from most Babolat sticks. It has really nice feel and control. I string mine with Hurricane Tour at 59 lbs
and I play 5.0 level (Open 40s USTA). I must add that mine came in a good bit heavier than the specs that TW lists. All three are
11.7 oz strung with no mods which is about perfect for me. I did match them with the demo that I used, but I do know find most
of them were around the weight that TW lists.
Comments: Nice stick! So, I've been using a Wilson Blade 98 18x20 for the past year and a half. I demoed this and
I've put in about 8 hours with it. The cosmetics are great. Not the best I've ever seen, but very clean. I like the matte finish and the
gun metal gray color as opposed to black. It wasn't as stiff for me as some others have complained. I found it somewhat stiff, but
the feel and comfort weren't lacking. The power is about medium, with less pop than, say, the AeroPro Drive, but more than my
Blade. Not quite as good control, but definitely more spin and more pop. I could hit a big forehand with this racquet when I had
time to set-up, getting more pace than I ever could with the Blade. I did notice a slight lack in consistency, but that was more
contributed by my own poor technique. Plus, I wasn't fully adapted to the stick. You can't give a final decision on a racquet's
overall quality with under 10 hours of playtime. But from my brief playtest, I think this is a very good control-oriented racquet
with decent pop and spin.
Comments: I'm playing with Babolat Pure Storm, so I thought this would be similar, but it did not meet my
expectations. It felt sluggish, heavier than its weight, too stiff and I could not control my shots just got away from me. Good
power and spin so it might work for baseliners, although there are better racquets than this one.
Comments: I currently play with the Pure Storm Tour, GT model. Despite the lighter weight, this racquet has a
effective swingweight and is a bit less maneuverable. The stiffness makes it somewhat more powerful, but at the cost of comfort.
Much more pop on serve, but also harder to control on groundstrokes. Overall, a good racquet, just not amazing. Feels stiffer
the rating would suggest.
Comments: Solid stick. Good power, control and fairly easy to wield.
Comments: This is an incredible racquet. I hit shots that I usually don't make with this. Impossible to not hit a solid
shot with this racquet. This is a must demo. Not too heavy but heavy enough to generate power.
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