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Mens Rackets

Babolat Strike Evo U
White/Black/Red

£97.99
£139.99
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Babolat Strike Evo U

Enhance your play with the Babolat Strike Evo U in White/Black/Red, the affordable performance tennis racket that offers easy power, control, and comfort to help you reach your full potential on court.
Designed to promote your technique and ensure your comfort on court, the Babolat Strike Evo U features an effective Woofer System frame-string interaction that generates longer ball and string contact time for greater control and comfort with every shot you take.

The developed Control Frame Technology also ensures maximum control, blending the stability of a square beam frame with the dynamism of an elliptic beam structure, empowering you with all of the control that you need to showcase your best performance on court.
Cutting-edge C² Evo Feel technology is also incorporated in four different locations in the racket for increased shock absorption as you strike the ball, providing unrivalled comfort on every shot, allowing you to fully focus on and refine your technique.

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 Strike

The Babolat Pure Strike tennis racket is designed for players who value precision and control. It combines a sleek and minimalist design with advanced technology to enhance performance on the court. The racket's responsive and flexible frame provides excellent feel and touch, allowing for precise shot placement and control. Its hybrid frame construction balances power and control, making it suitable for players who prefer a versatile playing style. The Pure Strike's optimised string pattern maximises spin potential, while its lightweight yet sturdy build ensures manoeuvrability and stability. With the Babolat Pure Strike, players can confidently take their game to the next level with precision and finesse.

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.

Precision Racket

Precision rackets are usually tightly strung with thinner beams for improved feel, allowing you to manipulate the ball more precisely. Typically designed with smaller headsizes, they’re often preferred by more experienced players who favour accuracy over easy power or spin and rely on pure technique to make sure shots hit their mark.

Features

• Head size: 98 sq in / 630 sq cm
• Length: 26 in / 685 mm
• Weight (unstrung): 280g / 10oz
• Balance (unstrung): 12.5 in / 320 mm
• Swing weight: 280g
• Stringing pattern: 16/19
• Stiffness (RA): 70
• Section: 23-25-23
• Composition: 100% graphite
• Recommended string: Xcel / RPM Team
• Tension recommended: 23-25 kg
• Recommended grip: Syntec Evo
• Effective Woofer System frame-string interaction provides a longer ball and string contact time for greater control and comfort
• Developed Control Frame Technology ensures maximum control, combining the stability of a square beam frame with the dynamism of an elliptic beam structure
• Cutting-edge C² Evo Feel technology is incorporated in four different locations in the racket for increased shock absorption and unrivalled comfort on every shot
• Affordable performance racket that offers easy power, control, and comfort to help you reach your full potential on court
• Ships unstrung
• Please note that all Babolat Evo rackets come without a protective head cover

Additional Information

  • Quick Ref: 257003
  • Man. Ref: 101414-323
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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