In this article, I will do a comparison of the Babolat Pure Drive vs Yonex Ezone 98 to see how these tennis rackets compare to each other in terms of racket specs.
Both the Babolat Pure Drive and Yonex Ezone 98 are endorsed by several top tennis pros including Fabio Fognini (Pure Drive), Garbine Muguruza (Pure Drive), Jessica Pegula (Ezone 98), Karolina Pliskova (Pure Drive), and Nick Kyrgios (Ezone 98).
Babolat Pure Drive vs Yonex Ezone 98
For this comparison will be using the 2021 version of the Babolat Pure Drive and the 2022 version of the Yonex Ezone 98.
Racket Specs Comparison
|Racket Specs||Babolat Pure Drive||Yonex Ezone 98|
|Strung Weight:||318g (11.2oz)||323g (11.4oz)|
|Balance:||4 pts HL||6 pts HL|
|TW Stiffness Rating:||71||65|
|Beam Width:||23mm / 26mm / 23mm||23.5mm / 24.5mm / 19.5mm|
|Racket Colours:||Blue and Black||Blue and Black|
|String Pattern:||16 Mains * 19 Crosses||16 Mains * 19 Crosses|
|Grip:||Babolat Syntec Pro||Yonex Synthetic Grip|
One of the most obvious differences between the two tennis rackets is their head size with the head size of the Pure Drive (100in) being two inches bigger than the Ezone 98 (98in).
The larger head size on the Pure drive will mean it will be more forgiving than the Ezone 98.
Both of these tennis rackets have a standard 27in racket length but you do have the option of getting extended versions of these rackets (Babolat Pure Drive Plus and Yonex Ezone 98+).
Racket Strung Weight, Swing Weight, and Balance
The Ezone 98 has a heavier strung weight (323g) when compared with the Pure Drive (318g) so it should feel slightly heavier when you are holding your Ezone 98 in your hand.
However, the Ezone 98 (318g) has a lower swing weight than the Pure Drive (320g) so it will be the lighter of the two rackets to swing.
This is mainly due to the Ezone 98 (6pts HL) having a more head light balance when compared with the Pure Drive (4pts HL).
Tennis Racket Stiffness
The Yonex Ezone 98 has a lower stiffness rating (65) than the Babolat Pure Drive (71) so it is likely to be the more comfortable to play with over a long period of time.
71 may seem like a high stiffness rating for the Pure Drive but I have played with a Pure Drive in the past and I never had any issues with my arm or elbow.
Overall, the Pure Drive has a slightly thicker beam width than the Ezone 98 so you should get more power on your shots using the Pure Drive.
Are these tennis rackets good for beginners?
Although the Pure Drive and Ezone 98 are good, solid tennis rackets, I wouldn’t recommend them to a beginner as I think beginners would be better off going for a lighter tennis racket e.g. Wilson Clash 100L.
However, if you are determined to get one of these tennis rackets then the Pure Drive is your better option as it has a larger head size and is a more forgiving racket overall.
Which Racket is better for One Handed Backhand Players?
I would recommend the Yonex Ezone 98 as it has a more head light balance and a 98in head size which is ideal for players who hit with a one handed backhand.
Which Racket is better for Advanced Tennis Players?
In my opinion, the Yonex Ezone 98 is the better option for advanced tennis players as I found the Babolat Pure Drive had too much power and I would struggle to keep my balls in on a consistent basis.