Best Tennis Racquet Guide

Your tennis racquet is going to be your best friend on the court, so it’s probably a wise decision to find the best tennis racquet that suits your needs. And if you don’t already know what features are important to look for, we’ll give you some pointers on that as well. But for the most part, the type of racquet you’ll be using will depend on your physical stature and personal preferences. Brand and racquet model are largely your choice, and obviously, individual tastes can vary. But with that in mind, we’ll be covering the best tennis racquet brands you can find on the market, going over each brand’s strengths and weaknesses. Let’s get going!

Tips on Selecting the Best Tennis Racquet For You

String Pattern

You have two choices here: an open string pattern (16×18) and a closed string pattern (18×20). String pattern is the amount of cross strings that are featured on the racquet, and the benefits of an open string pattern are more power and spin at the cost of durability, while closed string racquets allow for more control and last longer, while sacrificing for added power and spin.

Head Size

Head size basically means how large the racquet face is (frame and strings), and the larger the head size, the more power you’ll have. The smaller the head size, the more control you’ll have, while a head size in between will have a balance of both. The different head sizes include oversize (>105 sq.in), mid-plus (95-105 sq.in), and mid size (<95 sq.in).

Weight/Balance Point

There are three weight categories: heavy (head-light / > 11.5 oz.), medium (balanced / 10-11.5 oz.), and lightweight (head-heavy / < 10 oz.), and weight is mostly influenced by how heavy the handle is. How head-heavy or head-light the racquet is will depend on how far up or down the racquet balances at. Every 1/8 of an inch counts as 1 point, so 8 points head-heavy means the balance point is 1 inch up from the racquet, while 8 points head-light means the balance point is 1 inch down from the racquet. The benefits of light racquets are faster swings and more maneuverability, making them the best tennis racquet for beginners.  On the other hand, heavy racquets provide more control and power, and are often preferred by advanced players. Medium racquets have a balance of both.

Swing Weight

Although you’re probably inclined to believe that swing weight is related to strung weight, it really isn’t at all. Swing weight is how heavy a racquet feels when swung and is given a rating anywhere from 0-1000. Typical swing weights are around 280-350, with lower swing weights allowing for more spin and faster swings while higher swing weights provides for more stability and power.

Grip Size

Grip size refers to hand sizes, and it’s especially important to find the right grip size for you. If not, using the wrong grip size can lead to poor performance, irritation, and injuries to the wrist, arm, and shoulder. Most grip sizes range from 4 to 4.75 inches, and to find your grip size, you can use our guide here.

String Material

Most tennis racquet strings are made of either gut or synthetic materials. The most common materials include natural gut, synthetic gut, multi-filament, nylon, polyester, Kevlar, and hybrids. Each material has a different feel to it, including other factors like durability, tension stability, elasticity, and of course price. It’s really all about experimenting with different types of strings to find the one you like best.

String Tension

String tension is how tight or loose your strings are. Typical ranges for string tension are around 45-65 lbs, and the types of strings you use and your swing speed should be factored in when choosing a string tension. Higher string tensions (>60 lbs) allow for more control and stability while lower string tensions (<50 lbs) allow for more power but more shock.

String Gauge

 

String gauge is how thick the tennis strings are, and is given a rating of 15-20. Half gauges are indicated by an L, so for example, a 16L is between a 16 and 17. Higher gauge ratings mean a thinner string while lower gauges are thicker. For the most part, thinner strings are the best since they provide for more power, spin, control, and elasticity. The only downside however is durability, so string gauge should be determined by how hard you hit and how long you want your strings to last.

 

Frame Stiffness/Flex

 

Frames are given a rating of 0-100, with most racquets falling somewhere in between 50 and 80. Frame stiffness, or flex, refers to how flexible a racquet is, and higher stiffness ratings (> 69) means additional power but more strain on the wrist, arm, and shoulders. Lower stiffness ratings (< 60), although means more energy loss, makes up for it by providing extra spin and less strain on the body. The best tennis racquet for you will depend on your personal preferences.

 

For a complete guide on how to choose a tennis racquet, check out this page.

Best Tennis Racquet Comparison Chart

Head Tennis Racquets

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Head offers equipment for all kinds of sports, but they are most renown for specializing in skis and of course, tennis racquets. Founded in 1950, Head introduced aluminum racquets in 1969 and later on in 1997, titanium and graphite racquets. One of the top-leading tennis racquet brands today, Head offers a racquet for all levels of players so you can easily find the best tennis racquet that fits your needs. In fact, around 30% of the Top 100 tennis players on the ATP Tour use Head tennis racquets, and you can check out Head’s top players here.

Their most popular models include the Ti.S6, the Liquidmetal 8, and the MicroGEL Radical Midplus. Other great racquets are the Youtek Graphene Speed S, YouTek Graphene Radical MP, and YouTek Graphene Instinct MP.

 

Model:Str. Pattern:Head Size:Strung Weight:Bal. Point:Swing Weight:Flex:
Ti.S6
Head Ti.S6
16x19115 sq.in.8.9 oz8 pts head-heavy31875
Liquidmetal 8
Head Liquid Metal 8
16x19112 sq.in.10 oz4 pts head-heavy32862
MicroGEL Radical Midplus
Head Microgel Radical 2
18x2098 sq.in.11 oz2 pts head-light31557
Youtek Graphene Speed S
16x19100.sq.in.10.7 oz1 pt head-light31768
YouTek Graphene Radical MP
16x1998 sq.in.11 oz6 pts head-light32065
YouTek Graphene Instinct MP
16x19100.sq.in.11.1 oz5 pts head-light31966

Wilson Tennis Racquets

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Wilson started off as Ashland Manufacturing Company in 1913, using animal by-products to make tennis strings, violin strings, and surgical sutures. Soon afterward, the company focused on making baseball shoes and tennis racquets. It wasn’t until 1925, however, that the company was renamed Wilson-Western Sporting Goods, and finally Wilson Sporting Goods Company in 1931. More than 100 years later, Wilson is still manufacturing high-quality tennis equipment, providing all types of racquets for all types of players. So, whether you’re a baseliner, attacker, all courter, or recreational player, you can find a tennis racquet for you. (They also offer junior tennis racquets). Besides producing some of the best tennis equipment, Wilson also has a team of some of the best players to back them up.

Most people would say that Wilson’s best tennis racquet is either the Hyper Hammer 5.3 or the K Factor KZero, although they are older models. Other great racquets include the Pro Staff 90, Pro Staff 97, and Pro Staff 97 LS

 

Model:Str. Pattern:Head Size:Strung Weight:Bal. Point:Swing Weight:Flex:
Hyper Hammer 5.3
Hyper Hammer 5.3
16x20110 sq.in.9 oz8 pts head-heavy30170
Pro Staff 90
'13 Pro Staff 90
16x1990 sq.in.12.5 oz8 pts head-light32566
K Factor KZero
Zero Strung Performance
16x19118 sq.in.9.1 oz4 pts head-heavy29870
Pro Staff 97
16x1997 sq.in.11.6 oz7 pts head-light32066
Pro Staff 97 LS
18x1697 sq.in.10.8 oz3 pts head-light31467

Babolat Tennis Racquets

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Babolat was founded in Lyon, France in 1875, and has been laser-driven toward racquet sports ever since. In 1874, Walter Clopton Wingfield created the game of tennis, and one year later, Pierre Babolat created the first tennis strings made out of natural gut (which are predominantly considered the best type of strings). It wasn’t until 1994, however, that Babolat decided to become a “total tennis” company, creating a line of tennis racquets along with their well-known tennis strings and accessories. Babolat racquets weren’t introduced to the USA until 2000 though, but it has since become regarded as one if not the best tennis racquet brand out there. Whether it’s their constant improvements in technology, their all-star roster, or their wide variety of tennis equipment, Babolat continues to remain on the forefront of tennis.

The AeroPro Drive and the Pure Drive are regarded as Babolat’s best tennis racquet. The Pure Aero and Pure Aero Lite are also very poular.

 

Model:Str. Pattern:Head Size:Strung Weight:Bal. Point:Swing Weight:Flex:
AeroPro Drive
Aeropro Drive
16x19100 sq.in.11.3 oz4 pts head-light32770
Pure Drive
Pure Drive
16x19100 sq.in.11.2 oz4 pts head-light31772
Pure Aero
16x19100 sq.in.11.3 oz5 pts head-light33369
Pure Aero Lite
16x19100 sq.in.10 oz0 pts EB30869

Prince Tennis Racquets

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Prince is also another company that specializes in racquet sports equipment–squash, badminton, and tennis. Founded in 1970 by Robert H. McClure in Princeton, New Jersey, Prince started of manufacturing tennis ball machines which Robert first engineered by reversing a vacuum cleaner motor. Roughly 6 years later, Prince introduced the Prince Classic 110, which featured an oversize head of approximately 110 square inches with a sweet spot 50% larger than other racquets. In 1978, Prince started manufacturing racquets made of graphite (carbon fiber) and continues to make quality tennis racquets for all levels of players.

Prince’s best sellers include the Tour 100, the O3 Silver LS, and the EXO3 Hornet 100.

 

Model:Str. Pattern:Head Size:Strung Weight:Bal. Point:Swing Weight:Flex:
Tour 100
Tour 100
16x18100 sq.in.11.5 oz7 pts head-light32556
O3 Silver LS
O3 Silver LS
16x19118 sq.in.9.6 oz6 pts head-heavy32374
EXO3 Hornet 100
EXO3 Hornet 100
16x19100 sq.in.10.2 oz3 pts head-heavy31365

Dunlop Tennis Racquets

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Since 1889, Dunlop had already been manufacturing goods from rubber. It wasn’t until 1910, however, that the company began manufacturing sporting equipment from their headquarters located in Birmingham. Dunlop started out making rubber golf balls and later on, tennis balls in 1924 and tennis racquets in 1925. The sports division would later become an independent branch in 1928, formally known as Dunlop Sports. Little fun fact, more tennis Grand Slams have been won with Dunlop racquets than any other brand, so that goes to show the history behind the company.

Dunlop has come a long way in improving their tennis racquets, and their most popular and best tennis racquet would have to be something in their Biomimetic series. This includes the Biomimetic 300 and the Biomimetic F3.0, while the Hotmelt 300G also works well and has similar specs.

 

Model:Str. Pattern:Head Size:Strung Weight:Bal. Point:Swing Weight:Flex:
Biomimetic 300
Biometric 300
16x1998 sq.in.10.9 oz2 pts head-light30866
Hotmelt 300G
Hotmelt 300G
16x1998 sq.in.10.7 oz3 pts head-light30764
Biomimetic F3.0
Biometric F3.0
18x2098 sq.in.11.5 oz6 pts head-light31964

Yonex Tennis Racquets

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Yonex is a Japanese manufacturer of badminton, golf, and tennis sporting equipment. Although the company is widely known for its dominant role in badminton, they still offer lots of great tennis equipment as well. Founded in 1946 by Minoru Yoneyama, Yonex abandoned their previous venture of producing wooden floats for fishing nets and started manufacturing badminton racquets in 1957. When aluminum technology was introduced to badminton racquets in 1968, Yonex also began producing aluminum tennis racquets in 1969, and the rest is history.

Between the EZONE Ai 98, the VCORE Xi Team, and the VCORE Tour 97, it can be a tough choice to choose just one since they’re all equally superb tennis racquets.

 

Model:Str. Pattern:Head Size:Strung Weight:Bal. Point:Swing Weight:Flex:
EZONE Ai 98
EZONE Ai 98
16x1998 sq.in.11.5 oz5 pts head-light32263
VCORE Xi Team
Yonex VCore Xi Team
16x2098 sq.in.10.5 oz1 pt head-light29062
VCORE Tour 97
Yonex VCORE 97
16x2097 sq.in.12.3 oz8 pts head-light33266

Völkl Tennis Racquets

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Founded in 1923, Völkl is a German-based sports equipment manufacturer that specializes in ski, snowboard, and tennis equipment. Starting off making skis, it wasn’t until 1972 that Völkl expanded into the tennis industry with the Zebra racquet, the world’s first tennis racquet made of fiberglass. The company has become a reputable brand in tennis because of its advancements in technology, as you can see from its evolution in racquets.

Being one of the best tennis racquet brands, Völkl’s notable racquets include the tech Organix V1 Midplus and V1 Classic, while the Powerbridge 10 Mid is a good option for those who prefer lots of control.

 

Model:Str. Pattern:Head Size:Strung Weight:Bal. Point:Swing Weight:Flex:
Organix V1 Midplus
Organix V1 Midplus
16x19102 sq.in.10.5 oz2.5 pts head-light30366
Powerbridge 10 Mid
Powerbridge 10
16x1993 sq.in.12.1 oz10 pts head-light32059
V1 Classic
V1 Classic
16x19102 sq.in.10.8 oz1 pt head-light31669