New Pure Drive 2018?!

A_Instead

Legend
it will come sooner than 2018..
look for it around the timing of the US Open..
word on the street is it will be more dampened like CV and Touch frames..
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
This will be interesting. I loved the 2012 version. I also loved the 2015 version.

How could they possibly improve on something that is great already? Since Babolat moved the sweetspot up in the current version compared to the GT version, maybe Babolat is working to widen the sweetspot to cover the entire racket face?
 

beltsman

Legend
This will be interesting. I loved the 2012 version. I also loved the 2015 version.

How could they possibly improve on something that is great already? Since Babolat moved the sweetspot up in the current version compared to the GT version, maybe Babolat is working to widen the sweetspot to cover the entire racket face?
Foam-fill it.
 
No way this racquet is going to be RA of 62. Love Babolat but not a fan of the Aero or the Pure Drive but are quite stiff but current 2015 model seems to be a tad less stiff. I can imagine them soften it up to probably RA of 68.

I will probably be getting one nonetheless as a racquetholic.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Man, I hope Babolat doesn't fall for that foolishness.
Well, one of the most frequent complaints with pure drives is that harshness on the arm due to stiffness of the frame. and they are trying very hard to take out all the bad vibration out so it will cause less arm problems. they can't make it more flexible because that will completely change the frame. stiffness of Pure drives is what gives it that massive power as well. so pretty much only way to make it more arm friendly is to try to dampen the frame more to take out all the bad vibration out of the frame.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
Foam-fill it.
Believe it or not, that may take all the feel out of the fame. I foam filled my PA+ with removable expanding foam and the feel was awful. Super muted. The Babolat's are legend because they have a huge sweetspot and you can still feel the ball so well off the strings. The cost for that is stiffness, but it's well worth the trade off, IMO.
 

beltsman

Legend
Believe it or not, that may take all the feel out of the fame. I foam filled my PA+ with removable expanding foam and the feel was awful. Super muted. The Babolat's are legend because they have a huge sweetspot and you can still feel the ball so well off the strings. The cost for that is stiffness, but it's well worth the trade off, IMO.
You filled the entire hoop? Or just the handle?
 

srvnvly

Hall of Fame
Image a 98" PD with big pop, power and control..
That will spark a new industry standard in everyone else trying to copy..
As long as they could keep the same power and plow; it seem Wilson tried to do that with the Ultra 97, tho the head-scratcher there is they filled the 100 with foam but not the 97
 
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