In the tennis world, you can’t mention spin without thinking about Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard’s blistering forehand has so many RPMs, it isn’t any wonder he won 14 Roland-Garros titles. Nadal’s ability to apply topspin has spawned a whole new era of tennis players who attack the ball with spin to make their opponents uncomfortable. Every player out there wants the addictive feeling of the strings grabbing the ball and making it dip just inside the baseline. The racquet can’t do all the work for you, but some of them can help you spin the ball better than others. Here are some of our picks for the best tennis racquets for spin.
Babolat Pure Aero 2023
The Pure Aero has been endorsed by Rafael Nadal since his first Grand Slam in 2005. While the 2023 model has several technical enhancements, the Aeromodular beam has largely remained the same. The concept is a traditional beam design for the head of the racquet, but the shaft features a wing shape to help encourage a more aerodynamic response. Better players believe they can swing the racquets faster to create more spin than a traditionally shaped frame. This model is updated with Flax inserts at strategic locations in the frame to improve shock absorption and sound quality. This model plays with greater comfort than the previous generation, but plenty of spin still exists.
HEAD Extreme MP
The Extreme MP boasts a very open string pattern, creating lots of potential power and spin. Like a lot of frames these days, enlarged grommets at the 12 o’clock position promote greater string movement for increased ball bite. Lastly, the shaft (area above the grip) has been specially designed to improve lateral stability, creating higher spin potential. HEAD added their Auxetic technology for an outstanding impact feel, and when paired with Graphene Inside, they make the Extreme MP as comfy as it is spin friendly.
Dunlop SX 300
The Dunlop SX 300 also features a string pattern with a special emphasis on spin. Spin Boost String Tech is an innovative enlargement of the string bed that creates more consistent power distribution and spin generation. The SX 300 gets a boost in stability thanks to a V-shaped frame geometry in the shaft area of the racket called the V-ENERGY shaft. Dunlop added to their Sonic Core technology with Infinergy. This super-elastic material manufactured by BASF dampens impact shock and reduces frame vibrations by up to 37%, resulting in a more comfortable hitting sensation and a reduced chance of injury.
Yonex VCORE 98 7th Gen
The VCORE series from Yonex focuses on helping players hit with more spin. What makes the VCORE 98 7th Gen stand out on this list is the 98 square-inch head. The smaller head size adds a bit more control than the other frames on the list, but thanks to a redesigned upper hoop the 98 plays with greater forgiveness as well. Aerofins are small carve-outs in the lower section of the frame to improve the mobility of the VCORE, and the Aero Trench is located at the 12 o’clock position to reduce drag. Yonex installed SIF grommets, or silicone-infused grommets, to reduce the friction between the string and grommets for increased string movement and snapback. This model is also a bit more comfortable than the previous version thanks to the softer flex.
Wilson Burn 100S v5
The Wilson Burn 100S is one of the last models to incorporate the SPIN EFFECT string pattern. This model features an 18×16 pattern which allows the cross strings to move more freely. Wilson’s research posits that this snapback adds more spin to any speed of swing. A high-performance carbon fiber construction gives the Burn 100S a stable and predictable response. The 100-square-inch head is forgiving, and the tapered beam easily cuts through the air. This model now features a bright orange cosmetic that looks fantastic on the court.
For Those on a Budget
Babolat Pure Aero 2019
While The Babolat Pure Aero 2023 made the top of the list, the 2019 model offers the same aero-modular design at a more reasonable price. This version still doesn’t have the Flax fiber dampening, but instead uses Cortex Pure Feel to enhance vibration dampening and refine the feel. This is one of the best-selling racquets out there, and the price has now dropped well below $200.
That wraps up our top picks of best tennis racquets for spin. Make sure to bookmark our blog for the best racquets, bags, shoes, and accessories.