Is the Bloom Off the Pure Drives??

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by Gaines Hillix, May 13, 2005.

  1. Gaines Hillix

    Gaines Hillix Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    The number of posts reporting wrist and elbow problems amongst users of the Babolat Pure Drive, Pure Drive + and their successors seems to be growing on this board. People seem to be moving the fad over and the real Pure Drive is showing its face or ???

    DANMAN Professional

    Feb 25, 2004
    I switched from the Pure Drive + to the POG Mid to the Slazenger X1, but I have gone right back to my PDs. I do not find that they are harsh at all, and I play with Luxilon ALU or a similar poly. I can hit all of my shots with it, and I do not believe that it, being a tweener, is holding me back from anything that a player's frame would allow me to do. I believe that it would be tough for people to switch to it from something like a flexible Volkl or Prestige, but it's such a great stick in terms of being able to go from defense to offense with the flick of the wrist. The only frame I have found that I have liked as much is the Aeropro Drive, though I have found no reason to switch.
  3. yvp

    yvp Rookie

    Aug 13, 2004
    Ohhhh Come on,PD is super comfortable.People like to switch to new racquets anyway,that's all.
  4. AndrewD

    AndrewD Legend

    Dec 11, 2004
    Id say partly its the 'latest craze' been and gone. Perhaps if Roddick was still sweeping all before him it'd still be getting a lot of play. As to a growing injury list, Im not so sure about the truth behind that but I can say the reputation (whether founded or not) it has built up in that department has really hurt sales in our area. I hit with a lot of junior players and have noticed the bulk of former PD users have switched to the PC or jumped ship and taken up the Head LM Instinct which seems to be the most popular at present.

    Funny, but when I came onto the boards it was the end of the early PD fever, next big thing was the LM Radical, then Vantage, then Wilson nCode Tour, now FlexPoint Radical. So, if the PD has lost some of its gloss Id say its just a natural thing. Now we get to see if it has staying power. Personally, I dont find it a harsh racquet but it is way too powerful for me.
  5. SC in MA

    SC in MA Semi-Pro

    Apr 6, 2004
    Based on the number of folks of all ages I see with PD's, I don't think the popularity is over at all. In fact, I think I've seen more PD's this year than last. They seem to be especially popular with the younger kids thru high school, and maybe more with the girls than guys, which I think is kind of surprising, at least to me.

    Not to add fuel to the fire around the elbow issue, but as an observation...I know of four over 45 year old adults who I can think of off the top of my head who use PD's. 3 wear elbow braces because of elbow problems and the other just had some sort of shoulder surgery. I really don't know the details of their elbow/shoulder problems, which may not even be related to the PD's. I do know that each of them have used the PD for over a year and they all really like the racket and have no plan to change.

    It'll be interesting to see if the AeroPro Drive grows in popularity. I've had one for a few months and know of only one other person (an adult) who uses it. I also know a PD user who bought one and didn't like it. I've not seen any juniors with it as of yet. In general, I like the way it plays, but I've experienced elbow twinges with it. I'm still experimenting with weight and string setups, but my guess is that I will probably give it up.
  6. fishuuuuu

    fishuuuuu Hall of Fame

    Jan 4, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    You know, I think most people would not agree with you. I even saw something amusing in the latest edition of TENNIS magazine.

    It had the racquets that left their mark on history in tennis. Among the the racquets included Wilson Prostaff 6.0 85, Prince Graphite, RD-7, the usual player frames. But in the very last section of this article can you guess which racquet placed for this period in time? That's right! Babolat Pure Drive Team racquets =]
  7. Prince_of_Tennis

    Prince_of_Tennis Semi-Pro

    Feb 27, 2005
    Bay Area
    Yes, every tennis court I go to there are plenty of babalots being swung. So the popularity is still up there. The aero pro drives don't look as popular though. I didn't like the feel of the babalot it was very harsh on my arm. It is not a fad its going to be a classic just like the pro staff line...
  8. roger2016

    roger2016 New User

    Mar 2, 2005
    I've seen more PD's at the tennis club I go to during the winter than I've seen this whole HS tennis season. And all the PD users at the club were at least over 40. So far I've only seen one girl use a babolat around this area. But the people I've seen use it really liked it and some people who tried my racquet set the ball sailing into the fence, nevertheless some of them said they were going to buy one.
  9. friedalo1

    friedalo1 Semi-Pro

    Jul 26, 2004
    My friend broke his pure drives because they go died in three months. I use to string them 65 lb to get some control. I think the pure drive is a gimick racquet that plays could for a month, after that you have to buy new ones every three months. I like the head instinct.
  10. steveq81

    steveq81 Rookie

    Feb 18, 2004
    Sparta, Wis.
    Interesting point, Gaines.

    The Pure Drive certainly is a stiff bugger, and certainly not what most would call arm-friendly. Add to this the style of play and style of strokes that players who are drawn to this racquet tend to use, and you have all the right ingredients for elbow problems to develop.

    Is it the frame alone? Probably not. But between the frame's stiffness, the use of polyester strings to tame some of its power and groundstrokes struck with excessive topspin, elbow specialists and physical therapists around the nation are probably hailing the Pure Drive as a Godsend. :)

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