So I played with the 2015 Pure Drive today...

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
The new PJ is mostly white with blue stripes and black on the top. Beautiful cosmetics.

Ask anything regarding the racquet and il try my best to answer your question.
did babolat keep the Swing weight relatively low just like they had done on current model ? Thanks
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
Bad timing for me?

I just switched to the PD from the K Six-One-Tour 90 recently. I wanted to switch to a lighter frame, as I'm nearing 50 and have not hit much for a few years (getting back into it). I have always used the Wilson Pro Staff line (from the old 85" to the 90" frames), and briefly tried the APD about 4 years ago. I could not feel the ball and it took time to get my serve dialed in. I sold those frames, then went back to the Wilson Tour 90. I did some research & went back to Babolat & tried some demos. The PD is a much more solid racquet IMHO, compared to the older APD, and felt much better than the current APD as well (really felt off to me...)> I'm as curious as everyone else to see if the new version of the PD includes more control than the current frame.
 

srvnvly

Hall of Fame
I just switched to the PD from the K Six-One-Tour 90 recently. I wanted to switch to a lighter frame, as I'm nearing 50 and have not hit much for a few years (getting back into it). I have always used the Wilson Pro Staff line (from the old 85" to the 90" frames), and briefly tried the APD about 4 years ago. I could not feel the ball and it took time to get my serve dialed in. I sold those frames, then went back to the Wilson Tour 90. I did some research & went back to Babolat & tried some demos. The PD is a much more solid racquet IMHO, compared to the older APD, and felt much better than the current APD as well (really felt off to me...)> I'm as curious as everyone else to see if the new version of the PD includes more control than the current frame.
Did you add any lead tape to your PD? Just curious, as you're coming from a much heavier frame. I think the black PD is a good racquet, it would be better with a higher stock swing weight (320s).
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
Using stock Pure Drive

Did you add any lead tape to your PD? Just curious, as you're coming from a much heavier frame. I think the black PD is a good racquet, it would be better with a higher stock swing weight (320s).
I really like the lightness of the stock PD. Because it is solid, and feels balanced well, the lightness is not bothering me "yet". I was ahead of a lot of balls early on, but have adjusted. The only change I have made, as of this past weekend, was to switch from 17g RPM Blast string to 16g RPM Blast. I'm going with 52 lbs on the mains and 50 lbs on the crosses. As I already hit hard, I feel I get better control and consistency with the 16g string. The 16g string feels more solid as well. There is something about 17g strings where I feel like I'm hitting the ball on two strings. It just feels strange... I eventually might experiment with lead tape to add a little weight if needed. I'm going to test out some other strings as well, such as Solinco Tour Bite 16.
 

dgoran

Hall of Fame
100% agree pure drive for me needs 16 gauge and it's plays much more solid unless you are forcing spin via buggy whip forehand
 

Jurgen78

New User
Hey, is that the new Pure Drive on page 34 of Tennis Industry magazine?...

The article goes...
The French company has designated 2015 as “The Year of the Pure Drive”. The model has been among the top-selling racquets for more than a decade and is still going strong. The Pure Drive lineup will get a head start on the New Year with all new technology and graphics, and will come in several variations, including the Pure Drive Team, Pure Drive Lite, Pure Drive Tour and Pure Drive 107. Additions will also include an oversize model, Pure Drive 110, that is reported to play like a smaller frame with tons of control, along with the Pure Drive Power, according to the company. The new line is scheduled to ship to dealers in November in time for the holiday season.

 

abcman

New User
Hey, is that the new Pure Drive on page 34 of Tennis Industry magazine?...

The article goes...
The French company has designated 2015 as “The Year of the Pure Drive”. The model has been among the top-selling racquets for more than a decade and is still going strong. The Pure Drive lineup will get a head start on the New Year with all new technology and graphics, and will come in several variations, including the Pure Drive Team, Pure Drive Lite, Pure Drive Tour and Pure Drive 107. Additions will also include an oversize model, Pure Drive 110, that is reported to play like a smaller frame with tons of control, along with the Pure Drive Power, according to the company. The new line is scheduled to ship to dealers in November in time for the holiday season.

Yes, it is. you can find better pic on "the tennis tour" :twisted:
 

Devil_dog

Hall of Fame
Nice to see they're adding a "team" version. I play with the older AP team model and love it but if and when I upgrade the Pure Drive Team might be right in my wheelhouse.
 

Hankenstein

Hall of Fame
Love the design. Also appreciate that its same design on both sides. Dont like it when its different colors on the frame. Is the English word "unison" design?

It will be very interesting to see how the new developed string pattern plays like. If there are any difference in the feel.
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
They are going back to the light blue again? Not a fan.
I love the dark blue/black cosmetic of the 2012 PD's. Best ever IMO.
 

SFrazeur

Legend
Love the design. Also appreciate that its same design on both sides. Dont like it when its different colors on the frame. Is the English word "unison" design?

It will be very interesting to see how the new developed string pattern plays like. If there are any difference in the feel.
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
I had a late generation Soft Drive with similar satin-textured paint and loved the finish.

I like how the Cortex blends into the frame instead of standing out.
 

jarko111

Professional
I have wonderful memories of the Blue pure drives with Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick. I like that their getting closer to that, again.
Plus, I think a Babolat line in the future, maybe a entirely new line, might want to take a black and white scheme. Maybe the aeropro strike?
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
Ask anything regarding the racquet and il try my best to answer your question.
So what was it like playing it?

Last time I played a PD was the swirly and I found it a bit of an insensitive Neanderthal thing: heavy, hollow and died out on me.

But PD's have come a long way, so yeah what was it like?

I really like the idea in this new one of varying string density. Since Wilson are trying ultra open Spin frames, the PD sounds like it's doing two things:

  1. looser in the sweetspot as well, because...
  2. denser in the upper hoop

Sounds promising.

Having played and enjoyed the spin in a Spin frame, I'd look for that again, for the spinny kaboom it brings, and yet greater density up top has got to bring control to all those out of sweetwpot shots we hit.

Is that how you found it actually worked?
 

BHud

Hall of Fame
So what was it like playing it?

Last time I played a PD was the swirly and I found it a bit of an insensitive Neanderthal thing: heavy, hollow and died out on me.

But PD's have come a long way, so yeah what was it like?

I really like the idea in this new one of varying string density. Since Wilson are trying ultra open Spin frames, the PD sounds like it's doing two things:

  1. looser in the sweetspot as well, because...
  2. denser in the upper hoop
The sweetspot is higher on Pure Drives so they increased string density higher in the hoop where most make ball contact. If anything, it should have more control and slightly less spin (all else being equal).
 

bertrevert

Hall of Fame
The sweetspot is higher on Pure Drives so they increased string density higher in the hoop where most make ball contact. If anything, it should have more control and slightly less spin (all else being equal).
So, a different drill pattern, and something else going on at 10 and 2, something in the actual build of the hoop,

see here
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/t31.0-8/1962040_910230852323803_2321524619316949551_o.jpg

Is this some sort of PWS, or differently flexed material, or braided?

Bringing control to the higher sweetspot is valuable. I recall the sweetspot of a PD being a bit ... er, a bit vague (imho) in that the woofers give that trampoline effect, and the stiffness gave less feel, and I had the wrong grip-size back then.

(I'm saying this just relative to other racquets, the PD nevertheless excelled at bringing power to the game!)

From what I understand they polarised the PD more - so that it became whippier, and the cortex reduced stiffness and pumped the feel back in.

So there appears to be two (more?) advances in this iteration...?
 

parasailing

Hall of Fame
If they move the sweet spot up, that is going to be a good thing for us rec players. Also, if it's more polarized, this might be the first Pure Drive that will work for me. I am using the Graphene Speed Pro and I like the polarized feel which helps me with my serve progression.

I love the color of the racquet and I might just buy one given how cool it look.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
^^^what is with pure drive team and pure drive Lite ? are they different and what is the point of these two models ?
 
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