With its "best of class" combination of speed, power and spin, the Pure Drive is one of the most popular and versatile rackets ever made. Although it is weighted for intermediate players (318 grams strung), this racket's outstanding playability and ease of use gives it an appeal that cuts across ability levels and stroke styles. For the 2017 version of the Pure Drive, Babolat retools the string bed with FSI Power Technology, which includes diamond shaped grommet holes and wider string spacing. The result is a noticeable boost in power and spin potential.
Babolat also updates its Cortex dampening system with a viscoelastic rubber used in the space industry. The upshot is better dampening, more comfort and a decidedly more muted feel than past versions of the Pure Drive. This model also retains Babolat's time-tested Woofer System, a well-known technology for adding power and comfort to the string bed.
On groundstrokes, this version of the Pure Drive offers the same explosive speed as generations past. Aggressive players who like to scramble and crank winners on the run should love this stick. The wider string spacing not only provides big spin potential, but it sends the ball on a higher trajectory, resulting in both easier depth and a heavier ball.
At net the Pure Drive checks all the right boxes. It offers quick handling and big put-away power, but it also feels quite solid for its weight class. Aggressive servers will find enough power and spin to force weak replies.
Babolat has made some impressive changes to the Pure Drive. In addition to increased comfort, this racket's combination of power and spin make it awfully hard to resist.
|Head Size: 100in²/645cm²|
|Unstrung Weight: 10.6oz/300g|
|Balance: 33cm/4 pts HL|
|Unstrung Balance: 32cm/7 pts HL|
|Beam Width: 23mm/26mm/23mm|
|Racket Colours: Blue/White|
|Grip Type: Babolat Syntec Pro|
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 7T,9T,7H,9H
|String Tension: 50-59lbs/23-27kg|
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