Pure Drive and Roddick

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  1. Federer fan

    Federer fan New User

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    Watching the Roddick match and just blown by the unGodly power this guy can generate off of his serve. Have certainly got to give credit to him . On this note, I want to get a survey of anyone out there using the Pure Drive (either version), whether you've stuck with the racquet or whether you've moved on. What do you or don't you like about it. Is it suited for the all/court player or limited to a baseline banger? Just interested in your thoughts.
     
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  2. matchpoints

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    I'm getting more and more used to the PD Standard. I tried it a couple of years ago and really hated it. Tried it again a couple of months ago and started to feel ok with it. Added lead tape + poly strings, and now it plays much much better. It's just funny because i used to hit hard with lots of topsin and they would land short a lot and the opponent would just come in behind it. The PD is more powerful and with my natural swing, balls go in deeper. In a way, I'm hitting better with this stick then I did with my Wilson Pro Staff 6.1's. Adding weight made all the difference in the world.

    The more I hit with it, the better I like it. I'm an all court player and this racquet works just fine. I volley well with it also. Main thing on groundies is to make sure to hit lots of topspin :) or the ball has a tendency to sail.

    I really like it for serving as do others. The frame design by nature allows it to cut through air better when hitting flat. That probably helps Andy also. I'm getting used to it to the point where I'm now comfortable hitting drop vollies and sharp angled returns.

    The only thing I worry about is scraping the ground with it when i have to reach for low shots. This stick has been known to crack fairly easily when throw or hit against the net. I try to play it safe and always string it 2 piece.

    After trying a lot of racquets, I'm pretty much stuck on this stick. It was a good enough stick for Wilson to copy it ;)
     
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  3. perfmode

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    The PD is also a very solid base racquet for customizing. It has lead areas marked off already.
     
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  4. lenosucks

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    lol "lead tape goes here," probably put there for specifically for roddick, who doesn't seem to be the smartest player on tour...
     
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  5. jasta14

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    PD Team Plus

    I use the Pure Drive Team Plus on a consistent basis and love it's power. The serve can be huge with this frame. If you're on your game, this frame is a great compliment.

    However, I find that if I'm off my game (or tired), the ball tends to float about a foot longer than I'd find with my Tour 90 or even a more powerful stick. It can be hard to control sometimes, but the benefits well outweigh the drawbacks.
     
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  6. Matt H.

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    i wasn't a string breaker until i purchased a PD standard and used it for a few months. It needed poly (in the mains) and i felt like the racquet required a full western swing. The serve was indeed nice, but i felt like my game got sloppy through time with this racquet, and the frame was a little too thick for my likeing. Definitely needed lead tape as well.
     
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  7. renben

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    i just got a PD standard. my old racquet was a PS 6.0 95. first major diff is the power. the PD is absolutely great on serves.... however too much power - my groundstrokes are going long... still figuring out how to keep them in
     
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  8. Matt H.

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    what strings are you using?

    it took a poly hybrid strung in the mid 60's to tame it enough for me.
     
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  9. tennisnj

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    I know I'm going to get criticized for my review of the PD, since this msgboard is pro Babolat, but I'm going to give it anyways. I am a baseline banger, who needs a little more oomph on my serve, & it did nothing for my game. No power, less control & absolutely nothing spin or powerwise on my serve. Maybe it's not ment for the Olivier Rochus' sized players out there, bc it's certainly not for me. When I miss my groundies, I miss them just long, & w/the PD I was barely hitting them in the middle of the net. I felt like I needed to do too much work just to get the ball where I wanted it. Granted it's heavier then the racquets I normally use, but I just don't see the hype for 5.5+ baseliner w/my game.
     
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  10. Matt H.

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    i'm far from a "pro pd" person, but i have never heard of the PD being criticized for LACK of power and sping.
     
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  11. tennisnj

    tennisnj Professional

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    Well them I'm very glad to be the 1st.
     
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  12. mistapooh

    mistapooh Semi-Pro

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    wow, you are a 5.5 and your racket weighs less than the PD? Im just curious...
     
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  13. tennisnj

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    Volkl Quantum V1 OS...approx 10.6 oz...
     
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  14. tennis tech

    tennis tech New User

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    The PD as the TW review says it is an offensive racquet, when you have the time, you can hit the ball HARD, serving and nailing forehands are easy to get, but on the run it is very hard to control.
    The key: hit with SPIN, no wonder it is called the SPIN MACHINE.
     
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