The VS is the most control-oriented racquet in the Aero line. It’s made for advanced topspin players. Here is my Babolat Pure Aero VS Racquet Review.
The Babolat Pure Aero VS is based on the Aero Storm from some years back. The Aero Storm was discontinued in the end and was gone for a few years until the Pure Aero VS was re-released in 2016-17. The predecessor was a decent racquet, but suffered from some instability, while the VS Tour (read my review) was a bit too heavy and sluggish. They were also stiffer in the layup and some players reported arm issues from using the racquets. This Babolat Pure Aero VS racquet review surprised me with its slightly softer and more connected response.
Specs and Tech
The update to the Pure Aero VS has 10g added and that is a good thing. It improves the stability and plow-through, which were two serious issues with the Pure Drive VS (click to read my review). The racquet I got for review (thanks to All Things Tennis for the demo!) was pretty spot on specs, but to compensate for the smaller grip (4 1/8), I compensated with an extra overgrip and my strung specs (Solinco Confidential @ 54 lbs) lined up as follows: 334g, 32 cm, and 328 SW. I might have gotten a little bit over-spec racquet, which is great for me because I really enjoy 330-ish swing weights.
When it comes to technology, the Cortex Pure Feel (which appears on the racquet in the form of small dimples) at about 3 and 9 doesn’t dampen the response as much as I think it does with the Pure Strike 98. Instead, the response and feel of the Pure Aero VS are very connected. You can really feel the string bed pocket the ball, despite the high RA. This racquet is not plush, but not harsh either, so if you have arm issues I would recommend a softer string setup, but I did not experience any discomfort even with a firmer string like Solinco Confidential.
How does it play?
The response from the Pure Aero VS is crisp (stiff, but not harsh) and controlled. The launch angle is higher than with the Pure Drive VS but not as high as the regular Pure Aero. Being a more traditional tennis player who likes to hit flat forehands and attack the net, the Aeromodular beam takes some time to get used to, but once I did, I really enjoyed this frame from anywhere on the court.
I did not get the pop on the serve or “flat power” I get with the Pure Strike 98, but I prefer the response of this racquet. This racquet feels a lot more like an extension of my arm than the Pure Drive VS and the Pure Strike 98. I think it balances the feel of plush and crisp really feel. The stringbed “pockets” the ball, but the racquet still has enough power to boss around the opponent from the back of the court.
It is perhaps more of a baseliner’s racquet, but I enjoyed it at the net as well. It offered a great mix of maneuverability and stability. Just put the racquet towards the ball and it gets to your desired location with interest (it is not quite as easy as that, but you know what I mean).
The new Pure Aero VS is definitely an “update” to the predecessor. It offers better stability, feel, and comfort. It is heavier to swing, but that extra weight really makes it a solid improvement. I also enjoyed the Cortex Pure Feel in this racquet, it didn’t dampen it too much and created a nice pocketing effect from the string bed. It is not plush like a HEAD Pro Tour 2.0, but a lot easier to create spin and pace with. Simply a modern weapon for the advanced player.
The Pure Aero VS has quickly become my favorite Babolat racquet from the current line-up.
Have you tried the Pure Aero VS? What did you think of it?