Best Tennis Racquet 2021 [With Ultimate Buyers Guide]

Choosing the Best Tennis Racquet having qualities of stability & durability, strong handle, powerful string pattern, easy to control & maneuver, and perfect head size can be sometimes a cumbersome process.

If you’re an advanced player, an inappropriate tennis racquet can hurt your game. The wrong racquet can be trouble for you on every single stroke. Therefore, having the right racquet that suits your needs is very important.

If you’re confused about selecting a tennis racquet whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, advanced level player, or just pursuing tennis as a new hobby.

Look no further!

We have hand-selected a complete list of Top 10 Best Tennis Racquet 2021. All of the tennis racquets that we’re going to review below are personally tested by our team.

Best Tennis Racquet

So, we have rated each racquet on a scale of 1-10 based on our experience with the racquet.

List of Best Tennis Racquet 2021

Rank Racquet Our Rating Weight
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#1 Babolat Pure Strike 8.98 305g CHECK PRICE
#2 Head Ti. S6 8.82 252g CHECK PRICE
#3 Wilson Clash 100 8.73 326g CHECK PRICE
#4 Babolat Pure Aero 2019 8.65 311g CHECK PRICE
#5 Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 8.60 255g CHECK PRICE
#6 Yonex EZONE 98 8.54 323g CHECK PRICE
#7 HEAD MicroGel Radical 8.54 312g CHECK PRICE
#8 Wilson Blade 98 Countervail 8.52 320g CHECK PRICE
#9 Wilson K Zero 8.50 258g CHECK PRICE
#10 Wilson Pro Staff RF97 8.43 357g CHECK PRICE

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#1
Babolat Pure Strike - Best Tennis Racquet
“Best Overall”

Babolat Pure Strike

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1. Babolat Pure Strike – Best Overall

Babolat Pure Strike 16 x 19, one of the most popular tennis racquets, is our top pick and favorite tennis racquet.

Although there are 300+ frames available on the market, Babolat Pure Strike acquired the position of  ‘Best Overall Tennis Racquet’  in our list of Best Tennis Racquet because of its new hybrid frame made of elliptical and square sections.

Thanks to its CONTROL FRAME TECHNOLOGY (elliptical structure and square beam frame), 305g strung weight, and high swing weight that gives it more stability, control, and precision when it comes to hitting the ball.

However, Babolat Pure Strike’s weight is more balanced towards the handle with a balance of 4 points headlight (HL). That means the weight is more shifted in the player’s hand which gives quick swing and responsiveness on every shot.

Also, Pure Feel Technology absorbs the shock and transmits very little vibration to the arm which results in a pure feel. This feature makes Babolat Pure Strike an arm friendly racquet.

Its 98 square inch head size and 16×19 string pattern give enough sweet spot to handle off-center shots. The length of the racquet is 27 inches.

Another key point is its ideal balance of power & control helps the player push the ball like a bullet towards the opponent while its wider spaced string pattern (open string pattern) helps generate more power.

Overall, its specifications speak it all and make it the best-rated tennis racquet. This is the reason that Babolat is one of the best tennis racquet brands in the market.

Ideal Choice For Intermediate to Advanced Level Players.

Key Features:

  • Power & Control
  • Amazing Feel
  • Perfect Shots from the net

Specifications:

Head Size 98 sq. inch (Midplus)
Unstrung Weight 305g
Strung Weight 320g
Beam Width 21mm / 23mm / 21mm
Length 27 inches
String Pattern (Mains x Crosses) 16 x 19
Recommended String Tension 52 – 62 pounds
Balance 4pts (HL)
Composition Graphite
Swing Weight 327
Stiffness 70 RA
Grip Type Babolat Syntec Feel
Power Level Low-Medium
Swing Speed Medium-Fast
Stroke Style Medium-Full

Technologies:

  • FSI Power:
    FSI power adds innovation to the string pattern, it means strings are widely spaced which results in a large sweet spot, more power, spin, and comfort. For this reason, Babolat Pure Strike is at the top tennis racquet on our list.

    Moreover, FSI power technology adds diamond-shaped grommets that allow the strings to move freely and efficiently for more power.
  • C² Pure Feel:
    Through C² Pure Feel technology Babolat adds SMACWRAP material into the Graphite composition of the frame that helps to reduce the vibration while hitting the ball. Because of this, Babolat Pure Strike is an arm-friendly racquet.
  • Control Frame Technology:
    Babolat Pure Strike is structured with Hybrid Frame Technology that combines the dynamic elliptical beam with a squared-shaped beam. As a result, this frame offers incredible control in the game.
PROS

  • Spin friendly with FSI Power Technology
  • Increased Maneuverability
  • Arm & Shoulder Friendly with C2 PureFeel Technology
  • Easy to Control
  • Increased Stability
  • Powerful Strokes and incredible precision

CONS

  • Little Expensive

Our Rating:

Overall Rating: 8.98

Groundstrokes: 9.2

Serves: 8.9

Volleys: 8.8

Returns: 9.2

Slice: 9.0

Topspin: 8.8

Control: 9.4

Maneuverability: 9.1

Power: 8.8

Stability: 8.9

Touch: 8.8

Comfort: 8.9

Why We Love It:

Groundstrokes

If we sum up our groundstroke experience with Babolat Pure Strike in one word, that would be ‘WOW’. Because we felt like we could do anything with the ball.

At the baseline, this racquet offered us an incredible level of control and spin and we felt connected to our shots.

With the exceptional potential of control, spin, and power of Babolat Pure Strike, we felt like we had so many options at the baseline.

Maneuverability

With 320g strung weight and 327 swing weight, Babolat Pure Strike was easy to swing which helped us to hit groundstrokes with little effort. As a result, we were able to move the racquet quickly for aggressive volleys at the net.

Overall, our maneuverability experience with Babolat Pure Strike was excellent.

Returns

While on returns, Babolat Pure Strike brought the heat because of its faster swing, stability, and controllable power. We were able to swing big for a big strike.

During the ball’s contact, Pure Strike offered enough control that we were looking for and everything felt under control.

While being aggressive and swinging big, our experience with Babolat Pure Strike was exceptional on returns.

That is why Babolat Pure Strike resides at the top of our List of Best Tennis Racquet and best tennis racquet of all time.

#2
Head Ti S6 - Best Power Racquet
“Best Power Racquet”

Head TI S6

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2. Head TI S6 – Best Power Racquet

This ultra-lightweight (252g, strung) titanium frame with its large sweet spot, 8pts Head Heavy Balance and extended length (27.5 inches) come in second place in our list of Best Tennis Racquet.

Although this is an ultra-lightweight racquet, thanks to its 8pts head heavy balance and straight beam (28.5mm) that helps generate more power as well. We rate Head Ti. S6 as the ‘Best Power Racquet

Because of its 115 sq. inch oversized head, this racquet offers a large sweet spot that tolerates off-center shots very efficiently. This characteristic makes Head Ti. S6 best choice not only for beginners but it makes it the best tennis racquet for intermediate players as well.

That is why Head Ti. S6 is one of the best-selling head tennis racquets on the market.

The ultra-lightweight feature offers incredible maneuverability and swing speed in the game. While graphite and titanium composition increase its durability, at the same time, this composition makes Head Ti. S6 a stiff racquet.

In short, Head Ti. S6 is an ultra-lightweight, durable, maneuverable, and power-oriented racquet with an oversized head.

If your preference is a stiff frame while being lightweight as well as durable, then this best graphite tennis racquet is specially made for you.

Ideal Choice For Beginner to Intermediate Level Players.

Key Features:

  • Perfect for beginners
  • Bigger Sweet Spot
  • Titanium and Graphite Material

Specifications:

Head Size 115 sq. inch (Oversize)
Unstrung Weight 226g
Strung Weight 252g
Beam Width 28.5mm
Length 27.75 inches
String Pattern (Mains x Crosses) 16 x 19
Recommended String Tension 57 – 66 pounds
Balance 8pts (HH)
Composition Graphite / Titanium Composite
Swing Weight 318
Stiffness 75 RA
Grip Type Head Cushion Grip
Power Level High
Swing Speed Slow – Medium

Technologies:

  • Graphite & Titanium Composition:
    Head TI S6 is built with Graphite Fiber & Titanium technology that enhances its durability.
  • Synthetic Head Gut:
    Head TI S6 comes with a synthetic head gut that adds extra strength to its stringbed for powerful shots.
PROS

  • Large Sweet Spot
  • Despite Light Weight, it Offers Incredible Power
  • With graphite and titanium composition, it offers amazing strength & durability
  • Its wider beam offers maximum power with little effort
  • Best for casual, beginner, intermediate and recreational players

CONS

  • Does not come with Head Cover

Our Rating:

Overall Rating: 8.82

Groundstrokes: 9.2

Serves: 9.0

Volleys: 8.7

Returns: 8.9

Slice: 8.8

Topspin: 9.5

Control: 8.7

Maneuverability: 8.9

Power: 9.1

Stability: 8.4

Touch: 8.2

Comfort: 8.5

Why We Love It:

Power

While playing with Head Ti. S6, the most prominent feature that we liked was its highest power level. This racquet felt like a punch to the ball and as a result, we were able to put the ball anywhere on the court with less effort.

Furthermore, if offered enough power to generate the required pace for our heavy topspins.

Overall, the power level was excellent.

Topspin

This ultra-lightweight (252g, strung) frame was easy to move and performed very well on our topspin shots. Thanks to the high power level, we didn’t have to do much hard work to generate the topspin. However, it was putting very little (almost zero) drag on the ball.

Groundstrokes

The blend of topspin and power made our experience with Head Ti. S6 incredible at the baseline. Not only it was incredibly comfortable but this racquet was easy to swing as well.

Furthermore, its extended length (27.75 inches) helped us to reach on extended groundstrokes.

#3
Wilson Clash 100 - Best Flexible Racquet
“Best Flexible Racquet”

Wilson Clash 100

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3. Wilson Clash 100 – Best Flexible Racquet

Generally, we categorize racquet as either a classic frame or a modern frame. With innovative technologies like FreeFlex, Carbon Mapping, and StableMart, Wilson Clash 100 is a modern frame.

Wilson Clash 100 is the most flexible racquet in the market with a 55 RA flex level that offers comfort and feel in the player’s hand.

Its head size is 100 sq. inch which is greater than the standard head size (98 sq. inch). It means a large sweet spot that offers more off-center shots tolerance.

However, it’s not suitable for those players who prefer volleys because of its beam thickness (24.5mm / 24.5mm / 24.5mm).

With 326g strung weight and 7pts headlight (HL) balance, Wilson Clash 100 offers fast swing speed. Hence, the best choice for intermediate to advanced level players and for those who want to improve their game.

Another key point is a low flex level of 55 RA, which makes Wilson Clash 100  the only most flexible racquet in our list of Best Tennis Racquet.

Its FreeFlex and Carbon mapping technologies allow it to bend efficiently for maximum ball pocketing and optimum control.

Usually, a racquet needs to be either heavy or stiff for more stability. But, with Stablemart & FreeFlex technologies, Wilson Clash 100 is structured and designed in such a way that it’s the most flexible, heaviest, and stable frame at the same time.

Ideal Choice For Intermediate to Advanced Level Players.

Key Features:

  • Incredible Flexibility
  • Fast Acceleration
  • More Forgiving String Bed Response

Specifications:

Head Size 100 sq. inch (Oversize)
Unstrung Weight 295g
Strung Weight 326g
Beam Width 24.5mm / 24.5mm / 24.5mm
Length 27.25 inches
String Pattern (Mains x Crosses) 16 x 19
Recommended String Tension 48 – 58 pounds
Balance 7pts (HL)
Composition Graphite
Swing Weight 312
Stiffness 55 RA
Grip Type Wilson Pro Performance
Power Level Low – Medium
Swing Speed Medium – Fast
Stroke Style Medium-Full

Technologies:

  • StableMart:
    Using StableMart technology, Wilson Clash 100 is built through digital simulation that adds incredible stability to this racquet and makes it arm friendly racquet.
  • FreeFlex & Carbon Mapping:
    FreeFlex technology allows the player to swing this racquet freely. This technology allows it to bend in both horizontal and vertical strokes. While proprietary Carbon Mapping allows Wilson Clash 100 to bend for maximum ball pocketing with incredible control.
PROS

  • A very flexible and stable racquet
  • Increased head speed and power is another plus point
  • Arm friendly
  • Grip size and texture offer better control in the game.

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Not suitable for beginners

Our Rating:

Overall Rating: 8.73

Groundstrokes: 8.8

Serves: 8.7

Volleys: 9.2

Returns: 8.5

Slice: 9.0

Topspin: 8.5

Control: 8.9

Maneuverability: 8.3

Power: 8.3

Stability: 8.8

Touch: 8.8

Comfort: 9.0

Why We Love It:

Comfort

Having an impressive low stiffness rating of 55 RA, Wilson Clash 100 made our game experience incredible.

Whether we were at the net for aggressive volleys or at the baseline for groundstrokes, this racquet felt very gentle on the arm and shoulder.

Wilson Clash 100 was quick and easy to move without shoulder and arm fatigue. We simply love this racquet when it comes to the feel and comfort.

Spin

With 100 square inches head, open string pattern (16×19), and 7pts HL balance, we were able to swing this racquet fast. Moreover, it allowed us to generate lots of topspin without changing our stroke.

Groundstrokes

At the baseline, Wilson Clash 100 was very flexible and we felt well-connected to our groundstrokes.

The higher launch angle helped us put the ball past the baseline and the comfortable level kept our experience pleasant on our groundstrokes.

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Babolat Pure Aero 2019 - Best Top Spin Tennis Racquet
“Best Top Spin Tennis Racquet”

Babolat Pure Aero 2019

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4. Babolat Pure Aero 2019 – Best Top Spin Tennis Racquet

The Babolat series started from Babolat AeroPro Drive and now we have the 7th generation of new Babolat Pure Aero.

It wouldn’t be wrong if we say that Babolat Pure Aero carries Rafael Nadal’s DNA because this racquet is Nadal’s personal choice.

We rate Babolat Pure Aero as the ‘Best Top Spin Tennis Racquet‘ in our list of the best tennis racquet. Because with its FSI Spin technology and open string pattern, Babolat has added wider grommets that help the strings to move freely and snap back into the position.

As a result, the ball gets more time to stay on the strings, and it allows the player to put an extra spin in the ball.

Through Cortex Pure Feel technology, viscoelastic rubber in the frame absorbs extra vibration and gives pure feel and comfort to the arm and shoulder.

Furthermore, this frame of the Pure Strike series has got an amazing paint upgrade with a neon-yellow color which gives it a more aggressive and modern look and makes it the best-looking tennis racquet.

Ideal Choice For Intermediate to Advanced Level Players.

Key Features:

  • Softer & Comfortable Feel
  • Easy Power & Spin

Specifications:

Head Size 100 sq. inch (Midplus)
Unstrung Weight 300g
Strung Weight 311g
Beam Width 23mm / 26mm / 23mm
Length 27 inches
String Pattern (Mains x Crosses) 16 x 19
Recommended String Tension 50 – 59 pounds
Balance 4pts (HL)
Composition Graphite
Swing Weight 324
Stiffness 67
Grip Type Babolat Syntec Pro
Power Level Low – Medium
Swing Speed Fast
Stroke Style Full

Technologies:

  • Aeromodular:
    With Aeromodular technology, Babolat Pure Aero comes with a varying beam at the head and throat that helps to reduce the wind drag. As a result, it generates more power and head speed.
  • Cortex Pure Feel:
    Through Cortex Pure Feel technology, Babolat adds viscoelastic rubber between carbon layers that help absorb the vibration during the ball’s contact and the result is pure feel and comfort.
  • Carbon PLY Stabilizer:
    This technology increases the control and stability of this racquet.
  • FSI Spin:
    Through FSI Spin technology, this racquet comes with more spaces between cross springs that bite the ball and generates more spin. This technology also helps strings to move freely.
PROS

  • Best for topspin
  • Aeromodular technology offers incredible head speed
  • Comfortable and arm friendly
  • Stable racquet, thanks to CARBON PLY STABILIZER technology.
  • Nice blend of power and control

CONS

  • Little expensive
  • Minor control issues

Our Rating:

Overall Rating: 8.65

Groundstrokes: 8.8

Serves: 8.3

Volleys: 9.0

Returns: 8.0

Slice: 8.9

Topspin: 8.6

Control: 8.9

Maneuverability: 8.1

Power: 8.7

Stability: 8.9

Touch: 9.0

Comfort: 8.6

Why We Love It:

Volleys
Impressive maneuverability and ease of use made of volleys experience excellent. We were able to move quickly and the ‘Point & shoot’ accuracy at the net helped us to dish the ball back out deep into the court.

The 100 square inches wide open head with a large sweet spot was more forgiving on off-center shots that resulted in stability during the ball’s contact.

Overall, our volley’s experience with Babolat Pure Aero was incredible.

Groundstrokes

While trading groundstrokes, our experience with Babolat Pure Aero was excellent. It offered a level of power and topspin that helped us to keep our opponent players on their toes.

We found this racquet super easy to swing to generate lots of topspin without hurting the arm too much. Overall, our groundstrokes experience with Babolat Pure Aero was delightful.

Topspin

This aerodynamic 4pts headlight frame, with midplus head and open string pattern, was easy to swing. As a result, we were able to generate topspin without doing too much hard work.

#5
Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 - Best Tweener Racquet
“Best Tweener Racquet”

Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3

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5. Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 – Best Tweener Racquet

When it comes to a blend of power and control, Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 is second to none. We rate it as ‘Best Tweener Racquet’ because it offers an incredible balance of control and power that helps to improve the game.

This makes Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 the best choice for intermediate players and recreational adult players as well who want to generate more power without losing control.

Its oversized head (110 sq. inch) and open string pattern add a plus point in its power. While its extended length (27.5 inches) offers extended reach on groundstrokes. Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 is one of the best-extended length tennis racquets.

Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 is built using Hyper Carbon technology that is 65% lighter than titanium which makes it an extremely lightweight racquet.

Although, this racquet is designed for recreational, intermediate, and adult players who don’t want to spend extra energy on powerful shots.

Beginners can also use it because of its nice blend of power and control, extreme lightweight, and large sweet spot features.

Ideal Choice For Beginner to Intermediate, Recreational and Adult Players

Key Features:

  • Pre-strung with Wilson Ultra Synthetic Gut Natural
  • Extended Length
  • Easy Power

Specifications:

Head Size 110 sq. inch (Oversize)
Unstrung Weight 237g
Strung Weight 255g
Beam Width 28mm / 25mm / 25mm
Length 27.5 inches
String Pattern (Mains x Crosses) 16 x 20
Recommended String Tension 55 – 65 pounds
Balance 8pts (HH)
Composition 15% Hyper Carbon / 85% Graphite
Swing Weight 301
Stiffness 70
Grip Type Cushion Aire Conform Grip
Power Level Medium
Swing Speed Medium
Stroke Style Medium

Technologies:

  • Hyper Carbon:
    Hyper Carbon is 65% lighter than titanium, 4 times stiffer, and stronger. This technology makes Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3, a very lightweight racquet and stiffer as well.
  • Stretch:
    Stretch technology means this racquet has a length greater than the standard length (27 inches). This type of racquet offers extended reach and more power.
  • Hammer:
    In Hammer Technology, most of the racquet’s mass is distributed in the head part which makes a racquet Head Heavy (HH). In other words, this racquet offers better stability and more power.
PROS

  • Large Sweet Spot
  • Better Stability
  • Best for recreational, intermediate players, and adult players
  • Best affordable racquet
  • 27.5 inches length offers extended reach

CONS

  • Little shock and vibration issue.
  • Not suitable for advanced level players

Our Rating:

Overall Rating: 8.60

Groundstrokes: 8.8

Serves: 8.4

Volleys: 8.7

Returns: 8.5

Slice: 8.8

Topspin: 8.7

Control: 9.1

Maneuverability: 7.9

Power: 8.8

Stability: 8.9

Touch: 8.4

Comfort: 9.0

Why We Love It:

Comfort

This extra lightweight (255g, strung) racquet, with Hyper Technology, was very comfortable throughout the game no matter we were at the net or the baseline, it gave us a comfortable experience. In effect, Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 was very gentle on the arm and shoulder.

Control

When it comes to controlling, advanced players can control even a less control-oriented racquet with their experience.

But with Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3, we didn’t have to worry about the control because of its incredible control that this racquet had to offer in the game. We were able to direct the ball exactly where we wanted to.

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Yonex EZONE 98 - Best All Court Tennis Racquet
“Best All Court Tennis Racquet”

Yonex EZONE

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6. Yonex EZONE – Best All Court Tennis Racquet

Yonex EZONE 98 is an excellent all-court racquet with amazing control. This racquet comes with ISO (Isometric Square Head Shape) technology that makes the sweet spot 48% larger than traditional frames.

Carbon graphite composition allows the frame to flex and the OPS (Oval Pressed Shaft) system narrows the shaft that results in incredible flexibility at this location.

Furthermore, the strung weight of the racquet is 323g, and its 6pts head light balance racquet means more weight is distributed towards the handle which gives a solid feel in the player’s hand.

The 98 square inches head and open string pattern offer better control and plenty of topspin.

3 layers of Quake Shut Gel are added to the handle to reduce unwanted vibration and to give the player an increased comfort while hitting.

Through a redesigned grommet structure, the stringbed is designed in such a way that it allows the strings to move freely during the ball’s contact. This feature also reduces the extra vibration and the result is comfort.

Ideal Choice For Intermediate to Advanced Level Players.

Key Features:

  • Easy Control
  • Bigger Sweet Spot
  • Best Weight Distribution

Specifications:

Head Size 98 sq. inch (Midplus)
Unstrung Weight 305g
Strung Weight 323g
Beam Width 23mm / 24mm / 19mm
Length 27 inches
String Pattern (Mains x Crosses) 16 x 19
Recommended String Tension 45 – 60
Balance 6pts (HL)
Composition M40X/HM Graphite
Swing Weight 316
Stiffness 63
Grip Type Yonex Synthetic
Power Level Low – Medium
Swing Speed Medium – Fast
Stroke Style Medium-Full

Technologies:

  • ISO (Isometric Square Head Shape):
    Yonex EZONE is built with ISO technology that makes the sweet spot 48% larger than a traditional oval-shaped racquet. This helps generate more power and better control.
  • M40X:
    Through this technology, Yonex adds elastic graphite to the throat that adds more stability in the frame.
  • Vibration Dampening Mesh:
    This mesh is added in the grip that helps absorb unwanted vibration that makes it arm friendly racquet.
PROS

  • Best choice for intermediate to advanced level players
  • Its Graphite composition reduces frame flex and offers more power.
  • Arm friendly racquet
  • Control-oriented racquet

CONS

  • Little Expensive
  • Not Suitable for Beginners

Our Rating:

Overall Rating: 8.54

Groundstrokes: 8.8

Serves: 8.6

Volleys: 8.3

Returns: 8.4

Slice: 8.2

Topspin: 8.6

Control: 8.9

Maneuverability: 8.4

Power: 8.6

Stability: 8.4

Touch: 8.7

Comfort: 8.6

Why We Love It:

Control

Whether we were at the net or the baseline, Yonex EZONE gave us enough control and confidence that we put the ball in the court anywhere we wanted.

Overall, our control experience with Yonex EZONE was good.

Serves

This racquet gave us a comfortable feel at serving because of its speedy maneuverability. An important thing that we noticed at serving was the incredible maneuverability of this racquet.

We were able to head over the ball on slice serves efficiently. Overall, the Yonex EZONE serving experience was great.

However, at groundstrokes, we felt less spin than we expected. So, we recommend this racquet to those players who love flat serves.

Volleys

While approaching the net for volleys, we found this racquet stable and maneuverable and it offered good touch and feel. It was fun putting away the volleys with Yonex EZONE.

We also tried aggressive put-away and the result was amazing, it gave us a crisp and clean feel while playing at the net.

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HEAD MicroGel Radical – Best Durable Racquet
“Best Durable Racquet”

HEAD MicroGel Radical

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7. HEAD MicroGel Radical – Best Durable Racquet

As an intermediate or advanced level player, if your concern is comfort, maneuverability, stability, and control then look no further than Head Microgel Radical racquet.

Because this racquet is designed in such a way that it evenly distributes the ball impact throughout the racquet that gives you a rock-solid feel and stability.

Moreover, its nice paint job makes it another best-looking tennis racquet.

18 x 20 closed string patterns offer more power and enhanced string durability.

This frame is constructed with MicroGel (silicon-based material with low density) technology integrated into stiff graphite fibers that make this frame the ‘Best Durable Racquet‘ in our list of the best tennis racquet in 2021.

MicroGel technology is integrated throughout the frame that helps distribute the ball impact evenly in the frame. As a result, it offers better comfort and less strain on your wrist and arm.

Head MicroGel Radical is not only an intermediate racquet but also the best racquet for advanced players who like long and fast strokes and who like to control the ball’s direction.

The head size is 98 sq. inches with a 2pts headlight (HL) balance which is almost evenly balanced. In other words, it wouldn’t be wrong if we say that this racquet is designed for balance with lots of control.

Ideal Choice For Intermediate to Advanced Level Players.

Key Features:

  • Incredible Shock Distribution on Ball Impact
  • Easy Spin Potential
  • Comfortable

Specifications:

Head Size 98 sq. inch (Midplus)
Unstrung Weight 295g
Strung Weight 312g
Beam Width 21mm / 21mm / 21mm
Length 27 inches
String Pattern (Mains x Crosses) 18 x 20
Recommended String Tension 52 – 62 pounds
Balance 2pts (HL)
Composition Microgel / Graphite
Swing Weight 315
Stiffness 62
Grip Type HydroSorb
Power Level Low
Swing Speed Fast
Stroke Style Full

Technologies:

  • MicroGel:
    This technology is integrated into the racquet head combined with graphite composition.

    When the ball hits the racquet, this MicroGel compresses, absorbs the impact, and distributes the impact throughout the frame that results in comfort and a rock-solid feel. This technology also plays an important role in the stability of this racquet.
PROS

  • A closed string pattern gives a solid feel during ball contact
  • Its MicroGel technology distributes ball impact throughout the frame evenly
  • Best affordable racquet
  • 21mm beam width offers more spin
  • Offers better control

CONS

  • Not suitable for beginners
  • Small Sweet Spot

Our Rating:

Overall Rating: 8.54

Groundstrokes: 8.6

Serves: 8.9

Volleys: 8.4

Returns: 8.5

Slice: 8.3

Topspin: 8.7

Control: 8.4

Maneuverability: 8.8

Power: 8.8

Stability: 8.6

Touch: 8.3

Comfort: 8.2

Why We Love It:

Serves

While serving, Head MicroGel Radical gave us precise control, feel, and consistency but it lacked extra pop and we had to use little extra body power.

However, the spin level was incredible. Overall we’re impressed with spin and control.

Volleys

We enjoyed the incredible control and feel that HEAD MicroGel Radical had to offer while hitting our volleys. At the net, this racquet offered remarkable maneuverability as well.

Overall, at net, we felt very well-connected to our volleys.

Touch/Feel

With 312g strung weight, HEAD MicroGel Radical gave us an incredible feel at the net. Thus, our volleys felt crisp and under control. 2pts balance (almost evenly balanced) construction and the dampening technology gave us a comfortable feel and less vibration to the arm.

Overall, our hitting experience with HEAD MicroGel Radical was comfortable.

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Wilson Blade 98 Countervail – Best Aggressive Player Racquet
“Best Aggressive Player Racquet”

Wilson Blade 98 Countervail

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8. Wilson Blade 98 Countervail – Best Aggressive Player Racquet

This modern frame with 3pts headlight balance, 98 square inches head, and an open string pattern, comes with Countervail technology that is integrated into the frame to absorb unwanted vibration and shock resulting in less arm fatigue.

Wilson Blade 98 Countervail is more comfortable than its previous versions while the open string pattern (16×19) offers a nice blend of power, control, and spin.

This frame is specially designed for aggressive, big-hitting, and high-energy players on the court.

Another amazing technology that is integrated only in Wilson 98 Countervail is ‘Wilson X2 Ergo’. This technology is integrated into the handle that allows the players to adjust (move up and down) the grip where they want which helps the player to hit a powerful two-handed backhand shot easily.

While the graphite and basalt composition, which is integrated throughout the frame, makes this racquet stable, flexible, and durable.

As a result of 98 square inches head with an open string pattern, and 3pts headlight (HL) balance, Wilson 98 Countervail offers faster swing speed.

Ideal Choice For Intermediate to Advanced Level Players.

Key Features:

  • Easy Control
  • Exceptional Flexibility
  • Forgiving String Bed Response

Specifications:

Head Size 98 sq. inch (Midplus)
Unstrung Weight 304g
Strung Weight 320g
Beam Width 21mm / 21mm / 21mm
Length 27 inches
String Pattern (Mains x Crosses) 16 x 19
Recommended String Tension 50 – 60 pounds
Balance 3pts (HL)
Composition Braided Graphite & Basalt
Swing Weight 326
Stiffness 66 RA
Grip Type Wilson Sublime
Power Level Low – Medium
Swing Speed Fast
Stroke Style Full

Technologies:

  • Countervail:
    This technology is integrated into the frame through Special Carbon Fiber that helps absorb the ball impact and makes this racquet arm friendly.
  • Wilson X2 Ergo:
    This technology is integrated into the handle of the racquet, allowing the player to adjust the grip and handle shape according to personal preferences. This technology helps in powerful two-handed backhand shots.
  • Braided Graphite + Basalt:
    Through this technology, graphite and basalt composition are distributed throughout the frame. Since basalt is elastic, it improves the flex of the Wilson Blade 98 Countervail. It also offers an enhanced feel and better control during the ball’s contact with the stringbed.
PROS

  • Best for aggressive players
  • Offers incredible shot control
  • Faster swing speed
  • Its FeelFlex technology offers more flexibility
  • Excellent Swingweight

CONS

  • Offers Less Power
  • Comes unstrung

Our Rating:

Overall Rating: 8.52

Groundstrokes: 9.0

Serves: 8.4

Volleys: 8.3

Returns: 8.9

Slice: 8.4

Topspin: 8.6

Control: 8.8

Maneuverability: 8.6

Power: 8.1

Stability: 8.5

Touch: 8.3

Comfort: 8.3

Why We Love It:

Groundstrokes

While hitting groundstrokes, Wilson Blade 98 Countervail gave us a delightful experience. Its 16×19 open string pattern and 98 square inches head helped us in producing more spin while being under control. The backhand slice return was also lovely.

Returns

While being high rated at groundstrokes, this high maneuverable and flexible racquet gave us a fantastic experience on returns where the player has to be quick and fast.

We also tried to be a little more aggressive while attacking returns, this racquet absorbed some of the power and the result was an under-controlled game.

Simple and compact swings allowed us to push the ball into the opponent’s court efficiently.

Maneuverability

With 320g strung weight and 326 swing weight, Wilson Blade 98 Countervail offered delightful maneuverability. This feature also helped us with groundstrokes to move the racquet back quickly with less effort.

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Wilson K Zero - Best Beginner Racquet
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9. Wilson K Zero – Best Beginner Racquet

With a super oversized head, lightweight (258g, strung), extended length (27.5 inches), 4pts head heavy (HH), Wilson K Zero is the best-selling tennis racquet of all time from the Wilson brand. The reason is its stability, power, and maneuverability.

Another reason is that a very famous tennis player Roger Federer has also used this racquet.

Wilson K Zero is the best choice for beginners, intermediate and recreational players with a short swing.

Moreover, its high power level makes it ideal for beginners and those players who do not want to spend extra energy. We rate Wilson K Zero as the ‘Best Beginner Racquet‘ in our list of the best tennis racquet in 2021.

Super oversized head (118 square inch) offers a large sweet spot that offers more power and off-center shots tolerance.

Wilson K Zero comes with Kompact Center technology that offers stability and a solid feel in the player’s hand. While the fibers woven into the frame, make it a stiff frame that reduces torsional twist resulting in less or almost no power lost in off-center shots.

In short, Wilson K Zero is designed for powerful shots without spending extra energy. The lightweight (258g) offers incredible maneuverability.

If you’re looking for a powerful racquet with less energy expense, lightweight, and a stiff racquet then Wilson K Zero is specially made for you.

Ideal Choice For Beginner to Intermediate Level Players.

Key Features:

  • Bigger Sweet Spot
  • Easy to move
  • Improved Torsional Stability

Specifications:

Head Size 118 sq. inch (Super Oversize)
Strung Weight 258g
Beam Width 26 – 29 mm (Tapered)
Length 27.5 inches
String Pattern (Mains x Crosses) 16 x 19
Recommended String Tension 55 – 65 pounds
Balance 4pts (HH)
Composition 100% [K]arophite Black
Swing Weight 298
Stiffness 70 RA
Grip Type [K] Grip
Power Level High
Swing Speed Slow

Technologies:

  • [K]ompact Center:
    This technology improves maneuverability and racquet handling.
  • [K]ontour Yoke:
    This technology enhances racquet stiffness and improves torsional stability.
PROS

  • Large Sweet Spot
  • 27.5 inches length offers extended reach
  • Offers excellent power and forgiveness
  • Very Lightweight frame
  • Offers better stability and maneuverability

CONS

  • Minor control issues

Our Rating:

Overall Rating: 8.50

Groundstrokes: 8.4

Serves: 8.4

Volleys: 8.2

Returns: 8.6

Slice: 8.5

Topspin: 8.6

Control: 8.3

Maneuverability: 8.5

Power: 8.9

Stability: 8.2

Touch: 8.8

Comfort: 8.6

Why We Love It:

Maneuverability

This extra lightweight (258g, strung) racquet helped us produce lots of mobility while hitting the shots quickly. While the super oversized head (118 square inches) helped us generate all the required power for the shots.

Overall our maneuverability experience with Wilson K Zero was delightful.

Control

Wilson K Zero is another good control-oriented racquet. The impressive level of control allowed us to swing and maneuver without putting in too much extra power. As a result of the 4pts head heavy frame, we were able to generate the required head speed for reliable groundstrokes.

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Wilson Pro Staff RF97 – Best Control-Oriented Racquet
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10. Wilson Pro Staff RF97 – Best Control-Oriented Racquet

With 27 inches length, 9pts headlight, and midplus (97 square inches) head size, this classic frame is the personal choice of famous tennis player ‘Roger Federer’.

Another key point of ‘Wilson Pro Staff RF97’ is its incredible control which is the result of extra weight placed on the sides of the racquet head at 3 and 9 o’clock. We rate Wilson Pro Staff RF97 as the ‘Best Control-Oriented Racquet‘ in our list of the best Tennis Racquet 2021.

Graphite and Aramid composition, headlight balance, heaviest weight (357g, strung) and small head (97 square inches) make this racquet the best choice for experienced players (intermediate to advanced level players) who want more control and who can easily handle this much heavy racquet.

Its thin beam (21.5mm) helps to generate swing efficiently. But as it is the heaviest racquet in the market, it requires extra strength which an experienced player has.

No doubt, Wilson Pro Staff RF97 is one of the best racquets in the Pro Staff series, but suitable only for experienced players who want precision and control.

Ideal Choice For Intermediate to Advanced Level Players.

Key Features:

  • Easy Control
  • Enhanced Feel
  • Improved Frame Feedback

Specifications:

Head Size 97 sq. inch (Midplus)
Unstrung Weight 340g
Strung Weight 357g
Beam Width 21.5mm / 21.5mm / 21.5mm
Length 27 inches
String Pattern (Mains x Crosses) 16 x 19
Recommended String Tension 50 – 60 pounds
Balance 9pts (HL)
Composition Graphite braided with aramid
Swing Weight 335
Stiffness 68 RA
Grip Type Wilson Premium Leather
Power Level Low
Swing Speed Fast
Stroke Style Full

Technologies

  • ProStaff:
    In this technology, a racquet comes with a headlight balance and a thin beam. In this type of racquet, weight is distributed more towards the handle. As a result, this is a more control-oriented racquet.
PROS

  • Large Sweet Spot
  • Incredible feel and touch
  • Offers better stability
  • Nice blend of power, control, and spin
  • Extra weight offers more power

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Comes unstrung

Our Rating:

Overall Rating: 8.43

Groundstrokes: 8.5

Serves: 8.1

Volleys: 8.8

Returns: 8.3

Slice: 8.8

Topspin: 8.5

Control: 9.0

Maneuverability: 8.2

Power: 7.3

Stability: 8.3

Touch: 8.8

Comfort: 8.6

Why We Love It:

Control

While playing in the court, this racquet felt amazingly solid and weighty in the hand. Whether we were hitting volleys, groundstrokes, or approaching the net, Wilson Pro Staff RF97 felt stable and offered a high level of precision and control.

Slice

Slice is another area that made us fall in love with this racquet. Whether we were trying backhand or forehand, this racquet felt under control.

Volleys

While playing at the net, Wilson Pro Staff RF97 gave a solid feeling in our hands and allowed us to hit volleys with less effort and incredible control. This also gave us dream stability and maneuverability.

Our list of Best Tennis Racquet 2021 is hand-picked, personally tested, and reviewed by our team.

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We strive to provide you with the latest and greatest list of best tennis racquets 2021, so we will be updating this list from time to time.

If you want us to review or recommend another frame for our list of the best tennis racquet, let us know in the comments section.

How We Selected The Best Tennis Racquet

At Super Tennis Racquet, we strive to provide you with the list of best tennis racquets in the market. In other words, our best tennis racquet selection criteria are very detailed.

Our team plays with each tennis racquet that we select from the market, then we rate its performance on a scale of 1-10. This scale is calculated according to the following 12 attributes.

One thing we would like to stress is that there is no such thing as “Best Tennis Racquet” because what works for your game, swings, playing style, and strategies may not work for the other player.

So, you must consider these attributes while selecting a tennis racquet so you can choose the best tennis racquet that fits your needs.

Tennis Racquet Rating Attributes

Here are 12 attributes based on which we rate the performance of tennis racquets.

  1. Power
    The term ‘Power’ is associated with power-oriented racquets. A power-oriented racquet is the one with

    1. Weight Range: 8 – 9.5 ounces (Approximately 255 – 270 grams)
    2. Head Size Range: 107 – 135 square inches (Oversize to super-oversize heads)
    3. Length Range: 27 – 29 inches (power-oriented racquets are usually longer)
    4. Beam Width Range: 22 to 24 mm (Thicker Beam)
    5. Stiffer Frame (68 RA or above)
    6. Head Heavy Balanced


    An advanced player can generate more power with even any type of racquet through different techniques but a specific type of racquet like power-oriented helps to generate power significantly easier.

    Another Key Point: Power racquet is an ideal choice for short and beginner level players who want to generate more power through slower swings.

  2. Weight:
    Tennis racquet weight varies from 240 to 310 grams. Weight is the main factor that determines the power of a racquet and it can directly impact your performance.

    In other words, ‘The Heavier the racquet is, the more power it has’.

    A heavy racquet(300+ grams) is more stable and transmits less shock. It generates more power behind the ball and it also helps to maintain control in faster swings.

    While the lightweight racquet (ranging between 240 – 265 grams) gives more control and maneuverability but it generates less power than a heavyweight racquet.

    A lightweight racquet helps generate a lot of spins in the game. It’s possible to add extra weight to lightweight racquets.

    Mid-weight racquets(ranging between 270 – 295 grams) provide a blend of power and control. Hence, an ideal choice for club players who aim to improve the game.

    Weight is further divided into 2 types:

    1. Static Weight
      The static weight of a racquet is the weight when it’s measured on a scale. It can be strung or unstrung weight.

      Strung weight means when tennis strings are installed in the racquet.

      Unstrung weight means without strings installed. Generally, strings add up to 15 grams to unstrung static weight.

    2. Swing Weight
      Swing weight is the measurement of how heavy a player feels it when swinging the racquet to hit the ball.

      It is a combined weight of static weight, balance point, and weight distribution along with the tennis racquet. We’ve discussed this in detail below under the Maneuverability attribute.

      In summary:

        1. A Lightweight racquet gives more control and maneuverability
        2. A Heavyweight racquet gives more power and stability.
        3. A mid-weight racquet gives both control and power.

    3. Control:
      Control racquets, player racquets, or control-oriented racquets are usually preferred by tournament club players and professional players.

      In short, a control racquet is the one with

      1. A comparatively less stiff frame
      2. Smaller Head Sizes (85 – 98 square inches)
      3. Heavier Weight (300 – 340 grams)
      4. Beam Width Range: 22mm or less
      5. More Flexible Beam
      6. Headlight Balance

      As a result, this type of racquet results in a low-power racquet. This is an ideal choice for those players who want more control in the game. But with this type of racquet, a player has to generate their body power.

      As control is related to weight attributes, so in our overall racquet rating of the best tennis racquet we consider weight and control as one attribute to make things simple.

  3. Stability:
    Another key point, ‘The heavier the racquet is, the more stability it has’. A stable racquet helps the player deliver consistent and accurate strikes on the ball.

    A stable racquet is the one with

    1. Heavy Weight
    2. Wider Beam
    3. Less Stiff Frame
    4. Small Head Sizes


    Stable racquet transmits less shock and the result is a stable feel and sense for the player when striking the ball.

  4. Comfort:
    For different tennis players, comfort is associated with different things. For example, one player might consider a racquet more comfortable if it transmits less shock and vibration through the arm when hitting the ball.

    While the other player might associate comfort with body strength and racquet weight ratio.

    In other words, a comfortable racquet is the one with

        1. A bit heavier
        2. Additional weight in the handle to absorb shock
        3. More flexible
        4. Open string pattern for more spin control
        5. Head Heavy (HH)
        6. Extended Length

  5. Maneuverability:
    Maneuverability is the measure of how easily a player can move/maneuver the racquet while playing to hit a shot.

    A Maneuverable racquet is the one with

    1. Head Light (HL)
    2. More weight towards the handle


    Maneuverability depends on 2 further things

      1. Swing Weight:
        Swing weight is the distribution of weight along the length of the racquet when it’s in motion.

        In simple words, swing weight is how heavy it feels when you swing the racquet in the air.

        Two racquets with the same weight might have different swing weights due to different weight distribution. This weight distribution plays an important role in maneuverability.

        The swing weight is broken down into the following types:

          1. Low Swing Weight: 305 or below
            More maneuverability and an ideal choice for beginners.
          2. Medium Swing Weight: 310 – 325
            Moderate maneuverability, more stability, and an ideal choice for intermediate players.
          3. High Swing Weight: 325 or above
            Very much stable and ideal choice for advanced players.

      2. Balance Point:
        The balance point is the point where the tennis racquet balances itself when resting on a needle.

        The balance point is also an important factor when considering the maneuverability of a racquet.

        Tennis racquet balance is further divided into 3 types:

        1. Head Heavy (HH)
          As the name suggests, a head heavy racquet has the majority of the weight in its head. The Head heavy racquet produces more power and gives more control when hitting the ball.

          Hence, the head-heavy racquet is an ideal choice for baseline shots and smaller players.

        2. HeadLight (HL) / Grip Heavy
          Headlight/grip heavy racquet has the majority of the weight in its grip. Headlight racquet gives more maneuverability, thus more swing control.

          Additional weight can be added to the grip.

          Hence, a headlight racquet is an ideal choice for volleys and net players.

        3. Balanced/Equal Balanced (EB)
          As the name suggests, the balanced racquet is the one where weight is distributed along the length of the racquet in an equal proportion.

          A balanced racquet has 2 advantages:

            1. Weight in the head provides more power and stability
            2. Weight in the grip/handle absorbs the extra shock and vibration.


          This type of racquet feels lighter and allows the player to swing easily while being a powerful racquet. This is an ideal choice for volley players.

  6. Touch & Feel:
    Touch/feel is the sense of control that a racquet gives to the player when hitting the volleys. Although touch racquets are similar to comfort racquets, we consider this as an important factor in the rating of our best tennis racquet.

    A touch/feel racquet is the one with

    1. Smaller Head Size
    2. Heavier Weight
    3. More Flexible Frame

These are 7 physical attributes that we consider in the overall tennis racquet rating process.

But there are 6 more attributes related to tennis shots and we consider them as well in our overall rating to provide you a very detailed racquet review so you can choose the best tennis racquet that can help you take your game to the next level.

In the aforementioned 7 attributes, we have mentioned frame stiffness many times. So, it’s important to know what is meant by frame stiffness:

Stiffness means how much power is transferred to the ball and the arm during the ball’s contact.

A flexible racquet vibrates slowly and transmits less power to the arm. While a stiffer racquet vibrates faster and transmits more power to the arm that hurts the arm.

Based on stiffness/flex, a racquet can be at one of the following stiff levels:

  1. Flexible Frame: 63 or below
    Flexible racquet bends more which means more energy is lost during ball contact and less energy is transferred to the arm.

  2. Medium Stiffness: 64 – 67
    Medium stiffness racquet bends moderate and a moderate amount of energy is lost.

  3. Stiff Frame: 68 or above
    A stiff frame bends less which means very little energy is lost but most of the energy is transmitted to the arm.

Tennis Shots

These are the 6 types of tennis shots that are part of our racquet rating process for the list of the best tennis racquet 2021. But here, we’re not going into much detail.

    1. Serves:
      Serve is the shot when a player throws a ball up in the air and strikes to get it over the net and into the opponent’s service box.

      Serve has further 3 types

      1. Flat Serve
      2. Kick Serve
      3. Slice Serve


      So, at Super Tennis Racquet, we consider serving as an important part of our racquet rating to see how appropriate the racquet is for serving and how easily we can generate the desired pace for serve.

    2. Volleys:
      Volley is considered an aggressive shot in tennis. This shot is used to force the opponent player to move back when the opponent player is trying to approach the net or is at the net.

      It is performed without letting the ball bounce, as a result, it gives the opponent player a tough time to adjust.

      Generally, Volley is performed on the net or near the net. That’s why a player that usually performs volleys is termed a Volleyer.

      Volley has a further 3 types:

      1. Forehand Volley:
        Forehand volley is performed when you hit the ball with your dominant hand. In other words, if you’re a right-handed player, you’ll hit the ball on the right side of your body for a forehand volley.

      2. Backhand Volley:
        Backhand volley is performed when you hit the ball on the right side of your body while being a left-handed player. Or on the left side of your body, while being a right-handed player.

      3. Half Volley:
        In a half volley shot, you let the ball bounce because you don’t have enough time to hit the ball back before it bounces. So, you let the ball bounce and hit it back to the other side of the court.


      So, We also consider volleys as a part of our racquet overall rating process to see how the racquet feels in the hand and whether it allows us to perform volleys with less effort while approaching the net.

    3. Slice:
      Slice shot means we introduce a rotation/spin in the ball. It is performed when you hit the ball on its outer edge. Unlike forehand and backhand strokes, we introduce the backspin (backward rotation) in the ball.

      Slice can also be performed with side rotation.

      For example, if you’re a right-handed player you’ll hit the ball on its right side/edge to introduce the spin. Or if you’re a left-handed player, you’ll hit the left edge of the ball for a spin.

      When performed perfectly, a slice can give a very tough time to your opponent who is guessing the side you’re going to hit. Because with a slice, you give your opponent a different look.

      Slice shot gives you two advantages when hit:

      1. Out wide in the court, it pushes the player off to the side, opening the court up for your next putaway shot.
      2. Into the opponent’s body, it leaves the opponent player ‘freeze’ guessing the side you’re going to hit. Thus, the opponent player can’t manage to hit a forehand/backhand return on time.


      As slice is a very important shot in tennis, we consider it in our tennis racquet rating process to see the racquet’s stability and control while performing the slice shot.

    4. Groundstrokes:
      Groundstroke is the fundamental shot in tennis. It’s performed as a forehand or backhand shot by letting the ball bounce once on the court.

      It’s performed by standing a few feet from the baseline. Therefore, a player that usually performs groundstrokes is termed a baseline player.

      However, groundstroke can be performed anywhere on the court as long as the ball has hit the court once.

      Unlike volleys, groundstrokes help the player generate more power.

      Two main techniques of groundstrokes are:

      1. Forehand Groundstroke:
        The forehand technique is performed by holding the racquet in your dominant hand.

        For example, if you’re a left-handed player you’ll perform forehand with your left hand or with your right hand if you’re a right-handed player.

        For a right-handed player, a forehand groundstroke starts from the right side of your body, you keep swinging the racquet in a forward direction across your body until you hit the ball and the swing ends on the left side of your body.

        In the forehand groundstroke technique, a player uses one of the following grips.

        1. Western Grip
        2. Semi-Western Grip
        3. Eastern Grip

      2. Backhand Groundstroke:
        The backhand technique can be performed either with one hand for a one-handed backhand (with the right hand if you’re a right-handed player, or with the left hand, if you’re a left-handed player) or with two hands for a two-handed backhand.

        In the backhand groundstroke technique, like forehand, swing also starts from one side of your body and ends on the other side of your body. The only difference is that backhand is performed with the back of your dominant hand.

        In other words, the palm of your dominant hand (the hand holding the racquet) faces your body.

        Backhand stroke can be performed with one of the two techniques:

        1. Two-Handed Backhand Stroke
          Here you hold the tennis racquet with both hands.
        2. One-Handed Backhand Stroke
          Here you hold the tennis racquet with your dominant hand.


        In a two-handed/double-handed backhand stroke, the player holds a continental grip with the dominant hand while the other hand above the dominant hand on the handle.

        While in a one-handed background stroke, the player uses a reverse eastern grip.

        In groundstrokes, the player can also introduce spin in the ball to surprise the opponent and give them a tough time. This spin can be:

          1. Topspin:
            Topspin is introduced in the ball when the ball is hit with an up-and-forward swing. In topspin, the ball rotates in a forward direction as it moves forward.

            In that case, this forward rotation generates a force that forces the ball to drop in the court.

          2. Backspin / Underspin:
            In backspin, the ball rotates in a backward direction as it moves forward. As a result, this backward rotation lifts the ball in an upward direction.


        Groundstroke can also be one of the following techniques without spin.

        1. Flat Forehand Groundstroke:
          In the flat forehand groundstroke technique, the player hits the shot with the eastern forehand grip. In this grip, the angle of the racquet is in such a way that it generates almost no spin in the ball.

        2. Flat Backhand Groundstroke:
          In a flat backhand groundstroke, the player performs the shot with a continental grip. As a result, there is no spin in the ball.


        One disadvantage of spins (either topspin or backspin) is that the ball moves slowly in a forward direction that gives the opponent player enough time to adjust the position for the shot.

        As groundstroke is one of the fundamental and strong shots, we add this shot in our overall tennis racquet rating process to see how much control this racquet gives to the player while performing groundstrokes and how many spins it can generate.

        In our overall rating, we only consider topspins.

    5. Returns:
      A return shot or return of serve is a response to the opponent’s serve. This shot is performed standing either on the right side (deuce) of the court or on the left side (ad) of the court.

      A return of serve can be a forehand, backhand, flat forehand, or flat backhand. However, sometimes, it can be challenging to guess the type of return and the side of the court where your opponent is going to hit.

      This is where the maneuverability of the racquet plays an important part. So, as a part of our racquet rating process, we test the maneuverability of the racquet while performing the return of serve.

Overall 5 characteristics dominate all others. Here are the 5 main characteristics:

  • Weight of the tennis racquet (including swing weight)
  • Head size
  • Balance
  • String pattern
  • Stiffness

According to these 12 characteristics, a tennis racquet falls into one of the following categories:

  1. Beginner Tennis Racquets:
    Beginner Tennis Racquets have the following characteristics:

    1. Large Head Sizes
    2. Light Weight
    3. Head Heavy Balances

  2. Intermediate/Tweener Tennis Racquets:
    Intermediate Tennis Racquets have the following characteristics:

    1. Moderately Large Head Sizes
    2. Heavier than a beginner tennis racquet
    3. Slightly Head-light Balances

  3. Advanced Tennis Racquets:
    Advanced Tennis Racquets have the following characteristics:

    1. Medium Head Sizes
    2. Heavy Weight
    3. Head-light Balances

Key Point: An ideal tennis racquet for you is the one that generates a deep ball with good spin and speed for your normal swing.

Tennis Racquet Ultimate Buyers Guide

If you’re in the market, or searching on the internet, and choosing a tennis racquet just because of its nice look and paint job.

Stop right there!

Because there are several important things to consider before selecting any racquet. After all, you’re spending money and it should not go for the wrong choice.

But before we dive into the tennis racquet buyers guide, a few things that you should know about this guide are:

  • Who finds our tennis racquet buyers guide helpful?
  • What will you get out of this guide?

Who finds our tennis racquet buyers guide helpful?

At Super Tennis Racquet, we strive to provide very detailed information so you can get all the required information that you’re looking for in one place.

Moreover, we have also explained all 12 attributes that we considered while preparing our list of the ‘Best Tennis Racquet 2021’.

While creating this buying guide, we considered all player levels from beginners to advanced to make this guide very informative and equally helpful for all.

Whether you are buying your first racquet or trying to replace your current one, this guide is equally beneficial to both.

What will you get out of this guide?

By the end of this guide, you will be able to choose the best tennis racquet that fulfills your needs according to your game level.

Moreover, you will also be able to understand how we prepared the list of best tennis racquet on the market and how we ranked them.

In case, you’re interested to read about our racquet ranking selection criteria, click here to jump to the section ‘How We Selected The Best Tennis Racquet

Our target is that you feel confident in the quality of the selected racquet so you can take your game to the next level.

We feel responsible to help you make the right decision. That’s why we have created this detailed buyers guide and we have covered every aspect of a racquet that you should know before buying a new or your next racquet.

Let’s get started!

In case, you’re just buying your new racquet as a beginner level player, you should consider only three factors that are head size, weight, and grip size.

However, if you’re looking to replace your current racquet to improve your game, then we recommend considering all of the following factors.

How To Choose The Best Tennis Racquet Infographic
How To Choose The Best Tennis Racquet Infographic
  1. Head Size:
    As a beginner, you need a racquet with a larger head size that gives you a larger sweet spot. This is the area where you hit the shots.

    Generally, head size ranges from 95 to 110 square inches. However, there are some racquets below and above this range.

    On a beginner level, a large head size/sweet spot helps you hit most of the shots because you’re just developing your game and technique.

    Moreover, a tennis racquet with a larger head size and sweet spot generates more power.

    What does this mean to you?

    It means that the racquet offers you extra power so you can have better control over the racquet instead of worrying about generating power.

    That makes it the best choice for beginner and intermediate level players.

    While on the other hand, a smaller head size racquet offers more control in the game.

    Professional tennis players prefer moderate (95 – 110 square inches) head size racquets for better control because they are already powerful and they want more control and stability in the game.

    Based on head size, racquets are divided into the following types:

      1. Midsize: 85 – 96 sq. inches
      2. Midplus: 96 – 106 sq. inches
      3. Oversize: 107 – 115 sq. inches
      4. Super Oversize: 116+ sq. inches

  2. Length:
    Length is another one of the most important factors to look at. But unfortunately, it’s ignored most of the time.

    27 inches is the standard length of an adult tennis racquet. However, racquets available in the market range from 26.5 to 29 inches.

    Racquet length can be decreased later (can’t be increased) but it can affect racquet balance.

    Longer racquets are usually lighter than standard length racquets. They offer more power and reach on groundstrokes.

    However, a longer racquet is also difficult to handle for beginner players.

    The deal is, buy the racquet that you can easily handle.

    However, if you’re not sure which length is good for you, we recommend standard length (27 inches) which is ideal for all level players.

  3. Weight:
    Weight is one of the most important factors that directly impact the overall performance of the racquet.

    A heavy racquet generates more power and stability. It transmits very little shock and vibration to your arm. Thus, a heavier racquet is arm-friendly.

    However, we don’t recommend heavy racquet to beginner players because heavy racquet is not that easy to handle and it can create maneuverability problems.

    Moreover, as a beginner, you’re just building your muscles that are used for tennis. So, a heavy racquet can quickly tire you up.

    By the way, we also don’t recommend too much light racquet to a beginner player because you may develop poor games and techniques.

    Not too light, not too heavy. Select the racquet weight that you can easily move and handle in the game without hurting your muscles.

    Tennis racquet weight ranges from 240 to 310 grams (strung). Based on racquet weight, here is our recommendation

    1. Lightweight (240g – 265g):
      It provides more control and maneuverability but less power. Best for juniors and beginner players.

    2. Midweight (270g – 295g):
      It provides a nice blend of power and control. Best for club players, beginners, intermediate, and those who are improving their game.

    3. Heavy Weight (+300g):
      It helps generate more power. Best for intermediate and advanced level players.


    While buying a tennis racquet, make sure you check out the tennis weight whether it’s strung weight or unstrung (just frame without strings). Normally, strings add 15g to racquet weight.

  4. Balance:
    When it comes to choosing the best tennis racquet based on its balance point, it can be a little complicated subject for even intermediate level players.

    But don’t worry, as we’re going to explain racquet balance in very simple words along with our recommendation so that it’s equally helpful for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level players.

    Based on balance, a tennis racquet falls into one of the following categories:

    1. Head Heavy (HH) – Power Racquets:
      More weight towards the head (the area where strings are located)

    2. HeadLight (HL) – Control Racquets:
      More weight towards the handle of the racquet.

    3. Equally Balanced (EB) – Power Control Racquets:
      Weight is equally distributed throughout the length of the racquet.


    If you’re a beginner player, you should go for a head-heavy racquet because beginner players can’t generate much body power and a head-heavy racquet can help you generate more power for better shots.

    While on the other hand, if you choose a headlight racquet on a beginner level, it may hurt your underdeveloped game and technique because you might be spending extra body energy to generate more power to hit the ball.

    Power racquet (HH) is also the best choice for players who want to improve their game.

    Power control racquet (EB) is a good choice for intermediate and club players because this type of racquet gives them both better control and power so they can improve the game without worrying about any of them.

    Advanced level players prefer control racquets (HL) because, at this level, players have already developed enough body strength and muscles that they can easily generate more power on their own.

    For this reason, advanced level and professional players go for control racquets for better control, swings, and maneuverability in the game.

  5. Grip Size:
    As hand size varies from person to person, grip size is an equally important factor to consider as a beginner, intermediate or advanced level player.

    If you choose a racquet with a very small grip size, you might end up hurting your muscles because you might be squeezing the racquet handle too much in the game.

    On the other hand, if you choose a racquet with a too-large grip you might find it hard to move the racquet and your wrist.

    Hence, the ideal grip size is the one that gives you a comfortable feel in the game and you find it easy to swing the racquet without hurting your arm muscles.

    Before we give you a racquet grip size chart, it’s important to know that how you can easily measure grip size.

    Here are the steps:

    • Take a ruler and place its starting end on the second line of your right-hand palm (right hand, if you’re a right-handed player otherwise left hand).
    • Now note down the measurement where the ruler touches the tip of your ring finger.

    Measure hand grip size
    Now that you have measured your hand grip size, it’s time to compare this with the following racquet grip size chart and select a racquet that matches your hand grip size.

    Each racquet has a grip size mentioned on its handle.

    Size in Millimeters(mm) Grip size in the USA Grip Size in Europe
    100 – 103 mm 4 inches 0
    103 – 106 mm 4 ⅛ inches 1
    106 – 110 mm 4 ¼ inches 2
    110 – 113 mm 4 ⅜ inches 3
    113 – 118 mm 4 ½ inches 4
    118 – 120 mm 4 ⅝ inches 5
    120 – 123 mm 4 ¾ inches 6

    By the time, racquet grips are worn out and you might not feel comfortable holding the racquet in the game.

    Our best recommendation is that you buy a tennis racquet with a little bit smaller grip size than your actual handgrip size that you just measured. And then fulfill your grip size with an extra grip (also known as overgrip).

    In this way, you can easily replace your racquet overgrip with a fresh and comfortable overgrip once it’s worn out. You can get these overgrips at a cheap rate.

    We also have a little trick for you that can help you find a perfect grip size racquet without even measuring your hand grip size and looking into the grip size chart.

    1. Hold the racquet in your dominant hand.
    2. Wrap your fingers around the racquet handle.
    3. Place the index finger of your other hand on the handle in between the fingers and palm of the dominant hand.
    4. If you’re able to place your index finger easily, then it’s the perfect racquet grip size for your game.

      How To Measure Tennis Racquet Grip Size
      How To Measure Tennis Racquet Grip Size
  6. Flex / Stiffness
    Stiffness is another important but complicated subject when it comes to choosing the best tennis racquet. Because stiffness is more related to how you feel when you hold the racquet.

    As flexibility or stiffness is a personal preference, it may vary from player to player.

    However, we’re explaining it in simple words so you can easily choose a racquet that gives you a comfortable feel and better control in the game.

    Racquet stiffness is measured in RA and here is the racquet stiffness rating chart below.

    Stiffness Level Stiffness in RA
    Very Flexible Frame 63 or bellow
    Medium Stiffness 64 – 67
    Very Stiff/Rigid Frame 68 or above

    The stiffness of a frame is directly related to power and comfort level.

    A stiff frame bends less when it has contact with the ball that results in very little energy lost. It means the ball bounces back with great power to the opponent player.

    At the same time, a stiff frame transmits more shock and vibration back to the wrist, arm, and shoulder that might hurt your muscles. In other words, you will get tired quickly during the game.

    While on the other hand, a flexible racquet bends more and the ball gets more time (around 3-5 milliseconds) to stay on the strings and results in more energy loss.

    How much energy is lost? It depends on the flex level of the racquet.

    As a flexible frame absorbs more energy, it transmits very little shock and vibration back to the arm. This characteristic of a flexible frame makes it arm friendly that results in increased comfort and control but less power.

    At the beginner and intermediate levels, a player wants a nice blend of control and power from the racquet. Therefore, we recommend a little bit stiffer frame on this level.

    On an advanced level and professional players prefer a flexible frame because on this level players can generate more body power on their own and they want more control of the racquet in the game.

    In case you have arm or shoulder problems, we recommend a frame with a flex level at 60 (RA) or below.

  7. Swingweight
    Swingweight describes how heavy a racquet feels when you swing it in the air. A racquet with more swing weight is difficult to control and swing during the game. At the same time, this type of racquet gives more stability and a solid feel.

    While on the other hand, a racquet with less swing weight offers more swing capability but less stability and control.

    Here is the racquet swing weight chart:

    Swingweight Level Swingweight Best Choice For
    Low (Maneuverable) 305 or below Beginner Level Players
    Medium (Moderate maneuverability and stability) 310 – 325 Intermediate Level Players
    High (Very stable) 325 or above Advanced Level Players
  8. String Pattern:
    The string pattern is another important factor to be considered while choosing the best tennis racquet. But, unfortunately, this factor is overlooked most of the time.

    The string pattern is the number of mains (top and the bottom) strings and crosses (left and right side) strings.

    Generally used patterns are:

    1. 16 x 18 (Open String Pattern)
    2. 16 x 19 (Open String Pattern)
    3. 18 x 20 (Closed/Dense String Pattern)

    The string pattern is related to the spin, control, and power characteristics of a racquet.

    There are two types of string pattern:

    • Open String Pattern:
      An open string pattern means more spaces between the strings. As this type of pattern is more elastic by nature, it gives more power and spin to the ball because it causes the ball to rebound with great power.

      However, there is a disadvantage to this pattern. Its durability is less because of the flexible string pattern and strings may break quickly.

    • Closed (Dense) String Pattern:
      A closed or dense string pattern means fewer spaces between the strings. As a result, this type of pattern is not much elastic, and it gives less rebound energy to the ball.

      A closed string pattern racquet gives more control for shot placement.

      The advantage of this pattern is more durability of strings. In simple and concise words:

      Open String Pattern Closed String Pattern
      more power, spin, and speed but less string durability more control and string durability

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Which tennis racquet has the most power?

According to our experience with different tennis racquets on the market, we rated ‘HEAD Ti.S6’ as the most powerful tennis racquet. Because with its widebody, extra-large sweet spot (115 sq. inches head size), and 8pts HH balance, it generates the most power with even normal swings.

2. What is the best tennis racquet for control?

We rated ‘Babolat Pure Strike (16×19)’ as the best control racquet because when we played with it, we felt under under-control, thanks to its 4pts HL balance and 327 swing weight.

Its new technology ‘Control Frame Technology’, is a nice blend of square and elliptical beam that makes ‘Babolat Pure Strike (16×19)’ second to none when it comes to racquet control and stability.

3. What kind of racquet does Serena use?

Serena Williams plays with ‘Wilson Blade SW104 Autograph’, also known as Serena Williams racquet, that is designed especially for baseline players like her and modified according to her game.

This racquet is 27.5 inches in length, 306g strung weight, 6pts HL balance, and with 50 – 60 pounds string tension that gives the best performance, comfort, and power to her game.

4. What weight racquet do the pros use?

Although different professional tennis players use racquets of different weights, one thing is common which is they all prefer to play with heavy racquets with 300g+ strung weight and head heavy(HH) balance.

That means more weight towards the head which gives them more power and control during the game.

Here is the list of top 5 pros with the weight of their racquet (strung weight).

  1. Roger Federer, Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph Black: 357g
  2. Rafael Nadal, Babolat Pure Aero: 318g
  3. Serena Williams, Wilson Blade 104 v7: 306g
  4. Novak Djokovic, Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro Racket: 329g
  5. Andy Murray, Head Graphene 360 Radical Pro: 326g

5. Is it better to have a light or heavy tennis racquet?

Although a heavier racquet offers more power, control, stability, and solid shots in the game, the answer to this question depends on the level of your game.

Here are racquet weights (strung), we have categorized according to the game level.

  1. Beginners Players: 226g – 270g
  2. Intermediate Players: 271g – 326g
  3. Advanced Players: 327g – 357g

We recommend you to select the tennis racquet according to your game level for better performance.

6. What racquet head size do the pros use?

Professional tennis players prefer racquets of Midplus head size that ranges from 96 sq. inches to 106 sq. inches. It gives them enough sweet spot for hitting area and off-center shots.

Here is the list of best 5 pros with their racquets head sizes.

  1. Novak Djokovic, Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro: 100 sq. inch
  2. Rafael Nadal, Babolat Pure Aero: 100 sq. inch
  3. Roger Federer, Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph Black: 97 sq. inch
  4. Dominic Thiem, Babolat Pure Strike 18×20 3rd Gen: 98 sq. inch
  5. Daniil Medvedev, Tecnifibre TFight 305 XTC: 98 sq. inch

7. What should I look for when buying a tennis racquet?

If you’re a beginner player you should consider weight as the main factor along with grip size.

But if you’re trying to improve your game or you fall in the intermediate to advanced level players category then the main factors you must consider while buying a tennis racquet are:

  1. Head Size
  2. Weight (Including Swingweight)
  3. Length
  4. Grip Size
  5. Balance Point
  6. Stiffness
  7. String Pattern

Conclusion:

Indeed choosing the Best Tennis Racquet that fulfills your needs and helps you improve your game can be a daunting process.

A wrong racquet can even ruin your game and technique. So, it’s always worth spending some time to decide which tennis racquet best fits your needs.

Once you’ve selected a tennis racquet, it won’t be your last one because with the passage of time your game level increases, and as a result, you might need to replace your current racquet to take your game to the next level.

That’s why our list of the ‘best tennis racquet 2021’ considers all level players, so do our buyers guide.

With this in mind, we hope with our Tennis Racquet Ultimate Buyers Guide, you’re now able to choose the best tennis racquet according to your game level and dominate your game.

If you find our buyer guide helpful, don’t forget to bookmark and share it with your teammates, friends, and family who might find it helpful.

However, if you have any confusion or questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section below.

Best of Luck!

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