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Babolat Pure Aero 98 (Unstrung)
Grey/Yellow/White

£220.00
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Babolat Pure Aero 98 (Unstrung)

Enhance your spin-based game with the Babolat Pure Aero 98 (Unstrung) in Grey/Yellow/White, a new generation tennis racket that delivers fresh graphics and new technologies that help you to reach your full potential on court.
Designed for intermediate to advanced players looking for spin, power and consistency, the Babolat Pure Aero is fresh and dynamic. Famously endorsed by Rafael Nadal, it’s one of the most popular and versatile rackets ever made. Boasting spin-friendly precision and raw power that allows aggressive players to force opponents into submission, this racket helps to promote your performance on court. Whether you’re a “fast spin” player looking to hit the ball while it’s on the rise, a “strong spin” player who likes to hit the ball at the top of its bounce, or a “heavy spin” player who drops deeper into the court and maximises spin as the ball is dropping, this racket is made for you. This edition of the Babolat Pure Aero features a 98 sq in head that combines with updated FSI Spin technology, delivering a longer contact time between the ball and the string. An effective Woofer System frame-string interaction offers maximum spin with a great feeling, maintaining superior control and comfort with every shot you take. Its slightly tighter string pattern results in less string movement and enhances control when maximising stroke speed. AEROMODULAR 3 technology delivers an aerodynamic frame that integrates the bumper and grommets, developing an optimised design that increases racket head speed and generates more spin. Designed to feel great even on off-centred shots, the Babolat Pure Aero is crafted with NF2 Tech that places flax inserts at strategic locations in the racket (the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock points on the fame, along with the handle), to create optimal shock absorption and a natural sound quality for an exceptional playing experience. Flax offers vibration dampening up to seven times more efficient than carbon fibre, making this racket the perfect choice for promoting your spin potential while ensuring satisfying comfort with every strike.

Babolat

One of the sport’s most historic brands, Babolat’s tennis story began all the way back in 1875, when, utilising their expertise in the processing of natural gut for musical instruments and archery bows, Pierre Babolat and his team produced the first ever natural gut racket string.

A series of innovations followed, including the tension-resistant Babolat VS string in 1925, which remains popular today, through to the Cordynel – the world’s first electric stringing machine – in 1981. The Lyon-based brand are also responsible for some of the most technologically advanced synthetic strings on the market, such as the RPM and Xcel ranges. In short, they are the masters of strings.

But what about rackets? It might surprise you to learn that Babolat’s first range of rackets was released relatively recently, with another Pierre Babolat, great grandson of the family company’s founder, creating the Pure line in 1994.

Having cleverly gifted their frames to talented up-and-comers, Babolat’s name began to ring out on the pro circuit, chiefly thanks to the Pure Drive. After Carlos Moya won the French Open in ’98 using the power-focused racket, Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters became ATP and WTA No.1s with the same frame in 2003. A couple of years later, a youthful Rafael Nadal won his first Slam title, conquering Roland-Garros with the Aeropro Drive, which was specifically designed to suit his spin-based play.

Nowadays, Babolat split their rackets into three categories: the Pure Drive for power, the Pure Aero for spin, and the Pure Strike for control. Each series comes in a range of headsizes and weights to suit all ages, body types, and skill levels, with comfort-focused EVO editions available for players who prioritise fun and gradual improvement.

Babolat Pure Aero

The Babolat Pure Aero tennis racket is a popular choice among players seeking power and spin on the court. It features a unique aerodynamic frame design that enables faster swing speeds, generating increased ball speed and spin potential. The racket's responsive and lively feel allows for explosive shots and precise control. The Pure Aero's string pattern and technology enhance spin production, enabling players to put heavy topspin on their shots. With its lightweight yet sturdy construction, the Babolat Pure Aero offers a perfect balance of power, spin, and manoeuvrability. It is a trusted companion for players looking to dominate the game with aggressive and spin-heavy playstyles.

Control Racket

Control rackets usually have closed string patterns – essentially, more strings per area – to increase ball contact and give you more control over your shots. They tend to have thinner beams to allow more flex and often utilise material technologies to make you feel more connected to the ball.

Spin Racket

Spin rackets typically have open string patterns – fewer strings with more space between them – to allow the strings more “bite” on the ball and make it easier to produce spin. They often have specially designed grommets that increase the effect, along with aerodynamic frames for faster racket speed through the air.

Features


• Head size: 98 sq in / 630 sq cm
• Length: 27 in / 685 mm
• Unstrung weight: 10.8 oz / 305 g
• Balance: 12.4 in / 315 mm
• Swing weight: 295 g
• Stiffness (RA): 70
• Beam width: 21mm / 23mm / 22mm
• Composition: Graphite
• Recommended string: RPM Blast / RPM Rough
• Recommended grip: Babolat Syntec Pro
• String pattern: 16/20
• AEROMODULAR 3 technology delivers an aerodynamic frame that integrates bumper and grommets and an optimised design to increase racket head speed and generate more spin
• FSI Spin technology delivers a longer contact time between the ball and the string, with the Woofer System offering maximum spin with a great feeling, maintaining superior control and comfort
• Better vibration dampening due to a new material that's integrated in the graphite of the racket that provides an incredible sound and a pure feel
• NF2 Tech places flax inserts at strategic locations in the frame create optimal shock absorption and sound quality for an exceptional playing experience
• Racket ships unstrung
• Please note that all Babolat Pure Aero rackets come without a protective head cover

Additional Information

  • Quick Ref: 274937
  • Man. Ref: 101499-370
Choosing the Right Grip Size for your Tennis Racket

One often overlooked, but crucial, aspect when selecting a tennis racket is the grip size. The grip size is the measurement around the handle's circumference, and choosing the right one can significantly impact your comfort, control, and potential to prevent injury. This article will guide you through the process of selecting the right tennis racket grip size.

Importance of Choosing the Right Grip Size

A correctly sized tennis grip ensures you have optimal control over your racket and helps prevent injuries. Too small a grip may cause your hand to shift during play, reducing accuracy and increasing the risk of developing tennis elbow due to overuse of the forearm muscles. Conversely, a grip that's too large can make the racket hard to turn and manipulate, and it could also lead to hand, wrist, or shoulder injuries due to overgripping.

Measuring Your Grip Size

There are two common methods to measure your grip size:

  1. The Ruler Method: Open your dominant hand and extend your fingers. Align a ruler with the bottom lateral crease of your palm, measuring to the tip of your ring finger. The measurement in inches correlates with your grip size.

  2. The Finder Test: Hold the racket with a standard Eastern forehand grip, where the base knuckle of your index finger is on bevel #3. You should be able to fit the index finger of your other hand in the space between your ring finger and the palm that's gripping the racket. If there's not enough room for your finger, the grip is too small. If there's too much space, the grip is too large.

Grip Sizes: U.S. vs. European

In the U.S., grip sizes range from 4 inches to 4 ¾ inches, increasing in increments of 1/8 inch. European grip sizes use a different naming system, L0 to L5, each correlating to their U.S. counterparts as follows:

European Grip Size US Grip Size
L0 or G0 4 Inches
L1 or G1 4 1/8 inches
L2 or G2 4 1/4 inches
L3 or G3 4 3/8 inches
L4 or G4 4 1/2 inches
L5 or G5 4 5/8 inches

Choosing the Right Grip Size

When choosing the right grip size, consider the following points:

  • Go for the smaller size if you're in between: It's easier to increase the size of a grip than decrease it. You can always add an overgrip (which usually adds about 1/16 inch) to a smaller handle to increase its size, but shaving down a larger handle is not recommended as it can compromise the racket's structural integrity.

  • Consider your style of play: Players who rely on spin might prefer a smaller grip size, which allows for more wrist action. In contrast, players seeking control may benefit from a larger grip size.

  • Test it out: If possible, try before you buy. Visit a local sports store, hold the racket, and mimic your swing to see how it feels. Remember that comfort is key - if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.

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