Welcome to the review and comparison of one of the best rackets in the market. The Babolat Pure Strike 18×20 and the Babolat Pure Strike 16×19.Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, Babolat has come up with solid choices for both comfort and for your shots. Both of these rackets are a great addition to your collection.
Their aesthetic plus their playability makes them a joy to play with and hold on to. People surely love it and I definitely did too. I was in the market for a racket as I needed one as a replacement racket for emergency situations like breaking the strings on my main racket and not having the time to get them restrung. My eyes gazed upon these two and I was impressed by the choice Babolat gave with both. I prefer the 18×20 pattern as that resonates with my playstyle but I tried the 16×19 pattern too and that was awesome to play with too.
Technical Specs Of the Rackets
Babolat Pure Strike 16x19
98 square inches
632 square centimeters
12.87 inches / 33 centimeters
5 points headlight
16 Mains/ 19 Crosses
Babolat Pure Strike 18x20
98 square inches
632 square centimeters
12.9 inches / 33 centimeters
5 points headlight
18 Mains/ 20 Crosses
Review of The Babolat Pure Strike 16x19
The Babolat Pure Strike 16×19 is designed for people looking for more power, topspin and feel for the ball. It has a bigger sweet spot than the 18×20 version and I felt very comfortable playing with this racket too. The technologies (Evo Beam, X Slider, Response Woofer and Stabilizer Technology ) adds more forgiveness outside the sweet spot and create a fast, control-oriented racket. The Pure Strike allowed me to take the ball very early and hit a variety of aggressive returns.
This is a very power oriented racket. Intermediate to advanced players looking to add some power to their groundstrokes would definitely have a great time with this. As for me, it didn’t hit an absolute homerun as my playstyle is very control oriented and I had to be a bit more cautious hitting forehands or backhands with extreme power. The ball would land outside by an inch or two if I wasn’t consciously thinking about it and that is a little hard for me. Players with heavy topspin and power would love this racket as it has a great sweet spot and it moves through the air like a dream.
A 16×19 pattern lends itself to an awesome feeling volley. My volleys were very controlled and I could hit the ball in any direction with as much power or spin that I wanted. Even if I messed up a bit on the approach the racket helped me out in finishing the ball without any issues. The racket is great for any doubles or serve and volley players. Even if you are learning to volley this racket will help ease the learning process.
This is one of the stronger points of this racket. The 16×19 pattern lends itself perfectly for control and power. I could hit the ball with extreme power and even hit the ball with extreme topspin if I desired on the second serves. For serves I preferred this racket more than the 18×20 version
Same comfort level as the 18×20 version or even better in some cases, I struggled with the slices a bit but the comfort level of the racket was top notch as a whole. The weight is similar to the 18×20 version which I really adore about the two versions as whole
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Review of The Babolat Pure Strike 18x20
The Pure Strike 18×20 is the ideal choice for players who want control in their otherwise explosive game. It is designed for players who are aggressive but find their balls going an inch or two wide when they hit those powerful ground strokes. It features a 98 square inch head which is my favorite and a new frame design and shape. The new X-sider technology increases the comfort of the comfort and it feels really nice to hold in the hand. It’s a little low on the power scale and it has a different feeling compared to other Babolat rackets as Babolat is predominantly known for making 16×19 rackets. It does lack in the power department a little bit but the control and precision that it offers more than makes up for its shortcomings.
This racket is ideal for controlled groundstrokes. I have a very counter puncher playstyle and this racket really flourished in that department. I had the confidence to swing out without any fear of hitting the ball wide. The ball always landed inside the baseline with enough topspin to bother my opponent. The only problem that I faced was that the sweet spot of the racket is slightly small compared to other rackets in this range but with an 18×20 string pattern thats a caveat that players deal with.
I have a knack for rackets with small sweet spots and have basically grown up playing with rackets that had small sweet spots. Saying this, I had a hard time volleying with this racket. Not that it is a bad volleyer by any means but a little increase of the sweet spot would have definitely helped. Volleys need a bit of adjusting if you are still learning volleys but a more competent player should able to handle it no problem
With an 18×20 string you sacrifice power for precision. And that is the direction the Pure Strike 18×20 is going in. I am by no means a huge server owing to my racket choices and this racket was pretty much the same. I had immense control on the ball and where I wanted to hit it. I could hit great slice serves and even when I whipped up a powerful first serve, the racket helped bring the ball under control. Players struggling with wide serves might benefit from this racket.
I can totally vouch for the comfort of the racket, the way the ball strikes the head of the racket is so soothing. You feel the ball but not the shock from hitting it. It feels great to hold and play with. I didn’t feel very fatigued after hitting with it for a few hours.
Review From People On Amazon
Both the rackets have great reviews on Amazon, people generally agree with the review that I gave above. They appreciate that you can either get it strung or unstrung from the retailers. The reviews convey the overall message that both of these are a great buy for whatever the player might need.
Which One Should You Buy
So, the answer to the question is that it depends. If you are a counter puncher who prolongs points and loves control then you the racket of choice for you is the Pure Strike 18×20 one. If you are a power and top spin oriented player who has a heavy serve then I would recommend the Pure Strike 16×19. You can check the prices of both on Amazon by clicking here and here