Babolat’s Pure Drive range of tennis rackets has been very popular with recreational players for many years now, with the Pure Drive and Pure Drive Team being two of the top selling rackets.
In this article, I will look at the racket specs of both rackets to see how they compare to each another.
Babolat Pure Drive vs Pure Drive Team Comparison
In the comparison below I have used the 2021 version of the Babolat Pure Drive (or “BPD“) and the Babolat Pure Drive Team (or “BPDT“).
Racket Specs Comparison
|Babolat Pure Drive||vs||Babolat Pure Drive Team|
|318g (11.22oz)||Strung Weight:||301g (10.62oz)|
|300g (10.58oz)||Unstrung Weight:||285g (10.05oz)|
|320g (11.29oz)||Swing weight:||313g (11.04oz)|
|4pts HL||Balance:||5pts HL|
|71||TW Stiffness Rating:||69|
|Low to Medium||Power:||Low to Medium|
|Intermediate to Advanced||Player Level:||Beginner – Intermediate|
|16 x 19||String Pattern:||16 x 19|
|Babolat Syntec Pro||Grip Type:||Babolat Syntec Pro|
Both the BPD and BPDT tennis rackets have a 100in Midplus head size, which is probably the most popular head size used by recreational players.
The BPD and BPDT both have a standard racket length of 27 inches long.
If you want a racket with an extended length, then the BPD has a Plus Version that is 27.5 inches long.
Currently, there is no extended version of the BPDT.
The strung weight of the BPD (318g/11.22oz) is 17g heavier than the strung weight of the BPDT (301g/10.62oz), so if you are looking for a lightweight frame then the Team will be the better option for you.
The BPD has an unstrung weight of 300g (10.58oz), while the BPDT has an unstrung weight of 285g (10.05oz).
The BPD has a swing weight of 320g (11.29oz), which is 7g heavier than the BPDT (313g/11.04oz), so beginner to intermediate players will find the Team easier to swing and maneuver at the net.
The BPD has a 4pts Head Light (or “HL”) balance, while the BPDT has a 5pts HL balance.
The BPD (71) has a slightly higher stiffness rating when compared with the BPDT (69), with both rackets having a relatively high stiffness rating so they would not be considered particularly arm friendly or comfortable to play with.
Power and Control
Both rackets are low to medium powered tennis rackets with the BPDT having more power and the BPD having more control.
If you struggle to get power on your groundstrokes or serve then the Team will be the better option for you.
Recommended Player Level
The BPD is best suited to intermediate tennis players, while the BPDT is best suited to beginner to intermediate tennis players.
Advanced players will want to go with the BPD as it has more control but in my opinion, most advanced club players will want a racket that gives them more control like a Pure Strike or a Pure Aero VS.
Both rackets have a beam width of 23mm/26mm/23mm which helps you generate power on your groundstrokes.
Both rackets have a 16 x 19 string pattern, which will help you add some topspin to your shots.
If you want to learn more about string patterns and how they affect the playability of a racket, you can check out this guide.
Both rackets come with a Babolat Syntec Pro Grip as standard.
BPD 2021 Version
BPDT 2021 Version