What happens when you mix a flat hitter with a Babolat Pure Aero?

sanister

Professional
of course no.
but it's not an optimal choice unless he wants to add more heavy top spin shots to his game.
This.

My brother is flat hitter- very little spin but recently picked up some Pure Aeros.... no idea why. Is he destined for a disaster? :-D
It isn't the best option for more flat hitters but I have seen many flat hitting type players use it. Your brother can string it a bit tighter (at the expense of comfort a bit offcourse) to get some control. Also a good opportunity to try and incorporate a bit more spin to his strokes, which isn't necessarily a bad thing I think. Overall, sure, it suits modern spinny hitters more but anyone can adapt to it, in my opinion.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
Don’t think he will come across major issues. He can adjust to the new stick and timing of the stroke.
I am also more of a flat hitter (old school) and have used a PAT for awhile. No really issues.
Find a string/tension setup can be beneficial in the end if he want to stick with the PA
IMO
 

topspn

Legend
it will hit the fence if he tried to hit winers all the time, however it doesn’t have to be that way. I have seen examples of very flat hitters that pancake hit with zero spin to notice and are effective with very powerful open string beds. They don’t hit too hard and get a pretty consistent yet still somewhat effective ball especially on low to the ground balls. So in effect, they don’t overhit, are disciplined and racquet still bails them out defensively.
 

smboogie

Semi-Pro
Can he make it work? Yeah

Will it be worth it? That's up to him

The PureAero line is really intended for long, spin intensive style swings because it rewards with power. For a flatter swing there are many other rackets that can work and offer more control like the PureStrike & Wilson Blade
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
I very frequently play with a very flat hitter in his early 60's who hits the ball very hard and with very little clearance, like Connors. When he is on, he can easily compete at high 4.5 level, and there are times when he just blows me off the court. He plays with a v6 Blade spin effect model with 1.25 Element. I don't know why he switched to this racquet - he used a 6.1 90 just prior if I remember, but if you have the timing and skill like this guy, you can play any style well with any racquet.
 

avocadoz

Semi-Pro
Eastern forehand here and I had no issues playing with the Pure Aero. Such a fun and easy racquet to pick up that I think any style can addapt. I think stringing it with a tighter low-powered poly helps dial in the control. For a racquet that's powerful and spin-friendly, I think it has better control than many of its competitors. Like the Clash for example, which has terrible control when hitting flat compared to the PA. The only reason why I didn't make it my main stick is because I have a sensitive elbow.
 

34n

Semi-Pro
My partner ( on the opposite side of the court on the video ) plays with PA strung with X1 Biphase full bed.
As you may see he is a pretty hard hitter with shots much flatter than mine . Also started tennis 40 years ago with wood rackets.
I've never seen him hitting wildly out.

 

haqq777

Legend
My partner ( on the opposite side of the court on the video ) plays with PA strung with X1 Biphase full bed.
As you may see he is a pretty hard hitter with shots much flatter than mine . Also started tennis 40 years ago with wood rackets.
I've never seen him hitting wildly out.

Great hitting. This seems like one fast court! And here I thought our indoor courts were fast. The balls on your court are zipping and sliding right inside. Very tough to play defense I'm guessing?
 

topspn

Legend
wow balls are skipping like a flat stone on water. I was in Manila a few years ago on a business trip and managed to hit with someone on a rooftop court. No clue what that surface was but ball barely got off the ground and just skipped like crazy. This one reminds of that.
 

tigonian02

New User
My brother is flat hitter- very little spin but recently picked up some Pure Aeros.... no idea why. Is he destined for a disaster? :-D
He’ll basically be forced to learn to utilize spin at least a little bit, especially with today’s Pure Aeros....else he’ll be terribly inconsistent and frustrated.
 

34n

Semi-Pro
Great hitting. This seems like one fast court! And here I thought our indoor courts were fast. The balls on your court are zipping and sliding right inside. Very tough to play defense I'm guessing?
This court is fast. But he is generally tough to play on any surface and balls skid the same way on hard or clay.
My point was that PA apparently has no control issues for a flat hitter even with one of the most powerful strings.
I've tried his rackets a few times and did not notice lack of control either
 

ChrisG

Semi-Pro
When I got back to tennis 2y ago I started using the PA. I like to hit flat, but can mix some spin to my game. I had a hard time keeping the ball inside the court, wasn’t a pleasant experience holding back my shots. It also killed my shoulder.
 

ChrisG

Semi-Pro
This court is fast. But he is generally tough to play on any surface and balls skid the same way on hard or clay.
My point was that PA apparently has no control issues for a flat hitter even with one of the most powerful strings.
I've tried his rackets a few times and did not notice lack of control either
I think directional control is very good, it’s more depth control that is hard to get with a flatter game
 

34n

Semi-Pro
I think directional control is very good, it’s more depth control that is hard to get with a flatter game
Depth control is a matter of power level of the setup frame+strings. I spent decent amount of time trying to select strings and tension for optimal power level - about 10 string jobs. ( That is why I hate switching rackets )
Once you figure that out depth is not an issue either.
 
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ChrisG

Semi-Pro
Depth control is a matter of power level of the setup frame+strings. I spent decent amount of time trying to select strings and tension for optimal power level - about 10 string jobs. ( That is why I hate switching rackets )
Once you figure that out depth is not an issue either.
I agree, and actually I ended up with a not too bad setup, using 4G soft at 24kg.
But it was harsh on my shoulder, and still I had the sense to be fighting against my opponent and my racquet all the time ! Found in my actual racquet, Angell TC95 a frame more suited to my game without sacrificing power or spin potential
 

34n

Semi-Pro
I agree, and actually I ended up with a not too bad setup, using 4G soft at 24kg.
But it was harsh on my shoulder, and still I had the sense to be fighting against my opponent and my racquet all the time ! Found in my actual racquet, Angell TC95 a frame more suited to my game without sacrificing power or spin potential
It is very personal. I can't hit past the service line with a full bed of poly. So I mix it with syn gut. I only think that string selection is the most important process in adjusting to a new frame.
 
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