Babolat Pure Drive Play Tennis Racquet
Babolat brings a breakthrough innovation to the game of tennis with the new 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 Pure Drive tennis racquet, albeit featuring a new striking black and orange cosmetic graphic update. The racquet also features the Cortex Dampening Interface for great feel. Babolat's Play maintains the use of GT for added stability on off center hits.
For Optimal String Performance Babolat Recommends:
- Durability: Babolat RPM Blast Team
- Playability: Babolat Xcel
- Hybrid: Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 16 - Babolat Xcel
- Racquet Specifications
- Headsize: 100 sq. in.
- Length: 27.00 in.
- Weight (strung): 11.30 oz.
- Stiffness (Babolat RDC): 71
- Balance: 12.70 in. Head Light
- Cross Section: 26mm Head/23mm Throat
- Swingweight: 308 kg*sq. cm
- String Pattern: 16x19
- Grip: Syntec
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.
- Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Control over Pop
I have a Babolat Pure Drive and added this stick to get feedback on my strokes. I am a 3.5 USTA player and play 3-5 times a week. So far so good. It is definitely head light which takes some getting used to-by comparison. I've had no problems with the software and find it very helpful to my game. I particularly like the charts indicating the location of the ball on my strings for each stroke -- if I'm hitting the serve too high on my racquet I can make an adjustment to go up and get the ball. I also like to see how many forehands and backhands I am hitting with topspin as opposed to flat, and how often I slice in a match compared to practice. Length of time on court, number of shots, etc. are very helpful for endurance purposes. I like the racquet control-as opposed to the pop I get from my Pure Drive racquet. I bring both with me and choose which one by how I am feeling that day.
I purchased this racquet a week ago. I love the statistical information it gives you. I am a fan of the16x19 string pattern. I used hybrid stringing pattern with the rec'd strings. I am intermediate player. I would recommend this racquet for baseline player with a moderate swing. I normally play with oversized racquets 100+. First babolat racquet will buy another in the future to improve my game. I would love to demo another play racquet!!!
I have 2 2012 Babolat Roddick 107 Love them. This new one I just bought feel as good. Love it !!!
I have 2012 Babolat Roddick 107 and Love it. The racquet that I just bought feel as good...very Happy...
Play Technology was glitchy
After taking this racquet out for a demo, I’ve decided that I am going to stick with the standard Pure Drive. I had issues with the play technology. I’m not sure if it was my phone or the app itself, but I really had trouble syncing my data. (I'm not that technologically advanced) I know that Babolat has updated some of the app technology so maybe the newer versions of the Play racquets sync better. Was bummed about the technology but the Pure Drive racquet itself, is still one of the best racquets on the market. Hoping to have better luck with “Play” technology down the road.
Good Racket with good app
Solid pure drive racket accompanied by the cool play app helps you analyze your strokes. The app sometimes mixes up the overhead shots and serves. Otherwise it captures a lot of session data.
The raquet is incredible just like my standard Pure Drive and the Play App makes it very nice especially if you are looking to correct some of your weaknesses on your game.
Great for advance player
I love this racquet because it shows your skill and furthermore it the same racquet as the original pure drive so you are going to have a lot of power and topspin. If you are a person looking for improving your skills on court and you still want a great babolat racquet, this racquet is the one for you
Great invesment for tennis enthuasiast
I loved the racquet. One of the most advanced technology in tennis world. Provides excellent feedback on your court performances in matches and practice sessions. Helps me to learn or correct my dynamic play pattern and be more self aware of applying more effort in my serve, strokes variation, hitting and contact zone and strength. Another great aspect is comparing your standing in the Babolat Community as a tennis player across the world.