Saying an update to the Babolat Pure Drive is highly anticipated is like saying the sky is blue. This racquet's impressive popularity since its debut in 1994 is mainly due to two things: its easy playability and its intoxicating power levels. Although loved for its ability to make you feel like you're crushing the ball, it has also been maligned by some for its high stiffness levels. To address that in this new version, Babolat employs SWX Pure Feel, a material that helps reduce vibrations. Those changes in feel and comfort were noticed by our team of playtesters from the US, Europe and Australia, but the heart of the Pure Drive remains. Tennis players sometimes like to reference their racquet as a "weapon of choice," and the ferocity with which our team could attack their groundstrokes and serves with the Pure Drive might help explain why. When playing such an offensive game, controlling that power can be a challenge, and our playtesters found effective solutions to that challenge by adding spin or changing string setups. All in all, this version of the Pure Drive keeps to its powerhouse heritage and won't alienate fans, and updates to the feel might even make some new ones.