The Pure Aero range of tennis rackets is famously endorsed by 22 grand slam singles champion Rafael Nadal as well as other top pros including Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jennifer Brady, Danielle Collins, Leylah Fernandez, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and Elise Mertens.
Comparison of the Babolat Pure Aero Lite and Pure Aero
The comparison below is for the 2019 versions of the Babolat Pure Aero Lite (or PAL”) and Pure Aero (or “PA”).
If you want to see a comparison of the 2023 versions, check out my article comparing both frames.
As you would expect, both rackets share many similarities including a 100-inch head size, 27-inch racket length, 16 x19 string pattern, and a 23mm / 26mm / 23mm beam width.
The biggest difference between these two tennis rackets is their strung and swing weights with the PA being considerably heavier than the PAL.
As the PAL is over an ounce lighter than the regular PA, it will be much easier for beginner to intermediate players to use.
In terms of arm friendliness, both of these frames have relatively high stiffness ratings so are best avoided if you have had arm issues in the past.
|286 Grams (10.1 Ounces)||Strung Weight:||318 Grams (11.2 Ounces)|
|Even Balance||Balance:||4 pts Head Light|
|23mm / 26mm / 23mm||Beam Width:||23mm / 26mm / 23mm|
|Yellow and Black||Racket Colours:||Yellow and Black|
|16 Mains / 19 Crosses||String Pattern:||16 Mains / 19 Crosses|
|22-27kg / 50-60lb||String Tension Range:||22-27kg / 50-60lb|
|Check Price on Amazon||Price:||Check Price on Amazon|
Which of these Tennis Rackets is Better?
If you are still undecided as to which of these two rackets is better, I have provided some recommendations below based on your level of play and common playing styles.
Which Racket is Better for Beginners?
If you are a beginner then the PAL is definitely the better racket to go for as it will be better at helping you generate power on your shots and it will also be a lot more forgiving than the regular PA.
Which Racket is Better for Intermediate Players?
Again I would recommend the PAL for intermediate players as the regular PA is just too heavy for most intermediate players.
As an intermediate player, you will find that the regular PA is just too hard to play consistently well with so the PAL is a much better option.
Which Racket is Better for Advanced Players?
Once you have reached the point in your tennis development where you have a full swing and you can easily generate power on your shots, then this is when the regular PA comes into its own.
It is definitely the best option for advanced players as it offers great power, control, and spin on your shots.
Which Racket is Better for Baseliners/Counter Punchers?
Both tennis rackets are more suited to baseline players but the regular PA is by far the best option for players who love to hit powerful shots with tons of spin from the baseline.
Which Racket is Better for All Court Players?
I found the regular PA to be much better at the net as I felt like I had to be super careful with my volleys anytime I used the PAL as I found that there was just too much of a trampoline effect when hitting volleys with the PAL.
In terms of overheads, again the regular PA came out on top as I felt I could hit my overheads with confidence as I had plenty of control and spin on my shots.
Overall, the regular PA is much better suited for an all court player.