|Frame Stiffness||72||DA Points|
|String Pattern||16 x 19||Mains x Crosses|
|Grip Type||Babolat Syntec Pro|
This Pure Aero Plus felt faster and more maneuverable than the Yonex VCORE 98+, which I recently playtested. I found a bit more response and feel here than in the previous version of this racquet, so I felt more confident taking big swings from the baseline. I was surprised at how much I liked this racquet on my backhand slice. With thicker-beamed 100-square-inch racquets my slices tend to float and do not penetrate the court very well.
The baseline is where I spend most of my time on the tennis court, and it's also where I form most of my opinions about any racquet I'm playing with. Suffice it to say, hitting from the baseline is probably where a racquet's specs are most important to me. I used the same string setup for both the prior and the new iteration of the Pure Aero Plus, and I had a virtually seamless transition from one to the other. Stability against heavier shots with the 2019 version was stellar, and its inherent combination of power and control was top notch as well.