Head Speed MP vs Babolat Pure Drive Comparison
|Specs:||Speed MP||Pure Drive|
|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 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 SMP and PD have a standard racket length of 27 inches long.
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 tennis rackets have an unstrung weight of 300g (10.58oz).
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.
Both tennis rackets have a 4pts HL balance, which will suit players who have a full swing and good technique on their groundstrokes.
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.
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.
Both rackets have a 16 x 19 string pattern, which is good for adding more spin to your serve and groundstrokes.
The SMP has a Head Hydrosorb Pro grip, while the PD has a Babolat Syntec Pro Grip.