Babolat is to spin doctors what steel is to skyscrapers—a strong framework supporting upward ambition. The Pure Storm GT may be the best balanced and most proficient stick in the brand’s series. The 2011 version offers a revised cosmetic and GT Technology, a combination of graphite and tungsten that enhances control and stability. The beauty of the Pure Storm GT is it retains the best of Babolat—spin production—while enabling flat-ball hitters the opportunity to rip shots without worry of over-hitting. Play-testers praised the racquet’s calm sweet spot in furnishing plenty of depth on drives. The Pure Storm GT’s stability, minimal vibration and responsiveness on finesse shots made it one of the most fun frames to hit with.
Likes: This is a more comfortable and responsive racquet than its thicker-beamed brothers in the Babolat family. Stability, solid feel and comfort are all assets of a frame that both heavy-spin and flat-ball hitters found effective.
Dislikes: Babolat makes five variations of the Pure Storm GT, but there is not a dramatic difference in the cosmetics of the various frames. Players, stringers and collectors might benefit a clearer distinction. Some play-testers felt the frame was not as forgiving on off-center hits as other Babolat racquets.
Bottom Line: Vibration is minimal and overall this is a well-balanced, responsive frame. An excellent all-around stick, the Pure Storm scored highly in all aspects of the game.