I challenge Tennis Warehouse on a daily basis to find a racquet that I will love as much as my Babolat Pure Drive GT (I just can’t imagine loving anything more). I’ve been trying my hand at several different frames (Wilson 99 S, Head Graphene Speed Pro, Wilson Juice 100, Babolat Aero Pro Drive, etc.), a lot that I can understand why people gravitate toward, but nothing that I have to have, or better yet, nothing that has elevated my game…yet. Finally, I found something I can possibly entertain as a new favorite racquet, the Donnay Formula 100.
Spec wise, this racquet could be the long lost twin to my Pure Drive GT. Most of our playtesters even seem to favor this Donnay over the ever so popular Pure Drive. Dare I say, it may even outshine the Pure Drive in one area – the net. My volleys feel so precise and crisp with this racquet no matter whom I am hitting against. I often struggle on my backhand volley to keep my racquet out in front and end up hitting a bit of an inside-out backhand chip volley, which while it is very effective, it is frustrating since it’s caused by late preparation. With this maneuverable Donnay in my hands, suddenly the issue has disappeared.
It’s time to say goodbye to another year and time to say hello to all the year-end “Best of” lists. So not to be outdone, we’re rolling out our list of Best of 2012 product lists. Once again the playtesters put on their thinking caps to come up with these favorites. We would love to hear yours, too. To kick off the countdown to 2013, we have our 2012 favorite racquets. For a flashback, check out the list of 2011’s top racquets.
This may have 2013 in the name, but by our rules, if it sold in 2012, it’s eligible. The new AeroPro Drive GT must be quite the impressive racquet to make the list of not one but two of our strongest playtesters, and it’s only been out for a month or so.
Siobhan: “Racquet of choice right now – I only spent the whole year waiting for it! It feels similar to the previous Aero, and the current Pure Drive, but the feel and response is just improved. I like stiff racquets, which this one is, and combined with power, spin and great control. This racquet just really suits my game and it’s probably the only racquet I feel truly comfortable playing with right now.”
Andy: “Power, access to spin, maneuverable, stable…this racquet has a lot to offer. And with the Active Cortex introduced to the frame, it’s the most comfortable AeroPro Drive yet.”