Intermediate and advanced players looking for easy power and big spin should love the 2018 version of the Pure Drive Plus.
At 69.8cm long, this stick packs more of a punch than the standard length Pure Drive, making it dangerous in the hands of an aggressive baseliner.
For this update, Babolat retools the string bed with FSI Power Technology, which includes diamond shaped grommet holes and wider string spacing. The result is bigger power and more spin-potential. Babolat also updates its Cortex dampening system with a viscoelastic rubber material for a more muted and comfortable feel.
From the baseline, the Pure Drive Plus swings easy for an extended length racket, making it great for cranking winners on the run or re-setting the point with quick flick to the back court. Thanks to the more open string pattern, spin comes very easy, and the ball leaves the string bed at a higher trajectory (think easy depth). Topspin players looking to hit high arching balls that drop hard and explode off the court should have a blast with this stick.
At net the Pure Drive Plus is not only fast enough for heated exchanges, but it will give you enough pop to finish points with authority.
The extended length makes this stick dangerous on serves where you'll find very easy access to power along with enough spin to bring the ball down hard. Although this racket doesn't come around quite as easy as the standard Pure Drive, experienced players will find enough speed to take big, aggressive cuts on service return.
Offering a little more comfort, spin and pop than the previous version, the 2018 Pure Drive Plus remains a very solid option for intermediate and advanced players.
|Head Size: 100 in² / 645 cm²|
|Length: 27.5 in / 69,8 cm|
|Weight: 11.2 oz / 317.51 g|
|Unstrung Weight: 10.58oz / 300g|
|Balance: 33,27cm / 5 pts HL|
|Unstrung Balance: 32cm / 8 pts HL|
|Beam Width: 23.5mm / 26mm / 22.5mm|
|Racquet Colours: Blue / Black / White|
|Grip Type: Syntec Pro|
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 7T,9T,7H,9H
|String Tension: 50-59 lbs / 23-27 kg|
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