Babolat Pure Strike vs Pure Aero VS (98)

This article will compare the Babolat Pure Strike vs Pure Aero VS (98) to see how they compare to each other in terms of racket specs and playability.

The Pure Strike is endorsed by Cameron Norrie and Dominic Thiem while the Pure Aero VS is endorsed by Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune.

Babolat Pure Strike vs Pure Aero VS (98)

Babolat Pure Strike vs Pure Aero VS (98)

For this racket comparison, I will be looking at the 3rd generation of the Babolat Pure Strike (or “PS) and the 2020 Version of the Babolat Pure Aero VS (or “VS”.

Babolat is due to release a 2023 version of the VS in January 2023 which they plan to rename the Pure Aero 98.

Once, the 2023 version is released I will update this article to reflect any changes made to the racket.

Pure Strike 16×19 vs Pure Aero VS (98)

For my first racket comparison, I will be using the 16×19 Version of the PS and comparing it with the VS.

Racket Specs Comparison

Specs:PS 16×19VS
Version:3rd Generation2020
Design:Babolat Pure StrikePure Aero VS
Head Size:98in98in
Length:27in27in
Strung Weight:323g (11.4oz)320g (11.3oz)
Swingweight:327g321g
Balance:4 pts HL6 pts HL
Frame Stiffness:6667
Power:LowLow to Medium
Beam Width:21mm / 23mm / 21mm21mm / 23mm / 22mm
Composition:GraphiteGraphite
Colors:Coral and WhiteYellow and Black
String Pattern:16×1916×20
Grip Type:Babolat Syntec TeamBabolat Syntec Pro

Both of these rackets have the exact same head size (98in), and racket length (27in).

In terms of differences, the PS 16×19 (323g) has a slightly higher strung weight than the VS (320g) but the difference is minimal.

The PS 16×19 (327g) also has a heavier swing weight when compared with the VS (321g) so the VS will be slightly easier to swing.

The VS’s lower swing and more head light balance will mean it is the more maneuverable of the two rackets.

The VS (16×20) also has one extra cross string than the PS 16×19 so you should get a little extra bit of control with the VS.

In terms of arm friendliness, both tennis rackets are in a similar range in terms of stiffness (66-67).

They also have very similar beam widths at 21mm / 23mm / 21mm for the PS 16×19 and 21mm / 23mm / 22mm for the VS.

Pure Strike 18×20 vs Pure Aero VS (98)

For my second racket comparison, I will be using the 18×20 Version of the PS and comparing it with the VS.

Racket Specs Comparison

Racket Specs:PS 18×20VS
Version:3rd Generation2020
Design:Babolat Pure StrikePure Aero VS
Head Size:98in98in
Length:27in27in
Strung Weight:323g (11.4oz)320g (11.3oz)
Swingweight:334g321g
Balance:4 pts HL6 pts HL
Stiffness:6667
Power:LowLow to Medium
Beam Width:21mm / 23mm / 21mm21mm / 23mm / 22mm
Composition:GraphiteGraphite
Colors:Coral and WhiteYellow and Black
String Pattern:18×2016×20
Grip Type:Babolat Syntec TeamBabolat Syntec Pro

The PS 18×20 and the VS have the exact same head size (98in) and length (27in).

In terms of differences, the PS 18×20 (323g) has a slightly higher strung weight than the VS (320g) but the difference isn’t huge.

The VS (6pts HL) is more head light than the PS 18×20 (4pts HL) and is also considerably lighter in terms of swing weight (321g vs 334g).

Both tennis rackets have very similar stiffness ratings (66 vs 67) and beam widths (21mm / 23mm / 21mm vs 21mm / 23mm / 22mm).

The VS has a 16×20 string pattern while the PS 18×20 obviously has an 18×20 string pattern so the PS 18×20 will give you a little more control.