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Babolat Pure Strike VS 2022 Review

by Jonas Eriksson

Some months back I created a Babolat Pure Strike VS 2022 review on my YouTube channel. Now it’s finally available for sale.

I concluded my Babolat Pure Strike VS 2022 review positively. It’s great that Babolat brings back the Pure Control with a new name. A thinner beam, lower flex, leather grip and a 16×20 pattern will surely please a lot of control racquet lovers. The racquet plays with great feel and control, but it’s not without decent power. It’s a pretty demanding frame and you need to have solid technique and be a pretty advanced (NTRP 4.0+) player to use it, but if you like this type of racquet, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the Babolat Pure Strike VS 2022.

I tried the racquet with both Solinco Hyper-G Soft 1.20 and Solinco Outlast 1.20  at my usual reference tension around 51 lbs and enjoyed both setups. As expected, I got more spin potential with Hyper-G and more control from Outlast.

You can buy the Babolat Pure Strike VS 2022 from Tennis Warehouse but it’s not yet available from Tennis Warehouse Europe or Tennis Only.

Pure Strike VS Specs

Head Size: 97 in / 625.81 cm
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight:11.7oz / 332g
Balance: 12.59in / 31.98cm / 7 pts HL
Swingweight: 322
Stiffness: 63
Beam Width: 21mm / 22mm / 21mm
Composition: Graphite
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors:Black/Orange
Grip Type: LEATHER!
String Pattern:

16 Mains / 20 Crosses
Mains skip: 7T,9T,7H,9H
One Piece
No Shared Holes

I felt like the racquet needed a little bit of weight in the hoop to play with more plow-through and power. 2-3 grams at 12 did the trick for me.

How does it play?

If you tried old Babolat Pure Control racquets, this one plays in the same vein. Good control and feel (a little bit firmer than most of the older ones, but not harsh by any means), great looks and playability for advanced players.

I felt like the weight at 310 grams unstrung is close to perfect. It allows you some customization and maintains a good balance of being maneuverable yet stable.

It’s a racquet to rival the HEAD Radical Pro (and Boom Pro in a way), the Wilson Blade 98 18×20 and the Yonex VCORE Pro 97.

For players who enjoy the Babolat Pure Strike 98 Gen 3, but want a softer feel and more control, the Pure Strike VS is a must-demo.

Have you tried the Babolat Pure Strike VS 2022?

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Jason March 23, 2022 - 18:51

Beautiful paintjob, from the pic it looks like it’s got an allover gloss finish as well (fingers crossed!).
Specs are excellent as well.
Unfortunately it is not (yet?) available in Europe, as the article mentions.

On TW it’s $269 that does not bode well for the price in EUROs. Which, for reasons I don’t get, is usually HIGHER than the price in dollars (1 EUR = 1.09990 USD atm (23-3) ).

Also I read rumors that the Pure Strike VS was going to be a Limited Edition (or ltd run).
Is that true?

Dennis May 15, 2022 - 11:48

The specs look very interesting to me and definitely a frame I would like to test in 2022. I play with the latest version of the Dunlop CX 200 Tour 18×20 with quite some lead at 3 and 9 and some lead at 12. Frame is around 330 grams without strings
My initial question is how does this Babolat Pure Strike VS compare to Dunlop CX 200 Tour 18×20 and do you think some extra lead is needed in this Babolat as well?

Rod December 25, 2022 - 17:48

Can you post the stringing pattern/instructions for this 16Mx20C racquet? Thanks.

Ben April 22, 2024 - 15:57

The Pure Strike VS actually has broader spacing in the mains/horizontals…. and the crosses have same spacing as the 98 16×19… but the last two verticals in top/bottom…
The size of the head/frame is really the same. You can see that when laying one over the other. They are both 98’s. VS is written to be 97 but that is not true….. on the racket is written 626 cm2=97 inch2….but its the same size as the PS 98. written on PS 98 is 630 which 97.5 inch2. laying them on top of eachother there is no difference.
The broader spacing in the mains would in theory make the VS able to make smore spin and have in the sweetspot about the samme power/return of energy/sweetspot flex.
The difference in the rackets mostly is the broader spacing in the mains in the VS, the stiffer frame in the 98 16×19 3rd gen. What I am saying is that the PS 98 16×19 has more control coming to the string spacing and the PSVS has more spin potiential.
The VS’s beam is not 21-22-21 stated on most websites… but 21.5-22.5-21.5…….. and the Pure Strike 98 16 x 19 beam is has 21.5-23.5-22.5


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