Pure Drive 2020

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
It will be interesting to see what they will do with the next PD.. certainly market trend is a softer flex.. they dropped the flex a little with the Pure Aero which was a welcomed.. 2 points maybe.. but a profound drop...?? Wilson did it, others did to...Bab has some work to do...
 

Jster

Professional
It will be interesting to see what they will do with the next PD.. certainly market trend is a softer flex.. they dropped the flex a little with the Pure Aero which was a welcomed.. 2 points maybe.. but a profound drop...?? Wilson did it, others did to...Bab has some work to do...
I welcome a woody pure drive. Hashtag low flex
Wait.... Don't tell Greta Thunberg
 

TennisHound

Legend
Do they need to drop it that much? Hopefully not more than a couple of points, if that. The Clash 100 is not a good, stable racquet. Granted, it is 10.1 unstrung and the PD is 10.4 unstrung, but the current PD is in another league vs the Clash. I don't know many who have had significant arm problems with the current PD (there are some but not a lot, like some past PDs).

On the other end, the 360 Head Instinct MP is certainly a valid alternative. Its a good wide-beamed, flexible racquet, that is very playable - again, in another league vs the Clash. Even so, the current PD's stiffness and vibes are well dampened.
 
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marceloriosfan

New User
Is the current PD softer than before ? I used one 10 years ago it was harsh.
purely anecdotal and biased by when I really started playing lots of tennis: 2018 is softer than all the cortex versions (2015 was like a board: ouch!). 2018 is not as soft as swirly (my favorite) or block letter (second favorite).
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
They can do it..they just have to watch they don't stay to far from home..they wont..rest assured..
New pure strike is an improvement..
Just curious to see what they do..and/or achieve..
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
Soft drive was soft.and one of their best ever...but from a marketing point of view..soft isn't perceived as strong..
A soft drive...well sounds..soft..
 

Alexh22

Semi-Pro
They can keep a similar layup and still call it a pure drive. I will bite. But the reality is they ve been selling these really stiff frames in the past 10 years or so and it got more stiffer with the latest gen.
 

haqq777

Legend
I am probably in the minority here but I really like the 2012 version of the PD. Have about 4 of them. One Wimbledon PJ, and two regulars from when they were released, and one Play version which @mad dog1 hooked me up with. If I wasn't such a holic, I would def keep one of those in my bag at all times for that Babolat goodness.
 

ryanholi0

Rookie
I have the 2012 PD Roddick+ strung @50lbs with RPM Blast, and 2 x Pure Drive Plus both @55lbs, 1 with PRM Blast and the other with Luxilon 4g. Guess which is the harshest? The Roddick+. Guess which is the best feeling? The one with Luxilon 4G. I like all 3 though. 27.5 PDP is a BEAST.
 

n8dawg6

Legend
Looking forward to the next gen paint scheme on the PD as the current will be hard to top..
Perhaps harden up the blue and move toward a darker shade..Even go bold with a florence blue..
i really like the current paint too. best theyve done on a PD, imo
 

A_Instead

Hall of Fame
Harden up the color...soften the flex..
A non black groment would be cool...
Like a red to ascent the blue..like the new strikes..
 

dr. godmode

Professional
I think they should leave the flex pretty stiff. It's what makes the Pure Drive a Pure Drive. I think Tithtening up the pattern would be in their interest though.
 

gazz1

Semi-Pro
Can’t see it changing too much...softer with tighter string spacing would be great, but it wouldn’t be a pure drive.
 

netlets

Semi-Pro
Do they need to drop it that much? Hopefully not more than a couple of points, if that. The Clash 100 is not a good, stable racquet. Granted, it is 10.1 unstrung and the PD is 10.4 unstrung, but the current PD is in another league vs the Clash. I don't know many who have had significant arm problems with the current PD (there are some but not a lot, like some past PDs).

On the other end, the 360 Head Instinct MP is certainly a valid alternative. Its a good wide-beamed, flexible racquet, that is very playable - again, in another league vs the Clash. Even so, the current PD's stiffness and vibes are well dampened.
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Do they need to drop it that much? Hopefully not more than a couple of points, if that. The Clash 100 is not a good, stable racquet. Granted, it is 10.1 unstrung and the PD is 10.4 unstrung, but the current PD is in another league vs the Clash. I don't know many who have had significant arm problems with the current PD (there are some but not a lot, like some past PDs).

On the other end, the 360 Head Instinct MP is certainly a valid alternative. Its a good wide-beamed, flexible racquet, that is very playable - again, in another league vs the Clash. Even so, the current PD's stiffness and vibes are well dampened.
The Clash Tour/Pro is in another league than the Pure Drive IMO. I have used the Pure Drive for 15 years until I needed to switch due to it’s high RA. Not only is the Clash Tour heavier which is great for plough through, but it stiffens when you swing hard and softens when you hit slices and touch shots. It is amazing to hit with. I’m a 5.0 tournament player and PTR certified pro. The issue most people have with the Clash is they either they don’t know how to string it to get it to play correctly (44 lbs full poly to access new tech) or they hit too flat for this racquet. They specifically created this for the modern swing path- low to high - meaning lots of topspin. It is not for flat hitters at all. When strung correctly it plays like a soft Pure Drive that has stability and much more comfort with slightly less power.
 

cd3768

Rookie
Is it me or does that top part of handle and bottom of throat looks a bit weird?? Overall looks v nice! Better than current smurf blue I think.. Ezone 2020 vibes!
I agree! Does look a lot like the Ezone, but I actually like the current paint job haha


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dgoran

Hall of Fame
JUST IMAGINE!...... A little more throwback to Pure Drives of old

Definitely a missed opportunity to paint white stripes and avoid looking like they stole Yonex design guy's hard drive and in the same time pay tribute to the first few pure drives pj
 
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The frame shape above the grip seems different. Question for experts: does that not resemble a Fairly recent but expired Pro Kennex mold? And didn’t the original Pure Drive derive from another Pro Kennex mold from the mid-90s?
 
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