According to Babolat, there are two types of players, which both consist of baseliners whose position on the court differs from each other. First Strikers position themselves mostly inside the court and play the ball on the rise, using the ball speed from their opponent. First Strikers use a precision frame type and include the likes of Ryan Harrison and Samantha Stosur. Punchers play behind the baseline, playing the ball at the top of the bounce and create their own power. Punchers use a racket to generate power and include the likes of Rafael Nadal and Li Na.
To this end, the new Babolat Pure Strike is a brand new racket for, you’ve guessed it, First Strikers. Defined by response and precision, it is ideal for those players who use every centimetre of the court to move their opponent and create open angles to win points. The 100 will suit players who prefer a bigger headsize and sweetspot in a lighter frame.
The Pure Strike utilises a Hybrid Frame Construction (a mix of square and elliptic), which offers more responsiveness at ball impact and is complemented by Stabilizer Technology of stiff carbon fibre for improved torsional stability at ball impact for precise shot-making. It also comes with X-Sider technology that promises to increase the sweetspot by 10% to bring forgiveness to off-centre hits and works with the Evo Beam, which consists of differing beam thicknesses, for less torque at ball impact and better responsiveness.
Energy return is also helped by the Response Woofer that utilises a new Pebax material, most-commonly used in the soleplates of sprinting spikes, injected into grommets and the bumber.
Head size: 100in
Balance point: 320mm
String pattern: 16/19
Our demo programme is easy: follow the simple instructions below and test any racket for two weeks!
1. Click “Demo now” on the rackets you wish to demo. You can demo a maximum of two rackets at a time.
2. Pay for the rackets as normal. You’ll receive them within the standard timeframe of the delivery option you select.
3. Try ’em out!
4. Return the rackets in good condition. You’ll need to pay postage.
5. We’ll refund the price of the rackets (minus delivery) when we receive them back from you. Or, if you liked a racket so much you want to buy it for real, let us know and we’ll send you a brand new one at no extra cost.
How much is it?
We initially charge your credit/debit card for the full price of the rackets plus delivery, and you’ll also have to pay for return delivery. When we receive the rackets back from you, we’ll refund the price of the rackets minus our initial delivery charge. So, in effect, the overall cost to you is just the postage for the rackets’ round trip.
How long can I demo a racket for?
A maximum of two weeks.
Can I keep the rackets I demo?
No, we have dedicated demo rackets, so please send them back in good condition ready for the next person.
How should I return the rackets?
Send the rackets back to us using a courier of your choice. You’ll need to pay postage, and you must make sure you have a tracking number for the parcel – use recorded delivery and ensure that the rackets are insured to their full value.
But what if I decide I like a racket?
Return the demo rackets as normal, including the completed Dispatch Note to let us know which racket you liked, and we’ll send you a brand new one at no extra cost.
When might I not get my money back?
If you return the demo rackets in what we deem to be a non-satisfactory condition, we reserve the right to withhold your refund. Rackets MUST be returned in a condition that allows us to demo the racket to another customer.
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Measuring Your Grip Size
Choosing the right grip size is a vital part of playing tennis. The right grip size will make your racket feel natural and comfortable.
Use a ruler and measure (in inches) from the crease fold in your hand, to the top of your ring finger. Please see table below:
Note: It is always better to go for a smaller grip size, as you can easily increase your grip size with over grips.