This racquet is an unusual but necessary museum piece!
While the racquet is not that old it is unique in that it did not fit the “Babolat” image of the Pure Drive market. However…
The Babolat Pure Storm Ltd + represents the model that goes “head to head” with the Head Prestige which was, and continues to be, one of the favorite Head models. So, it is natural that Babolat would want to participate in this market area. As the “+” would suggest this racquet measured in at 27.5 inches long. Head also made a 27.5 inch long Prestige for a while.
The physical geometry and specifications confirm that this Babolat was a very good option for a player looking for a racquet in this category. The head size, string pattern, beam height, weight and swing weight proves this to be a real players racquet.
This racquet, however, did not, in my opinion, fit the Babolat thrust at that time. Now may be another story! The relatively new Babolat Strike may be the one to move them into the 18×20 market.
|Racquet Model||Babolat Pure Storm Ltd|
|String||Acelon Wildfire 17|
|Racquet Flex, RDC||59|
|Racquet Flex, FlexFour||45|
|Head Area, sq cm||610.1|
|Head Area, sq in||946|
|Number of Main Strings||18|
|Number of Cross Strings||20|
|Main String Grid||7.20|
|Cross String Grid||9.70|
|Average Cross String Spacing||0.485|
|Average Main String Spacing||0.400|
|Dynamic Tension, KP, ERT||42|
|Dynamic Tension, Lbs/in||234.9|
|First Moment, Nm||0.793|
|Swing Weight, Gram||319|
|Swing Weight, Ounce||11.25|
|Swing Weight Calculated||330.3|
|Maneuverability, RDC ||74|
|Head Weight, Percent||45.4|
|Center of Percussion||21.6|
|Dwell Time, Ms||7.45|