2017 Pure Strike

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  1. Pieter12345

    Pieter12345 Rookie

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    Tried the 16x19 version numerous times now and really like it.
    However I'm afraid in time it Will give me serious arm problems.
    What racquet plays like the pure strike 16x19 but is more arm friendly? Any comparisons to the 100 version?
     
  2. Tordne

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    I played some of my best tennis with the 16x19 Pure Strike. But I eventually did develop some elbow sensitivity. Lately I've been playing with a Price Phantom, which is the softest of any racket (including Pro Stocks) that I've even played with. It is very low powered though, so not really a direct contender for the Pure Strike. I've just gotten an Angell TC100 63RA and I'm hoping that it might be the magic stick. The 63 RA specification is basically the bare hairpin. With the pallets, grips, grommets and stringing the RA generally comes down around 5-6 points, so you're really looking at an approx. 57RA racket. From the one hit I've had it is VERY powerful. So it could be a real alternative for me to the Pure Strike.
     
  3. topspn

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    I owned a PS 17 for around a month and I thought it played lights out with weight in the handle and a little @12. My arm however disagreed and I would get sore. I didn’t want an injury and comfort is important to keep playing so I got rid of it.
     
  4. Karma Tennis

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    What sort of weight did you add to the handle? Lead tape? Silicone? Poster Putty?
     
  5. topspn

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    I added a fairway grip
     
  6. Moveforwardalways

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    The PS17 is really not that stiff. Not sure why people are complaining about arm issues.
     
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  7. MAPE

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    Would you mind sharing the specs? I'm trying to figure out how to customize this stick myself. I Added some 10g in the handle (lead strips under OG) and it doesn't quite work out as I had hoped.
     
  8. topspn

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    I don't have exact specs but replacing the grip with a fairway could have altered the handle anywhere from 8-12g. I also added 1.5g @12 and played great for me
     
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  10. Roketz

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    I own one PS17.
    Have been checking forum for a while.
    It seems that almost all owners of PS17 have no modification on it.
    Means no lead and replacement grip.

    Gents, could you share you experience please?
     
  11. Moveforwardalways

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    I have my PS17 weighted up - 28 grams in the handle and 15 grams at 3 and 9. Hits like a dream.
     
  12. TR3NT

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    I have one thats stock and one with a Head Calfskin Leather Grip. I prefer the one with the leather grip but I really can't notice an amazing difference between them both and within a few shots I have adapted. Next I will be trying some lead.
     
  13. Karma Tennis

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    Ok. The Fairway grip isn't going to absorb much of the impact vibration or post impact vibration. They will still be transferred to your hitting arm.

    Pity you didn't try putting Poster Putty or Silicone inside the handle (Or did you?). Those materials will definitely absorb a lot of the vibration and improve the comfort level. Of course, they may also change the feel which may or may not be a good thing depending on the player.
     
  14. topspn

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    Never put putty and tried silicone in a yonex before but i didn’t enjoy the detached feel. I guess i could have tried wilson shock shield and gotten the same weight increase in the handle. I’m not sure how much any one grip would make a difference in terms of shock absorption. I do love foam filled racquets and play with one now.
     
  15. Pro Kenneth

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    I demoed the new 'white' pure strike vs tour and loved it, the feel of both and contact were spot on. However I noticed soreness in my shoulder, especially on any serve hit too high in the stringer. I normally use the Dunlop 200 bio tour or the prince response 90...

    Should I be worried about the arm pain with Babolat? They seem to have a bad rep
     
  16. Moveforwardalways

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    Every racquet manufacturer makes high stiffness racquets. For instance, a Wilson Burn has a higher RA and is worse on your arm than a 67RA Pure Strike. It's not like Babolat uses special materials that hurt people.
     
  17. Bartelby

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    Never look at a racquet that TW rates as higher than 72 or low 70s.

    High 60s is better, obviously, and all that you really need in a stiff racquet.
     
  18. beltsman

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    Okay I gave in and bought one. Hearing that it performed like/better than an Angell TC100 sold me.
     
  19. Roketz

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    How do you like PS17 for one-handed backhand?
     
  20. time_fly

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    I'm not completely sure about this. I think there are factors besides just RA that influence how hard a racquet is on the arm. I find that even stiffer Wilsons still have a fairly plush feel unless you hit the frame directly. With the Pure Strike there is a firmness that is felt even slightly off-center. The Babolat has a somewhat unconventional string spacing (especially the 16x19) and the new design thickens and stiffens the hoop in "key areas" according to the marketing literature so these factors might contribute too.
     
  21. Serjojeee

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    That's a raquet torsional rigidity feeling - good for accuracy on mishits, but a bad thing for your palm and wrist if you are not that good in tennis.
     

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