There have been a lot of good racquets released in 2018 from Prince, Babolat, Wilson, Angell, Yonex and HEAD, but there are a few big releases left. One of them is the 2018-19 version of the Pure Aero, and the update to the Yonex SV line. Let us have a look at the upcoming racquet releases 2018.
Babolat has kept quite an even rhythm around their releases. Every two years they update their major lines. In 2015 the FSI Pure Drive was released and in the end of 2017 we saw the new Babolat Pure Drive with Cortex Pure feel (read my review here). In the end of this year Babolat updates their Pure Aero line and the question is what will be new with this flagship model?
Fellow tennis blogger Tennisthis wrote this post about the new Pure Aero where he states that the racquet will be lighter and stiffer. I have not received any official information from Babolat about this yet, but the paint job is not to my liking as it goes from yellowish-green of the Pure Aero to a strong yellow.
Most racquets are getting stiffer and they are introducing dampening materials into the frame to deal with this. I would assume the Pure Aero line would also include Cortex Pure Feel, but it is hard to comment on what this will do to the line. The only way to know is to write and record a Babolat Pure Aero 2018 racquet review, which is what I intend to do when the racquet is released.
Upcoming racquet releases 2018 – Yonex SV update
Yonex will also release an update to their so called “Spin vortex” line. Apparently they will remove the Spin vortex and only call it VCORE, to try to simplify the different line titles. They will then have the EZONE, the VCORE and the VCORE Pro (I reviewed the VCORE Pro 97 330 here). The main sales driver of the VCORE line (SV) will still be the spin.
So how do they achieve more spin with the VCORE/SV line? Well, they increase the presence of the aero fins to reduce the air resistance. Now they will have more of them, not only at 10 and 2 o’ clock but along the top part of the racquet head. The inside top of the frame will also have a groove (you can call it a “sunken grommet”, which is also aimed to reduce wind resistance). The new grommet layout will also allow strings to have more movement and a wider sweet spot. Similar to what HEAD is trying to do with their Speed Graphene 360 line. This will likely create a higher launch angle.
I am curious how this racquet will perform and hope to add it to a future play-test. The new VCORE racquets will be available in 95, 98 and 100 sq inch head sizes. The design will be very red – early picture below.
Upcoming racquet releases 2018
Do you know of any other upcoming racquet releases 2018? Please comment below!