Babolat EVO Drive vs Pure Drive

Babolat’s EVO Drive and Pure Drive are two solid options for players looking for a racket that offers plenty of power.

In this article, I will look at the racket specs of both rackets to see how they compare to each other.

Babolat EVO Drive vs Pure Drive

Evo Drive vs Pure Drive – Rackets Specs Comparison

Main Differences: The Evo Drive has a bigger head size (104in vs 100in), a lower strung weight (283g vs 320g), a lower swing weight (302 vs 320), a more head light balance (7pts HL vs 4pts HL), a slightly lower frame stiffness rating (68 vs 71), and a 16 x 17 string pattern rather than the standard 16 x 19.

Similarities: Both rackets have a racket length of 27in.

Specs:EvoPure Drive
Year Released:20212021
Design:Babolat Evo DriveBabolat Pure Drive
Head Size:104in100in
Strung Weight:283g (10.0oz)318g (11.22oz)
Unstrung Weight:270g (9.5oz)300g (10.6oz)
Swing weight:302320
Balance:7 pts HL4 pts HL
TW Stiffness Rating:6871
Power:Medium to HighLow to Medium
Player Level:BeginnerIntermediate to Advanced
Beam Width:23mm / 26mm / 23mm23mm / 26mm / 23mm
Colors:Blue and BlackBlue and Black
String Pattern:16 x 1716 x 19
Main Skips:7T,9T,7H,9H7T,9T,7H,9H
Grip Type:Babolat Syntec Evo GripBabolat Syntec Pro Grip
String Tension:50-55lbs50-59lbs

Head to Head

The EVO Drive (or “EVO”) is slightly better in terms of power and arm friendliness*, with the Pure Drive (or “PD”) winning in terms of control and spin.

NB: Both rackets have very similar stiffness ratings, so they will offer similar levels of arm comfort, with the EVO being the slightly more arm friendly of the two.

PowerWinner Grey
SpinWinner Grey
Arm FriendlinessWinner

Player Recommendations

I would only recommend the EVO to beginners as it is a light frame that offers tons of free power, which is ideal for beginners.

However, if you are more of an intermediate to advanced player then you will much prefer the Pure Drive as it offers way more control.

Player LevelEVOPD

Pro Player Endorsements

Babolat’s Pure Drive tennis rackets are endorsed by several top players on the ATP and WTA tours including Sofia Kenin, Fabio Fognini, Garbine Muguruza, and Karolina Pliskova, while the EVO Drive is not currently endorsed by any player as it is aimed more at recreational players.

Where can you buy these tennis rackets?

The rackets are for sale in most good online tennis shops and on the official Babolat website.