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Comments: Spin friendly, powerful and jarring. Those are my first impression with this racquet. Coming from a
Youtek Prestige 98, I thought that switching to a so-called "tweener racquet" would be hard, as my game relies on mixing up a
controlled flat and topspin shots. Surprisingly, this powerful racquet still compliments my game style, although I needed to play
with the string tension in order to control it. I think a hybrid setup of poly (RPM) and synthetic (anything cheap) strings would
compliment this racquet, while toning it down with a string tension of 50/52 lbs. Recently, I went down to 45/48 lbs, but this
feels jarring, although I get a lot of controlled spin from it even when I frame the ball. For now, this is my go-to racquet, as I have
won 5 matches straight from using it. I urge everyone to demo it and try various types of string setup. I know it's hard but once
you muster this beast you will gain a lot from it. By the way, I think this is comparable to the Aero Pro Drive and Radical Pro
Comments: What made me switch to this racquet is the access to spin and its nice HL balance. I have always relied
on TW when it comes to their reviews, as they are accurate and consider different styles of game. Anyhow, the power of this
racquet is really eminent and can be easily utilized when needed the most. With this racquet, I was able to finish matches a lot
better, especially with those counter punchers who like heavy flat shots. Even if I block the ball, it still tends to go deep and this
allows me get back to position. The only downside is that this racquet can be too powerful when attacking and can be a bit jarring
when warming up. I have toned it down with a softer dead string set up with a 16 guage but it still has that vibration that could
strain your arm. I do think that this is a good training racquet to get you back on track, which can help you transition to a softer
lower powered racquet (i.e. Head Speed racquets, Wilson Blades and Dunlop Biomimetics). I urge everyone to try this as I think that
it is a user friendly racquet.
Comments: I like this racquet, though it supplies a bit too much extra power for my game. I only demo'd the
racquet though. I'm sure in time a player would be able to reel in the power. It has a bit of heft, which I like. The spin potential is
good. The power is ridiculous. I added a few MPHs to my serve. It really feels like the racquet does a lot of the work for you. I
prefer to do the work myself. I will caption this review with the fact that the demo racquet was prestrung at an unknown tension.
If I was able to set this racquet up the way I like it, it could have been "it." Ultimately, there seems to be a lot of potential here for
the player with a solid game.
Comments: I have been playing with the Roddick racquet for about 3 years now. This racquet is a great for
experienced players that have a developed play style, like Richard said. My Pure Drive Roddicks are strung at 60lbs with Luxilon
4G strings and they give me the power and control that I need -- I play similar to Roddick with a huge serve and a big forehand.
This racquet becomes a very versatile weapon after you learn how to use it. I would defiantly recommend this racquet to any high
level player, especially if you want to produce more power and want to play stronger.
Comments: I have been using this racquet for 2 days now. First impressions 1) A little heavier than I'm used too,
but it's okay. 2) Great power and spin especially on serves. My backhands just send the ball deep 3) Effortless volleying -- I feel
that the racquet does most of the work even when I'm stretched cross court. 4) Comfortable -- enough vibration for feel. Arm
doesn't hurt at all after 3-4 hours of play. Strung with RPM @54lbs and used a string dampener.
Comments: I like to try different racquets and this is one I had for a while. Picked it up because I got a good deal on
one used. Wasn't really expecting much because thought it would be very similar to the Pure Drive, which I never could get into. In
my opinion it is not. I like more substantial sticks and this racquet falls into that category. Having played a lot of traditional type
racquets, I really enjoyed the easy power this racquet delivered. It was a really fun racquet to rally with. I think it's a really good
defensive stick and of course an offensive weapon in the right hands. The higher swing weight and stiffness were the factors in
not keeping it. I always had that slight twinge in my elbow after playing with it. Granted, I didn't really experiment with string and
tension much, but sometimes you just know. If you like swing weights in this range and stiff racquets don't bother, I would
definitely consider giving the Roddick an extensive demo.
Comments: This racquet is awesome. I found great depth off of the ground and good power, yet I had great control
too. The best part of this racquet is serving. I was playing with a PS88 and serving was great. But now serving is amazing and
effortless. I recommend this racquet.
Comments: There's great power and spin with this racquet, and serves were also good. I would say the control is
ok. Due to the stiff frame and decent weight, it was too harsh on my wrist and elbow. Other than that, it's a great stick. The EXO3
Tour I am using now is a similar weight but I've had no wrist or elbow issues. I recommend this stick to young spin crazy players
who still have limbs they can afford to abuse.
Comments: A few months back I tore my labrum, putting an end to my summer of tennis. After taking a few
months off to let my shoulder heal, I finally returned back to the tennis. Unfortunately, after an hour of tennis, my shoulder was
killing me. I decided it was time to replace my BLX 90 with something lighter, something that would be a little easier on my
arm. It was recommended I try using the Pure Drive. I wanted to go lighter, but not too light that it was going to be a huge
difference from the BLX that I would have to change my game drastically. Hence I decided to go with the PDR Roddick, lighter than
the BLX but not as light as the PDR regular. I'm glad I went with the PDR Roddick. This racquet is amazing! It made everything so
easy that it felt like I was cheating. Coming off injury, I lost a lot of power when hitting with my forehand and serving with the BLX.
When I served with the PDR Roddick, that power returned and then some. The ball was flying off the racquet on serve! This racquet
generated so much spin! Forehand shots that I thought were going to fly out stayed in with all the spin the racquet generated.
Using my OHBH was a little difficult at first, but after a while I was able to control all my BH shots. This racquet is great for me
with all the added power and spin it generates. I played a friend of mine who is at the same level as me (games are always close)
and won easily 6-1. After months of not playing tennis, this racquet made it seem like I was never injured and was never away
from the game. I highly recommend this racquet.
Comments: This Pure Drive is the best stick that I have played with! Babolat has done a
great job with mixing the power, control, comfort and swing weight of this Pure Drive. It
just does everything well!
Comments: I've been using this racquet for the last 6 months moving from the AeroPro Drive GT and I'm really
happy about my choice. First, I changed the original grip with a leather one (Babolat VS I think is the name) and I'm using an
overgrip. I'm usually stringing it at 25/25 or 24/24 kg with Signum Tornado Pro thinnest version (1.17 I think). So, even though its
heavier than my previous racquet I can swing it faster. Three things are much now; service (extremely fast and quite good
control), net play (much more control) and baseline hits (I can hit winners from the baseline, more power). Overall my feeling is
that my game is improved. The weight is now (equipped as I said, leather grip, overgrip and strings) 344-343 grams (I have 2
Comments: This racquet is fantastic, as it does everything well. It's nice not having to think about your equipment
at all, and just play. However, I do not understand how TW gets the 11.9oz strung weight. Mine comes in at 11.65oz and with a
listed unstrung weight of 11.1oz on the racquet and Babolat site, I find it hard to believe that strings will add that much weight to
bring the racquet up to 11.9oz.
Comments: Wow this racquet is great! The best thing I noticed was I got a lot more depth and I was
really able to unload on ground strokes! Definitely recommend this!
Comments: I have never been able to use a Pure Drive Cortex or Pure Drive GT because it always felt too
harsh on my arm, even with a full bed of multi. The Pure Drive Roddick 2012 is the first Pure Drive Roddick of any
version I have used. I played with this frame for several day with a full bed of Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour and did not
feel any arm pains! Whatever they did to improve comfort, it works. Looking inside the handle it seems like the two
tubes cut off somewhere about 1/4-1/3 down the handle and then it becomes 1 tube. This racket feels very smooth
and vibration free with a multi but buzzy and very little feel with a full bed of poly. Groundstrokes have lots of power
and spin/kick, serves are huge as expected and surprisingly consistent. This frame swings like a 330-ish swingweight
as indicated but in play it feels lighter than 11.9oz. This is a great frame but the biggest weakness of this racket is
almost zero feel with a poly string. The Wilson Juice 100 with lead added to the hoop so that it swings like the PD
Roddick, hit serves and groundstrokes just as big and with as much spin but with better feel and no vibrations when
strung with full poly.
Comments: Always been a Wilson pro staff user starting from Triad and then 3 generations of Federer's
sticks N-code, K-factor and a BLX which I enjoyed using for more years than the rest. I decided to purchase the latest
Babolat Pure Drive Roddick from day 1 it arrived in our local sports store hoping this will be more forgiving on my
aching tennis elbow and since its weight was not to far from my previous racket I this would be better for me than the
Aero. On the first day i tried it, wow is all I could say, this is really works for me at this point when my swing is slower
and we're not getting any younger (mid 40's) but want to play tennis forever. Generally it produced more power with
less effort. Top spin forehand, backhand, volley and serve increased my play a few notches. Initially hesitant cause I
have never really gone beyond 90 sq in and used to thin frames of pro staff, so glad i made the right decision and
thank for to the feedbacks here that helped me further decide. TW, thumbs up, highly recommended.
Comments: I just got this racquet today. I was swinging through really fast at first coming from a
player's stick. I was way out of tune at the start. But then the spin came along and I was getting good depth. Serves
were extremely zippy, very quick serves! I got some nice returns in doubles play. Got some nice volleys; very
maneuverable at net. I expect to grow my game with this Babolat Pure Drive.
Comments: I bought this racquet on a whim (after playing for years with more of a player's frame -
Wilson KBlade Tour 93) This racquet almost immediately elevated my game. The access to spin and power is noticeable,
but you hear that in every review. What I would say really surprised me was the stability and plow through of this frame.
I was debating between this Roddick or the original lighter frame. I am glad I went with this one. The weight made it an
easier transition from the player's racquet I used before. You will be amazed at the all around playability of this
racquet. I really feel like there is not one shot on the court where I have made a sacrifice in moving to this frame. Worth
Comments: This is possibly the greatest racquet available for the power/spin hitter who also wants
variety and touch on their shots. I would strongly recommend using gut at least in the mains. It is a perfect match for
this racquet, especially with poly crosses for extra spin and control.
Comments: I demoed this today and used it in a match. Right away my shoulder and elbow are hurting,
even with multi strings. Serve and volleys are nice, which surprised me. But just too stiff for me.
Comments: Of all the current Babolat's that I have tried this one is one
of the best. Huge power and spin is available from the baseline and it
is one of the most impressive sticks I have ever served with. However
this thing is so powerful on its own that it can be uncontrollable. Demo
this and several others before you buy to make sure that it doesn't ruin
your arm and that you can control the unfathomable power.
Comments: I love this stick! The power is great yet controlled at the
same time and the plow through is addictive. I hit with a very loopy,
topspin shot primarily from the baseline and this stick really helps me
flatten out the ball from time to time and go for the winner. All in
all it's a great stick with excellent power, control, spin potential
and plow through. It's also surprisingly easy on the arm. 5 out of 5
Comments: This racket is awesome. The power, spin, and even more surprising, the
feel was all there. This racket is great from all parts of the court,
but especially on ground strokes and serves. I personally haven't had
any arm issues with this racket (strung with Solinco Tour Bite 16 at 57)
after a week of playing 1.5 hours a day. This racket is just great, try
it out and you won't regret it.
Comments: I switch from AP GT. I was looking for a little more power. Loved the AP GT because of the
control and comfort, but there were times when it let me down on the power. PDR has not disappointed. I have been
very pleased with the power that it has. But the biggest surprise is how comfortable the racket felt from the first hitting
session. Power was great with no sacrifice in control or spin. Also, with the AP GT, my arm would feel sore after hitting
with it. But with the PDR, I don't have that soreness even though it is heavier and stiffer. Overall, I am very happy with
the PDR. It has hit all the spots with its power, control, and comfort.
Comments: What a great racket! True baseliners stick. There is so much
power to have on groundies, top spin is great, so your shots are not
going long. Zero vibration in your shots. It's really rock solid. The
control is pretty good as well. And then, the serve... I can rip my
serves with ton of speed and spin. It definitely got my serve better.
All in all, I recommend this beast to everyone who likes playing from the baseline, with tons of power and spin.
Comments: Great power, control, spin,and feel (due to the mass of it). Wow factor, period!!!!!
Comments: I am very pleased with the PDR. I've been playing with PS 90 and found more power without
much loss of control in the PDR. The larger size of the head makes it easier to play. The weight makes the racquet
solid, but maintains good maneuverability. In all, I recommend this racket.
Comments: I'm loving my new Babolat PDR. This is the 3rd generation of a Pure Drive Roddick I've been
with. When I switched from the earlier model to the PDR GT, I hated it at first because it felt stiffer and said why do
they make us
buy a new version of the racket. But after several months, I got used to the racket and felt it was an improvement and I
much better, with more power. Now, they have the new PDR, so why do they make us buy another version again, lol.
the first 2 weeks, it felt as if the cortex dampening was saving my arm more, but the shock of the ball was distributed
my whole body, I would finish and it felt that every cell in my body was vibrating, lol. I'm used to that now and I don't
anymore, so it probably is an improvement. What I do notice most of all, is that the new PDR actually has more power
groundstrokes when you really go for your shots, and also correspondingly more depth. It took me a while to adj
ust since power shots would go 4 feet farther (and out), lol. Also, it did feel a bit heavier, I just verified now that it is .1
heavier. Is it just me, or does anyone else notice they can control drop shots better due to the cortex. Anyway, now
I'm loving my
new PDR, can't wait to see what else I can do with it in the weeks ahead. Hopefully, I'll access more power on the serve.
started with the PDR series because of the tennis warehouse reviews which gave it top marks for power on the serve
groundstrokes, I don't think I've found any racket reviewed here with higher marks in these areas, let me know if you
Comments: I'm extremely disapointed in this frame. My friend had this racquet for less than a month
and it already
cracked at 6 o'clock. I've been playing the PDRgt for 2 years now and I'm not planning to update.
Comments: Amazing stick, powerful, precise and very comfortable. Spin potential is also ridiculously
very high, if
you have a high swing speed you will love this racquet. I am an all court player, and mix up heavy top spin with
powerful flat shots
regularly coming to net. I strung this beauty with Prince Beast 16g in the mains at 55 lbs and X one biphase 17g in the
57 lbs. This combo is perfect for this stick try it out you will not be disappointed. So far I have played 8 hours with this
set up and
tension is still there although crosses are a little frayed. Originally went for a full bed poly (Alu Power at 55lbs) but felt
a little dead
and lacked feel for me on touch and volleys. Have just ordered another 2 sticks as I'm sure this will be my weapon of
the next few years. WELL DONE BABOLAT!!!
Comments: Came from Prince EXO3 Tour 16x18 and Wilson Kblade Team. Got to semi-finals of National
event with the latter. I've never been a Pure Drive fan, and I expected PDR to be too stiff and too powerful, but really
how solid this racquet is. Weight is a little higher than I'm used to but plow-through is terrific and control much better
expected. Frame stability was biggest asset - this is just a really solid frame. Agree with everything in the TW review.
is that frame is string-sensitive. Full RPM felt a little dead. Would recommend low tension poly in the mains and a high
multi or gut in the crosses to combine string longevity (mains break sooner) and feel (stiff racquets and stiff strings not
combo for me). Normally I have control problems with stiff frames - somehow Babolat figured out how to combine the
control of a
softer frame with the power of a stiffer frame. I never felt I had to hold back to keep the ball in the court, like I have
stiff frames. Bravo - a testament to the practice of continuous refinement.
Comments: I didn't like this racquet. The power level is way up there and it has
very little control to reign it in. The previous version I think had
much more control and I didn't hit it long as much. The mass of this
racquet takes some getting used to as well. It felt very much more head
heavy than I'd like and getting it around on the serve (which was always
my favorite shot with the old racquet) seemed to reward you with very
little. The volleys are crisp but it always seems like the high power of
this racquet works against you rather than for you. Of course I am used
to my Head YOUTEK IG Instinct which does not have this kind of power so
it may just be me.
Comments: Wow, I just got this racket and it's amazing. I can get easy
depth on my groundstrokes but the biggest differences I noticed between
this and my old racket are serves and volleys. The mass from this stick
gives my ALOT of power on my serves and the stability really helps with
volleys. Overall, an amazing racket.
Comments: Perfect racquet for the big serve/big forehand game that is so common
today. Anybody looking to harness their strength on serve or for a racket that is
stable on big shots, this is the racquet for you. I previously used a Head Extreme
MP and was looking for a more stable racquet in a higher weight class. This racket
is perfect, and will take my game to new heights.
Comments: The new PDR improved on all the small lacks of the PDRGT. I loved the PDRGT
but compared to the new PDR, I would occasionally feel the vibrations on off centered hits and
the balls occasionally go flying on you. You can notice the slight difference immediately upon
play testing both racquets. The new PDR made all my shots feel extremely stable and
controlled without feeling stiff. The power and spin potential are evidently there as usual.
Serves were always a monster. Nothing changed about that. The overall improvements
include better feel, stability, and control. An already wonderful PDRGT becomes perfect with
the new PDR. You can't ask for a better all around stick.
Comments: WOW, this racquet rocks! Have been looking for a heavier racquet that was more
stable and solid especially on my backhand returns and volleys. This racquet delivers in
spades. The sweet spot is so generous and the stability so strong that I did not experience
any arm/elbow discomfort that I've been feeling with much more flexible (but lighter)
racquets. Plowthrough is incredible and spin is easy to generate if you can put the right
swing on it. Control was very good, especially on serves. Easily able to hit hard flat serves,
heavy spin second serves, or control/placement serves to the corners. Don't be afraid of the
stiffness on this racquet, it is much more comfortable than the specs would indicate.
Comments: I also used to play with the APDGT, had a love-hate relationship with it,
now I found a replacement. It's a little heavier than I am used to, but after 4 sessions
with a demo, I pulled the trigger and am getting better with each match. The power
and maneuverability due to the lower SW, are simply awesome. Demo this racquet,
you won't be sorry.
Comments: I took a gamble and bought the 2012 PDR after reading the great reviews
on TW thinking this racquet could not be that good. Well I've been pleasantly
surprised, it is that good if not better! I've been playing the APDGT for the last 8 months
and thought it was the great but I can honestly say for me, the PDR is even better! The
weight feels great, stability/plow through is awesome, volleying with this stick is sick,
slicing is a breeze, return of serve is the real deal, serving is perfect and the ability to hit
topspin is just as good if not better than APDGT. It felt great in my hands right from the
first hit! I've seen people complain about the stiffness causing elbow problems but for
me it has helped my soreness/tenderness to go away! I would highly recommend this
racquet to any player that loves to hit topspin or doubles players.
Comments: WOW! What a beast! My opponents can not handle the spin and power this thing generates.
incredible! The feel is so much improved. The control is what really stands out compared to last years model as well.
It's so stable
too. I normally play with wilson tour 90, but this stick lacked power. I'm so glad I bought this stick. I'm blowing away
opponents now with shear power and spin. My ground strokes are super high with loads of spin from which my
handle. I've tried many string on this racquet already but I've found the one..try Solinco Tour Bite 16L. Incredible
strings! 58lbs It's
Comments: New paint, same racquet, for the most part. Rumors of this racquet being more arm-
unfounded; my arm hurt merely bouncing a ball with it in the kitchen. As firm as rock and just as punishing, and I
much change in swing weight from the old version. The good news is that there's plenty of power and plow here,
stability, secure volleying if you can get it into position early enough. Serves are blistering, but it's February now, and I
that I'd want to serve an hour and a half into a match on a very hot day with this thing. If you're fast, strong and
believe your arm
to be indestructible, this is as formidable a weapon as you'll find.
Comments: I have played with dozens of racquets in more than 30 years of
competitive tennis and this stick is amazing from the very first stroke. The power is off
the charts but the things that jumps out is the stability and control on groundstrokes.
Access to spin is incredible and, as the testers indicated, it will instantly add
otherworldly pop on serves. It's possibly the best racquet I've ever touched.
Comments: I tried many rackets in 2012 (Prince Tour 100 18x20, Head IG
Prestige Pro, Dunlop 400 tour,Volkl Organix 10 325). Out of these I
found the Exo3 Tour to be the best. Before making up my mind to purchase
it, i decided to try the new Pure Drive Roddick because of the amazing
reviews it had. All I can say is brilliant! This Stick is great and
works well in all areas of the court. Loads of Power and spin. Babolat
has softened the feel and also enlarged the Sweet Spot slightly
compared to the previous Pure drive Roddick GT. However, I'm not
switching to this racket as my elbow felt very tender after playing for
about 3 hours, it is pretty stiff. Overall, a great racket, and previous
Pure drive owners will love this one.
Comments: Excellent racket. Powerful and stable. Perfect for hard hitting baseline players, returners and
Despite having a higher stiffness rating than the prior version of the standard Pure Drive, and PDR for that matter, it
feels far more
flexible. 5 points headlight balance allows for great head speed and resulting spin. The racket sacrifices feel and touch
big winners. I am already a fan after only using for a few hours. It is a rock solid racket for 3.5+ players. Also, PDR
2012 is far
easier on the arm than its stiffness rating indicates -- active cortex isn't just a gimmick.
Comments: Just got done testing this bad boy out. Plenty of power, spin, control and it is very forgiving.
I am using
a poly main and a multi cross set up at low tensions. I will be making the switch from my PB10 mid.
Comments: I've just tried this racket with my son and we love it better than ours (dunlop 400 tour) we
more powerful but with good control ,good slice and spin , balls was heavier and the stick's very easy. It was also very
what a wonderful serve..
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