Babolat Pure Drive 98 vs Pure Aero 98

In this article, I will look at the racket specs of Babolat’s Pure Aero 98 (or “PA 98”) and Pure Drive 98 (or “PD 98”) tennis rackets to see how they compare to each other.

Babolat Pure Drive 98 vs Pure Aero 98

Racket Specs Comparison – Pure Drive vs Pure Aero 98

Below is a comparison of the technical specifications of the Pure Drive 98 (2023) and Pure Aero 98 (2023) tennis rackets.

Main Differences: The Pure Drive 98 has a less head light balance (4 pts HL vs 6 pts HL), a lower swing weight (315g vs 327g), a higher frame stiffness rating (67 vs 65), a slightly thinner beam width (21mm / 23mm / 21mm vs 21mm / 23mm / 22mm), and a different string pattern (16×19 vs 16×20).

Similarities: Both rackets have the same head size (98in), racket length (27in), and strung weight (323g).

Racket Specs:PD 98PA 98
Version2023 (V2)2023
DesignBabolat Pure DriveBabolat Pure Aero 98
Head Size (sq cm)632cm2632cm2
Head Size (sq in)98in298in2
Length (cm)68.58cm68.58cm
Length (in)27in27in
String Pattern16 x 1916 x 20
Strung Balance (cm)33.02cm32.49cm
Strung Balance (pts)4 pts HL6 pts HL
Strung Weight (grams)323g323g
Strung Weight (ounces)11.4oz11.4oz
Swing Weight315327
Unstrung Weight (grams)305g305g
Unstrung Weight (ounces)10.8oz10.8oz
Frame Stiffness6765
Beam Width (mm)21mm / 23mm / 21mm21mm / 23mm / 22mm

1 Head Light or Head Heavy

Pros and Cons

The Pure Drive 98 offers more control than the standard 100 inch version but you need to have a fast long swing to get the most out of this frame.

Similarly, the Pure Aero 98 is more control orientated than the standard 100 inch version while still providing good levels of spin but it is a relatively heavy frame that is not suitable for beginners.

Head to Head

The Pure Drive 98 wins in terms of power but the Pure Aero 98 is better in terms of control, spin, and comfort.

H2HPD 98PA 98
PowerWinner Grey
SpinWinner Grey
Arm FriendlinessWinner

Player Level Recommendations

These rackets are only suitable for advanced tennis players as they are relatively heavy frames, that require good technique if you are going to get the most out of them.

Player LevelPD 98PA 98

Pro Player Endorsements

The Pure Aero 98 is endorsed by Carlos Alcaraz, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Holger Rune, which has helped it to be one of the most popular 98 inch frames on the market.

Where can you buy these rackets?

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