Head Speed MP vs Babolat Pure Drive Comparison
Main Differences: The Speed MP has a slightly lower strung weight (11.11oz vs 11.22oz), a slightly higher swing weight (323 vs 320), a much lower frame stiffness rating (62 vs 71), and a thinner beam width (23mm vs 23mm/26mm/23mm).
Similarities: Both rackets have the same head size (100in), racket length (27in), head light balance (4pts HL), and a 16 x 19 string pattern.
|Specs:||Speed MP||Pure Drive|
|Strung Weight:||315g (11.11oz)||318g (11.22oz)|
|Unstrung Weight:||300g (10.58oz)||300g (10.58oz)|
|Balance:||4pts HL||4pts HL|
|TW Stiffness Rating:||62||71|
|Power:||Low to Medium||Low to Medium|
|Player Level:||Intermediate to Advanced||Intermediate to Advanced|
|Colors:||Black and White||Blue and Black|
|String Pattern:||16 x19||16 x 19|
|Grip Type:||Head Hydrosorb Pro||Babolat Syntec Pro|
The MP and PD have a standard racket length of 27 inches long.
The strung weight of the Speed MP (315g/11.11oz) is 3g lighter than the strung weight of the Pure Drive (318g/11.22oz), so the SMP will feel slightly lighter in your hand but the difference in strung weight is relatively small.
Both tennis rackets have an unstrung weight of 300g (10.58oz).
The MP 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.
Both tennis rackets have a 4pts HL balance, which will suit players who have a full swing and good technique on their groundstrokes.
The MP (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 MP definitely felt more comfortable to play with.
Power and Control
The MP 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 MP 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.
Both rackets have a 16 x 19 string pattern, which is good for adding more spin to your serve and groundstrokes.
The MP has a Head Hydrosorb Pro grip, while the PD has a Babolat Syntec Pro Grip.