Head Instinct MP vs Babolat Pure Drive

The Head Instinct MP and Babolat Pure Drive are two solid rackets that offer intermediate to advanced tennis players a good mix of power, control, and spin.

In this article, I will look at the racket specs of the Pure Drive (2021 version) and Instinct MP (2022 Version) to see how they compare to each other.

Head Instinct MP vs Babolat Pure Drive

Racket Specs Comparison – Instinct MP vs Pure Drive

Below is a comparison of the technical specifications of the Instinct MP (or “MP”) and Pure Drive (or “PD”) tennis rackets.

Main Differences: The Instinct MP has a lower swing weight (313 vs 320), and a lower frame stiffness rating (64 vs 71) when compared with the Pure Drive.

Similarities: Both rackets have the same head size (100in), racket length (27in), strung weight (318g), beam width (23mm / 26mm / 23mm), and string pattern (16×19).

Racket Specs:Instinct MPPure Drive
DesignInstinct MPBabolat Pure Drive
Head Size (sq cm)645cm645cm
Head Size (sq in)100in100in
Length (cm)68.58cm68.58cm
Length (in)27in27in
String Pattern16×1916 x 19
Strung Balance (cm)32.99cm32.99cm
Strung Balance (pts)4 pts HL4 pts HL
Strung Weight (grams)318g318g
Strung Weight (ounces)11.2oz11.2oz
Swing Weight313320
Unstrung Weight (grams)300g300g
Unstrung Weight (ounces)10.58oz10.58oz
Frame Stiffness6471
Beam Width (mm)23mm / 26mm / 23mm23mm / 26mm / 23mm

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Below is a short video comparing the specs of the two rackets:

Pros and Cons

The Instinct MP has a low swing weight that is fast and easy to swing and offers players a good mix of power, control, and feel, with the only drawback being a lack of stability when playing against hard hitters.

The PD provides a good mix of power, control, and spin, a generous sweet spot, and easy power on serves but it has a relatively high frame stiffness rating so it won’t be the most comfortable racket to play with.

Head to Head

The Instinct MP is the better option in terms of power and arm friendliness but the PD is better in terms of control and spin.

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Player Level Recommendations

These rackets are best used by intermediate to advanced tennis players who want a racket that offers a little help in terms of power and spin.

However, if you are a player who likes a low powered racket that has tons of control, then you will probably be better off going with a Head Gravity Pro or a Babolat Pure Strike.

Player LevelMPPD

Pro Player Endorsements

The Pure Drive is endorsed by Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Fabio Fognini, and Sofia Kenin, while the Instinct MP is not currently endorsed by any pro tennis player.

Where can you buy these rackets?

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