Focus on the Babolat Drive Tour 2016, Babolat's top-of-the-range racquet, dedicated to players whose game is based on defense.

Visuals of the racket

First, note that tennis players can easily adapt to the racket with a flu round and non-octagonal like many of its competitors. Tennis players will immediately feel with this racket. Padel players preferring the more classic padel flu will have to go their way.

Regarding the weight, it remains more or less 5 gr, 370 grams, giving the racket a certain power. But beware, it round shape and its medium balance make a racket especially for defenders. Unlike the Viper which is aimed primarily at attackers, the Drive will offer players a good control in defense and against.

At the level of the out ball, it is also not bad at all, although it may need to put more to make it out.

Regarding technologies, there are no problems, it's qualitative. But the technologies remain mainly improvements and not novelties.

Some technologies like Speed ​​Edge Technology are supposed to offer better aerodynamics thanks to an octagonal frame for less resistance in the air. In fact, the racket splits the air, but no more and no less than another racket.

However its black EVA gum and Reakt Technology bring a real plus and players feel this control and power in the racket.

Specificities of the Babolat Drive Tour 2016

- Weight: 370 gr
- Profile: 38 mm
- Round shape
- Length: 455 mm
- Balance: 270 mm

technologies used

Pro Core 2:
- POWER - PRECISION & TOUCH: Black EVA core: average energy return for a good compromise between precision power and touch.

Speed ​​Edge Technology:
- AERODYNAMISM: Octagonal frame for less resistance to air.

Dynamic Stability System:
- STABILITY & VERSATILITY: A more compact heart combined with a teardrop-shaped racket that improves the stability of the racket on impact and provides great versatility.

EXOSKELETON FRAME PROTECTION:
- DURATION OF LIFE: New bumper in a rigid material and an aerodynamic form which fits perfectly to the frame of the racket.

EASY FIT CORD:
- COMFORT & SECURITY: Cord that installs and attaches easily to the wrist for comfort and safety during practice.

CARBON FRAME:
- STABILITY: Standard carbon fiber frame for good impact stability.

Reakt Technology:
- PRECISION & POWER: Innovative distribution of arc-shaped holes with 2 hole sizes designed to offer high precision and maximum power.

Carbon Fiber 3K:
- DURABILITY: 3K carbon zones for good durability

In summary…

The new Drive Tour brings a compromise power and precision for the players of competitions. its teardrop shape, its neutral weight, its innovative drilling plan gives it good power without neglecting precision and touch. The carbon fiber frame provides greater durability.

They tested the racket ...

Xavier Andrieux tennis coach in the Essarts-le-Roi club sponsored by Babolat using the Viper tour racquet (red): " I could test the drive tower (blue). A clear difference between the two racquets Viper will be very powerful more flexible impact but less accurate. The drive is going to be stiffer a lot more precision but of course a loss of power If I had to classify the two rackets the blue would be for the defense and the red for the attack I will still ask Mr. Babolat the drive because it gives me control that I did not have with the Viper"

They tested the racket ...

Xavier Andrieux tennis coach in the Essarts-le-Roi club sponsored by Babolat using the Viper tour racquet (red): " I could test the drive tower (blue). A clear difference between the two racquets Viper will be very powerful more flexible impact but less accurate. The drive is going to be stiffer a lot more precision but of course a loss of power If I had to classify the two rackets the blue would be for the defense and the red for the attack I will still ask Mr. Babolat the drive because it gives me control that I did not have with the Viper"

Hiram Azilinon, padel player, talks about the 2 Babolat racquets tested: "I rather played with the orange racquet (viper). It is suitable for a powerful player like me! Very good control and take good effects. "

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.