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The lighter version of the Babolat Pure Drive Play tennis racquet. This Babolat Play frame is a one of a kind connected racquet that has sensors integrated into the handle. The sensors allow players an access of vital information regarding ones game. The Pure Drive Play Lite tennis 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 Lite Play has the same specifications to that of the 2015 Pure Drive Lite tennis racquet, albeit featuring a new striking black, blue and orange cosmetic graphic update. Babolat's Pure Drive Lite 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): 10.1 oz.
Stiffness (Babolat RDC): 68
Balance: 13.375 in. Head Light (1pt)
Cross Section: 23/26/23mm Tapered Beam
Swingweight: 308 kg*sq. cm
String Pattern: 16x19
Grip: Babolat Syntec Pro
Babolat has kept the specifications on the 2015 Pure Drive Lite Play virtually the same as the previous generation 2012 Pure Drive, Pure Drive Team, Pure Drive Cortex, and Pure Drive GT. That is, the Pure Drive GT remains the definitive tweener (between powerful/controlled) frame. 100 sq. in. head, 11.20 ounce strung weight, and 308 swingweight provide an excellent balance of power, control, and maneuverability. Expect improved feel and solid performance from all points on the court with the latest Pure Drive!
Babolat Pure Drive Lite 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.
Recently my coach suggested that I try to get slightly more technical with my shot selection and tracking my progress. I’ve been using the Pure Drive Lite, so I figured the Pure Drive Lite play would be the perfect way to help me with this! I think the concept of this racquet is absolutely incredible. The sensors that are built in the frame have been working flawlessly to track my performance over the last month and I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t notice any glitches with the Bluetooth syncing (definitely one of the best parts- wireless) and I got it to work right away. I think this is just a better version of the Pure Drive Lite, and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a way to track performance on a deeper level. For reference, I am 15 years old and I strung this racquet with RPM Blast 17g at mid tension.
3 StarsBabolat Play Lite still undecided
Len from VA wrote (May 30, 2015):
I love the concept of this racquet, but have had trouble downloading the data and reviewing my performance. The associated software is not intuitive, and I had to go to the Babolat folks for help. I successfully downloaded the data for my playing session #2, but #1 was lost. I am having trouble viewing the data for session #3 even though I received a message "download complete." However, when I access "View sessions," there is no data for session #3. Also, the butt cap door opens unintentionally after hitting 2-3 ground strokes. Closing it again and again does not correct the problem. I am awaiting Babolat to assist on both situations. Fingers crossed.