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Racquet Specs

  • Head Size: 100 sq. in MP
  • Length: 27.5 inches
  • Weight: Strung — 11.8 oz Unstrung — 11.1 oz
  • Tension: 55-62 Pounds
  • Balance: 5 Pts Head Light
  • Beam Width: 23/26/23mm
  • Composition: Graphite/Tungsten
  • Flex: 73
  • Grips Type: Syntec
  • Power Level: Medium
  • String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
    Mains skip: 8T, 8H
    One Piece
    No Shared Hole
  • Swing Speed: Moderate-Fast
  • Swing Weight: 338

BABOLAT New Pure Drive Roddick Plus Tennis Racquet


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It took me a few minutes and rallies to adjust to the New Pure Drive Roddick Plus, even though half an inch might not seem like much, it made it almost impossible for my opponent to get the ball past me. It’s not easy hitting a winner against a lengthy player like myself (6’5 to be exact), and it makes it even harder when I add an extra half inch to my already long wingspan. On the bright side (for me), I was able to generate tremendous power on my ground strokes and my serve.

BABOLAT New Pure Drive Roddick Plus Tennis Racquet

Groundstrokes
Yes, I did have to move my feet more than usual in order for me not to get jammed with the ball, and instead be able to rotate my shoulders while hitting through the ball. It’s a small price to pay, but a huge reward when I managed to do it correctly.

Volleys
Here is where I found myself not moving my feet enough, and not finding a very comfortable sweet spot on the racquet, especially when the ball was coming right at me. I had to take a couple steps back to give myself more time and space to hit a cleaner shot. If you are not as tall as me, I don’t think you’ll have any problems at the net with this racquet. It also offers great feel and control.

Serves
Now, the serve was my favorite shot to hit with this racquet! Power, control, spin, and feel, I was able to hit any type of serve. My opponent noticed the difference when I served with the Pure Drive Roddick Plus, because he had a hard time getting the return back in to play. Not only could I generate more spin, but I added a few miles per hour to my flat serve as well!

Overall
Overall I would rate the Babolat New Pure Drive Roddick Plus as followed (Scale 1-10, 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest):

Serve: 9.5
Ground Strokes: 9
Volleys: 8.5
Overhead: 9.5
Feel: 9
Control: 9
Power: 9.5