Babolat Pure Aero vs Pure Drive

Babolat’s Pure Aero and Pure Drive are two of their best selling tennis rackets as they are quite popular amongst club players.

The Pure Aero is endorsed by Rafael Nadal, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez, while the Pure Drive is endorsed by tennis pros Garbine Muguruza and Fabio Fognini.

This article will compare the two rackets so you can decide which may be a better suit for your game.

Two tennis rackets with the words Babolat Pure Aero vs Pure Drive written between them.

What is the difference between Babolat Pure Aero and Babolat Pure Drive?

To see what is the difference between the Pure Aero (or “PA”) and Pure Drive (or “PD”), I looked at the racket specs of both rackets and summarised the main differences below.

Racket Specs Comparison

After completing this comparison I was surprised by just how similar these two frames are in terms of specs, as they both have the same head size (100in), racket length (27in), strung weight (318g), balance (4 pts HL), and String Pattern (16 x 19).

They also have very similar swing weights (322 vs 320) with the PA having a swing weight that is just 2g heavier than the PD.

Main Differences: The only real big difference between the two frames is their stiffness rating with the Pure Aero having a stiffness rating of 65 and the Pure Drive having a slightly higher stiffness rating of 71.

SpecsPure AeroPure Drive
Design:Babolat Pure Aero 2023Babolat Pure Drive
Head Size:100in100in
Strung Weight:318g (11.2oz)318g (11.2oz)
Unstrung Weight:300g (10.6oz)300g (10.6oz)
Balance:4pts HL4pts HL
Unstrung Balance:7pts HL7pts HL
Beam Width:23mm / 26mm / 23mm23mm / 26mm / 23mm
Colors:White, Yellow, and BlackBlue and Black
String Pattern:16 Mains * 19 Crosses16 Mains * 19 Crosses
Grip Type:Babolat Syntec ProBabolat Syntec Pro
Price:Check Price on AmazonCheck Price on Amazon

Below is a short video summarising the specs of both rackets:


Are these rackets good for beginners?

I wouldn’t recommend either racket to beginners as I think they are too heavy and are more suited to intermediate to advanced tennis players.

Would they suit one handed backhand Players?

I wouldn’t say either racket is bad to use if you have a one handed backhand but I definitely think there are rackets out there that would better suit one handed backhand players e.g. Wilson Clash 98 or Babolat Pure Strike Tour.

Which Tennis Racket is more Arm Friendly?

Both rackets have relatively high stiffness ratings so neither is likely to be very arm friendly.

Are they stiff tennis rackets?

Yes, they are relatively stiff rackets with a stiffness rating of 65 and 71.

What tennis pros use these rackets?

The Pure Aero is endorsed by the following tennis pros on the ATP and WTA Tours: Rafael Nadal, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jennifer Brady, Danielle Collins, Leylah Fernandez, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and Elise Mertens. The Pure Drive is endorsed by the following tennis pros on the ATP and WTA Tours: Amanda Anisimova, Fabio Fognini, Sofia Kenin, Karolina Pliskova, Lucas Pouille, and grand slam winner Garbine Muguruza.

Are they head light or head heavy?

Both rackets have a balance of 4pts Head Light when strung.

Which is the better all round racket?

Although both rackets are very similar, I would just give the edge to the Pure Drive as the better all round racket as it has a slightly lower swing weight, which will suit more players.