Babolat Pure Drive players, could you step in my office please..

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by guitarplayer, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    So, tell me your set up. Tell me your likes and dislikes.

    I've recently switched from BLX Pro Staff 100 and 90. Wasn't sure at first. But after playing again today with them for nearly 2 hours I'm hooked. Using RPM Blast at 57. I use a modern forehand ..western grip ..and normally a one handed backhand. However this frame for me seems to crave a 2 handed backhand and I'm really enjoying it.

    Any physical issues with its stiffness? Whats the good, the bad, anything I should know?
  2. KFwinds

    KFwinds Professional

    Mar 2, 2004
    I have been enjoying this stick for the past 6 wks or so, and so far no issues with the stiffness. What's crazy is that I do have some nagging arm and wrist issues which have actually improved since I started using this stick. I have one strung with multi mains/poly crosses (Topspin Cyber Blue 17g), one with gut mains/poly crosses, and one with full poly (Volkl Cyclone 17 mains/Topspin Cyber Flash 17 crosses). The full poly is my favorite setup because it gives me the right blend of power, control, and feel. Tension is 52. I can tell the frames are stiff, but I feel like I don't have to work as hard for power and spin which may be the reason they don't bother my arm. The impact feel doesn't seem harsh to me at all. I guess time will tell...
  3. NKX6

    NKX6 Rookie

    Jan 12, 2013
    If you want to feel a proper Pure Drive thrill try to hit with an older model without the stupid cortex.....
    You will love it.
  4. Disgruntled Worker

    Disgruntled Worker Professional

    Aug 8, 2011
    Likes: easy power

    Dislikes: cumbersome to swing (due to beam width), lack of control

    I have the PDR GT and comfort isn't an issue because of my vibration dampener. Also I feel I have to string it at the very top of the tension range (62lbs) to tame the explosive power. I was thinking about using Babolat Xcel at max tension.
  5. purple-n-gold

    purple-n-gold Hall of Fame

    Jan 12, 2008
    Down East
    Yeah my favorite was the old swirly with lead at 12 and silicone in the handle,pretty sweet for a babolat.
  6. RetroSpin

    RetroSpin Hall of Fame

    Sep 27, 2011
    I think this racquet is best for either lower level players or very advanced players. The lower level ones love the easy power, the advanced ones can control it. For others, it can be dangerous.

    I use the PDR+, with RPM Blast at 46, TB at 42 or BHBR at 45.
  7. anubis

    anubis Hall of Fame

    Mar 2, 2012
    destroyed my arm after a week of playing it. sold it almost immediately.

    otherwise, great stick. lots of spin. probably the best frame i ever used for serves. i served more aces with that thing, even in the 3rd set.
  8. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation G.O.A.T.

    Oct 20, 2006
    You'll only know whether the stiffness and use of poly in that racquet will be a physical issue for you if you develop a physical issue. If you've had arm trouble in the past, then you're playing with fire.

    Don't mean to be a gloom-and-doomer here. Just pay attention and if chronic pain starts up somewhere, consider dumping the poly to see if you can cool it out. That racquet is popular for a reason.
  9. anubis

    anubis Hall of Fame

    Mar 2, 2012
    Just have to say that sometimes if you have arm trouble, even going full nylon won't help you with the PD. I went full nylon and it still killed my arm.

    I suggest going full gut if you really have arm trouble. Of course, since it's such a powerful stick, I wouldn't go less than 65 lbs with gut.
  10. MikeHitsHard93

    MikeHitsHard93 Hall of Fame

    Oct 12, 2011
    Kim Clijsters yeahhhh
  11. The Isomotion31

    The Isomotion31 Semi-Pro

    Apr 3, 2013
    The Bay Area, California
    PDR GT +

    17 poly mains at 54lbs syn gut 16 guage at 58lbs

    total of 6 graps lead tape at 9 and 3.

    2 over grips.

    Love it on serve and 2hbh. Forehand I really have to make sure to control and not get lazy with technique otherwise I'll pay for it.
  12. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

  13. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    Played with the PD all this week and a match today. Really liking this frame now. I'm controlling the additional power easily now. Played very confidently in my match today. The Pro Staffs are now retired to my bin of used frames.
  14. max pl

    max pl Rookie

    Jun 20, 2011
    I use a PD with RPM Blast at 60lbs.
    LOVE IT.

    Thinking about upgrading to a Wilson or a new PD next year though. Planned to do a few demos this summer, but didnt bother as I played so well with the PD.

    I cant imagine ever leaving RPM Blast though so I wonder if a Wilson would compliment the string as well as the PD does.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2013
  15. Jhitch1

    Jhitch1 New User

    Sep 16, 2013
    I have been using the PD for three years now. I have tried numerous set ups with it but always come back to a full bed of Technifibre Red Code 17g at 57 lbs. Great pop on the serve, plenty of power and spin on the groundstrokes. This has worked very well for me.
  16. Imago

    Imago Hall of Fame

    Aug 28, 2013
    Sofia, BG
    PDGT + blue xcel 16 26/24.5 kg, 287 g strung. This combo has no vibrations at all, my TE is gratefully welcoming it.


    At least the colors match...
  17. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    Well, I just ordered another one with Head FXP Tour string. Loving the frame. Now to put together an add in the classifieds for my BLX 6.1 100's...good bye served me well.

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