It’s that time of year, the Holidays are just around the corner! Whether you have started your shopping already and just need one more special item for that lovely tennis lady in your life, or if you haven’t even begun — I’m here to help you out! So read on and click here to check out a few of our favorite things for the ladies this year in Tennis Warehouse’s Ladies Gift Guide!
I just got done interrogating Mark Boone after his trip to Babolat last week for the launch of the Babolat PLAY racquet. He was kind enough to write some feedback on his experience for you guys to check out. Here it is — enjoy!
I was fortunate enough to get an invite to the launch of the new Babolat PLAY Technology, in Louisville, Colorado. I knew that tagging along with Chris Edwards was going to be an education in itself, and once I saw what the schedule was for the couple of days we were there, I was admittedly a little giddy.
The first evening was the presentation of what to expect the following day with the newest Pure Drive, and if the level of anticipation I developed that night was by design, the good people at Babolat were successful on all fronts. I went back to my room thinking that this was the longest build-up to playing tennis that I have ever had to deal with, so it was hard for me to wait until the next day to actually “Play and Connect” with the Pure Drive.
Technology wise, I am not exactly the equivalent of “Fred Flintstone in the rock quarry,” but I am not always on the cutting edge of digital technology either. As a result, the learning aspect of connecting the technology with the frame and how to use it was a little overshadowed by my desire to just go play tennis.
At the first couple of educational stations, the developers of the racquet and its technology were on hand to to guide/simplify the process. Within minutes, I was able to understand, navigate swiftly through the Babolat app and set it up for play. As soon as my personal profile was completed, which among many things differentiates the dominant hand, I was ready to skip lunch and get started!
So if you aren’t excited yet about the upcoming Pure Strikes coming early 2014 from Babolat, then listen up, because there’s more coming to you from Babolat in January!
While the new Pure Strike series is aimed to appeal to players that take the first strike in the point, the new Pure Controls should be attractive to players looking for that traditional, plush feel from their racquet. This racquet has an added response for players looking for the ultimate precision combined with control. The new Pure Control series offers an answer for players with longer, faster swings. This racquet will offer you longer contact time between the ball and racquet leading to the ultimate on court control.
After giving you guys some info about the new Pure Strike and Pure Strike Tour, here’s a quick sneak peek of the 3rd racquet in this family from Babolat, the Pure Strike 100!
This is the lightest, most forgiving frame in the Strike family. Unlike the Pure Strike and Pure Strike Tour, it comes in at 100 square inches and has a 16×19 string pattern. This racquet has been designed for a wider group of players and will be easier for all levels to pick up and enjoy. Response and precision are definitely present in this forgiving frame.
The Pure Strike 100 offers speed over stability, and has a very crisp, controlled response, so that even players with shorter strokes will enjoy this one. For me, this racquet offers players a bit more power and a livelier feel over the tighter string patterns of the Pure Strikes. Those who don’t need (or don’t want) quite as much control or precision from the 18×20 patterns will enjoy this racquet.
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!
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
- 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
It is playtest season here at Tennis Warehouse! Which means we are furiously playtesting new racquets daily! Which brings about this week’s question for my fellow playtesters,
“If you can’t use your ‘go-to’ racquet of choice, what racquet will you use?”
Here’s how they answered…
2011 French Open Champion, Li Na has her eye on a US Open title this week at Flushing Meadows. Between her sassy personality when giving interviews, to her on court demeanor and text book groundstrokes, it’s hard not to love this woman’s personality and game. This year, her US Open gear happens to be my favorite, so let’s take a look at what she’s working with.
Survive the summer tennis grind! Check out our selection of DURABILITY GUARANTEED SHOES for MEN and WOMEN. If you wear these shoes out within six months, return them to us and get another pair of equal or lesser value FREE! We have lots of top of the line shoes to check out from all the top manufacturers, like Nike, adidas, Asics, Babolat, and more!
What are a couple of our favorites amongst the TW playtesters? Make sure to check out the Asics Gel Resolution line of shoes, one of the best performing and eye-catching shoes on the market! Also, the Lotto Raptor Ultra IV has become very popular around here, with Italian styling and exceptional support and stability for aggressive movers. As always, we’ve got the best from Nike and adidas too!
Find a pair of shoes that are guaranteed to last you through the end of 2013, and do your best to play lots of tennis and wear them out before then. If you do, we’ll send you a new pair, hassle-free!
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The competition is heating up in Rome today at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and the countdown is on to Roland Garros! I wanted to tell you about all of the Babolat French Open equipment that we have in here at Tennis Warehouse that will get you ready to go for the French.
This year, Babolat decided to give their ever so popular, (and my personal favorite) Pure Drive Racquet the special Roland Garros paint job. I may be biased, as my love for the Pure Drive series is no secret, but I am enjoying this color update to this frame. It isn’t too loud but rather has some accents of the colors of the French flag with Roland Garros written on the throat of this frame. Included in this color update is the Pure Drive Lite and Pure Drive Junior Racquet.
We are back!
I have a special blog on the newest member of our TW Playtesting Team, Michelle Heidbrink! Michelle played college tennis at the University of New Mexico and followed that up with an Assistant Coaching position there. Michelle is currently an Assistant Web Editor here at Tennis Warehouse. She has just started playtesting racquets, strings, and shoes so keep an eye out for her on reviews. You can find her first video appearance in our LoveMatch video. Check out her interview below.
When/Why did you start playing tennis?
I started playing tennis when I was 5. My parents had just bought a weekend condo in Palm Springs and decided to take up tennis, so they got an hour lesson with the local pro, they took the first 30 minutes, while I got the second half of the lesson. The rest is history! I started tournaments at age 8 and have loved it ever since!