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tennis4erybody 07-19-2013 07:49 AM

PD 2012 alternative
I'm looking for a racket with that is similar to the pure drive but doesn't have the similar price. Im looking for one with a lower price stick that is a wilson or prince. I want to get 2 or 3. I'm open for suggestions.

Do you think this one would be good?

tennis4erybody 07-19-2013 08:02 AM

Also do you think the wilson blade 98 would possibly work?

TW Staff 07-19-2013 08:13 AM


The closest thing to a PD on the Wilson side is the Juice 100. Personally, I don't think you will like the Blades if you love the Pure Drive -- that's just my own experience. The Blades provide more of a control oriented experience. But you can always demo it and see what you think!

A couple others you may want to check out: Donnay Formula 100, Dunlop F5.0 Tour.

Michelle, TW

tennis4erybody 07-19-2013 08:30 AM

What about prince?

ArliHawk 07-19-2013 08:46 AM


Originally Posted by tennis4erybody (Post 7600865)
What about prince?

My wife uses the Prince EX03 Warrior, which she loves. Probaly the closest thing Prince has to a Pure Drive.

jonestim 07-19-2013 08:53 AM


Originally Posted by tennis4erybody (Post 7600865)
What about prince?

Check out the O3 Speedport Black for $99. Similar to the older Pure Drive GT. Higher swingweight than the current Pure Drive.

TW Staff 07-19-2013 12:39 PM

I personally don't have a Prince to recommend, the beams and stiffnesses are so different that I just haven't found anything in their current lineup of racquets that matches with the PD.

Michelle, TW

MethodTennis 07-20-2013 10:41 AM

The Juice 100 is horrible, the Pro Open on the other hand plays really nice and fairly similar to the PD in many ways including specs 100sq inches and 299g

Its also on sale

Looks an obvious choice to me.

The blade 98 is what I use and I love it however its nothing like the Pure Drive

tennis4erybody 07-28-2013 01:27 PM

What about head?

Lukhas 07-28-2013 01:45 PM

There would be only the Instinct close in terms of specs. I find Head frames don't play that powerfully given their headsize and stiffness.

kimguroo 07-29-2013 09:10 PM

TFlash 315 SpeedFlex might be good. You might be able to find mint condition used racket for much less $$$.

Baseline Winner 07-31-2013 02:17 PM

Does anyone have any thoughts on the Slazenger Pro Braided and does it play similar to the PD 2012 at all? I need an alternative as well and this is currently on sale during happy hour so a quick reply would be extremely appreciated!

Baseline Winner 07-31-2013 02:20 PM

It has very similar specs:

Pro Braided:

Pure Drive:

TW Staff 07-31-2013 02:56 PM

The PD will have more power

From our experience at TW, the Pro Braided has a slightly more anemic upper hoop, meaning it is a bit less responsive there than the Pure Drive (so the sweet spot might feel smaller to you on this one).

However, they are both great racquets! Just a different feeling racquet than the Pure Drive and definitely not as powerful of a response.

Michelle, TW

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