|Babolat Pure Drive GT|
The pure drive is really in a new category of rackets called hybrids, which is a cross between and tweener and a traditional players frame.
The racket has a tweener-like headsize of 100sq inch which offers a healthy sweetspot to aim with and also has a manageable strung weight of 11.2oz, which is relatively light compared to classic players rackets such as the Wilson BLX Six.One 95 or even the Babolat Pure Storm Tour, but is a step higher than beginners sticks.
The Pure Drive, with its tapered 22-25mm tapered beam, offers a healthy amount of power which not surprisingly is most apparent when serving with it. Consistently hitting heavy first serves is considerably easy with good technique, while spinning in second serves, either with slice or topspin is also a breeze thanks to the healthy headsize.
The Pure Drive is loaded with technology with this latest GT version featuring graphite tungsten construction which is meant to give the racket an improved, more stable and solid feel.
Hitting deep penetrating groundstrokes off both the forehand and backhand sides are also easy however the use of topspin is essential due to the powerful nature of the racket.
When compared to a traditional players stick the Pure Drive does lack in control, but its 16x19 string pattern does allow a healthy dose of spin generation which will help rein in the power.
Players with good technique and used to more old-world specified players sticks may hate the pure drive for its power and headsize, which can feel cumbersome for serve-and-volley type players used to 85 to 95sq inch rackets, but can offer much to those with an NTRP rating of 3.0 upwards.
With its user-friendly features, it is no wonder the Pure Drive is the choice of many up-and-coming teens looking for a racquet to move into the top-tier but choose to stick with the racket even when they have turned pro or play at a higher level.
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