A product of the American college system, Cameron Norrie came from a set and a breakdown to win the prestigious Indian Wells Masters 1000 title in 2021.
That victory not only boosted his career earnings, it also propelled him up the rankings and by early 2022, he'd entered the top 10 for the first time.
But what racket does he use to produce one of the heaviest topspin forehands on tour, only to then complement it with an ultra-flat backhand? Let's take a look.
What Racket Does Cam Norrie Use?
Cam Norrie is sponsored by Babolat and endorses the Babolat Pure Strike racket, their control orientated, thinner beamed ‘players' frame.
However, Norrie uses Babolat Pure Control Tour, with a Pure Strike paint job over the top. Since his junior and college playing days, he has used the Pure Control Tour.
Given his record at US collegiate level and now on the pro tour, there's no need to switch to the newest frames when you're comfortable with a pre-existing setup.
When it was released for retail, the Babolat Pure Control Tour was a well-received racket, and players found that it offered a ton of control, stability and feel. This is why they're still sought after today on the used market.
It was one of the first rackets to feature Babolat's Flex Carbon, and it offered a softer and more pliable response than Babolat's stiffer, more modern player's sticks like the Pure Drive.
At just under 12 ounces in stock form, the racket had ample weight but a very headlight balance and manageable swing weight giving it a fast feel through the air, which means higher swing speeds and heavier spin.
You can see how the retail Pure Control Tour compared with the endorsed Pure Strike below.
|Babolat Pure Control Tour||Babolat Pure Strike 16 x 19|
|Head Size||98 in² / 632.26cm²||98 in² / 632.26 cm²|
|Length||27in / 68.58cm||27in / 68.58cm|
|Strung Weight||11.8oz / 334.52g||11.4oz / 323g|
|Balance||12.63in / 32.08cm / 7 pts HL||13in / 33.02cm / 4 pts HL|
|Beam Width||21mm / 21mm / 21mm||21mm / 23mm / 21mm|
|Composition||Graphite & Flex Carbon||Graphite|
|Racquet Colors||Black/ Red/ White/ Gray||White/Coral|
|Grip Type||Babolat Skin Feel||Babolat Syntec Team|
|String Pattern||16 Mains / 20 Crosses||16 Mains / 19 Crosses|
|String Tension||52-62 pounds||50-59 pounds|
Cam Norrie's Racket Specs
The Pure Control Tour is no longer in retail production, so Norrie uses a pro stock racket that has been lightly customised.
Norrie's racket has unstrung specs of 327g in static weight, a 31.3cm balance (9 pts HL) and a swing weight of 299.
Norrie's Racket Specification
|Head Size||98 in² / 632.26 cm²|
|Length||27in / 68.58cm|
|Strung Weight||~12.2oz / ~345g|
|Balance||~12.6 in / 32cm|
|String Pattern||16 x 20|
|Grip Style||Babolat Skin Feel + Overgrip (Babolat but also uses Tournagrip in warm conditions)|
What String Setup Does Norrie Use?
Like many pros on the ATP tour, Norrie uses a full bed of Luxilon ALU Power in 16L/1.25mm gauge at 44lbs/20kg.
ALU Power is a stiff monofilament construction (co-polymer (nylon) + Fluorocarbon resin + aluminium fibres) that allows Norrie to take huge cuts at the ball without losing control.
Combine this string with the Pure Control Tour, and you get exceptional control and a setup that gives aggressive players the confidence to attack the ball.
Can You Buy Cam Norrie's Racket?
As with most pro rackets I have written about, you have a few choices.
If you are purely a fan of cosmetics, you can choose one of the latest Pure Strike rackets that fit the type of specification you need. The Babolat Pure Strike 100 is the best choice for most intermediate players.
To get one close to Norrie's setup, you can either find an old Babolat Pure Control Tour frame on eBay or a classified site or pick up a more recent (but still discontinued) Babolat Pure Strike VS Tour rackets that use the same mould.
Then you can either customise it to match the weights or keep it in stock form as it's already at a nicely specced weight, swing weight and balance.
What do you think about Norrie's racket? Did his fairly modest specs in weight and swing weight compared to many of his contemporaries surprise you? Let me know in the comments.