$179.90. I reined in some power by stringing a poly a bit higher. Our playtesters also found plenty to like when volleying with this racquet. I noticed right away that ball feel from the string bed was way more plush than ever before and it allowed me to keep the ball on the strings longer. She hits a western forehand and two-handed backhand. The firmness and crisp feel came into play nicely for great pop as well. Other racquets that play similarly include the Yonex VCORE 100 and EZONE 100, Prince Textreme Beast 100, Wilson Ultra 100 v3 and Dunlop FX 500. ", For the rest of the team, the Pure Drive helped enhance returns, particularly the backhand return. Copyright © Tennis Warehouse. It felt super crisp and responsive overall. The 2021 model feels a little more like the 2019 Pure Aero when you strike the ball, with a less aggressive launch angle. She explained, "I do get pushed around sometimes, resulting in me only returning with a slice backhand to gain more control, but that wasn't the case with the new Pure Drive. Zosfi: Open level aggressive baseliner with an eastern forehand and one-handed backhand. It was so quick to maneuver when a ball came fast to the body, and I was able to simply get my hands out and punch the ball back into the court. It comes loaded with power and spin, as well as maneuverability. ", Michelle also had no complaints on this stroke. Rock solid. I had a blast dropping missiles around the court! Topspin and slices seemed to jump even more off the court keeping my opponents guessing more often. shipping: + $25.00 shipping . The quickness of the racquet allows for easy power and nice pop. ", Brittany added, "Although the Pure Drive isn't known for having a plush feel, I felt that Babolat made this update more dampened and more comfortable. On court, this racquet's explosive acceleration and spin friendly targeting makes it an explosive weapon for an aggressive baseline player. This racquet's impressive popularity since its debut in 1994 is mainly due to two things: its easy playability and its intoxicating power levels. This update is just much more comfortable and smoother than the last version. ", Michelle - "Loads of power and spin. The racquet didn't get pushed around that much; I felt like I was able to come back easily, even from a defensive position, to dictate the point. Zsofi solved this issue with spin. There was enough spin and depth on my second serve that I felt confident starting the point in a neutral to offensive position. | September 04, 2020. and Sponsored by Tennis Express It’s similar to the original Soft Pure Drive which Carlos Moya used back in the late 1990s. ", Also testing on Germany's red clay, Zsofi was the playtester who was most surprised by this update's performance. ", The easy power also tempted Brittany to sometimes overhit. Compared the previous generations of the Pure Drive, I think the feel has improved tremendously. ", True to her past experiences, Brittany loved serving with this version of the Pure Drive. There’s enough power for flattening out serves at will, and easy acceleration for generating a high kick serve or low slice out wide. Babolat Pure Drive Domestic 4 1/4 2021 Model Year. The 2018 Pure Drive as a unique sweetness when you strike the ball which the 2021 model gives up. However, the sweetspot was large and the racquet was stable, so for a 100-square-inch racquet, this is up there as one of my favorites. Therefore, when my opponent was trying to hit big serves, I was replying with bigger returns. I could get away with bigger swings, and I felt a bit more precise compared to previous versions of this racquet. The Pro Tour staple first made its appearance over 20 years ago. I was hitting shorter than expected at first, but I started to dial in my shots after a bit. After the remodel of the Pure Drive in 2018 and launch of the Pure Drive VS in 2019, Babolat goes back to the drawing board to innovate their 2021 Pure Drive. My favorite thing about the new Pure Drive was improved feel on volleys. From the very first day of playtesting, it felt as if I had never stopped playing with a Pure Drive. My spec was quite cumbersome to swing for a racquet that is supposed to be a game-improvement frame, but it’s probably just a standard quality control issue. Note: We strung the playtest racquet with Babolat RPM Blast 18G at 54 lbs and Volkl Cyclone 16G at 52 lbs. I have struggled with that in the past, and the specs haven't changed dramatically, so it was a nice surprise. All Rights Reserved. No manufacturer description available yet. She currently plays with the Babolat Pure Strike VS. Hayden: Open level aggressive baseliner. Overall, it had great control and power with seemingly low effort. The 2021 Pure Drive takes the "game-changing" racquet from Babolat to a new level of power and feel with advanced technological additions. shipping: + $25.00 shipping . Reviewed ", Despite loving the racquet's serving power, the team in Europe struggled a bit with control. I remember Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters used this racket in the 2000s. I recently started hitting with the new Dunlop FX 500, and surprisingly, these two racquets feel super similar; both are great! Unlike previous versions, this racquet knifed through backhand slices beautifully. The feel is more dampened than previous generations, making it slightly more comfortable. She said, "I found similar levels of power and spin from the first ball strike. Pure Drive v klasickém provedení je 300 g vážící kousek, který rozhodně nepatří do kategorie raket pro začátečníky či mírně pokročilé amatéry. I just had so much fun with it! Like many of the previous versions it’s quite maneuverable for quick exchanges at the net and doesn’t lack in stability. The O3 Beast 98 feels more dampened and slightly less powerful, but whippier. Babolat lançará uma nova versão de seu famoso Pure Drive em 2021. I think it's one of the easiest racquets to serve fast with, and if you're struggling to find that extra speed naturally in your motion, you'll find that the Pure Drive's easy power will give you the help you need. Even though the sweetspot didn't feel bigger, I felt fewer vibrations on my off-center shots, which helped me hit big with even more confidence. However, as Michelle explained, harnessing this racquet's inherent power is key. My targeting felt more dialed in with this update as well. Babolat Pure Drive Team 2018 Tennis Racquet NEW 285 gr / 10.1 oz FREE SHIPPING. Adding a little extra spin did the trick. ", Zsofi - "I would prefer to have some more spin on my shots, but this is not a big deal and could be corrected by using a more spin-friendly string. ", Another longtime fan of the Pure Drive, Michelle was in familiar territory. Tags: racquet. The specs will remain roughly the same as the 2018 model, but feel is much improved. Nová kolekce Pure Drive pro sezónu 2021! I also had to get used to the launch angle. All levels of players will truly enjoy the newest Babolat Pure Drive and wonder about making a switch. When playing such an offensive game, controlling that power can be a challenge, and our playtesters found effective solutions to that challenge by adding spin or changing string setups. Tenisová raketa Babolat Pure Drive 2021 je nástupce legendární rakety od francouzského Babolatu, která je určená pro zkušené a závodní hráče.Nová technologie HTR System zvyšuje torzní tuhost pro explozivní údery a SWX Pure Feel odfiltruje nepříjemné vibrace a vytváří unikátní zvuk po každém úderu. One of the most popular Racquets on tour gets an update with this new Pure Drive 2021 launch. ", When he had to venture forward, Hayden also found the racquet got the job done at the net. Review date: September 2020. The brand makes a noticeable change in feel without taking away any power or spin. With feedback from customers and players, Babolat launches the newest Pure Drive model aimed to please thousands. 2019 Pure Aero Babolat moves Cortex Pure Feel to 3 and 9 o'clock in the head. All content copyright 2020 Tennis Warehouse. I could easily dictate points from anywhere on the court and create offense at any point during the rally. I always catch myself overhitting, and that is no good when you aren't Andy Roddick. Players will see a huge difference in comfort and won’t be afraid of using firmer strings. The cosmetics are quite stunning as well. The brand adds a new lay-up composition, called HTR System, and improved the shock absorption, with SWX Pure Feel, to give players explosivity and unrivaled feel. As a huge fan of the Pure Drive family, I was excited to get the latest version out on court and see what differences it could make for my game. I had to make sure to aim at larger targets than usual because more power generation also meant less control. In this situation, I usually tend to take a step back, decelerate my arm speed and let the racquet play, but my balls were falling short with the Pure Drive. Saying an update to the Babolat Pure Drive is highly anticipated is like saying the sky is blue. ", Hayden completely agreed, adding, "Sometimes I lost my feel when hitting my forehand returns, and the ball sailed long, but on my backhand, I felt calm and confident. That's not necessarily a knock on the racquet itself, just something I'll need to get accustomed to moving forward with it. ", Our playtesters thought the Pure Drive made it easy to be aggressive with returns, and they were pleased to see that the racquet didn't deviate from the formula that's made it so popular. Like many different versions of the Pure Drive, easy power is still the name of the game. That’s what fans of the Babolat Pure Drive have come to expect of the hugely popular frame. It felt maneuverable and solid — just enough to block anything back and add enough power for me to keep my foot on the gas. US-based playtester Brittany explained, "With my history with the Pure Drive dating back to juniors, I always look forward to every update. Don't forget to check out what our playtesters have to say about the all-new Babolat Pure Drive. Babolat Pure Drive Team. Like all the other Pure Drives, power came easily, and stability was impressive for its weight class. ", Hayden - "I like the easy and fun power I can achieve so easily with this frame. I like to take big swings at the ball, so I do need the forgiveness of a controlled racquet to keep the ball in, but this is a personal thing for me. I could let my shots go without fear of the balls bouncing out, and I found the spin I needed for net clearance and great depth. She explained, "On serves, I did struggle a bit with adjusting from my racquet of choice to this Pure Drive. ", Chiming in from the Southern Hemisphere, Tennis Only playtester Jaye was happy to play heavy-hitting tennis. The new Pure Drive definitely felt smoother than the previous version, and it did not really get pushed around at the net. The Babolat Pure Drive keeps the same profile of being the modern players racquet that it has been known for. Nová generace tenisové rakety Babolat Pure Drive s novou technologií HTR System zvyšuje torzní tuhost pro explozivní údery a SWX Pure Feel odfiltruje nepříjemné vibrace a vytváří unikátní zvuk po každém úderu. I did find it to be more forgiving as well. He described, "The Pure Drive felt firm and comfortable to me, and it was generally a much more enjoyable experience than the previous version. He said, "Big-time serves! There is just something about stepping up to the baseline with a Pure Drive in hand. The Pure Drive is well known and much beloved for its easy power and playability. Easy power and spin. Michelle: Open level baseline player with a semi-western forehand and a two handed backhand. If you have the technique to rip topspin, you'll find it easy to bully your hitting partner and your opponents. Pure Drive. I definitely had some extra mphs on my approach shots, resulting in fewer passing shots coming back. ", Jaye - "The attributes that stuck out the most to me would be the easy access to power and spin. A raquete foi lançada pela primeira vez em 1994 e tem sido um campeão de vendas por anos, estabelecendo-se como uma raquete dinâmica de escolha para jogadores profissionais e rec. It came through my contact zone quicker with a bigger sweetspot, giving me the confidence to swing big and not worry about mis-hitting the ball. Cons. He said, "I feel like Babolat has focused on and improved the comfort and stability of this racquet. She is currently using the Tecnifibre TF40 305. Another thing I noticed was the improved comfort. I had easy depth and great confidence in my volleys. After the remodel of the Pure Drive in 2018 and launch of the Pure Drive VS in 2019, Babolat goes back to the drawing board to innovate their 2021 Pure Drive. She said, “I was a bit skeptical coming into this playtest. It's the perfect racquet for aggressive baseliners to come finish the point at net. ICONIC POWER GETS EXPLOSIVE. Love the updated cosmetic as well, looks super slick! This update comes with more efficient energy transfer, along with explosive acceleration and spin-friendly targeting. You'll find more information on cookies at, Stay up to date on arrivals and special offers, Shop Early - Shipping Carrier Delays Expected, Click here to see all Tennis Warehouse reviews. She said, "My favorite shot to hit with this racquet was hands down the serve. I was also pleased with how much spin I could generate on kick and slice serves. Updates to the feel mean even players who historically haven't gravitated toward the Pure Dive should check this new model out. When it came to groundstrokes, our global team of playtesters found some familiar aspects, but also some changes. It was a joy to bang hard flat serves, and the sound it produced on a clean shot was something to admire — a pure and loud crack. ", Testing on the clay courts for TW Europe, Julie also reflected on her experience with previous versions. The Babolat Pure Drive 2021 is more dampened and feels more comfortable than the predecessor. I don't really have a history with the Pure Drive, and somehow never really got into it, but I was impressed as soon as I picked up the new Pure Drive 2021. She said, “I was a bit skeptical coming into this playtest. Returning serves presented so many options—chip, drive, come over the ball or simply block it back, the Pure Drive 2021 gave me confidence to attempt a variety of returns. ", Hayden joined the chorus of praise, adding, "The new Pure Drive was really easy to serve with. Additionally with the exceptional power level it made it easy to put away any high ball. Babolat Pure Drive 2021 For this new generation of the iconic Pure Drive, Babolat has extended the legendary power on every shot that competitive, demanding players have come to expect from this racquet, while offering the best possible feel through a uni Just like with past models, there was easy power and spin, and I had no problem generating racquet head speed. The Pure Drive continues with a familiar storyline: It's easy to use and comes loaded with power and spin. If you stay on this website, you agree to the use of cookies. The Babolat 2021 Pure Drive features an attractive new mirror cosmetic for one of the best selling tennis racquets in the world. With feedback from customers and players, Babolat launches the newest Pure Drive model aimed to please thousands. I was surprised that I had a short one- to two-hour adjustment period with the newest iteration, mostly due to the launch angle. She said, "The Pure Drive is so powerful and easy to maneuver that I was able to generate plenty of racquet speed to crush the ball on my first serves and kick the ball effectively on my second serves. Babolat Pure Drive Powerful, stable, user-friendly and capable of mashing the ball at a moment’s notice. ", Julie - "This is a super fun racquet to play with! The Pure Drive makes power accessible to tons of playing styles thanks in part to the light 10.6 ounce unstrung weight, and spacious 100 square inch head. ", Zsofi - "I tested this new Pure Drive 2021 alongside the older version, and one thing that definitely stood out for me right away was the new version's better vibration dampening. He previously played at Neumann University and coached at the collegiate level for 3 years. ", Like Michelle, Julie needed to find her happy medium. However, the sweetspot felt more defined in this update, and the feel was maybe slightly crisper. It just makes tennis so enjoyable when I can slap or spin winners even on a day when I'm not playing my best. ", Julie - "I find myself overhitting too often. The responsiveness and quickness of the racquet allowed me to hit the ball aggressively and very early. I would love to trade some power for a bit more control. Another similar racquet would be the Yonex EZONE 100. ", Like Hayden, Jaye typically prefers to stay back, but he noted that this racquet was a good fit for his playing style when he did approach the net. Nenechte se ale tímto tvrzením zmást, protože energii budete muset do míčku vložit také vy. Flat bombs and kicking balls were a breeze with this racquet. My favorite shot with this racquet has to be the backhand slice. It just felt very smooth, and I had a good feel for where the ball was going to go. If I had to compare it to something that's on the market today, I would say either a more muted Wilson Ultra 100 or a Head Graphene 360+ Extreme MP.". It definitely allowed me to get the pace going on first serves. I was also impressed with my backhand slices. ", Julie thought some customization might be in order. There’s still enough mass to plow through shots from the baseline and maintain great stability against advanced players. ", Jaye - "I think that this new Pure Drive is pretty similar to the previous version, just with a bit more comfort, feel and stability. Babolat Pure Drive 2021. Os fãs de tênis se lembrarão de Andy Roddick e Kim Clijsters usando o Babolat Pure Drive durante os anos 90. Babolat Pure Drive Tennis Racket has been given a face-lift for the 2021 season. Released Sept. 24, the Pure Drive 2021 retails for $229 and includes a range of additional accessories in the signature blue coloring, from bags to shoes. She currently plays with the Yonex EZONE 100. Babolat Pure Drive 2021 tennis racket review Some tennis rackets don’t need an introduction as their reputation precedes them and it’s fair to say that the Babolat Pure Drive is one of those, hence why were honoured to be the first to get our hands on this 2021 version for an exhaustive Tennishead tennis racket play test and review. I have to admit, it seemed like this new Pure Drive felt a bit more control-oriented in this area. However, I would have liked more precision on big first serves. She said, "I was super happy with how aggressively I could serve with this Pure Drive. © 2020 Tennis Channel Network. In doubles, I felt like I could aim and successfully hit small targets, allowing me to execute more advanced doubles strategies. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Your California Privacy Rights | Accessibility*Price comparisons are based on the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") or Original Selling Price. It always has been and always will be. I strung the 2021 Pure Drive with Yonex Poly Tour Pro … Much like previous generations, this is a fun racquet to serve with. About the Reviewer: Chris Virk-Brown currently works at Tennis Express on the Content Marketing team. The ball never flew off the stringbed, and it bounced nicely right behind the net. All Rights Reserved. The Pure Drive 2021 continues to be an offensive player's dream! Jaye: Open level aggressive baseliner with a semi-western forehand and a two-handed backhand. ", When it comes to serving, the Pure Drive's ability to boost your power level is nearly the stuff of legend, and our team once again found truth in the story.
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