The Raptor is a little longer and lighter than most hybrids, or racquets that are in between game-improvement and advanced-player sticks as far as weight, balance, head size and beam width. It has less power than racquets like the Babolat Aero Pro Drive, the Head Extreme, the Prince EX03 White and the Wilson Pro Open. For that reason, it requires a longer and faster swing to get the ball deep into enemy territory. But the Raptor is also more maneuverable than most hybrids. It almost effortlessly helps increase racquet-head speed and generate more topspin, especially if you have a one-handed backhand.
Intermediate-level doubles players will appreciate the Raptor’s outstanding agility, particularly during rapid exchanges at the net. And frequent double-faulters will like the extra length on serves, though the Raptor lacks the mass to power up first deliveries.
The sweet spot is generous—even balls that strike the outsides of the string bed stand a good chance of staying in play. And comfort gets high marks due to a combination of vibration-dampening basalt in the frame and a dampening system in the shaft.
Bottom Line: Overall, the Raptor is a sensibly priced, worthy first entry for Pacific in the hybrid category.