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Article: Babolat Pure Aero Rafa Review

Babolat Pure Aero Rafa

Babolat Pure Aero Rafa Review


Designed by Rafael Nadal himself, The Pure Aero line is a tennis dynasty for the modern baseline game. Its easy power and potent spin have provided a reliable ubiquity for all levels of tennis, similar to the Babolat Pure Drive. What separates the two lines is the subjectivity of the game, but there is no denying that the Pure Aero Rafa is a topspin machine. Players can deliver effortless amounts of spin, without sacrificing control and feel. The latest edition is a must hit for aggressive baseliners who strive to generate easy power and spin.


Babolat highlighted three new main technologies for the latest iteration of the Pure Aero Rafa, including Aeromodular 3, an aerodynamic frame integrating the bumper and grommets, increasing racket head speed and spin generation. FSI Spin is an open string pattern with a woofer system that provides maximum spin with great feeling and superior control. Cortex Pure Feel provides better vibration dampening thanks to a new material integrated in the graphite of the racket, that gives the player pure feel with an incredible sound.


Weight unstrung (+/-5g)

300 grams

Head size

100 sq in

Beam width

23/26/23 mm

Balance (+/- 5mm)

320 mm (Head light)

String pattern

16 x 19


27 in 




For groundstrokes, the user friendly nature of the Babolat Pure Aero Rafa makes it a fun racket to swing with. Players of any level should expect to generate easy power and massive amounts of spin. The spin potential can ground the easy power, to help players find their technique and control the play from the baseline. While maneuverability is not an issue, some players may struggle to find their timing with the Pure Aero, due to the balance it provides compared to other rackets. However, players can hit from a variety of launch angles because of the racket head speed, and The Pure Aero Rafa features a more comfortable feel with better control. With the right timing,  intermediate to advanced players can develop a consistent pattern of topspin heavy groundstrokes deep shots, and touch, while beginners can discover their style of play due to the easy playability of the racket. 



The Pure Aero is efficient up at the net. Volleys and smashes are easy, due to the easy power and added comfort. It feels crisp for deep shots, plus there is a sense of more touch than the previous iterations. Due to the cortex pure feel and vibration dampeners, the racket feels reliable and stable up at the net. It's great for redirecting pace, and providing more touch which are subtle improvements over the previous models. It has a great sweet spot to penetrate and touch shots through the court. For serving, The Pure Aero is perfect for a variety of shots. The spin potential can help players to slice their serves in a sliding manner, and hit their kick serves to jump higher through the court. Players can expect to develop plenty of pace and a nice rhythm, due to the smooth balance of the racket. It is more suited to spin serves than flat ones, but the Pure Aero can give the player confidence to smash through the ball with different spin techniques, wild slice, and big pop serves. 


Similarly to groundstrokes,  the easy depth, power, and consistency benefits the player during returns. The extra spin greatly helps against second or flat serves, but the Pure Aero can deal with just about any shot, thanks to its stability and manageable swing weight. With a slick new cosmetic, The Pure Aero packs massive amount of spin, a modern feel, and a large sweet spot. It is a must hit for aggressive players, and name of the game is Topspin!  Check out our best selling rackets of 2021 below. 





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