The Clash coming nearly at the same time, although very different sticks, I believe also has dampened the splash - the media campaign for the clash is huge whereas that for the PDVS is almost nonexistent. Ultimately you are likely to need to be a Pure Drive idealist to even get past the concept of two at a time let alone having the desire in your game for what the PDVS offers. Personally, I like the stick - I wrote a full review above, my primary drive for owning the racket was my desire to be able to swing out and have a little more control than my PD. It easily provides for this. if you look around you can find it in mint condition being sold as a single racket. I purchased my PDVS for 200.00Something ... they took a Pure Drive, the ultimate “easy to use” racquet, and made it less powerful and forgiving. Then they raised the price. Then they sold them only in pairs. I think some product manager’s head should roll at Babolat.
I couldn't agree more. Almost everyone around me plays with the pure Drive and Pure Aeros believing that they play their best tennis with Babolat frames. Expecting a lot from the Pure Drive VS, honestly. More control oriented Pure Drive in a 98" head? Just sounds so sweet.Babolats sell themselves.. Performance /Results and reputation speak louder than words.
Brittany, do you have any information on the possibility of forthcoming "plus" length versions of the VS?UPDATE: You can now purchase Pure Drive VS racquets individually or in pairs (with a price discount).
I think it was stated initially that the pairs would be a limited time thing, but yeah, I don't think it was a smart move at all.and finally Babolat come to their senses and sells these as separates. loooooooooool. this is what we were saying all along. and many of you took Babolats side.
That’s only because they were free and they want to get more free stuff for upcoming g playtests.I think it was stated initially that the pairs would be a limited time thing, but yeah, I don't think it was a smart move at all.
Impressions seemed a bit negative here, but the feedback from forum playtesters that TW selected seemed a lot better. Wondering what the overall consensus is now.
I was a playtester and don't recall knowing much about the frame prior to my playing with it. After hitting with it and finding it a pretty good racquet that just needed a bit more heft (and the possibility of an extended length version), I started reading reviews from players who actually used the racquet rather than just commenting based on their biases of the Pure Drive in general, and found them all to be relatively similar and positive. Of course, there will be some differences of opinion based on the player's typically preferred racquet but it's seems pretty clear the PDVS appeals to a wide audience of play styles and skills, while addressing some of the common complaints about the Pure Drive Tour. I personally would be happy to switch to this racquet but it is a bit small and too demanding against young and hard hitting opponents.Impressions seemed a bit negative here, but the feedback from forum playtesters that TW selected seemed a lot better. Wondering what the overall consensus is now.
Nothing really in my mind. My son plays with them at 365 grams and at that weight, pretty much any racquet is going to feel plush even when hitting with a full poly stringbed.What's wrong with the Pure Drive Tour?
I have played every version of the Pure drive for the last 12 years - the tour being a heavier version is two steps away from the PDVS as the swing weight is so dramatically different. The VS is more jarring to the arm regardless of the claim that it is a softer racket. PDVS has a smaller sweet spot and is pretty harsh in comparison to any other Puredrive or Pure Strike. Just my opinion but one that has been shared by others on this thread specifically DanBrennerNothing really in my mind. My son plays with them at 365 grams and at that weight, pretty much any racquet is going to feel plush even when hitting with a full poly stringbed.
But the typical complaints against the Pure Drive Tour are that it's stiff and jarring when mis-hitting, and the PDVS is (marginally) better in both those areas, while seemingly being a bit better as absorbing frame vibration. It's not half-way to a Pure Strike - it's probably one-third of the way between a Pure Drive Tour and a Pure Strike in my opinion, but different enough that I think they'll find sufficient buyers.
I actually enjoyed my short hit with it, and if they came out with a + version I’d give it a closer look.These did not fair to well on these boards which represent 0.00005% of the tennis world hahaha but many respectful sites had good reviews, most saying a bit of lead / weight was required...
This would be a good clay weapon..
How is this working out? Still using it? Many gave up on it too quick I feel. I see some players go back to it with slight lead or string mods.I enjoyed my test of the Pure Drive VS quite a bit, but just found that the head size is not quite large enough for me as I am getting older and still trying to play against young people who can hit the ball really hard.
My son is now playing with the racket, which has been lengthened to 27.5 inches and leaded up to 370 grams. It is very stable with excellent control at that length and weight and when his current stash of Pure Drive Tours wear out, he is switching to this racquet.
My son still has it (well, had it, as I recently confiscated it) in his bag though he is so used to his PD Tours that he doesn't often hit with it. I think the launch angle is a little bit lower and he hits the ball pretty flat on his backhand and so he catches the tape a bit. Nothing that some string tension adjustments couldn't take care of, but he's not consistently using it yet.How is this working out? Still using it? Many gave up on it too quick I feel. I see some players go back to it with slight lead or string mods.
I think it’s a great weapon for those advanced players with fast swing speed. My strokes weren’t good enough to get the maximum out of the frame (*stock) but saw the potential when I was forced to hit certain shots.These did not fair to well on these boards which represent 0.00005% of the tennis world hahaha but many respectful sites had good reviews, most saying a bit of lead / weight was required...
This would be a good clay weapon..