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Comments: This is a great racquet for those going into the advanced level. It's also great for those who really
cannot generate much power at all. I liked this racquet because it gave me easy points on serves. Many were aces. A problem I
found was that the grommets are very weak and if you hit the ball in the wrong areas, the grommets will break. I actually broke
the grommets really easily in the first few days within ordering. On the next update of their racquets, they should make stronger
grommets with the same Woofer technology. Other than the grommets, the racquet is really amazing.
Comments: This racquet completely suprised me! I am 15 years old and bought this in Hong Kong as it was on a
very cheap discount due to the newer version already in the market for quite some time already. I always knew it could generate
tons of power, but what really got me was the plowthrough, massive spin and control! Control! I could not believe it, I was
blasting balls to corners of the court and my friends looked at me like I've done something they have never seen me do before.
Partly was because I strung it with a poly, the Babolat RPM Blast at a very high tension of 58 lbs. This gave me the control to blast
the ball in any direction and with tons of spin. The plowthrough also helped me with the control, as it went through the ball easily
and smoothly, guiding the ball to the direction I wanted to hit. Now some of you are thinking this racquet is too stiff! I have had
experience with stiff racquets (believe me, my Instinct IG MP strung with the RPM Blast I used with this HURT my arm). With this,
my arm did not feel a thing, the Cortex technology really helped and the big sweetspot caused less off-center shots which was a
plus. Although it's too powerful for a multifilament, this racquet will do well with any poly. However, if you already have tennis
elbow, it might be too stiff. However, if you don't the stiffness shouldn't be stopping you from trying this racquet. Why did I buy
this instead of the newer version? Because of the feel. I actually liked the feel better on this racquet than the newer version, but I
guess it's more of a personal preference. I've had a little problem getting the timings of my 2 handed backhand and my serves,
but I've only played around 2 hours with this so this problem is easily solved. Volleys were crisp, as I could just place the racquet
there and it'll do the job. Power with spin on groundstrokes and serves came easily. This racquet really fits in with anyone who
likes playing aggressive with the big serve, big groundstroke and attacks the net when able to. Unless you're looking for a
control-only racquet, this one is as good as you can get with power and control. It's a good all-around powerful, yet controllable
stick. I love this cosmetic more than the new version too!
Comments: This racquet has great power from the baseline. If you play someone who hits really hard it is able to
absorb it really well. I recommend getting a good set of strings because the power can result in a lot of errors. You really have to
commit to your shots with this racquet, especially with the serve, otherwise you will have trouble keeping the ball in. Overall, I am
satisfied with this product and would recommend it to baseline players.
Comments: I stupidly did not demo first and bought a couple of these sticks about a year ago. They are
very solid racquets and do well on both the serve and volley aspects of game. Very
good pop for both. I am more of a baseliner and where I had trouble was the groundies. I
have fairly long and fast strokes and the power with this racquet was too much. Also, I began to have arm troubles for the first
time, both shoulder and elbow. I went to a full bed of synthetic gut and it helped but did not fully go away. If you have a big
swing and want to grind away from the baseline, but you have had any arm issues, don't even try
it. It's way too stiff and powerful. Looking into more arm friendly player's racquets at this
point. Also just something I found interesting...Roddick very recently retired and
seemed to complain often about his arm feeling like hamburger. Shocking.
Comments: I demoed the 2012 and bought the 2011 instead. The 2011 GT model just felt better on serves and
generated more spins for me. It also looks nicer on the court during a sunny day.
Comments: As a tennis coach who has played with this racquet for two years, I can safely say that this is a big boy
racquet, but not meant for actual big boys. Anyone over 6 foot tall should probably look elsewhere, as your natural swing will tend
to send baseline shots long. A stiff racquet that can be unforgiving is great for those people who have solid skill but need some
help in the power department. Those with smaller statures, or incredibly short swings, will find this stick gives great depth into
the court. As a service stick this racquet may as well be a cannon. Hit correctly serves are crisp, controllable, heavy, and fast. Hit
it incorrectly, you'll know. One of my favorite racquets to have ever played with I am sad to say that I outgrew it, and its simply to
powerful. Still to the player who is informed about what he is looking for, I could not recommend this racket more. Well done
Babolat. I give it a 9.5/10. Pros: Great access to power and spin. Light and maneuverable. Cons: Often too powerful for high level
players. Very stiff stick.
Comments: I usually stay away from Babolat like it's a diseased
animal. But for once, I gave a Babolat a chance. Very impressed. I
tried this one and the new one (black paint) and I liked the
balance and feel this one has. The new one is different, not
bad, just different. This racquet is also one of those sticks that
you need to string correctly. I hit with the Babolat Addiction at 55 lbs and I
had no feel, no control. I cut those after ten shots and strung
in some of the famed rpm blast string. What a difference. It
was night and day. The power, feel, control, spin and pop just
exploded out of this stick. I knew the racquet was a poly lover
from then on. I just picked up my second one yesterday and am looking forward to tournament play
with this intense stick.
Comments: This racket is high powered to make up for its weight. It is too light for my liking
and is way too stiff. Whenever I hit a baseline shot, I feel the shock in my elbow. After volleys,
I feel shock in my wrist. I am going to switch to a Head Prestige but need help finding the
right one. I am open to suggestions and please post on either this review sheet or the Prestige
review sheet. Thank you.
Comments: Way too stiff for me. After I hit a shot, I could feel the shock in my elbow. My
volleys suffered due to the shock in my wrist. It is also very light for my liking. I am going to
try the head prestige line hoping for more flex and weight.
Comments: I absolutely love this racket more power and spin. I was using the older version prince rebel
team and I felt I wasn't as good as I could be as I improved.I ordered this racket on April 3rd and it arrived today. I've
hit with babolats before but this one came on top between this and the pure storm the babolat pure drive gt one. the
combination of power control and spin is wonderful on court I'll be sticking with this for a while.Very forgiving good
power and spin. I recommend to baseliners and volleyers because this stick is also very good on volleys. OK in short: all
around good stick.
Comments: Great racquet. It probably doesn't offer the level of control that flat hitters are looking for,
but if you like to hit moderate to heavy topspin, this racquet is perfect. It lets
shots with lots of pace stay in the court, and it keeps heavy spinning angled shots moving. This racquet easily adds an
extra 10mph over a typical soft, low-powered player racquets. Volleys will take some adjustments, but once you make
the adjustment, you'll be rewarded. I would highly recommend this racquet to 4.0+ topspin players who look to make
weapons out of serves and groundstrokes.
Comments: I have owned numerous high dollar racquets before, and I have
to say, this is the best racquet I have ever used/owned. I'm a strong
player and I love racquets that require you to generate the power; and
this racquet performs it perfectly. The top spin, pinpoint accuracy, and
amazing control makes this racquet second to none. This racquet is
astounding and I recommend it for any player.
Comments: I found this to be a very stiff racquet. It has too much power for me, but provides great spin
on serve and forehand. I have a fast racquet head speed and with this racquet most of my shots went out.
Comments: This is an EXCELLENT racquet. I am 40 years old returning to the game after many years
away. I am a former coach and club player. I was looking for what I thought might be a combination of my favorite
sticks - the Pro Staff Classic 6.1 and POG. The Pro Staff has the stiffness required for good pop on the serve while the
POG has great feel and excellent ground strokes although control, net play and serves fall off for me with the POG. I
studied the specs on both and tried to create my own hybrid mix. After trying many sticks, I found this one to be the
perfect blend for my game. Serves 10/10; Volleys 9/10; Ground strokes 8.5/10; Return 8.5/10; Control 9/10; Spin
8/10. I am surprised by the number of reviewers who say they can't get good "pop" on their serves while they are
playing with low stiffness sticks. I'm also surprised by the number of reviewers who say they can't get a solid feel on
their ground strokes while they are playing with sticks that weigh 10oz or less. In my opinion, a stick needs to weigh
11.5oz or more for sufficient plow through. I also believe that if you want serves to "pop" go for stiffness. I would not
believe the questionable information that heavier sticks cause tennis elbow - I've found it is actually a lighter stick that
leads to this problem (along with many other variables.)
Comments: This racquet is near perfect for my game. I am a former Pro Staff 6.1 and Prince Original
Graphite player. I was looking for a good blend of both racquets and found it. This racquet makes a good serve better,
a volley more crisp and ground strokes are great when you hit the sweet spot. It is very playable. Don't be scared away
by the weight or stiffness. Demo this racquet and give it a couple of days. You'll be happy you did!
Comments: Somewhat counter to expectations in some ways after a first hit: usual racquet BLX90 Tour
for reference. Forehand from the baseline, as expected, plenty of pace and spin, and, even, placement available. Volleys
- great! Even those low dipping ones heading to the feet. Serves - difficult to get any sort of pop or kick (no such
problem with the BLX). Backhand: these wide beam racquets don't really like a single handed backhand it would seem -
when struck - very sweet; but it seems unwieldy and a chore to initially set up and then generate the racquet head
speed that is so easy on the BLX. It is on the short balls that this racquet really astonishes - it will mop up anything -
even junked/mis-hit returns - and allow real spite to be put on the ball with the surety that the spin will drag it in
court. So, not really enough playing with this to do it justice - but first impressions were intriguing. A few more
adjustments (particularly on the service) will clearly be necessary to get the best out of this racquet - but what a
Comments: Great racquet. Amazing power and spin. A must demo for all of
those baseline blasters out there. Easy to swing too.
Comments: Great pace on the ball, good spin and deep on every shot with good stability and precision.
The serve is a cannonball, and the racquet is not so heavy to move, quite easy and with no vibration. A very good
choice for all kind of powerful modern players.
Comments: I picked up this racquet yesterday and from the first ball I was used to it on pretty much
every single shot and straight away my groundstrokes were going perfect didn't lose anything at all apart from the odd
backhand. Volleys were really soild and came of the racquet really well. My serving was brilliant. I was getting a first
serve harder in the court and most of my first serves was unreturnable, and my second serve felt better as well with this
racquet. there is a more soild feeling aound this racquet compared to the old
Cortex Pure Drive.
Comments: This stick is not for the faint of heart. It takes a strong, solid, stable stroke to get the full
potential out of this racquet. It's stiff, powerful and unforgiving. Having said that, this thing is a service monster, spits
out powerful unyielding groundies and returns heavy serves and groundies with disdain and inpunity. If one has a flaw
in their serve, groundies or volleys look elsewhere. You won't be happy and you'll hurt your arm/elbow. You must bring
your big boy game to wield this beast.
Comments: I regret buying the apdgt after trying this one. Hits with less spin than the apdgt, but much
better pace on the ball. Ignore the 4.5 recommendation, a 3.5 level player could just this just fine.
Comments: I want to update my previous review since I changed the weight/balance specs since then. I
use Wilson NXT 16 gauge multifilament string at 65 pounds. I added weight to this racquet and currently have it at
12.35 ounces, 7.25 points headlight (one point is 1/8th of an inch). I put 8 total (1/4 inch by 4 inch) strips of lead tape
at 3 and 9 O'clock on the racquet and the rest just above the grip (36 inches of 1/4 inch tape wrapped up and covered
with the replacement grip rubber band). I recommend doing twisting dumbbell curls (5 to 20 pounds high reps done
slowly) to help strengthen your wrist and elbow to handle a beast racquet like this. I use 15 pounds. Again always wash
your hands with COLD water and soap after handling lead to prevent poisoning. Warm water allows the lead to be
absorbed by your skin.
Comments: I switched from the Babolat Aero Storm Tour and love this racquet. More power on the serve
and volleys and it has a lot more feel. A little adjustment on groundstrokes considering it has a little more pop than the
aero storm tour but you can get better spin with this racquet.
Comments: This is my new racquet of choice. I use Wilson NXT 16 gauge multifilament string at 55
pounds; this prevents the racquet's stiffness from causing any injuries. I also like to add weight to this racquet and
currently have it at 12.48 ounces, 6.5 points headlight (one point is 1/8th of an inch). I put 12 total (1/4 inch by 4 inch)
strips of lead tape at 3 and 9 O'clock on the racquet and the rest just above the grip (36 inches of 1/4 inch tape
wrapped up and covered with the replacement grip rubber band). This weight/balance combination creates too high a
swing weight for most players, but I slice a lot on my forehands and backhands and block returns of serve. I only hit
topspin on my forehand side when I have plenty of time so the swing weight fits my playing style. I serve better with
this racquet than any other racquet that I have played with. My backspin shots go fast, low and deep. My topspin is
heavy and difficult to handle. I feel I have more options with this racquet against a variety of opponents in singles and
doubles. My game is going to get better with this racquet. I don't work for TW but if you want to play around with
weights and balances of racquets I recommend purchasing a balance board and a reel of 1/4 inch lead tape which TW
sells, well worth it. I find that adding weight at 3 and 9 helps my slice backhand for some reason. Go up gradually with
any weight on a racquet to prevent injury and find weight and balance that you like. Always wash your hands with COLD
water and soap after handling lead to prevent poisoning. Warm water allows the lead to be absorbed by your skin.
Comments: VERY VERY STIFF, I mean it was way too stiff, all power no control, my arm was going to fall
off after just 3 games, I don't recommended this to anybody, stay clear of the pure drives.
Comments: My 1st journey to the Dark Side - and I like it! Found this to be a slightly more headlight
alternative to the standard PD, which I hated for its sluggish head speed. The extra weight isn't too troublesome for
old-schoolers weaned on heavy rackets. Just one or two more points HL and it'd be perfect. Easy power - taming it is
Comments: Great stick; I'm currently using the kblade tour, and I thought that I would never switch, but
I'm gonna make the transition. The pure drive Roddick gt is easier for me to whip around and isn't as stiff feeling as
my kblade; other that than, these racquets are similar besides the head sizes being completely different; my
groundstrokes felt effortless and my volleys were landing deep and had a crisp feeling sound; my new racquet of
Comments: This is honestly the best racquet I've ever had, ever, ever, never better. Last night I made
runner up with this very racquet in a big tournament. I am 13 and I love my tennis. I switched from the EXO rebel team
(no power at all) to this beastly stick but there is one thing you must have on this beast, Rafa's strings (Babolat rpm 16)
at 59 tension and not only does it look sick it also feels sick as well. AWESOME!!
Comments: As it's written on most of the comments, this is one crazy beast stick. It has plenty of spin,
power and stiffness, which provides control to dominate your opponent. Groundstrokes (top spin, slice) and serves are
awesome. Your opponent will struggle as long as you put your shots constantly. As it's stated, this stick is not for flat
hitter, for those players who knows how to put plenty of spin, but that does not mean to put too much spin, but
enough spin. The racquet will do the friendly spin for you. One thing I wish Babolat to manufacture next version of this
stick is bit of more stiffness, which could improve the volley. Other than that, this is the perfect fit for me.
Comments: A true baseliner stick, not comfortable at the net, neither at half-court, its place is the
baseline, but you need to use lots of spin, if you are a flat hitter, forget about this one. Don't think you can get power
to make your shots faster, the stick sure provides tons of power but you need to put a lot of spin to keep them on
For me is the best-suited racquet.
Comments: Switched to this racket from the Kblade 98 to take advantage of the increase in power and
spin available from the stick. The weight of the Pure Drive Roddick versus the regular pure drive significantly increased
the rackets stability and "plow." I really like that I can achieve the pace and spin I want on my shots without having to
swing quite as fast as with the Kblade, what you lack in inherent control you make up for with more controlled swings.
Comments: I'm 17 years old and have only played competitively for about a year. I used to own a Prince
Force 3, then I got this beast of a racquet. Strung with Pro Hurricane Tours, this racquet is a serve and groundstroke
dream. If you can get past the weight for netplay, this is a solid racquet for baseline play. I recently hybrid strung it,
and I've almost got it perfect, strung at 62lbs to stop hitting past the baseline.
Comments: I am a 5.0 player and this racquet was pretty much a beast. Is
amazing on groundstrokes an serves and feels solid with good touch at
Comments: I am a 16 year old newish tennis player. I started about a year ago and after playing every
day, I got up to a 4.0 rating with my big 5 racquet. I got the Roddick gt plus and after taking about a month to get used
to it (which was well worth it), I am now up to a 5.0. The most obvious change has been my serve. My first flat serve
can ace most opponents I go against and the spin on my second serve is explosive. The groundstrokes are killer as
well! I highly recommend this racquet to anyone who is looking to reach their full tennis potential!
Comments: Brilliant racquet that holds true to Babolat's high standards, the stick is a bit difficult to
adapt to but the players who take the effort will be rewarded. Those who specialize in high rotation shots will be a tad
disappointed, it's not that the racquet doesn't generate spin, it's that the power it generates dwarfs it.
Comments: A server's racquet -- win at least 1/2 the points each game on aces and return
errors, even on second serve, even against 5.0 players (On second, just do like Andy -- adjust your grip and toss
slightly and rip away on 2nd). No probs with soreness, tennis elbow, etc. Powerful, so you need a full swing & topspin
(or at least to aspire to have it -- this racquet will teach you to play with full swings -- or else!). Surprisingly good
touch and movement at the net, even with some additional lead tape at 9, 12 and 3. Couldn't be happier. If you've got a
good serve or powerful groundstrokes, you gotta try this one.
Comments: I have been playing with the Babolat Aero Strike for some time now and whenever
I played into the wind I got thrashed. Balls kept dropping short with amazing regularity. I just got the Roddick gt
normal version 2 weeks ago. It took me a few days to readjust my strokes & timing but now playing into the wind is not
a problem. I'm hitting well into the court and keeping my opponent well back--I'm winning again..
Comments: This frame is a monster! I turned up to play a match at my club on short notice and
borrowed this from a coach. Having used the old version a while back I was comfortable from the start. I found a little
less power than the old one, which is a great pro as that was the reason I stopped using them. Serving was an absolute
pleasure, both flat, slice and kickers. Great weight, solid and the paint looks way cooler and doesn't chip. So I'm going
to order a couple but I'm going for the plus for a even more out of the serve! Great job Arod and Babolat!
Comments: Very nice racket, besides the feel. I just switched from the AeroPro Drive, and the AeroPro is
much easier to maneuver and has a better feel IMO. Serves are amazing with this racket, which is why I switched from
an AeroPro to the PDR GT.
Comments: I finally found the racquet for me because I have a weak forehand and backhand. Now, it is
easier for me to hit baseline. You might think this is a heavy racquet, but if you handle this one, it feels lighter than
the AeroPro Drive, though AeroPro Drive is easier to maneuver. But through constant playing, you'll get to improve that
Comments: I'd like to see a playtest with the full TW review team as well. I think this is a great racquet,
btw. The added weight really brings it out of the "tweener" category and more into the advanced category. Also, it's a
stiff frame, but it plays soft to me.
Comments: Great Racket. At first I had to get used to the weight since I build my game up with light
rackets. This racket has done a lot for my backhand and forehand shots. A good racket if you like to serve big and play
from the baseline. Up at net the racket offers excellent control. My backhands are flat and this racket has just been
amazing with control same with my forehand topspin shots.
Comments: I liked the last version a lot better than this one. You have to hit a bunch of
topspin just to get the ball into the court. If you hit a ball flat it will go long about about 70%
of the time. I found my backhand to go into the net a lot. If I only played at the net I would
use this racquet. If you're a baseliner I would not recommend this racquet. If you're a big
server and go to the net a lot, I would definitely try this racquet.
Comments: Switched to the PDR GT from the Pure Storm. At forty-one, I was looking to get a little "free"
power and a boost to my serve. The PDR GT felt very powerful in comparison to the PS. I've been using it for about
three months now and it's made a big difference in my game. Big strokes now bigger. More top spin. Still
experimenting with strings though and having trouble deciding what plays best. With the stiffer racquet I've had my
first arm troubles and had to move away from polyester and towards comfort strings. So far I like it best with a full-
bed of X-1 Biphase. Overall, very glad I made the switch.
Comments: I love this racquet! I took a break of 3 months to play tennis because I burned
out, but after a week of using this racquet I was amazed. I got a lot of spin, and power from
this racquet. The only thing needed is to make the tension a little higher so you can get used
to the power. Overall this racquet is great!
Comments: I recently switched to this racquet from the Aero Storm Tour. Took a few sessions to get
used to the extra power, but I love it. Feels very solid from any hit location, I can get good spin, and my serves are
much more powerful. I hit with several Prince sticks as well as a Wilson, and nothing came close to this much fun.
Comments: For a few years I had been using the Babolat Pure Drive Standard Cortex and then wanted to
switch to this racket hoping the added weight would give better control. When I first used this racket, it seemed that it
was not as maneuverable. I felt a tad late with racket preparation. After adding lead tape to the butt I really love the
racket. My change to this racket has allowed me to trust my strokes more.
Comments: I really love playing with this racquet. I have experienced effortless ground strokes and a
very noticeable difference in vibration. At net, I was quite comfortable punching back high paced volleys and overheads
went in with nice control. Babolat came up with some very effective technologies in their designs.
Comments: Love the racquet. It has a solid feel, yet allows for error. The sweetspot makes it a great
racquet for anyone at a 4.0 ranking or better. The rallying ability is incomparable to other racquets...simply one of the
best rally racquets. I do agree with the majority though, the serve is not what I expected...but the issue probably
revolves around the weight and size of the racquet. It is quite a large racquet. Above all, great for competitive and
Comments: I started out demo'ing two other rackets, neither of which I
liked. My partner suggested I try one of his pure drive gt's. I've
never liked Babolat rackets, as they seemed hollow feeling and sounded
cheap. But I tried it anyway. All I can say is that this is the best
racket I've ever hit. I'm a 40'ish 4.5 doubles player. I could hit
every shot, with tons of pace, and put it on a dime. I could swing as
hard as I wanted, no problem. My serves were ridiculous. Pace and
placement above anything I've hit. I don't play a lot of topspin since
I learned to play before that was the style, so I don't have a lot to go
on there...however I did hit a couple of winner topspin lobs with it,
both felt great. Try this racket. You won't be sorry.
Comments: I was disappointed with this frame, does not compare to the Head Microgel Extreme Pro or
Volkl V10 Catapult. Both of those frames have better control, better manageable power, and are far better on
groundstrokes vs. the Babolat Roddick GT Pure Drive.
The one thing this racquet seemed to do well is serve. I enjoyed serving with this stick, both power flat serves as well
as spin serves (kick or slice). Surprisingly, the racquet had decent touch at the net...not great, but not bad.
As mentioned, the main issues were groundstrokes. No feel, NO spin, and erratic power. At times the ball would come
off weak and in the net, at others it would trampoline long and flat and off the back wall. I was very surprised at this,
as the Pure Storm Tour GT is a very consistent racquet, and I assumed the Pure Drive Roddick GT would be the same
racquet with more power.
The balance of the racquet seems good, and it is comfortable to use.
Comments: Very solid racquet. Compared to the regular Pure Drive GT (PDGT), this racquet has a bit
more heft, which makes it feel very solid on contact. Much more plow-through and stability than the regular PDGT. I
usually use a vibration dampener, but don't need one on this racquet. Great racquet if you can adjust to its weight.
Comments: This racquet is great it kinda perfected my kick and slice serves maybe because of the 100
sq inch face size, and for me the power level is just average that is why I lowered my tension 3 to 4 pounds compare to
the recommended tension range, and with this the racket power is just powerful enough with very nice control.
Comments: I really like this racquet, its great solid feel and very good at baseline. One ultimate service
stick too. I'm a baseline player with topspin and I volley lots too, great racquet. With my string combo this racquet is
the bomb. I just love this racquet and will probably buy another when I get the cash money. You all cannot go wrong by
buying one of these racquets, even trying it out. All round a great stick!
Comments: I've played with this racquet for like 6 hours now, it has a
very solid feel (I played with a friends cortex plus version - non
Roddick of the pure drive and liked the control) but since I previously
played with the Babolat drive z-tour (and noticed that I needed a more
stiff racquet with more control), it has cost me a lot of getting used
to. Apparently I have to make a shorter swing than before. The overall
power and spin that the balls receive is amazing. Overall I am very pleased with the racquet.
Comments: Loved the way this racquet played, was able to crush the serves but this stick crushed my
elbow. I am talking about nasty deep joint pain, not the typical tennis elbow from miss hitting. I have never had arm
pain before, but this racquet transferred just too much stress to my 52 year old elbow even when restrung with
sensation strings with low tension.
Comments: I bought 2 of these sticks from TW and they were truly
fantastic when I first tried them, had excellent power and spin for my
semi western forehand and 2HBH, but big problem One of them broke
without any apparent reason very disappointed with the quality otherwise
Comments: Great racket, winner of a yearlong search. Felt amazing from the first shot. Excellent topspin
and slice on serves and groundstrokes; solid on volleys and overheads. Not as fast at net as other rackets but still
good. It's powerful, but power one can control. Stable and responsive, doesn't get pushed around by big hitters.
Chronic sufferer of tennis elbow, but no problems here yet. Demoed the non-Roddick version and felt the vibration jolt
all the way up my arm (could have been the super durable strings the shop put in the demo). However, I've never had a
problem with the Roddick version. It just feels good.
Comments: Came down from Wilson K90 via K95/18x20 to Babolat Pure Storm Ltd. Both the Wilsons are
to heavy for me, with fast players I end up late too often. Babolat Ldt is underpowered for my game. This one is just
right. Still on the heavy side, but manageable. Big sweet spot. Can play heavy top spin with it both fore and (one-
handed) backhand. Surprisingly soft touch, if one wants it for droppers and topspin lobs. At first, put Babolat VS
Natural Gut 17G at 26kg on it. A good co-poly seems to be even better, reduces the power levels a bit.
Comments: This racquet is amazing from serves to groundstrokes. Even has that soft touch on volleys
for me. I was able to serve up to 10mph faster with this racquet over the aeropro. Though it took me about a week and
a half playing everyday to get adjusted to the extra power, I am now able to hit amazing winners with tons of power
and easy aces.
Comments: This racket provides plenty of power and is very stable. I used to play with the original Aero
Storm (tour) and the Pure Drive Roddick seems to have a similar swingweight, but with much more power. This is really
noticeable on serves, which have a lot of zip even when struck slightly off-center.
Comments: Compared to my previous Roddick Pure Drive standard, the Roddick GT version has much
more feel, stability, and a nice cosmetic design. Of course, you certainly have to contain the power and adjust your
game. I customized mine: leaded 3" each side at 3 and 9, leather grip, and it plays solid, for my game. Thanks Babolat!
I actually recommend you hybrid Poly/Gut combo, or a comfort poly for better results (for the arm).
Comments: I have heard a lot of people say that the old PD rackets were hard to hit and could be
problematic on the arm. I switched from a k tour team fx to the PD about 3 weeks ago and my search for the right
racket is now over. The cortex system provides a good damper and essentially eliminated my inner elbow issues. The
top spin and power you can generate on your groundstrokes are incredible. Good feedback on the upper and lower part
of the racket. I found more control and accuracy on my serves vs. the FX. This is a slightly heavy racket and stiff too so
I would not recommend for a novice or beginner. But if you have a medium swing and can generate moderate top spin
then this racket will be the one for you. I noticed a comment about the colors being amateur and completely disagree.
Great looking stick and playing one as well.
Comments: Use to play with the pure storm ltd. but unfortunately due to repetitive butt problem had to
change, Demoed this racquet and loved it, amazing power and spin from all parts of the court. Service was a bit tough
to come by, but volleys were fantastic. Just love this racquet.
Comments: This is a nice stick, but I found if I hit more than 2-3ft over the top of the net I would be
hitting it long. I hit with a lot of spin too. This is a great stick if you just want to keep rallying. I was not to impressed
with serves though. I thought I would just crank some serves in but I never really did. Just a bit too powerful for me. But
still great for many people.
Comments: This stick provided a little too much pop for me on the ground strokes, and I was
having trouble hitting my backhand deep into the court. Volleys were lacking feel and it was
unsteady on serves. I'm extremely let down by the feel and stability of this frame.
Comments: Almost too much power. You really have to concentrate on a good follow through and
adding that extra top spin to keep the ball in the court. That being said I feel like 2 weeks with this racquet would be a
good enough amount of time to make the minor adjustments and take your game to the next level. Serves and volleys
are as solid on this stick as they are on any. Babolat did a great job with this racquet.
Comments: This is one of the heaviest and most "solid" feeling racquets I've ever played with. However,
the demo was strung with Babolat Addiction 16g strings that must have been strung somewhere in the mid-60's. It felt
like I was playing tennis with a wooden pizza tray. If strung at a lower, more reasonable tension, this racquet would be
hard to fault.
One glaring thing about the new GT design is the color scheme of the racquet. This is subjective, but the racquet looks
like a toy. The colors are far too saturated and glossy for a racquet of this type. It plays like a very, very nice racquet,
but then you see this awful cosmetic and it's almost bad enough to prevent someone from purchasing an otherwise
Comments: Awesome racquet picked it up and knew that this was the racquet for me,
serves were extremely powerful, forehand and backhand extreme spin and
beautiful depth, solid volleys. beautiful stick. cant go past this one
without trying it.
Comments: In a quest to replace my aging ProStaff 6.1 classic oversize, I demoed several racquets,
including the K-Blade Team, Youtek Radical OS, the Pure Drive 107, and the AeroPro Drive. None of the racquets I tried
felt quite right. The K-Blade was alright, but too powerful and lacked touch and finesse. The Head Youtek Radical had
great control, but lacked power. However, as soon as I started hitting with the Pro Drive Roddick, I knew that I found
my new racquet. This racquet has great control with plenty of usable power. It also has one of the larger sweetspots
of any 100 sq in headsize that I have tried. It has almost all of the control of the Head Youtek, but more of the control
and feel that I was accustomed to with my old ProStaff. I highly encourage anyone looking for a good combination of
control and power to try this racquet. If you can handle the weight, the Pure Drive Roddick is great.
Comments: I used a Prince TT Warrior OS for the previous 5-6 years. On paper the specs of the warrior
and this PDR are similar. So the transition seemed pretty smooth for me. I bought this because I tried playing with my
friend's previous version (non GT) of the PDR and loved it. Be warned that the PDR is a VERY stiff racquet. And getting
poly strings didn't help my case at all. I am definitely more sore now after playing in my wrist, elbow, and shoulder. I
plan on compensating this through my next string job by probably cutting out the poly and lowering the tension a
little. On the groundstrokes it feels solid and with the open string pattern, you can take a good rip at it. (this is where
the PDR pays its dues) Serving seems slightly harder, I can't generate as much spin, power, or control but hopefully that
will change in time (I did lose 1/2 inch in racquet length). Volleys felt good for its head size (100 s)
Comments: I had the original Pure Drive Plus for several years and never quite new what to expect on
groundies, especially forehands, part of which I attributed to Babolat's "4" size grip being a "5" really (couldn't quite
wrist shots around), but the extra weight and, frankly, the paint job drew me to try the new one, without the extra half-
inch and with a 4 3/8" grip which, yes, feels like 4 1/2". This is the most stable, predictable, shock-free yet not dead-
feeling racquet I've ever used, especially for a semi-widebody. No hot spots, no surprises, just unload when you get a
sitter and feel the solid, seamless power. The extra weight is welcome and the balance is just right. Tungsten seems
to work in putters and tennis racquets. And standard lightbulbs. This is a great racquet. And there's that paint job...
Comments: I am an attacking player who loves to hit out on forehands, knife slice backhands and finish
points at the net. I have played with Wilson Prostaff's for over 15 years and decided to try this stick due to it was more
maneuverable at the net. When playing with this racquet I found that I was able to achieve additional depth on
groundies and continue to hit solid volleys. The biggest surprise to me was not the power of this racquet, but the
additional bite and depth I was able to achieve on my slice backhand. I am moving through an adjustment period on
my serves and overheads due to this racquet is lighter than what I am accustomed to. Overall, this is one amazing
Comments: I used a PD cortex and I try this item, because I would like only to add some weight. I
definitively don't like it. The pop isn't like older PD. I think that tungsten create more vibration and my elbow starts to
protest. It is also less precise.
Comments: I absolutely love this racquet! I tried it out a month ago and was on the fence
about getting this racquet or a different racquet I demoed. But I decided to go with this
racquet after all, I could not give it up. I hit my very first kick serve with this PDR, although it was the new form that did
most of the work, the racquet definitely helped with the spin and
pop! The power from this stick is awesome, groundstrokes are sweeter than candy, and the
maneuverability at net is surprisingly good. Can't go wrong with this one!
Comments: I have been playing with the PDR for over a month and find it to be an excellent racquet.
The first thing I noticed is the power it added to my one handed backhand. The ball explodes off the strings. It is a
very solid racquet and surprisingly nimble at the net. Coming from a hammer racquet it has taken some time to dial in
the serve, but now I couldn't go back to a head heavy stick. I strung it with BB but will opt for a hybrid on the next job
to add more feel.
Comments: I used to play with the previous version and loved it. The new one is even better. It improved
my game significantly in two areas: net game and backhand (two-handed). I attribute both to the improved stability of
Comments: Ok, so at the risk of getting pushed off this review for being the lone naysayer, I would like
to say that the jury is still out on this frame for me. 55 year old 4.0 USTA Team doubles player, used the non cortex
and the cortex model of the pure drive and Roddick pure drive respectively. Have had the Roddick GT now 3 and a half
weeks and played in the playoffs with it today here in Dallas. Most recently was using the Nadal Aerodrive.
Pluses: Serves, Volleys, Weight, Balance, Looks.
Negatives: VERY STIFF, kills my arm, does not move through the air like the Aerodrive.
I am giving it a couple of more weeks, but right now, I can't pick up a glass of water, darn it. I take lessons on a weekly
basis, my strokes are fairly clean. It's just that the darn frame is STIFF. Stiffer than the original Roddick Pure Drive.
Comments: I previously used the original Pure Drive Roddick and have been using this racquet for about
week now. It immediately felt more solid all around, especially on volleys and service returns. Serves have added spin
and kick. However, I've had to adjust my flat shots due to the added spin, they were landing a bit shorter than the
previous version. A great update though and I am definitely pleased.
Comments: I have never adapted to a racquet so quickly! Although, I have always been partial to hefty
frames with a traditional feel, I love playing with the new PD Roddick. Several years ago I used the original PD Roddick,
but eventually found it a bit sluggish, especially on serves (I know...everyone is supposed to be able to serve bombs
with these sticks, but for some reason I couldn't). On a whim, I demoed the newer version and found that I could really
nail serves, and much to my surprise, found it very easy to volley as well (volleying generally not being a strong suit of
PDs but this one feels very comfortable with plenty of touch and feel). As with all PDs, groundstokes are outstanding!
For me, this is the complete racquet. I'm a former D1 all-court player turning 50 this year and this stick allows me to
maintain a high level of play without all the physical effort required to wield a traditional players frame over a long
match. I'm going to the dark side and not turning back! The new PD Roddick is simply too much fun. Excellent job
Comments: All I can say is that this racquet is amazing! Its feel is much more improved from the
previous Pure Drive(well I see some change of racquet balance) and it feels really solid at the net. If you volley
frequently, you definitely want this racquet to do it for you.
Comments: This is a Bomb racket. I hit either with a lot of spin or flat and hard. This racket does both
incredibly well. High forehands and approach shots are what I found this racquet helps with most. It has great stability
and extremely good accuracy. I feel like a whole new player. GET THIS RACKET!
Comments: For a while I hit with the AeroPro Drive, but then I saw Andy hitting with this and thought
"eh, maybe I should demo it." So I did. I LOVED IT. It feels so much better in all areas of play than my Aero. But, my
demo was strung with Wilson Stamina I think, so that was the only thing unpleasant. But it's an amazing racquet. I
popped those strings in 4 days, I didn't get to use it the whole week, that kind of bummed me out. But, yeah, Great job
Comments: This is the best racquet I ever had. I'm a hard hitting player and I love the response of this
racquet. When I rip the ball I could earn a point about 90% of the time. Serves before I was using this racquet I could
ace my coach twice or at most three times per set, but now I could always ace him at least five or six times per set even
with the second serve. It might kind of damage you arm if you don't really have a strong wrist muscles though it will be
a perfect racquet if you could handle the weight.
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