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!
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.