For 2018, Babolat updates the Pure Drive Tour with bigger spin and better feel. As with the original Pure Drive Roddick, this stick is designed to offer the power, spin and precision of the standard Pure Drive but with a little extra heft and plow through. For this update, Babolat retools the stringbed with FSI Power Technology, which includes diamond shaped grommet holes and wider string spacing. The payoff is easier depth thanks to a higher launch angle off the stringbed. Babolat also updates its Cortex dampening system with a viscoelastic rubber used in the space industry. The upshot is better dampening and more comfort, which helps mitigate the vibration and shock of this racquet’s admittedly stiff flex. From the baseline, the Pure Drive Tour feels fast and explosive for its 11.7 ounce weight. As a result it moves seamlessly from trading heavy balls to cranking winners from a dead sprint. As we found with the standard Pure Drive, this racquet’s newly widened string pattern offers very easy access to spin. The higher launch angle will not only make it easier for you to keep the ball deep, but it will also enable you to hit high arching balls that drop hard and hop powerfully out of your opponent’s hitting zone. At net the Pure Drive Tour feels fast, solid and lively. Block volleys come off with good pace and depth, and there is enough pop for closing out points with a bang. Aggressive servers will find a juicy combination of power and spin (think easy points). With some impressive updates to the feel and power, the Pure Drive Tour continues to be a great option for intermediate and advanced players looking for juicy levels of power and spin.