Babolat Pure Drive vs Head Radical MP

The Head Radical MP (or “MP”) and Babolat Pure Drive (or PD”) are two rackets with similar specs that are good options for intermediate players looking for a racket that offers good power and spin.

This article will look at the specs of both rackets to see how they compare to each other.

Babolat Pure Drive vs Head Radical MP

Racket Specs Comparison – Pure Drive vs Radical MP

Below is a comparison of the technical specifications* of the Pure Drive (2021) and Radical MP (2023) tennis rackets.

Main Differences: The Radical MP has a smaller head size (98in vs 100in), a slightly higher swing weight (323 vs 320), a much lower stiffness rating (65 vs 71), and a thinner beam width (20mm / 23mm / 21mm vs 23mm / 26mm / 23mm).

Similarities: Both rackets have the same racket length (27in), strung weight (318g), head light balance (4 pts HL), and unstrung weight (300g).

*Please be aware that the below specs are based on averages so the specs of the racket you actually purchase may differ by as much as 10%.

Racket Specs:Pure DriveRadical MP
DesignBabolat Pure DriveHead Radical 2023
Head Size (sq cm)645cm2632cm2
Head Size (sq in)100in298in2
Length (cm)68.58cm68.58cm
Length (in)27in27in
String Pattern16 x 1916 x 19
Strung Balance (cm)33.02cm33.02cm
Strung Balance (pts)4 pts HL4 pts HL
Strung Weight (grams)318g318g
Strung Weight (ounces)11.2oz11.2oz
Swing Weight320323
Unstrung Weight (grams)300g300g
Unstrung Weight (ounces)10.58oz10.58oz
Frame Stiffness7165
Beam Width (mm)23mm / 26mm / 23mm20mm / 23mm / 21mm
Colors:Blue and BlackOrange and Blue

1 Head Light or Head Heavy

Pros and Cons

The Pure Drive offers a good mix of power, control, and spin, a generous sweet spot, and easy power on serves but has a relatively high stiffness rating.

The Radical MP has a nice blend of power, spin, and control with a manageable weight but more advanced players may feel it lacks control.

Head to Head

The Pure Drive offers more power and spin while the Radical MP offers more control and is more comfortable to play with.

PowerWinner Grey
SpinWinner Grey
Arm FriendlinessWinner

Player Level Recommendations

Both rackets are best used by intermediate to advanced players as they are too heavy for beginners to play with.

If you are an advanced player who likes a racket with lots of control, then you will probably be better off going with a more control focused racket like the Babolat Pure Strike or the Head Radical Pro.

Player LevelPDMP

Pro Player Endorsements

The Radical MP is currently endorsed by Taylor Fritz and Diego Schwartzman, while the Pure Drive is endorsed by Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Fabio Fognini, and Sofia Kenin.

Where can you buy these rackets?

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