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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Racquet Review of the Week - Babolat Pure Drive 107

Babolat Pure Drive 107

When I first picked up the Babolat New Pure Drive 107, I’ll admit I was skeptical. I had never used an oversize racquet (usually considered 105 sq. in. or greater), and I didn’t love the idea of trying one out. After years playing college tennis followed by a brief stint in the professional ranks, I figured I was a mid-size to mid-plus user for life. But after a test drive, the Pure Drive 107 may have changed my mind.

Net Play & Serving

The Pure Drive performed as expected on the volleys. As with most Babolats, I didn’t feel like the racquet was made for a net player, but then again, there aren’t too many of those left out there. I did enjoy the pop I got with this racquet as well as the forgiveness that comes with a slightly larger head size. The racquet is also light, and as a result, very maneuverable. Mid-tension for this racquet is 58.5 lbs, but I would recommend going up a pound or two if you are looking for a bit more control on your serve. Other than that, I thought it was really easy on my elbow and shoulder, which I have had problems with in the past.

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From the Baseline

In addition to having a larger head size, the Pure Drive 107 is quite a bit lighter than the original Pure Drive. I thought I might struggle to create spin (and therefore control) given that the 107 is a slightly head light frame, but the effect was negligible. In fact, the larger head size was much more forgiving than the racquet I currently use. I may be on to something with this oversize thing!

Conclusion

Well, call me an oversize believer. Instead of experiencing flimsiness like I anticipated, this racquet actually felt sturdy and powerful. It also makes a great teaching racquet for you teaching pros out there. It’s easy on the arm, but can still handle high-level play.

About the Reviewer: Brooke Henderson is a former Division I NCAA player and has a USPTA P1 rating.

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