This is the review of the Babolat Pure Aero VS 2020 edition that was released earlier this year. This racquet from Babolat is a more controlled frame compared to the original Pure Aero (endorsed by Rafael Nadal) To make it more controlled they have reduced the head size from 100 sq.in to 98 sq.in, made the beam thinner and they’ve added an extra cross (16×20 instead of 16×19). A very simular racquet is being released by Head shortly (read review here). The more controlled 16×20 string pattern doesn’t really make much of a difference in my opinion since it’s positioned low/high on the racquet face and won’t make the stringbed tighter by any means.
- Head size: 98 sq.in or 630 cm2
- Length: 27 inches or 68.5 cm
- Weight unstrung: 305 g or 10.8 oz
- Balance: 315 mm
- String Pattern: 16/20
- Beam Width: 21/23/22mm
- Stiffness: 67
- Power level: Low/medium
This racquet is best suited for an agressive style player who likes hitting winner from the baseline. It suits a player wanting to play like Nadal but doesn’t have that extreme spin in their natural shots, it handles different types of strokes and techniques better than the original Pure Aero who is mainly made for generating spin and power effortless. So if you are a player who uses flat shots and spinny shots and therefore can’t use the Pure Aero to it’s full potential this might be something to look into.
I thought this racquet played really solid back on the baseline, I could generate more than enough rotation on the ball and go for easy winners but I still think the aero beam of the racquet is a little weird feeling. It does make the racquet swing faster but holding a triangular beam in my hands just doesn’t feel natural and I’m not playing the style this racquet wants me to play which is more topspin and a more vertical type of stroke like Nadal. So it’s best suited on the baseline, serves were good and it was really easy to target and hit kick serves. Flat serves worked but I feel like the racquet wants to add a little rotation on the ball all by it self sometimes.
Pros & Cons
- Offers great spin potential
- Enough power to put away balls
- Good targeting on serves and groundstrokes
- More controlled than original
- Not the best feel, can feel dampened on touch shots
- Aero beam does not feel “right” for flatter hitters
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