The 2021 Pure Drive Team, one step lighter than the Pure Drive, brings a new level of power and feel with advanced technological additions. This racquet should appeal to a wide range of players from beginners, rising intermediates to experienced club players who prioritize lightweight performance.
This version features "High Torsional Rigidity" which is an update to it's graphite construction which results in increased energy transfer on ball strike. Players should notice this effect even more on heavier shots which should result in increased power potential. With increased power comes the potential for players to encounter more vibration. Smartly, Babolat also updated their vibration control with improved vibration filtering material, "SWX Pure Feel", which should assist with reducing vibration, especially on off-center hits without sacrificing the feel of the ball.
Babolat has kept much of what has made the previous generations popular. At 100 square inches, the head size is a typical size for the majority of players and should provide a blend of control and power while it's open string pattern will generate easier spin and power. It's weight at 10.1 ounces brings easier maneuverability with enough stability for impressive power and depth from deep in the court. It's head-light balance assists with all-court play enabling faster cuts at the ball for easier spin or quick corrections.
When compared to a traditional flat-beam racquet, the elliptical frame shape carried over from previous generations offers extra stability and energy transfer due to it's resistance to twisting especially on off-center hits which translates to more consistent power. This should become more apparent for players who prefer to stick at the baseline and hit heavier shots.
With Babolat's improvements to its Team edition, players looking for a racquet to stand up to aggressive play with exceptional maneuverability for easier cuts at the ball should give this a try. New players will welcome the dynamic experience this racquet brings with it's trademark power and spin-friendly potential.
- Head Size: 100 sq. inches
- Length: 27 inches
- Weight: 10.1 oz / 285 g unstrung
- Balance: 7 pts head light unstrung
- Swingweight: 314
- Beam width: 23mm / 26mm / 23mm
- Flex: 69 RA
- Tension Range: 50-59 lbs / 23-27 kg
- String Pattern: 16/19
- Style #: 2021