We found the best reviews of the Babolat AeroPro Drive at Tennis-Warehouse.com, a retailer with both staff and customer reviews. Tennis Magazine's reviews don't seem to favor any specific brand, either, but its reviews are far shorter than those at Tennis-Warehouse.com. Inside Tennis magazine also posts an informative review.
The Babolat AeroPro Drive is an 11.3-ounce tennis racket for advanced baseline players; it's not a beginner racket. This is Rafael Nadal's racket of choice, and its strength is in ground strokes. Editors at Tennis Magazine note that the Babolat can be "jarring if you miss the sweet spot," but add that this racket is not designed for players who miss the sweet spot. If you're primarily a volleyer rather than a baseliner, the Head Flexpoint Radical Oversize (*est. $110) gets better reviews, and if you're on the low end of advanced, the Prince O3 Speedport Red (*est. $220) is lighter and is also one of reviewers' favorites.
1. Tennis Warehouse
This retailer's ratings are balanced (with pros and cons listed) and very helpful since they're accompanied by user comments. Editors say the Babolat is great for ground strokes but inconsistent on serves.
Review: Babolat AeroPro Drive Cortex Racquets, Staff and contributors to Tennis-Warehouse.com, July 2007
2. Tennis Magazine
Tennis Magazine's reviews are brief but based on thorough testing. The Babolat AeroPro Drive is described as "excellent" for baseliners and good enough at the net, although it can be "jarring" if you miss the sweet spot.
Review: Babolat AeroPro Drive, Editors of Tennis Magazine
This magazine doesn't rank the 18 rackets it reviews, and there aren't any negative comments. Reviewer Richard Osborn says the AeroPro Drive's aerodynamics improve head speed, and its "maneuverability, power and control will help baseline bashers dictate play."
Review: Racket Review '05, Richard Osborn, May 2005
4. Tennis Warehouse (Australia)
The handful of customer comments here are all raves. Most owners say they prefer the Babolat to their previous rackets, although one says you should replace its strings.
Review: Babolat AeroPro Drive With Cortex, Editors of Tennis Warehouse Australia