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Published on October 30th, 2015 | by Greg


Babolat Pure Aero Play 2016: A Stronger Connection

Today was one of the last days of Summer. Or so it seemed here in New York City as temperatures were a bit unseasonal, a nice final gasp of warmth before Halloween. And we celebrated the best possible way- by getting some time in on the court. After all, tennis season is /every/ season, and public courts are always packed during the summers. And besides, a little extra wind only makes the game more interesting.

Our current weapon of choice: the Babolat Pure Aero Play, updated for 2016 and revealed during the US Open a couple of months ago- but just now hitting stores. Available in either a basic version or the connected edition, we tested the latter, which allows you to connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet for a lot of extra features. Of course, like some of the previous Babolat Connected models we’ve seen- like the Babolat AeroPro Drive PLAY- the base racquet is identical to the Connected one.

Let’s look at what you get with Babolat’s nifty app, available for Android and iOS devices. You can track your performance and data over time, watching improvements in your game, tracking items such as power, ball impact zone, type and number of hits (forehand, backhand, service, smash), spin, endurance and even an overall technique metric. There are some social features as well, so you can boast about your stats easily and compare with friends.

New and updated for the 2016 generation, Babolat updated the frame with a combination of “woofer and cortex technologies” they call Aeromodular2 that enable players to maximize spin without losing any of the punch thanks to optimized aerodynamics. They’ve also modified and redesigned the grommets, which are now oblong. We liked the overall color scheme- a fluorescent matte yellow, fittingly aggressive. At 300 grams and 100 square inches, it’s a fairly heavy racquet, and meant for serious players and especially forward/serving-oriented experts who will find plenty to appreciate about the power and pace. It might be a little bit hefty for beginners or younger folks, but the Pure Aero line has several other family members, including Junior versions and Tour, Team, and Lite editions as well (the last weighing in at a very svelte 270grams). The sweet spot is fine and the feel is well-balanced, but the Pure Aero Play can be unforgiving, rewarding high-tempo play with spin aplenty. Many pros swear by the Babolat family- the Pure Aero Play is available now, and their latest can be yours for $350.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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