Tennis Racquet Review: Babolat Drive Max 110

babolat drive max 110 review

In my years of experience playing and coaching tennis, I’ve come to realize that when it comes to tennis racquets, players and other coaches place value on two fundamentals.

Power and Spin.

These two essential features are surely responsible for the success of many professional players. This unsurprisingly is why this Babolat Drive Max 110 has been making a lot of waves within the tennis community.

Introduced in 2013 as a direct descendant to the Drive Max 105, this Babolat Drive Max 110 has gotten the tennis world on hold and surpassed its predecessors by miles.

What is so special about this racquet? Why does it seem to stand out among hundreds of other racquets? Is it worth the hype, and more importantly, should you get it? These and more are some of the issues I’ll be addressing in this Babolat Drive Max 110 review.  

Babolat Drive Max 110 Review

Product Overview

This ultra-sleek and durable top tier tennis racquet, Babolat Drive Max 110 was released in 2013 as a response to some of the lapses the Drive Max 105 had.

Already a favorite among players and trainers alike, the Babolat Drive Max 110 takes the crown when it comes to tennis racquets that deliver in sheer power and spin force.

Since its release, this racquet has received a lot of accolades, and it’s not difficult to see why.

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Babolat Drive Max 110 In-Depth Features Review

As a coach, I can understand why Babolat Drive Max 110 is so popular and considered a tier above other power racquets. Apart from its affordability and aesthetics, the Babolat Drive Max 110 has been fabricated with quality materials that ensure high performance and durability.

Don’t take my word for it though, here are the specifics to show you just how impressive the Babolat Drive Max 110 is.

Size And Weight

Stretching at 27.5 inches (7 cm) with a head size of 110 sq. Inches, Babolat Drive Max 110 comes with a length that is slightly longer than other racquets of its category. Babolat Drive Max 110 weighs about 9.2 ounces or 260g unstrung, making it lighter than the Drive Max 105. The effect of this added weight is not so difficult to see, and you can almost feel the difference and added advantage in power and feel right from your first use. The 2 pts head-heavy racquet balance is perfectly completed with its swing weight of 311, which explains its firm strung. It also comes with a 27mm beam measure and boasts a flex of 71.

When it comes to string pattern, Babolat Drive Max 110 employs one of the most efficient patterns; a dense string pattern that measures one by 20 inches. This gives you a large enough sweet spot and sufficient energy transfer that ultimately improves shot consistency and the overall feel to serving and shooting. 

Compared to the other Babolat power racquet, Babolat Drive 110 is quite lightweight for its size. At the very least, I’d call it a middleweight racquet, perfect for intermediate and expert players for its smooth handling and faster shots.

Grip

The grip type is fashioned from Syntec soft material based on Babolat’s Pride trademark Cortex Comfort. The grip comes in 3 sizes: 4 1/4, 4 1/2 and 4 3/8, all of which provide stability and offer the player excellent hold and comfort.

My experience using these was pleasant as I was able to power through a series of intense practice sessions without having to worry about losing grip due to sweaty palms.

I also noticed that there were significantly fewer vibrations, and even then, they were dampened as opposed to other racquets, which is as a result of Babolat’s new CCT feature.

Material

Babolat went all out for this Babolat Drive Max 110. I wasn’t in the room when it was designed, but I can imagine the brainstorming session that must have led to using graphite as the primary material for this power racquet. It proved to be the right call as the Babolat Drive Max 110 is comfortably up on the list of racquets that are not only known for their sleek design but also their strength and durability. 

If you always worry about getting decent racquets that work out perfectly from the get-go, then you should consider giving the Drive Max 110 a try.

It was evidently designed with care, not only to serve your playing experience but also for impressive durability. This makes this racquet incredibly cost-effective as you rarely have to worry about repairs or getting a new one every few months. The frame is designed with care to provide an excellent playing experience. It is also built with the latest in elliptic geometry construction technology so that twisting of the racquet can be the least of your worries when you enjoy playing time.

Performance

The Babolat Drive Max 101 is comparatively a rather lightweight racquet that delivers both in power and flow movement. The design of the upper part of the hoop is such a way that it allows players to generate power and stability quite easily. With extra space in the string, you can be sure to maintain better control and deliver quality topspin shots. 

Its intentionally lengthy design ensures you can easily power away volleys when balls are hit rapidly towards you. The extra length, wide beam, and large head are all impressive features that were added as a way to generate an extra weight feel and power to produce more powerful shots.

Additionally, You have access to a much larger sweet spot, a baseline that aids flat hits and generates immense energy transfer at the point of contact. The large head and wide beams make shots much easier to maneuver and control.

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Babolat Drive Max 110 - Final Words

I have been coaching tennis for quite a while, and if there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s the fact that your tennis racquet plays a massive role in your game. A magician is only as good as his wand. The Babolat Drive Max 110 provides answers to almost all the questions a standard tennis racquet should. It delivers in performance, design, control, speed, power, and durability. It’s hardly surprising to see that although it has been around for quite some time, it has continued to surpass racquets designed before and after it.

Although it may be a little stiff for beginners, I believe it will continue to be one of the go-to’s racquets for tennis enthusiasts and professionals who want to engage and improve their game.

What’s more to say? It’s completely affordable. With an unbeatable price, the Babolat Drive Max 110 proves that quality is not always expensive.

What features do you think are most important in a tennis racquet? Do you value power and spin performance over aesthetic design or you think weight, length, and surface should come first when considering tennis racquets? I’d love to hear what you think. Do not hesitate to share your opinion in the comment section below.

Kevin Fitzgerald
Kevin Fitzgerald is a tennis coach based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Kevin was introduced to tennis by his father at the age of 3. Tennis quickly became a passion, and he started coaching at the early age of 16. Kevin now writes for several tennis related blogs and magazines.