What racket should a longtime Pure Drive user switch to?

Samds0426

New User
First off, thanks to everyone answering these forums. You all have really helped me improve my equipment, answered my questions, and gave me tips on stringing.

So, I have been a pd user for a long time and I currently use the 2018 model. I have experienced zero pain with the pd. I recently tried hitting with the blade and strike for a couple hours with each. I enjoyed some aspects of them and
missed others, but in general they sold me on a control oriented racket. What is a great racket for a lifelong pd user to switch to? Or can I take a cheaper approach by adding lead to the frame, especially to the handle?
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
If you want something in the spirit of a Pure Drive but with a 98” head like a Strike or Blade for a bit more maneuverability and precision — I assume you tried the standard models of these in 98”, although there are 100” versions too —demo the Dunlop FX 500 Tour, EZONE 98, or Clash 98. I guess the Pure Drive VS also fits the spec, but honestly I think it’s overpriced without being significantly better than the competition.
 

Anton

Legend
First off, thanks to everyone answering these forums. You all have really helped me improve my equipment, answered my questions, and gave me tips on stringing.

So, I have been a pd user for a long time and I currently use the 2018 model. I have experienced zero pain with the pd. I recently tried hitting with the blade and strike for a couple hours with each. I enjoyed some aspects of them and
missed others, but in general they sold me on a control oriented racket. What is a great racket for a lifelong pd user to switch to? Or can I take a cheaper approach by adding lead to the frame, especially to the handle?
It's hard to give a good answer to that without knowing more about your game.

Having said that, if you want some more control I could recommend this demo list:

Head Speed MP,
Babolat Pure Strike 98
Yonex EZONE 98
Wilson Blade 98
Wilson Pro staff 97
 

TennisHound

Legend
First off, thanks to everyone answering these forums. You all have really helped me improve my equipment, answered my questions, and gave me tips on stringing.

So, I have been a pd user for a long time and I currently use the 2018 model. I have experienced zero pain with the pd. I recently tried hitting with the blade and strike for a couple hours with each. I enjoyed some aspects of them and
missed others, but in general they sold me on a control oriented racket. What is a great racket for a lifelong pd user to switch to? Or can I take a cheaper approach by adding lead to the frame, especially to the handle?
You could always try a PD Tour. I preferred it to adding weight to the PD. The “slightly” heavier Tour has more control.
 

RobS

Rookie
For a little more control and feel without sacrificing much power or spin, the Head Speed MP would be my first choice since it keep you in a 100 head. If you want to drop down from 100 to 98, there are a bunch of options. My 3 favorites are the Yonex Ezone and Vcore 98's and the Head Extreme Tour.
 

beltsman

Legend
First off, thanks to everyone answering these forums. You all have really helped me improve my equipment, answered my questions, and gave me tips on stringing.

So, I have been a pd user for a long time and I currently use the 2018 model. I have experienced zero pain with the pd. I recently tried hitting with the blade and strike for a couple hours with each. I enjoyed some aspects of them and
missed others, but in general they sold me on a control oriented racket. What is a great racket for a lifelong pd user to switch to? Or can I take a cheaper approach by adding lead to the frame, especially to the handle?
Speed MP. Same size, more control, better feel, not low power.

But you could demo. Don't forget to demo the smaller brands (if you can) like Diadem, Zus, etc.
 
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