One of the sport’s most historic brands, Babolat’s tennis story began all the way back in 1875, when, utilising their expertise in the processing of natural gut for musical instruments and archery bows, Pierre Babolat and his team produced the first ever natural gut racket string.
A series of innovations followed, including the tension-resistant Babolat VS string in 1925, which remains popular today, through to the Cordynel – the world’s first electric stringing machine – in 1981. The Lyon-based brand are also responsible for some of the most technologically advanced synthetic strings on the market, such as the RPM and Xcel ranges. In short, they are the masters of strings.
But what about rackets? It might surprise you to learn that Babolat’s first range of rackets was released relatively recently, with another Pierre Babolat, great grandson of the family company’s founder, creating the Pure line in 1994.
Having cleverly gifted their frames to talented up-and-comers, Babolat’s name began to ring out on the pro circuit, chiefly thanks to the Pure Drive. After Carlos Moya won the French Open in ’98 using the power-focused racket, Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters became ATP and WTA No.1s with the same frame in 2003. A couple of years later, a youthful Rafael Nadal won his first Slam title, conquering Roland-Garros with the Aeropro Drive, which was specifically designed to suit his spin-based play.
Nowadays, Babolat split their rackets into three categories: the Pure Drive for power, the Pure Aero for spin, and the Pure Strike for control. Each series comes in a range of headsizes and weights to suit all ages, body types, and skill levels, with comfort-focused EVO editions available for players who prioritise fun and gradual improvement.
Babolat Pure Drive Super Lite
For players looking to improve manoeuvrability and playability, the Babolat Pure Drive Super Lite tennis racket doesn't compromise on power with a lightweight frame that's perfect for juniors adapting to adult rackets.
The Babolat Pure Drive Super Lite tennis racket is ideal for players looking to improve manoeuvrability and playability while retaining power on the court.
The lightweight nature of the racket is perfect for junior players looking to make the jump up to adult rackets.
Power rackets typically have larger headsizes, thicker beams, and overall stiffer frames, making it easier to generate pace on the ball. They also tend to be more stable, offering more forgiving performance for off-centre hits.
•Weight Unstrung: 260
•Head Size in Sq. in: 100
•Balance: 330 mm (Head Light)
•String Pattern: 16x19
•Stringing Tension Range: 50-59 lbs
- Quick Ref: 194271
- Man. Ref: 102342