Is Babolat PureStrike 98 (18x20), in your experience, a tennis elbow maker?

I'have just gotten an unstrung Babolat PureStrike 98 (18x20).

While looking at some stringing recommendations, I ran into a discouraging pattern where people initially praise the racket for its play performance (it is one of the highest rated rackets on TW, rated at 89), but then I see articles, and threads like these, these, these (TW PST customer feedback, search "elbow"), and these, where people say that it caused them a tennis elbow or shoulder after some time of playing.

Hence, my questions for those who have it are:

- is Babolat PureStrike 98, specially 18x20, indeed, and in your experience, prone to causing a tennis elbow (or shoulder problems)?

- if so, do you have any string type, size, and tension recommendations?

(I am coming back to tennis from a 20 years break. Used to be a 3.5-4.0 player)
 

Flying_Axe

New User
Okay, I haven't played with 18/20, but 16/19 gave me elbow pain. Considering they are the same racquet with different string pattern and 16/19 is generally more arm-friendly, I think 18/20 can be too stiff for many players. If your arm can handle the stiffness, it is surely a beautiful weapon doing everything nicely. If not, TF40 305, XTC 305 and Blade 18/20 are similar choices. Though Blade is way more demanding.
 

Stratotanker

New User
I’ve played with a number of frames, always poly at low to mid tensions. I used the P07 18x20 strike for about six months and gave myself the only case of tennis elbow I’ve ever had. Tried a few string setups. No luck. Switched to different frame, recovered. Felt adventurous and used the strike for an hour of hitting a few months later...before I was even off the court, almost an instant return to the tennis elbow pain. This is anecdotal, but there are A LOT of these anecdotes about that generation strike. YMMV, but that reputation seems to be well-earned.

A bummer, too - that strike was the best racquet for my game I’ve ever played with - just couldn’t find a way to use it.
 

Jd1boo

New User
The 16x19 gave me wrist and shoulder issues after about a month of play. I work with my hands so had to move on.
 

AJvR

Rookie
Played for two years with it for 6 hours a week, first year stock, second year leaded. All the time full bed poly (PHT, RPM Blast, Hyper-G, Revolution, Hawk, RS Lyon) strung at 24 to 26 kilo, no arm, shoulder or wrist issues, but all anecdotical. If you don't want to take risk, try lower tensions first, or perhaps a hybrid. It's a very good stick imho, worth trying out.

Similar background like you (25 years break, 4.0 level).
 

glenWs

Rookie
I'have just gotten an unstrung Babolat PureStrike 98 (18x20).

While looking at some stringing recommendations, I ran into a discouraging pattern where people initially praise the racket for its play performance (it is one of the highest rated rackets on TW, rated at 89), but then I see articles, and threads like these, these, these (TW PST customer feedback, search "elbow"), and these, where people say that it caused them a tennis elbow or shoulder after some time of playing.

Hence, my questions for those who have it are:

- is Babolat PureStrike 98, specially 18x20, indeed, and in your experience, prone to causing a tennis elbow (or shoulder problems)?

- if so, do you have any string type, size, and tension recommendations?

(I am coming back to tennis from a 20 years break. Used to be a 3.5-4.0 player)
All Pure Strikes are elbow and wrist killers.
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
You probably already came across my posts; I’m one of the people who developed severe TE from the 2017 Pure Strike. I tried both string patterns and even different grip sizes since I played well with it. I’ve never had TE before or since I dumped the Pure Strike.
 
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