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Beginning players seeking a powerful and maneuverable racquet need look no further than the Babolat Drive Z 118. The Super Oversize head ensures there is plenty of power behind every shot. A large sweetspot makes finding depth a snap, even off a short and abbreviated swing. Faster swings allow easy access to spin. The overall response from the racquet is comfortable from all areas of the court. Comfort at contact is enhanced by Babolat's Smart Grip and Cortex technologies. The grip is contoured to fit the shape of the hand and is designed to offer more control with less racquet twisting. The Cortex system filters out the harmful racquet vibrations, leaving the player with plenty of ball feel and comfort. At net the Drive Z 118 provides enough power to keep volleys deep and effective. Mobility is enhanced by the light weight (only 9.9 ounces, strung) and a manageable swingweight. On serve the Drive Z 118 continues to impress with power. We found lots of ball speed off the stringbed. The forgiving response means even shots hit off-center leave the strings with ample pace. All in all, the Drive Z 118 is a must hit for beginning players seeking a powerful yet mobile racquet that's also big on comfort.

Super OS Specs
Head Size:
118 sq. in. / 761 sq. cm.
Length: 27.5 inches / 70 cm
Strung Weight: 9.9oz / 281g
Balance: 5 pts Head Heavy
Swingweight: 319
Stiffness: 68
Beam Width: 28 mm Straight Beam
Composition: Graphite / Zylon Matrix
Power Level: High
Swing Speed: Slow-Moderate
Grip Type: Smart Grip
String Pattern:
16 Mains / 20 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H
One Piece
No shared holes
String Tension: 50-60 pounds

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