How It Tested: Babolat broadens the popular Pure Storm’s playing appeal by building the new Team frame, which should successfully tap into the transitional player market. It’s slightly lighter than the Pure Storm GT, which makes it a bit easier to maneuver and swing through the strike zone. This racquet's potential was most evident in the backcourt, where it was able to manufacture massive spin. Topspin artists were pleased with the expanded head size, which some felt was more forgiving than the standard 98-square-inch Pure Storm. Woofer technology, which Babolat says enhances interaction between strings and frame, offered control and comfort.
Likes: A lighter, more maneuverable, thinner-beam frame than some of the brand’s other offerings, the Team was more effective at net than many of Babolat’s tweener racquets. Its versatility and mobility means the Pure Storm Team can perform capably from any area of the court. Players can generate racquet-head speed quickly, which was evident when response time was reduced by a hard, incoming shot.
Dislikes: Testers with a fondness for the Pure Storm GT felt this frame had a power deficiency in comparison. Some testers said it wasn't as solid on smashes, but we didn't find stability to be an issue.
Bottom Line: This is one of the definitive transitional racquets we tested this year. Juniors seeking to step up to a player frame or older, advanced players who aren’t quite as comfortable swinging heavier versions of the Pure Storm should gravitate toward the Team frame. For stronger players, the Pure Storm GT may be the preferred option.