Need advice - Pure Drive Roddick

ajspurs

Rookie
Hi guys. Basically I'm hoping to play a lot more tennis from now (typically english weather permitting) and am looking to upgrade a pretty old Pure Drive that I bought from a friend. I used to play with a Yonex and had played with a PD before but just found it too powerful. Since I've changed my forehand grip to what I believe is a western grip and when I next used a PD I fell in love with it and couldn't think of going back to Yonex, hence why I bought it from my friend immediately.

I'm yet to play with one but the sound of a PDR really appeals to me and was thinking of purchasing the slightly older PDR GT, how do they compare to the Pure Drive's?

Also, my current PD has BB Alu Power in it which I'm happy with but am unaware of the tension, so if I was to purchase a PDR, what tension would it be typically strung at with the same poly string?

Thanks
 

Lukhas

Legend
Pure Drive Roddick is a rocket launcher with little to no precision. If you find other Pure Drive too powerful, then Roddick's is even more powerful. If you really want a less powerful Babolat, look at the Aero Pro Drive, or the Pure Storm lines.
 

ajspurs

Rookie
Pure Drive Roddick is a rocket launcher with little to no precision. If you find other Pure Drive too powerful, then Roddick's is even more powerful. If you really want a less powerful Babolat, look at the Aero Pro Drive, or the Pure Storm lines.
Thanks for the reply, but I used to find the Pure Drive too powerful on the few times I tried it before I owned it but that's not the case anymore. Whether that's due to my change in play or the fact that I didn't play with it for actually that long or a combination of the two I'm not sure. I rip the ball really hard on my forehand now but I snap my wrist under and over the ball really quick thus creating a lot spin so if anything a little more power to maybe further hit through the court is welcomed.

I did consider maybe playing with the APD for a long period to see if I could become accustomed to it but there's just something about it that I don't like and I just personally find the PD to be a lot more comfortable to play with.
 

Lukhas

Legend
APDs are stiff racquets, so that's normal it's less comfortable. Although Pure Drives are just as stiff, and Roddick's is even more. That's normal, the stiffer the racquet is, the bigger the sweetspot, the more powerful it is. And the 16*19 patter also increases power. Look at other brands who produce less stiff racquets, but I can't really talk about other brands myself.
 
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Dasol

Rookie
IMO the PDR 2012 is less stiff than the previous models, though it is more solid than them.

The PDR 2012 is, of course, a very powerful frame and it has more inherent power than the regular pd has. Also, it has great plowthrough due to its weight and hits very heavy shots.

Since you said you produce lots of topspin for control, I think the PDR 2012 would be no problem for you. I played with the PDR 2012 previously and I was not able to control or tame the power well, since I usually hit flat.

All in all, I think the PDR 2012 is a easy racquet to play with, and If you want a very powerful frame for a midplus size (100), I think this is the one.
 
I just received my PDR GT + (the older version since they were on sale on Tennis-Warehouse.) very excited to try it out. I will be coming from using Wilson Hyper Pro-staff 5.1 Surge x. I tried out the pro staff six.one 100 BLX but it didn't work out for me.

I love top spin and crave a little more thump in my serves. I really hope this racquet helps me there. from reading and watching(on youtube) reviews I hope/believe this racquet should be the perfect fit for me.

Will update as soon as I get to hit with it.
 

MikeHitsHard93

Hall of Fame
The pdr is much harder to swing to generate the rhs needed for heavy topspin. I would only advise you to purchase one if you find the pure drive to be too light. Otherwise, just get a new pure drive or APD. The pdr is very demanding.
 
Pure Drive Roddick is a rocket launcher with little to no precision. If you find other Pure Drive too powerful, then Roddick's is even more powerful. If you really want a less powerful Babolat, look at the Aero Pro Drive, or the Pure Storm lines.



So excited to try this out now.
 

JRstriker12

Hall of Fame
PDR is a good stick, plenty of spin and pop. Be be aware it's got a bit more weight than the standard PD, which can be a good thing when facing heavy hitters.

As far as string tensions go, I used to string it pretty tight with poly since it had a good bit of pop, somewhere 57-60lbs, but that was before I knew better.

Might want to start with the poly in the low 45-50 range and go from there. If you play with a good bit of spin, that shouldn't be a problem.
 

corners

Legend
Hi guys. Basically I'm hoping to play a lot more tennis from now (typically english weather permitting) and am looking to upgrade a pretty old Pure Drive that I bought from a friend. I used to play with a Yonex and had played with a PD before but just found it too powerful. Since I've changed my forehand grip to what I believe is a western grip and when I next used a PD I fell in love with it and couldn't think of going back to Yonex, hence why I bought it from my friend immediately.

I'm yet to play with one but the sound of a PDR really appeals to me and was thinking of purchasing the slightly older PDR GT, how do they compare to the Pure Drive's?

Also, my current PD has BB Alu Power in it which I'm happy with but am unaware of the tension, so if I was to purchase a PDR, what tension would it be typically strung at with the same poly string?

Thanks
The Roddick is identical to the regular Pure Drive with a little extra weight in the head and rather a lot more in the handle. Before you buy one, I would suggest using some lead tape to match the old Pure Drive you have to the Roddick specs. In fact, if you were to like that there's really no reason to buy a Roddick, unless you want a backup or feel the PD you have is too old.

What model of the Pure Drive do you have (Cortex, GT, Black)? If you tell me that I'll tell you how much lead tape you need and where to put it.
 
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