The 10 Best Tennis Racquets

the 10 best tennis racquets

So many great racquets are available today, with technology getting better by the literal second, how do we decide on what racquet to use?

Well, first and foremost this is a personal decision that should be made with your preferences and your particular skill set in mind.

Evaluate how you like to play the game, what types of shots you are comfortable hitting, and where on the court you find yourself most often.

These are great ways to get insight into the type of frame you will want to complement what you already do, and your racquet will end up being a great addition to your blossoming tennis game.

1.Babolat Pure Drive

Babolat has identified an impact zone higher than the traditional center of the racquet which creates more on-center hits which feel “Pure” when you strike the ball, that’s a very good thing.

Babolat Pure Drive Play Tennis Racquet (4-1/4)
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The updated Babolat Woofer technology is also in place to bring increased control and sensational feel with every strike of the ball.

A tighter string pattern in the sweetspot wraps up FSI to provide enhanced consistency for players looking to control the power and spin that this racquet creates.

The Cortex System embedded inside of this frame is meant to optimize the overall feel for the ball and gives every player the comfort level they want and need.

This is an A++ frame that can service any level of player with consistently great results over the lifetime of their playing career.


2. Wilson Burn

The all new Wilson Burn was designed for big hitting baseliners, the players that are looking to blast groundstokes all day long from anywhere on the court.

Wilson Burn 100 Tennis Racquet 4 1/4"
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The NEW technology in the Wilson Burn allows the racquet to maximize a player’s energy, reduces muscle fatigue and also reduces recovery time.

There is a revolutionary High Performance Carbon Fiber used in the Wilson Burn construction to provide the stiffness and strength that provides players with a stable frame that is reliable and secure.

Parallel Drilling  is a common element in Wilson frames and has proven to be very popular based on successful reviews from players across the world.

The Wilson Burn has a responsive 16×19 string bed and provides ample amounts of power and spin in the regular stringbed frame and even more when you opt for the “spin” frame such as the Burn 100s.


3. Wilson Pro Staff RF97

The Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph frame has disrupted the Pro Staff line and players are happy with its construction and design elements.

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph Tennis Racquet-4 3/8
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Featuring a larger head size and more open string pattern (16×19) to give you the spin that is so important for consistency and defense in baseline match-ups.

The Wilson Pro Staff RF97 has also upgraded its capability for added power and spin potential, this racquet promises enhanced performance along with the pure playability we’ve come to expect from Pro Staff models.

Take a look and sample a few versions of this racquet before making your selection, there are multiple small variations in string patter, head size, and design, but all of these frames offer an excellent racquet for true all-court players.


4. Head Prestige

The HEAD upgraded the Graphene Prestige Pro in 2016 to produce an even more potent frame and an even more celebrated one too, in the Graphene XT Prestige Pro.

HEAD re-engineered the application of the world’s strongest and lightest material to make their Graphene XT racquets 30% stronger, this allows the racquet to absorb an even greater percentage of your contact vibration during each swing execution.

The Graphene Prestige Pro also was designed for providing an optimized weight distribution for a faster swing and more power with less effort on the player’s part.

The bottom line is that you get the same legendary feel that has always been a part of the Prestige line with added structural strength and increased feel, this should make attackers very please as they will be able to be even more precise in their attacks.


5. Yonex EZONE DR

Great new design concepts are abundant in the Yonex Ezone DR 98 Black and Blue, which will continue to be a favorite of aggressive baseline players on all surfaces who love comfort and control.

Yonex EZONE DR 98 Blue Tennis Racquet (L3)
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If you are a player that truly loves to go for your shots and take the action to your opponents, this is a great option for you.

Definitely a must-add to your sample list if you fall into the aggressive and attacking category as a tennis player.

The DR 98 starts from a solid base as all great racquets do, its 98 square inch head is mixed with a rock-solid 11.5 oz (strung). weight which will provide a great deal of stability and is then tailored with a head light balance.

To provide control along with your power and spin considerations, Yonex has added a control-focused 23/24/19 mm beam taper for control of those bigger swings and to help provide some accuracy and consistency for a great all-around blend.


6. The Prince TeXtreme Tour

The newest family of racquets in the Prince line-up for 2015 brings with them a new technology that makes them flexible and stable without harsh vibrations.

Players seeking a flexible, responsive frame with a crisp, traditional feel can look no further than the Prince TeXtreme Tour Series.

This racquet harkens back to the days of the Graphite II, an absolute classic that any pro worth their salt will be able to remember fondly if they’ve ever played with one.

The precise blend of power, control, and spin is what everyone is after and the 100 square inch head size offers solid maneuverability with a large sweet spot and good forgiveness as well.

You will be pleased with the complete package that this racquet offers at an affordable price point for both beginners and seasoned players alike.


7. Wilson Blade

The Wilson Blade 98 is just one of the amazing racquets in the Blade series. It features parallel drilling and a new design which provides a larger sweetspot.

What is Countervail Technology is a common question…  Well, Countervail is an all-new material technology, used by NASA for space travel, integrated into the racquet to maximize a player’s energy and reduce muscle fatigue.

This is accomplished by transferring less of the ball’s energy into the players body, which decreases the amount of energy required by the player on each swing.

Serena Williams is a Blade user, as well as many other top pros on tour. The racquet has great maneuverability for adapting to shots at the net or cracking balls on the run from different positions on the court.

This racquet is highly recommended to be on your sample list, a great fit for all-court players, as well as beginners based on its sturdy structural components and the benefit of being able to grow into it if you’re just beginning.


8. Babolat Pure Strike

Babolat has once again created a racquet for aggressive ball strikers looking to control the court with power and spin, the all new Babolat Pure Strike represents a very attractive option.

The new Pure Strike line which comes in a variety of models including the 16×19, the 18×20, and a 100 sq. in version, replaces the previous generation of Pure Strike models and features all new technology.

The 98 square inch head size ensures the maximum in precision and responsiveness.

The playability of this racquet is what is really admirable as you are able to carve shots out like a magician with it’s technical purity and accuracy.

This is a true player’s racquet and provides both control, spin, and great balance during your swing.


 

9. Graphene Xt Speed Pwr Tennis Racquet

The HEAD Graphene XT Speed PWR was re-engineered with the world’s strongest and lightest material to make the Graphene XT racquets 30% stronger, providing an optimized weight distribution for a faster swing and more power.

This power profile comes in handy for players during both doubles and singles matches, on both the hard courts and the clay courts, and definitely when playing long matches.

For players that are looking to blend control, power, and spin and loves to play from the baseline, this is one of those cant’ miss opportunities to try when looking for a new stick.

There are several options when it comes to the HEAD Graphene in terms of personal preference so you should have no problem finding a solution for your particular playing style and preferences.


 

10. Wilson Ultra

For players looking for a powerful, lightweight racquet with increased forgiveness, Wilson has the answer with the Wilson Ultra 108, a truly great all-around racquet for beginners as well as more mature tennis players with skill.

Wilson Ultra 108 Tennis Racquet (4-1/4)
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The 108 square inch head size gives the racquet a forgiving string bed with a large sweet spot that will provide plenty of pop on shots from the baseline and also a large safety net for contact.

Wilson adds its Parallel Drilling process which results in a livelier playing string bed with an increased sweet spot and a greater playability rating.

This is a GREAT option for beginners as it gives you a large margin for error and cleans up many mistakes as you gain confidence and build consistency in your game.

If you are looking to continue to develop it’s important to gain confidence and the larger sweetspot and head size will provide you with less mishits, resulting in more security as you learn to consistently execute the proper strokes.