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Babolat New OverDrive 105 Racquet Review

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Racquet Specs

  • Head Size: 105 sq. in MP
  • Length: 27 inches
  • Weight: Strung — 9.8 oz Unstrung — 9.2 oz
  • Tension: 50-55 Pounds
  • Balance:  2 Pts Head Heavy
  • Beam Width: 23/26/23mm
  • Composition: Graphite
  • Flex: 70
  • Grips Type: Babolat Woofer
  • Power Level: Medium
  • String Pattern:
  • 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
    Mains skip: 8T, 8H
    One Piece
    No Shared Hole 
  • Swing Speed: Moderate-Fast
  • Swing Weight: 308

Babolat New OverDrive 105 Racquet Review

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 Babolat OverDrive 105

As predicted the racquet had excellent plow through, good control, great spin and more than enough power. Since the 105” head size is readily apparent, I really like it at the net, of course, more than anything. It was everything an intermediate or advanced player could need.  Though for my liking a little more control would do the job—which could easily be rectified by changing the strings to the Babolat RPM Blast and increasing the tension a little.  I felt the ball better than most racquets of this head size, I had good control, great touch and good power with not too much over hitting…  The overall balance is great. I would give it an A rating on the groundstrokes.

Return of Serve
The pivotal test!  My forehand return of serve, as predicted was awesome with tremendous power, decent control, very good feel and placement. A+ rating. The backhand was great…decent control, very good placement and a nice feel.  However, I lacked the power I needed to really drive the ball and I suspect that the lightness of the frame didn’t allow me to drive it like I wanted to, still an awesome stick to return with. B+ rating for backhand return.

Most of my game now is Men’s Doubles (4.0 to 4.5 type quality) so having a maneuverable stick that can generate power, feel and touch is critical. The Overdrive was great, and I really had no issues with the volleys at all. I was able to manage the racquet with no issues.  I had depth, placement and power. A+ for volleys.

So this is where I thought for sure my issues would begin. So it’s all timing, placement and a lot of effort.  I do like a head heavy racquet for serving, but at my age, my arm and body can’t take two hours of high-quality doubles without feeling it later.  I can say, without a doubt, that the Overdrive preformed 100% like it should.  It felt awesome, controlled and I produced great spin with an ample amount power. This leads me to believe maybe a small amount of lead-tape on the Overdrive would do a world of good.  I was very impressed with the way it performed on the serve. A rating.

This is a good racquet. No doubt. I’m not sure I’ve felt another racquet as pure as this one for its size head.  It had everything an  intermediate to advanced player would want.  A clear winner for 3.5+ players with medium swing speeds looking for a lighter more even balanced frame.


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