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Racquet Specs

  • Head Size: 100 sq. in. MP
  • Length: 27.5 inches
  • Weight: Strung — 11.2 oz Unstrung — 10.6 oz
  • Tension: 55-62 Pounds
  • Balance: 5 Pts Head Light
  • Beam Width: 23/26/24mm
  • Grip Type: Syntec Pro
  • Power Level: Low-Medium
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses. Mains skip: 8T, 8H Two Pieces
  • Swing Speed: Fast
  • Swing Weight: 345

BABOLAT 2013 Aeropro Drive Plus Tennis Racquet Review


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Groundstrokes
The AeroPro Drive Plus is an imposing weapon for groundstrokes. This frame is capable of generating plenty of power off both wings. Coming from a fairly low power frame, it took me a little bit of adjustment to reign in the power the APD + is capable of producing. The Plus has a bit higher swing weight than the standard APD so it has a little more heft to bring around on the ball. However, on solid contact, that extra swing weight results in a heavy ball. I also appreciated the extra length on the backhand side. I felt like I could create a bit more leverage, especially on shots where I was stretched wide. It took a little bit of time to adjust to the extra length on the forehand side for me. The frame is capable of flattening out shots but it shines when hitting with topspin from either side. The racquet also enough mass to not be pushed around by bigger hitters, a testament to the wide range of ability levels this frame can match up with. The open pattern and spin generation also resulted in easy control on mid court sitters. I felt like I could be very aggressive on approaches. I had a bit of a lukewarm relationship with the feel on groundstrokes. At times I felt disconnected from the frame and had a bit of trouble feeling how firmly I was striking the ball. This concern tends to melt into the background when you move your feet well and crush a baseline winner though!

Volleys
The AeroPro Drive + is a capable performer at the net, despite its reputation as a baseline basher. I found it to be more maneuverable than I expected it to be. Put away volleys get finished off with ease from either side. It is not quite as maneuverable as some of the really head light racquets available but I found it had adequate ability to turn around quickly on reflex volleys even with the extended length. The primary weakness at the net for me was on drop and touch volleys. The slightly disconnected feel makes it a touch more difficult to impart to proper spin or slice on touch volleys. The standard AeroPro Drive has slightly better control and maneuverability at the net than the + model.

Serves
Serving was another area where the AeroPro Drive + shined for me. The extra length added some nice pop and kick to my serves. I was able to flatten out my first serve with good directional control and keep the pace and depth high as well. Kick serves were great as I was able move the ball around at will and get good height off of the court. I also found good success with slice serves staying low and moving out of the court. The added length helped create some angles I don’t usually get serving with standard length racquets. This is definitely a confidence inspiring racquet when you step to the baseline to serve.

Overall
The 2013 AeroPro Drive + lives up to its heritage as a powerful baseline and serving weapon. It is capable of tremendous power and spin, allowing you to dictate from the baseline at will. It is also a surprisingly capable performer when brought to net. It is not quite a precision scalpel, but it is definitely a cannon built for modern tennis! Best suited for 3.5+ players looking for the ultimate weapon to dictate aggressive baseline play with.