Babolat Pure Drive 2018 is without a shred of hyperbole one of the most popular racquets ever made and for a good reason or a few. This racquet’s outstanding playability and easy acceleration has allowed a widespread appeal across all ability levels from beginners to top circuit players.
For the 2018 version of the Pure Drive, Babolat readjusts the string bed with FSI Power Technology. This includes diamond shaped grommet holes and wider string spacing. The result is a noticeable boost in power and spin potential. Babolat also updates its Cortex dampening system with a viscoelastic rubber used in the space industry. The upshot is better dampening, more comfort. Also a decidedly more muted feel than past versions of the Pure Drive.
How it Plays
On groundstrokes this version of the Pure Drive hits a powerful shot. Aggressive players who love to hit winners will love this racquet. The wider string spacing not only provides more spin to the ball, but it launches it at a higher trajectory, resulting in unpredictable curvy shots. At net the Pure Drive is potent. It offers quick handling and big put-away power, but it also feels quite solid for its weight class. Aggressive servers will find power and spin to enforce feeble returns.