Racket Review: Babolat Pure Strike 18×20
Originally published on 23/04/14
After revolutionising topspin tennis since entering the frame game 20 years ago, Babolat set out to serve a new segment of the tennis-playing public with the Strike range, and let there be no doubt: this is one for the flat hitters.
The dense string pattern will give you a little spin but makes for a reactive frame that will work for those keen to take the ball early.
Returns of serve came back with interest and volleying was a delight for those who ventured to the net, but those with rangey swings will find their power muted by the combination of mid-weight and tight string pattern.
If that’s the case, the heavier Strike Tour may be the answer, while a 16×19 version with the same spec is due out in the spring.
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