First Look (Sneak Peek!) — Babolat Pure Strike!

It’s no secret around here that my favorite racquet brand is Babolat (I’ve been playing with some form of the Babolat Pure Drive since 2001). So when we got the new Pure Strikes in, I couldn’t contain my eagerness (to say the least) to get one of the new Babolat Pure Strikes in my hand and on the court! The racquets sat patiently behind me for a week, unstrung…taunting me with its bright pops of flourescent red and black matte paint…until finally, they were strung up and ready to go!

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Where Babolat already has the power game dialed in with their Pure Drive Series, and then the spin-monster with the AeroPro Drive family of racquets – the name of the game is crisp control with the new line of Pure Strikes.

Check out our initial specs:

Babolat Pure Strike:                                                  Babolat Pure Strike Tour:  
Pattern: 18×20                                                              Pattern: 18×20
Length: 27″                                                                   Length: 27″
Balance: 5HL                                                               Balance: 6HL
Strung Weight: 11.4 oz                                                 Strung Weight: 12
Flex: 66                                                                         Flex: 65
Swingweight: 324                                                        Swingweight: 330

New Technology!

  • Response Woofer: Babolat adds even more power with the addition of a new material called PEBAX which increases energy return
  • X-Sider: new frame shape which expands the sweetspot by 10% and creates a more forgiving response off-center
  • Stabilizer Technology: A sturdier frame construction adds more torsional stability, keeping the racquet more stable upon impact

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2013 US Open gear check: Rafael Nadal

He’s known as the King of Clay, but he’s been on a bit of a tear this summer on the hard courts so watch out for Rafael Nadal as he makes a bid for another US Open title. Let’s take a look at Rafa’s gear from the 2013 US Open.

Rafa in action at the 2013 US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Rafa in action at the 2013 US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

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The Raging Bull charges again

Rafael Nadal returns to the ATP tour with a bang after winning 3 of his first 4 tournaments back.

Rafael Nadal returns to the ATP tour with a bang after winning 3 of his first 4 tournaments back.  Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

It’s the first week of August, and the professional tennis tour has returned to the hallowed grounds of the All England Club for the second time in a month. A month ago, Roger Federer once again reigned supreme taking his 7th Wimbledon title, and now the battle for Olympic gold has begun. Many of the top players had their eyes on the Olympics for a while, like Roger Federer seeking his first Olympic gold in singles or Andy Murray playing in his home nation of Great Britain.  The Grand Slams are always important, but the Olympics only come around every four years and present a unique opportunity to represent your country and be remembered forever as a national hero.

Another player looking forward to the Olympics was Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who up until just a few days before the event was not only Spain’s best chance at a tennis gold medal, but was slated to have the honor of being Spain’s flag-bearer in the Opening Ceremony. An incredible honor, and one that Rafa did not take lightly.
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