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Comments: I'm a 4.0 player, modern forehand, one handed backhand, singles and doubles. I bought 2 of
these. Then I bought 2 more. I started with them in the 55 lb range, moved up to 63 lbs with a poly blend. Loads of control.
Everything was great. Then I slipped up and strung one at 30 pounds with the Gosen Polylon 17. The racquet is everything
it was, but so much more. I was looking for an old school stick with not much power so I could hit the ball. I found it. And
I'm sad to say that there are no more in my grip size. Glad I got mine when I did.
From: Dave, 12/16
Comments: 5.0 Player. Strung at 50 lbs (or less) with Big Banger Original mains, Wilson Sensation crosses.
I've been looking for a replacement close to the Prince Rebel EXO3 95 and this is it. Flexible and easy on the arm. Delivers
silky smooth groundstrokes with maneuverability and plow-through. Able to go for broke on forehands with consistency.
Kick and flat serves with ease. Some trouble with volleys as the sweet spot is a little smaller than I'm used to but nothing
crazy. Its a Babolat stick without the insane stiffness and power at $130.
From: Tyler, 10/16
Comments: I'm a big believer in skill and technique playing more of a role in a person's game than the kind of
stick they use. Put another way: you learn to play the racquet. This racquet reminds me of my old ProStaff (the same one
Pete Sampras used during his reign). It plays very "dead" which is what I like. You need to generate your own power and
develop solid strokes to get the most out of this racquet. It won't magnify your energy. Off-center hits go nowhere forcing
you to concentrate on good, clean contact. I have it strung with Hyperion at 51 lbs. I have a big swing and can generate
lot of top spin at times. It can disapoint if you don't have good racket speed on all your groundstrokes. Overall, I think it's
more suited for advanced players who have solid control over their game.
From: Anthony, 6/16
Comments: If you grew up in the nineties playing with 18x20 Head frames, you should definitely give
this racquet a try, it has the same kind of classic feel and flex. It plays a lot like a slightly lighter and more forgiving
Prestige Mid - which I think is a good thing. It also hits the best slice out of any racquet I've tried. I'm surprised
there aren't more reviews of this great frame.
From: Anonymous, 2/16
Comments: Great racquet -- more stable than the Pure Storm Ltd (previous edition). Great control,
feel and at lower tensions (I string it at 42 lbs with a soft multi) it really shines. I cannot find anything bad about this
at all. A hidden treasure amongst the other stiff, powerful Babolat frames. Amazing racquet in the right hands.
From: Tommy, 9/15
Comments: I have been a Babolat Pure Drive user for years, but I felt my game needed new technology
specs to reach the next level. The Pure Control 95 has done just that. It did not take long to adjust to the smaller
spot on the 95, but focus on good swing mechanics is definitely needed. The 95 has considerably less power than
Pure Drive, but the 95 is more maneuverable, more responsive at net, and offers much more control, hence its
You will need to swing big from the baseline, but your biggest shots will stay on target. The Pure Control 95 is
worth a demo. I will probably purchase a second one soon!
From: Nyemike, 6/15
Comments: Not a big fan of Babolats in the past. Never cared for the wide beam or the stiffness. This
different. Like the reviews say -- nice buttery feel with great control. On all of my previous racquets I felt like a
needed; however this one felt just right without. I did not think I would ever replace the old head liquid metal; but
beat! The best 18x20 racquet I have ever used.
From: John, 11/14
Comments: Alright so this frame is outstanding. String selection is paramount with this stick. I got the
with Technifibre NRG2 multi in low 50s. Thankfully the string let go after about 2 hours of hitting. I restrung it not
rather higher. I used Luxilon 4G at 54 in the mains and Wilson Syn Gut Power at 56. Did this frame come to life!
different feel. Great pop, great feel and pin-point accuracy. There are no deceptions about this frame. Its an RA of
58 for a
That being you better swing big from the backcourt. I found that the more pace I encountered the better this stick
add or take away power at will. It served great and volleys were crisp and accurate. I did not experience any issues
but had to focus on hitting the ball clean. This frame is very comparable to my Pacific X-Feel Pro 95s, but has just a
power. Great player stick. For sure 4.5+ and that's being generous. I'm gonna try the new version of my current
this one is close. I'll see if I could find 3 that play the same as that is not an issue with the 3 Pacifics I have now.
From: Radek, 9/14
Comments: This racquet is amazing! It has control, pinpoint accuracy, maneuverability and lots and
found TW Chris' review very precise. The racquet is low powered, so you need full and fast swing to the ball clear
Chris said, if you put some lead tape and lower the tension (for a full bed poly), you can get more power from it. I
o'clock and 48/46 lbs for tension using Pro Hurricane Tour. With this setup, this thing turns into a cannon without
and feel. For a 4.5 player, this racquet totally worth a demo.
From: Leandro, 6/14