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Tick, tick, tick… BOOM!

Fun just got more explosive

One of the most anticipated racket releases hit our shelves at the start of this year. A racket like no other, with a sensation like no other. You don’t have to think about anything, but enjoying the moment.

The HEAD Boom series.

“A sensation like no other”… Auxetic materials. This is what connects HEAD tennis rackets with nuclear reactors, as well as on the cutting edge of aerospace and biomedicine technology.

Situated in the throat of the racket, Auxetic technology actively responds and gives you the optimal feel on impact and super accurate feedback. Auxetic constructions show a unique deformation compared to non-Auxetic constructions. Due to their internal properties, Auxetic constructions widen when a “pull” force is applied and contract when squeezed. The bigger the applied force, the bigger the Auxetic reaction.

Within the range, there are 4 frames to choose from, all suiting varying styles and abilities. A new head shape, wider at 10 and 2 o’clock, widens the sweet spot and allows for a higher contact point.

Head Boom Series Rackets
Boom ProBoom MPBoom Team Boom Team L
Weight: 310gWeight: 295gWeight: 275gWeight: 260g
Headsize: 98sq.inchHeadsize: 100sq.inchHeadsize: 102sq.inchHeadsize: 107sq.inch
Balance: 310mmBalance: 315mmBalance: 330mmBalance: 340mm
String pattern: 16×19String pattern: 16×19String pattern: 16×19String pattern: 16×19

In the words of Stefan Mohr, who is part of the research and development team, HEAD put so much into creating the BOOM racket series, that the finished product feels like “a piece of art”, which touches on perfection.

“In the history of HEAD, we have never had more preparation, so many prototypes and so much testing. For me personally, this racket is a well-orchestrated piece of art in racket sport engineering,” Mohr says. “All the pieces are aligned perfectly in the BOOM racket – the frame, the string-bed, the geometry, the grommets, everything’s perfect. This is the best racket we’ve created so far.”

Babolat Pure Aero VS

Spin meets Precision.

The history of the Pure Aero VS

Have you ever heard of the Babolat Aero Storm? No?

Well, back in 2007, Babolat first introduced the Aero Storm into their range as a thinner, more controlled version of the Aero Pro Drive. This racket had a love/hate relationship with quite a few people, including some of us at the shop.

The New Pure Aero VS

Fast forward to now and the Aero Storm is now known as the Babolat Pure Aero VS. A more precise version of the Pure Aero. The spec does differ slightly to that of the Pure Aero:

Babolat Pure Aero VSBabolat Pure Aero
98 sq.inch head size100 sq.inch head size
16 x 20 string pattern16 x 19 string pattern
31.5mm balance32.0mm balance
21mm/23mm/22mm cross section23mm/26mm/23mm cross section
Link to Pure Aero VS product pageLink to Pure Aero product page

The history of Babolat

Since 1875, Babolat’s quest has been to challenge the status quo by providing the perfect answers to the most engaged and passionate players. Through expertise based on observation of the game, Babolat developed a signature with a distinguished DNA: the VS.

The Benefits of the Pure Aero VS

The benefits of the Pure Aero VS are simple: Spin and Precision. Created to optimise your spin, Babolat developed the Pure Aero to maximise your chances to push your opponent back far away from the baseline. With the new pure Aero VS, they wanted to maintain your spin advantage while fine tuning it to incorporate a level of precision never achieved before. They have also totally revamped the Pure Aero VS geometry to develop a racket with the pinpoint precision you demand. Smaller head size, thinner beam and a new string pattern.

When we managed to get out on court before lockdown, we were able to test it out and the frame was incredible from start to finish. Better playability, more feel and enhanced control, but still keeping the spin and power characteristics of the Aero that we love!