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Babolat Pure Drive Tennis Rackets

Introducing the world's most iconic power racket; the Babolat Pure Drive. Updated with new technologies, the Babolat Pure Drive is among the game-changing elite, revolutionising tennis by providing players with more power, more feel and more performance. Affectionately known as the “blue” racket, the Pure Drive and the players that use it make up a clearly identified tribe in the tennis world. Embracing its colourful roots, the electric blue of the new Pure Drive visibly reflects the power long associated with this racket, giving players confidence as they enter the courts, and sending a strong signal to their opponents. The first Team Babolat Players to adopt the new Pure Drive include Garbiñe Muguruza (SPA), Fabio Fognini (ITA), Mikael Ymer (SWE) and Sofia Kenin (USA). 

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Babolat Pure Drive Rackets Range

The range consists of the standard Pure Drive weighing in at a classic 300g weight and a 100 sq in head size. This model suits the majority of intermediate and advanced players, but in all honesty, we have seen players of all standards and abilities use this racket. It is so popular, and no-one has ever complained that they did not like the racket. A racket for the ages indeed! 

The Babolat Pure Drive variations explained:

  • Pure Drive: Standard model weight 300g, 100 size head.
  • Pure Drive Team : A lighter weight at 285g, 100 size head.
  • Pure drive Lite: Weight 270g, 100 size head
  • Pure Drive Super-Lite: Weight 255g, 100 size head
  • Pure Drive 107: Weight 285g, 107 size head
  • Pure Drive 110: Weight 255g, 110 size head
  • Pure Drive 98: Weight 310g, 98 size head
  • Pure Drive Plus+: Weight 300g, 100 size head and 1/2 inch longer than standard.

For 30 years, the Pure Drive has been known as THE racket for players who want more power. The combination of power and versatility allows them to take risks and dictate play. For this new generation of the iconic Pure Drive, Babolat has extended the legendary power on every shot that competitive, demanding players have come to expect from this racket. While offering the best possible feel through a unique management of vibrations and unrivalled comfort.


The Evolution of the Pure Drive - a timeline.

1994 - After a century dedicated to producing the best strings and accessories, Babolat decided on their first foray into tennis rackets to be the iconic Babolat pure Drive, with its game changing Elliptical cross-section. Here at tennisnuts, we were the first people to recognise that this would be a game changing racket, and we were the earliest stockist of this racket in the UK. The racket actually helped to cement our reputation in the UK as the provider of all pro rackets from around the world.

1997 - This update brought about Carlos Moya's victory at the French Open in 1998.

1999 - The Woofer system is introduced, providing even more power to the racket, while retaining the existing control. Produces an outstanding win for the French team on grass in Australia!

2002 - With this model, Andy Roddick sets the world record for the fastest serve at the time - 249 km/h. He also sets the trend for slightly longer rackets (0.5 inches) longer Pure Drive +plus. Kim Clijsters wins US Open in 2003.

2006 - The cortex system is introduced, which helps in only allowing necessary vibrations for enhanced feel and is also brilliant for tennis elbow sufferers.

2009 - Kim Clijsters wins multiple majors with this model. Li Na becomes the first Asian winner of a grand slam at the French Open, with a global audience of 400 million.

2012 - New blue colour and enhanced Cortex system. Garbiñe Muguruza starts using the racket.

2014 - The smart PLAY racket introduced, bringing the pro stats through an app to anyone using the racket.

2015 - New stringing pattern based on analysis of smart data from the play model. Muguruza starts winning majors. 

2018 - Cortex inside the handle for ultimate feel and vibration control. SMAC aerospace technology introduced. Fabio Fognini and Sofia Kenin join the stable of users. 

2021 - SMAC 2.0 introduced, Muguruza continues winning big tournaments and a new generation of players start using the Pure Drive, like Arthur Cazaux, Clara Burel and Carolina Pliskova.

2024 - The latest addition to this iconic racket is the 30th Anniversary model, with a new design incorporation all the blue colours that have been used over the years in this historical racket.

This is the culmination of all the fantastic technology introduced by Babolat over the years for this iconic racket. 

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