Updated: Apr 24, 2021
Probably the most popular racket among all players and all levels. Its iconic yellow paint job endorsed by non-other than Rafael Nadal. Do I need to really say more? Let's dive in!
Head Size: 100
String Pattern: 16x19
the direct feedback I got from the racket. I could really feel whether I hit the sweet spot or not. Which may be a good or bad thing. More than other rackets if I didn't hit the sweet spot the ball still found its way to the court, due to the racket not flexing.
the soft-ER feel in this one compared to past versions. In the history of this racket, it has always been stiff and didn't absorb vibrations well. However, in this generation, they put a little more attention to making it a little less abrasive.
easy it was to swing. This is kind of a love-hate for me. It was easy to get the racket to contact, but once you make contact there isn't enough weight for me to help hit the ball.
how stiff this one was. If you have any history of arm pain it may bring some of those wrist or forearm pains back.
the balance of it. Its weight felt to be more in the throat and into the lower head. You may need to add weight at the handle and 12 o'clock on the face to bring it a little more to spec.
What player should use this?
A player who needs some help in the power department, but won't be affected by the stiffness. Maybe a high school player looking to have the racket help them without being too heavy to swing.
7.8/10 Overall Rating:
7/10 Plow Through
Babolat Pure Drive - These 2 rackets couldn't be more similar. The only differences are the flex rating and the string pattern is a little more open on the Pure Aero.
Head Extreme MP - They have very similar specs, but the stiffness of the Extreme is a little lower, which will boost the feel and control but lower the power. When picking between these two, decide what kind of player you are and what characteristics would help you best on the court.
Overall, I can see why this racket is popular, it is very user-friendly among all levels. I mentioned that the mishits still find a way into the court, which isn't a bad thing RIGHT!? But, I feel that it can promote bad technique and mishits.
Solinco Tour Bite 16L @50 lbs