View Full Version : Wilson Surge / Babolat Pure Drive
05-31-2004, 04:40 AM
I read where the Wilson Surge is a better version of the Babolat Pure Drive and that Wilson copied the racket and added PWS to the sides. Wilson Surge is less expensive and a local pro told me it has a better weight and feel than the Babolat.
Looking at both on Tennis Warehouse, they look similar. Anyone use these frames?
05-31-2004, 08:06 AM
I use Wilson Surges and like them alot. I have never tried a Pure Drive but like you, I did research where almost everywhere it said the Surge was a better verson of the PD so I just decided to trust that and bought 2 Surges and am very happy with them.
05-31-2004, 08:34 AM
What tension and string are you using in your surges? I tryed the racket and it is very solidm stable, and easy on the arm.
05-31-2004, 09:22 AM
I use prince topspin at 58 lbs.
05-31-2004, 10:16 AM
Do a search on this new TW board and the old board (link at the top of the page) for many many threads on this comparison.
FWIW...I hit them both as demos and liked them. The PD felt a little more cushy (woofer) to me which some ppl like (like me). Otherwise they perform very much the same when strung the same. The Surge is cheaper but you can find PD's in "like new" condition on **** for good prices as well.
05-31-2004, 11:37 AM
i have a surge, as you can see. my game has definitely improved just because of this racquet. many people say, its not the racquet, its the person holding the racquet, but in this case, its the other way around!
i used to use a triad 3.0 hammer. but because of the surge, i have definitely improved on my groundstrokes, serve, and just about everything. my forehand has tons of more topspin now because of its headlightness. if you have a problem with a lack of power (but i wouldnt know why...) just add some lead tape on ur head. one time, when i hit a forehand, the ball soared barely over the net but didnt touch it, and kicked up waist high. i love this racquet. it has improved my over all game. i suggest the wilson surge.
the babolat only gets recognition because many pros use it. but that doesnt mean that recreational players like us should use it also. they mod their racquets so much, that they dont even play like regular ones anymore.
05-31-2004, 01:31 PM
LLodra seemed to enjoy his Surge yesterday.
Great volleys and he had loads of power on serves. I'm sure he must of used loads of lead tape on it though.
Snazzy looks aswell imo.
06-01-2004, 10:33 AM
I also found they play similarly though I think I was more prone to errors (particularly, hitting long) with the Surge.
06-01-2004, 10:44 AM
They're very similar but I felt the Pure Drive had a touch more feel. The Surge twisted more and was less stable.
05-21-2005, 07:12 PM
i 100% totally agree with youre post
05-21-2005, 09:24 PM
I've tried both and preferred Surge over PD. PD felt clumsy and gave me sore arm. They are stiff sticks but I felt Surge was more comfortable and maneuverable. I also didn't mind the cosmetics (real thing looked OK, actually quite likeable at least for me). Overally I preferred flexible racquets so sold both of them. If I have to choose one of those two, I'd go with Surge. I hope this helps.
PS) PD's cosmetics is really cool though. I loved it.
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