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The redesigned Babolat Pure Drive GT tennis racquet is perfect for the competitive player who likes to toe the line between power and control. Although this latest version’s specs remain in line with the previous version, this update features Cortex Technology that helps filter out negative vibrations to minimize arm injury.

  • The choice of champions like Kim Clijsters and Li Na.
  • Graphite and tungsten improves performance with 10% energy recovery and more power.
Item #: 101771
Style #: 101167
Head Size : 100 in.2
Length : 27 Inches
Weight : 10.6 Ounces (unstrung) / 11.1 Ounces (strung)
Balance: Head Light
Balance Point: 32.2cm. / 12.7in.
Power Level: Low, Medium
Swing Type: Moderate, Fast & Long
Tension: 55-62 Lbs.
String Pattern: 16M x 19C
Beam Width: 23/26/23mm, Dual Tapered Beam
Flex (RDC): 72
Composition: Graphite, Tungsten
Swing Weight: 307
Grip: Syntec
Technology : GT, Cortex Active Technology, Woofer
GT Technology: Graphite Tungsten Technology is a hybrid material containing braided carbon fibers and tungsten filaments throughout the entire racquet. This customized performance booster improves racquet performance based on the concentration of Tungsten fibers at various strategic parts of the frame. The main benefit is increased power and versatility. A value added aspect of GT technology is that the added concentration of Tungsten in the head of the racquet strengthens the frame (up to 26% more than the previous Pure Drive) to reduce torque and increase precision.

Cortex Active Technology: Thanks to its new construction and CDS (Cortex Dampening System) interface, the latest edition of Babolat’s active Cortex technology ensures seamless transmission of the most essential information directly to the player’s hand for an incomparable feel and a master’s control of each and every hit.

Woofer Technology: The first and most efficient system which makes the frame and strings interact when striking the ball: 25% longer ball/string contact. Better control, more comfort.

Elliptic Geometry: Optimal design to guarantee the best torsion resistance: +20% stiffer compared to a traditional beam. Better maneuverability with more power.

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Babolat Pure Drive GT 2012
 
4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great feel (5)
  • Creates spin (4)
  • Generates power (4)
  • Good accuracy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate (4)
    • Professional (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Competitive athlete (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    15 yrs - best stick of the 21st century?

    By LDS

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Competitive Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Creates Spin
    • Generates Power
    • Great Feel
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Manoeuvrability At Net

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate
    • Professional

    Comments about Babolat Pure Drive GT 2012:

    I simply believe that this is one of the most versatile racquets ever made. During the last 15 years this racquet (or its predecessors) has delivered a great blend of performance at the service line, baseline and at the net, combining power/spin and control.

    The racquet looks good, feels good at contact, it's easy to swing and to hold (no sharp edges).

    The only downside is that the Pure Drive is not as fast as other racquets at the net, it hits crisp volleys but I think there are better racquets out there for accomplished serve and volley players.

    I am currently a 4.5 player who used to compete for my home country as a junior but played little during my college years. I enjoy beating 5.0 players from time to time :)

    Service and delivery comments:

    Holabird delivered fast. The product arrived in perfect condition.
    Holabird has many years in the market. I do remember my dad ordering my Dunlops Max200G when we came to the US for vacations.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great service from Holabird

    By Ron

    from Carmel, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Babolat Pure Drive GT 2012:

    The Babalot Pure Drive is renown, and I could have bought it at any number of places. But Holabird was chosen for their reliability and going the extra mile to assure delivery without any problems.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Holabird went the extra mile in packaging: my racquettes were sealed in plastic film, inside a carton, which, itself, was sealed in plastic film. Consequently, the delivery person could leave the package on the porch, in the rain, without any damage to my racquettes, or the documentation. Very reassuring.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    So far, I'm loving this racket!

    By bdub

    from Austin, Texas

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Creates Spin
    • Generates Power
    • Good Accuracy
    • Great Feel

    Cons

    • Volleys

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate

    Comments about Babolat Pure Drive GT 2012:

    So far, I really love this racket! It is quite a change from what I've been using (Wilson Hammer 5.3) so I'm still getting used to it. One area that it's not performing well (or I'm not performing well - up to interpretation) is how it plays at the net (volleys.) Ground strokes are noticeably punchier and have more spin. Serve is more consistent. I'm glad to be playing with a more updated racket and looking forward to improving my game overall now.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love this racquet!

    By jrtennisfan

    from Reston, VA

    About Me Competitive Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Creates Spin
    • Generates Power
    • Good Accuracy
    • Great Feel
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Advanced
      • Professional

      Comments about Babolat Pure Drive GT 2012:

      This racquet is so smooth...great feel and control. I am quicker to the ball and in control of my game with this raquet. Nothing negative to say about his racquet. Before purchasing, I did a lot of research and am glad I did. I have never had a better racquet.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great racquet!

      By 10isplayer

      from South Carolina

      About Me Competitive Athlete

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Accuracy
      • Great Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate

        Comments about Babolat Pure Drive GT 2012:

        I purchased these racquets to replace my Wilson NCode racquets. I used the 'comparison' feature on the Holabird website to purchase racquets w/similar specifications to my old racquets. I love these racquets - they feel and hit great! These are my first Babolat's and I am very happy with my purchase.

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        • Q:

          I have a Play Pure Drive racquet and love it - I am looking for a second racquet that is the same racquet but without the chip (to save $$). Is this racquet the same as the Play Pure Drive, minus the chip?
          Asked on 5/10/2014 by Mike from Annapolis, MD

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            The Babolat Pure Drive has the same specs as the Babolat Play Pure Drive.

            Answered on 5/12/2014 by Louie from Holabird Sports
        • Q:

          Which string is best? I am a 4.0 player and hit pretty hard
          Asked on 2/22/2012 by Anonymous

          2 answers

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Strings really come down to personal preference. If you break strings fairly often and like a stiffer string, Babolat has a couple nice polyester strings like Pro Hurricane Tour or RPM Blast. If you are not breaking too many strings or would prefer something softer and more playable, Babolat Addiction or Babolat Xcel are both great choices.

            Answered on 2/28/2012 by Ryan from Holabird Sports
          • A:

            Babolat strings are the only type of strings that are recommended for this product so that it will perform optimally. The racket comes with strings when you purchase it and additional strings can be purchased through the website.

            Answered on 2/27/2012 by Community Answer from None
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        • About Babolat
        Babolat originally started by making some of the finest natural gut tennis strings in the world. More recently, they have expanded their successful formula to include tennis racquets, tennis shoes, and other accessories. Babolat tennis racquets are extremely popular and their racquet line includes a wide variety of frames that meet the need of a variety of different players. Many WTA and ATP professionals choose Babolat racquets every day, including multiple Grand Slam winners Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters. Babolat tennis rackets are great for recreational and competitive players alike.

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