This article will look at the racket specs of the standard and lite versions of Babolat’s Pure Drive to see how these two tennis rackets compare to each other.
Below is some general information on these rackets including their brand, version, and colors.
|General info||PD||PD Lite|
Below is a comparison of the technical specifications of the Pure Drive and Pure Drive Lite, which you can use to get a better idea as to which may be a better suit for your game.
Main Differences: The Pure Drive Lite model has a less head light balance (1pts HL vs 4 pts HL), a lower strung weight (10.0oz vs 11.2oz), a lower swing weight (299 vs 320), and a slightly lower frame stiffness rating (69 vs 71).
|Racket Specs:||PD||PD Lite||% Difference|
|Head Size (sq cm)||645||645||0%|
|Head Size (sq in)||100||100||0%|
|String Pattern||16 x 19||16 x 19||–|
|HL or HH1||HL||HL||–|
|Strung Balance (cm)||32.99||34.04||3%|
|Strung Balance (pts)||4||1||75%|
|Strung Weight (grams)||318||283||11%|
|Strung Weight (ounces)||11.2||10.0||11%|
|Unstrung Weight (grams)||300||270||10%|
|Unstrung Weight (ounces)||10.58||9.52||10%|
|Beam Width (mm)||23 / 26 / 23||23 / 26 / 23||0%|
1 Head Light or Head Heavy
Pros and Cons
Below are what I think are the main pros and cons of these two tennis rackets.
|Pros:||Good mix of power, control, and spin, a generous sweet spot, and easy power on serves||Lightweight frame that is a great option for beginners, and tons of easy power|
|Cons:||Relatively high stiffness rating||Stiff Frame, Lacks Control, Not suitable for advanced players with a full swing|
Head to Head
Below are my recommendations in terms of which racket is better in terms of Power, Control, Spin, and Arm Friendliness.
Below are our recommendations for recreational players at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
|Player Level||PD||PD Lite|
Pro Player Endorsements
The PD range of tennis rackets 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 through the Babolat website.