Best Tennis Racquets

Top 10 Rated Tennis Racquets 2014

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There are tennis racquets available for all player levels with different designs, weights, and feels. Judging racquets based on their intended level, we selected the top 10 based on the following qualities:

1. Heavy enough to add a punch to shots and provide great control
2. Light enough to be easy to maneuver (and easy to arm)
3. Solid feel and response
4. Reduced vibrations
5. Produces a good spin on the ball
6. Suited for hitting balls at the baseline and volleying at the net
7. Strong, sturdy construction that maintains its quality
8. Good value for the price
9. Good length and comfortable grip

Prince O3 Red MP  9.5/10

105 square inch head size
9.9 oz.
23/25/23 mm beam width

One of the higher-end racquets, the Prince O3 Red MP blends power with control to make it one of the most useful racquets for beginning to intermediate…read more


95 square inch head size
27” long
12.3 oz.
18 x 20 string pattern
50 to 60 lbs. string tension

If you’re a serious tennis player hoping to improve your game, then you’ll love the Prince EXO3 Rebel 95 racquet, which offers the greatest precision and accuracy in shots. The head is small at 95 square inches, so you must have great …
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V-Matrix Technology
27.5″ Length
10.2 oz.

A beginner’s racquet with lightweight yet powerful construction, the Wilson Triumph is small enough to not overwhelm new tennis players…read more


Wilson BLX  9/10

90 square inches head size
27” long
12.5 oz.
16 x 19 string pattern
17 mm flat beam

A sturdy racquet from Wilson, the Six One Tour BLX has fibers of basalt rock built into it to reduce vibrations and provide…
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100 square inches head size
27” long
10.3 oz.
24/25/23 mm beam width
16 x 18 string pattern
55 to 65 lbs. string tension

Suited to intermediate and advanced players, the Dunlop Biomimetic 500 has a large 100-square-inch head and long length…
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Volkl PB 10  9/10

93 square inches head size
27” long – 12.1 oz.
19 mm straight beam
16 x 19 string pattern
50 to 60 lbs. string tension

For the advanced player at level 4.5 or higher, this Volkl Power Bridge 10 Mid tennis racquet provides excellent control…
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Babolat Y 118   8.5/10

118 square inches head size
27.5” long
9.6 oz.
16 x 19 string pattern
50 to 65 lbs. string tension

The Babolat Y 118 has an oversized, 118-square-inch head and long length of 27.5 inches, providing great power to your swings…
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Head Liq-Siz   8.5/10

112 square inches head size
28 x 26 mm beam
16 x 19 string pattern
Liquid metal material
9.3 oz.
27 1/3”

A tennis racquet from Head made of liquid metal, this racquet is stronger than typical titanium racquets. If you’re an avid tennis player…
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Babolat BPDGT  8.5/10

100 square inch head size
27” long
11.2 oz.
16 x 19 string pattern
50 to 66 lbs. string tension

For the best versatility, the Babolat Pure Drive GT is a winner. It handles shots well from the baseline and the net, and its…
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Tennis Racquets Buying Guide

A Guide to Selecting a Tennis Racquet

Whether you’re a beginner, an intermediate, or an advanced tennis player, you should understand the basic principles behind tennis racquets and what makes one suited to a special kind of player. It can be daunting trying to select a tennis racquet due to the number of brands, sizes, shapes, and prices to choose from. Whenever possible, you should handle the racquet in person before making a purchase because each player operates at a different skill level and has a unique feel for the racquet.

You can judge a racquet by the size, stiffness, length, and weight of the frame.

  • A large frame provides great power and is less likely to twist in your hand when you hit balls off-center. The larger the frame, the larger the sweet spot, or area of the strings where you’re least likely to feel the impact of the ball.
  • A stiff frame also delivers great power and a bigger sweet spot. It helps distribute the impact of the ball across all the strings, giving you a uniform, solid-feeling response.
  • The longer the racquet frame, the greater speed you’ll get when you swing it. The greater the velocity, the more power and spin you’ll get in your shots. A long racquet is also good for increased leverage and control. Racquets range from 27 to 29 inches long.
  • A heavy frame, while difficult to wield for long periods without wearing out the arm, produces the greatest power. It yields a large sweet spot and also transmits fewer vibrations.

Also consider the head, or hoop, size. Racquets range from about 85 to 135 square inches.

  • Beginners and intermediate players typically thrive with large-headed racquets. It’s easier to make shots even when the ball hits the racquet off-center, and you get great power due to the large sweet spot.
  • Advanced players look for greater control with a small-headed racquet. Because of their advanced skill, they’re able to provide the power in the swing.

Weight and balance directly affect the unique feel of the racquet. They can either be heavier in the head or in the handle.

  • Head-light racquets are preferred by most professional players because they offer the greatest maneuverability and control. Again, advanced players supply their own power, so they don’t need to rely on a heavy head to punch the shots.
  • Head-heavy racquets are designed to be lighter overall without taking the weight and stability from the head. They’re still powerful, but some players complain that they don’t feel as solid as the traditionally balanced racquets. Others worry that lightweight racquets cause more tennis injuries because they transfer more vibrations through the player’s arm.

The string pattern has an effect on how the ball impacts against the racquet. Strings can be in either an open or closed pattern.

  • Open string patterns feel loose and deflect the ball more upon impact, producing a great spin. However, these type of racquets require more maintenance because the strings are less durable and prone to breaking.
  • Closed, or dense, string patterns produce less spin but provide greater control and durability. Look for racquets with a dense string pattern if you hit the ball hard with a topspin. You also won’t have to replace the strings often.
As an avid golfer and tennis player for most of his life, he enjoys researching the latest in golf and tennis technology as well as analyzing his own game. He has been a writer and reviewer for a dozen years and his work has appeared in numerous publications including CBS, the San Fransisco Chronicle… See more about S. Dee Davis

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