Review: Babolat Pure Strike Racquets – Updated for 2022!

Babolat Pure Strike has been a big success with players at all levels. The Pure Strike racquets have always been known for their power and spin. Babolat has now released its latest generation Pure Strike racquets that provide better control and stability. The new generation racquets also have a vibrant design and a contemporary look.

Babolat Pure Strike racquets use two cutting-edge technologies – Control Frame Technology for maximum control and stability, and C2 Pure Feel for comfort and feel.

The third-generation lineup includes Pure Strike 18×20, Pure Strike 16×19, Pure Strike 100, Pure Strike Team, and Pure Strike Tour(a new addition to the family).

Pure Strike 18×20

The racquet weighs 11.4 oz and is substantially lighter compared to the Tour. It’s the racquet that Dominic Thiem uses. The dense 18×20 string pattern offers exceptional directional control and feel. The racquet will allow aggressive baseline players to take good amount of power and yet maintain control of the shots.  The racquet offers more mobility than the Tour racquet.

Pure Strike 16×19

The 16×19 pattern allows players to hit more powerful shorts due to wider string spacing.

Choosing Between Pure Strike 18×20 and Pure Strike 16×19

If you frequently break strings, go with 18×20, otherwise, 16×19 is a good option as it provides plenty of power and a good feel. All other specs are nearly identical.

Pure Strike 100

This oversized 100 sq. in. racquet weighs 11 oz and is not as stable as the heavier versions. This racquet is ideal for players who need a larger sweet spot and more forgiveness.

Pure Strike Team

This 10.7 oz racquet is ideal for players transitioning from another racquet. The racquet’s lightweight allows players to hit through the air quickly. It is ideal for players who need more racquet head speed and power.

Pure Strike Tour

A new entrant to the Pure Strike family, the racquet is on the heavier side at 11.9 oz. It’s an ideal racquet for players who like to create their own pace. The racquet’s 16×19 pattern allows players to hit through their shots with angles and spin. 98 sq. in head size allows players to be nimble on the court.

Bags

Babolat Pure Strike Racquet BagBabolat has also revamped its Pure Strike bag lineup.  The redesigned 6-pack bag is now shaped like a duffel and the 12-racquet bag has a transparent compartment.

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Best Tennis Racquets for Tennis Elbow [Updated 2022]

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Best Tennis Racquets for Tennis Elbow [Updated 2022]

Tennis elbow is caused by repetitive motion of the wrist. You may have gotten tennis elbow by playing a lot of tennis. But tennis is not the only reason why people get tennis elbow. Simple repetitive activities such as repeated use of screwdrivers can cause tennis elbow. It can also be caused by playing golf and repetitive use of the keyboard and mouse.

If you are struggling with tennis elbow, one of the best things you can do is to change your racquet.  I highly recommend the Yonex Ezone 100.  This racquet is a proven warhorse when it comes to helping players with tennis elbow.  The racquet does a fantastic job of dampening the vibrations without compromising your game.

Best Racquets for Tennis Elbow

Yonex Ezone 100 – Top Choice

The Yonex Ezone 100 is the best racquet for players who suffer from tennis elbow. The racquet has a unique material, Quake Shut Gel, which is designed to filter out unwanted vibrations in the frame before they reach your hand.  The racquet has a low flex rating and weighs 11.1 oz.

The Yonex Ezone racquet has a low flex rating of 59 and comes string with soft gut strings. This combination is easy on your elbow and forearm when striking the ball.

The racquet offers a good balance of power and control with a firm and comfortable feel for all court-play. You will be able to adapt to this racquet quickly and start enjoying tennis again.

Wilson Blade Countervail

Wilson Blade Countervail racquet is praised by pros and amateurs for its ability to generate big shots on the court. What makes the Wilson Blade Countervail stand out is that Countervail technology reduces shock and vibrations as well. It is easy on your wrist and elbow even while hitting your most powerful shots.

The racquet has a 98-inch head, giving it a big sweet spot to hit the ball.  Mis-hitting the ball is one of the big causes of tennis elbow.  With Wilson Blade Countervail, you are more likely to hit the ball on the sweet spot.

With a low flex rating, the Wilson Blade Countervail ensures that it is easy on your arm. This allows you to focus on your game and not on your elbow.

Wilson XP 1 

Wilson XP 1 tennis racquet is an oversize racquet, which is light and powerful with a crisp feel.  It is ideal for beginners and intermediate players and offers impressive spin and precision. The 110 sq. in. head provides a nice sweet spot and plenty of power. The large sweet spot reduces the chances of hitting the ball incorrectly, which is one of the causes of tennis elbow.

This extended 27.5” racquet gives extra momentum for your serves and groundstrokes.  The lightweight of the racquet allows you to have fast racquet head speed without too much effort or making you tired after hours of play. The racquet frame is powerful with excellent shock dampening for tennis elbow sufferers. This durable racquet will last you for years.

HEAD Graphene XT Prestige

HEAD Graphene XT Prestige has been a favorite among tennis players affected by tennis elbow. This racquet has a smaller 98 sq. in frame but offers great control and power. Head uses Graphene XT in the racquet shaft which moves the weight from the shaft to the tip and handle, increasing power and stability of this racquet.

The racquet has great feel and responsiveness. The weight distribution of this racquet is optimized to give you power for your strokes while reducing stress on your arms and wrist.

Prince Textreme Tour 100T

The Prince Textreme Tour 100T is a great racquet that provides spin, precision and, power for intermediate players. It weighs 10.8 ounces and provides good stability.

Prince uses T extreme, a light, and ultra-strong material with a high strength-to-weight ratio in the shaft of this racquet.   This reduces torsion and increases the stability of the frame. With a low flex point, this racquet is easy on your arms while still giving you a good feel.

Best Strings For Tennis Elbow

Stiff strings transmit more shocks to your arm. If you have tennis elbow, softer strings are better.  Players suffering from tennis elbow should use multifilament synthetic strings.

Multifilament strings are made of tiny filaments covered in an outer coating.  This provides durability (lasts longer) and shock absorption.

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is a type of tendinitis — swelling of the tendons — that causes pain in the elbow and arm, sometimes extending into the wrist. Did you know that you can still get a tennis elbow even if you have never been near a tennis court?

What causes Tennis Elbow?

Any repetitive gripping activity, especially involving the thumb and first two fingers, may contribute to tennis elbow.  It is very common among plumbers, butchers, and, carpenters whose jobs involve repetitive motions.  It is also common among people who play racquet sports such as tennis, racquetball, golf, or fencing, especially if they employ poor stroke techniques.

Pain associated with tennis elbow may make it difficult to open a car door, holding a cup or turning a doorknob. Tennis elbow is the most common reason that people see their doctors for elbow pain. Though it can pop up in people of any age, it’s most common at about age 40.

How To Treat Tennis Elbow?

Most people can treat the pain from tennis elbow with rest and OTC medication.  The first steps in treatment include reducing inflammation and resting the muscles and tendons.  Icing and compression may also help. However, if the pain is severe or it doesn’t go away in a week or two, it is best to see a doctor.

A doctor may prescribe am NSAID or a steroid injection and ask you to rest the elbow for 2-3 weeks.  A doctor may also recommend physical therapy and exercises to reduce pain.  You may also need to wear a brace if necessary.

What To Look For In A Tennis Elbow Racquet?

When looking for a tennis elbow racquet, you will need to find a racquet that is comfortable and allows you to play without pain. Here are some things to look for.

Choose for a racquet that his head light and has a flexible frame. Ensure that the racquet has soft gut strings with a lower tension and is of standard length.  This will allow more vibration to be absorbed by the racquet and the strings, and less by the arms and elbow.

Tennis Elbow Braces

Tennis elbow braces have been shown to be effective in reducing pain and inflammation in the elbow. Since it is just a brace, it should not be a hindrance to your playing style.

Simien Tennis Elbow Brace is one of the top-rated braces for tennis elbow.  It is affordable and can make a big difference in how your elbow feels when you are playing. 

In addition to getting two elbow braces from Simien, I also received an extremely helpful e-book with tips on reducing and managing tennis elbow pain. That was a nice surprise!

Last Word

In addition to choosing the right racquet, remember the following things when playing with a tennis elbow.

  • Exercise and stretch before playing (check these exercises recommended by WebMD)
  • Wear a brace made for tennis elbow
  • Apply proper form and technique for your strokes
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