Babolat Pure Strike Tour

bogey123

New User
Looking for some feedback on the Babolat Pure Strike Tour. I tried the demo, and it seems like a great racket. Not many threads on it though and I was wondering why. I liked it more then the new blade and the Yonex HD.
 

mnttlrg

Professional
Way better than the new Blade. I haven't tried the new HD, and the previous VCore Pro 97 is sort of apples and oranges to me.

I liked it, but it almost broke my arm off. You've either gotta be very strong or have a very horizontal big-swinging shot to be maximally efficient with it.

Very big blasting power with some semblance of actual control, but only under the right hitting circumstances.
 

bogey123

New User
Way better than the new Blade. I haven't tried the new HD, and the previous VCore Pro 97 is sort of apples and oranges to me.

I liked it, but it almost broke my arm off. You've either gotta be very strong or have a very horizontal big-swinging shot to be maximally efficient with it.

Very big blasting power with some semblance of actual control, but only under the right hitting circumstances.
I did not like the HD. Felt boardy
 
Looking for some feedback on the Babolat Pure Strike Tour. I tried the demo, and it seems like a great racket. Not many threads on it though and I was wondering why. I liked it more then the new blade and the Yonex HD.

beast of a racquet! love hitting with it but too demanding and could not get it around during set play
 
That depends on your age? ability level? how long have you been playing tennis? And the string combination.

if you are prone to injury on your arm, try to avoid this frame.. If you are strong guy all health, and want to enjoy the hard striking sounds.. then yes this frame is really fun to play with.
 

Dominic

Semi-Pro
I presently play with the Pure Aero Tour, and somewhat looking for a bit more control so tried the Pure Strike Tour, as well Blade 18x20 and Yonex HD.
I feel The Pure Strike Tour, is somewhat more a Power, Spin racket...it has a little bit more touch and control then the PAT, but no way near that of the Blade or HD.
Strike Tour, Great on Serves, big baseline game, not much when trying to get crafty.

The HD is a real players type racket...plenty touch, feel and control etc but you need to work hard for any power.
The Blade 18x20...has impressive power, combined with control. I just struggled with the balance...Head Weight and slow hands at the net

So, depends what you are looking for, i feel.
Easy Power...big loopy topsping forehands from the baseline with the Strike Tour...massive serves.
Yonex HD...crafty, allrounder...
Wilson Blade...something in between. Flatter hitter, slice backhand knife.
 

Boubi

Professional
I presently play with the Pure Aero Tour, and somewhat looking for a bit more control so tried the Pure Strike Tour, as well Blade 18x20 and Yonex HD.
I feel The Pure Strike Tour, is somewhat more a Power, Spin racket...it has a little bit more touch and control then the PAT, but no way near that of the Blade or HD.
Strike Tour, Great on Serves, big baseline game, not much when trying to get crafty.

The HD is a real players type racket...plenty touch, feel and control etc but you need to work hard for any power.
The Blade 18x20...has impressive power, combined with control. I just struggled with the balance...Head Weight and slow hands at the net

So, depends what you are looking for, i feel.
Easy Power...big loopy topsping forehands from the baseline with the Strike Tour...massive serves.
Yonex HD...crafty, allrounder...
Wilson Blade...something in between. Flatter hitter, slice backhand knife.
Try the PA VS
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
I’m always surprised that there are so few threads about the Pure Strike Tour also. It is a 12-ounce, 335 SW, thin-beam (21mm), mid-sixties flex players racquet. Maybe those who like traditional-feeling racquets don’t associate Babolat with that type of racquet because of the popularity of the stiff Aero and Pure Drive models and seem to gravitate to offerings from Head and Wilson instead at least in the US. But, the latest PST is a worthy successor of Babolat‘s heavier, more flexible racquets like the Pure Control (swirly), Pure Storm Tour, AeroStorm Tour etc. and it is a more comfortable version of the Gen 1 Pure Strike Tour. Also, more spin than the Gen 1 due to the more open 16x19 pattern.

The PST has a good mix of power and control especially if your style is that of a big-serving, aggressive baseliner as it allows you to flatten your shots to hit winners on short balls or stay in longer rallies and hit heavy top-spin. It is also great for hitting hard serves due to the high swing weight and headlight balance. Volleying is good as it is very stable, but I prefer volleying with more flexible racquets - the demo I had with the Yonex VCore Pro97 HD was better in terms of touch at the net for instance. If you are a serve-and-volleyer or a baseline grinder/counter-puncher, you might want to look elsewhere, but if you are a power baseliner or all-court player who loves hitting aces and winners, then check the PST out.
 

flex

Semi-Pro
I'm used to mid 11 oz racquet with relatively thin straight beam, 18x20 pattern and flex in the 60-63 range.

This racquet seems to fit the bill except for the stiffness rating on this Babolat is 66. Also tbh, I hit with a pure drive and apd a while back and didn't like the stiff feel.

Is this worth a try or does it play softer than the 66 RA stiffness rating?
 

AJvR

Rookie
I'm used to mid 11 oz racquet with relatively thin straight beam, 18x20 pattern and flex in the 60-63 range.

This racquet seems to fit the bill except for the stiffness rating on this Babolat is 66. Also tbh, I hit with a pure drive and apd a while back and didn't like the stiff feel.

Is this worth a try or does it play softer than the 66 RA stiffness rating?
I find the PS plays quite a bit softer than both the PD and PA, no experience with APD. PD and PA also feel hollow, the PS feels more solid.
 

flex

Semi-Pro
I find the PS plays quite a bit softer than both the PD and PA, no experience with APD. PD and PA also feel hollow, the PS feels more solid.


I get that feeling too from the Pure Strike. Seems like it's Babolat's closest to that of a "traditional" racquet in that it's thinnER beam, less stiff (relatively speaking, compared to it's PR & APD line), etc. Haven't gotten around to trying it though.

Not to detract from the thread but I just got back into tennis (being that it's summer and not much else to do), how are demo program working these days? I ordered 4 demo racquet from TW for around $20 around 10 years ago or so... Is demoing still a thing in this post-pandemic world?
 

Juan2thePaab

New User
I just demo'ed this racket. I must say I kinda liked it.

I felt like I could hit my 2 hand bh better than ever.

Volleys were good. Serve was ok (needed more time to get used to it)

Warming up with mini tennis the forehand felt great, however after moving back to the baseline I had trouble connecting and hitting through the ball. Hit a lot of spinny balls into the net.

I would be tempted to add some weight to the handle, maybe a leather grip. But not sure if that would be too heavy.

I recently tried the Pro Staff 97 v13, and I think I liked this better. Pro Staff was softer and more head light, this felt more solid on impact and had a bit more power.
 

Tranqville

Professional
I just demoed PST 3G during two training sessions. Strung it with fresh RPM Blast @52/50. I thought it would be a good "neutral" string. PST is an effective attacking frame. Particularly good at putting away high sitters with FH drive or volley. The frame is perfect on 1HBH, as I expected from the specs. Despite the 16x19 string pattern, the launch angle is slightly low. The frame has a unique feel: direct, muted, and pleasant. The more I played, the more I enjoyed the feel. Reminded me a bit of Dunlop 200G Hotmelt: pleasantly resinous firm feel, but in a more modern way.
 
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socallefty

G.O.A.T.
Most players who demo it seem to like it a lot. I have been playing with Pure Strike Tours since they were introduced in 2014 and the current G3 is better than G1. But, too many players don’t want to try a Babolat player’s racquet because their tweeners like the Drive/Aero are so popular and their brand is associated with that.
 
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