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Updated in 2015, the Pure Drive Lite is a great option for a player not quite ready for the weight of the Pure Drive, but looking to enjoy their game and achieve all their strokes with ease. The Pure Drive Lite features an update to the cosmetic with a new black, blue and white design. The light weight and extremely powerful Pure Drive Lite is updated with Babolat's FSI "frame to string interaction" technology with a redefined sweetspot. By locating the impact zone higher that the traditional center of the racquet, Babolat has increased power and comfort on the Pure Drive Lite. Elliptical shape of the frame helps with added resistance against torque and flexing for increased power. Cortex Dampening Interface for even better feel. Only those frequencies that enhance feel are permitted to pass through the Cortex filter. The Babolat Pure Drive Lite is a nice option for player's who enjoy a user-friendly racquet that is very maneuverable and produces a ton of power.
For Optimal String Performance Babolat Recommends:
Durability:Babolat RPM Blast Team
Headsize: 100 sq. in.
Length: 27.00 in.
Weight (strung): 10.1 oz.
Stiffness (Babolat RDC): 71
Balance: 13.375 in. Head Light (1pt)
Cross Section: 23/26/23mm Tapered Beam
Swingweight: 295 kg*sq. cm
String Pattern: 16x19
Grip: Babolat Syntec Pro
Babolat has kept the specifications on the new 2015 very similar to that of the 2012 Pure Drive Lite. The Pure Drive Lite remains a great option for a player not quite ready for the weight of the Pure Drive, but requires the playability provided by its tweener (between powerful/controlled) design. 100 sq. in. head, 10.10 ounce strung weight, and 293 swingweight provide an excellent balance of power, control, and maneuverability.
Babolat created a higher sweetspot on the string bed for additional power and comfort in the hitting zone. Frame String Interaction technology is located in the hoop of the racquet, allowing the ball to stay on the stringbed 25% longer than traditional racquets.
Babolat’s GT technology was implemented to provide ideal stability at ball impact. With GT technology, the frame is strengthened which reduces the torque, allowing for great precision. The additional rigidity through GT technology provides ultimate control and additional power.
The ultimate comfort technology from Babolat. The Cortex Dampening System interface was put into Babolat’s racquets to enhance feel by canceling out vibration frequencies. This technology is offered in two versions, the “Cortex System” focuses in on pure feel, reducing harmful vibrations. Babolat’s second offering, “Cortex Active” dampens vibrations allowing for maximum comfort.
Babolat’s elliptical frame shape is designed specifically to eliminate any added weight, frame twisting or racquet bending.
Babolat’s Woofer system is the first and most effective frame to string linking system. This technology allows for longer ball and string contact time, creating maximum comfort and greater control.
Unique frame thickness that gives the racquet less torque at ball contact, creating a livelier clean response
It was hard for me to upgrade from the 2012 PD Lite, but I finally decided to take the plunge and go for it. To be honest I didn’t notice too much of a difference, so if you are in love with your older version it’s definitely not necessary to switch and upgrade. With that being said, there are some benefits to this newer version. First and foremost, Babolat always comes through with a sleek new cosmetic look. This racquet does feel slightly more head heavy than the older version, but it just takes a small adjustment period to get used to that. The redesigned sweet spot was awesome because it controlled my shots that weren’t always hit right on target. This racquet has a better feel all around and seems to be more maneuverable. If you love the PD Lite, give this a try!
3 StarsNo way to replace grommet
PG from IN wrote (July 17, 2016):
The racket overall is okay and my son likes it, a little light though. The problem we have was the grommet wore out so quickly and almost impossible to install a new one.
5 StarsNice update
Christina from TN wrote (June 10, 2016):
I consider myself an all-court player and this racquet seemed to suit me perfectly. As a user of the previous edition of the PD Lite, I think Babolat did a great job with this update. Although the new location of the sweet spot requires a short adjustment period, it is not something you want to give up on. If anything the sweet spot has helped my game in the short period that I’ve used the racquet. I’ve been getting a lot more depth on my ground strokes since I began using this frame, and they even have more topspin! The combination of power and control on this frame makes it a best seller. I even noticed that the general swing of the racquet was easier. This frame seemed to be very maneuverable on the court and allowed me to cover the court with ease. Loved the feel of this racquet! For reference, I am 32 and play about 3-4 times a week. I strung this racquet with Luxilon 4G at mid tension.
5 StarsFinally made the switch!
Jacob from SD wrote (May 20, 2016):
I’ve been playing with the Pure Drive Lite since 2012 and finally made the switch to the latest version. The new Pure Drive Lite had an even lighter, speedy feel. Right from the first hit I knew that this new stick had a little more pop to it. The new sweetspot took a little time to adjust to but I’ve noticed it has helped my overall game since I typically hit the majority of my balls higher on the string bed. Really liked the new paint job. Got this racquet strung up with Babolat’s RPM Blast at 54 pounds.
2 StarsI returned it...
Devon from CA wrote (February 29, 2016):
I made the mistake of trying a cheaper Babolat and ended up returning it after playing with it for 10 minutes. It made my elbow vibrate, and although I had really good strings and a dampener, when the ball hit the strings, it made a tinny sound. I will stick with the regular Babolat PureDrive from now on!
3 StarsReally "lite"
Anne G. from wrote (August 23, 2015):
I was excited to purchase this updated model of a very awesome racquet only to experience a different feel than the older 2012 model.
The weight difference between the two is miniscule. But for some reason to me it feels very light and I had difficulty generating ball rotation and keeping harder hit topspin groundies in the court. It seems much lighter in the head. It is a sharp looking racquet and I hope others experience more positivity about the racquet than I did.