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Babolat continues its breakthrough innovation to the game of tennis with the 2015 Pure Drive Play tennis racquet. Babolat's Play connected racquet has sensors integrated into the handle that allows players to have access to an assortment of information regarding ones game. This Play racquet records the type and number of strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, smash) spin level, ball impact, location, total and effective play time, power, endurance, technique, consistency, energy and rallies. Data recorded by the Babolat Play racquet is transferred wirelessly via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet or on a computer via USB port in racquet buttcap. Babolat's Pure Drive Play has the same specifications to that of the 2015 Pure Drive tennis racquet, albeit featuring a new striking black, blue and orange cosmetic graphic update. Babolat's Pure Drive Play impact zone is located higher than the traditional center of the racquet. Elliptical shape of the frame helps with added resistance against torque and flexing for increased power. Cortex Dampening Interface for even better feel.
For Optimal String Performance Babolat Recommends:
Durability:Babolat RPM Blast
Headsize: 100 sq. in.
Length: 27.00 in.
Weight (strung): 11.2 oz.
Stiffness (Babolat RDC): 72
Balance: 13.00 in Head Light (4pts)
Cross Section:23/26/23 Tapered Beam
Swingweight: 310 kg*sq. cm
String Pattern: 16x19
Grip: Babolat Syntec Pro
Babolat has kept the specifications on the new 2015 Play racquet very similar to that of the 2015 Pure Drive. The Pure Drive Play 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 Pure Drive Play Features:
USB charging port to recharge the battery contained in the buttcap/handle which powers the diagnostic hardware. This USB can also be used to load your data onto a tablet or computer that does not have Bluetooth capability.
LED’s flash in various colors to indicate power on/off, Bluetooth connectivity, and session reset options. Battery life lasts 6-8 hours, takes roughly 3 hours to fully charge. Memory capacity of 150 hours of tennis game.
The data generated can be used in a variety of ways:
Pulse: Dynamic interface that changes according to the power, technique, and endurance of your game. Minimum of 2 sessions played.
Analyze your game data: Improve your weaknesses and hone your strengths even further. Track this data to actually be able to chart your progress with quantifiable numbers.
Evolution: Allows you to see how you have progressed from session to session.
Get to the next level: Skills feature allows you to break down which strokes you favor, and which ones you need to work on to become a more complete player.
Versus: Allows you not only to challenge your inner opponent, but to compare how you stack up against other Play users, as well as on a one-to-one level with friends.
Community: Shows you where you stand in the global ranking and by category. You are also able to look into the profiles and levels of your friends, of Babolat Pro Players, and the rest of the Babolat Play user base.
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.
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 Play connected racquet's has sensors integrated into the handle that allows players to have access to an assortment of information regarding ones game. This Play racquet records the type and number of strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, smash) spin level, ball impact, location, total and effective play time, power, endurance, technique, consistency, energy and rallies. Data recorded by the Babolat Play racquet is transferred wirelessly via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet or on a computer via USB port in racquet buttcap.
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.
This racquet really takes innovation to a new level. I never would have thought that there would be a way to electronically track your strokes and accuracy while playing, but Babolat paved the way. For those who don’t know this racquet is the exact same as the Pure Drive. So if you love that racquet and want to be able to track your shots, this is the way to go! Unlike the other reviewers I didn’t have any problems with getting the tracking system to work. It was easy to set up and use throughout my practice session. Obviously the racquet itself is great and has all the benefits of the Pure Drive. If you’re looking for innovation like this I would test this racquet out!
5 StarsLove the features of this racquet
Jordan from IA wrote (June 10, 2016):
This racquet has all of the benefits of the Pure Drive and more. If you are truly looking to improve your tennis game in a big way, I think this is a great way to do it. I purchased this racquet after using the Pure Drive, figuring it would play the exact same with just the added benefits, and I was right! First off I have to say that I noticed some other reviewers have said that the app to sync was glitch, but I did not experience that at all. The app synced perfectly with the racquet and I was able to record all of my strokes fairly easily. The information that recorded seemed to be very accurate as well. The innovation with the sensors built into the frames of the racquet is one of the best ideas yet! I also love that the data is transferred wirelessly to my computer or iPhone, which makes it incredibly easy to see results just using Bluetooth. I loved this racquet so much that I will probably buy another! I strung this racquet with Babolat Xcel at mid tension to get more feel. I’m 25 years old and played in college as well.
April from OH wrote (April 14, 2016):
My son really enjoyed the Raquet, but never really got to use the electronic tracking feature since we were only renting it for 7 days and you had to play 3 days consistent days. And with all the rain in Ohio that week that wasn't a possibility.
4 StarsLove the technology
Mike S. from MA wrote (February 14, 2016):
Cool way to innovate smart technology into the game of tennis. The app is easy to download and easy to use. Did run into some issues syncing all of my play sessions into the app. The racquet itself, offered loads of power. I was booming the ball from the baseline. When I attacked the net this frame allowed for ample stability. I strung this racquet up with Babolat RPM blast 16G at 55lbs.
3 StarsGood racquet but feature did not work as intended
Bert from NC wrote (August 26, 2015):
This racquet is okay. I dont feel like its really good for a beginner like me. It took me a while to get used to this racquet. What is really frustrating is the fact that I could not get the added feature on this racquet to work at all. I followed the instructions and they were very simple. As soon as i put my phone in my pocket, it loses connection from the racquet somehow. It frustrated me enough that I am not going to buy it anymore.