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Comments: I bought this racquet when it was first released on the TW website last year. However, when I got into
long rallies or tight 3 set matches, I grew tired and initially started spraying balls long. Therefore, I gave the racquet away to a
good friend of mine. Yesterday, I played with it again for about 2 hours. I wanted to see what I could do after a whole year of
muscle training. Another key factor that's crucial to this situation is that I tore my rotator cuff in March. Anyways, this racquet is
hands down the MOST STABLE stick I've played with. I didn't have to beef it up with grams of lead tape because there's already
enough mass in the hoop of the frame. Due to that, groundstrokes were absolutely amazing. The racquet never twisted on off-
center shots and I could easily use my opponents pace against them. Serving was a breeze! The mass even made my serves both
heavier and faster. I was getting good access to spin off my slice and kick despite the 18x20 pattern. Volleys were a great
success due to the fact that the frame was stable. Rarely did the ball go long but that's more of a technique problem rather than a
racquet one. The sweetspot is pretty big and due to its stability, the racquet is very forgiving. The negative cost of wielding this
stick is that you have to be strong to maneuver it. I'm just your average 6'2", 180 lbs human being coming off an injury, but I'm
positive if you put your mind to it, you can use this astonishing racquet.
From: Edward, 5/15
Comments: I was one of the first to buy this racquet when it came out. I have to admit the paint job and cosmetics
and the nice marketing video was the only reason I considered it. I was going to go for the Prestige MP because that suited my net
game the most with its stability. But when I demoed the Pure Strike, it felt like this is what racquets in heaven would be like. My
shaky one hander suddenly became a reliable shot and sometimes even a massive weapon. My forehand, which was already great,
got even better with the added directional control and the 18x20 string pattern. My volleys and half volleys are amazing because
of the stability and this is important as I play on the rise a lot. But, what really stood out was the feel. Unlike most people, I like a
small sweet spot because it gives me a really good response and really makes me time the ball perfectly. Yes, the racquet isn't
easy to maneuver, but damn when you hit the sweetspot, you will be in paradise.
From: Abhinand, 4/15
Comments: This stick is awesome. The cosmetics are nice and plays like a Wilson Blade. Best stick I have tried.
From: Jo, 3/15
Comments: I don't know what it is about the Pure Strike Tour, but it is one racquet that has helped me improve as a
player. I hated the weight and balance compared to the IG Prestige MP when I first picked up the racquet, but within a week, I was
a convert. No other racquet has given me the power and consistency, which led to more confidence when going for winners and
winning more matches. The best part, though, is not about power and consistency with the Pure Strike Tour -- it just grabs on to
the ball when slicing, so even my forehand slice has become a serious weapon. The spin potential is simply amazing. However,
this racquet does not reward wristy and whippy strokes. It does take a full swing and good follow through to maximize the
racquet's potential, but when you do your topspin drives are going to be wickedly penetrating, the flat bombs will be almost
unreturnable, and the slices will skid like crazy. The sweet spot is small, so it does take some time getting used to it, but what an
incredible stick! The stability and the plow through is second to none!
From: Max, 2/15
Comments: Had my first hit with this new raqcuet today for about 2 hours. I knew almost immediately that this
racquet was made for me. I have been playing with Tecnifibre 325 with a little extra weight in the handle for a lighter head balance
and great whip. I didn't have to alter the Babolat Pure Strike Tour because it is the perfect balance and swingweight for my style of
play. I like to take big swings at the ball. Strung at 62 lbs, when compared to the Tecnifibre at 64 lbs, the Babolat had less power,
which is what I wanted and although the 325 is rated as low power, but I have always found them a bit too responsive. The Babolat
also seems a little more forgiving with a slightly larger sweet spot. It is comfortable too, no elbow complaints. I love this racquet
From: Dan, 2/15
Comments: Best stick ever made! Although it takes a lot of strength to wield, this is a beast of a racquet! Love the
pop and control I get, and with enough racquet head speed, I could also get lots of bite on the ball.
From: Anon, 11/14
Comments: All I can say is what a racquet! The perfect mix or maneuverability, power and spin. I'm an
interemediate highschool player and even with a 12 ounce racquet I can plow through and create a lot of mass with this stick with
some to little effort. Poly strings seem to best fit for control and controllable power. Great pop on serves, easy on the arm, with
the 18x20 pattern you need to hit with consistent form. Enough forgiveness around the sweet spot to stay in the game. Slice is
great, backhand is superb and overall, an incredible stick. Great job on this Babolat! Thanks TW!
From: Humberto, 11/14
Comments: Been striking with it for a couple of months and I really like it -- solid feel and a nice sweetspot. Spin
has been a little bit of a struggle, but I think it has to do with technique, putting in thinner Cyclone polys has definitely made it
easier. I put on a leather grip to, made it easier to handle at net. Love this racquet.
From: Fredrik, 10/14
Comments: I'm a 4.5 baseline player and demoed this Babolat Pure Strike Tour along with the Yonex Vcore Tour G
and the Wilson 6.1 95. I preferred both the Yonex and the Wilson to the Babolat because they had more access to spin and were
From: Chris, 10/14
Comments: What an amazing racquet! Finally a company that had the guts to make a frame that rivals the Head
PT630, seriously. Will be stocking up on these for the years to come! Honestly this racquet won't sell to a large range of players
like the Pure Drive or AeroPro Drive does, it is just too demanding for 4.0 and below. Anyone that is complaining of it being heavy
or not a friendly racquet to play with should improve their technique and overall strength. Enjoy them while they last!
From: Mike, 10/14
Comments: I demo'd this racquet and for me it was a bust. I thought the directional control was poor and it seemed
to have a muted or dead feel. I was hoping the 6 points HL would make it more maneuverable than it actually is. Obviously these
posts are very subjective; this frame is not for me. I'm a 4.0 player with a one handed back hand.
From: David, 10/14
Comments: Solid, stable, plush, powerful, and loaded with feel. There is only one downside which is
maneuverability. It isn't bad, but not as good as I'd like it to be. You get used to it though, and now I don't have any problems
whipping up through low balls.
From: Eric, 10/14
Comments: Babolat officially created the messiah of sticks. If this stick doesn't revolutionize the game, I don't know
From: Al, 9/14
Comments: I demoed this racquet and really enjoyed it, or so I thought. After I bought the Pure Strike Tour and
used it for a few weeks I could not take it anymore. My first serve suffered, off center hits were very unforgiving, and I couldn't
generate the spin I wanted. I decided to switch to the APD and it is amazing -- newer isn't always better. Babolat did it right with
the APD. Of course, the paint job on the Pure Strike Tour is the best out there, but the performance didn't do it for me!
From: Stello, 9/14
Comments: I had been hitting with a Prestige Classic Mid for the past two summers in the hopes of building up arm
and wrist strength as well as forcing myself to swing with better form etc. I finially decided I wanted to see if all the work had
really paid off, so I went to a racquet club to test out a few racquets, once I got my hands on this stick I didn't want to let go. It
had close to the buttery feel my mid had when I hit the sweet spot, which is saying quite a lot, but on top of that it had quite a bit
more power, forgiveness, and maneuverability than the prestige. It also had much more spin potential which is what I was looking
for because of the difficulty I had creating any on my backhand with the prestige. I ended up going with this stick over the Head
Extreme Pro, which was also a great racquet, just didn't have the crispness that the strike tour had, especially on the flat
penetrating shots. Overall, very impressed by Babolat with this racquet, paint job is slick but naturally I dropped it in my first
game with it and now theres a couple chips missing, go figure.
From: Kevin, 8/14
Comments: This is the best 18x20 racquet I've ever used it's like a modern/better ProTour 630. Few racquets play
better then the specs suggest, but this is one of the rare ones. Other then the high swing weight and lowish balance, no stick has
given me the confidence to swing as free and just rip a ball yet plant it where ever I want. This is like no Babolat I've ever tried
and I'm going to stock up on this gem!
From: DH, 8/14
Comments: I have moved from the Pure Drive Roddick to this. It is the best Babolat frame ever. An excellent mix of
power and control. Amazing slices.
From: Alex, 7/14
Comments: After reading all the great reviews, I decided to not spend any "demo" time and move immediately to
purchase. These frames are simply sublime. Like a sports car, they demand attention, but the payout is nothing I have
seen/felt/experienced before. It's precise on every shot. Volleys, slices, backhands and kick serves are shots where I saw an
immediate upgrade. Babolat (to me) was always a brand of racquets that were too stiff for my 45 year old arm, but there are no
signs of tennis elbow with this frame, and I am cracking on my forehands and flat serves. I had my tennis pro string one with gut
mains and RPM Blast on the crosses, and the other with Black Widow. When I'm feeling like taking a big bite out of the ball, and
the conditions are dry, the Black Widow pattern suits me fine, and when I want to focus on control above all else, the hybrid job
does the job. Try this racquet; you'll love it! I'm a 4.5 on a good day.
From: Arne, 6/14
Comments: I demoed this frame alongside the Yonex V-Core Tour G and the new Graphene Head Radical. It was a
toss-up between this frame and the Yonex Tour G. The Tour G had better direction with slices. But I opted out for the power I get
with this stick. I was never a fan of Babolat before they made this frame, I find their frames to feel hollow. But I'm glad I tried this
one; the great combo of control and power made me switch. I bought 3 of these immediately.
From: Frankie, 6/14
Comments: I demod this stick for a day. Very stable against hard, spin hitters. If you are strong and have a problem
returning balls against hard hitting guys, you have to try this thing. You can flaten any ball you want. My one-handed backhand is
amazing with this one. Directional control is great. First serve was great. Second serve kick was not as high as with the Nadal
stick, but still decent. Amazing access to spin with a dense pattern. I was amazed with the generous sweet spot for a dense patern
stringed with a poly. If you are strong and have flat strokes, this stick will be a night mare for your opponents.
From: Pete, 6/14
Comments: I've been using this racquet since the beginning of this year, I am quite happy with them. They feel like
the heavy version of Wilson Blade 98. The racquets have many advantages, however, there are three major problems with them in
my opinion. Firstly, the heavy swingweight made me feel tired after 2 sets. Secondly, because of the balance of the racquets, I hit
the ball in the net more often, so I have to adjust my swing style a little bit. Thirdly, I have troubles with my volley with this
racquet. However, this racquet is a good attempt by Babolat and they are quite successful in terms of the feel, paint job of the
From: Tao, 6/14
Comments: Great racquet! Perfect mix between power and control. Excellent stability. Best frame in the market!
From: Alexandre, 5/14
Comments: After reading up and demoing this racquet extensively, my analysis for this racquet is that, depending
on your intensity level, you do need to be strong to handle this racquet.
From: SL, 4/14
Comments: This racquet is a dream, smooth as silk and slices through the ball like a hot knife through butter!
Ladies, don't be intimidated by this racquet.
From: SLK, 4/14
Comments: This is a great racquet. I have been playing with the Slazenger Pro Braided and I like it but I thought I
would demo some newer racquets. So I tried this with the Pure Control Tour, the Djokovic Head Speed Pro, and the Volkl Power
Bridge. I couldn't let go of this Pure Strike. Everything about it seemed perfect to me. The serve got the lowest score in the TW
review but I serve great with it and I don't feel like it should have a lower score on serve. If I had to pick a standout feature though
it would be the directional control. I will say you need a healthy arm and you need to be pumped up and ready to play hard with
this one. If you are you will be rewarded. I bought one and got the free Babolat Pro Hurricane string at 58 lbs and I like it, but the
racquet recommends RPM Blast/Xcel and it probably would play a little better than the Hurricane.
From: John, 4/14
Comments: So much control! I immediately felt like I could put it anywhere I wanted it to go. You absolutely have to
be strong and not afraid to swing hard. It feels very heavy after about two hours of playing but it is worth it for how well this
racquet plays. I have won my first two college matches after switching from a Pure Drive 2013 to this racquet.
From: Zane, 4/14
Comments: Great racquet -- very stable because of the heft which allows for great control. You need to be strong
to use this racquet. Especially if you are playing matches and playing for an extended period of time. Previous reviews I have read
all have referenced the fact that it can overwhelm a weaker player. Without upper body, forearm, and shoulder strength you are
going to go nowhere. Your forehand and serve and all aspects of your game will be weak if you can't handle this racquet. Basically
if you aren't strong, don't use this racquet. When I serve and hit groundstrokes with this racquet, I am hitting hard and it's exactly
what I like to see and feel. But then again I regularly work out and I am a young and strong player with a power game.
From: Anon, 4/14
Comments: Awesome racquet! I have been playing with it for about 2 weeks. Yesterday, I tried hitting a few balls
with my previous racquet and realized all over again how far superior the Babolat Pure Strike Tour is. Stability, solidity, control,
and power. I have it strung with Gamma Professional 18 gauge at 57 lbs. I am a 4.0 female over 60 year old player with a one
handed slice backhand and flat ball forehand.
From: Spike, 4/14
Comments: Better than any racquet I've ever used. I'm an old Head Prestige MP user for many years. This new
Babolat Pure Strike Tour is far and away the best technology ever. The control is beyond description. I played with it the first time
today. I found power on demand. I found control. Few balls sprayed long or wide. Everything was inside the lines and with
brutal pace. Hard to find words to describe how awesome this racquet is.
From: BK, 4/14
Comments: This is an absolutely incredible racquet. Babolat hit this one out of the park. I've never really been a fan
of Babolats they are way to stiff and overpowered. I was torn between keeping my wilson 6.1 95 18x20 or making the switch to
this racquet. When I went on the court and played a match with the Pure Strike and immediately felt a better fit. The spin, control,
and power are perfect for my game. I added a leather grip because I felt there was too much weight in the hoop. After adding the
leather grip the racket is a gem. I have it strung with Luxilon 4G 16L at 57 lbs.
From: Kyle, 4/13
Comments: Best racquet! Better than the AeroPro and Pure Drive. Lots of control, power, and stability. Serves and
groundstrokes are amazing.
From: Eric, 3/14
Comments: Tremendous frame. Babolat nailed it with this one. I am a long term Wilson 6.1 user with long fast
swings and found this frame absolutely perfect for my game. I will be making the switch to Babolat which I never thought I would.
Outstanding control, feel, power and spin. Very easy on my arm as well. Strung with a multi at 60 lbs. Will probably try it with
poly as eventually.
From: Dave, 3/14
Comments: I was using the Wilson Blade 93, but not any more! This is probably the best racquet on the market
right now. It has given me extreme power to my shots, and when paired with the right combo of strings, it can be your
opponent's worst nightmare. I use RPM Blast 16 in the mains at 60 lbs and Xcel 16 or Luxilon ALU Power Rough in the crosses,
both at 58 lbs. It is a perfect combo!
From: Ronald, 3/14
Comments: I have played with it twice now and it has matched or increased every stroke in my arsenal. I have been
using APD for a number of years and although it was great for spin it hurt my arm and wasnt great at flattening shots out to
punch holes in opponents defense. The Tour has such a solid, muted feel I have left the xcel strings in rather than use poly like
usual. It also looks incredible.
From: Tony, 3/14
Comments: A perfect balance between control and power. When paired with the right strings and the right tension
(which in my case is Xcel 17 on the mains at 6 0lbs and RPM Bllast 17 in the crosses at 57 lbs), the racquet is amazing. For volleys
I find it forgiving enough to boost confidence and for groundstrokes it is a reliable weapon. Before switching 2 weeks ago to this
racquet, I had played with the K90 for the last 7 years. The final decision was between this racquet and Head YOUTEK Graphene
Radical Pro. The Pure Strike tour won in the end.
From: Faisal, 3/14
Comments: I am currently using the Pure Storm (10.4) and tried both the 10.8 and the 11.3. With my fast and long
swing strokes, the Pure Strike Tour provided the best results. Serves were faster, ground strokes (topspin, flat and slice) landed
deeper with an increase in speed and spin, volleys were crisper, overheads were more lethal. I did notice that I have to work a little
with this racquet on drop shots. Overall a much better racquet performance compared to the Pure Storm. After playing with the
Tour for a few weeks, it was hard to switch back to the Storm (I kept shanking balls). I am definitely switching to this racquet. I am
a 5.0 player and play both singles and doubles.
From: Nora, 2/14
Comments: Just finished a demo with this racquet and was very happy. Much more sturdy and forgiving than the
standard 18x20 Pure Strike. Great on serves, forehand, and volleys at the net. Because of the swing weight, it made returns of
serve very easy for just a quick return but still get depth on the ball. Only complaint was my one-handed back hand felt a little
sluggish also due to the weight (but could be my poor form as well). I think this will be my next purchased racquet!
From: Preston, 2/14
Comments: By far the best frame you will ever hit with!
From: Aaron, 1/14
Comments: Great racquet! I've been playing with it for a few weeks now, first serve is a killer! Very stable, helps a
lot with one-handed backhand and volleys. Still adjusting to the weight (used to play with a Pure Storm). Strung with Luxilon
hybrid at 53 pounds. Cosmetics are just great!
From: Vitaliy, 1/14
Comments: Amazing frame. Control, power, and feel is all there. Also the paint job is just wonderful.
From: Mike, 1/14
Comments: Hit a demo of this one for an hour last week and found it to be a great frame. Control is awesome, feel
great, power is always there on reserve as you can swing with such confidence. Was strung with Sonic Pro Poly, but comfort was
-- no arm pain. Better control than my Pure Storm and better pop than my Prestige Mid, what more can you ask for? Maybe 16x19
From: Mateo, 1/14