Babolat Pure Strike Tour Club

#1
Who's currently using this stick? Seems as though it's not a mass appeal frame (none of my sticks are: I created a Blade 93 club a while back, lol).
 
#2
the thing I noticed about the pure strike is that it has sort of a very long throat ... like the Blade 93! Not the frame for me, but I like the specs and the graphics. The Wimbledon edition looks pretty dang good, although that's not the Tour model.
 

mhkeuns

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#4
The Pure Strike Tour - to me - is the attacking baseliner's dream frame. The only downfall is that my game became very simple; going for the kill shots at every opportunity.

But still, hitting flat drive winners from the baseline is so much fun. Only the RF 97 comes close in power.
 
#5
I only demoed the PStour...but did enjoy it. Nice power on ground strokes and lots of pop on the serve. I was serving bombs.

Solid frame...oh yeah, I had no problem at all creating good amounts of top spin with its dense 18x20 string pattern.
 
#6
I just bought a Pure Strike 100. I almost bid on Mhkeuns Tour on the auction the other night, but I had just bought the 100. I will probably be weighting mine up similarly to the Tour. They didn't have the Tour in my size :( I need to string it up and hit with it before I add the weight though. So right now I don't know the awesomeness of the frame, I just liked the paint job and I got it brand new, cheaply :)
 
#7
The Pure Strike Tour - to me - is the attacking baseliner's dream frame. The only downfall is that my game became very simple; going for the kill shots at every opportunity.

But still, hitting flat drive winners from the baseline is so much fun. Only the RF 97 comes close in power.
I get soooo much topspin with the Strike Tour.
 
#8
Changed my stock grip to a leather grip and now it's a beast. I'd say the only thing lacking for me (sometimes) is generating top spin. While I generate decent top spin, a slightly more open pattern would benefit me more. Still, for an 18x20, I have no problems generating decently heavy spin. Love my strike tours!
 

Bartelby

Talk Tennis Guru
#9
Wouldn't the weight/swingweight hinder racquet head speed and hence spin, so the 'beast' you created is what is also hampering your spin.
 

mhkeuns

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#11
Wouldn't the weight/swingweight hinder racquet head speed and hence spin, so the 'beast' you created is what is also hampering your spin.
I actually have leather on two and left synthetic on the other. To me, I like it with leather. I don't notice the weight or balance difference so much, but It communicates the feel better to me. I seriously doubt having the leather on is hampering its spin potential.
 
#13
The Pure Strike Tour - to me - is the attacking baseliner's dream frame. The only downfall is that my game became very simple; going for the kill shots at every opportunity.

But still, hitting flat drive winners from the baseline is so much fun. Only the RF 97 comes close in power.
Are you switching from it to the RF97? The lack of maneuverability with the RF97 just moves my Blade 93 and at least for now the Strike Tour ahead of it.
I wasn't getting anything that much better from the RF97 to warrant using it.
 

mhkeuns

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#14
Are you switching from it to the RF97? The lack of maneuverability with the RF97 just moves my Blade 93 and at least for now the Strike Tour ahead of it.
I wasn't getting anything that much better from the RF97 to warrant using it.
No, actually. I briefly switched to the Tour G 330 for a few weeks, and also, I switched to the RF 97 for another few weeks, but I always went back to the PST..., especially when playing singles. They are all awesome, but the Pure Strike Tour gave me that extra something to go for the winners with more confidence.
 
#15
No, actually. I briefly switched to the Tour G 330 for a few weeks, and also, I switched to the RF 97 for another few weeks, but I always went back to the PST..., especially when playing singles. They are all awesome, but the Pure Strike Tour gave me that extra something to go for the winners with more confidence.
Did you ever use the 2013 Blade 93?
 
#16
No, actually. I briefly switched to the Tour G 330 for a few weeks, and also, I switched to the RF 97 for another few weeks, but I always went back to the PST..., especially when playing singles. They are all awesome, but the Pure Strike Tour gave me that extra something to go for the winners with more confidence.
What do you think of the pst vs tour g 330? And did you play them stock weight?
 

mhkeuns

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#17
Did you ever use the 2013 Blade 93?
Hi. I used the Blade 98 18x20 briefly. I didn't like it very much... I guess because I was comparing it to the Ezone AI 98 and the TFight 325. I was going to try the 93, but at the time, but I chose to get the Pro Staff 90, instead. I understand that it was the most sold blade.
 
#18
Hi. I used the Blade 98 18x20 briefly. I didn't like it very much... I guess because I was comparing it to the Ezone AI 98 and the TFight 325. I was going to try the 93, but at the time, but I chose to get the Pro Staff 90, instead. I understand that it was the most sold blade.
I didn't like the bade 98 at all. Blade 93 is a fantastic stick.
 

mhkeuns

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#19
What do you think of the pst vs tour g 330? And did you play them stock weight?
I played both without adding any weight..., except for applying the leather grip.

Honestly, to me, they played very similarly. The spin goes to the Tour G. Having more pop and power goes to the Pure Strike Tour but not by much. They both feel solid. The serve is about the same. The put away volley is about the same. The meneuverability was about the same. They both are gorgeous looking frames, too.

The only difference that I really noticed was that the Pure Strike Tour was much more effective in flattening out shots for hitting winners from the baseline. The Tour G was great at pulling the opponent wide with either cross court topspin backhand or forehand. It was like I needed a set up shot to create a winner using the Tour G, whereas, I went for the kill on every try using the Pure Strike Tour.

Just my experience.
 

mhkeuns

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#20
I didn't like the bade 98 at all. Blade 93 is a fantastic stick.
I played against a guy who had the nastiest slice..., and he was using the 93. I didn't notice much power in the ground strokes because the guy was a net rusher but the placement was phenomenal. I chose the blade 98 18x20 because I wanted to try Andy's stick of choice... Something about it didn't feel right.

My current playing sticks are:
Pure Strike Tour
Pure Control Tour
Graphene Prestige MP
Prince Textreme 95
Prestige 600

Others are fun sticks. The PST is my main frame.
 
#21
Who's currently using this stick? Seems as though it's not a mass appeal frame (none of my sticks are: I created a Blade 93 club a while back, lol).
It's my second favorite racket ever, after the RF97. It's stable and amazing for my 2H backhand, but the RF97 blew it out of the water imo. The pure strike tour was better for me on the forehands, but the RF97 was superior for backhands, volleys, serves, overheads... Pretty much everything. I felt like I had more control, spin, and power with the RF97. The slightly larger head size and higher sweetspot of the PS tour was better for my forehands (I hit western), but it didn't make up for all the other shots that were so much better with the RF97. RF97 is love, RF97 is life.
 
#23
I'm currently using the Pure Strike 16x19 w/Gosen Sidewinder 17g at 57lbs. I've had this racquet for a while now and I absolutely love it. That being said, the one thing I struggle to control is my slice. I tend to float it. I thought it might be a byproduct of the open 16x19 stringbed but I hit the exact same shot with the Pro Staff 97 and it seems to bit much better. I'm on the fence about keeping the racquets. I might make the switch full time to the Pro Staff 97. I can't do the RF97. It is too heavy for me and I lose some mobility there. All in, all I really like the Pure Strike 16x19. It's surprisingly arm friendly for me and it's a very versatile frame for all types of players.
 
#24
I'm currently using the Pure Strike 16x19 w/Gosen Sidewinder 17g at 57lbs. I've had this racquet for a while now and I absolutely love it. That being said, the one thing I struggle to control is my slice. I tend to float it. I thought it might be a byproduct of the open 16x19 stringbed but I hit the exact same shot with the Pro Staff 97 and it seems to bit much better. I'm on the fence about keeping the racquets. I might make the switch full time to the Pro Staff 97. I can't do the RF97. It is too heavy for me and I lose some mobility there. All in, all I really like the Pure Strike 16x19. It's surprisingly arm friendly for me and it's a very versatile frame for all types of players.
I'd recommend you start using a topspin SHPH. The Pure Strike is the easiest racquet Ive used and Ive been attempting to switch from a slice to a more effective and offensive backhand. Something about this frame just allows to really drill it and Im confident that my BH will become formidable. I still use slice for high shots and then float nice and deep, but its a joy to rip one up the line. Stick with the PS dude.
 
#25
It's my second favorite racket ever, after the RF97. It's stable and amazing for my 2H backhand, but the RF97 blew it out of the water imo. The pure strike tour was better for me on the forehands, but the RF97 was superior for backhands, volleys, serves, overheads... Pretty much everything. I felt like I had more control, spin, and power with the RF97. The slightly larger head size and higher sweetspot of the PS tour was better for my forehands (I hit western), but it didn't make up for all the other shots that were so much better with the RF97. RF97 is love, RF97 is life.
The shot I usually need more help with is my forehand. Thus the Strike Tour helped in that area. Forehand wasn't great with RF97, and i didn't need the gains from the RF on my serves, backhands or volleys. Those shots are solid no matter what stick I use.

My Blade 93 is still my fave. I will say that if I get the RF again it will be a 4 1/4. I think the Wilson grip sizes on the RF are one size off. All too big. Their 4 3/8 is really a 4 1/2, 4 1/4 is a 4 3/8, etc.

Blade 93 may have a little less power when compared to the RF97 and Strike Tour, but is tons easier to swing than both and so much fun because of the small headsize.
 

AHJS

Professional
#27
I'm in exactly the same boat as you asifallasleep. I'm a current Blade 93 player but loved the PST when I hit with it. So much controllable power and stability, it was amazing. Nothing can replicate the Blade 93, which I love most, but when I run out of them, the PST will be a serious consideration for my next racket along with the Tour G 330g, Blade 98 18x20, Prestige MP and RF97.
 
#29
I'm in exactly the same boat as you asifallasleep. I'm a current Blade 93 player but loved the PST when I hit with it. So much controllable power and stability, it was amazing. Nothing can replicate the Blade 93, which I love most, but when I run out of them, the PST will be a serious consideration for my next racket along with the Tour G 330g, Blade 98 18x20, Prestige MP and RF97.
My problem is that the more different sticks I keep in my bag I continually switch back and forth. Not good for strokes!!!
So the Bab Pure Strike Tours may go to leave me with my 4 Blade 93's, Again!! LOL.

The only gain I get from bigger sticks is slightly more power, and the Blade 93 has decent power and plow and serves big.
 
#32
I'm in exactly the same boat as you asifallasleep. I'm a current Blade 93 player but loved the PST when I hit with it. So much controllable power and stability, it was amazing. Nothing can replicate the Blade 93, which I love most, but when I run out of them, the PST will be a serious consideration for my next racket along with the Tour G 330g, Blade 98 18x20, Prestige MP and RF97.
I asked TW Chris to pick a winner between the RF97 and Blade 93 and he chose the Blade 93. Citing the ability to accelerate the Blade 93 or any mid as a big advantage over mid plus sticks.

The Strike Tour plays like the bigger brother of the Blade 93, but due to the larger headsize and weight distribution also isn't as quick. Physics!!!

I do think anyone who has always been a mid plus user would love it. It does IMO need a leather grip to make it a little more headlight.
 

mhkeuns

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#33
I always use the leather grip on my rackets. I really don't like the cushy feel of the synthetic, so I just do it for the feel purposes. I guess I am adding a few more grams with the leather and overgrip, but I really don't notice the more headlightness.

Recently, because I loved the feel of the Graphene Prestige MP, I was venturing into making a switch. Though it's an awesome frame, it doesn't have the power of the Pure Strike Tour, and it showed in the results. The Pure Control Tour is also in the mix because I like its flexy feel, but I am realizing that, though my game has gotten more simple, I play more confidently with the Pure Strike Tour.
 
#34
I asked TW Chris to pick a winner between the RF97 and Blade 93 and he chose the Blade 93. Citing the ability to accelerate the Blade 93 or any mid as a big advantage over mid plus sticks.

The Strike Tour plays like the bigger brother of the Blade 93, but due to the larger headsize and weight distribution also isn't as quick. Physics!!!

I do think anyone who has always been a mid plus user would love it. It does IMO need a leather grip to make it a little more headlight.
I demo the Pure Strike Tour last week. Replaced the Babolat synthetic grip with a Babolat Leather grip + Yonex Overgrap, added a Yonex dampener and played with Tecnifibre Razor Code 16 gauge probably around mid tension if I had to guess.

Also added 2 grams of lead @ 12 o'clock.

Made a fair comparaison with my friend's RF97A which replaced the Wilson Leather grip with a Tennis Warehouse thick 25 gram leather grip, Yonex Overgrap, Gamma dampener strung with NXT 17 gauge Black at 50 lbs.

IMO, The Strike Tour was really nice to hit 1HBH down the line, flick backhand cross courts and powerful first serve when you hit the sweetspot.

However, I feel like RF97A does almost everything better and feel more forgiving and don't need to work extra hard for the same results. Control was the only thing the Pure Strike was better IMO but it's definately a great alternative for those who find the RF97A unmaneuvrable.
 
#35
I asked TW Chris to pick a winner between the RF97 and Blade 93 and he chose the Blade 93. Citing the ability to accelerate the Blade 93 or any mid as a big advantage over mid plus sticks.

The Strike Tour plays like the bigger brother of the Blade 93, but due to the larger headsize and weight distribution also isn't as quick. Physics!!!

I do think anyone who has always been a mid plus user would love it. It does IMO need a leather grip to make it a little more headlight.
I have used the blade 93 for 2 years and I decided to play some weeks with the PST plus some doubles tournaments and I feel like they swing nearly the same (indeed with leather grip on the PST). The biggest reason to change to a midplus for me was because I gave away too many free points because of shanks at the return and running balls, especially the backhand. The bigger headsize seemed to have solved these biggest problems, while my very agressive forehand feels quite the same.
 
#36
I was always able to get more easy racquet head speed with my Blade 93. A little less power and less winners than the Strike Tour but a great all around stick. I've been playing mids my whole life and I think at this point I really can't deal with any mid plus. I've been trying for years with every mid plus stick on the planet, but always go back to a mid.
 
#37
So I've been playing with the Dunlop Biomimetic 200 tour as of late. I've gotten used to the 12.7 oz and SW of it and went back to my Strike Tours cause I've missed it. I've taken the leather grip off and added 2 grams of lead at 3 & 9. Wow, I like it even more now. I felt that the leather grip made me swing a little too fast that I would often shank it. But this could just be because I've gone from 12.7 oz with a 350 SW back to the usual 12.1/12.2 oz with 335-340ish SW.

I'm curious as to what you guys have modded your Strike Tours with?
 
#38
Has anyone with a Pure Strike Tour tried the Volkl SG 10 Mid 320? Both are 11.3 oz stock unstrung. Are they pretty similar in swingweight? According to TW, the Pure Strike is 10 pt higher in SW. The 320 mid is very maneuverable. Also, how's the difference in power? The 320 mid has ample power, but TW rated the Pure Strike much higher in power.
 
#39
How does Pure Strike Tour weight distribution feel in comparison to Tour G330?

G330 has quite much weight in the middle and that is disturbing my serve as opposed to Graphene Prestige MP which goes around the ball very quick in serve.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
#40
How does Pure Strike Tour weight distribution feel in comparison to Tour G330?

G330 has quite much weight in the middle and that is disturbing my serve as opposed to Graphene Prestige MP which goes around the ball very quick in serve.
To me, the PST and the VTG330 felt remarkedly similar as far as swinging was concerned. They both feel somewhat sluggish, but the plow and the stability are their strong points. I have gotten used to the weight of the PST (*forced myself for about a month), and the result was hitting heavier ground strokes than I ever have. The PST is my favorite stick.

The GPMP is an awesome racket in itself. As far as the maneuverability is concerned, it really is much easier racket to swing hard and fast. Honestly, I can hit more variety of shots using the GPMP, but I hit my hardest & heaviest shots with my PST.
 

Mareqnyc

Hall of Fame
#41
How does Pure Strike Tour weight distribution feel in comparison to Tour G330?

G330 has quite much weight in the middle and that is disturbing my serve as opposed to Graphene Prestige MP which goes around the ball very quick in serve.
I played with both for quite some time and Yonex felt slower and more difficult to time my swing.The weight in the middle made it so I think. Both are fantastic in terms of stability and Yonex could hit a heavier ball when I set up on time but on an off day I was late and overhitting a lot with it. PST seems a bit quicker through the air.
 
#42
Thanks guys! I promised to stop buying rackets but maybe this needs to be checked up... And it is priced so nicely now! OTOH GPMP is really nice to me but PST should be bit lighter. My GPMP is strung and OGd 350g and 338sw.
 
#43
Love the Strike Tour. Have tried a million racquets in the last year and I always come back to it. Great stability, control, power, and spin. The weight and balance also seem to fit my stroke well. I hope Babolat keeps the line going.
 
#44
Actually, me too. No problem with spin at all. But I think the slice is more potent and love hitting flat drives. It really is an attacker's frame who like to hit winners from all areas of the court.
What an amazing frame! This was my first babolat (to replace my Delta core Melbourne) and while I was a bit worried about the stiffness, it's actually perfect (65 ra strung) with volkl cyclone tour 18 @ 53 lbs. Little more firm but quite comfortable.
This is indeed an amazing frame for attacking baseline strokes. The spin is amazing for a 18x20 as good as my Melbourne with the same setup. Certainly easier finishing power though I think the Melbourne is more precise on serves and volleys. Still, very pleasantly surprised and loving it.
 

mhkeuns

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#45
What an amazing frame! This was my first babolat (to replace my Delta core Melbourne) and while I was a bit worried about the stiffness, it's actually perfect (65 ra strung) with volkl cyclone tour 18 @ 53 lbs. Little more firm but quite comfortable.
This is indeed an amazing frame for attacking baseline strokes. The spin is amazing for a 18x20 as good as my Melbourne with the same setup. Certainly easier finishing power though I think the Melbourne is more precise on serves and volleys. Still, very pleasantly surprised and loving it.
You nailed it. It’s great on everything but feels a bit sluggish on serves and volleys. I just pulled it out today, and my hitting partners were all commenting how heavy & hard my shots were compared to the rackets like the Ultra Tour and Prince 93P, which I have been rotating. All rackets have positives and negatives, but the Pure Strike Tour can really whack the ball and immediately forces the opponent to play the defensive tennis. It really is an under-rated frame.
 
#46
You nailed it. It’s great on everything but feels a bit sluggish on serves and volleys. I just pulled it out today, and my hitting partners were all commenting how heavy & hard my shots were compared to the rackets like the Ultra Tour and Prince 93P, which I have been rotating. All rackets have positives and negatives, but the Pure Strike Tour can really whack the ball and immediately forces the opponent to play the defensive tennis. It really is an under-rated frame.
I thought it was a great frame too but couldn't serve with it. I just got a 2016 Pure Strike 16X19 to try it out. It's lighter than the tour model and I can mod if I want. My RF once again on some days is too much for me to serve with.
 
#47
I borrowed my old Pure Strike Tour from a friend I gifted it to years ago: what a sweet frame. My RF97 feels thinner and gives me more finesse and feels more like an extension of my arm, BUT the PST is just as stable if not more so and is great hitting the ball early with exceptional directional control and plow. I can either hit everything early and let the mass of the frame do the work or just rip the ball with insane rpms. Still feel it a bit more in my shoulder compared to the RF.
 
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