Babolat Pure Aero Rafa Team
It’s about time, right? Finally, after a decade and a half of dominance, Rafael Nadal has his very first signature racket. Behold, the Babolat Pure Aero Rafa. You might have seen him holding it aloft at the French Open when he secured a landmark 20th Grand Slam title – now, the stunning special edition frame is available for all players to enjoy. To give players of every level the chance to play like Rafa, the Babolat Pure Aero Team features all the same technology as the racket Nadal uses on tour, but in a slightly lighter frame. Aeromodular3 technology reduces wind drag to allow that recognisable Rafa ripped forehand, while FSI Spin combines with an open 16/19 string pattern to maximise spin potential.
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
• Rafael Nadal signature edition paintjob
• “Rafa” on throat
• Headsize: 645 sq. cm / 100 sq. in
• Weight: 285g / 10.1oz
• Balance: 320mm
• Length: 685mm / 27in
• Composition: Graphite
• String Pattern: 16/19
• Grip: Syntec Pro
• Grip Size: 0-4
• Please be advised that this racket will come strung unless the image displays otherwise
• Please note that this racket comes without a head cover
- Quick Ref: 254511
- Man. Ref: 102464-352
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:
- 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.
- 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.
For lightning-fast service, simply place your order before 8pm, and we'll ensure it reaches your doorstep the very next day. Alternatively, you can choose a nominated day for delivery, ensuring you'll be home to receive your package.
Pro:Direct are working in partnership with our carriers to reduce the impact on our environment with low, or zero carbon emissions in the last mile delivery to your door.
When your order is dispatched you will receive an email. You can track your order through your online order history.
*Please note that certain restrictions may apply to specific regions.
UK Delivery within 3-5 days. Available for most UK postcodes.
Premium couriers offer in-transit options to amend your delivery to make it a more flexible service.
Priority order processing, premium courier delivery, and improved order tracking. For more information see our Premier Delivery page.
Free Online UK Returns (within 28 days)
Returning a product to Pro:Direct is simple and easy using our Online Returns Portal, and if you are returning from the UK this is also completely FREE of charge.
Watch our video guide for full details on returning an item or click here for detailed information on Returns.
If you are returning an item from outside the UK you can still use our Online Returns Portal but for further details please see our Returns FAQ's.