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Comments: I'm amazed at how much power this light racquet has. It's very maneuverable and I can whip the ball
very easily with it. It feels quite solid as well, stable and comfortable. It is great for intermediate players like me, who can't handle
the heavier racquets but still want the feel of one of those.
From: Ben, 6/13
Comments: We ordered three of these racquets last year. Two were of good quality, but one was defective - the
connection between the head and the grip was loose. This defect is common for this racquet as I have seen others at my tennis
club have this problem with this specific racquet. We did ask for a replacement but it took multiple months to recieve. All in all,
the racquets are good but we will be returning one of them.
From: Alisa, 3/13
Comments: I went from a Dunlop Aerogel 500 Tour to this racket because the Dunlop was giving me arm
pain and felt too heavy. I should have appreciated the Dunlop more because I could not control my shots with the Pure
Drive GT Lite and many of the balls went flying out. I used it for hours but could not get used to the lack of control
compared to the Dunlop. A few good things about the racket are its excellent maneuverability which helped my serves
and made it easier to volley. Also the arm pain disappeared with this racket. But my overall game suffered so much
using this racket and my shots felt a lot less satisfying when hit with this light racket. I probably played 1 grade point
lower than i normally do. So for me it was a mistake playing with something this light. Pros play with rackets much
heavier than anything available to the public and they do alright. I think those who like this racket need to try a heavier
racket for a change because they may be pleasantly surprised if they do.
From: Dimitrios, 6/12
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: This racquet is great! All shots feel solid and it has great control. I used to play with a Prince
Hybrid, but shots feel a lot more solid with the Babolat Pure Drive GT Lite. When I first picked it up, I could feel some
pain in my
arm, but after getting use to it, there is no more arm pain and the racquet performs magnificently.
From: A, 5/12
String type and tension: Luxilion BB ALU Power 16L, 60lbs
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: I have played with this racquet for one year and I am 56 years old. I have always liked to play
racquets and solid as well. I am glad I picked this one and iI am very delighted. Of course, everyone has different
ideas about the racquets they play with and I don't blame them. But for me this is the one. Thank you Babolat.
From: Kamran, 3/12
Comments: This was my first Babolat and I've had it for one year and it's great! I also am playing with a
Tour GT with a heavier style and switched back to this one. It gives me tons of topspin which makes up for the little
lack in power.
I can volley with ease and place shots anywhere on the court I want to. Overall, an awesome stick.
From: Matt, 9/11
Comments: I'm 47 and I started to play tennis 6 years ago. Mostly played with
heavier racquets and for last two years I was playing with a Babolat Pure Drive Cortex. When I'm fresh, it's okay but
after hour or
so of intense playing, I start to feel some arm fatigue and my backswing is late and incomplete so my whole game
suffers. So I
decided to try something
easier to swing without losing much power. I had a few racquets under my consideration and after looking over all
comments and recommendations, my choice was the Babolat Pure Drive Lite GT. Only thing I was afraid of was how it
manage heavier balls and I can say it's even better then some slow ones! Compared to playing with standard Babolat
my forehand and backhand were better from very beginning, while my slice (backhand) and serve needed some
backswing (longer, faster swing). Overall my game got some improvement, and without getting any arm fatigued, which
important goal to achieve with new racquet in the first place. I highly recommend it!
From: Damir, 7/11
String type and tension: Babolat Pro Huricane Tour 24/23kg
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: This racquet has great control, and is very forgiving. Shots outside the sweetspot still feel
solid. It can
generate tons of topspin and slice. Seems to sacrifice a little power, but more than makes up for with its control. I've
demoing a bunch of racquets, and am sold on this one.
From: Rick. 5/11
String type and tension: Babolat Addiction @ 60 lbs
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: I use 2 handed backhand, and feel great. I use a lot of wrist action for great spin. Before the
hit, I lower
the racket head a lot and apply spin with wrist action and put body weight on the ball, then the ball flies heavy. Ball
direction has a
good control. This trick works for serve return too. Stay a foot behind baseline for 1st serve, and then return heavily
with spin. I
feel quite same way for backhands. For 2nd serve return advance a little and return very hard with spin. I added 0.3 oz
handle for headlight.
From: Kev, NY, USA, 03/11
String type and tension: Luxilon BB Alu 47 lb.
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: Excellent racquet! Great maneuverability and decent control, but where this frame really
shines is on
serves. Kick, slice, twist, flat; you name it, it's good for it. Lower power than most people assume, allowing for some
winners off the forehand. The only problem I had was with my one handed backhand. The lighter weight of the racquet
wrist to jerk more than I was accustomed to. In short, superb racquet from all areas of the court. Practically tailor made
modern counterpuncher. Leave it to Radwanska to find a racquet this phenomenal. However, if you have a classic- style
handed backhand like mine, this frame may pose some problems.
From: Patrick, 03/11
String type and tension: Babolat Synthetic Gut @ high tension
NTRP Rating: 5.5
Comments: At first it felt too light now I feel it is right to me somewhat small guy. Good control and
decent power. I like headlight so put some weight at the bottom of the handle. I can swing inside out well with
controllable spin as
well as taking big cuts. Lovely racket. Only thing bothers me is the Babolat white letter is too large but minor issue.
From: Kevin, NY, USA, 02/11
String type and tension: Luxilon BB Alu/Swiss Cannon turbo twist 47/53lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: I got this racquet about a year ago its helped lot. I used to have a crappy Babolat pulsar but I
to this frame because it was heavier and had nice control. I can now serve at 95 mph with this racquet instead of 70,
which was a
big difference for me. I also found that my serves and net shots were a lot more consistent but I could still hit
from the baseline. Overall a great racquet!
From: Anon, Perth, Australia, 02/11
NTRP Rating: 7.5
Comments: Is this racquet scheduled to be playtested?
From: Anon, 02/11
(Anon, we don't have any plans to review this frame at this time.--TW Staff)
Comments: Best racquet I've tried in a while. I tried the Babolat Aeropro team and Aeropro drive, as well
Head Speed Elite and the Babolat Pure Drive, and this was by far the most solid feeling of the selection. It's really
the head light aspect is perfect for me to bring the tip around and create killer topspin groundstrokes that trick the lot.
to have bought this one.
From: Nina, WY, USA, 02/11
String type and tension: Babolat natural gut (VS) 49-52 pounds
NTRP Rating: 4.5
Comments: I love this racket! It's heavier than what I'm used to, but it's very light-feeling and I feel I can
take a full,
quick swing at the ball without problem. It's weight gives me more stability when hitting off-centre shots and especially
playing with a hard-hitting opponent. The comfort of this racket is second to none (I tried the Aeropro Drive and found
dampened), even without a vibration dampener. Although I can't generate power too easily as I'm very petite, I have no
with the control and placement of balls. It's well-worth the demo for sure. Excellent racket all round!
From: Anon, Irvine, CA, USA, 01/11
String type and tension: Demo strings, 58lbs
NTRP Rating: 3.0 - 3.5
Comments: Great feeling and playing racket, but breaks too easily; and Babolat doesn't stand up to the
warranty very well. My daughter just turned 11 years old and has broken 3 of these rackets, in the top of the hoop, in
nine months. She doesn't abuse her rackets, but plays a lot and hits fairly hard. I was playing with her when her last
and it broke on a forehand stroke. Babolat did not honor the warranty on the first two rackets, so we switched brands
up 20 grams in weight in the aim of getting a more durable/substantial racket. To my surprise Babolat did honor the
the 3rd racket, which was more severely damaged then the first two rackets. But it was too late; we already switched
based on the 1st two rejections and 3rd breakage. Even though she loved the way the Pure Drive Lite played, we lost
faith in its
durability and Babolat's ability to stand behind their products. She is very happy with her new Tecnifibre TFight 295
From: Anon, TX/CA, USA, 12/10
String type and tension: Hybrid: Luxilon Alu Rough Mains (51) / Tecnifibre X-One Bi 17ga Crosses (55)
Headsize: 95 in2
Comments: I love this racquet I don't worry about arm injuries because it so light is has great feel, touch,
generate massive power, maneuverability and I reckon the best racquet in the world if your looking for a light weight
works perfectly with Babolat blast 16 and I could never beat this guy, with this racquet, now I can. Would recommend it,
From: James, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 12/10
String type and tension: Babolat RPM blast 16 60lbs
NTRP Rating: junior
Comments: My 11yr old daughter has just moved into this racquet from a Junior 26" Head Extreme and
loves it. I was after a racquet that was full sized, not too heavy and would help with her topspin. I am confident she will
this racquet for several years. Excellent for competitive juniors.
From: Jo, Australia. 10/10
String type and tension: MSV Focus Hex @ 55 lbs tension
Comments: I found the good comments to be true about this stick. The strung weight is not 10.5 as
have 2 of these now and they are both 10.2 strung. I have weighted them up to 11.1 and they feel very good to hit
sticks are so much easier to use than the original Pure Drives.
From: Mike, Huntersville, NC, USA, 09/10
String type and tension: Gamma Live Wire Pro 17g @ 57lbs
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: Great feel from every shot, especially volleys. Great combination with Babolat RPM blast 16.
amazing racquet. Recommend to anyone looking for more swing speed.
From: Jack, Bonners Ferry, ID, USA, 09/10
String type and tension: Babolat RPM blast 16 @ 60
NTRP Rating: Competitive junior
Comments: This racquet is cool...it's super maneuverable and control/spin is good. It has no plow
though so you
won't get power out of this.
From: Anon, 06/10
Comments: Great power, spin, maneuverability, and good control. The hybrid I have is great. You should
try this out.
From: Anon, Fairhope, AL. 6/10
String type and tension: Luxilon Big Banger in the mains @56 and Babolat Synthetic Gut in the crosses @58
Comments: GREAT racquet!! Was playing with the Babolat drive z lite cortex before and needed a heavier
I got this. I have 2 and I love it!! BUY IT NOW!!
From: Tom, Sarasota, FL, USA, 05/10
String type and tension: 56 lbs
NTRP Rating: 4.0-4.5
Comments: A very great racquet! I can get a lot of spin and pace and also take a pretty good cut at the
serves have a lot of pace. I would highly recommended this racquet to intermediate players.
From: Anon. 5/10
String type and tension: Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour @ 62
Comments: I demoed this racquet against my ball machine and what a gem! Currently playing with the
and I always had too much power along with little control. This racquet solved all my power and control problems. I
how accurate I was hitting my forehand side to side with great topspin on nylon strings. My two-handed backhand
could use a bit
more weight for solid contact, but I think with a dash of lead tape, that will solve the problem. My first serve lost a bit
probably due to the light head, but my second serve was very consistent in the box with excellent spin and pace. My
being is I hope the racquet is not too light where the frame doesn't pick up its fair share of vibration after contact that
to tennis elbow and shoulder, which I had before due to using a light racquet.
From: Steve, Salinas, CA, USA. 4/10
String type and tension: Nylon, 53 lbs.
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: I demoed this racquet. All together it was a good racquet and it was great for backhands,
slices, and my
serves. Although, I am somewhat of a beginner and found it hard to use this racquet with my experience (2 1/2) years.
From: Carter, Boise, USA. 03/10
String type and tension: Demo racquet 55-60
NTRP Rating: probably around 2
Comments: I love this racket, I've been struggling with the weight of the classic Pure Drive, so gave this
a try. I
find it a bit too light ordinarily, but a bit of lead tape has made a huge difference, and my game has improved
quite loosely it's fab for topspin from the baseline, and good solid feel on volley, a real find this one, and about time
bought in a lighter version :)
From: Clare, UK 03/10
Comments:This is a super racquet. It is light and not heavy. It is good for kids because it is light. This
the best racquet in the world. I like the color too, light blue is my favorite color and the racquet is light blue. There is
little piece of thing about the racquet that is wrong.
From: anon. 12/09
Comments: I am demoing this frame still but have already ordered my own. I have used numerous
racquets in the
past year but mainly with the Head MG RADICAL OS and then to the Head MG PRESTIGE MP and never felt 100%
either frame. The radical didn't have the control I was seeking and I was very inconsistent with the Prestige and I felt it
heavy for me even though the swing weight wasn't that bad. Being a smaller guy at 5'3" and 140lbs I decided to try
frames such as the Babolat PDLGT and the Prince Speedport Black Team. Both very good. But the PDLGT was amazing
aspect. For a light frame it is very solid and absorbs pace fine. My backhand and second serve were the most
improved. I'm still
seeking more power on my first serve but that will come from getting used to it more. Before this racquet I had lost
confidence in my game and then I found the PDLGT my savior. The feel is amazing and so maneuverable. Helps me
stay in the
rallies longer and if you hit with a lot of topspin and slice you will love it and it goes well with Babolat Addiction string.
recommended for small players.
From: KT, Ludlow MA 12/09
String type and tension: Babolat Addiction 58.5
Comments: I just got this racquet last week and it is the best racquet ever. It is a light, but still a
powerful one. I am
an aggressive baseliner and I like to hit balls with topspin. I have been playing for 3 years and this is the best racquet I
The only problem with me would probably the color. It looks kind of childish in a way, but that's a minor problem.
From: Pedro, Coronado, CA, USA. 11/09
String type and tension: 55 pounds
Comments: I recently purchased this racquet after trying many of the newest models from Babolat,
Head. I will start by explaining myself and the type of player I am. Physically, I'm only about 165 lbs, but am a former
Because of my strength and physical ability, I'm able to generate plenty of power. I serve with a lot of pace on my first
groundstrokes are not always consistent, but with medium pace I am pretty consistent. I had the racquet strung at a
the low end so that I have more power on serve. In doing this, I don't feel as if I lost much control at all. I am also able
to put a
considerable amount of spin on the ball. Also, there is ZERO vibration. The Cortex system is incredible. This racquet is
notches above all others I tried. I would highly recommend it.
From: Andy, Tampa, FL US 11/09
String type and tension: Tecnifibre NRG 56 lbs
NTRP Rating: 3.5-4.0
Comments: This is a very rare find, light but stable, powerful but you are never out of control, stiff but
comfortable but solid at the net. The bottom line is that this racket has it all, except the weight that I could not deal
with from the
regular pure drive (old guy). If you are a hard hitter, this one will make your life on the court a lot easier.
From: Rene, Puerto Rico, 10/09
String type and tension: Babolat Pro Hurricane 17 at 56 pounds
NTRP Rating: 3.5
Comments: Awesome racquet. I had previously owned a Head Radical, a Wilson Hyper Hammer, a Pure
Roddick and the last one was the Prince Hybrid Shark. I was looking for a 100 headsize under 10 ounces and I hit the
this one. As usual with Babolat, it has solid power from the baseline. Very easy to use and it performs like a heavier
one. For most,
the best racquet I have ever tried.
From: Seby, 10/09
Comments: This racket is super powerful and generates magnificent angle. My old racket was a HEAD
radical and it was awful compared to this one!
From: James, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 09/09
String type and tension: Babolat revenge 60#
NTRP Rating: 4-5
Comments: Excellent maneuverability, improved my backhand, ultra light-weight allowed for true
w/lead tape. Replaced ProKennex Black Ace 98...same string, at 63#. Trying to adjust to the added power. Not quite
"feel," but enjoying the racquet & would buy another!
From: John, TX, USA, 09/09
String type and tension: Babolat Excel Power 17 Ga., 60#
NTRP Rating: 4.0
Comments: It is a very nice racquet. It is full of control and power and very easy to have top spin. It is
also easy to
swing But it is a little bit over power as I have the Luxilon R power on it. If it has the Original on, it will be much better.
From: Dc, HK 09/09
Comments: This is an amazing racquet. I am an old guy who can not handle the weight of a pure drive
drive; so I bought this one with no demo whatsoever. Put lead tapes on 2 and 10 o'clock. The racquet works like a
charm. It has
spin, power and control. It brings my tennis level to half a notch; from 3.5 to 4.00.
From: Don, Los Angeles, Ca, USA 09/09
String type and tension: pro supex; 55#
NTRP Rating: 3.5 - 4.00
Comments: It's maneuverability is excellent in handling volleys, also very good feel at the net. From the
generates a power unlike any other racquet that I used, (I used HEAD racquets, primarily Radical). I'm impressed, I
would stick with
From: Henry, Manila, Philippines 09/09
String type and tension: Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour, 59
NTRP Rating: 4