Originally Posted by DefyingGravity
Iím going for the 18x20 Pure Strikes. I hit plenty hard so the Pure Drives are just a bit too much. Iím getting lazy in my shot mechanics with it. I canít wait to see how my game evolves. I hit with my 2014 Pure Strikes last year and it was more up my alley. I just need an updated version and better strings! I donít break strings enough for Pro Hurricane or RPM Blast only in my setup
Okay, so I had a chance to get on the court now with my Pure Strike 18x20.
The first thing I noticed was that the racket feels incredible. Buttery smooth and I could feel the ball pocket pretty nicely. I'm using Pro Hurricane/Xcel Hybrid in them strung at 52 lbs. The result is pretty soft but still durable and responsive. I almost feel like I don't need the vibration dampener (but I will still use it).
The biggest adjustment, like I said, was my shot mechanics. I tended to slap at the ball at times in the last two years and hit very close faced...almost down. I found myself in the first 20 minutes hitting into the net a lot. Once I adjusted and hit fuller, aimed higher over the net, and swung through the ball, I received plenty of control. In fact, I didn't hit the ball out or wide the whole time. All of my errors were in the net. Towards the end, I was maintaining a 2-3 ft. clearance over the net and hitting with decent depth.
On my forehand, I think it's going to give me that point and shoot feeling the more I play with it. I love it for that stroke but it's particularly effective on my backhand. It's always been the more consistent yet flatter shot, and this gave it a really nice accuracy in where I hit it and helped me absorb a ton of pace from my Mom (who was hitting bombs a la Kvitova off the ground and we were playing indoor).
On serve, I appreciated the accuracy. The thing I'd been missing from my serve the last two years had been control and direction. A lot of times with the more open patterns, I got more pace and a smidge more spin, but with the 18x20 I had more direction and found that I could hit very decent, deeper kick serves. I felt more confident in swinging out with it, which is crazy.
The volleys I hit had a video-game like point and shoot feel. I could direct any volley I wanted anywhere. Drop volleys were magical. My touch shots were also pretty nice.
Overall, this is definitely a racket that, if you really work on YOUR actual game and swing very well, it will reward you with amazing accuracy and the right amount of spin and depth. I'm immensely happy with this. The last time I had a racket that felt this nice was the Head Liquidmetal Radical (18x20) and the Wilson H Tour 95 (16x20 string pattern). Hmmm...I should have known the 18x20 was the pattern that I preferred.