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Comments: This is an unbelievable racquet for an unbelievable price. I've been searching for a frame that
gives me control but with access to power. I tried the Wilson Pro Staff 97. It is an OK racquet but there was something
missing in the racquet and weight was a part of it. I took some demos from TW. Tried the 16x19 and 18x20 patterns. The
16x19 was too much powerful. Tried 18x20 and I believe the tension on the poly was about 54 lbs. Boy! What a difference! I
was able to go for my shots and confidence level sky rocketed. This racquet gives you laser precision, my opponents get
fooled by some balls landing on the line when they think they are going out. Been trying different tension with the same
Volkl Cyclone Tour 18 ranging from 52 to 54 lbs. I am testing it with Volkl V-Torque played one set and the racquet
responded pretty well at 53 lbs. Highly recommend it guys.
From: Gino, 3/16
Comments: First off, I want to say the comment before me (From: Rchard, 8/15) is absolutely amazing. He
described the Pure Drive so accurately. Bravo. I work at a tennis retail shop, and I always tell them they'll love the extra
power, but if they'll what something less powerful when they get better. I've been using the Strike 18x20 for almost a year
now. I did notice my game dropped at the beginning. I have to hit right on and I need to move my feet into position faster.
For the past couple of months I really felt like my footwork and strokes have improved, and I'm ready to play some really
good tennis. I did have to add a little of lead at 12 o'clock since the racquet was getting pushed around a little.
From: Anonymous, 11/15
Comments: This stick doesn't give you anything, but it allows you to take everything. You have to supply the
racquet head speed to produce power. You have to produce the stroke mechanics to produce uber-spin. You need
technique and strength to serve big. What you don't get are surprises. No trampoline "surprise" power. No crazy paced
forehand winners, where you only swung with average racquet speed. No stupid aces, why you were falling off balance,
chasing your bad toss. This stick simply rewards you for being able to play the game. It's the perfect extension of your
skill, movement and tactics. I was picking very small targets and hitting them consistently. This was especially true with
down the line shots, where I tried hitting the lines and could make that happen a third of the time. So then I assumed,
perhaps I'm just having a crazy good day. So I grabbed my buddies Pure Drive and hit well, but could not hit into the
same small windows. Not at all. The Pure Drive is the most rewarding stick in the world. It immediately makes you 10%
better. But it also can make you lazy and help you plateau faster. The Pure Strike rewards you when you do the right
things and reminds you when you don't. If you actually listen, you have a trainer in your hand. The Pure Drive makes you
think you are better than you really are, as it will allow you to hit shots off balance, out of position, late on preparation, etc.
You can hit bigger serves, without any improvement in your toss of mechanics. You can block back big serves, with
minimal effort. You can create spin without trying. And you peak at 4.0 (95% of you) because you can get way with a
compromised foundation. If you like Babolats and you honestly want to improve, not just win points easier, demo the Pure
Strike. In a year, when you are playing as a 5.0 player, you can look back at your old hitting partner and say "why are you
still swimming in the safety of the shallow end? Jump in!"
From: Richard, 8/15
Comments: I have been using this racquet since last year and it has been a great upgrade from the Wilson
I am a 4.0 player and this racquet is definitely a control racquet. Just like everyone else, if you miss the sweetspot then you
not get the shot you want. I first strung it with a nylon string and that was great for 3 sets, but then it went dead. Next, I
to Babolat RPM Dual at 58 lbs and hated it until the strings opened up thats when the sweetspot opened and the shots
amazing. I recently switched to Tier 1 Firewire at 54 lbs and I can't believe how much difference between the two strings
been. So far T1 is the best complement to this racquet. Control is still there and now I have maximized the spin. I
adding weight at 10 & 2 to open up the sweet spot for the serve and groundstrokes. Overall, customize this to your liking
you got yourself a very strong complement to your game.
From: Aaron, 5/15
Comments: I made the switch from my old Babolat Pure Drive Roddick that I had been using for a while. It was
version that had the royal blue and white decals. I had demoed newer versions of the Pure Drive, but none compared to my
Roddick. I put lead tape at 3 and 9 and balanced it on the top of the handle. However, what I needed was not more power,
more control. I tried other control oriented racquets, including the Blade and RF97. I was leaning towards the RF97 until
of my tennis club recommended the Pure Strike 18x20 to me. I immediately fell in love with it. The control is ridiculous, and
placing the ball deep in the court comes with ease. It doesn't require a huge backswing to get power, just timing. Volleys
controllable, and spin and power on serves in relatively simple. The number one thing that this racquet helped me out with
taking backhands on the rise and short angles off of both wings. The one knock I have with this magnificent piece of
engineering is that you have to time the your swing perfectly. If you can do this, the results are the cleanest balls you will
If not, lots of mishits are coming your way. All in all, a stupendous racquet for the advanced player.
From: Nathan, 3/15
Comments: I like Babolat racquets and I love the control of the 18x20. I wish Babolat made this version of
in a lighter version about 10.3-10.5 ounces strung. I'm a senior, 54 years of age, and my wrist is getting old and is
pains when using heavy racquets over 11 ounces and I need a lighter version but with good control.
From: Jack, 1/15
Comments: I am playing with the 16x19 version of this racquet and really enjoyed it. My friend bought the
so I gave it a try this morning. Not surprisingly, this one offers a bit more control and a more solid feel than the 16x19.
hard hitting players, it will perform well. If you are used to hitting flat shots (I used to play with the Wilson BLX 95), you will
this racquet. However spin is more difficult to generate. I would imagine if you try out various string tensions and string
combinations, it will alter the playing characteristics of this stick. So my comment above is really comparing like with like
and tension) vs. the 16x19.
From: Mark, 1/15
Comments: I've read a bunch of other reviews and I agree with every one of them, but here's what I can add:
racquet play with a ton of control and for an 18x20 string pattern spin is exceptional. Power is about what you'd expect
the specs. When I demoed the racquet with poly it was terrible. Tiny sweet spot, no power, couldn't see playing with this at
Exactly how the TW review described it. But now I'm demoing the racquet with xcel and I think this is a great racquet. The
sweetspot is opened up and it's a excellent control racquet and hit a very heavy ball. Prestige MP users will love this stick
generate a ton more spin and a bit more power. The only challenge for me is the swing weight is just above my level. I'm
weight to the butt cap, but it's still a lot of racquet for me to slog around, compared to the prestige pro which is my usual
From: Anon, 8/14
Comments: I am currently demoing this racquet. My regular stick is the Pure Drive. I love this Pure Strike. If I
sum it up in two words it would be "precise" and "stable." I can hit with much more accuracy than ever before. I was a little
about going from a 16x19 to a 18x20 string pattern and a slightly smaller head size, but so far that has not been a problem,
fact, I'm loving it. The only downside is the stock strings in the racquet. They are XCEL which to me are way too soft.
Makes it feel
like im hitting with cotton wool! If I do buy this racquet, I will be cutting the XCEL out and putting some RPM blast in.
From: Mike, 8/14
Comments: I switched to this after my IG and Graphene Speed MP because I was seeking more control. I
but when I attack and hit my forehand out of the sweet spot, I miss quite a lot. Anyone else suffering from this? All in all, it
From: Rado, 7/14
Comments: I switched from a Pure Drive GT to this racquet. I love the Pure Strike. It is true that it has a
sweet spot and it does take a bit of hand eye coordination to use. But when you attack the ball and hit the sweet spot it is
the best racquets I have ever used. This is one of those rackets that make you confidant that you won't miss your shot
From: Mac, 7/14
Comments: I tried this racquet for a week. It felt very good from the beginning and had power when you hit the
solidly. Unfortunately, I had many miss hits, especially on the backhand side. The racquet has a small sweet spot, which is
From: Mark, 5/14
Comments: I really like this racquet. It blends a player's frame with modern technology and responsiveness.
more crisp than the Pure Storms and much more lively than the older Aero Storms. I like the control from the 18x20 pattern
can still generate enough spin with good technique. I strung a poly-multi hybrid which combines spin and power with
Something about the Drive racquets make them feel hollow, this one does not, even though it's a fairly stiff Babolat. Highly
recommended, definitely test it out. For people comparing it to the Wilson Blade, the Pure Strike is more snappy and fast
not as much plow through though. I think I will have the confidence to switch from my old Aero Storm tours to this one.
From: Jimmy, 5/14
Comments: The best of the Strikes, in my opinion, but that's not saying much. It really does have a small
spot. It is a confused racquet. It's hard to tell what Babalot was going for, since they intentionally made it to have a small
spot. Weird. I loosened up the tension to 48 lbs with ALU 16 ga. but it still felt like hitting a rock when hit off center. It's too
cause it's a cool looking racquet.
From: Mark, 5/14
Comments: I played with a demo of this frame for about a week and really liked the frame. However, the one I
purchased was a bit heavier than the same grip sized demo. I had been playing with the GT Pure Storms for about 15
this Pure Strike provides a much more solid feel from the baseline and on serves. I have had to work with the Pure Strike to
the sweet spot, but when I connect, my hitting partners are on the defensive. If you are an attacking player and want more
"controlled power," give this Pure Strike a try.
From: Marc, 5/14
Comments: Coming from hitting with a Head Graphene Speed Pro (strung with RPM Blast 17 at 47 pounds),
initial feeling was that this racquet was stiff and harsh, considering that I had Babolat RPM Blast 16 at 55 pounds (lowest
tension) especially when hitting a flat serve. Once string tension dropped, the racquet started coming alive with spin and
Only negative I can think of is if you miss the sweet spot at the top of the head it can be jarring. The big negative impact on
top of the head might be why people consider the sweet spot to be small, but its really any different than my previous
Next stringing I might start at 50-53 pounds of RPM Blast.
From: James, 5/14
Comments: I picked this one out of all the Pure Strikes. The Tour version was a bit too hefty for me and I
tad more speed and maneuverability. The 100 square inch version was quite a bit less controllable with a more open string
pattern and larger head size. I am 4.0 have it strung with Babolat Hurricane Pro at 57.
From: Marco, 4/14
Comments: This racquet came with Babolat Addiction string, 16 gauge at approx. 58 lbs. I tried this racquet
as I am
currently using a Wilson Blade 98 (18x20) and am looking for something with just a little less of a swing weight which the
Pure Strike has (swing weight of 324 vs. the 330 of the Wilson). I found the Babolat to be unstable in my hands. Good
when all the stars are perfectly aligned but against heavy hitters not so much. In addition, the swing weight was a little too
for my personal liking.
From: David, 3/14
Comments: This racquet is definitely one of my favorites. I like to play first strike tennis and this racquet is
and very easy to swing. I was amazed at how large the sweetspot was to the sides of the frame thanks to x-sider but the
sweetspot is definitely small towards the top of the racquet, which could explain why TW review said the sweetspot was
since advanced players tend to hit higher in the string bed. I would put some lead at 12 just to drag the sweetspot up.
a bit more than I was used to (my Pure Storm), but it was still very controllable and I could put away volleys and
with ease. As for spin, this 18x20 racquet is very good but I'm going to wait till the 16x19 comes out before I switch to this
want even more spin. Overall, I really enjoyed playing with this racquet and it's definitely a good choice for an attack
From: Ken, 3/14
Comments: After using the Babolat Pure Drive Lite since it came out, I just switched to this one. I am between
and 4.5. In my opinion, this racquet is ideal for baseliners. It is very stable and has a solid feel. The sweet spot is quite
have it strung at 52 lbs and I am very happy with it.
From: Paul, 2/14
Comments: Recently bought this racquet and I'm loving it, sweetspot is suprisingly big as I was concerned
buying as TW playtesters said it was small. Swings easily and despite it being 18x20, there's a lot of power and spin
especially if you string it below 50 pounds. Changed the orignal grip to Babolat Natural Grip with an overgrip, now it's 8
which I like. Overall, this racquet is a keeper.
From: Alex, 2/14
Comments: I just demo'd this racquet this weekend. Overall, it is a great racket compared to my APD Plus and
Pure Control (demo). The swing is very fast and also the sweet spot is big (I am very surprised why TW review states that
spot is small because even according to the TW University Lab Review, this racquet has a very big sweet zone).
From: Harry, 2/14
Comments: Just finished the demo of this racquet. Felt heavier than its weight. Also played with the "tour"
12 ounces and felt lighter due to its head light balance and was much more crisp, forgiving, and overall a better racquet. If
are debating between this and the tour pick the Tour.
From: Preston, 2/14
Comments: Really awesome racquet. I normally don't like Babolat racquets, but this one is the best. Good
everywhere from the baseline to the net. Great control and feel that I don't find with other Babolat racquets. I think it's
people who hit flat and like to hit hard. Also has good power but not too powerful and you need good strokes for this
take advantage of it. Also, I think stringing low tension really makes this racquet play better. At first I strung with RPM at 55
but not much power at all. I drop down to 48 lbs and wow. Very good power and spin and control still great. I love this
And it looks cool too.
From: Dimitri, 1/14
Comments: Good all around racquet that does everything well. Sweet spot is high up in the racquet head
took me a little while to get used to. My demo was strung with Babolat Addiction at 60 pounds which is too tight for this
considering its 18x20 string pattern. Would try stringing the racquet first at its minimum recommended tension of 55
less than this if you use a polyester string. This racquet has a great looking color scheme and a very aerodynamic looking
-- it really stands out on the court.
From: Eric, 1/14
Comments: Solid frame and plays heavier than its weight. Very good all-around including from baseline and at
Can serve very big with it too. Pretty stiff, but not as stiff as Pure Drive or AeroPro Drive. Good power and very good
is a little big for its size. A little more spin would be nice but overall an excellent racquet.
From: Mike, 1/14
Comments: Bought 2. Overall, it is a good racquet all around. But sometimes I feel like it is like an old
of material. The head is not as firm as the Wilson Blade. Also, the middle of the string bed is tighter than the Wilson Blade
After I added lead at 3 and 9 o'clock, I feel better. I will try to find a string for this racquet and see how it works. But
overall, I like
From: Nick, 1/14
Comments: Great racquet! Good control on all shots. Very flexible feel. Swingweight makes for a little heavier
maneuver. I recommend stringing this racquet at 50 lbs max with a polyester string.
From: Juan, 1/14