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Improver racket review: Babolat C-Drive 105


Originally published on: 28/07/13 00:00

After bringing you the latest range of rackets directed at advanced and intermediate players in our last two issues, now it’s the turn of those who haven’t quite shed the tennis L-plates to sit up and take note.

After testing nine improver frames at Dukes Meadows indoor courts in West London, we voted the Tecnifibre T-Fight 255 the top improver racket in 2013. In silver medal position was the Babolat C-Drive 105

RRP: £100
Length: 27 inches
DA (stiffness): 70 points
Head size: 105 sq. in
String pattern: 16 x 19
Unstrung weight: 265g
Beam: 22-27mm

What the experts say
Whether starting lessons or playing recreationally, this is a great all-round beginner’s racket that creates a good balance of power and control. It's comfortably weighted and the head size provides a helpful sweet spot.

What the testers say
The C-Drive 105 was voted the second best improver frame by our testers. Both Bobby and Jo loved the easy access to spin that the Babolat racket offered them. “I didn’t even know I could hit topspin before I picked this one up,” said Jo. “As well as the spin, this racket really produced when it came to power,” offered Bobby. “What more could you ask for?”

What the manufacturer says
Young players will appreciate this racket’s lightness and performance. Side Cortex is an evolution of our revolutionary technology Cortex System. An innovative shape has also been studied to dampen the vibrations in order to bring the best compromise between comfort and feel at impact.


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