Head Speed MP vs Babolat Pure Drive

The Head Speed MP and Babolat Pure Drive are great options for recreational players looking for a racket that provides easy power without sacrificing too much control.

In this article, I will be looking at the racket specs of the Speed MP and the Pure Drive to see how these two rackets compare to each another.

Head Speed MP vs Babolat Pure Drive

Head Speed MP vs Babolat Pure Drive Comparison

In the comparison below I have used the 2022 version of the Head Speed MP (or “SMP”) and the 2021 version of the Babolat Pure Drive (or “PD”).

Racket Specs

Specs:Speed MPPure Drive
Version:20222021
Design:Head Speed MP 2022Babolat Pure Drive
Head Size:100in100in
Length:27in27in
Strung Weight:315g (11.11oz)318g (11.22oz)
Unstrung Weight:300g (10.58oz)300g (10.58oz)
Swing weight:323g (11.39oz)320g (11.29oz)
Balance:4pts HL4pts HL
TW Stiffness Rating:6271
Power:Low to MediumLow to Medium
Player Level:Intermediate to AdvancedIntermediate to Advanced
Beam Width:23mm/23mm/23mm23mm/26mm/23mm
Colors:Black and WhiteBlue and Black
String Pattern:16 x1916 x 19
Main Skips:7T,9T,7H,9H7T,9T,7H,9H
Grip Type:Head Hydrosorb ProBabolat Syntec Pro

Head Size

Both the SMP and the PD tennis rackets have a 100in Midplus head size.

Length

The SMP and PD have a standard racket length of 27 inches long.

Strung Weight

The strung weight of the SMP (315g/11.11oz) is 3g lighter than the strung weight of the PD (318g/11.22oz), so the SMP will feel slightly lighter in your hand but the difference in strung weight is relatively small.

Both the SMP and the PD are relatively heavy rackets so they will not be very beginner friendly.

Unstrung Weight

Both tennis rackets have an unstrung weight of 300g (10.58oz).

Swing Weight

The SMP has a swing weight of 323g (11.39oz), which is only 3g heavier than the PD (320g/11.29oz), so you will notice very little difference when swinging both of these rackets.

Balance

Both tennis rackets have a 4pts HL balance, which will suit players who have a full swing and good technique on their groundstrokes.

Stiffness Rating

The SMP (62) has a much lower stiffness rating when compared with the PD (71).

Having played with both rackets, I didn’t feel any arm or elbow issues but the SMP definitely felt more comfortable to play with.

Power and Control

The SMP and PD are both Low to Medium powered tennis rackets so you will get some help in terms of power generation, with the PD being the slightly more powerful of the two rackets.

In terms of control, I felt the SMP offered a little more but the difference wasn’t huge.

Recommended Player Level

Both rackets will suit players in the intermediate to the advanced range but some more advanced players may find the control you get with these rackets isn’t enough and may prefer to go with a Head Speed Pro or a Babolat Pure Strike.

Beam Width

The SMP (23mm/23mm/23mm) has a slightly thinner beam width when compared with the PD (23mm/26mm/23mm), so you should find it easier to get more power from the PD and more control from the SMP.

String Pattern

Both rackets have a 16 x 19 string pattern, which is good for adding more spin to your serve and groundstrokes.

Grip Type

The SMP has a Head Hydrosorb Pro grip, while the PD has a Babolat Syntec Pro Grip.