This is the last part of a three part series on the Babolat Play Pure Drive racquet. In the first part, we talked about the racket's origins, my history with the racket, and the different applications that make up the Babolat Play Ecosystem. If you haven't already, you might want to give Part 1 a read through. In Part 2 we dug down into the details of capturing data and what the data looked like in the various application interfaces. Part three is a detailed analysis of Babolat's take on Shot detection: How it works, how good it is, and whether or I'd consider it a Buy or a Bust. I also have some specific advice for Babolat on what they need to do to ensure that the Play line of products lives on. So let's dive in.
The core function of the Babolat Play Pure Drive (and its associated applications) is shot detection - its ability to detect shot types (Backhands, Forehands, Serves, and Smashes), spin types (Topspin, Slice, and Flat), First Serve versus Second Serve, and general Impact Location. Overall, I found shot detection accuracy to be pretty good. I went through a fairly all-encompassing series of controlled tests to measure... [More]