What’s the best tennis racquet for 2020?
In 2020, and for the fourth year in a row, we’re naming the Babolat Pure Strike 16×19, the best overall tennis racquet despite a few new frame releases and more than 300 total on the market today.
There were a few key reasons that the Pure Strike won us over in 2017 to earn our badge as the best tennis racquet, and those reasons remain consistent in 2020 with Babolat’s 3rd generation of this racquet.
As we’ve stated in the past, the Pure Strike’s defining feature and what sets it apart from other racquets on our list is its broad appeal to a wide range of styles and levels of play. With its 11.4 oz strung weight and 98-square-inch head size, it’s a very approachable tennis racquet.
In other words, we feel the vast majority of players would pick up this racquet and have a blast, as it scores well across the board. You could just as easily flip that statement and say that this racquet is unlikely to offend anyone, either.
Players who will likely enjoy Babolat’s Pure Strike are all-court players who like to attack the net and are looking for a well-balanced tennis racquet that performs consistently across a wide range of attributes and strokes.
Babolat Pure Strike 16x19Technologies
Babolat’s Pure Strike makes use of the following three key technologies.
The design of the frame allows the strings to move freely so that they can work together for a more generous sweet spot, additional power, and less shock.
Hybrid Frame Construction
The frame makes use of square and elliptical shapes to offer a unique blend of control and power that is highly responsive with excellent feel and precision.
Babolat Pure Strike also makes use of the company’s FSI Power technology, which provides more spacing between the cross strings. The result is more power, spin, and comfort when striking the ball.
C2 Pure Feel
New to the 3rd generation of this racquet is a thin rubber material applied to the frame at 3 and 9’oclock to give the racquet a softer, more dampened feel.
Why We Love It
Here’s a look at the Pure Strike’s top three attributes based on how the racquet scored in our evaluation.
At 11.4 ounces and clocking in a swingweight of 327, the Pure Strike is delightfully easy to maneuver, which makes bringing the racquet back for groundstrokes effortless and transitioning to the net to hit a setup volley loads of fun.
Off the ground, the Pure Strike was a delight. The frame, along with its 98-square-inch head, delivered plenty of power while its 16×19 string pattern helped produce fantastic spin. At the same time, everything felt under control, supported by a slightly more flexible frame than some of the other racquets in the Babolat family.
With a strong rating on groundstrokes, it should come as no surprise that this highly maneuverable racquet delivered fantastic performance when hitting returns where you need to be able to react quickly and pull back your racquet fast.
Of course, what makes the Pure Stike unique is that it maintains its high marks up at the net with volleys.
Overall, while the Babolat Pure Strike left us feeling pleased across the board, it may leave some players longing for a bit more. In particular, baseline players who hit with heavy topspin may prefer more pop.
However, the slightly lower power delivered by the Pure Strike is offset by the precision, control, and touch that it offers to ensure it performs consistently, no matter where you’re playing on the court.
Babolat Pure Strike 16×19 Specs
|Head Size||98 in² / 632.26 cm²|
|Length||27 in / 68.58 cm|
|Balance||4 points HL|
|Weight (strung)||11.4 oz / 323 g|
|Beam Width||21mm / 23mm / 21mm|
|String Pattern||16 Main / 19 Cross|
Babolat Pure Strike 16×19 Ratings
Variations of the Babolat Pure Strike
If you like what you see with the Pure Strike, you should check out some of the different racquets in the Pure Strike series. Here’s a list for quick reference:
- 98 16×19
- 98 18×20
Players Using or Endorsing the Babolat Pure Strike
- Dominic Thiem
- Anett Kontaveit
- Bethanie Mattek-Sands
- Timea Bacsinszky
- Alize Cornet
- Elena Vesnina
- Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Previous Model this Racquet Replaces
- Babolat Pure Strike 16×19