The Babolat Pure Drive has been one of the most popular tennis rackets amongst pro and club players for many years now as it offers a good mix of power and spin with a large sweet spot
However, there are some drawbacks to the Pure Drive as it is a very stiff racket, and is not the best when it comes to control.
So today, I thought I would take a look at one of the alternatives to the Babolat Pure Drive, the Dunlop FX 500, to see whether it is a good option for players looking to make a switch from their Pure Drive.
Dunlop FX 500 vs Babolat Pure Drive
For this racket comparison, we will be using the 2021 Version of the Babolat Pure Drive and the 2020 version of the Dunlop FX 500.
I was surprised by how similar these rackets are in terms of racket specs as the only difference was the Dunlop FX 500 having a slightly lower swing weight when compared with the Babolat Pure Drive (see more details below).
Racket Specs – Dunlop FX 500 vs Babolat Pure Drive
|Racket Specs:||Dunlop FX 500||Babolat Pure Drive|
|Strung Weight:||318g (11.2oz)||318g (11.2oz)|
|Head Heavy or Head Light:||4 Pts Head Light||4 pts Head Light|
|Power:||Low to Medium||Low to Medium|
|Beam Width:||23mm / 26mm / 23mm||23mm / 26mm / 23mm|
|Racket Colors:||Blue and Black||Blue and Black|
|Grip Type:||Dunlop Synthetic||Babolat Syntec Pro|
Strung Weight and Swing Weight
Both tennis rackets have the exact same strung weight of 318g (11.2oz).
However, the FX 500 has a slightly lower swing weight at 314g versus the 320g of the Pure Drive so the FX 500 is slightly more maneuverable than the Pure Drive but it isn’t a huge difference.
Racket Length and Head Size
Both tennis rackets have a standard 27in racket length and 100in Head Size.
Both the FX 500 and the Pure Drive have a 4pts head light balance.
Both tennis rackets have a stiffness rating of 71 so both rackets would be considered to be stiff rackets.
Both tennis rackets have the exact same beam width (23mm / 26mm / 23mm).
Although both of these tennis rackets are in the low to medium range in terms of power, I would say they are closer to medium than to low as I had no issues generating power on my shots.
If you are an advanced tennis player then you may find the rackets give too much help with power and not enough help in terms of control.
The FX 500 and Pure Drive both have an open 16×19 string pattern which should make it easier for you to generate topspin on your shots.
If you want to find out more about how string patterns affects a tennis racket then check out our article on Tennis Racket String Patterns.
In terms of racket specs, both of these tennis rackets are very similar so you are not going to feel huge difference between playing with either one of these rackets.
If you are someone who already plays with a Pure Drive then I wouldn’t see any major advantage to switching to the FX 500.
However, if you are someone who trying to decide which of these two rackets to buy then I would recommend that you go with the Dunlop FX 500 as the slightly lower swing weight will be bigger for the average recreational player.