The Pure Strike and Pure Drive are two of Babolat’s top-selling tennis rackets and are very popular with recreational tennis players.
Both rackets are popular on the ATP and WTA tours with the Pure Strike being endorsed by Dominic Thiem, Cameron Norrie, and Alize Cornet while the Pure Drive is endorsed by Fabio Fognini, Sofia Kenin, Karolina Pliskova, Lucas Pouille, and Garbine Muguruza.
The Pure Strike is currently in its 3rd generation while the 2021 Pure Drive is the 10th generation of the racket.
Babolat has yet to confirm when the 4th generation of the Pure Strike or the 11th generation of the Pure Drive will be released but as both rackets are extremely popular with recreational players, it is likely that new models of the Pure Strike and Pure Drive will be released sometime in 2022.
Table of Contents
- What is the difference between the Babolat Pure Strike and Pure Drive Tennis Rackets?
- Babolat Pure Strike vs Pure Drive FAQ
What is the difference between the Babolat Pure Strike and Pure Drive Tennis Rackets?
For the purposes of this comparison of the Babolat Pure Strike vs Pure Drive, I have used the Babolat Pure Strike 16×19 3rd Gen and the Babolat Pure Drive 2021 versions of the two rackets.
Racket Specs – Babolat Pure Strike vs Pure Drive
|Racket Specs:||Babolat Pure Strike 16×19||Babolat Pure Drive|
|Strung Weight:||323g (11.4oz)||318g (11.2oz)|
|Balance:||4pts HL||4pts HL|
|Stiffness:||66 RA||71 RA|
|Beam Width:||21mm / 23mm / 21mm||23mm / 26mm / 23mm|
|Racket Colours:||Coral and White||Blue and Black|
|String Pattern:||16 Mains * 19 Crosses||16 Mains * 19 Crosses|
|String Tension Range:||22-27kg / 50-59lbs||22-27kg / 50-59lbs|
|Racket Price:||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Racket Length, Balance and String Pattern
Both rackets have a racket length of 27 inches, a 4pts head light balance and a 16×19 string pattern.
The Pure Strike is slightly heavier at 323g Strung with the Pure Drive weighting 318g Strung.
The Pure Strike also has a heavier swing weight (327g vs 320g).
This means that the Pure Drive will be slightly more manoeuvrable than the Pure Strike but the difference will not be huge.
The Pure Strike has a thinner beam width than the Pure Drive and this combined with the extra weight will mean the Pure Strike will have more control than the Pure Drive but the Pure Drive will win in terms of power.
Neither of these rackets would be considered arm friendly as the Pure Strike has a stiffness rating of 66 RA and the Pure Drive has a stiffness rating of 71 RA.
When I played with the Pure Drive myself I didn’t have any arm issues but when I played with the Pure Strike, I really felt it in my arm the next day.
Babolat Pure Strike vs Pure Drive FAQ
Is the Babolat Pure Strike Tennis Racket Head Heavy or Head Light?
The Babolat Pure Strike is a Head Light Racket with a balance of 4pts Head Light when strung.
Which of these rackets is better for beginners?
I would recommend the Pure Drive over the Pure Strike as the Pure Drive is a more forgiving racket that helps you generate a good balance of power, spin and control on your shots.
The Pure Strike is better suited to more advanced tennis players who don’t need help generating power on their shots.
Is the Pure Strike a good Racket?
The Pure Strike is a good racket if you are an intermediate to advanced tennis player but it will be too heavy for most beginners.
Who plays with the Pure Strike?
The Pure Strike 18×20 tennis racket is endorsed by Dominic Thiem while the Pure Strike 16×19 is endorsed by Cameron Norrie and Alize Cornet.
Like most pros, they will play with modified versions of the tennis rackets available to recreational players.
Is the Pure Strike better than the Pure Drive?
Which racket is better will depend on what kind of tennis player you are and what your playing style is e.g. if you are an all-court player who has a one-handed backhand then you will probably think the Pure Strike is better.
However, if you are a counter puncher who has a two-handed backhand then you will probably think the Pure Drive is the better tennis racket.
How much does the Babolat Pure Strike weigh?
The Babolat Pure Strike weighs 323g (11.4oz) strung and has a swing weight of 327g.
Is the Babolat Pure Strike stiff?
The Babolat Pure Strike is a relatively stiff tennis racket as it has a stiffness rating of 66 RA.
Is Babolat Pure Strike arm friendly?
From my own experience, the Babolat Pure Strike is not an arm friendly racket as I had pain in my arm and elbow after only playing with it for an hour.
This is just my own experience with the tennis racket but I would not recommend this racket to anyone who has had tennis elbow or arm issues in the past.
Is Babolat Pure Drive good for tennis elbow?
Although the Babolat Pure Drive is the stiffer of the two rackets, I have not had any issues playing with it in terms of tennis elbow.
However, I think there are more arm friendly rackets out there e.g. Clash 100
What Tennis Pros play with the Pure Drive?
The Pure Drive is a popular racket on the ATP and WTA Tours and is endorsed by top pros like Fabio Fognini, Sofia Kenin, Karolina Pliskova, Lucas Pouille and Garbine Muguruza.