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Babolat Pure Drive Vs. Babolat Pure Aero Tennis Racquets

Babolat Pure Drive Vs. Babolat Pure Aero Tennis Racquets

New Babolat Rackets

Babolat usually updates its racquets every three years. Its most popular tennis racquets are the Pure Drive, the Pure Aero, and the Pure Strike. These racquets vary due to the different playing styles of competitors, and each offers a particular level of control, spin, power, feel, and maneuverability. Of the rackets mentioned above, the Pure Drive was updated most recently for 2021.

Babolat Pure Aero Tennis Racquet

The Babolat Pure Aero is a very important tennis racquet for Babolat. Launched in 2003 under the name of Aero Pro, Babolat claimed it was the world's first racquet designed and engineered specifically for spin. But that isn't what made it famous. The racquet was not intended to be produced commercially at the start and was designed in collaboration with players. One of those players was Rafael Nadal. He was the real focus with this racquet, with Eric Babolat, the company's CEO, explaining that they aimed to make a racquet that allows for remarkable power and spin. In 2004, the Spaniard had numerous breakthroughs on the ATP Tour with the racquet in question. The growing popularity of both Nadal and the racquet quickly led Babolat to make it for everyone.

The Aero has evolved over the years, but the basics remain the same. Besides helping generate huge power and spin with its large sweet spot, the racket is 300 grams unstrung. Its head size is 100 square inches, its strung weight is 318 grams, and the racket's stiffness is 67 RA.

Babolat Pure Drive Tennis Racquet

The Babolat Pure Drive Racquet was launched in 1994. This racquet is geared towards intermediate and advanced players. It has a higher stiffness than the Pure Aero, at 71 RA, but the rest of the specs are pretty much the same as the Aero. The racquet allows for incredible power from the back of the court. However, the Pure Drive is highly controllable and quite maneuverable. Moreover, its clever weight distribution ensures you don't strain your hand or wrist. The racquet uses SMAC technology to give you an unmatched feel on every shot.

Best Strings for Babolat Pure Aero

The best string for the Babolat Pure Aero racquet has to be the Babolat RPM Blast. You might have already guessed by the string's name that it has been designed to deliver tremendous spin on the ball. Rafael Nadal has used this string for his tailored Aero since 2010.

For those willing to compromise on the spin for extra comfort, a multifilament and polyester combination may turn out as the best string set-up.

RPM Blast

Best Strings for Babolat Pure Drive

Babolat recommends stringing the Pure Drive with either the RPM Power or Xcel. RPM Power is designed to deliver maximum spin and power, hence the name. As for the Babolat Xcel, it provides exceptional comfort and feel alongside good durability.

You should use the Babolat RPM Blast on your Pure Drive Racquet if you need maximum spin and control on your shots.

 

Babolat RPM Power string
Babolat Xcel strings

When is the New Babolat Pure Aero coming out?

The latest version of the Babolat Pure Aero came out three years ago in 2019. Babolat usually releases new versions every three years. Based on that, the new Babolat version should be released sometime later in 2022 or beginning of 2023.
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