Babolat has just announced that new versions of the Pure Aero range of tennis rackets will be released on the 25th of August 2022.
This will include an update to the popular Pure Aero (2019) and Pure Aero Rafa (2021) tennis rackets.
Although you would think that the new version would be called Pure Aero 2022 as that is when it will be released, it seems the consensus amongst online tennis shops is that they will be called the Pure Aero 2023.
This article will look at the racket specs of the Pure Aero 2023 to see how it compares to the 2019 and Rafa versions.
Babolat Pure Aero 2023 vs Pure Aero 2019
For this racket comparison, we will compare the 2023 and 2019 versions of the Babolat Pure Aero.
As the Pure Aero Rafa that was released in 2021 has the same racket specs as the 2019 version, any comparisons made below will also apply to this tennis racket.
Racket Specs Comparison
|Racket Specs:||Babolat Pure Aero 2023||Babolat Pure Aero 2019|
|Strung Weight:||318g (11.2oz)||318g (11.2oz)|
|Balance:||4 Pts HL||4 Pts HL|
|TW Stiffness Rating:||65||67|
|Power:||Low to Medium||Low to Medium|
|Beam Width:||23mm / 26mm / 23mm||23mm / 26mm / 23mm|
|Racket Colours:||White, Yellow, and Black||Yellow and Black|
|Grip Type:||Babolat Syntec Pro||Babolat Syntec Pro|
As the Pure Aero is one of the most popular tennis rackets on the market today, Babolat has made only a few changes to the new 2023 version so the head size, racket length, strung weight, balance, beam width, and string pattern are the exact same in both rackets.
In terms of differences, the 2023 version (318g) has a lower swing weight than the 2019 version (324g) which I think is a good thing as far too many recreational players play with a tennis racket that’s too heavy for them.
The lower swing weight will also mean the 2023 version will be slightly more maneuverable when compared with the older version of the tennis racket.
The 2023 version also has a lower stiffness rating and has SWX Pure Feel and NF² Technology incorporated into the tennis racket that promises better vibration dampening, shock absorption, and feel.
However, I still wouldn’t consider the Pure Aero to be a particular arm friendly tennis racket but the the 2023 version is a step in the right direction.
If you have had arm or elbow issues in the past and you want to play with a Pure Aero, I would recommend that you have an arm friendly string setup.
Probably the biggest difference in the 2023 version is that they have changed the main skips on the racket so that now the string pattern is denser, which gives you more control.
In terms of design, the 2023 version now more closely resembles the Pure Aero VS and has less yellow on the frame when compared with the 2019 version.
Is it worth upgrading your Pure Aero 2019?
I haven’t played with the 2023 version of the tennis racket yet so I can’t give you a definitive answer but if I am just looking at the differences in racket specs then there probably aren’t enough changes to the 2023 version to warrant upgrading your 2019 version but if you were thinking of upgrading your racket anyways then the Pure Aero 2023 definitely seems like an improvement in terms of the changes made to the racket specs.
Once I get a demo of the 2023 version, I will be better able to see whether it is worth upgrading your old Pure Aero.