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Babolat New Pure Drive 107 Tennis Racquet

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Racquet Specs

  • Head Size:  107 sq. in MP
  • Length: 27.25 inches
  • Weight: Strung — 10.5 oz Unstrung — 9.9 oz
  • Tension: 55-62 Pounds
  • Balance:  3 Pts Head Light
  • Beam Width: 23/25/23mm
  • Composition: Graphite/Tungsten
  • Flex: 69
    • Grips Type: Syntec
    • Power Level: Medium
    • String Pattern:
      16 Mains / 19 Crosses
      Mains skip:8T, 8H
        One Piece
      No Shared Hole
    • Swing Speed: Moderate
    • Swing Weight: 299

Babolat New Pure Drive 107 Tennis Racquet


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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.

BABOLAT New Pure Drive 107 Tennis Racquet

Groundstrokes
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!

Volleys
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. Again, 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.

Serves
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.

Overall
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.


 


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