Babolat Pure Drive Tennis Racquet
Experience the Dark Side of Power with a 2012 update to the legendary Babolat Pure Drive, now in a striking futuristic black graphic. The new Pure Drive is updated with a new Cortex Dampening Interface for even better feel. Only those frequencies that enhance feel are permitted to pass through the Cortex filter. Continues use of GT technology, for extra stability at ball impact.
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 has kept the specifications on the 2012 Pure Drive virtually the same as the previous generation 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, 11.30 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!
- Excellent stability and feel
- Ball comes of racquet with good power from baseline, but racquet has enough feel to be used comfortably at the net. Negatives:
- Prince Speedport Black
- Wilson Juice 100
- Head YouTek IG Speed 300
Racquet can be too much power for a very advanced player who has a fast swing speed.Overall racquet performance?
The ultimate tweener frame that can be used by 3.5-4.5 players who have varied playing styles.
Is this a good update to previous model?
Feel has been improved over last year’s GT model through the new enhanced cortex filter. Has a nice new black and blue cosmetic.Any major things that stand out on this frame?
Nothing in particular stood out on this frame, positive or negative.What player level would you suggest for this frame?
3.0-4.5 players who have a moderate to fast swing speed looking for an exceptional combination of control and power.Would you purchase this racquet?
Personally owns twoWhat other racquets on the market that might play similar?
- Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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My Pure Drive
I use to be a wilson racquet guy, but once I tried the Babolat Pure Drive there was no going back. Babolat knows Tennis Racquets.
love it......everything about it is excellent about the racket
I needed another racket for a back up. This racket came within 3 days and I already had to use it when I broke another string. It was strung right to my specifications and I have won the last 3 matches playing with it.
This is the third generation of this racquet i have used. It has an amazing combination of power and control , very forgiving of imperfectly hit balls, and, best of all, very easy on the arm
Pure Drive Rocks
Moved up from AeroPro Team to Pure Drive and have been playing with it for 4 months now. The biggest change was getting used to the heavier frame. Very powerful and solid racquet with excellent feel. Every stroke is more penetrating and good for all court game. I am rated at 4.0 and play with Babloat RMP blast 17G String at 58 LBS. Would highly recommend it to any player at or above 3.5 level who can handle 11+ Ounces weight.
Moved up from the Youth Babolat to the Pure Drive. Took a bit to get used to a little different feel. It's a bit "tighter" than the older version. Lots more power, but still working on control and finesse with the different feel. Overall very pleased!
This stick added a whole new level of power to my game. Groundstrokes, serves and volleys all seemed to have a little more pop with this frame. It is one of the stiffer frames on the market, so it can be a little harsh on mis-hits. With good form, this frame is a weapon.