Pure Storm Tour Review

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  1. soggyramen

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    So I've had the Pure Storm Tour for a little while now and I have to say I completely love this racquet if any of you have read my posts on other storm topics you'll know that I think this is the best racquet Babolat has every made.

    So I hit the courts with my racquets for a three day five hour a day hit session and then a best of five set match.

    The racquet I used was strung with Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power at 56 lbs.

    Volleys: This racquet was a joy to volley with, it has a ton more touch and feel than any of the babolat racquets on the market. I have not tried the Aero Storm so don't quote me on that just yet. It feels as if you can take any low percentage volley and make it work for you. Drop volleys were solid, forehand and backhand volleys were crisp and and easy to put away with out worrying of going for too much. Backhand volleys felt better which is odd because usually my forehand volleys are better. Swinging volleys felt great as it was easy to hit hard and out without it going out.

    Volleys: 8.5/10

    Spin: Again the storm scores big points with me. Maybe it was because the beam was thinner that my slice was so easy to perform (kept knocking it on the beam of the PD W/ Cortex) either way the amount of spin that this racquet helps create is massive. You should expect some good topspin shots as well as massive slice, on serve and on the defense. Drop shots were easily executed as the stringbed gives you a nice feel when you nail that perfect drop. You'll pretty much know when it's going to go over almost every time when you get that nice crisp feeling from the stringbed.

    Spin: 9/10

    Returns: Here's where the racquet is dead on. The weight and the balance of the racquet make it wonderful to return serves. It's very manuverable and stable so you can easily zone in on your return weither it's just a first serve block or a second serve attack, this racquet can take it.

    Returns: 9.5/10 (would give it a 10 but nothing's perfect)

    Groundstrokes: Good stuff here as well though the backhand felt so much more crisp and powerful than the forehand which is odd since my backhand is usually so much more powerful. You could always tell from the string feedback if you got a good deep shot coming or a short one. Approaches needed a little more kick than usually from me as well as a little more topspin but after a small adjustment I was rolling with them once again. It was easy to rocket shots cross court and down the line. Shooting for the lines and going for low percentage shots was no problem here as well as the racquet is very forgiving which was a big surprise to me. Very solid in this department and very forgiving which I think even 4.0 players can use this racquet not just the 4.5+ like TW recommends.

    Groundstrokes: 8.5/10

    Comfort: The storm was darn comfortable on shots without sacrificing touch and feel which was a big plus. I don't see a reason to bring out a cortex version for this racquet as I think it would ruin the volley department for me. Still though very comfortable on groundstrokes, serves, and volleys. Even though all these good things have been said it was uncomfortable on hard first serve returns or even sometimes the second serve return as well as some slight miss hits which knocked it down a point. Still not bad though.

    Comfort: 7.5/10

    Stability: We all are sceptical about technologies and different types of materials used in racquets like *cough*Karophite Black*cough* but I am here to say that the "Carbon Extreme" around the head I think is the real deal as volleys were extremely stable at all times as well as ground strokes. Thus I was no doubt amazed that I never had a point in the session where the racquet rotated in my hands because of a hard shot or even a mis hit.

    Stability: 9.5/10

    Manuverablity: Again great stuff here as the racquet is said to have a 333 swingweight but it swung so much lighter like maybe 315-320. Manuverability on volleys was wonderful, I felt I could get almost every shot that went by me. This racquet is a good choice if you like to serve and volley because of this as well. I was able to switch from aggressive baseliner to S&V throughout the match with almost no difficulty of transition. S&V fans put this on your demo list.

    Manuverablity: 9/10

    Control: Control was darn good as it was easy to pinpoint shots with no problems. All you needed was to keep your swing and position good and you were set. Line shots weren't that difficult to execute but would go off at times. To get the full benefit of the control you really need to swing full and out to keep the control there. Short swings and bad position will get you no where with this racquet. Probably the best controlled oriented racquet in Babolat's aresenal with the Pure Control Team behind it.

    Control: 9/10

    Serves and Overheads: Slice and Kick serves can get some massive spin with this racquet the ball would really kick up on the kick serves with good height and slice serves looking great going down the T or out wide. Despite the specs this racquet has quite a lot of power on serves for me it was easy to bomb an ace or two with my kick serve and maybe one ace with the slice I got during our match. Honestly this is a biased catagory because can not tell the difference in overheads I feel if you have good technique all your overheads are going to be good and vice versa. Overheads were solid nothing more, nothing less, and nothing special.

    Serves and Overheads: 8/10

    Power: The Tour has a good amount of power to get shots deep but short swings again won't cut it here unless you like bring your opponent to the net. This racquet has less power than the old storm and it feels much more rewarding to hit winners knowing that most of the time you can get them in with just solid technique. Babolat has been getting a bad rap for making most of their racquets into shotguns but this one is more of a pistol requiring again good technique to really hit the strong winner or that hard line forehand.

    Power: 6.5/10 (To me that's a good thing)

    Flex: Everyone complained about the pure control being a good racquet but being too stiff well there are no problems here as the flex contributes to the comfort and feels wonderful on every shot. This racquet tends to flex in my opinion more at the throat than the head which is not a bad thing but I am pretty sure no one will complain about tennis elbow from this racquet, but then again nothing's impossible.

    Flex: 9/10

    Overall: Great all court racquet that's ready for any match situation. Those who didn't like Babolat in the past should check this one out as it breaks Babolat's traditional mold in a good way by reinventing the Pure Control series. If the trend continues with this line then i'll be using it for as long as Babolat keeps producing and keeps updating them.

    Overall: 9/10
     
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  2. Bronc10is

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    compare..

    How is this racket compared to the Pure Control or the Pure Storm Team? The Pure Control in terms of manuverability and stiffness. and for the Pure Storm Team, the Tour version is .5 ounces heavier, but can you really feel a big difference??
     
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  3. Rafa freak

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    I can I love the new one it is great.
     
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  4. soggyramen

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    you really feel the difference in the flex compared to the PCT and you need a faster swing than the old storm series to produce a lot of pace and power. the tour feels heavier but because it's 7 pts headlight it's extremely manuverable. also the extra half an ounce also helps a bunch in the stability department. so imo yea the weight matters. the team is too light for me
     
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  5. Bronc10is

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    I used to use the Pure Control Team before switching to the Pure Storm Team. The Pure control team was too stiff and it was hard to hit slice backhands on the run (defensive). and the Pure Storm Team is alright but I definitely agree it needs some stability to the frame, I wonder if the new Storm adds the stability or the new Storm Tour corrects the problems I had with the Pure Control
     
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  6. soggyramen

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    the new storm is still unstable but more stable than the old storm. the tour no doubt corrects the problem as i wanted to use the pure control but the stiffness along with the weight killed my arm but now that the stiffness is gone in the storm tour it gives my arm a break so i can handle the weight effectivly. before the stiffness would slowly break down my arm and it got to the point where i couldn't swing as fast or as strong with it by mid point into a match
     
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  7. Bronc10is

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    so the Tour is basically a perfect balance of the storm (stiffness, manueverability) and the control (stable, power, control)??
     
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  8. soggyramen

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    yes in my opinion it's the perfect balance between both racquets. that's why i believe it's babolat's best racquet.
     
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    Thanks for the review, Soggyramen. I bought 2 Pure Storm Tour Plus and after playing with them for 2 hours, i feel like i just improve alot scpecifically the serve and overhead. I totally with you that the PST has very low power. Mine, i got both strung with Lux Timo 17g, 1 at 56 lbs and 1 at 58 lbs. The one strung at 58 lbs makes the racquet very hard to hit, and i am amazed that eventhough it's strung with Luxilon, it has very low power. The one strung at 56 lbs is a whole lot better. Next time i'll have them strung with this string again at 54 lbs, and i think this is the best tension for this type of string that goes very well with the PST. I am a string breaker, so anyone who can handle the 12 oz racquet with very less power i recommend give this PST a try. IMO this is a very good racquet with excellent control.
     
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  10. soggyramen

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    at 56 it felt awesome to me. how did the touch and feel suit you with luxilon?
     
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  11. bluetrain4

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    I am so interested in this racquet. I like that it is more flexible than other Babolat racquets, but I don't want it to be too "flexy", like the flex is the first thing you notice.

    63 is a difficult flex rating to pinpoint, because it really could go either way in terms of how it feels.

    I'm coming from a Prince Diablo mid with a 66 rating.
     
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  12. guedoguedo

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    FWIW, i have a PC and love it. Right now hybrid with red code 55 lb. Thinking of going with cyberflash next to have even more spin/pop. Sweet racket!
     
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  13. TennezSport

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    Well.........

    I just play tested it and I also love the racquet. It's the first racquet I believe that's almost identical to the Yonex RDS002 that I use. TS shots are really good and the control is great. Racquet was strung with Tecnifibre Xcel and it felt great on all shots and gave plenty of spin.

    If I was to ever change from Yonex it would be to this Babolat racquet ( and I don not normally like Bab racquets), and I have tried a load of racquets from Head to Wilson to Prince to Volkl to Dunlop. For a Tour type racquet this stick is sweet.

    TennezSport :cool:
     
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  14. soggyramen

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    yea a lot of people have been making comparisions to the 002 with this one
     
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    soggyramen,

    Thanks for the review, I have a few questions for you if you don't mind.

    You mention the stiffness several times, as well as the power level. A few other posters have also commented on the low power level. My question is, did you and everyone else consider the Pure Control to be low powered? Is there a significant drop off in power with this Pure Storm Tour versus the old PC?

    What level player are you? If you're hitting aces with your kick serve, I'm guessing 4.5+?
     
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  16. haveheart

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    For the folks that found this stick to be similar to the RDS 002, did you mean the heavier tour version? or the lighter version?
     
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  17. soggyramen

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    yes there is a bit of a drop in power from the PCT and in my opinion it's a good thing probably just because of the flex. I hit a kick serve anywhere from 85-95 miles an hour also my hitting partner isn't that good at returns if he sees he has to strech to get it he'll just let it go by :-D ha he's lazy i usually hit one or two a match. but yeah i'm a 4.5
     
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    Hi soggyramen,

    I am in testing of Babolats at the moment as I have just gained a sponsorship deal from them. I realy like the feel of the original pure storm, but would like a touch more power I think. How is the new pure storm for that? I think the old one is amazing for slice backhand - the ball stays so low.

    I wonder if my lack of power is the string - I have pro hurricane 1.25 strung at 57. I tend to find alu power has a lot more grunt than the pro hurricane.

    Also what is the new pure storm like on the serve? I know you reviewed the tour version, but its lack of power probably means it is not for me.... do you think that sounds right?

    I like the Pure Drive Roddick, but sorta feels a bit mushy or something with the cortex. THe feel of the pure storm is awesome, I love the crisp firm feeling - is that what the new one is like?

    Thanks for your help.
     
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  19. Forehand Forever

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    What's the power of this racquet compared to the PD or the APD?
     
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  20. soggyramen

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    it'll be quite an adjustment you won't get away with short swings you gotta have fast and long ones to get it deep
     
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  21. soggyramen

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    the new regular storm is too light and unstable but it's still low powered honestly i think the tour is miles ahead of the standard but you need a fast swing to get the power of the old storm again compact swings get you no where. but to your enjoyment the new storm still has great touch and feel
     
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  22. Forehand Forever

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    I've got the regular Pure Control. Is it the same or similar to that?
     
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  23. soggyramen

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    very! just more flexy and a little less powerful since it's not as stiff
     
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  24. Bronc10is

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    correct or clarify....you think the old pure storm team is better than the new one?
     
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  25. soggyramen

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    no i don't like either of them but if you can't always produce long fast swings go for the old one and if you can go for the new one
     
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  26. Bronc10is

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    i am currently trying to demo both of the new babolats..i think i might have a quicker delivery if i select to demo the pure storm tour +...i have never hit with an extended length racket, but I would say I am a 4.5-5.0 player, I play for a lower Division 1 college team and I am a counter puncher with a big flat serve, do you think a extended racket would make a huge difference?
     
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  27. Bronc10is

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    by the way...you have been awesome answering all of the questions and the review
     
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  28. soggyramen

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    thanks i just love this racquet so much i think everyone should give it a chance. back to your question extended length racquets are more headlight but less manuverable so it's harder to excute volleys but it has more power due to the extra leverage. the first time i tried the PD i tried the plus version and hated it. a month later i convinced myself to try the standard and loved it but just wish it was better at volleys and had less power.

    edit: oh and serves will have more power but i really wouldn't know to much i really don't like plus sized racquets
     
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  29. Bronc10is

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    that .5 inch and 2 more points headlight really affect the racket that much?! lol
     
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    Could you confidently say that this is the racquet for anyone who liked the Pure Control but wanted a more arm friendly stiffness?

    I feel my elbow is being weakened at the moment, and I'll probably grab a few of these to replace.
     
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  31. Bronc10is

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    duzza, im assuming you found the pure control too stiff also?
     
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  32. soggyramen

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    yea no doubt...i really liked the pure control but hated the stiffness but yes i could confidently say that statement i bought the racquet blindly and wouldn't ever look back
     
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  33. Bronc10is

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    you are really selling me on this racket except...this was the exact scenario with my pure control...i would be in the deuce side of the court, i would run to the other side to chase a shot down..would try to throw up a one handed backhand defensive lob or a stab slice (i hit a two hander) and I would simply not get around on the ball....i dont know what to attribute that to, but I am scared this racket will do the same
     
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  34. soggyramen

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    i pulled off one or two of those this morning running from the ad to the deuce side but i've never had a problem like that. maybe it's just a technique thing i respect what you say but that's my opinion cuz i've never known anyone whos had that problem with a racquet
     
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  35. Bronc10is

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    haha, yea its a weird problem to have..the higher weight scares me, I used to hit with the Radical Trisys (yellow and black) as my first racket ever (12.0 ounces), then i hit with the Ti. Radical which is a light racket (10.8 or 10.9). Then I changed to the Pure Control (11.8) and switched to the Pure Storm (10.9-11.1) so I am intimadated by switching back up to a high 11 ounce racket.
     
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  36. soggyramen

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    it seemed scary to me as well but to me it's so headlight that it's no problem. i mean hey if a 13 year old girl i practice with can play with a 12.4 oz aero storm (customized) i'm sure you can play with this
     
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  37. Bronc10is

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    haha, true..but is she playing against division 1 players that hit consistent 105+ serves? haha..also, i am a counter puncher-defensive player so I need to get my racket around...I am going to give this a test drive though, without a doubt...hopefully very soon since my order for it has been in for 2 weeks...but soggyramen, you have been great about it, anymore questions I have about this racket, I will somehow direct it to you through the forum
     
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  38. soggyramen

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    no problem at all if you need any more help or have any questions just post a topic calling me out and bump until i answer lol
     
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  39. Duzza

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    Yes, but I'm still using it for the performance factor.
     
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  40. soggyramen

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    the loss of stiffness really sells it for me
     
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  41. Duzza

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    Yep, me too. I can't afford 3 brand new ones though!!! I'll have to wait for some FS/FT threads to appear :D
     
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  42. Forehand Forever

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    I want to try this racquet out so badly but I don't think I can convince my mom to demo again. I guess I'll just have to wait until I find someone with it or my club gets it.
     
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  43. Bottle Rocket

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    I gave in and ordered one...

    I ordered the Pure Storm Tour+... I need a spare for my Pure Control+, so why not buy the new one? TW is going to string it just the way I string mine, which is with Cyber Flash at 57 lbs.

    I guess I am in the same boat as many of the others and really woudn't mind a racket with the same specs as the Pure Control with some added flexibility. Hoipefully the loss in power and stability is insignificant and the review in this thread is accurate.

    When the racket arrives and I get some time on it, I'll do a little write-up for those that might be interested. I am really looking forward to trying this thing out.

    Looks like I am going to end up selling off my Pure Control standard now...
     
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  44. soggyramen

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    remember it's buy at your own risk and everyone is different so you cannot blame me if you don't like it since i haven't tried the plus version but i hope you like it...happy hitting and where do you get loss of stability from...the racquet is very stable
     
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  45. Bottle Rocket

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    I am not buying this racket because of your review, no worries. I won't blame you for a thing.

    Stiffness tends to add stability and since these new rackets have a lower stiffness than the previous version, that is why I brought it up.

    Whether the new material is a gimmick or not, I am very interested to see how they play.

    You mentioned you're a 4.5... Are you playing tournaments? I am guessing you're a junior...?
     
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  46. soggyramen

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    yea i played city tournaments (non sanction) but i'm looking for a partner to play doubles in some USTA tournaments with but i don't like playing singles...only at my high school

    honestly i'm not looking to play alot of tourneys i just wanna have fun
     
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    I'd like to see TW review both versions of the Pure Storm Tour soon. The flex rating is to my liking, though I would add weight. Based on the specs, it seems like a better player's racquet than the Pure Controls.
     
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    im going to give a mini review since i bought the new pure storm tour this past weekend and played with it tonight.

    i played with the pure control for five years and then went back to my dunlops because they had better control. the pure control was a great serving stick with massive spin and the best return of serve stick i have ever played with. however, my backhand sucked with it, it had a hot spot in the middle which could result in a flyer from time to time. the backhand slice was terrible with it.

    in my pro shop they had both the new pure storm tour and the new aerostorm as well. i bought both. the aerostorm absolutely sucked in my opion, no feel, felt like swinging a log with no feel at all. i sold it the next day. i played with the new pure storm tour tonight and it was awesome.

    i just had them string it with some string i had leftover, gamma professional in the mains at 60lbs and sppp in the crosses at 56lbs. ill be brief with my review.

    serves - just awesome, almost as much power as the pure control with with much better control. i was hitting some sick serves and acing the poor guy i played so much that he accused me of sandbagging. i could serve flat easier with the storm tour than the PC and the kickers were as potent as ever.

    gourndies - great, from both sides, just MUCH more control than the PC, not even close in my opinion. i could hit great from both wings but the biggest difference was that i was having no problem with the backhand slice with the PST like i do with the PC. sick spin of course but i could flatten it out as well which is a must with me and i could keep the ball in easily. i havent hit this many winners down the line in one match maybe ever. angles as always are deadly with the PST like they are with the PC. just better depth control which is the key.

    volleys - solid, good from both sides. i have always thought the pure control series were really good volley sticks despite the wider beam that most S&V players dislike.

    overheads - hit four winners outright and banged one deep, no complaints here at all.

    returns - like the PC, this racket may be the best return of serve racket there is. solid and will block back the ball anywhere you want it and it will keep it deep.

    basically i have come full circle back to the babolat pure storm tour. i like flexy, heavy low powered rackets but this new one has better feel, definitely feels more flexy than the old PC and better control yet you can still serves bombs with it. i really excited about this new stick.

    i cant wait to try some different string setups although this one works just great tonight. i normally put VS gut in the mains and lux ace or babolat hurricane pro in the crosses so i want to try it with this setup as well. i know now i can always go back to the one tonight although it was really an accident that i had these two half sets leftover. never combined them before.

    i will be buying another one this week if they have the grip size i want. this is something i did different this time. i play a 4 3/8" grip but the babolat grips are so big that a 4 3/8" feels like a 4.5 or larger with an overgrip. so this time i got a 4 1/4 with a half shrink wrap which brings it up to a normal 4 3/8" size and it also makes the racket a point or two more headlight to around 9 pts headlight which is perfect, it doesnt swing as heavy as the specs say on the racket and it feels more flexible than it says on the racket. it does play like a 63 - 65 stiffness instead of 70 or 68 like it says on the racket.

    GREAT job with this one babolat, ive come full circle and will hopefully stay another 5 years like i did before.
     
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  49. Ten_nuts

    Ten_nuts Rookie

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    Hi guys, is there any chance that Soggyramen and Bottle Rocket in in Orange County of South California? I really love to play single with any one of you. I replaced the grips of my PST plus with Wilson leather grips and added 0.13 oz lead tape at 12 o'clock, and that adds a little power to the stick. I think i am gona leave the lead tape like that. In my opinion the PST plus version is better than the PST standard for serving and overhead volley. Anyone has this PST plus should try the Luxilon Timo 17g at 56 lbs, and boy you will realize how good this racquet is. If anyone has tried the Aero Pro Control and liked it, Babolat made the Aero Storm that is almost identical to the Aero Pro Control except the Aero Storm is easier to swing. Someone said that this is a dead racquet? Try Luxilon Power Rough 16g at 52 lbs. The sring won't move, and the racquet is very solid in everyway. Right now in my bag i have: Wilson K tour 90 and K 61 95, Babolat Aero Storm and Pure Storm Tour plus, Head PT 280, and i only want to touch the Aero Storm and the PST plus. But i'll come back to the others in a while. Babolat's new Storm are really great.
     
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  50. Ross K

    Ross K Legend

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    Uh oh!... I've only had my Pure Control for just about a week when I've gone and read this ^^^...!

    I must say my early impressions of the Pure Control have been very positive. I'm far more comfortable with it, and it's much better suited to me than the PD+ I was previously using. It might also be mentioned that I'm having a bit of trouble with the swing weight (or at least I think that's the issue - I'm finding it a little hard sometimes to get around my shots, if that makes sense?) but it's such early days, judgement really needs to be reserved for quite a while yet whilst I adjust (and besides, the positives are numerous.)

    But... but... but... but!...

    Your mini-review is just about the most compelling I've read. The aspects you've highlighted makes it seem very attractive to me. All the boxes would appear to be ticked, if you know wht I mean?

    So if I'm being honest, I reckon it's just a matter of time before I check it out... however, given that I live in the UK, and how all-around terrible (and criminally overpriced) it is to get hold of the latest racquets, it might be a little while yet!

    Thanks again for your excellent and informative mini-review.

    BTW, if it's your kind of thing, you should check out or join the Babolat Alliance thread (racquets section.) We'd love to have you post.
     
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