Nobody can start off as a Grand Slam winner. It takes years of hard work and practice to even begin to reach the kind of level professionals have. You probably don’t plan on becoming one of them. What you might plan on is getting the right kind of tennis racquet for yourself to start off with. As a beginner that can be an absolutely daunting task; you don’t want to make a fool of yourself and look bad in front of others, but at the same time you might need something that helps you learn the game too. Well, you are looking in the right place. We bring to you the best tennis racquets for beginners.
Related: The 8 Best Tennis Racquets Reviews
The 8 Best Tennis Racquets For Beginners To Buy In 2021
- HEAD Ti.S6 Tennis Racquet
- Babolat-Drive 115 Tennis Racquet
- HEAD MicroGel Radical Tennis Racquet
- Prince Textreme Tour 100P Racquet
- Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3
- Wilson Tour Slam Adult Strung Tennis Racket
- Wilson US Open Junior Tennis Racquet
- Prince Warrior 100L ESP Tennis Racquet
1.HEAD Ti.S6 Tennis Racquet
We start off this list with the Head Ti S6. When you first set your eyes on this beauty, you can’t help but think of how big the head of the racquet is. The head, of course, is a massive 115 sq. inches in area.
In addition, it is 27.75 inches long too, making it quite a large piece of sporting equipment to hold onto your hands. This is specifically good for new players, who will have a hard time with precision hitting the tennis balls.
Despite the larger size, however, this is one light racquet. It is made of titanium and graphite, two materials that are not only quite rigid but also relatively light too. It is a mere 8.9 oz. once it has been strung and 8 oz. while unstrung.
Needless to say, as a beginner, you will enjoy being able to maneuver something so seemingly big, a feeling that will definitely grow as you begin using this to strike at tennis balls.
This particular combination of large and light makes it like the Superman of racquets! You could be bashing tennis balls back with relative ease because you can strike it without putting in as much effort. With all the power available on this, it is well suited for players who prefer not swinging very hard, or else you might hit it out of the court!
Other details would include an industry-standard 16×19 string pattern, with the logo of HEAD colored on the top portion. It also comes pre-strung, meaning you do not need to take it to a sports shop to get the strings attached and tightened.
You also get a typical soft grip, in this case, thanks to the SofTac grip on the racquet. The frame also comes with a ShockStop shock absorber, but it does not do quite the best job in preventing vibration. As a beginner, this might be a bit off-putting, but rest assured you will get used to it.
- Large area makes it easy to hit tennis balls
- Does not need to be strung
- Strong and maneuverable
- Poor shock absorption
- Limited scope for skill development as racquet focuses on convenience over skill
2.Babolat-Drive 115 Tennis Racquet
The Babolat-Drive 115 is next on this list. This too has quite a large surface for you to hit the ball with because the area of the head is 115 sq. inches in size. As mentioned, a large head means it gets harder to get it wrong with hitting the ball as it approaches.
If that wasn’t enough dimensions to have large, it has a massive length at 27.6 inches. This huge-head and long-racquet build is the right kind to have for comfortably hitting the ball hard.
When the racquet is strung, it weighs a measly 9.1 oz. which is essentially feather-weight once you get the hang of it! Of course, this means that you have a light and enormous piece of metal and string that you can wave around like a madman.
This combination will help you, a beginner, get used to returning harder-hit balls and serving because you don’t need to put in a lot of force on the racquet to make the ball travel.
A unique feature of this racquet is the built-in Cortex technology, which is essentially a shock absorber. It filters out vibrations of all kinds of frequencies.
The frame portion of the racquet that connects the head and the handle of the racquet contains Babolat’s own Cortex Dampening System to achieve this effect. With this in place, you can return hard-hit balls without feeling much of the impact on your hands.
As a beginner, while it is important to develop the strength to combat issues such as this, having such a racquet will help you focus on developing the necessary skills first by giving your hands the right comfort.
It comes with a 16×20 string make, though we don’t know what you could possibly do with that extra string!
The overall package that you get with this racquet is basically a strong, fast-swinging load that provides comfort at the same time.
- Soft and comfortable grip
- Great shock absorption
- Poor string quality
- Not suitable for all swinging styles
3. HEAD MicroGel Radical Tennis Racquet
So, this is another racquet that comes with quite a large head, though not as big as the ones before. The overall size of the head of the racquet is 98 sq. inches. Now I know you’re getting sick of all the large heads right about now, but bear with us!
The importance of a large head is downplayed because when starting the first thing you need to gain is muscle memory. For that to happen, you need to be able to actually hit the ball, and that becomes slightly difficult with a smaller head.
With that said, the racquet is also a standard 27 inches in length. This is basically the sweet spot, not too long so that you retain some control, but not too short so that you can put in power behind every stroke.
The racquet itself is made of the unique HEAD MicroGel coupled with composite carbon fibers for the string, which provides a balanced force transfer to the ball and shock absorption on the grip.
In simple words, impact on the racquet is spread throughout the body of the racquet which reduces strain on your hands and elbows. Is it any wonder this was Andre Agassi’s go-to choice of racquet?
Of course, a better build means you lose something right? This racquet is slightly bulkier than other racquets, with a weight of 10.4 oz. which does limit stroke motion a little bit. Given this, the ideal play-style for this racquet would be long strokes.
The racquet also comes pre-strung. Head recommends a tension of 57 lbs. on them, though given the shock absorption you can adjust it without worrying too much.
I should also mention the fact that it looks more pleasant than many other racquets. It comes in an orange, black and white color combination on the frame of the head, and with the typical HEAD logo on the strong. The grip is white too. Overall, the looks aren’t too shabby either!
- Well-balanced racquet
- Excellent shock absorption
- Not good for short-stroke playing styles
- Beginners will need some time to develop the strength to efficiently use this racquet
4. Prince Textreme Tour 100P Racquet
Up next on this list is the Prince Textreme Tour 100P Racquets. Unlike the predecessors in this list, this baby is not as big on the top portion of the racquet. It is a good 100 sq. inch in area which isn’t exactly a pushover either, but when compared to others it does lag behind somewhat.
What this means is that it would seem less bulky, but at the same time, it becomes slightly more difficult to newbies to make contact with the ball with each stroke.
However, this racquet does not compromise in length. It is the ideal, industry average length of 27 inches. What this means, basically, is that while you will not get a king of flexibility or swing momentum, there is a decent balance so that you have a bit of both.
With a marginally lower length and head area, needless to say, you will be swinging this around a lot easier than many others. But wait, there is a catch here. The fact that it is made of graphite and Textreme, Prince’s masterpiece material creation, makes it heavy. It weighs a good 11.5 oz., which is basically sumo wrestler-weight among racquets!
The key aspect of this racquet that you will notice is the comfort and control that you get with this. Despite the heavy frame, the overall build makes it so that you can choose the power that goes behind each stroke.
In addition to the frame, it has quite a thick, 18×20 set of strings. Although most people think that higher string densities that are tightly strung would leave little room for control, this too is overcome by the string material being less stiff.
Overall, if you are looking for the “Jack of all Trades”, this is your go-to racquet.
- Perfectly balanced racquet
- Suitable for multiple play styles
- Stability issues due to poor shock absorption
5. Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Strung Tennis Racket
With the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 tennis racquet, the first thing that catches your eyes is again, the XXL head. It has a head that is a large 110 sq. inches in size. You know by now why this is important.
With that said, this racquet is also longer than the usual racquet, with a length of 27.5 inches in length. For beginners, the slightly longer length means your outstretched arm-swinging can reach slightly farther than it otherwise would have. When you throw this with an oversized head into the mix, you get a racquet that packs quite a bit of punch.
The Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 also comes in a string pattern of 16×20. Because there are only 16 main strings, the string setup is significantly more spacious. With the string tension on this racquet, this feature only adds to the power that is already there due to the frame.
It also comes pre-strung. Again, you do not have to drag your lazy butt to the store to get it strung and/or tightened to get this racquet going!
Speaking of the frame, the frame of the top head is significantly heavier than the frame on the lower end. A heavier head is much easier to control and it also gains momentum much faster. Given the imbalance in weight across the head itself, this means you could easily maneuver it while also generating decent momentum as you hit the ball.
Despite all this, it weighs a relatively light 9 ounces. This is thanks to Wilson’s technological advancement in frame material, which they call Hyper Carbon. This is a lighter, sturdier material than the usual carbon frame, which is why this is relatively light despite the punch it packs.
And what does a lighter racquet mean? You get to swing it faster too!
- Supremely powerful on each stroke
- Lightweight aids racquet motion
- Difficult to control strokes
6. Wilson Tour Slam Adult Strung Tennis Racket
The Wilson Tour Slam also has an oversized, but not excessively large, head at the end of the grip. It is a decent 106 sq. inch area, which is a good compromise between extra extra-large and small. While it won’t guarantee a beginner will hit the ball with each stroke 100% of the time, it will go quite close.
It is also slightly longer than the standard length, with this racquet standing a good 27.25 inches in length. When you pair this with the oversized head, you get good reach and area coverage with this racquet.
The best part of this racquet is undoubtedly the Stop Shock pads that are installed on the top of the handle on the edge of the racquet head. These do a great job in absorbing the impact from hitting an incoming ball. You can enjoy greater stability on every stroke and have better control.
This is great to have when your strings are designed for stronger hitting. It comprises Power Strings that bring more power for less effort on each stroke. To add to that, you also get a 16×19 string pattern, which is less dense than conventional racquets. There are also 3 points on the Head Lights to adjust string tension.
The frame is made of an aluminum alloy which Wilson calls AirLite Alloy. This reduces the frame density, which was necessary for this racquet because it is quite thick. You probably aren’t surprised to know that this racquet weighs a hefty 11.5 oz.
The overall build means that it is great for a variety of playing styles, from hard and fast strokes to long and slow ones. That is a huge plus point for beginners because you can learn the sport in a way that suits you. This also means you can continue using this racquet even after you have developed quite a bit of skill.
- Aluminum alloy frame provides good rigidity
- Excellent shock absorption
- Relatively heavy
- Requires more frequent tightening
7. Wilson US Open Junior Tennis Racquet
This racquet is a change of pace on this list because this is one that is suited for kids. This will obviously be vastly different compared to the ones already covered because kids will have different needs.
There are several sizes available on this for a variety of age groups, with the largest head size being 106 sq. inches and the smallest being 82 sq. inches. The variations in size mean you can pick out one that is good for a toddler, even if he is slightly older.
A child who isn’t as strong may need a smaller and lighter racquet because he or she can’t pick up the one supposedly designated for her age.
Each of these also come in different lengths to complement the head sizes. The smallest comes at a lowly 19 inches in size, while the largest is 25 inches in size. Again, children can choose one that suits their needs, because the variants come in 2-inch increments in length.
You will also find minor variations in string patterns. All the racquets have 16 main strings, but the cross strings range from 17 in the smallest to 19 in the largest. Of course, there is no variation in performance because the cross string numbers vary with the vertical size of the head.
You will also find a variety of weights, ranging from 6.4 ounces to 7.8 ounces. This is achieved by the AirLite Alloy frame material of the racquets. These are lighter than most so that children can move them around easily. It also makes these racquets balanced by dispersing impact more uniformly.
However, these are rigid too, which is essential for children’s stuff because we all know how kids are like! They will pound and bruise it to oblivion unless these can take a beating.
For icing on this cake (or in this case, all these cakes!), all these racquet variants come pre-strung. Your toddler-in-question can hit the nets as soon as he gets home with one of these!
- Multiple variants for kids to find the right one
- Light and strong
- Withstands mishandling from children
- Difficult to play with a heavy ball
8. Prince Warrior 100L ESP Tennis Racquet
This is quite a unique racquet to have. Unlike many others on this list, the racquet head is averagely sized at 100 sq. inches. Because this racquet falls in mid-ground between large and small, this is somewhat balanced in terms of size and bulk. You don’t get a bit more size, but you get better maneuverability in return.
It is also the industry-standard length of 27 inches. As with the head size, here you gain something and lose something in return.
The unique part of this racquet is the string. It has a 14×16 string pattern, with 14 main strings and 16 cross strings. This is possible thanks to Prince’s Extreme Spin Pattern (ESP) on this racquet.
As the name suggests, the pattern helps enhance the spin of the ball whenever you slice-stroke the ball. 30% more spin, in fact. The string bed is also soft, thanks to an innovative, patented system of Prince’s called EXO3. This system ensures that strings move easier than it ought to, which increases the area of string bed that generates more power.
It also has a Double Bridge system for shock absorption. Between the double-bridge that attaches to the head is a dampener, which is responsible for reducing the impact of hitting the racquet. When you combine this with the spin, it makes it a great racquet for beginners to learn deflecting and rear hand strokes.
It also weighs a light weight of 9.5 oz. Taking the spin prowess into account, you have an extreme level of control over how you want the ball to move. With good maneuverability and excellent spin, you have a powerful duo. For a beginner, it is a great way to get into mastering the art of tennis ball spin. Federer would be proud of you!
- Great racquet to learn advanced spin techniques
- Light and powerful
- Can handle heavier balls despite light string density
- The string needs to be tightened quite frequently
What to Seek When Buying a Tennis Racquet?
Although we covered several properties for each of the racquets, let’s look at a few of these individually which we feel you should definitely look into when choosing the tennis racquet that is right for you. To do that, first, let’s get a few basics out of the way.
Your skill will determine the kind of racquet you need. If you are a professional player, your needs will be vastly different from an amateur tennis player. Based on where you are on the skill level, you have to find a racquet that fits.
Next, you have to look at your playstyle. Do you prefer fast strokes or slower strokes? Do you prefer long strokes with a full range of motion or short strokes with fast response time? Or would you categorize yourself as somewhere in between?
Once you have these questions answered, let’s look at the features of the racquets themselves.
You guessed this one would be first, didn’t you? Well, with all the mention we made of this it was obvious! And why not, either? It is arguably a game changer for beginner tennis players.
The racket head is basically the area of the string plus the area covered by the frame. This is the effective area of the racquet that actually does the job of hitting the approaching ball to your opponent.
Why this is important seems abundantly clear, doesn’t it? First of all, the head size will affect a lot of things, from the area that your racquet can cover when stroking, the area that generates the most power, how bulky the racquet is, etc.
There are several ranges for racquet size. The standard racquet head is around 80-96 sq. inches in size, while slightly larger ones would be around 95-105 sq. inch. Once you shoot over that, you get the really big, oversized racquet heads, with sizes of around 110 sq. inches. Gigantic head sizes would range from 115 sq. inch to around 135 sq. inch.
The larger heads are, as already stated, best for beginners. Not only does this reduce the probability of missing the tennis ball when you hit, but you are also more likely to hit the region of the string bed that has a better impact response.
These also tend to pack a bigger punch upon impact, meaning you won’t have to be strong and athletic yourself to use racquets with such a large head. This is because larger heads gain more momentum as you push it through at a certain speed. When it hits the ball, the impact of the speed is multiplied as a result.
Although we should warn you if you intend to go pro this is not something experts would recommend. Gaining strength is essential to playing tennis competitively. However, this is great to get the ball rolling.
Now, larger heads have a massive disadvantage in that they are, well, massive! A larger racquet head is more difficult to move around because of air resistance. Yeah, air resistance.
What basically happens is that when you play a stroke, your racquet has to push air away from its path to move forward. With a larger head on the racquet, your racquet will have to move more air, which requires more work to be done.
Another issue with larger heads is that they can become a bad habit. Once you get used to using larger heads that leave a bigger margin of error unpunished, it becomes difficult to shift to a more advanced racquet which may have more precision and stability but a smaller head at the same time.
To overcome these issues, you could look at the mid-plus ranges. These are like the sweet spot between large and midsized racquet heads. These have some of the advantages of the larger head, such as larger power delivery areas on the string bed. At the same time, these have the advantage of being smaller and less bulky than the larger head variants.
Basically, this has the relative advantages of both small and large heads, but the absolute advantage of none. Which is pretty much the problem with these. You get neither the raw power and convenience of large heads, not the raw mobility and precision of the smaller heads.
That takes us to the midsize head variants. These are the go-to choice for top-level tennis players. The smaller heads can be maneuvered much more easily and you can generate a much faster stroke with smaller heads as a result. This means your shots can be more accurate, more powerful, and you can be more agile on the court.
These variants also tend to be lightweight in comparison to the larger heads. You can use this to basically use your strength to compensate for the lack of power that you lose out for not having a larger head. You can also use a lighter racquet to play a wider variety of strokes, particularly ones that require complex arm movement.
What do you lose out on with the midsize heads? Well for starters, you no longer have the large area of string bed to act as a cushion in case you make movement mistakes with your arm. Even a slight misjudgment can turn a powerfully hit shot weak, cause a change in direction and even hit the frame if you are too far off target.
All in all, if you are a beginner, you might as well take a larger head variant of racquet just so that you don’t end up hating the game! But do keep in mind that you will need to ultimately upgrade to something that is smaller and versatile in the future if you want to become a better player.
Can’t forget this now, can we? The full weight of the racquet is also a major factor that you need to consider when buying a racquet. As with all other features, there are advantages and disadvantages of both heavier and lighter weights.
The biggest advantage of a heavier racquet is that you can pack a stinging punch when your stroke hits the ball. The moment your heavier racquet hits the ball, the ball speeds up much faster when the racquet is heavier.
This is because the weight of the racquet does some of the moving for you once you set it in motion. If you are someone who wants raw power, heavier racquets are your best friends.
Of course, we should also mention that if you prefer longer strokes, heavier racquets will be a better fit for you. This is because heavier racquets will generate sufficient power even as you lose some speed while completing the full swing of the arm while doing the stroke. Lighter weighted racquets might lose some of the impact if you do the full swinging motion.
On the other hand, heavier racquets are difficult to move around in general. Not only do you need more strength and energy to have it grasped tightly in the air, but you also need to work harder to run around the court with it. Yeah.…. movement isn’t the strong suit despite the immense power heavy racquets carry.
Light racquets have that as the key advantage. You can move around much more freely when wielding a lighter racquet without having to expend much energy on holding it in the air or playing strokes with it. Needless to say, you can enjoy the easy breezy swinging of the racquet!
You will also be more agile with a light racquet because you can more fluently run around the court when you are not carrying a heavy weight around. This means you can finally reach those shots that your opponent will hit on the far end of the court from where you are standing much more easily. Combine that with the maneuverability of the racquet and you have a winner combination.
But again, you have to lose out on raw power that is available on heavier racquets as a result. Since lighter racquets will have a lower momentum when you swing your racquet to strike, you will not be able to put as much power behind the ball when serving or playing a stroke.
Again, you can compensate to an extent by being able to swing it much faster, but it is still harder to generate power behind it nonetheless.
Ideally, if you are new to the game you should start with the heavier racquets. This will help you get used to playing strokes since the racquet does the work for you. As you improve gradually you can then shift to increasingly lighter racquets to gain more arm strength with a more precise racquet.
Related: How Long Is A Tennis Court?
This is not just an extension of weight, but a rather important, holistic aspect of it that determines the racquet performance. We already established that newer players should go for heavier racquets, but with distribution, the argument is extended.
For starters, distribution of weight is more aptly divided into either heavy heads vs. lighter heads. Whether the head is heavy or not makes an enormous difference.
Heavier heads will mean that the racquet will be able to generate more power due to the higher momentum generated when impacting the ball. But do note one thing, a heavier head does not necessarily mean a heavier racquet. Do you know what that means?
It means you have some of the power of heavy racquets with the mobility of lighter racquets! Isn’t that great? You can effectively use the lighter base weight to swing the racquet around like a madman while also putting in the kind of power that Nadal puts into his serves! You get to enjoy the benefits of both kinds thanks to simple build proportions which provide such a weight distribution!
The bad part of such a weight distribution is that so much of the weight is concentrated on the head that if you lose out on some of the benefits of enhanced control of lighter racquets. A heavier head will be more difficult to rotate with the wrists because the weight falls at the end of the racquet.
If you know your physics, it means you need to work harder to overcome the ‘moment’ effect caused by heavier heads. In laymen terms, the weight of the head prevents players from rotating the racquet to get the desired angle when playing a stroke.
The opposite happens when you have a lighter head. You get more control of each stroke because of the weight being concentrated on the base. It means you spin it around to whatever angle you like much more easily and make more precise micro-adjustments in movement and grip angle.
However, you lose out on the added power.
Whether the extra power is good for you or not is up to you to find out. But what we are trying to say is, find out the weight distribution of the racquet before you make up your mind. Lighter racquets may have surprisingly heavy heads, and the last thing you want is a surprise waiting for you after buying a racquet!
The length of the racquet is also a significant factor to take into account when choosing a racquet. The reasons seem fairly obvious.
Longer racquets will pack a stronger punch at the end of it. This is because with longer racquets you will be able to convert more energy from the wrist to the head of the racquet.
You can do so because you are able to get increased leverage on your grip when swinging the racquet. In simple words, it delivers a more powerful shot when you swing the racquet.
You can also reach places where you otherwise would not have been able to with a standard racquet. The extra inch or two that you may get might just make the difference between a shot that hits the frame and one that hits the top of the string bed.
If you are a beginner, the extra area of cover and the marginally higher reach might make a huge difference in getting used to hitting the ball.
Of course, you also lose out on a bit of control with longer racquets. When you hit a stroke with a longer racquet, you will automatically generate more power than you expect to. Shots that you expect to reach the end of the court may go just beyond it.
The longer racquets you see today are around 28-29 inches in length.
In contrast, the standard length is 27 inches. What you get with these is more control and a better feel of each stroke that you play. And because the length isn’t significantly low with these racquets, you also generate a decent amount of power behind each stroke as well.
Related: Types of Tennis Shoes
This is another vital consideration, especially for beginners. Shock absorption on racquets is carried out by the bridge between the grip and the racquet head. In its essence, the vibrations occur from the head down because that is where the impact takes place. On the other hand, your hands are attached to the lower part of the racquet, i.e. the grip.
What this means is that you feel the impact when it goes from the head to the grip. And that is exactly where the magic happens! There are two types of shock absorption that can impact the performance.
Stiff bridges are the ones where shock absorption is at a minimum. This is because stiffness is necessary to generate sufficient power when hitting shots. When you play a stroke, energy from the racquet motion is carried to the ball.
In stiffer racquets, there is lower head cushioning and vibration reduction, which means more energy is transferred to the ball. As a result, when playing strokes, you get to transfer most of the energy to the ball.
However, in stiffer racquets, more of the impact on the head gets transferred to the grip via the bridges. Stiffer bridges would vibrate more furiously; as a result, the grip would vibrate too. This is quite strenuous to the wrists and elbows because the impact s felt most on the joints.
On the other hand, flexible racquets are able to move slightly when impacted. Consequently, when the impact takes place some of the energy of the racquet is absorbed by shock absorbing bridges and the frame.
What happens is that first of all the vibration itself is quite limited. Then, as the shock travels from the head to the grip via the bridge, shock absorption material in the frame of the bridge dampens the vibrations further. The end result is that when it reaches the grip, much of the impact is cushioned and negated significantly.
On the other hand, well-done shock absorption reduces the energy that is transferred to the ball. Consequently, some of the bite of the stroke is lost to it, even though you get better stabilization because of it. If you are someone looking for power and good shock absorption, you are going to have to let one go for the other!
Regarding your level of expertise, beginners will most definitely want good shock absorption. This is because the initial bout of strain on the arm can prove decisive for beginners. Unable to withstand the sudden surge of pressure, most newer players will have difficulty getting used to hitting a fast-paced tennis ball.
You also have to look at one final aspect of the racquet, which is whether it comes pre-strung or not. For beginners, stringing is what determines the tension on the string, i.e. how tight the string actually is. There are several things that the tension dictates.
High tension means you get a better response to impact on the tennis ball. This is because higher tension will cause the strings to move less upon impact, and will impart a higher speed to the ball once the string bed makes contact with the ball. It will also mean that the string bed surface is uniform, leading to more even performance across the entire string-bed surface.
Lower tension will enable you to perfect on the spin of the tennis ball because the string is softer in the middle. When you play an angled cut stroke to achieve the spin, the string will move slightly to generate better rotation.
What does that mean for pre-strung racquets? Well, you don’t have to find out about the differences string tension causes because it is already set. As a starter, the depth of detail is quite overwhelming, so you will not have to go through all that trouble with pre-strung racquets. This is what makes pre-strung racquets best for beginners.
However, this does mean that you cannot instantly change it up to suit your playing style and your needs. This is where unstrung racquets have the upper hand. Better players will want to tweak tension so that they can adapt it to their needs. Because of this, most professionals choose unstrung racquets.
Good Racquet Brands That You Can Rely On
There are several excellent racquet brands that you can go for when you are new to the game.
Wilson’s history in tennis racquet manufacture dates over almost a century back. Hailing from the U.S., Wilson’s racquets have been preferred choice for countless professionals including Roger Federer, Venus Williams, and the legendary Pete Sampras.
Several aspects of Wilson’s work have made them so good. Their depth of experience alone is exemplary. They have been making racquets since your grandparents’ time, they surely know quite a bit about racquets, after all, that time!
They also have several racquet innovations to their name, including their BLX technology, Hypercarbon frames, Spin Effect Technology (S.E.T.) to name a few. To attest to this, Wilson can boast 29 ATP 100 players who use a Wilson racquet.
Another top racquet brand is Babolat. Babolat are the ones who made tennis racquet strings in the first place, which is probably understandable since they started their journey in 1875.
The fact that you can find Babolat racquets on Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick really should be the only testimony you need about their standards. Some of their technological advances include Woofer, Aero Beam and Graphite Tungsten Technology for the frame.
HEAD has Dutch roots and began in the United States in 1950. They are the pioneers of Aluminum frames at a time when frames were wooden. They make racquets suited for a wide variety of skill levels, from beginners to professionals.
Their racquets can be found with Djokovic and Murray, but their popularity surged in part due to Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.
One of the more recent ventures, Prince made a name for themselves by inventing the first tennis ball machines. They have brought about several innovations including Graphite Extreme frames, ESP (Extreme String Pattern), Double Bridge suspension designs, etc.
Jelena Jankovic, David Ferrer, and the Bryan brothers have become celebrity endorsers of Prince by wielding their racquets.
Related: Table Tennis Serve Rules
Q: How can I tweak my racquet?
A: You can tweak several things on a racquet, but the best point to start is the string.
Q: What are the basic essentials to judge a racquet?
A: A good starting point is to get a feel for the power or control of the racquet. If it hits hard, it is hard to control. If it is easy to control, it doesn’t hit as hard. Simple as that
Q: What is the ‘sweet spot’ of the racquet?
A: It is the point that feels, and is, the most responsive to strokes. If you hit the sweet spot you will feel a noticeable reaction on the ball.
Q: As a beginner shouldn’t I take a lighter racquet?
A: On the contrary, heavier racquets will give better service to you. You will not have the strength to play with a lighter racquet at first.
Q: What are the different playing styles?
A : Play styles range from long to short strokes, to fast or slow strokes, and aggressive or defensive.
That’s All Folks!
Phew, that was a looooong read, right? You have come a long way to learn about racquets, so I guess you ought to do something about it. Go do some demos with a few racquets, see what suits you best, and pick the racquet that suits you. Since you are new, go for a pre-strung racquet that is heavier and less complicated to use.
And most important of all, remember that you will fail several times at first. Nothing wrong with it! Just keep going, and we may see a new Andre Agassi in the future in you!