Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Review
Here is our Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 review, going over the pros and cons of this highly popular tennis racquet (and one of Wilson’s best selling racquets). Categorized as a ‘Tweener tennis racquet, the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 was designed to have a healthy balance of both power and control, giving it some of the qualities of a pure player’s racquet and some traits in the game improvement category. This makes it the perfect tennis racquet for intermediate players and recreational adults who want to generate lots of power without losing out on control. The Hyper Hammer 5.3 comes in two different models with distinct head sizes: the Midplus with a 95 sq.in head and the Oversize with a 110 sq.in head. In our Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 review, we’ll be going over the Oversize model specifically because of its additional power. Having become Wilson’s most popular Hyper Carbon model, we decided to analyze this racquet in further detail to find out who the ideal player for this racquet is. So, without further ado, here is our Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 review.
Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Review
Features & Specifications
- Increased head size (110 sq. in) for more power
- 27.5 inch length for more power, longer reach, and better angles for serving
- Uses Hyper Carbon, which is 4x stronger, 4x stiffer, and 65% lighter than titanium
- Pre-strung with Wilson Ultra Synthetic Gut Natural at 58 lbs
- Hammer Technology makes the racquet lighter with a higher and larger sweet spot
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15% Hyper Carbon / 85% Graphite
- Pre-Strung and Ready to Play
Since the Hyper Hammer 5.3 comes already strung, you are able to get on the court and play with the racquet right away. Pre-strung racquets are great for beginning and recreational players alike since you won’t have to worry about getting it strung at a shop and string tension and all that. But just in case the strings snap, it’ll be useful to know that it’s strung with Wilson Ultra Synthetic Gut Natural tensioned at 58 lbs.
- Can You Feel the Power?
The Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 is one of the most powerful racquets on the market, thanks largely to its unique design and remarkable technology. For one thing, the oversize head (measuring 110 square inches), 16×20 open string pattern, 10 point head heavy frame, and 28 mm dual taper beam width grants a very large sweet spot that helps to generate lots of power while being forgiving for shots that are not hit in the very center. And being that the racquet’s length is 27.5 inches, this helps increase the player’s reach for farther balls, serves, and volleys. (If you don’t know what these specifications mean, read our in-depth guide on what factors make up a tennis racquet.)
Besides things such as head size, string pattern, balanced point, and beam width, the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 also utilizes sophisticated modern technology to improve its power output even further. Hyper Carbon is a unique space age material used in the aerospace industry to build satellites and state of the art airplanes, but now it’s even used on tennis racquets! To quote Wilson, Hyper Carbon is “the first Ultra High Modulus graphite ever used in tennis racquets”. When combined with graphite, this creates an extremely versatile material that is four times stronger, four times stiffer, and 65% lighter than titanium. This means that not only can this racquet produce explosive shots, but its sturdy, resilient frame also grants the player a level of control to place balls wherever they may please.
That being said, the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 was designed for intermediate and recreational players with moderate to fast swings, which is why it belongs in the ‘Tweener category. This racquet is especially beneficial for older, recreational players who don’t want to expend lots of energy for powerful shots. However, beginning players can also benefit from this racquet with its larger sweet spot and increased power output.
- Light as a Feather
Even though this racquet puts emphasis on power and control, that’s not to say that it isn’t lightweight either. Using Hammer Technology, this gives the racquet a 10 point head heavy frame for insane amounts of power while staying light as a feather at only 9 ounces strung. And as we explained earlier, this racquet uses Hyper Carbon to reduce the strung weight of the entire racquet. This material weighs 65% less than titanium, and although titanium is often used for other racquets, Hyper Carbon makes it so that the racquet can be maneuvered with ease with maximum feel for your shots.
However, being that it’s so light, vibrations can be felt more often than with a heavier control-oriented racquet. This can be a problem if you favor stability or if you want to reduce the amount of shock that your wrists, arms, and shoulders take. That’s why we highly recommend using a high quality shock absorber to help dampen the amount of vibrations if you do decide to go with this racquet.
All-court players can benefit substantially by using this racquet, as it can help with everything from developing solid groundstrokes to quick volleys to powerful serves. With the focus on power, the light weight that makes it maneuverable, and the ability to provide control as well, the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 is highly recommended for intermediate and recreational players who have good amounts of experience playing tennis, although beginners will also be able to learn very quickly with this racquet. Whether you need a little extra power in your shots or you’re in the process of developing full, solid swings, the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 is a truly versatile racquet that can help you improve on all aspects of your game.