So, how was the Pure Drive Cortex?

Lukhas

Legend
Hi,

Tried to search the forums, didn't found what I wanted, so I'm asking here. So I found a classified ad about a pair of circa 2007 Pure Drive Cortex Plus. Extended length and my gripsize which is hard because of the over abundance of grip 2 or 3 racquets in Europe. 100€ (think $100 dears Americans) for the pair. Searched the specs, found the TW review. Light, but incredibly high inertia (almost 340!).
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/REVIEWS/BPD2S/BPD2SReview.html
Even if I know the SW of Babolat frames was sensibly reduced in the latest versions, I still am quite surprised. So, for those who played this racquet in both standard and extended length, your advice is welcome. I would've tried it if I could; however it's going to be difficult to find a demo version of those racquets.

Thanks in advance.
 

jayserinos99

Hall of Fame
I used the PDC for a season. Strung with natgut mains, isospeed crosses. At the time, compared to the PD Team, it was much more comfortable and I could use it without arm pain. Just really hated the muted feel however and it felt too plasticky. If it's $100 for the pair, I'd pick it up and fiddle with it some. I can't say too much about the PDC+ as I only briefly hit with it and I'm still not a big fan of extended frames but that 340sw is pretty accurate.
 

Lukhas

Legend
Thanks for the reply.

Well, if I wanted to tweak it, the only way would be to add weight in the handle. The SW doesn't allow a lot of customization in the hoop, and I prefer extended length racquets. Even then, the strung weight doesn't really bother me.

As far as my experience of racquets with a relatively low static weight for the SW, I used to use the Blade 98 in both BLX and Amplifeel versions, but the PDC seems to swing even heavier.
 

caesar66

Professional
Very muted with an oddly high swingweight. I bought one and really wanted it to work for me but I just never really connected with the frame. It was a cannon on serve, though.
 

Lukhas

Legend
Thanks for the answer. I hope I cannot go wrong with this pair; even if the very high SW may take time to be accustomed to. I don't think I will dislike it since I liked it with the Blade: it forced me not to arm my strokes. But it will take some time to use a slower, smoother swing than I'm used to. Which I don't think is a bad thing, but I have to be aware it won't be easy.
Currently I'm using something that resembles the Radicals of the past, where the power comes more from very high swing speed rather than the racquets inherent characteristics. Not easy to play with, I want to make my life easier. For those who may know the frame, it's an Art€ngo TR 930 Flaxfiber.
 
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user92626

G.O.A.T.
Click to enlarge. The seller asks 50€ for both racquets. What do you think?
Awesome rackets, awesome deal if all you're looking for is cheap, great playable rackets.

If you fancy nice paint job, psychological satisfaction with new techs, then don't buy them.

I'm using its peer, apdc and I can't imagine anything better.
 

Lukhas

Legend
Bought the frames 50€ for both. Almost no graphite showing bar two or three spots. Plenty of paint chips though, the paint seems thick. The previous owner must have iron in the skin of his hands: firm leather grip on a Pure Drive... :lol: Absolutely no cushioning whatsoever.
We'll see how this works. Will string with Hexy Fiber copy Hex Multi. I'll try to report when I'll hit next Thursday.
 
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Lukhas

Legend
Played 1 1/2 hour with it... Much easier to play, the SW didn't felt as huge as I though it'd be (thanks to the leather grip). A bit quick out of the stringbed though: I'll have to learn how to handle the lower pocketing. It cannot have that sweet sensation of the frame flexing when you hit the sweetspot that you almost live for when you use a much more flexible frame, but I can live with that because it's much easier to play.

I don't feel like I'm honeymooning on that racquet. I feel that it's a trade: things you liked that are gone, and other things that are valuable take the place.
 
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