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
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…
Recently, I raved about the potential of the Donnay Formula 100 racquet becoming a new favorite of mine (but I also noted having issues with the depth on my backhand). Move over Donnay, the Dunlop Biomimetric F5.0 Tour has quickly moved into that second spot behind my Babolat Pure Drive GT.
I strung up the F5.0 Tour with some Black Shark at 60 pounds (yes, I like tight poly strings!) and had an absolute blast hitting with this racquet. I found I could swing freely and had great access to spin and power. Balls that I thought I was missing by a couple inches were landing in. And my backhand was not a problem as I could swing fast and free through my backhand. I could control the ball and play consistent or rip the ball and flatten out or even access some heavy spin for defense.