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Racquet Review: Babolat Pure Drive 107

Thursday, March 01, 2012 /by

Babolatpuredrive107MSRP: $189
HEAD SIZE: 107 SQ. IN.
LENGTH: 27.2 IN.
WEIGHT: 10.4 OZ.
BALANCE: 2 PTS. HL
SWINGWEIGHT: 298
FLEXIBILITY: STIFF
BEAM WIDTH: 22-25-23MM
STRING PATTERN: 16 X 19
IDEAL SWING: SHORT TO MEDIUM
NTRP: 2.5 TO 4.5

The Pitch: The Babolat Pure Drive 107 features an updated Cortex System, which Babolat claims dampens vibrations for comfort and restores more energy from every impact for maximum power. In keeping with the Pure Drive design, the 107 is constructed with Woofer technology, a grommet system that expands the sweetspot and increases dwell time by engaging more strings upon impact, as well as Graphite Tungsten (GT) materials in the hoop and core for added stability and power.

How It Tested: The Pure Drive 107 has the largest head size in the Pure Drive family, allowing players a considerably bigger sweet spot and greater margin of error for more power and depth. And like the Pure Drive Lite, the 107 weighs in well under eleven ounces—the racquet equivalent of a feather—which allowed easy maneuverability and bountiful swing speed to baseliners and doubles players with shorter strokes. As one 3.5 playtester with Eastern strokes put it, “The racquet’s light weight made it somewhat twisty, but it was also easier to get balls back that were struck at me quickly. The ball really ‘popped’ off the strings, which sometimes affected control.” In a similar vein, another 4.0 playtester claimed the 107 “had almost too much head speed and too much power for someone who hits a flat ball with little topspin.” Though, surely, this isn’t a problem for everyone; beginners with slower swings and older players who have lost a bit of form should appreciate the Pure Drive 107’s extra forgiveness.

Bottom Line: Ideal for the weekend warrior.


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