Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Babolat Pure Aero VS 2020

TW Staff

Administrator
Attention Talk Tennis Members:

We have a VERY Limited number of Babolat Pure Aero VS racquets for a playtest. This playtest is open to USA Talk Tennis members only.

VERY IMPORTANT: Playtesters will be required to get their test racquet strung. Each racquet will be shipped with a set of Babolat Xcel 17 & a set of Babolat RPM Power 17.

Application period is now closed. Selected playtesters will be notified via email by Friday, June 5th.

IMPORTANT: we understand tennis courts can be limited or closed in certain areas during this time. We ask that you only apply if you can get the racquet strung and hit with the racquet for a total of 10 hours on court during the 4 week playtest. Don't worry, we have many more exciting playtests scheduled in the next 6 months if you are unable to at this time!


We have a very limited quantity of racquets to playtest. We select playtesters based on a number of factors, including message board participation and performance on past playtests.

In order to remain in good standing for future playtests, you must post a review by the deadline. Reviews clearly lacking in effort will result in disqualification from future playtests.

Deadline for posting your review: July 10, 2020

Include the following in your review:

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Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
Current racquet/string setups:
How many hours did you play with the racquet?

Comments on racquet performance:
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-Serves:
-Volleys:
-Serve returns:

General reaction/comments on overall performance:

Thanks,
TW Staff

PS- Please keep comments productive. Any "email sent" posts will be deleted. Thanks!
 
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joah310

Professional
Does it play similar to the Aero Storm GT? I know the previous pure aero vs was modeled after it.
 

joah310

Professional
I have looked around and have read that it doesn't. but more power, so maybe ill like this better
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I already own a pair of the PA VS so I’m not signing up for this playtest but will share my thoughts and findings here. :)
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
how was the racket for you?
I like it. The specs are more inline with what I prefer. Thinner beam width, lower swingweight, very HL balance, lower static weight so it’s definitely a platform stick that requires a little lead, otherwise it is a bit anemic for me. One of the best players sticks ever released by babolat in recent years. 98” has less power than the 100” PA. 16/20 pattern offers more control than the 16/19 PA. Still able to generate a ton of spin from the FSI string spacing. Thinner beam offers better ball feel. Does not have the hollowness and “bong” sound on contact.

So improved feel, less power, more control...all good things in my book. :)
 

joah310

Professional
I like it. The specs are more inline with what I prefer. Thinner beam width, lower swingweight, very HL balance, lower static weight so it’s definitely a platform stick that requires a little lead, otherwise it is a bit anemic for me. One of the best players sticks ever released by babolat in recent years. 98” has less power than the 100” PA. 16/20 pattern offers more control than the 16/19 PA. Still able to generate a ton of spin from the FSI string spacing. Thinner beam offers better ball feel. Does not have the hollowness and “bong” sound on contact.

So improved feel, less power, more control...all good things in my book. :)
sounds like Babolat's version of the Ultra tour. Im guessing my chances of getting picked are pretty slim though.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
sounds like Babolat's version of the Ultra tour. Im guessing my chances of getting picked are pretty slim though.
Not quite as good as my modded UT for me, but i do like it more than most of the babolat offerings from the past decade. My fave Babolats are the pure storm team gt and the pure storm gt with lead.
 

joah310

Professional
Not quite as good as my modded UT for me, but i do like it more than most of the babolat offerings from the past decade. My fave Babolats are the pure storm team gt and the pure storm gt with lead.
Can I ask what you leaded these up to?
 
Applied now that it looks like I'll have the chance to play regularly. I just hit for the first time in 2 months so playing with my Pure Strike Tour has my arm feeling a little sore, most likely due to the weight.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Added 1g spread from 10-2. Added an OG. Have experimented with a few different tensions (47/45, 46/44 and 44/42) and 4 string jobs so far.

As my fitness is improving post big sick, I’m thinking about adding up to another gram to 10-2 and going with my higher string tension (47/45).

but so far, it’s definitely a stick with a lot of potential. With some racquets, you want to put it down after hitting a few balls. this isn’t one of them.
 

joah310

Professional
Added 1g spread from 10-2. Added an OG. Have experimented with a few different tensions (47/45, 46/44 and 44/42) and 4 string jobs so far.

As my fitness is improving post big sick, I’m thinking about adding up to another gram to 10-2 and going with my higher string tension (47/45).
Ive never really used such low tensions. Do you think this stick will start to cause problems if I string higher at around 54?
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Ive never really used such low tensions. Do you think this stick will start to cause problems if I string higher at around 54?
I should mention that I use a modified JET method to string my rackets on a babolat sensor so my string beds usually feel like a string job that was strung 3#s higher in the conventional manner.
 

joah310

Professional
I should mention that I use a modified JET method to string my rackets on a babolat sensor so my string beds usually feel like a string job that was strung 3#s higher in the conventional manner.
Never used the JET method, but maybe I'll test these out one of these days
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
Awesome sticks. Playability-wise, they're halfway between APD and aerostorms with a much more solid feel. It needs 1-2g somewhere between 10 & 2, but it's the first babolat ive tried that doesnt have that typical hollow babolat feel. Also doesnt feel as stiff as the numbers suggest.
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
Hoping I get selected to be on this playtest.
I hope you are selected also. I have been stringing so many frames and playing once to twice a day since April 1st, completely missed these frames have already been released. Been using my 2016/17/18 edition pure Aero+ frames for a couple of years now, but the thought of a more control-oriented Pure Aero is certainly appealing. Applied for the playtest yesterday also, but realize they only have so many frames. Fingers crossed with you @parasailing
 

joah310

Professional
Awesome sticks. Playability-wise, they're halfway between APD and aerostorms with a much more solid feel. It needs 1-2g somewhere between 10 & 2, but it's the first babolat ive tried that doesnt have that typical hollow babolat feel. Also doesnt feel as stiff as the numbers suggest.
That sounds pretty reassuring never really enjoyed hollow rackets
 

sanister

Professional
I'm a little outdated with info regarding sales.Are these only offered in pairs like they did with the PD VS at one point if I'm not mistaken??Or will these be available for sale individually?
 

joah310

Professional
I'm a little outdated with info regarding sales.Are these only offered in pairs like they did with the PD VS at one point if I'm not mistaken??Or will these be available for sale individually?
they are available individually on the website right now
 

TennisHound

Legend
It’s funny, I remember posting several years back about how a98” PD and PA would be the coolest racquet ever. Even though it’s not quite a 98” PA. It’s still uber cool. Looking forward to the reviews. Thanks TW
 

shaneno

Professional
Yes babolat pure aero VS

Hope to try out this racquet, the older version looked amazing. Missed out on testing it.
 

chinny562

New User
How exciting! The tennis courts in my city were open last week and finally got to play again :)
I've never played with a 16x20 before sooo.. *Fingers crossed*
 

Moveforwardalways

Hall of Fame
I have a PAVS 2020 and have played with it several times. It has a ridiculously high launch angle (highest I have ever played with, more than the regular Pure Aero), lots of easy spin, and very powerful. It does not offer that much more control than the regular Pure Aero. It is not very stable on off center hits, which is very noticeable when volleying. Volleying with this stick actually gave me some forearm pain against heavy hitters. However, it is like having a cheat code when serving and hitting full western forehands. As always, YMMV.
 
I have a PAVS 2020 and have played with it several times. It has a ridiculously high launch angle (highest I have ever played with, more than the regular Pure Aero), lots of easy spin, and very powerful. It does not offer that much more control than the regular Pure Aero. It is not very stable on off center hits, which is very noticeable when volleying. Volleying with this stick actually gave me some forearm pain against heavy hitters. However, it is like having a cheat code when serving and hitting full western forehands. As always, YMMV.
I found PAVS20 to be a dialed down version of Pure Aero: https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/brand-new-pure-aero-vs-2020.658788/page-4#post-14342955
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I have a PAVS 2020 and have played with it several times. It has a ridiculously high launch angle (highest I have ever played with, more than the regular Pure Aero), lots of easy spin, and very powerful. It does not offer that much more control than the regular Pure Aero. It is not very stable on off center hits, which is very noticeable when volleying. Volleying with this stick actually gave me some forearm pain against heavy hitters. However, it is like having a cheat code when serving and hitting full western forehands. As always, YMMV.
Haven’t observed any of this at all. Wonder if we talking about the same frame?

have found a gram or 2 of lead at the top of the hoop makes the frame very stable.

perhaps you have a counterfeit?
 

El_Yotamo

Professional
The Aero Storm Tour Cortex was one of the first racquets I ever tried when switching to adult frames back when I was growing up. I still remember how nice it was and the ridiculous serves I could hit with it, so it should be truly fascinating to compare it with the PAVS. Some of my go-tos have also been the 2014 Pure Controls (Tour and 95) so a comparison to those should be fun as well.
 
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TW Staff

Administrator
joah310,

I see it on my side. It is called Pure Aero VS. The previous iteration is called Babolat Pure Aero VS Stars and Stripes.

Thanks,
Brittany, TW
 

Moveforwardalways

Hall of Fame
Haven’t observed any of this at all. Wonder if we talking about the same frame?

have found a gram or 2 of lead at the top of the hoop makes the frame very stable.

perhaps you have a counterfeit?
I bought it from TW.

It has a thinner beam than the regular Pure Aero but it is ostensibly the same construction, which somehow must make it less stable than the regular version. It may indeed be better with weight. I added some lead at 3 and 9, which helped a little, but I would not play this racquet in stock form.
 

JEDI MASTER

Semi-Pro
Ive never really used such low tensions. Do you think this stick will start to cause problems if I string higher at around 54?
I have 2.. 1 strung with HyperG 16L @ 52.. the other with AluPower 16L @ 52..
luv with the Hyper G.. good balance of control and power...
 
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