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BABOLAT PLAY Pure Drive

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Launched: 2014

Subcategory: Tour Racquets

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POPULARITY

28.4%

RATE

3.80

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Babolat PLAY Pure Drive
$199.00
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BABOLAT Play Pure Drive Tennis Racket
$463.77
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$399.00
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General Information

Tennizoom ID:
217895
Product:
BABOLAT PLAY Pure Drive
Product Group:
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Launched:
2014

Technologies

Woofer: Provides 25% more contact time between the ball and strings. Eliminates string lock-up and increases sweet spot size - improving forgiveness during off-center shots and absorbing shock. Delivers extra power and more control, with a comfortable feel.

CORTEX: The Cortex System provides 25% more contact between the ball and strings. The handle and the frame of Babolat Rackets that use the Cortex System are actively linked by the CDS (Cortex Dampening System) which filters and dampens the vibration that can interfere with racket feel. Unwanted high vibration frequencies are removed while low vibration frequencies are preserved, thus enhancing feel.

Graphite / Tungsten: A hybrid material containing braided carbon fibers and tungsten filaments is threaded throughout the entire racquet, improving performance, giving 10% additional energy recovery for even more power, and granting players unmatched control and feel.

Babolat PLAY : One of the most exciting technological advances in the history of racquet technology, the Babolat PLAY Pure Drive comes with a sensor in the handle to track all aspects of your game. This data is easily uploaded to your smartphone, tablet, or computer, where a detailed snapshot of your game awaits. You can even compare the results with friends or the wider community of PLAY users. Analyze your game: Learn more about your game to better perform. Analyze all aspects of your game, including your style, your new skills, whether your backhand is improving, when you break a personal record, or even an international record. Follow your evolution: Track the progression of your game. Obtain an easy and detailed overview of your development by looking at past sessions to see where you were and how you have improved. Improve your skills: Easily see which strokes you use most often, and which you haven’t implemented into your game. Vary and improve your style to unlock new skills and reach the next level. Check your tennis pulse: Obtain an overview of your tennis game with “Pulse”—a dynamic interface that changes according to the power, the technique, and endurance of your game. “Pulse” changes according to your game improvement and motivates you to play more.

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Specifications

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Head size
100 sq. in.
645 sq. cm
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Length
27 in.
68,58 cm
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Strung weight
11.2 oz.
318 g
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Balance
13.0 in.
33,02 cm
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Balance points
4 pts HL
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Stifness
73
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Grip type
Babolat Syntec Pro
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Composition
Graphite Tungsten

Extended Specifications

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Swingweight
312
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Swing speed
Medium-Fast
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Power level
Low-Medium
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Beam width
23,5mm / 26mm / 22,5mm
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String pattern
16 / 19
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Stringing type
Two Pieces
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Stringing tension (pounds)
50 - 66 lbs
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Stringing tension (kg)
23 - 30 kg

User Reviews

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Distribution of Ratings

5stars
(4)
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3stars
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2stars
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1stars
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Average Rating

3.80

Feature Averages

Serves

(4.10)

Volleys

(3.90)

Slice

(4.10)

Topspin

(4.00)

Returns

(4.10)

Groundstrokes

(4.20)

Sabine Meier


Player Level: 3 |badges4 |


I have been playing with Babolat racquets for years.

I have been playing with Babolat racquets for years. I was very intrigued with the concept of the Pure Drive Play and did lots of research prior to diving in and making the purchase. It plays exaclty like the Pure Drive and I could not tell any difference in weight or feel. As stated in several comments, the racquet inspires you to play, and not just play, but improve your play. I found that I concentrate more on my hits, because I know when I make a mishit, the racquet will record it, and my numbers will go down. It inspires you to do drills to complete each skill set. It encourages you to compete against the Play community which is thousands strong. But as also stated, the racquet is not without faults. After a month of playing daily, and having over 4500 hits on my racquet, the USB receptacle became dislodged. I contacted Babolat and they instructed me to provide the receipt to the point on purchase and I was able to hold on to the broken racquet until my replacement arrived. Unfortunately after a few weeks of waiting for the replacement, I received the wrong grip size. It has since been replaced and Babolot is sending me a few packs of strings to make up for the issue. I am very pleased with the way Babolat handled the situation. With all new products and technology there is some expected growing pains. I use Babolat RMP Blast 17/VS Natural Gut 16 Hybrid strings with the RPM on the mains at 58 and the VS on the crosses at 60. I have great feel and lots of control. My game has vastly improved with the use of this racquet, and of course plenty of lessons. It is nice to be able to sit down with my coach at the end of the session and go over my numbers. If you have the money to spend, I highly recommend this racquet.

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Klaus Weber


Player Level: 6 |


I love what this racquet can do at times. My husband

I love what this racquet can do at times. My husband and I share it and we have used it successfully on more than 20 occasions reassigning it to each other, now this no longer works -- it only gathers and gives data on my husbands account and I have now lost all of my points -- its very irritating playing so carefully practicing the shots and then when it comes to downloading my data it states 100% data downloaded, see session, then there is nothing. My last downloaded data was in August and it has not recorded anything since. Babolat has taken my call and state they will get back to me. It worked just fine when we first had it. I'm a very disappointed person.

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Charlotte Morel


Player Level: 5 |


I finally received my replacement Babolat Play. After

I finally received my replacement Babolat Play. After 4 hours of playing with it, it went off. I could never bring it to life again. Another one dead and this one in less than 4 hours. Called Babolat and they came up with a few lame excuses and here I am waiting on they're good will to replace this one as well. Never seen nothing like this. Seems like there are some design flaws.

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Bonaventura Rossi


Player Level: 2.5 |badges2 |


After getting a few sessions to synchronize from the

After getting a few sessions to synchronize from the racquet to the phone and/or usb/computer, the connection no longer happens. I've tried the racquet reset, to no avail. I have opened a support ticket with Babolat, and here's the really crazy thing, I can no longer use google in chrome to search for a resolution. As an earlier poster wrote, I am also in IT and keenly interested in resolving this issue. Looking forward to demo'ing the new Shot Stats product, I may have made a poor choice buying this racquet.

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Karp Krumin


Player Level: 4.5 |


new racquet

I just bought this racquet and my gosh there is so much spin! But switching from the BLX Pro Open to this is a huge difference and I feel that there's no control with this Babolat! Compared to my BLX that is. Overall, I think there is great access to spin and power! Hopefully control comes later after a few more hitting sessions.

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Lynn Keeton


Player Level: 5.5 |


First of all, the Pure Drive is a great racquet

First of all, the Pure Drive is a great racquet -- excellent balance of power and control. As for the Play technology I am really enjoying it. Is it 100 % accurate? No, I don't think so but it really motivates me to practice more and work on getting my technique score higher, etc. And I will say when I go practice and feel like I'm hitting with better technique the racquet stats agree. Is it worth an extra $200? Probably not, but if you want to be an early adopter that's the price you pay. I am happy with it, so if you are willing to treat yourself a little I say go for it!

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Aine Pressley


Player Level: 4 |badges1 |


Veryy happy

The racquet plays exactly like the regular Pure Drive now that my husband restrung it for me. Don't know why but the string job from Wilson was tight, I was worried it was the racquet, but it was the strings. I have played with it four times and was able to get data off the racquet from each playing session unlike the prior review. I do have issues if I try to use the cable to connect to the computer and download the data. I just use the bluetooth function on my phone and it seems to work okay. I find it very interesting to see how the racquet things I am hitting. I am a 4.0 player and am always told that I hit with a lot of topspin; however the racquet says I really hit far more flat shots. I have used it primarily for practice hitting on the ball machine so far and only one match but it will be interesting to see the stats as I play more matches

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Heathcote Tilley


Player Level: 7 |badges1 |


I had a different experience from the previous reviewer

I was able to download the app on all of my devices. I was able to upload the data for all of my sessions and got some interesting data about my skills and technique. I demoed the racquet during a three-day tennis camp, so I got a lot of use out of it and a ton of information. As a result, I decided to set some goals, e.g. to hit my serves with more pace, to try to hit more of my shots in the sweet-spot., etc. I wish there was a way for the app to record information on volleys. I also wish the information could be given in mph rather than percentage. All in all, if this "computerized" racquet is a hit with recreational players, I see other companies following Babolats lead in the not so distant future and with a lower price tag

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George Calzada


Player Level: 2.5 |badges1 |


Exceptionally disappointing

Unfortunately for Babolat, the software that accompanies the racquet just doesn't appear to be ready for prime time. I have played with the racquet three times as a demo and managed to get it to record data just once. The other times the desktop software told me it was uploading my software and then when I logged into the website there was no data. I immediately went back to the racket to try to reload the data but was told that the racquet was empty. I am an IT professional and this happened to me twice. Exceptionally disappointing. Expect and deserve more for the price

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Fannie Berggren


Player Level: 3 |


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After borrowing this racquet for a week from a friend (who's given up on it completely), it's become clear why there was such a long delay between the promotional launch and the product release -- not to mention the radical feature simplification, of the Babolat PLAY Racquet. It does not work. Not in any reliable, practical way. It's a total sham. This, from a company that usually has superior products, feels like a cynical ploy to recoup their R and D costs. Why else do you release a line of bluetooth racquets that have such glaring functionality and connectivity issues? Sometimes you can upload data to your mobile device, sometimes you can't. Sometimes it will tell you've succeeded doing so just to let you wonder when the data went. How do you say 'gone forever' in French? Once or twice, it honestly seemed like the data it recorded had nothing to do with my hitting session. I don't hit flat balls on either side. So why is it recording flat shots? Don't even get me started about the button controls. Really, how can they sell this for $400?!

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