Head Speed Pro vs Babolat Pure Strike

The Head Speed Pro and Babolat Pure Strike are both popular rackets that are aimed more at the intermediate to advanced tennis player.

One reason these rackets are so popular is because of the tennis pros that endorse them with the Head Speed Pro being endorsed by world number 1 Novak Djokovic and the Babolat Pure Strike 18×20 being endorsed by the 2020 US Open Singles Champion Dominic Thiem.

This article will compare the racket specs of these rackets so that you can see which racket may suit your tennis game better.

Head Speed Pro vs Babolat Pure Strike

Differences Between the Head Speed Pro and the Babolat Pure Strike

For this racket comparison, we will be using the 2022 Version of the Head Speed Pro and the 3rd Generation of the Babolat Pure Strike.

The Babolat Pure Strike comes in a 16×19 string pattern and an 18×20 string pattern so we have included both in the below comparison.

Racket Specs – Head Speed Pro vs Babolat Pure Strike

Racket Specs:Head Speed ProBabolat Pure Strike 18×20Babolat Pure Strike 16×19
Version:20223rd Generation3rd Generation
Racket:Head Speed ProBabolat Pure StrikeBabolat Pure Strike
Head Size:100in98in98in
Length:27in27in27in
Strung Weight:326g (11.5oz)323g (11.4oz)323g (11.4oz)
Swingweight:326g334g327g
Balance:6 pts HL4 pts HL4 pts HL
Stiffness:626666
Power:LowLowLow
Beam Width:23mm21mm / 23mm / 21mm21mm / 23mm / 21mm
Composition:GraphiteGraphiteGraphite
Racket Colours:Black and WhiteCoral and WhiteCoral and White
String Pattern:18×2018×2016×19
Grip Type:Head Hydrosorb ProBabolat Syntec TeamBabolat Syntec Team

Racket Length and Head Size

The Head Speed Pro has a bigger head size (100in) than both versions of the Babolat Pure Strike (98in).

However, all three rackets have a racket length of 27 inches which most rackets have these days.

Strung Weight and Swing Weight

The Head Speed Pro has the heaviest strung weight of the three rackets but there is only a 3g difference between the three rackets so you aren’t going to feel a huge difference in terms of strung weight.

In terms of swing weight, the Babolat Pure Strike 18×20 is the heaviest but again the difference isn’t huge.

Balance

All three rackets have a head light balance with the Speed Pro being slightly more head light than the two Babolat rackets.

As the Speed Pro is more head light and has a lower swing weight, it is definitely the most maneuverable of the three rackets.

Stiffness Rating

The Babolat Pure Strike rackets each have a stiffness rating of 66, while the Speed Pro has a stiffness rating of 62.

Having played with all three rackets, I found the Head Speed Pro to be much more arm friendly than the two Pure Strike rackets.

Beam Width

Overall, the Head Speed Pro has a thicker beam width than the two pure strike rackets so you should find it easier to generate power with Speed Pro.

Power

Out of the three tennis rackets, the Speed Pro gave the most help in terms of power generation.

The Babolat Pure Strike rackets definitely feel like they are more control focused tennis rackets so you will need a full swing and good technique to get the most out of these rackets.

String Pattern

As mentioned previously you can get a Babolat Pure Strike with a 16×19 or 18×20 string pattern while the Head Speed Pro only has an 18×20 version.

If you need some help generating spin then a 16×19 string pattern is a good option but if you are looking for more control on your shots then an 18×20 string pattern will be the better option for you.

In my opinion, the Pure Strike 18×20 is one of the best options if you are looking for a Babolat racket with lots of control.

Design

All three of these tennis rackets look good but I definitely think the Head Speed Pro has the nicest design.

Availability

All three of these rackets are available to buy on online shops such as Amazon, Tennis Warehouse, and Tennis-Point.