Babolat Pure Aero Lite Specs
Head Size: 100 in² / 645 cm²
Length: 27in / 68,5cm
Strung Weight: 286g / 10,1oz
Unstrung Weight: 270g/9,5oz
Balance: 34,29cm / 0 pts EB
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
I think it must be the color scheme and the countless memories of watching Rafael Nadal do impossible things with the Pure Aero rackets that make them stand out as some of the most identifiable rackets on the market. No doubt spurred on by the countless Rafa fans, these rackets have achieved huge sales and you can’t help but see them everywhere you go.
These Aeros are more than just popular though. They are also very good tennis rackets. Tennis Bro Larry uses the Pure Aero Tour, which is the heaviest racket in the range, but today we tried out the much lighter Pure Aero Lite.
While the Pure Aero Tour is better suited to intermediate and advanced players, the Lite caters much more to beginner and intermediate players. At 270g unstrung, the Pure Aero Lite is light enough for adults and juniors who are learning the game and don’t want to be carrying around a really heavy racket.
This weight is perhaps better suited to beginner and intermediate juniors than adults who will probably be strong enough to use the 300g Babolat Pure Aero, but it is worth trying them both to see which one best suits you. You’ve got to remember though, that as a beginner, you are likely to improve your game very quickly, so you might outgrow the Pure Aero Lite before you know it.
One thing that Pure Aero rackets guarantee is massive amounts of spin, so if that is something you struggle with, these rackets could be perfect. The frame is extremely easy to manoeuvre, which means you can generate good swing speed and the strings take care of the rest for you.
I recently play tested the Babolat Pure Strike Team which is another good option for beginners. The two rackets are very different though, with the Pure Strike offering excellent levels of control and the Aero Pure being more power and spin oriented.
When you put the two together, power and spin sound a lot better than control but there are benefits to both. Particularly as a beginner, a little help on the power and spin side can be very helpful, but as you develop your game, the control side becomes more important. Either way, it’s a good idea to try both rackets and see which suits you best.
I’m more of a control guy myself, but I don’t mind getting out for a playtest with a more spin and power-oriented racket like the Babolat Pure Aero Lite. I gave this stick a couple of days of practice, to see exactly what the Lite had to offer.
As we recently mentioned in a guest blog post on How to Choose the Perfect Racket, the key to getting the right racket is trying it out for a good amount of time. Sometimes we don’t have as much time as we would like though, so I took the Babolat Pure Aero Lite out for a playtest to get some of the hard work done for you!
Groundstrokes – 7.5/10
One thing is for sure. This racket is seriously fast.
You might be new to the movements of tennis, but you won’t have any problems swinging with this racket. This is a nice characteristic to have when you’re a beginner or intermediate as it just means there’s one less thing you have to think about.
Tennis is hard enough without having to swing a heavy racket, which makes these Lite rackets such an attractive prospect. I do find the regular Pure Aero to be very good in this area as well though, so don’t discount that one.
One thing you often find with a light racket, such as this one, is that it can lose a lot of stability on contact with the ball and this can make it hard to control your shots. The Pure Aero Lite is extremely well balanced though, and for a racket in its weight class, it does give you good stability.
Often players that are new to tennis can get sold on gimmicky advertising of super powerful, super light rackets that, in reality, don’t offer you any stability. The ball pings of the strings with these rackets, but you’re not in control of the process. With time, you will be able to create much more powerful shots from a stable, all-round racket than with these super light power rackets.
If you want a little bit of help in the power department but are focusing on improving your strokes, then the Pure Aero Lite is a great option. It makes the swings easy to manage and introduces you to tennis with a racket that resembles something you will use as you develop into an intermediate and advanced player.
Although I’m a 6ft 2inch, 28-year-old guy with 20 years of playing tennis (making the Pure Aero Lite a bit to light for me), I did have a lot of fun with this stick. It’s very easy to play with and I was able to generate great topspin off both the forehand and backhand sides. Everything I needed it to do it did pretty well, giving me a consistently good performance.
It’s a bit difficult to grade the lighter rackets because they don’t give you the kind of performance that you get from heavier rackets. When you’re starting out from tennis though, you are likely to be able to get more out of the lighter rackets though, so my scoring won’t be as relevant to you.
In the end, I gave the Babolat Pure Aero Lite a 7.5 out of 10 for the groundstrokes, which is an excellent score for such a light racket.
Volleys – 7/10
The lighter rackets are never the best at volleying, but it’s not of huge importance when you’re starting out. All you really need when it comes to volleying as a beginner is something that is easy to manoeuvre and get into position quickly.
The Pure Aero Lite does this as well as any racket, but it also gives you a little bit of stability which is helpful on the volleys. Because you’re cutting down the distance the ball travels when you come to the net, the ball has much more power on it, so you need to be able to take some pace of the ball.
If you’re playing with a very unstable racket, the ball will just ping back without you being able to control it. It’s hard to get as much stability from a light racket as you would from a heavier racket, but the way the Pure Aero Lite is set up make it nice and stable for its weight.
Sometimes you turn up at the net with the light rackets and it’s an absolute nightmare trying to get the ball back, but that wasn’t the case with the Babolat Pure Aero Lite. It wasn’t the best volleying racket that I’ve tried from the beginner rackets, but it wasn’t a million miles off.
A decent performance from the Babolat Pure Aero Lite got it a 7 out of 10 from me on the volleys. It does the job.
Serve – 7.5/10
I normally find I enjoy serving with the Pure Aero rackets. They’re right up there with the Pure Drives, which I love on the serve. They offer you easy access to spin and power, which makes for a wicked combination when you’re trying to outfox your opponent.
Although the Lite is obviously a very different racket, it maintains those characteristics of good spin and power on the serve and it allows you to begin to develop your serve as a weapon.
The serve might be the most difficult motion to perfect for beginner tennis players, so it is important that you have a racket that is easily manageable when you start out. The Pure Aero Lite is perfect because it is so easy to manoeuvre. It will encourage you to develop your swing speed and keep hitting through the ball.
For me, the Pure Aero Lite was a little bit light to get the most out of my serve, but it did feel nice and solid for such a light racket. As you improve your strokes, this is something that will mean the racket can grow with you. Eventually, you will want to move up in weight of racket, but the Lite is stable enough to be able to last you through a good portion of your development.
As light rackets go, the Babolat Pure Aero Lite is up there with the best when it comes to serving. It will give you good access to spin and power and encourage you to develop those quick swings. All of this earns the Aero Lite a 7.5 out of 10 on the serve.
Overall – 7.5/10
You can’t really go wrong with this racket as a junior racket or a racket for a beginner. It is a racket that can prepare people for a more advanced racket, but also gives them a little boost in power and spin. It’s important when you start out that you use a racket you’re comfortable swinging, and there can be few that are easier to swing than the Babolat Pure Aero Lite.
I often find it hard to playtest the light rackets, because they lack the control that allows me to hit through my strokes fully, but the Pure Aero Lite is quite stable, and so, I was able to play some reasonable tennis with it.
It is particularly well suited to baseline tennis, where its manoeuvrability and spin can help turn your shots into real weapons. There are lots of rackets that claim to be “power machines” or “spin machines” but you don’t really need that. Instead, it’s much better to go for something like the Babolat Pure Aero Lite which is an all-round racket that gives you a little power and spin boost.
I was pretty impressed with this racket and would certainly recommend it as a first full-size racket for a junior and in some cases for beginners. I do think adult beginners can handle the 300g Pure Aero which is a better racket, but what matters is finding the one that you are comfortable with. If you can get the most out of the Lite then go for it and move onto the 300g version when you’re ready.
Overall, I gave the Babolat Pure Aero Lite a score of 7.5 out of 10 which is a great score for a light racket. I couldn’t really find any faults with this stick and would be happy to recommend it as a beginner’s racket.
Review by: Will