Among the good tennis racket brands on the market Babolat is a leading one and they are always up to offer something unique. This makes them stand out from its competitors.
One Babolat’s top performing racquets on the market is the Babolat 2017 Pure Strike 16/19 Tennis and is among the top sellers of 2018.
Let us dig in deep into its review and see what this tennis gear has to offer us. From comfort and stability, it has everything a tennis player needs to perform at its best.
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It offers you five different shaft sizes which is quite unique. Most of the rackets on the market have one size only. This gives you the option to go with the most comfortable size that suites your play style.
The string pattern is 16 x 19 which looks quite attractive when playing while the flashy design with contrasting colors will make the heads turn on the court. It comes pre-strung and is available in multiple color options to choose from. Just in case you are a picky person, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from.
Here are some of its outstanding features of Pure Strike 16/19 Tennis Racquet.
Weight, Balance & Strings
Weighing only 10.8 oz. without string and 11.3 oz. with strings, puts this racket at a fairly high end of the spectrum. The string is dense enough to smash the ball with maximum energy transfer and shoot it like a bullet towards your opponent.
We really like its weight which is nicely balanced towards it handle and has balance of 7 points head light which is pretty impressive. What it does is transfers the weight in your hands and gives you a better control over whipping the racquet.
For some easy volleys, its head light balance is perfectly optimized. It allows you to briskly get into positional play and attack better. Moreover, to offer you with a unique and excellent hybrid between open string pattern and the closed, it has 16 x 19 pattern which helps to generate extra top spin and offers you more control on the ball.
On the Court Performance
Playing with this racquet is great. It is designed for the aggressive players and the ones who are looking to set the pace, hit those winning smashes and improve their tennis skills. Hitting from the baseline feels very great and you will notice how it nicely blends power and control right from the start.
When playing on the net, its frame which is a perfect blend of control and maneuverability proves to be handy. It allows you to get into place quickly and punch for those volleys quite easily. It also improves your response time to both hitting and defending the ball.
You will feel the mass of this tennis racket when serving. Because of the added weight, it gives an extra swoosh when hitting the ball for serve and doesn’t feel uncomfortable at all. It actually helps to smash the balls deeper on every swing.
Unlike most of the rackets, this model has a firm and crispy feel making it a great option for the aggressive players. While too much stiffness may be a big NO for some players, but if you have had an arm pain in the past, it is a friendly option for you. At some point of play you may feel a slight bit of flexibility but that is just from playing for too long.
We found a bit of “oopses” in the Babolat 2017 Pure Strike and here are a few of them:
Low String Quality
Not as expected. While the frame is built from high quality materials but string isn’t as durable as its frame. Like the Pure Drive, it starts to lose tension after a couple of long sessions. Moreover, the string is colorless and doesn’t matches well with its overall design which looks pretty weird when seen from a distance.
From the very first look it appears as if the tennis doesn’t have strings because of the natural color. In terms of attractive string contrast, you should check out models like Angell TC97 Pro, Babolat Aeropro Drive and Babolat Drive Max 110.
Material & Construction
You need a nicely constructed racquet, you have the Babolat 2017 Pure Strike 16/19. While the natural string pattern might be a flaw in its design, otherwise, it has a pretty impressive construction.
The grip is constructed from highly comfortable material with a bit of padding inside which feels nice to grab and play on the court. Its shaft is pretty stiff and the heavy head gives you a nice swing and energy transfer.
Its body has some contrasting colors like black and red which gives it a nice touch with a Babolat logo on the bottom of the grip.
You need to perform at your best on the court, Babolat Pure Strike makes it possible for you. It has an outstanding performance. The first thing is the nice blend of power and maneuverability which transfers maximum energy in your shots.
Also, the large sweet spot increases your accuracy on every hit and allows to serve better, hit the baseliners and shoot the ball like a bullet for an unforgiving smash.
It gives you nice control and stability making your shots more effective.
Who is it For?
Babolat 2017 Pure Strike 16/19 Tennis Racquet is perfect both for the intermediate and advanced level players.
It has enough stiffness in its shaft which makes it a handy option for the pro level tennis players and intermediates who are looking to dramatically improve their performance on the court.
I do hope this review helped you get all the insights on Babolat Pure Strike. Undoubtedly, it is a high performing tennis racquet with a durable design.
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