When Babolat launched the Babolat Pure Drive VS in 2019, it left many people thinking what is the difference between the VS version and the regular Babolat Pure Drive.
This article will compare the two tennis rackets so you can get a better idea of what differentiates the two rackets.
The regular Babolat Pure Drive has been one of the most popular rackets at both the pro and club levels over the last 20 years with Babolat not making any major changes to the racket over that time.
One of the few drawbacks to the regular pure drive is a lack of control on your shots when compared with more control-oriented rackets like the Babolat Pure Strike.
To cater to players who are looking for more control from their Pure Drive, Babolat decided to release the Pure Drive VS.
What is the difference between Babolat Pure Drive and Pure Drive VS?
To see what is the difference between the Babolat Pure Drive and Pure Drive VS, we looked at the racket specs of both rackets and summarised the main differences below*.
*For the purpose of our comparison, we used the 2021 versions of both tennis rackets.
Racket Specs – Babolat Pure Drive and Babolat Pure Drive VS
As you would expect, the specs of the two rackets have more similarities than differences with both rackets having the same strung weight, head balance, and 16 x 19 string pattern.
The biggest difference between the two rackets is the head size with the Pure Drive having a 100in head size while the Pure Drive VS has a head size of 98in.
The smaller head size on the VS will give you more control and will be more comfortable for players with a one handed backhand to hit.
Other differences include the VS having a slightly lower swing weight and stiffness rating than the regular pure drive.
The VS also has a thinner beam width so players looking for additional control on their shots will prefer the VS.
|Babolat Pure Drive||VS||Babolat Pure Drive VS|
|318g (11.2oz)||Strung Weight:||318g (11.2oz)|
|300g (10.6oz)||Unstrung Weight:||300g (10.6oz)|
|4pts HL||Balance:||4pts HL|
|7pts HL||Unstrung Balance:||7pts HL|
|23mm / 26mm / 23mm||Beam Width:||21mm / 23mm / 21mm|
|16 Mains * 19 Crosses||String Pattern:||16 Mains * 19 Crosses|
|22-27kg / 50-59lbs||String Tension Range:||22-27kg / 50-59lbs|
|Check Price on Amazon||Racket Price:||Check Price on Amazon|
Babolat Pure Drive vs Babolat Pure Drive VS FAQ
What does the VS stand for in Babolat Rackets?
There isn’t consensus online as to what the VS stands for but Babolat have used in many of their products even before they were producing tennis rackets. The most likely answer is that it stands for “Versus” or “Version S” but neither of these has been confirmed by Babolat.
Is the Babolat Pure Drive Good for Beginners?
The Babolat Pure Drive is a great option for beginners as it isn’t too heavy and gives you lots of easy power on your shots.
Is the Babolat Pure Drive VS Good for Beginners?
As a beginner, I would avoid using the Babolat Pure Drive VS until you got more experience. I would definitely recommend the regular Pure Drive over the VS version for beginners.
Is the Babolat Pure Drive Good for One Handed Backhand Players?
I wouldn’t recommend the Babolat Pure Drive for One Handed Backhand Players as it offers too much power without enough control to keep my backhand shots in play on a consistent basis.
However, the Pure Drive isn’t the worst racket to use if you have a one handed backhand but you will need to adjust your game and maybe not go for so much when hitting your backhand down the line.
Is the Babolat Pure Drive VS Good for One Handed Backhand Players?
I would definitely favor the VS over the regular pure drive as its smaller head size and the thinner beamwidth is more suited to One Handed Backhand Players?
Which Racket is more Arm Friendly?
There are definitely more arm friendly rackets on the Market e.g. Clash 98 but I would have to give the edge to the Pure Drive VS in terms of arm friendliness.
Is Babolat Pure Drive Stiff?
Yes, the Pure Drive is a relatively stiff racket with a stiffness rating of 71.
Is Babolat Pure Drive VS Stiff?
Yes, the Pure Drive VS is a relatively stiff racket with a stiffness rating of 68.
What Pros use the Babolat Pure Drive and Pure Drive VS?
The Babolat Pure Drive is endorsed/used by the following pros on the WTA and ATP Tours: Amanda Anisimova, Fabio Fognini, Sofia Kenin, Karolina Pliskova, Lucas Pouille, and grand slam winner Garbine Muguruza.
I couldn’t find any pros endorsing/using the Pure Drive VS but let me know in the comments if you know of any.
Is the Pure Drive Head Heavy or Head Light?
Both the Pure Drive and Pure Drive VS are Head Light Rackets with a balance of 7pts HL when strung.