Babolat Pure Drive vs Wilson Pro Staff 97

In this article, I look at the racket specs of the Wilson Pro Staff 97 (or PS 97″) and Babolat Pure Drive (or “PD”) to see how these two rackets compare to each other.

Babolat Pure Drive vs Wilson Pro Staff 97

General Info

Below is some general information on these rackets including their brand, version, composition, and colors.

General infoPDPS 97
Brand:BabolatWilson
Version:2021V13
Composition:GraphiteGraphite braided with aramid
Color(s):BlueBlack

Racket Specs

Below is a comparison of the technical specifications of the Pure Drive and Pro Staff 97 tennis rackets.

Main Differences: The Pure Drive has a bigger head size (100in vs 97in), a less head light balance (4pts HL vs 7pts HL), a lower strung weight (318g vs 332g), a slightly lower swing weight (320 vs 321), a higher frame stiffness rating (71 vs 66), and a much thicker beam width (23mm / 26mm / 23mm vs 21.5mm)

Similarities: Both rackets have the same string pattern (16×19) and racket length (27in).

Racket Specs:PDPS 97% Difference
Head Size (sq cm)6456253.10%
Head Size (sq in)100973.00%
Length (cm)68.5868.580.00%
Length (in)27270.00%
String Pattern16 x 1916 x 19
HL or HH1HLHL
Strung Balance (cm)33323.03%
Strung Balance (pts)4775.00%
Strung Weight (grams)3183324.40%
Strung Weight (ounces)11.211.74.46%
Swing Weight3203210.31%
Unstrung Weight (grams)3003155.00%
Unstrung Weight (ounces)10.5811.115.01%
Frame Stiffness71667.04%
Beam Width (mm)23 / 26 / 2321.57-26%

1 Head Light or Head Heavy

Pros and Cons

Below are what I think are the main pros and cons of the Pure and Pro Staff 97 tennis rackets.

Racket:PDPS 97
Pros:Good mix of power, control, and spin, a generous sweet spot, and easy power on servesOffers tons of control, has decent maneuverability, and is a great racket to use on slices, volleys, and drop shots.
Cons:Relatively high stiffness ratingLow-powered frame that is best suited to advanced tennis players

Head to Head

Below are my recommendations in terms of which racket is better in terms of Power, Control, Spin, and Arm Friendliness.

H2HPDPS 97
PowerWinner Grey
ControlWinner
SpinWinner Grey
Arm FriendlinessWinner

Player Recommendations

Below are our recommendations for recreational players at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Player LevelPDPS 97
BeginnerNoNo
IntermediateYesNo
AdvancedYesYes

Pro Player Endorsements

The Pure Drive is endorsed by Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza, Fabio Fognini, and Sofia Kenin, while the Pro Staff 97 is currently endorsed by Ons Jabeur, Petra Kvitova, Grigor Dimitrov, Reilly Opelka, and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Where can you buy these rackets?

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