Pro player racquets

Karolina Pliskova’s Racquet

I got a few questions about Karolina Pliskova’s racquet. It doesn’t look like the most recent Pure Drive so what is it?

Karolina Pliskova’s racquet is most likely what she has used since her junior days. An older version of the Babolat Pure Drive. Going back in time, you can see pictures of her using the 2009 GT version for example. But it can technically be even older than that. Most pros use the same racquet mold, layup and setup every year, but get their racquets painted to look like the latest retail version. It’s an obvious way to sell racquets. They are not actually “using” the current version, just endorsing it. It’s an important distinction.

So I don’t know what Karolina Pliskova’s racquet actually is, but she is endorsing the Babolat Pure Drive Lite Wimbledon edition (which can be bought from Tennis Warehouse via the link). Many WTA pros use lighter racquets these days, but I doubt that Pliskova is using a Pure Drive Lite and not the standard edition, which is one of the most popular racquets on the WTA tour, used by Clijsters, Muguruza, Kenin and more.

Pliskova strings her Babolat Pure Drive with a hybrid string setup consisting of RPM Hurricane and Babolat VS Touch natural gut. I don’t know the tensions, but a similar hybrid setup with a natural gut has become quite popular on both the ATP and WTA Tour. You can find those strings and more Pliskova gear on the Tennis Warehouse Pliskova page.

Why do so many players use the Pure Drive?

The Pure Drive is one of the more iconic racquet models. It’s powerful, has a large sweet spot, good access to spin and is relatively easy to use. The downside is the lack of comfort which can lead to tennis elbow, which is probably one reason Pliskova strings it with a hybrid setup.

If you want free power, there are also a bunch of other racquets you can check out. Read or watch my list of the powerful racquets here.

What do you think of Pliskova’s game?

 

TN

View Comments

  • First generation PD was a nice mid flex tweener, . Now they are stiff and hollow, and sound like they are cracked, without a damper it's even worse. My elbow starts to cry every time I see a Babolat racquet

  • They zoomed in very close on Pliskova's racket towards the end of the match yesterday. I think it was when they showed the ribbon she puts on her racket. It showed her strings (can't remember which ones) and string tension as being 30kg or 66 pounds!

Recent Posts

What are the best racquets of the year?

I'm going through all the reviews I've done in 2021 and it's quite a list. What are the best racquets… Read More

3 hours ago

Solinco Whiteout 98 Review

The Solinco Prototype racquet I've been testing for quite a while is released! And here is my Solinco Whiteout 98… Read More

3 days ago

HEAD Boom Pro Review – First Impressions

These are my first impressions part of my HEAD Boom Pro Review. The Boom Pro is a new racquet from… Read More

4 days ago

Zverev wins the ATP World Tour Finals again

Alexander Zverev seems to be a man on a mission. He won the ATP World Tour Finals again after defeating… Read More

7 days ago

Volkl V-Cell 10 320 Review

The Volkl V-Cell 10 320 is an interesting racquet. On the heavier side, with a maneuverable swing weight and higher… Read More

1 week ago

The Babolat Pure Aero Rafa Collection

Babolat released the Mallorca-inspired "Rafa" design a while back and now they release the rest of the Babolat Pure Aero… Read More

2 weeks ago