Updated: February 7, 2020
Have you finally decided to take up the best sport ever? Whether you’ve been inspired by watching pros on TV or you’re just tired of the treadmill routine, let me reassure you: You’re going to love tennis! It’s a great full body workout, it’s social, and anyone can learn! Even Olympian Michael Eaton names tennis as the most athletically taxing sport that exists.
Choosing the correct racquet can be a roadblock for adults and children a like, especially if you’re a beginner. Many players will go to a friend or their local pro to get advice, but this often has bias based on their own sponsorship or brand experience. You can certainly follow the advice of a pro or friend, but that should come after a few months of lessons and some time to get to know your game. If you’ve gotten to a point where you know your game well and are looking for that right performance racquet, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our 10 top racquets that are great for beginners, in no particular order!
Wilson accomplished something very unique when they released the Clash series. The Clash 100UL incorporates some of Wilson most prestigious racquet technologies, but in a lighter weight more manageable frame. This frame is designed to give you plenty of stability as well as flexibility so you get perfect feel on court. At just under 10 ounces strung, it will cut through the air easily and provide you good access to spin with its 16 x 19 string pattern.
The Pure Drive Lite is the lightest racquets from the Pure Drive series, but it will give you plenty of power and easy mobility. It has improved vibration dampening and spin potential thanks to their newest technologies. One thing to keep in mind though is that it’s super powerful with every swing, so you’ll need to add your own spin to keep the ball from going out.
This Lite version of Novak Djokovic‘s esteemed racquet gives you every advantage of the Speed series. The only difference is it comes in a lighter, easy-to-handle package that’s perfect for getting started. Just like its other siblings, it features dampening technologies which provide greater stability and optimized energy transfer for more power and ball speed.
The Instinct Lite has been a true original when it comes to oversize performance racquets. This frame boasts a lighter weight, extended length, larger head size and low flex so you can easily generate power and spin without feeling uncomfortable. The larger sweetspot makes it easier to stay in points and the longer length will give you extra reach on those defensive shots. Plus if you need help with your serve, this racquet is a beast!
Those players looking for easy spin generation, will love the Pure Aero Lite. This is a similar replica to Rafael Nadal’s frame and cuts through the air like no other. It includes extra stability and vibration dampening in the frame, so even as you improve you can stick with this racquet.
This Ultra is very powerful and spin friendly! If you’re working on generating your own topspin, this racquet will definitely help your game. It has a larger sweet spot with a forgiving string bed, making it perfect for newbies. What’s great about this racquet is that it can take you from the baseline to the net with no problems. It also has a slightly extended length, giving you extra reach on ground strokes and serves!
This is first oversize Ezone racquet that Yonex has put out to market and it does not disappoint. Thanks to their innovative head design, you’ll get a larger sweet spot and larger head size so you can always hit with power. Yonex subtly varied the outer angle of the aero-shaped frame to keep the lower hoop stable and give a more plush feel in the middle and upper portions of the racquet. According to the brand, this updated version will absorb 7.9% more shock and increase ball speed by 2.5%. So what’s not to like about this frame?
The T-Rebound Tempo series was developed specifically for ladies to help them generate faster acceleration, power and spin. The Pro Lite 270 is a solid game improvement racquet for beginner or intermediate players who are seeking a racquet with increased maneuverability as well as a balance between power and control. It comes with a slightly shorter length (26.5 inches) and a more open 16 x 19 string pattern so can easily generate pace. Unlike any of the other racquets on this list, it comes pre-strung with one of the most comfortable strings on the market, Tecnifibre TGV 1.30 mm. Don’t let that fool you though, it’s certainly a high performance racquet that could work for your game.
Volkl has always been known for creating arm-friendly racquets, and the V-Feel 5 is no exception. Although on specs it may seem intimidatingly stiff, it is far from it. The new technologies keep it plenty flexible, while also remaining incredibly maneuverable and stable. There is a fairly open 16 x 18 string pattern, but its a great racquet for players developing longer swings and needing more control.
Although the Head MXG 1 is closer to an advanced beginner to intermediate level racquet, this can also work for true beginners as well. This frame is specifically engineered to extend the main strings of the racquet to give you more power, more spin, and a more forgiving sweet spot. Unlike other racquets on this list, it comes with a slightly heavier 10.6 oz unstrung weight, thinner beam width, and a slightly smaller headsize for easy transition across different playing levels. Best of all, it comes at a steal of a price!
We highly recommend using the Tennis Express demo program and testing a racquet at least 1 week before making a long term commitment. Be sure and order the correct grip size when you place your order, although keep in mind that adding an overgrip increases the size by 1/16th. If you want to appear really knowledgeable when ordering your new racquet, read up on string choice and tension before placing an order for your new racquet! No matter which racquet you choose, you’re going to love learning how to play tennis! Having the right racquet from the start can help you advance more quickly, avoid injury, and get to the best part….Winning!