Babolat Tennis Racket Ultimate Buyer’s Guide (2024)

Here is the comprehensive Babolat Tennis racket guide. From this guide, you will find different racket models, their characteristics, and specifications.

Babolatin racket series

Note! Some of the models may not be available anymore.

Racket model reading guide: name of the racket, head size, and string pattern

For example. Pure Strike 98 18×20

Pure Drive 🔵

Pure Drive is Babolat’s most popular racket model, suitable for players of all levels. It is designed to provide players with excellent power, spin, and control.

Head Size

100 is Pure Drive’s standard head size, ideal for all beginners and advanced players. The 100-square-inch head size provides players with a larger sweet spot by making the racket more forgiving and power-producing

Weight

The standard Pure Drive model weighs 300 grams, which is the average weight of a tennis racket. The 300-gram weight makes the Pure Drive a stable and easy-to-play racket, suitable for both training and playing purposes.

Pure Drive is also available in lighter models which are suitable for beginners and younger players. There are also slightly heavier models suitable for competitive players.

Pure Drive

Pure Drive is the standard model in the Babolat Drive series, focused on power and comfort. It has a 100 square inch head size and it weighs 300 grams. In addition, the Pure Drive has a more open 16×19 string pattern which produces more power and spin.

Compared to other Babolat models, the Pure Drive has one of the most comfortable ball feedback and sweet spots.

The 100 square-inch head size, 300-gram weight, and an open 16×19 string pattern make the Pure Drive one of Babolat’s most versatile rackets, suitable for both defensive and offensive styles of play.

Pure Drive is best suited for players from beginners upwards, who want a versatile and powerful Babolat racket that is also suitable for demanding competitive play.

Price range: $250 / 250€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Wilson Burn 100S
  • Yonex Ezone 100
Pure Drive
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)68.5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness71
Strung balance (cm)32,99
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)318
Strung weight (ounces)11.2
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)300
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.6
Recommended stringing tension23-27kg / 50-60lb

Pure Drive +

Pure Drive + (Plus) is an extended version of Pure Drive. It has the same features as the basic Pure Drive but is 1.5 cm longer. Thanks to its extra length, the Pure Drive + is able to deliver more power and reach on shots.

However, due to the extra length, Pure Drive + is not as agile at the net as the basic Pure Drive, making it more suitable for baseline players.

Pure Drive + is best suited for intermediate and advanced players who want a longer and more power-producing version of Pure Drive.

Price range: $250 / 230€

Pure Drive Plus
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)69,9
Length (in)27.5
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness69
Strung balance (cm)32,99
Strung balance (pts)-6
Strung weight (grams)318
Strung weight (ounces)11.2
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-9
Unstrung weight (grams)300
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.6
Recommended stringing tension22-27kg / 50-60lb

Pure Drive 98

Pure Drive 98 is a Pure Drive model intended for advanced competitive players. It has a smaller 98 square inch head size than the 100 square inch head size of the standard model.

In addition, the Pure Drive 98 weighs 305 grams, which is 5 grams more than the standard model (300 grams).

Due to the smaller head size and greater weight Pure Drive 98 offers more control and precision compared to the 100-head size standard model.

The Pure Drive 98 is best suited for advanced competitive players who want a Pure Drive Series racket that offers more control and precision.

Price range: $250 / 230€

Pure Drive 98
Head size (sq cm)630
Head size (sq in)98
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness74
Unstrung balance (cm)32,5
Unstrung weight (grams)305
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.8
Recommended stringing tension23-27kg / 50-60lb

Pure Drive Team

Pure Drive Team is a lighter and more power-producing model of the basic Pure Drive. It weighs 285 grams compared to the basic model’s 300 grams. The lighter weight makes it more comfortable and easier to play with.

In addition, the Pure Drive Team produces slightly more power for strokes compared to the standard Pure Drive.

The Pure Drive Team is best suited for beginners and intermediate players who want a slightly lighter and easier Pure Drive racket. Thanks to its lighter weight it is also suitable for older junior and women players.

Price range: $250 / 230€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Babolat Pure Aero Team
  • Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 3.0 F LS
  • Technifibre T–Flash PS 300
Pure Drive Team
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness69
Strung balance (cm)32,64
Strung balance (pts)-5
Strung weight (grams)301
Strung weight (ounces)10.6
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)285
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.1
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-60lb

Pure Drive Lite

Pure Drive Lite is the second lightest version of Pure Drive. It weighs 270 grams compared to 300 grams for the original model. Its light weight makes it one of the Pure Drive’s most comfortable and playable models.

The Pure Drive Lite is best suited for beginners and intermediate players who want a particularly lightweight and easy-to-play version of the basic Pure Drive. Its extra light weight also makes it suitable for younger junior players.

Price range: $250 / 220€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Wilson Ultra 100L
  • Head Graphene 360 Speed Lite
Pure Drive Lite
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness72
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)33
Unstrung weight (grams)270
Unstrung weight (ounces)9.5
Recommended stringing tension23-27kg / 50-60lb

Pure Drive Super Lite

Pure Drive Super Lite is the lightest version in the Pure Drive series. It weighs 255 grams compared to the standard model’s 300 grams. Thanks to its extra lightweight, it is Pure Drive’s lightest and most agile racket, intended for junior players transitioning to adult rackets.

The Pure Driver Super Lite is best suited for beginners and intermediate junior players who are transitioning to adult rackets.

Price Range: $240 / 210€

Pure Drive Super Lite
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness72
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)33
Unstrung weight (grams)255
Unstrung weight (ounces)9.0
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Drive 110

The Pure Drive 110 is Pure Drive’s largest head-sized model. It has a very large 110 square inch head compared to the 100 square inch head size of the standard model. In addition to the large head size, it is 45 grams lighter than the standard Pure Drive model, weighing 255 grams.

The extra large 110 square inch head size provides players with a large sweet spot, making the racket very forgiving and hand-friendly. The large head size combined with the low weight allows players to generate power easily and effortlessly on their shots.

The Pure Drive 110 is best suited for senior players of all levels who want an easy, hand-friendly power-producing Pure Drive racket.

Price range: $250 / 230€

Pure Drive 110
Head size (sq cm)710
Head size (sq in)110
Length (cm)70,1
Length (in)27,6
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness70
Strung balance (cm)33,96
Strung balance (pts)-3
Strung weight (grams)269
Strung weight (ounces)9.5
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)33
Unstrung balance (pts)-6
Unstrung weight (grams)255
Unstrung weight (ounces)9
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-60lb

Pure Drive 107

The Pure Drive 107 has the Pure Drive series’ second largest head size. It has a 107 square inch head size compared to the standard model’s 100 square inches. In addition, the Pure Drive 107 is 15 grams lighter than the standard model, weighing 285 grams.

The large head size and lighter weight make the Pure Drive 107 a more agile, forgiving, and powerful racket.

The Pure Drive 107 is best suited to beginners who want a larger head-sized, lightweight, and power-producing version of the basic Pure Drive.

Price range: $250 / 230€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Dunlop Srixon Revo CV 5.0
  • Babolat Pure Strike 103
  • Head Graphene 360+ Extreme S
Pure Drive 107
Head size (sq cm)690
Head size (sq in)107
Length (cm)69
Length (in)27.2
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness69
Strung weight (grams)301
Strung weight (ounces)10.6
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)33
Unstrung balance (pts)-5
Unstrung weight (grams)285
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.1
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-60lb

Evo Drive / Evo Drive W (Women)

Evo Drive is a Drive series designed for beginners. Its models are slightly lighter, easier to play, and more affordable.

Evo Drive rackets have a larger 104 square-inch head size compared to the 100-head size of Pure Drive’s basic series.

Evo Drive

Evo Drive is the beginner-friendly version of Babolat’s Drive series. It weighs 270 grams and has a larger-than-average 104 square-inch head size. In addition, the Evo Drive has a unique open 16×17 string pattern that provides players with excellent spin production.

Thanks to its lightweight and larger head size, the Evo Drive is arm-friendly and easy to play with.

Evo Drive is best suited for beginners who want a maneuverable, spin-producing, and affordable Drive Series racket. Thanks to its lightweight, Evo Drive is also suitable for older junior and women players.

Price range: $180 / 160€

Evo Drive
Head size (sq cm)671
Head size (sq in)104
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness68
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)283
Strung weight (ounces)10
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)270
Unstrung weight (ounces)9.5
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-60lb

Evo Drive W

The Evo Drive W is a version of the Evo Drive with reversed coloring but with all the same features.

Price range: $180 / 160€

Evo Drive Lite

Evo Drive Lite is a lighter version of Evo Drive. It weighs 255 grams compared to the 270 grams of the standard Evo Drive. Its extra light weight makes it the easiest Drive model to play with.

The Evo Drive Lite is best suited for beginners who want an extra light, easy, and more affordable Drive model. The extra light weight also makes the Evo Drive Lite suitable for younger junior players.

Price range: $170 / 150€

Evo Drive Lite
Head size (sq cm)671
Head size (sq in)104
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness67
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)269
Strung weight (ounces)9.5
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)255
Unstrung weight (ounces)9
Recommended stringing tension22-24kg / 50-55lb

Evo Drive Lite W

The Evo Drive Lite W is a version of the Evo Drive Lite with reversed coloring, but otherwise the same features.

Price range: $170 / 150€

Evo Drive Tour

The Evo Drive Tour is an affordable racket designed for mid-level players in the Evo Drive series. It features a slightly smaller 102 square inch head size compared to the 104 square inch of the standard model. In addition, the Evo Drive Tour weighs 285 grams compared to the 270 grams of the Evo Drive standard model.

The additional weight and smaller head size make the Evo Drive Tour more stable and offer players better control and shot accuracy than the standard Evo Drive.

The Evo Drive Tour is best suited for intermediate players who want a racket from the Evo Drive Series with the best control and precision. Its light weight also makes it suitable for older junior and women players.

Price range: $200 / 180€

Evo Drive Tour
Head size (sq cm)658
Head size (sq in)102
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness68
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)303
Strung weight (ounces)10.7
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)285
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.1
Recommended stringing tension22-24kg / 50-55lb

Pure Aero 🟡

Pure Aero is Babolat’s most famous racket model, it is endorsed by top tennis players such as Rafel Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, and Holger Rune.

The Pure Aero is designed to provide players with excellent spin and power output without forgetting maneuverability. Pure Aero is ideal for the aggressive player who likes to control the tempo of the game.

Head size

100 is Pure Aero’s standard head size, well suited to intermediate and advanced players. The 100 square-inch head size offers players good power production and versatility.

Pure Aero also offers smaller 98 square-inch head sizes for competitive players, which provide more control and precision.

Weight

The standard Pure Aero model weighs 300 grams, which is the average weight of a good tennis racket. The 300-gram weight makes the Pure Aero a versatile racket that is well-suited to aggressive styles of play and competitive play.

Pure Aero also offers slightly heavier models, which are better suited to competitive play, and lighter models, which are better suited to beginners and younger players.

Pure Aero

Pure Aero is the standard model in the Aero series. It has a head size of 100 square inches and weighs 300 grams. In addition, the Pure Aero has an open 16×19 string pattern, which allows good string movement. With good string movement, the Pure Aero is able to deliver excellent spin and power on shots.

The Pure Aero’s design utilizes a new aerodynamic head shape that improves racket head acceleration, further enhancing the racket’s spin production.

Pure Aero is best suited for advanced players who want a Babolat racket that combines excellent spin and power production.

Price range: $340 / 300€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Yonex VCORE 98
  • Technifibre TF40 18×20
  • Dunlop SX300
Pure Aero
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness65
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)318
Strung weight (ounces)11.2
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)300
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.6
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Aero +

Pure Aero + (Plus) is an extended model of the Pure Aero. It has the same features as the standard Pure Aero but is 1.5 cm longer. The extra length allows Pure Aero + (Plus) to deliver more power on shots and makes it easier to reach difficult balls.

The Pure Aero + also features new improved handle technology to increase playing comfort and cushion hard impacts when hitting the ball.

Pure Aero + is best suited for advanced players who want a longer and more power-producing Pure Aero racket.

Price range: $280 / 240€

Pure Aero Plus
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)69,9
Length (in)27,5
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness65
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-6
Strung weight (grams)320
Strung weight (ounces)11.3
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-9
Unstrung weight (grams)300
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.6
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Aero 98

The Pure Aero 98 is the most control-focused model in the Pure Aero series. It has a smaller 98 square inch head size and weighs 305 grams which is 5 grams more than the 300-gram standard model. The Pure Aero 98 also features a more closed 16×20 string pattern than the standard model, which reduces string movement to provide more control over shots.

The higher weight and a closed string pattern allow Pure Aero 98 to offer players better control and shot accuracy compared to the 100-head size standard model. The smaller head size means that the Pure Aero 98 produces less power, making it well-suited to hard-hitting players.

The Pure Aero 98 is best suited to advanced players who want a Pure Aero racket with more control and precision.

Price range: $310 / 280€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Wilson Pro Staff 97 v14
  • Dunlop SX300 Tour
Pure Aero 98
Head size (sq cm)630
Head size (sq in)98
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×20
Stiffness65
Strung balance (cm)32,5
Strung balance (pts)-6
Strung weight (grams)323
Strung weight (ounces)11.4
Taper System (mm)21/23/22
Unstrung balance (cm)31,5
Unstrung balance (pts)-9
Unstrung weight (grams)305
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.8
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Aero Team

Pure Aero Team is a lighter version of the standard Pure Aero model. It weighs 285 grams compared to 300 grams for the standard model. The lighter weight makes the racket more agile and easier to play.

The Pure Aero Team is best suited to the intermediate player who wants a lighter and more maneuverable Pure Aero racket. The light weight also makes it ideal for older junior players who are making the transition from junior to adult rackets.

Price range: $240 / 250€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Wilson Burn 100 LS Camo
  • Dunlop Srixon Revo CZ 98D
  • Head Graphene 360+ Speed S
Pure Aero Team
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)68.5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness67
Strung balance (cm)32,6
Strung balance (pts)-5
Strung weight (grams)301
Strung weight (ounces)10.6
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)285
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.1
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Aero Lite

Pure Aero Lite is the lightest version of the basic Pure Aero model. It weighs 270 grams compared to 300 grams for the standard model. The lighter weight makes it the most agile and easiest-to-play Pure Aero model.

The Pure Aero Lite is best suited to beginner or intermediate players who want a very light and easy Pure Aero model. Its light weight also makes it suitable for younger junior players.

Price range: $220 / 230€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Yonex Ezone 105
  • Head Radical Team 2023
Pure Aero Lite
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)68.5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness65
Strung balance (cm)34
Strung balance (pts)-1
Strung weight (grams)283
Strung weight (ounces)10
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)33
Unstrung balance (pts)-4
Unstrung weight (grams)270
Unstrung weight (ounces)9.5
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Aero Rafa 🟡🟣

Babolat Pure Aero Rafa series

Pure Aero Rafa is a Pure Aero model designed in collaboration with Rafael Nadal. The Pure Aero Rafa models are designed more for competitive play, but there are also lighter models for intermediate and junior players.

Pure Aero Rafa Origin

Pure Aero Rafa Origin is a model designed for demanding competitive play. It is the most similar to the racket used by Rafael Nadal himself. It has a standard 100 square-inch head size but weighs 317 grams, which is 17 grams more than the standard Pure Aero.

The Pure Aero Rafa Origin’s weight is concentrated at the head of the racket, which improves the racket’s acceleration but reduces its maneuverability. In addition, unlike the other Pure Aero rackets, the Rafa Origin does not use damping technology to ensure the most authentic ball feel.

Thanks to its high weight, the Pure Aero Rafa Origin is able to offer players the best control and shot accuracy compared to other Pure Aero models.

The Pure Aero Rafa Origin is designed for demanding competition use and is not recommended for inexperienced players.

The Pure Aero Rafa Origin is best suited to the advanced player who wants a Pure Aero racket with best-in-class control and precision.

Price range: $330 / 330€

Pure Aero Rafa Origin
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness70
Strung balance (cm)34
Strung balance (pts)-1
Strung weight (grams)337
Strung weight (ounces)11.9
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)33
Unstrung balance (pts)-4
Unstrung weight (grams)317
Unstrung weight (ounces)11.2
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Aero Rafa

The Pure Aero Rafa is the most approachable model in the Rafa series. It has a 100 square-inch head size and weighs 290 grams compared to the Origin model’s 317 grams. The lighter weight makes it the most maneuverable Rafa model. With its head lightweight and an open string pattern, the Pure Aero Rafa has excellent spin production qualities, which combined with the light weight makes it well suited to the aggressive player.

The Pure Aero Rafa is best suited to the intermediate player and the more experienced player who wants a more agile and lighter Rafa racket that produces an excellent amount of spin.

Price range: $300/ 260€

Pure Aero Rafa
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness67
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)318
Strung weight (ounces)11.2
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)300
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.6
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Aero Rafa JR 26

The Pure Aero Rafa JR 26 is a racket designed for junior players. It has a 100-square-inch head size and weighs 245 grams. However, the Pure Aero Rafa JR 26 is 26 inches (66cm) long, 1 inch shorter than a normal adult racket.

The Pure Aero Rafa JR 26 is best suited for the competitive junior player from intermediate to advanced level who wants spi- producing racket.

Pure Aero Rafa JR 26
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)66
Length (in)26
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness67
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32,5
Unstrung weight (grams)245
Unstrung weight (ounces)8,6
Recommended stringing tension21-24kg / 50-53lb

Evo Aero / Evo Aero Pink

Evo Aero is the Aero series designed for beginners. Its models are slightly lighter, easier to play, and more affordable.

Evo Aero rackets have a larger 102 square-inch head size compared to the standard 100-head size of the Pure Aero series.

Evo Aero

Evo Aero is the beginner-friendly version of the Aero series. It has a larger 102 square inch head size and it weighs 275 grams. In addition, the Evo Aero has an open 16×18 string pattern, which makes it easier to produce spin and power to the ball.

Thanks to its lightweight and large head size, the Evo Aero offers players a more beginner-friendly experience for the Aero Series rackets.

The Evo Aero is best suited for beginners who want a lightweight Aero Series racket that provides spin and power at a slightly more affordable price point than the standard model’s rackets. Thanks to its lightweight, the Evo Aero is also suitable for older junior and female players.

Price range: $170 / 170€

Evo Aero
Head size (sq cm)658
Head size (sq in)102
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×18
Stiffness60
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)289
Strung weight (ounces)10.2
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)275
Unstrung weight (ounces)9.7
Recommended stringing tension22-24kg / 50-55lb

Evo Aero Lite

The Evo Aero Lite is a lighter version of the Evo Aero. It weighs 260 grams compared to the 275 grams of the standard Evo Aero. Its extra light weight makes it very agile and player-friendly.

The Evo Aero Lite is ideal for beginners who want a particularly light, easy, and easy-to-handle Aero Series racket. Its light weight also makes it ideal for younger junior players.

Price range: $170 / 160€

Evo Aero Lite
Head size (sq cm)658
Head size (sq in)102
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×18
Stiffness60
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)275
Strung weight (ounces)9.7
Taper System (mm)23/26/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung weight (grams)260
Unstrung weight (ounces)9.2
Recommended stringing tension22-24kg / 50-55lb

Pure Strike 🔴

Babolat Pure Strike series

The Pure Strike is Babolat’s most control-focused model. It is endorsed by top players such as Dominic Thiem, Cameron Norrie, and Brandon Nakashima.

Pure Strike is designed to give players excellent control, shot precision and ball feel. As a result, Pure Strike models have a smaller-than-average head size and higher weight.

Head size

Pure Strike’s standard head size is 98 square inches, which is slightly smaller than the average head size of tennis rackets. The smaller head size produces less power on shots, increasing control and precision.

Pure Strike is also available in larger 100+ head sizes, which are more suitable for beginners and intermediate players.

Weight

The standard weight of the Pure Strike is 305 grams which is slightly more than the average weight of a tennis racket. The higher weight increases the Pure Strike’s stability on hard shots and helps players control the ball better.

Pure Strike is also available in lighter models weighing less than 305 grams, which are ideal for beginners and intermediate players.

Pure Strike 18×20 (2024)

The Pure Strike 18×20 is the most control-focused model in the Pure Strike series. It weighs 305 grams and has a closed string pattern that produces less power on shots. Due to the closed string pattern, there is less room for the strings to move and as a result, the 18×20 string pattern also produces less spin.

Overall, the Pure Strike 18×20 is a solid racket that combines good control and precision, making it an excellent racket for the competitive player.

The 2024 model is implemented with NF2 technology which improves the racket’s comfort without compromising the ball feel.

The Pure Strike 18×20 is best suited for advanced players who want a Pure Strike series racket that is focused on control.

Price range: $230 / 180€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Yonex VCORE 100
  • Babolat Pure Aero
  • Dunlop SX300
Pure Strike 18×20 (2024)
Head size (sq cm)630
Head size (sq in)98
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern18×20
Stiffness63
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)323
Strung weight (ounces)11.4
Taper System (mm)21/23/21
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)305
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.8
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Strike 16×19 (2024)

Babolat Pure Strike 16x19 zoomed

Pure Strike 16×19 is a more spin-focused model of Pure Strike. It weighs 305 grams and has an open 16×19 string pattern. The open 16×19 string pattern allows the strings to move more, so they can produce more spin and power on the ball.

Compared to the Pure Strike 18×20, the Pure Strike 16×19 offers players better power and spin production, but slightly less control. Like the 18×20 model, it is well suited for competitive and training use.

The 2024 model is implemented with NF2 technology which improves the racket’s comfort without compromising the ball feel.

The Pure Strike 16×19 is best suited for advanced players who want a Pure Strike racket that delivers more spin and power.

Price range: $230 / 180€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Head Boom Pro 2022
  • Technifibre ATP TFight 305 XTC
  • Dunlop SX 300 Tour
Pure Strike 16×19
Head size (sq cm)630
Head size (sq in)98
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness63
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)323
Strung weight (ounces)11.4
Taper System (mm)21/23/21
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)305
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.8
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Strike VS

Pure Strike VS is the Pure Strike model designed for demanding competitive play. It weighs 310 grams compared to 305 grams of the standard model and has a smaller 97 square-inch head size. In addition, the Pure Strike VS features a unique 16×20 string pattern that provides players with good control and power.

Due to the smaller head size and higher weight, Pure Strike VS offers players the most control and shot accuracy in the Pure Strike series. The Pure Strike VS is designed to have the same authentic ball feel as the Pure Aero Rafa Origin, so it does not feature any special damping technology. As a result, the feel of the ball is harder and less cushioned.

The Pure Strike VS is best suited to advanced players who want a Pure Strike racket that offers the ultimate in control and precision.

Price range: $280 / 240€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Head Speed Pro 2022
Pure Strike VS
Head size (sq cm)626
Head size (sq in)97
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×20
Stiffness63
Strung balance (cm)32
Strung balance (pts)-7
Strung weight (grams)332
Strung weight (ounces)11.7
Taper System (mm)21/22/21
Unstrung balance (cm)31
Unstrung balance (pts)-10
Unstrung weight (grams)310
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.9
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Strike 100 (2024)

Babolat Pure Strike 100 zoomed

The Pure Strike 100 is the most approachable model in the Pure Strike series. It weighs 300 grams which is 5 grams less than the standard Pure Strike and has a larger 100 square inch head size compared to the 98 head size of the standard model. In addition, the Pure Strike 100 has an open 16×19 string pattern, making it easier for players to generate more spin and power.

The lighter weight and larger head size make the Pure Strike 100 a more forgiving and easier-to-play version of the standard Pure Strike.

The 2024 model is implemented with NF2 and SWX technology which improves the racket’s ability and comfort compared to the previous model.

The Pure Strike 100 is best suited to intermediate and advanced players who want a slightly lighter and more versatile Pure Strike racket.

Price range: $230 / 180€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Head Graphene Touch Radical Pro
  • Wilson Shift 99 300g
Pure Strike 100
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness63
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)315
Strung weight (ounces)11.1
Taper System (mm)21/23/21
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)300
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.6
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Strike 100 16×20 (2024)

Pure Strike 100 16×20 is Pure Strike’s newest model. It has the same 100 square inch head size but a heavier weight of 305 grams and a more closed string pattern of 16×20.

Thanks to a more closed string pattern it offers players more control compared to the 16×19 model.

In addition, Pure Strike 100 16×20 is implemented with FSI technology which makes the string pattern more dense therefore improving its control.

Pure Strike 100 16×20 is best suited for advanced players who are looking for the most control-focused Pure Strike 100 model.

Pure Strike Team (2024)

Babolat Pure Strike Team zoomed

Pure Strike Team is a lighter version of the Pure Strike 100. It weighs 285 grams compared to 300 grams for the Pure Strike 100. The lighter weight makes it easier to play and more agile.

The Pure Strike Team is best suited to the intermediate player who wants a lighter and more agile version of the Pure Strike 100. The light weight also makes it ideal for older junior players and women.

Price range: $220 / 170€

Similar models from other racket manufacturers:

  • Yonex Ezone Lite
  • Babolat Pure Drive Lite
  • Wilson Ultra 100L
Pure Strike Team
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness72
Strung balance (cm)34
Strung balance (pts)-1
Strung weight (grams)303
Strung weight (ounces)10.7
Taper System (mm)21/23/21
Unstrung balance (cm)33
Unstrung balance (pts)-4
Unstrung weight (grams)285
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.1
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Strike Lite (2024)

Pure Strike Lite is the lightest version of the Pure Strike 100 head-sized model. It weighs 265 grams compared to 300 grams of the standard model. Thanks to its extra lightweight, the Pure Strike Lite offers players excellent maneuverability and arm-friendliness, without compromising on power delivery.

The 2024 model is implemented with NF2 and SWX technology which improves the racket’s ability and comfort compared to the previous model.

The Pure Strike Lite is best suited for the beginner to intermediate player who wants a lightweight and player-friendly Pure Strike racket. Thanks to its lightweight, it is also suitable for younger junior players.

Price range: $220 / 170€

Pure Strike Lite
Head size (sq cm)645
Head size (sq in)100
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness70
Strung balance (cm)34
Strung balance (pts)-1
Strung weight (grams)281
Strung weight (ounces)9.9
Taper System (mm)21/23/21
Unstrung balance (cm)33
Unstrung balance (pts)-4
Unstrung weight (grams)265
Unstrung weight (ounces)9.3
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Pure Strike 103

The Pure Strike 103 is Pure Strike’s largest head-sized model. It has a 103 square inch head size compared to the 98 square inch head size of the standard model. It weighs 285 grams compared to the 305 grams of the standard model. In addition, the Pure Strike 103 features an open 16×19 string pattern, providing players with great power and spin potential.

Due to its larger head size and lighter weight, the Pure Strike 103 offers players a larger sweet spot, better maneuverability, and higher power production compared to the standard Pure Strike.

The Pure Strike 103 is best suited for beginners and intermediate players who want a lighter, more powerful version of the Pure Strike. The lighter weight also makes it ideal for older juniors and women.

Price range: $220 / 190€

Pure Strike 103
Head size (sq cm)664
Head size (sq in)103
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness65
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)301
Strung weight (ounces)10.6
Taper System (mm)21/23/21
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung weight (grams)285
Unstrung weight (ounces)10.1
Recommended stringing tension22-26kg / 50-59lb

Strike Evo

Strike Evo is Pure Strike’s beginner model. It has a larger head size, lighter weight, and a more affordable price.

The Strike Evo weighs 285 grams compared to the standard model’s 305 grams and has a larger 102 square-inch head size compared to the 98-inch head size of the standard model. In addition, the Pure Strike Evo features an open 16×19 string pattern for power and twist.

The Strike Evo is best suited for beginners and intermediate players who want a light, easy, and cheaper version of the basic Pure Strike. The light weight also makes it ideal for older junior players and women.

Price range: $180 / 150€

Strike Evo
Head size (sq cm)660
Head size (sq in)102
Length (cm)68,5
Length (in)27
String Pattern16×19
Stiffness65
Strung balance (cm)33
Strung balance (pts)-4
Strung weight (grams)295
Strung weight (ounces)10.4
Taper System (mm)23/23/23
Unstrung balance (cm)32
Unstrung balance (pts)-7
Unstrung weight (grams)280
Unstrung weight (ounces)9.9
Recommended stringing tension22-24kg / 50-55lb

Babolat’s Junior Rackets

Babolat also offers a wide range of junior rackets for players of all levels. Junior rackets are lighter, easier-to-play versions of adult rackets. Although these rackets are aimed at children and juniors, they still offer the same features as the adult models.

Junior rackets come in a wide range of sizes for players of all ages and at the end of this chapter, you will find a size chart to help you choose a racket.

Competitive racket

  • Pure Drive JR/ JR GIRL 25, 26 –> More competitive racket which offers better power production and comfort
  • Pure Aero JR 25, 26 –>More competitive racket which offers good spin and power production
  • Pure Aero Rafa JR 26 –> More competitive racket which offers excellent spin production
  • Aero JR 25, 26 -> More competitive racket which offers good spin production and comfort
  • Nadal JR 25, 26 –> More competitive racket which offers spin and maneuverability

Note! Competitive junior players can also play with Babolat’s lighter racket models that have the tags Lite or Super Lite in the racket’s name.

Recreational rackets

  • Drive JR / JR Girl
  • Nadal JR 23
  • BallFighter
  • B’Fly

Racket size guide

Racket size (inches)Child’s height EUChild’s height USAge
17<90cm<2 ft 11in<3 years
1990-105cm2 ft 11 in – 3 ft 5 in3-5 years
21105-120cm3 ft 5 in – 3 ft 11 in5-6 years
23120-130cm3 ft 11 in – 4 ft 3 in6-8 years
25130-140cm4 ft 3 in – 4 ft 7 in9-10 years
26140-150cm4 ft 7 in – 4 ft 11 in11-14 years
>26>150cm> 4ft 11 in>14 years

Best Babolat Junior Rackets

Competitive rackets

ModelPrice $Price €
Pure Aero Rafa JR150120
Pure Drive JR12099

Recreational rackets

ModelPrice $Price €
Ballfighter30-6020-50
Drive JR8060

Babolat’s Recreational Rackets

Babolat recreational rackets are designed for beginners and occasional tennis players who play tennis every now and then. The recreational rackets are a good and inexpensive way to get started playing tennis, but the rackets are limited in features for occasional play. They are lighter in construction, so they are not designed to withstand heavy use.

List of Babolat’s recreational rackets

  • Boost Aero
  • Boost Aero Rafa
  • Boost Drive / Boost Drive W
  • Boost Strike
  • Evoke 105
  • Evoke 102

Best Babolat Rackets for Beginners

Pure Drive Team, Lite, Super Lite

  • Excellent all-around racket that offers great stability and comfort

Price range: $250 / 230€

Pure Aero Lite

  • Lightweight, spin-producing racket

Price range: $250 / 230€

Pure Strike Lite

  • Extra lightweight player player-friendly racket that produces a good amount of power

Price range: $250 / 230€

Best Babolat Rackets for Intermediate Players

Pure DrivePure Drive Team

  • Excellent all-around racket that offers great stability and comfort

Price range: $250 / 230€

Pure Aero Team

  • More agile spin-producing racket

Price range: $250 / 230€

Pure Strike Team

  • More agile power-producing racket

Price range: $250 / 230€

Best Babolat Rackets for Advanced Players

Pure Aero, Pure Aero 98

  • Aggressive, spin, and power-producing racket

Price range: $250-320 / 230-300€

Pure Drive

  • Excellent all-around racket that offers great stability and comfort

Price range: $150-180 / 230-250€

Pure Strike 18×20, Pure Strike 16×19

  • Control-focused racket that offers great power precision and stability

Prine range: $210-270 / 190-240€

Best Babolat Rackets for Senior Players

Pure Drive 110

  • Power and arm-friendly racket with an extra large head size

Price range: $250 / 230€

Corresponding Models from Other Racket Manufacturers

Babolatin modelWilson ModelHead ModelYonex Model
Pure AeroBladeExtreme MPVCORE
Pure StrikePro StaffSpeed ProPercept
Pure DriveUltraBoom MPEzone

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