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Babolat Pure Aero Rafa Racquets 4 1/4" (#2)
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Overview

Introducing the Pure Aero Rafa! Endorsed by Rafael Nadal this special cosmetic version of the Pure Aero has the same specs and playability as the standard cosmetic. In addition to being a great collectible the Pure Aero Rafa will give you the unmatched playability of one of the game's most legendary racquets. At 11.2 ounces strung, this stick is ideal for hard charging intermediate players, but it should also work very well for the advanced ball striker who is looking to go on offense. For this update, Babolat lowers the flex a tad, giving this notoriously stiff stick a slightly more controlled and arm-friendly response. Babolat has also moved the Cortex dampening material to the head at 3 & 9 o'clock, resulting in a slightly softer feel at impact. But make no mistake: this is still a firm, modern and lively weapon. The signature technology, called FSI Spin, utilizes wider string spacing for extra bite along with oblong grommets at 6 and 12 o'clock to maximize string movement and snapback. Like the player who endorses this racquet (Rafael Nadal), the Pure Aero feels fast and explosive from the baseline. The speedy response and grippy stringbed provide the recipe for hitting heavy spin-loaded balls that drop hard, and the higher trajectory response makes it easy to keep the ball deep. The mid 320 swingweight draws a nice compromise between speed and stability, and the quick handling makes this a great stick for those who like chasing down balls or ripping winners on the run. At net the Pure Aero plays great on fast exchanges, and there is enough power to finish points with a bang. Ultimately The Pure Aero remains a very obvious choice for aggressive baseliners looking to control the action with pace and spin. 

Specifications

Head Size: 100 in / 645.16 cm
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight:11.2oz / 318g
Balance: 12.99in / 32.99cm / 4 pts HL
Swingweight: 324
Stiffness: 67
Beam Width: 23mm / 26mm / 23mm
Composition: Graphite
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors:Yellow/Black/Purple
Grip Type: Babolat Syntec Pro
String Pattern:
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 7T,9T,7H,9H
Two Pieces
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 50-59 pounds

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Customer Reviews
5 out of 5 Stars
Would Recommend
A solid racketI bought this particular racket for top spin control. My friend recommended Tennis Warehouse for some good deals on Babolat rackets. I found the website to be very reliable and trustworthy. I am very happy with my purchase knowing that I am getting an authentic product from a well known tennis shop. I got burned last time for buying a fake racket on OfferUp.
5 out of 5 Stars
Would Recommend
Awesome racquet!!!I am just a beginner, and I love this racquet!! Full recommended!!!!
5 out of 5 Stars
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Great deal on a great racquetI've wanted to try this 2019 version of the Pure Aero for a while. It doesn't disappoint as a groundstroke spin machine. Love the Rafa graphics and 40% off to boot! Tennis Warehouse did an excellent job stringing as well.
5 out of 5 Stars
Would Recommend
For spinnerI think this racquet has the best spin among tennis racquets I've ever used.
5 out of 5 Stars
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GreatIt is a great racquet, it has good spin and power. Takes a little getting used to, but otherwise perfect racquet.
5 out of 5 Stars
Would Recommend
a great update to a stellar racket!I've been using the Rafa racquet (Aero Pro Drive/Pre Aero) since 2009 and I love it. This was my 4th version of the racquet and probably my favorite. I think it maintains the whippiness that I expect but brings a good bit of stability of flatter shots as well. The touch seems a bit more improved over the 3 previous versions I own on volleys, particularly drop volleys and volleys hit off of hard passing shots. Also, I'm not sure why but the mass of the racquet really seems to help me on my serve in ways I haven't experienced before. It isn't sluggish through the hitting zone so you can really get some nice spin but also is firm enough to hit strong flat serves. This is my favorite iteration of this line and I'm so glad about this update.
5 out of 5 Stars
Would Recommend
Good improvmentsImproved control, power and spin.
5 out of 5 Stars
Would Recommend
Awesome RacketThis was my first racquet that was in the range of intermediate to advanced and it fits my game perfectly. I loved how much easy power and spin I was able to get on my serve and groundstrokes when paired with the Babolat RPM Blast and this racket drastically improved my game.
5 out of 5 Stars
Would Recommend
Looks Rad!This racquet looks badass! Performance wise, it's what you'd expect out of the Pure Aero. Decent sweat spot. Good spin. Average power and control. I'm an average tennis player (3.5 rating). It's works really well for me. Also pairs well with the Babolat synthetic gut strings. Previously used the Solinco Hyper-G with this racquet and that was a mistake.
5 out of 5 Stars
Would Recommend
If your not sure about this racquetThis racquet is amazing, it’s like a Lamborghini at first (extremely fast) but once you get the hang of it YOU OWN THE COURTS!!!
5 out of 5 Stars
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Fantastic overall racquetThis racquet has made me a better player since it fits my playing style so well. Lots of power with plenty of topspin. It's one weakness is that it isn't super solid volleying at the net. But it'll definitely get you by.
5 out of 5 Stars
Would Recommend
Love the redesignLove the redesign. Wonderful racquet that is both sturdy and comfortable. Perfect swing weight to really drive through the ball and accelerate. Second to very few.
5 out of 5 Stars
Would Recommend
Dr Gregg LituchyLove the racquets and the amazing service provided by your company. Received the racquets in two days. Highly recommend Tennis Warehouse.
4 out of 5 Stars
Would Recommend
Babolat Pure Aero Rafa ModelI own 2 other Pure Aero models from the previous generation. I will compare the new model to my older model Pure Aero. I use a Poly and Hybrid stringing pattern at 54 lbs for the mains and 52 lbs for the cross strings. My older Babolat has a cushioned Gel grip with contour ribs plus a Gamma (tacky) overgrip. This racquet plays great, with great power, spin and feel. My new Rafa model Pure Aero has the Standard Babolat grip with a tacky Gamma overgrip and does not feel as as solid or as powerful. It also feels more harsh when hitting the ball and I am getting less power. The only difference is the lack of a gel grip with contoured ribs. I suppose that a gel grip with contoured ribs can be gripped with less pressure and therefore give more comfort and more racquet head speed. I just ordered replacement gel grips with contoured ribs to fix this issue. I hope this works. I have played with the new racquet for 6 weeks now and I always switch back to the racquet with the cushioned grip. I also own 2 other Pure Aero racquets, a Team version and a Lite version. I am a 5.5 player and a coach.

Previous Feedback  

Comments: I have been playing this racquet for 6 months. I must confess, I did buy it for the cute look. I am an intermediate player looking to perfect baseline shots and spin. Before this racquet, I was playing with a Babolat Pure Drive, which was good. Totally happy I got this one. I think it's a bit of a step up. I love this! I think it has some more power.
From: Anonymous, 12/6/21

Comments: Literally bought this racquet because of the awesome paint job. I was worried about not liking the racquet because I was previously using the Dunlop CX 200 Tour, a completely different racquet. It took a bit of an adjustment to get used to the extra pop, but now that I have, the extra spin and power compared to my old racquet lets me hit bigger shots from the back of the court when I get my feet set up! The Pure Aero is also surprisingly stable and solid at the net. I'm still getting used to serving, slicing and touch with the Pure Aero, but everything else has been an upgrade compared to my old racquet. Shout out to the Tennis Warehouse team for being extremely helpful when purchasing 3 of these sticks using their racquet matching program! I'm a 4.5 aggressive baseliner trying to transition to an all-court player with a one-handed backhand. Playing with these sticks strung at 45lbs, and a leather grip.
From: Anthony, Boston, MA, USA 9/6/21

Comments: Feels just like the other iterations of the racquet with a more solid feel. Groundstrokes feel amazing. I would recommend going down 1 grip size for this racquet. I always get 4 3/8 but when I got this racquet it felt much bigger than stated. That's the only real issue I've had. Great racquet overall.
From: Daniel, 6/29/21Malden, MA, USA

Comments: I loved the fact that this racquet's cosmetic is so beautiful. I also loved the intense power this racquet produced. I improved so much for my self-control on my power and spin. Great racquet and I suggest this for everyone who is looking for power and spin.
From: Mr. Who, 5/17/21Rivervale, NJ, USA

Comments: I've been slowly integrating the Nadal into my bag. It took a few sessions to get used to the spin, but once I figured it out I really enjoyed it. For me I really enjoyed the one-handed backhand, the spin allowed me to put a lot of depth on my shots. I also enjoy its touch shots and approaches. I tended to lose the racquet on serves and forehands, but I'm used to Wilson racquets which have a distinct serving feel to them. After a longer than three hour match I didn't have any arm soreness or fatigue which was a huge plus. I used Volkl Cyclone strings at around 50 pounds, but this racquet excels at a lower tension. I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed it, and plan to keep it in my daily bag. Really fun racquet for beginner and up levels.
From: Brandon, 4/30/21

Comments: Okay so I switched from low powered frames such as the Wilson Blade 16x19 and the Yonex DR 98 to give this racquet a chance, so it was a difficult transition for me. You really need to make sure you are rolling the ball, and you have to exaggerate the topspin motion if you want to take big swings, otherwise the ball is gonna fly out. I have been playing with this for a month now. But once you get used to it, the racquet does offer you unfair advantage on court. The areas where I observed remarkable improvement are improved speed on first serves. Improved spin on second serves. Improved stability on volleys. Improved slice, and better defense, you can block back the ball from a stretched position, no wonder Nadal has crazy good defense. For now I still keep my low-powered frames in my bag for a match, in case I am not feeling the energy to control this racquet. But during practice, this racquet has definitely improved my swing. Can't wait for the time when I can switch to this frame full-time.
From: Vishal, 9/11/20

Comments: If you love ripping topspin then this racquet is worth a try. My local club has the old version that is lighter and weighted differently. I'm glad I tried out that model as it required so much effort to rip topspin, and when you hit the sweetspot it was awesome, but if you missed the sweetspot it wouldn't be a good shot at all. I then tried the latest version and loved it. Very consistent. You can back off with topspin and the shot is still good, or you can ramp up the revolutions on the ball and send it really deep. Fantastic on the forehand, and I found it helped get more depth on the backhand. When serving I like changing it up from slice, kick, or flattening it out. Very responsive to what ever I did and accurate. At the net it may have not have had the best control. However, I found this racquet was better used from the baseline. I give this racquet a ten out of ten.
From: Tim, 6/10/20

Comments: Been playing a little over for four years, just a regular club player, and my last racquet is a pair of Volkl V-Sense 8. Recently I've been hitting the ball too early and framing at the bottom a lot due to not having the chance to play as much, my forehand also never get passed the service box. Finding a replacement racquet, I really want to to try the 2014 Pro Staff 90, but couldn't find any good deals near my place. I tried my wife's 2012 Pure Drive GT and I was surprised because I really liked it. I was able to get my hands on the Pure Aero 2019 and I think it matched my spinny game perfectly. I also have good feel volleying with it. Half volleys and drive volleys are also good. Forehand became more loopy, but is hitting the baseline a lot. I think it also improved my serve, I have a decent easy point flat serve, but now second serve goes wider which is a plus in doubles.
From: Khris, 5/27/20

Comments: Very lovely racquet. Really improved my game. Highly recommended for those who play with spin. In one word, the racquet is fantastic.
From: Abayomi , 5/24/20

Comments: This racquet has not only improved my confidence on court, with its high levels of spin, but also has changed my game entirely. I feel stronger than ever before. If you're on the fence about this racquet, I definitely recommend this stick.
From: Eric, 3/19/20

Comments: This is a great racquet and provides a nice blend of power and spin. I've played with a lot of racquets over the years and was really surprised with the comfort level of this racquet, even with a full bed of poly. Due to age my body is breaking down a bit and I've struggled with some severe elbow issues (golf and tennis elbow) which also effect my ulnar nerve. I actually switch on and off between this racquet and the Head Gravity Pro. When I am feeling healthy/rested and need more control I love the Gravity Pro. When I am feeling slow and old... PA comes out and crazily enough I don't have too much trouble adjusting between the two, I generate quite a bit of power on and spin on my own. I've learned that I can hit the same big ball as I do with the Gravity Pro by using less effort with the PA... This racquet allows me to accelerate and get same level of spin and power with little effort. The best part is my elbow is not bothered at all by this racquet. I string it with Yonex PolyTour Pro at 50-51lbs and it's been amazingly comfortable. The only weakness on this racquet so far are touch volleys. I just don't have the time or the health to really practice and figure it out, but I'm sure with time I can make it work pretty well. Stability is pretty good for a light frame and regular volleys are fantastic. It's not a precision instrument like the GPro, but it sure is a nice complement when I just want things to be easy. If you'rea good player this racquet will take years off your game, especially on days where you are feeling old and slow.
From: Matt, 1/10/20

Comments: I absolutely loved this racquet. The last gen Pure Aero was nice but wasn't as maneuverable. This gen Pure Aero, however, has everything: Nice feel, maneuverability and predictable responses that give players confidence to play more aggressively. Babolat really knows how to create nice tweeners, and the updated Pure Aero is one of the best tweener racquets on the market, along with another bad boy "Pure Drive". No other companies make the 100" frames better than Babolat. Wilson tries with the Clash, but in my opinion, the Pure Aero and Pure Drive both out play the Wilson tweener racquets.
From: Max, 1/8/20

Comments: This racquet was really good on groundstrokes, and great on serve. On groundstrokes, if you looking to hit flat the ball flies long, however that is not what this racquet is designed for. The real issue was up at net; I felt that the racquet was slightly unstable and I struggled to control where the volley landed. If you're looking to hit big behind the baseline, I would recommend.
From: Alex, 10/31/19

Comments: I have had one of these racquets around 6 months, I found it extremely powerful on baseline groundstrokes and comfortable while you beat your opponent out. However, on volleys I discovered the region of instability with this stick. I don't feel confident in approaching to the net because I feel that the stick behaves completely strange while volleying. The racquet felt unstable, low powered, and out of control. I would say that this racquet is a must go for players who always want to remain at the baseline, also for players that want to level up their groundstrokes more specifically, the forehand. At the opposite direction, from my experience, I don't recommend this racquet for players intending to build the game winning points volleying. Finally to finish my review, I point out some features regarding the serves. By using this racquet for sure you will obtain a superior serve. However, this does not come costless. The serve movement using this stick is very arm consuming, mostly on the inner portion of the elbow while serving across left to right.
From: Felipe, 9/10/19

Comments: The previous version and this version are both terrible and jarring at the arm. However, this racquet sticks volleys like a champ.
From: MasterWill, 5/26/19

Comments: I will try to make this short and sweet. So how does this racquet compare to the previous version? I had this strung with my usual Volkl V-Torque at 67 pounds. The 2019 model has less power, a softer feel and response, and the area with noticeable improvements are on volleys and slices. The topspin and control seem similar to the previous version. It took me about a month of playing to feel confident with the 2019 version. My next string job I will bring down closer to 60 pounds, this should take care of the loss of power on serves and groundstrokes. At first I didn't much care for the new version, but once I was used to it I liked it even more then the previous version due to the increased feel on slices and volleys. This new racquet would be a great choice for users of the previous version, just be patient and give yourself time to adjust to the 2019 model.
From: Dean, 4/17/19

Comments: All four members of my family played with the previous Pure Aero and three have switched to the 2019 version, with the only hold-out being my wife. She prefers the increased power provided by the previous version. I agree with her that the new frame has slightly-less power. The differences between the new frame and the old are not striking. The new frame has less power, a more controlled-response, similar spin-generation and improved feel and arm comfort. My sons are both junior (15,17) boys who prefer the new frame. Both have mentioned that they have less arm soreness. For me, the biggest difference is serve control and volleying.
From: Darin, 1/7/19

Comments: I upgraded my 2013/14 Aero and was extremely happy I did - this racquet is solid! I didn't demo and wasn't sure what to expect from the upgrade, but from my first time hitting I've been extremely satisfied and ordering my 2nd one now. I have Hyper-G 18s in the mains and Gosen OG-Sheep series 18 in the crosses - creates insane spin, has plenty of power, and great feel at the net.
From: Bryan, 12/26/18

Comments: Just got this racquet (strung with RPM Blast 15L at 56 lbs), I have to say I have no idea why some are saying it's just a paint job when compared to the 2016 model. My previous racquet was the older model of the Pure Aero and the 2019 version is much more comfortable and stable, it also has a more muted sensation and feels less wild. Power has been decreased, and control and spin have been increased substantially. If you aren't sure whether or not to buy the racquet, ignore the negative comments, buy it.
From: Oliver, 12/26/18

Comments: Got my Aero 2019 today Christmas 2018. I strung it with Head Hawk at 57 lbs and put a leather grip on it. Was using the 2016/17 Pure Aero Tour with same set up. I hit with a friend today it was 42 degrees here in Tennessee so of course the ball is going to be slower, but I will say it is a little lower powered than the last model. But I love it in every department! I've used the Pure Aero Tour for a while and really like it, but always wish I had gotten a bit more maneuverable racquet. This one definitely is. Spin and control on serve seems a bit better! I will leave another review this spring when it warms up and I actually get to play. The first impression is I love it! Good thing because I get an Aero series every two years and keep it regardless. I haven't been dissatisfied by one yet! Happy hitting.
From: Tyler, 12/25/18

Comments: I've been playing with the AeroPro Drive for 5+ years and have been waiting to get a new racquet because the other Pure Aero's were too different. This racquet feels very much like my AeroPro Drive but with a larger sweet spot and more control. I'm blown away that I didn't have to sacrifice power to get that control. Finally, the spin is even more, well, spinny. My kick serve and slice serve are better with this racquet than my AeroPro Drive. I literally cannot think of anything that is a step backwards from my AeroPro Drive.
From: Josh, 12/25/18

Comments: I demoed the Pure Aero 2019. It feels a bit lighter in the head and for me it was noticeably less powerful than the prior models, especially on the serve. The upside is it plays "whippier" on the groundstrokes and also volleys are easier because it is slightly more maneuverable. Not bad by any means, but I need the power on the serve so I prefer the older model.
From: Jeff, 12/19/18

Comments: This is a great racquet. I just changed over from an Aero Pro Team GT (2013) to the Pure Aero 2019 (not exactly an apples to apples comparison, as the Aero Pro Team 2013 is a lighter model). Compared to the Aero Pro Team 2013, the Pure Aero 2019 is more muted and a little less lively, but has similar spin with better power, control, stability (especially on volleys) and is less jarring on the arm. Overall the Pure Aero 2019 is a superior racquet to the Aero Pro Team 2013. Strung with mains: Babolat VS Touch 16 gauge at 56 pounds, crosses: RPM Blast 17 gauge at 52 pounds.
From: Kevin, 12/10/18

Comments: Excellent racquet and update. The previous versions I could never hit with, had zero control. Huge improvement, easy power, with good control. Really impressed with the updates. Great all around.
From: Anonymous, 12/6/18

Comments: New Babolat Pure Aero 2019 is very good modern racquet! Does everything well for my game! Good improvement to the Pure Aero update!
From: Anonymous, 12/5/18

Comments: I have tried the new Pure Aero with my strings set up and I will definitely not switch. This racquet is underpowered compare to the last version and spin is also not as good as the previous one. If you are a fan of the Pure Strike maybe it could be interesting to look at this new frame, but if you loved playing with Pure Aero 2016 because of its power and spin, that is not the right choice. Instead of buying the new model, I have decided to switch to the Pure Aero Tour 2016 in order to have some plow through and increased stability and control without losing power and spin.
From: Stephane, 11/27/18

Comments: I am a 4.5 heavy topspin baseliner who used the previous two generations of this racquet. I ordered the demo but due to differences in the string setup (tension and string type) it was difficult to compare the new 2019 edition to the previous. As such I purchased one and strung it up identical to my current setup-that is VS Touch @ 57 lbs in the mains and RPM Blast 17 @ 53 lbs in the crosses. Same over grip, same protective Babolat head tape. The frames are similar, but after logging 8 hours on the new frame I feel the power has slightly decreased, I didn't generate any additional noticeable topspin. Despite being the same weight and balance on paper I felt it was slightly more head light and less stable than the previous model. I found myself spraying long by a foot all too often. I'm sure I could tinker with the tension setup and add a tiny bit of lead tape to make it to my liking, but to me, it offers no apparent improvement over the previous frame. I'll be sticking with the previous generation.
From: Paul, 11/13/18

Comments: I play with a Pure Aero strung with Hyper G in the mid 40s. I had the opportunity to hit with a Pure Drive and Pure Aero (2019) that a friend had on demo last night for a total of 15-20 minutes and woke up with a sore forearm; I had issues with tennis elbow 4-5 years ago. Both racquets were strung with a synthetic gut at mid tension. Both felt extremely underpowered compared to my setup which wasn't that surprising. I didn't connect with the Pure Drive-I put it down after 5 minutes or so and spent the rest of my time with the Pure Aero 19. I liked the look of the new frame, but have mixed feelings about the yellow, so much yellow, but I imagine I could get used to it. The feel was more muted and as mentioned, underpowered compared to my Pure Aero. I hit okay with it against my friend using the Pure Drive. He picked up my Pure Aero and immediately started to hit a deeper, heavier ball with noticeably more top spin. He didn't hit with it for very long before they started turning the lights off on us, but I definitely felt the Pure Aero 19 was getting pushed around by my Pure Aero. All that said, I think strings can make or break a racquet and I'd like to try the Pure Aero 19 with my favorite string setup in the future for a more apples to apples comparison, but I'm not rushing into it. It didn't leave me with that, gotta have it now feeling-I'm fine with the current Pure Aero for now and I actually prefer its paint job over the Pure Aero 19.
From: Matt, 11/10/18

Comments: Solid, comfort, and control are the characteristics of this latest release. The playing characteristic is between the Aero Pro Drive and first version of the Pure Aero. If you like the Aero Pro Drive for its lively feel, and Pure Aero is too stiff, this is the version that would be perfect for you. Groundstrokes and serves are very solid with ample spin and pace. Volley is a little muted and not as lively as Aero Pro Drive. Strung with Solinco Tour Bite 16 gauge at 55 lbs.
From: John, 11/5/18

Comments: Very good racquet. I have shoulder problems and had to stop using the last Aero version. I tried this racquet last weekend and it is awesome. Very good feel and power. Same amount of spin as the last version, but with better feel. No arm or shoulder issues after playing.
From: David, 11/5/18

Comments: I've played with every Aero racquet throughout the years and this one is certainly a good one. Same spin machine with good power, but this time a more controlled power, which is great. Great feel at the net and for drop shots, and great on serves as well. Good for the arm as well compared to the previous version. Certainly worth the buy! I'm a 5.5 player that plays 3 to 4 times per week. Strung it with RPM Rough at 50 lbs.
From: Rafael, 11/4/18

Comments: Horrible. It's supposed to be soft but the more flexible it is, the more it vibrated and killed my arms. The prior model is way better. Bought it brand new and now returning to TW after one weekend of usage.
From: Seth, 10/30/18

Comments: I have had a history of arm issues and had to stop hitting the previous iterations of this frame. Kept hearing how Babolat softened the frame and added some dampening so I wanted to give this try in hopes that my arm could handle it. That being said, this is not your old 2016 Pure Aero. Really reminds me of the older Aero Pro Drive GT in feel and response. Have had no arm issues at all since starting to hit it. The stick is much more controllable than the previous model and still generates a ton of spin. Much better than old model on slice, touch and delicate shots, but can still amp up the power when needed. Heavy spin on second/kick serves is easily generated. Perhaps a bit dead at the top of the string pattern, but the large sweet spot is very stable at impact and through the ball. I didn't need to add any weight in the head. Frame is also better than previous version at the net, offering better touch and good stability- more than serviceable. In my opinion, it has become the middle ground between the Pure Drive and the Pure Strike, it is a huge improvement over the last Aero model. Terrific frame.Info: Strung with Dunlop Black Widow 16g at low tension.
From: Andrew, 10/29/18

Comments: Played with the new Aero for about 2 hours after having played with the previous two generations pretty extensively. I loved the Aero Pro Drive, but really didn't care for the first Pure Aero. Found it brassy, wild, hollow sounding and I didn't care for the Aero hoop. This new update is closer to the older Aero Pro Drive as it's clearly a little softer in feel, more flex, and better control. I appreciated the improved feel, but it's still on the light side in the hoop and flutters on off center hits. Power was just average to me. Serving was easy, and got good dive on my serves. I received this as a demo while my Pure Drive + gets restrung. After a few hours I couldn't wait to hit my Pure Drives' again. It's definitely a step in the right direction, but better suited for pure baseliners, which is not me. The Pure Drive is a better volleying racquet and has better stability.
From: GS, 10/28/18

Comments: Personally, I find the power and spin to be about equal as the previous version of the Pure Aero. Where I see that this version shines is with the enhanced control. I found that I was able to take a more powerful swing with more confidence with this racquet. I'm extremely happy with the purchase.
From: Jason, 10/27/18

Comments: After playing with this racquet about a month, I have come to realize that it is a bit more geared towards the advanced player than previous "one racquet for all levels" philosophy.It's a bit more focused, and rewards you with accuracy and precision. I think it really steps up to the plate, and takes hard hitting without a flinch. It almost challenges you to hit hard first, and ask questions later. In fact, I might go as far to say, that the harder you hit it, the better the control. Go ahead and take a few huge swings with it, and you might be surprised that with a few adjustments, you can perform at a higher level than you're accustomed to.
From: Rafaboy, 10/25/18

Comments: I am trying this racquet with RPM Blast at the moment and with this new Pure Aero you have definitely a lot of control, but on the other hand you have much less power and I think that you don't have more spin than the last one (I play with the previous Pure Aero with Luxilon ALU Power Rough). I would even say that the previous Pure Aero had more spin effect than the new one. If you want to have more control than the previous one it could be a good choice, but with this one you will lose the specificities of power and spin that you have with the previous Pure Aero. I would say the new one is better for slices, volleys, and accuracy but you will lose power on serve and you will have to make more effort to hit strong strikes.
From: Stef, 10/24/18

Comments: This is a very solid racquet and much better than the current Pure Aero. It has much more feel and it is easily maneuverable. One can really hit out with this stick. Volleying with this racquet, one has much more control and greater impact. I was blown away after the first hit with it. I had Weiss Cannon Red Ghost in the mains at 53 lbs and X-One Biphase in the crosses at 55 lbs. The color is pretty neat. It is pleasant and hard to appreciate from online pictures. I did not think that they could improve on this racquet but they sure did.
From: Beau, 10/18/18

Comments: This racquet feels like a cross between a Pure Aero and Pure Strike.I'd say 65% Pure Aero and 35% Pure Strike 98 16x19.Hits are more solid than Pure Aero, with better control. More focused, but not as focused as Pure Strike 98.On impact, it feels not as harsh as Pure Aero, but thats only on the immediate contact. In no way does it feel too flexible, whippy, or over dampened.The rest of the testers reviews are spot on.Actual color is beautiful. Pictures don't do it justice. The pastel yellow has pearl essence mixed into it, it's not just a flat color. I'm looking forward to my second one soon.Get this racquet!Jonny 6.0
From: Jon, 10/11/18

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