Babolat Pure Aero vs Pure Drive

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

Both the Pure Aero and the Pure drive are very popular rackets amongst recreational players, which may be down in part to the pro players that endorse the two rackets.

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

This article will compare the two rackets so you can decide which of these two rackets will be better for your game.

Babolat Pure Aero vs Babolat Pure Drive

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

To see what is the difference between the Babolat Pure Aero and Babolat Pure Drive, I looked at the racket specs of both rackets and summarised the main differences below.

Racket Specs – Babolat Pure Aero vs Pure Drive

After completing this comparison I was surprised by just how similar these two rackets are in terms of specs.

The two rackets have the same head size, racket length, strung weight, balance and String Pattern.

They also have very similar swing weights with the Pure Aero having a swing weight that is just 4g heavier than the Pure Drive.

The only real difference between the two rackets is their stiffness rating with the Pure Aero having a stiffness rating of 67 and the Pure Drive having a slightly higher stiffness rating of 71.

Racket SpecsBabolat Pure AeroBabolat Pure Drive
Version:20212021
Picture:Babolat Pure AeroBabolat Pure Drive
Head Size:100in100in
Length:27in27in
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
Swingweight:324g320g
Stiffness:67 RA71 RA
Beam Width:23mm / 26mm / 23mm23mm / 26mm / 23mm
Composition:GraphiteGraphite
Racket Colours:Yellow and BlackBlue and Black
String Pattern:16 Mains * 19 Crosses16 Mains * 19 Crosses
String Tension Range:22-27kg / 50-59lbs22-27kg / 50-59lbs
Racket Price:Check at AmazonCheck at Amazon

Babolat Pure Aero vs Babolat Pure Drive FAQ

Is the Babolat Pure Aero Good for Beginners?

I wouldn’t recommend the Babolat Pure Aero to beginners as I think the racket is too heavy for beginners and is more suited to intermediate to advanced tennis players.

Is the Babolat Pure Aero Good for One Handed Backhand Players?

I wouldn’t say the Babolat Pure Aero is a bad racket to use if you have a one handed backhand but I definitely think there are rackets out there that would suit one handed backhand players more 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.

Is the Babolat Pure Aero a Stiff Tennis Racket?

Yes, the Babolat Pure Aero is a relatively stiff racket with a stiffness rating of 67.

What Tennis Pros use the Babolat Pure Aero and Pure Drive?

The Babolat 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 Babolat 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.

Is the Pure Aero Head Light or Head Heavy?

Both the Pure Aero and Pure Drive are Head Light Rackets with a balance of 4pts HL when strung.

Which is the better all round racket?

Although both rackets are very similar, I would just give the edge to the Babolat Pure Drive as the better all round racket as it has a slightly lighter swing weight.