After 10 years of research, extensive testing and input from the tennis community, Babolat announced the world’s first connected racquet called the Babolat Play Pure Drive. The app-connected tennis racquet embeds sensors into the frame, which track data like shot power and ball impact location (sweet spot) along with number of strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, smash), spin level, total and effective play time, endurance, technique, consistency, energy and rallies. When the player has finished playing, information is transmitted through a Bluetooth connection with a smartphone or from a USB to a computer, and is viewable on any type of device (including tablets). Players will be able to share information with the Babolat Play community through a dedicated platform at Babolatplay.com and on a Babolat Play App.
Babolat’s main challenge was to integrate sensors in the handle of the racquet, without changing the specifications. The Babolat Play Pure Drive has the same physical specifications as a regular Babolat Pure Drive racquet.
- Headsize: 645cm²/100 sq. in.
- Weight: 300g / 10.6 oz
- Balance: 320 mm / 7 pts. HL
- Grip Size: 1-5
Company president and CEO, Eric Babolat said, “The course of tennis history will change with connected racquets, and that starts with Babolat Play. I believe that in the near future, all tennis racquets will be connected. The Babolat Play connected racquet allows every player to live a unique experience based on progression, fun and sharing. ”
Price and Availability
The Babolat Play Pure Drive is planned for release December 2013 in the US for $399, with global distribution to follow in 2014.
Starting August 27, 2013, Babolat will be accepting applications from US-based tennis players to be the first to try the new Babolat Play Pure Drive. Fifty players will be chosen to join the Babolat Play Test Team and experience the Babolat Play community before it’s accessible by the general public. For info, visit www.Facebook.com/Babolat