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Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013 (Rafael Nadal) Racquet Review

November 5, 2019

Racquet of choice for Rafael Nadal this is the Babolat AeroPro Drive The fourth generation AeroPro Drive now has active cortex technology for improved feel and comfort. It features a 100 square inch head size, 11.3 ounce weight, a swingweight of 316 and a 4 point head light balance. Offering a crisp and lively feel, the AeroPro Drive is not only maneuverable but has a solid and consistent response. Accessing power spin and control from all areas of the court, this racquet lives up to expectations and more. First up we have Andy, Andy I know you don’t have much of a history with Babolat and this is the first time playing with the Aero line, can you tell me how it went for you? Yeah, I’ve always stuck to the more traditional player’s racquets. I’ve played with the mid size lines, the biggest tweener racquet I’ve gone to was the Radical in my history But from the first ball that I struck with this racquet I realized what all the fuss was about. It’s super lightweight, super forgiving, you can absolutely tee off on the ball and you know that you’re going to hit the big sweetspot. For me it was great on my western grip forehand because I like to take a big cut at it And with the grip it’s a little tricky with the smaller head size so this allowed me to really swing freely on that. I was getting tons of power, tons of spin from all areas of the court. It surprised me at net with how great it felt on the volley. I really liked it up there. And then felt great on the serve, was launching the serve So, from all areas of the court this racquet really shined. I was really surprised by the AeroPro line and now I know what all the fuss is about. I really enjoyed this playtest Next up we have Brittany, Brittany I know that you have played with the Babolat Pure Drive before, can you tell me how the Aero compared? Yes I really loved playing with the Pure Drive so I was really interested to see how they would stack up against each other. I found this AeroPro Drive to have a lot more control and spin. I was hitting really heavy groundstrokes. I also found myself hitting more angled groundstrokes, pulling my opponent off the court I do think the Pure Drive has a little more power, but I still had plenty of access to power with this AeroPro Drive. Surprisingly I thought my slices were great I was able to keep the ball low, which carried really well into my vollies I thought I had great feel and great touch up at net. Another thing was maneuverability. Really enjoyed hitting returns with this racquet, really easy to get the racquet in place. My one negative would be comfort. It was a bit too stiff for me, but I was able to relieve it a bit with putting in a softer poly or a hybrid. Overall I thought it was a great update to this racquet. Next up we have Chris, Chris I know that you usually play with a racquet that’s a bit heavier with a smaller headsize, can you tell me how the Aero was for you? Yeah, it’s a really forgiving racquet to use, it just, you know when I started hitting again, I’ve hit all the other versions of this racquet, and I was just instantly reminded of how easy it is to find pace and spin from the baseline. It’s also probably one of my favorite racquets when I’m looking to turn a defensive situation into an offensive one, I can do it with one shot, stretched wide there is just so much power and access to spin here you can really just snap over the ball and really change the direction the point is going, so I really loved it for that. I think the Active Cortex is a really good update, they’ve continued to fine tune the feel and performance of this racquet and I think this one just takes it another step further like some of the other testers said. Great feel at net, just point and shoot. You know, I just point the strings where I want the ball to go it fires it right off. And then plenty of grip there too for when I want to cut under the ball for a drop volley. So I really liked this one, great update to the racquet and fun playtest for me. I also playtested this racquet, and like Chris I really noticed the change that the Active Cortex Technology gave to the racquet. I feel like it was updated well from the previous version, it just has a really nice response and the feel just gives you a little bit more connection with the racquet and the ball. From the baseline I just came out absolutely firing. I feel like the combination of power and spin and control was just on point, and I was very comfortable both on the baseline and at net. I feel like the maneuverability was very noticeable at net, on serve, on the baseline, and overall I would choose this to be my racquet of choice right now For more info please check it out online at


  • Reply Sishir Jayanthi May 15, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Babolat changes the APD every three years so you'll be seeing the new one in 2015 and I really like the outdoor court reviews you guys should try this more often but I still live your reviews 🙂

  • Reply William Madsen May 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Hi TW. I wondered which string you used in the Aeropro in this playtest?

  • Reply lavaman233 May 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Cracking racquet but even better is Andy's moustache!

  • Reply El Don Tabuzo May 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I strung my aeropro drive at 65lbs rpm blast,without 10% it ok?

  • Reply Irving Montalvo May 23, 2014 at 6:40 am

    It's been a while since the latest aeropro model and I wanted to buy one but I'ma be mad if they release a new model month or two after I buy this, have you heard anything about a new aeropro drive model? TY

  • Reply Steve Namkoong June 2, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I love this racquet the first time i ever played with it i knew it was my racquet of choice. This was also my first babolat racquet and I love it!

  • Reply inkhaven June 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    How different is the aeropro drive vs. the aeropro team?  I've had the opportunity to play with the drive, and loved it.  But i'm really digging the Wimbledon scheme on the team model.  Trying to figure out which one to get.  Any recommendations?

  • Reply richman1703 June 13, 2014 at 1:28 am

    I noticed the babolat aeroprodrive now has a french open design on it. Why does it cost more than the original? Should I get this or the french open racquet?

  • Reply Amit Singh June 25, 2014 at 6:08 am

    I've always felt most comfortable using a hybrid, poly mains and multi crosses.  It seems with the APD most people use a full bed of poly.  Do you think this is the case? and if so, would this racquet still work well with that sort of hybrid setup

  • Reply SebT 00 June 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    What will be more spin-friendly, and control orientated: Apd With rpm 16, or graphene speed pro with sonic pro edge?

  • Reply xieulong June 27, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Hi guys!
    How does the APD compare to the 95S?
    I've been using the 95S strung with Lux 4g at 52lb.  I prefer to camp out behind baseline and very rarely come to net.
    I'm looking to replace my 95S as it has a big crack on it for some reason.  I'm deciding to either get an other 95S or switch to a new stick.  I was thinking the APD's larger head size may give me more effortless power from the baseline.
    What would you recommend?

  • Reply Amit Singh July 1, 2014 at 12:40 am

    do you guys at TW know if there will be a 2015 release to this model? If so, worth waiting a few months for the update, or would generally be more or less the same? 

  • Reply Nick Schneider July 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Hey whats up TW,
    Currently I'm using the Head graphene radical pro and I really like it, but I was thinking about trying a racket with a bit more power for my serves and maybe a bit more access to spin. Do you think the APD would be a good choice or maybe even the pure drive?

  • Reply Eduardo Silva July 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Hello TW! I'm 19 years old and use a Babolat Pure Drive since I was 12. It was perfect when I didn't have the power to play, but now it is getting harder to control my game. I'm trying to find my best fit at a more control racquet. I was looking for the Head Graphene Speed, MP or Pro, maybe the Radical or Instinct, and the AeroPro Drive. I have shoulder issues, so I am a bit concerned about what to buy, since I live in a small town in Brazil, I can't actually try the racquets, and they are extremely expensive here so it's hard to buy it and don't adapt to it, or hurts my shoulder. Do you have any suggestions on what should I do?

  • Reply guellpark July 11, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    The flexibility of this racket is 69 at your website but 72 at Babolat's website. Why is this difference?

  • Reply Reece Law July 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Andy, For a 12 year old player… Would this be a good frame? — Thanks in advance 🙂

  • Reply tennisswimmingrugby July 30, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Is this racquet similar to the head extreme pro line??

  • Reply Ronaldo Weasley July 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    What do you mean when you say this is good for spin? Because sometimes I put too much spin on my shots and just hit the net. So does this make spin easier or give lots of spin?

  • Reply Kevin Nguyen August 3, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Is there a difference from the new Aero Pro Drive French Open and the Aero Pro Drive 2013?

  • Reply Furigay Nick August 6, 2014 at 11:04 am

    How would you compare this to the new Head Graphene Extreme Pro in terms of spin, power(as in flat shots and serves)? Thanks in advance Tennis Warehouse!

  • Reply Tennis Warehouse August 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    @Duy Hoàng,
    The Extreme Pro will offer a little bit more power than the APD, although we found noticeably more control with the APD.  Both racquets will be equally spin-friendly.
    Andy, TW

  • Reply Damien Wyer August 8, 2014 at 9:11 am

    My ten year old son has a couple of these racquets. His control has improved along with his power. If you are serious about improving your game, this could be the answer.

  • Reply E.swtzr August 8, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Could you compare this racket to the pure strike 16×19?

  • Reply Kate Terrado August 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    what strings and at what tension do you recommend for this racket? I've demo-ed it and i really liked it however, i dont really know what strings would bring out the best out of it. Also, I break strings pretty often, so i would like to have something that'll last me a decent amount of time. 

  • Reply Oliver Marcell August 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    This or the Juice 100?  

  • Reply DragonWarX August 20, 2014 at 4:22 am

    @Tennis Warehouse 
    What gauge and tension should I string the Babolat RPM Blast for Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013?

  • Reply Tom Bradley August 31, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I'm thinking of switching to aero pro drive or steam 99s what would be better for my big serve and control oriented game

  • Reply Patrick Powell August 31, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    what string was used in this video

  • Reply Ricardo Rodrigues August 31, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Hi TW, can you please compare this racquet to the Head Youtek Radical MP (18×20) ?

  • Reply Ben Lai September 11, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Hi, I am currently using the aeropro drive, but i was wondering if i should be adding an extra Head grip onto the original babolat grip that was already given, or should i just play with the original grip that is already on the racquet when we purchased the racquet? Looking forward to your reply 🙂

  • Reply ragemini99 September 29, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    I am thinking of getting this racquet but I don't wanna get it if a new version is released, is there a newer model coming out?


  • Reply ragemini99 October 7, 2014 at 1:50 am

    What would be a good, soft, plush poly to Putin this racquet?

  • Reply Teppo Matikainen October 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    What string would you recommend if i want spin, control and bit power? And what tension it should be?

  • Reply Edy G. October 19, 2014 at 2:10 am

    I need HELP please. Im in a love hate relationship with my bab areopro. I love the control,spin,power BUT i feel like it is some times wimpy hitting against The Ringers. I feel like it doesnt handle slight off center shots and make them look like complete shanks. I heard of lead tape but shied away from it due the sweet spot moveing around. I want to add lead tape but where? I want the solid feel of my old old Pure Drive and the spin and control of the areopro. I want to make sure i do this right.

  • Reply sander November 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    How does the APD compare to the HEAD youtek IG radical mp in terms of comfort? Would it be more confortable?

  • Reply victorz uzha November 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    hello is this rackets control good and is the racket head-heavy or head-light becaus i like the head light more and i prefer more control

  • Reply Tennis Warehouse November 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    @ victorz uzha,
    This racquet offers a nice blend of power, control and spin, and it is also more head light.
    Andy, TW

  • Reply Yago Brasil November 12, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Hello TW , I'm thinking them to buy this racquet , but I have no idea what string or tension . Any suggestions ?
    I am intermediate player of the baseline and spin.

  • Reply Cyril George November 18, 2014 at 1:31 am

    i am 13 yrs old, and i have improved my game alot and i want a good racket.
    what is the difference between this and the plus.
    does this still offer an exceptional amount of power.
    I currently have the last generation wilson juice 100L, i dont really want a lite anymore, dont like the feel of it that much.

  • Reply Ian Hutchins November 30, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Hi, what tension do you guys recommend if I want 55% power and 45% control

  • Reply Parris Willis January 29, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    What kind of strings would you recommend to bring out a more well rounded performance that lasts.
    I'm currently using the aeropro drive and have for a while now.
    Thank you.

  • Reply Tennis Warehouse January 29, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    @Parris Willis,
    It depends on your stroke style and personal preference.  If you have shorter, slower strokes and don't break strings often, go with a nice multifilament like Babolat XCel.  If you have longer, faster strokes and like to generate much of your own power, go with a nice polyester like Babolat RPM Blast.
    Andy, TW

  • Reply mauferran February 9, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Hi Andy! For a beginner, which racquet would you recommend between the AeroPro Drive, the Pure Drive, and the Graphene XT Speed Pro?

    Additionally, do you guys ship to Costa Rica? Thanks!

  • Reply Huy Nguyễn Thế February 16, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    can you review the AeroPro Drive PLAY?

  • Reply Babis Lazopoulos February 17, 2015 at 10:32 am

    How do you compare it with volkl 8 super g 300gr and wilson blade 16×19.thanks.

  • Reply Lyle Brewster February 21, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Hi – is there a 2015 version of this racquet or the plus model? If not is there a 2015 equivalent from Babolat?

  • Reply shen703 March 12, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    What's the recommended string for control?

  • Reply Kate Terrado March 18, 2015 at 1:55 am

    is it worth to get another racket so that you have 2 rackets that are the same? Any pros and cons? What's the point of having 2 of the same racket?

  • Reply Jean Matthew March 21, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Will the latest aeropro drive feel more solid than the pro staff 97 and 97ls?

  • Reply Qi Le April 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Hi, how does the Babolat APD compare with the Dunlop F3.0 Tour?

  • Reply Felipe Ortiz April 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    hey andy what string would u recommend putting here, i have rpm blast 16g but i want to know if i can get more from this amazing racket

  • Reply Tanner Crisp April 5, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Love this racquet

  • Reply Tennis Warehouse April 7, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    @Felipe Ortiz,
    RPM Blast is a great string if you're looking for spin, control and string durability.  You could try a nice multifilament like Babolat XCel if you want some more power, comfort and feel, but you'll certainly lose some control and spin.
    Andy, TW

  • Reply Kate Terrado April 22, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Hello! A friend of mine gave me a Pure Drive 2009 and I noticed that it has the same specs as the apd. I've played with both, however I can't really tell the difference between them except for the difference of the strings. How do the two compare? What makes rackets with the same specs different? I feel like it's just the same racket with a different paint job, aha

  • Reply Crazy cram April 22, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Are they going to make anew model in 2015 of the APD

  • Reply leonard milea May 9, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Is this racket very different to the 2010 model? Like in terms of feel or anything?

  • Reply dhd May 11, 2015 at 3:58 am

    what the hell… daemon sliding ball at 2:47, not rolling, just sliding…

  • Reply Jacob May 13, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Overall, which racket do you guys think is better: Head Graphene Pro or this one

  • Reply Mazin Mattar July 13, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I was wondering on how this racket performed on it solid? Does it twists on big serves..?

  • Reply s0meDude101 July 19, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    hey.. i'm an intermediate player with a flat, eastern forehand. I mostly stick to baseline but also utilize volleys and slices from time to time. So overall i'm really looking for a versatile racket with sufficient power. could you please tell me out of this racket, radical pro and pro staff 97, which would suit my style the best?

  • Reply Njoy Ever July 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    hi, TW, the new PURE AERO will be available for pre-sale?

  • Reply Humza Nadeem July 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Hi tennis warehouse I'm not sure what raquet to buy I would like something light but powerful and easy to move a Wilson raquet is what I want to but which one should I buy, some other makes are good too but could you recommend some for me. Please reply to this. Thanks

  • Reply Tung Nguyen August 1, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Hi TW, I'm looking for a new racquet to replace my old Prince Longbody Michael Chang. I've had a look at APD and wondered whether I should give it a try given my wrist problems and high racquet stiffness rating of APD. And should I opt for the standard or plus version as I've been using my Prince racquet which is 28 inches in length since I started playing tennis (I'm a single-backhander)? Moreover, I've been so accustomed to the Ashaway Crossfire 17 string since I was a teenager, so should I continue to use it if I decide to get APD given my wrist injuries? Many thanks.

  • Reply Edu Méndez August 5, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Hi TW, im going to switch my racquet and I don't know if there so much difference between AeroPro Drive and Prince Black EXO3 100, also I played with a PD Andy Roddick but I notice missing some control. Thanks

  • Reply I Philips August 6, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    @Tennis Warehouse Hi Im a pre-professional tennis player, I use a Babolat aeropro control but seeing as Babolat doesnt make that racket anymore, I would like to buy a recent one, do you think the aeroprodrive is a good switch-to for me. (5.0+ player)

  • Reply Kevin Bowers August 20, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Which would you prefer, the Wilson pro staff 97 (not the RF version) or the Babolat aero pro drive? Thanks

  • Reply HS SH August 22, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Is babolat aeropro drive ok with Eastern grip hitter? im using eastern grip and im kinda power hitter as well.. but i heard aeropro is good for spinner like using semi western for a spin.. is that true or not? cheers guys!!

  • Reply Joshua B September 12, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    how many grams should I add to the handle to make it More headlight. I was thinking around 8pt to 10pt HL

  • Reply Jake Thomson September 29, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I am 12 and I play tennis 4 times a week what racket is best this or head radical graphene mp

  • Reply Tennis Warehouse September 29, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    @ Jake ThomsonT.V,
    Both of them would work great for you! I recommend demo'ing both and seeing which one you like better.
    Andy, TW

  • Reply JohnnyMo007 December 28, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Hi TW,

    I am looking at switching tennis racquets.

    I currently play with the Wilson Steam 99S, I love the racquet but I am breaking strings too often even with a full bed of poly strings (Wilson Rip Spin, 15 gauge).

    I am deciding between the Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013 or Yonex EZONE Ai 100: Which racquet would be best as a replacement to the Wilson Steam 99S?

  • Reply Tai Lee March 23, 2016 at 8:21 am

    How does this Aero Pro compare to the Pro Staff 97 in terms of power, control and feel?

  • Reply Hasanayn Awan March 23, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    @tennis warehouse….
    How does this compare to the Babolat Aeropro Drive cortex version (2009 model without GT technology)

  • Reply sassoufa7 March 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    +Tennis Warehouse I'm using this racquet at the moment, do you think changing to the Wilson Burn FST 95 would be good or should i stick to this one?

  • Reply Colon April 5, 2016 at 1:28 am

    It's funny how this video is about a racquet made in 2013, yet the video was made in 2012

  • Reply Tony Ngo April 6, 2016 at 4:39 am

    do you like this one, or the previous version? what's the biggest difference between them?

  • Reply Tryston April 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    A friend is allowing me to demo the pure drive and the aero pro drive and decide which I want. I'm traditionally a baseline player and am a pretty small guy and a lower level player ( 3.0 ntrp) which would you recommend?

  • Reply Imaginary Story April 16, 2016 at 7:12 am

    I bought an APD 2013 racquet but I don't see a "graphite and tungsten" label underneath GT Technology on the hoop. Is it supposed to be like that?

  • Reply Sid A May 15, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    What 2 strings would you recommend if u wanted to do a hybrid in this racket??

  • Reply heeki July 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    $150 now july 2016. Wondering if I should get it or spend more for a newer racquet.

  • Reply Michael Stein August 24, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    What are good strings that would pair well with this racquet?

  • Reply Xd bandzflyinnn August 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Is babolat better than head

  • Reply David Kumar September 29, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Babolat Aero vs pure drive vs strike vs Wilson Pro Staff

  • Reply Mohamed Ali October 13, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    hi Tennis warehouse
    I just got this Racquet and noticed that there is no "Graphite/Tungsten " Label under GT-Technology
    I'm so worried about having a fake one
    also tell me please what's the Diff. bet. 2013 model and 2015 model of AeroPro Drive
    thanks a lot

  • Reply Mohamed Ali October 14, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Hi TW again
    I want to know whether this Racquet will be fine if i string it with the Japanese Co-poly Pro's pro cyber power 1.25 String at 55 lbs or it would be a bad choice

  • Reply Melwin Mark October 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I am 13 years but I am pretty strong and I bought babolat rpm blast 16g what string tension should I put

  • Reply Melwin Mark October 22, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    aeropro drive vs pure aero? which should I buy

  • Reply Nguyen Pham Khoi Nguyen January 1, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Hello TW
    I currently use the Babolat aeropro team with the RPM Team string.
    I would like to change my string to something that would add more power to my racket. What do you recommand ? thanks =)

  • Reply Rahul Khatwani February 24, 2017 at 2:42 am

    I've used the Wilson Six.One tour and the BLX since i started playing tennis, but now want to switch to Babolat as I feel that you get easier power. I'm considering between this racquet (Aeropro Drive) and the Pure Drive 2015. Which one should I get? I've always used a 95 head size and am an attacking player.

    Thanks for your help!

  • Reply Alfando Savant April 5, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I've been using this racquet for 2 years. I like the crisp feeling, but it's stiff feeling starting to hurt my arm. Can you recommend something with the same crisp feeling as this, but with less stiffness and maybe smaller head size (about 95-98)?

  • Reply Slave of God April 21, 2017 at 11:13 am

    u guys should upload a video about; comparison between aero pro drive and pro staff

  • Reply Amith V June 10, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Wait, it is not showing the raquet on your website. i want to buy it!!!!!!

  • Reply HuzzHot October 1, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I’m playing with this racket for 4 years now, thinking to give this one to my dad and pick for myself new Babolat. Which one is similar but better, improved? Pure Aero 2017 or Pure Drive 2017? Thanks a lot for answer.

  • Reply Max Shine November 24, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    The view from the court is really beautiful, would like to play there

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    Babolat Aero Junior 26 Graphite Tennis Racquet

  • Reply Ahmed GTS May 8, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    We need language Arabic

  • Reply Jack 'The Lad' Stevens July 2, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Despite what Balboat says, he (Rafa) still uses this raquet nowadays but his sponsors give it a paint job to look like one of the newer Cortex versions. Also he gets it's strung to how he likes it which makes a big difference, two people of equal standing could pick up two of the same racquets but achieve different results according to how they have it strung. Rafa probs has it so that while it still helps with power strokes it also greatly assists with his top and side spin he puts on the ball.

  • Reply adrian troickic November 1, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Still using it

  • Reply AK7 Gamer January 8, 2019 at 5:11 am

    What is its string tension

  • Reply g January 31, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Difference between this and DR100?

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