Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Eliteville, California
Re: Mirjana's 2014 Aussie Tour
^ For those interested, here are some bullet-point notes from pro reviews of Miki's new Babolat Pure Strike ... via Tennis magazine. The racket is said to be a bit revolutionary for Babolat (at least different from all of Babolat's previous models in design and innovation) and is generating a lot of excitement among touring pros and 4.5+ USTA players. With raves and marks like this, I am eager to test the frame myself when it becomes available in the US in May!
*All of our testers have been incredibly eager to try the frames out, partly because it's a brand new line and partly because they find them so attractive. The combination of the charcoal black frame and fiery red graphics give them a commanding appearance. One tester/retailer has taken to calling it his Darth Maul frame.
*intended for players who like to play with aggressive force. The racquet has a hybrid design that incorporates both a square and elliptical shape, meant to better absorb pace and allow the player to redirect it with precision to score the first strike. Hence the racquet’s name.
*Fortunately, the Pure Strike is more than just a pretty face. The Tour version, with its near 12 oz. weight, tight string pattern, and low stiffness has a solid, traditional feel. It’s not powerless, but the user needs to provide plenty of swing speed to get the ball humming. Control is spot-on from the ground, and the mass and feel work perfectly together at net. I feel like it’s one of those frames that when your game is clicking you can do anything on the court. (Bodes well for Miki!)
* For me, the benefits were most evident when going for winners off short balls, or nailing first serves.
And the following play-notes are from Kevin Brandt—tennis director at Star Island Resort in Kissimmee, FL., and stringing operations manager at e-tennis retail shop.
*Possibly the best player frame Babolat has ever made.
*This is a new frame for Babolat, and it's definitely not for the AeroPro or Pure Drive player. Heavier, softer flexing, with a thin, flat beam and the 98 sq. in. head, this racquet is taking a direct shot at the Wilson Blade and Head Prestige customers.
*It has that feeling of control and touch you can only get out of a pure player's frame and brought back memories of my years playing with the Prince Graphite Classic. (Miki was, of course, a longtime Prince player -- wonder if she notices a similarity.)
*Solid on the ground strokes and a soft, precise feel at the net. This isn't a recreational player's frame—it's probably best suited for a 4.5+ NTRP—but if you have solid strokes and like a frame with some weight to it, this racquet is fantastic.
Very cool to see her fighting with a new frame that may help her consistency without sacrificing power. This could be a huge ingredient for her ongoing success -- one hopes.