Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour Review
Babolat Pro Hurricane has been a mainstay in the tennis world for a number of years now. It is a classic polyester string that has a recognisable feel that many recreational and professional tennis players enjoy. It is a low powered string that offers great spin, control and surprisingly good ball pocketing. Derived from the ever popular RPM Blast, Pro Hurricane Tour is more firm and control oriented. It is popular amongst big hitters for a reason, and that’s why we love it!
5out of 10
Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour is best suited to intermediate to experienced tennis players that want to take big cuts at the ball without it being sprayed all over the place.
This is definitely a control oriented string that has great touch and a decent amount of spin, so naturally is not the most powerful out there.
One major benefit this has is that it gives you the confidence to swing at the ball hard, since you can trust that the ball won’t fly on you. This makes hitting spin easier which in turn gives you more control.
So, if you are the type of player that is generally looking for a low powered string and are happy generating the power yourself, this could be a great option to try out.
This is one of the most dead feeling polys out there. It is not harsh feeling or stiff like a Solinco Tour Bite for example, but it definitely places the onus on you to produce the power.
It is certainly worth stringing Pro Hurricane Tour down a few pounds if you are looking for a little extra power, or by all means string it up with a soft multifilament as part of a hybrid setup.
9.5out of 10
Control is one of the areas that Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour excels. Babolat strings have been around for a long time, and it is safe to say they know how to engineer them for optimum control.
Given this is one of their more dead feeling offerings, it delivers a consistent feel so you always know what you’re going to get off the string bed.
Control is what makes Pro Hurricane Tour such an iconic string. It is so easy to dial in and place the ball exactly where you want it. The spin, stiffness and consistency combine together to give you a sense of mastery over the ball that no other string can match. If you can deal with having this string at a higher tension I would actually recommend it.
This is where you can unlock its true potential and your racket will really start to feel like an extension of your arm. I have used Pro Hurricane for a number of years, both as a full bed and as a hybrid. It is safe to say it is stiff poly but it is well worth sticking with in the long run.
The stiffness can put some players off the string at first, but even if you start off at a lower tension and work your way up, the rewards will definitely be worth it. You can rip the ball with so much confidence when using Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour.
It manages to be firm but not unforgiving somehow. It is not as harsh on the arm as some of the more metallic feeling strings like Luxilon Big Banger for example, yet still offers unrivalled levels of control.
The consistency of the string doesn’t make it boring to play with by any means, as you get a really nice, crisp feel from it.
8out of 10
Touch is an area that Pro Hurricane Tour does a great job with too. It is not as soft feeling as a multifilament so won’t have the same degree of feel, but it is so consistent with the way it performs.
You get a very crisp response from the string, especially when it is strung at a higher tension. This helps the tactility of the feel off the string bed, even if it is not as communicative as a softer string.
Once the string beds down a bit, you can easily find a nice groove with it. Pro Hurricane Tour is one of those strings that seems a little bit unapproachable at first, but with time you can really grow to love the feel of it.
That being said, it definitely rewards big hitters and those that can deal with its stiffness.
So, if you are a player that struggles with arm issues or simply wants a little more forgiveness from your string setup, it is well worth sticking with Pro Hurricane but supplementing it with a multifilament or natural gut.
8.5out of 10
The octagon shape of Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour adds to its spin potential as the strings can move more freely around the string bed. This creates more of a snap back effect but also helps with ball pocketing.
This is another area that helps with control, as you can rip the ball with confidence and the string encourages a fast swing speed.
It doesn’t feel quite as spin friendly and eager to tear up the ball as a rougher poly like RPM Blast Rough for example, but it offers plenty of bite when you need it. I find that Pro Hurricane Tour feels robust and has a more full bodied feel compared to some of the stiffer, more metallic feeling polys out there.
It is a string that allows you to punch through your shots with confidence as there is a decent amount of hang time before the ball leaves the string bed.
The string really grips the ball nicely and this is a satisfying feeling on serves and heavy ground strokes in particular.
9out of 10
Pro Hurricane Tour is one of the most durable strings out there. As it is a pretty dead feeling string to begin with, it only gets better with use as it starts to soften off a bit but doesn’t lose any of that characteristic control.
Hit with it for a few hours and the edge will be taken off it slightly, leaving you with the perfect blend of spin and control with a touch more pop for good measure.
This is something that can’t often be said for a lot of polyester strings out there. Usually, once their performance drops off a bit they don’t feel as good. But with Pro Hurricane Tour, it actually gets better with age!
Plus, you won’t find a more durable string than this out there, plus it actually maintains its tension pretty well for a poly.
7out of 10
Pro Hurricane Tour from Babolat is definitely not the most comfortable string they produce, but it is also not what I would describe as harsh. They seem to get a nice balance between a reassuringly firm feeling without the string being totally unplayable.
It is slightly more supple than some of the more traditional polys out there, which adds to its playability. This makes it nice and crisp without it being inaccessible to lower level players.
It is worth mentioning that Pro Hurricane Tour pairs particularly well with softer strings like Babolat VS Touch for example, as this gives a nice blend of comfort, power, spin and control.
8.5out of 10
Overall, Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour is a great control focussed string that is more than the sum of its parts! It is a string geared towards big hitters and still has a slight bit of give in it, making it a fantastic all rounder.
Pro Hurricane Tour is a Babolat classic that has stood the test of time.
The famous stiff feel gives it unmatched levels of control and the octagonal shape means you can rip the ball from anywhere in the court with ease.
The main benefit of using Pro Hurricane Tour is the confidence it gives you on the court. This is the type of string that encourages you to hit the ball hard and with a lot of spin, which ultimately makes you a better player.
The stiffness won’t be for everyone and it is not a particularly powerful string. But, if you are the type of player that wants the last word in control from their string, look no further than Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour.
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