New Pure Drive 2018?!

Just saw leaked photos on google too. The beam looks exactly the same with a babolat drive max 110 paint job lol. If they also come out with a VS version then that's probably the smaller head with flat beam they're talking about.il I really hope it looks better in person. I hate all puredrive paintjobs but I use it anyway haha.
 

Panquake

Rookie
Sweet baby jesus, I googled, and that is one UGLY racquet. That's from someone who LOVED the cosmetics of all the pure drives to date except for the Cortex version.

Reminds me of the Wilson Kobra Team FX, but even worse!
Only the standard Pure Drive comes out in August, other versions come in January.

It looks way better in person!! Almost a frosted metallic look


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Only the standard Pure Drive comes out in August, other versions come in January.
It looks way better in person!! Almost a frosted metallic look


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Cool pics! It does look slightly better in those pics. I'm not sure why I still don't like it considering its the same bright blue as the Pure Drive GT (and I loved the cosmetics on that one)! I really think it the weirdly placed Drive logo on throat, and how literally the entire racquet is blue.
 

EdMcMush

Professional
Only the standard Pure Drive comes out in August, other versions come in January.

It looks way better in person!! Almost a frosted metallic look


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what are the other versions? I assume the lite, team, plus and tour ? or they adding a new little twist to the line
 

Panquake

Rookie
what are the other versions? I assume the lite, team, plus and tour ? or they adding a new little twist to the line
The lite, team, tour, plus, oversized (104??), and there are rumors of a VS but I don't know anything about that


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EdMcMush

Professional
The lite, team, tour, plus, oversized (104??), and there are rumors of a VS but I don't know anything about that


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I been a big proponent of the VS. I probably been messaging VSbabolat guy all about the 98 sq inch model. If there is a 98, i would purchase it. Thanks for the info!
 

WillisAU

New User
The blue color is fine...for me it's def the big drive across the throat that makes it look stupid. Something about the font.
Agreed, I don't like the graphics on the throat - how off is it off centre, looks daft to me. Maybe it will be different in person, but for now I much prefer the PJ on the 2015 model and the Pure Aero, where the graphics are based around the different angles and planes of the mould.

Hoop graphics look good though
 

Panquake

Rookie
Agreed, I don't like the graphics on the throat - how off is it off centre, looks daft to me. Maybe it will be different in person, but for now I much prefer the PJ on the 2015 model and the Pure Aero, where the graphics are based around the different angles and planes of the mould.

Hoop graphics look good though
I never liked the 2015 pj, but I absolutely love this one


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fundrazer

Legend
Only the standard Pure Drive comes out in August, other versions come in January.

It looks way better in person!! Almost a frosted metallic look


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Was thinking the same thing. Does look waaaay better in person. Like the shoes too. Ubersonics?

Pure drives not for me though. My arm a bit sensitive : /
 

Panquake

Rookie
Was thinking the same thing. Does look waaaay better in person. Like the shoes too. Ubersonics?

Pure drives not for me though. My arm a bit sensitive : /
Yeah they're übersonics II's. And I agree the Pure Drive isn't for me due to my arm.


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Personally, I like the looks of the racquet from what I see in the pictures. My question is about the string pattern / grommets. I know it is a 16x19 as the previous frames but did they change the spacing to be like the Pure Aero or what?
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
Excellent move!!! And no rubber silliness in throat. May buy this one. And it has a simpler design.

My understanding from our Babolat rep is the spacing is now even throughout instead of concentrated toward the head like the current PD and PA.
 

Geoff

Hall of Fame
Excellent move!!! And no rubber silliness in throat. May buy this one. And it has a simpler design.
When I saw the new PD it was pointed out that there is also no short side and the woofer system has been removed. There are dimples on the inside of the hoop that are meant to help prevent counterfeit frames from being produced. If I get to string one I'll post the RA if possible I'll post a review as well.
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
A Pure Drive without the woofer would be a real change and a back to the future purchase that would be tempting.
 

DJ-

Hall of Fame
When I saw the new PD it was pointed out that there is also no short side and the woofer system has been removed. There are dimples on the inside of the hoop that are meant to help prevent counterfeit frames from being produced. If I get to string one I'll post the RA if possible I'll post a review as well.
One leaked site had strung RA 67... waiting for your rdc ;-)
 

DJ-

Hall of Fame
If it's 67 that's great and will sell really well !

Not that it's doesn't sell well anyway though
Looks to be going that way with unstrung specs on many sites at 69, also balance 32cm 7 points, when strung with o.g and damp should be close to 325gr 5 points HL, 67ra.... not sure on SW
 

Geoff

Hall of Fame
Here are the unstrung specs of the new Pure Drive from my RDC with plastic on the grip
309g
5pts HL
292 swing weight
72RA

Strung specs coming after stringing
 
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jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
Unless the 'new' model has gained some weight, 309g unstrung appears to be outside of the generous +/- 7g tolerance. 72ra is disappointingly stiff too; especially without the mitigating aspects of the woofer system with regard to shock absorption. #armwrecker
 
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Geoff

Hall of Fame
Strung specs are
324g
3 pts HL
317 swing weight
70 RA

I will double check the balance on a balance board. the RDC balance board is ok at best.

I strung the PD with Babolat Original at 57 lbs and added a Wilson pro grip. I'll be play testing in the am. More to come.
 

Geoff

Hall of Fame
Here are my first thoughts after hitting with the new Pure Drive-

I hit with the new Pure Drive today and very much enjoyed the overall playability of the updated version. I have always felt that previous versions were powerful but hard for me to control. I always felt that I could not count on the precision of older Pure Drives from shot to shot. With the new Pure Drive there was plenty of power but I felt that the predictability of the shot was there. The weight and balance felt very good in stock form but one could easily customize this frame to their liking. The frame was solid off the ground, volleying and serving. The spin potential was excellent.

I'll post more detail after playing with the frame for the week.
 

CopolyX

Hall of Fame
Out of the closet in 1994, the Pure Drive has become a must-have racquet around the world.
Yep the Pure Drive has enjoyed success on the courts as well as commercial success with millions of units sold in more than 120 countries since its unleash.
It has been staple for number one in sales for tennis specialty stores in the US for quite a long time.
The Pure Drive has been named the “Racquet of the Decade (s)

by TENNIS magazine (from T. m back in 2009!) .



Make them, endorse them to the tops and they will come and buy poop load more....
Great stick, just not for me....but one of the best in history...
Strung a zillion of them...

If ya buy it, just read the instructions please before you use it please...I truly hope it fits your game and you are not consistently trying to adjust to it....


It is not an iPhone ( 8 ?) ...
 

JonnyAbs

Semi-Pro
Strung specs are
324g
3 pts HL
317 swing weight
70 RA

I will double check the balance on a balance board. the RDC balance board is ok at best.

I strung the PD with Babolat Original at 57 lbs and added a Wilson pro grip. I'll be play testing in the am. More to come.
These look good. Maybe a bit more HH than I would like. So with the overgrip, its probably close to 330g and 4 points HL?
 

srvnvly

Hall of Fame
Here are my first thoughts after hitting with the new Pure Drive-

I hit with the new Pure Drive today and very much enjoyed the overall playability of the updated version. I have always felt that previous versions were powerful but hard for me to control. I always felt that I could not count on the precision of older Pure Drives from shot to shot. With the new Pure Drive there was plenty of power but I felt that the predictability of the shot was there. The weight and balance felt very good in stock form but one could easily customize this frame to their liking. The frame was solid off the ground, volleying and serving. The spin potential was excellent.

I'll post more detail after playing with the frame for the week.
Thanks for posting! Excited to try the new version.
 
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