When you choose a tennis racquet, you need a tool you can trust during the most intense competition. There are so many racquets on the market: control racquets, “tweener” racquets, and power racquets are the three main categories. However, every tennis player is a little bit different. You want to make sure you settle on a comfortable racquet, confidence-inspiring, and a good fit for your game. Here are the top tennis racquets out there right now.
Wilson’s Clash v2 rackets use the brand’s FORTYFIVE° construction to create a racquet with incredible flexibility. It also has the stability to match any performance racquet on the market. The Clash lineup features a bright red cosmetic, with an embossed logo on the 100, 100 Pro, and 98 models. All the rackets feature AGIPLAST (a plant-based plastic) grommets and butt caps as a part of Wilson’s sustainability efforts. Wilson reengineered the tip construction of the Clash rackets to provide a more substantial sweet spot and improved stability. To add more control to the Clash 98 and 100 Pro, the brand switched to a more dense 16×20 string pattern. Also included in the Clash v2 lineup are the 100L, 100UL, and 108.
The EZONE racquets are used extensively on the WTA and ATP tours, but they have impressive popularity with recreational players as well. Yonex racquets feature the brands’ Isometric head shape, which is designed to stretch out the sweet spot for improved forgiveness. The 7th generation EZONE line is anchored by the two most popular models: The EZONE 98 and EZONE 100. They both feature unique cross-sections to maximize power and comfort.
For this generation, Yonex modified the beam with an inverted frame design to create a softer feel. 2G-NAMD Speed has been added to the throat section to reduce energy loss and add stability. Yonex also increased the size of the shaft (just above the grip) with a convex design to reduce torque and provide more power on off-center hits. Yonex refers to the EZONE as the “the easy one” because it’s designed to make playing easier at all levels. You can see the EZONE in the hands of Naomi Osaka, Nick Kyrgios, Casper Ruud, and Belinda Bencic on the pro tour.
HEAD is known for popular racquets like the Speed, Radical, and Extreme. Instead of refreshing one of these popular silos, HEAD went in a new direction with the Boom line. Sporting a completely different head shape, Morph Beam design, and new Auxetic construction, the Boom series is designed to be more forgiving for every player out there. Auxetic constructions widen when a “pull” force is applied and contract when squeezed. The bigger the applied force, the bigger the Auxetic reaction. Because of the Auxetic construction in the racquet bridge, shots have a very different feel at contact, and this “feel” inspires confidence when players attack the ball.
To provide greater consistency across the racquet face, the Boom models feature HEAD’s UNI PATTERN, which sees the same string spacing across the entire racquet face. The Boom line features the heavier Boom Pro, midweight
Boom MP, lighter Boom Team, and Boom Team L models.
HEAD updated their best-selling Speed line as well, featuring the same Auxetic construction. This model is endorsed on tour by Novak Djokovic, Jannik Sinner, Bianca Andreescu, and Karolina Muchova. The Speed racquets feature a striking black and white cosmetic, and a special aerodynamic cross-section, to make it easier to swing the racquet quickly. The Speed models include the Pro, MP, Team, and Team L.
The Dunlop SX rackets are designed for players who want to increase the spin on their shots. With this redesign, SX models get a bright yellow cosmetic and a new V-Energy Shaft to bolster stability and power. To provide vibration dampening and power, Dunlop added Sonic Core with Infinergy courtesy of BASF on both sides of the upper hoop construction. The SX models are successful in creating spin thanks to the Spin Boost StringTech. This widens the gap between the main strings and lengthens the gap between the cross strings. This causes increased string movement for increased rotation. The SX racquet line includes the SX 300, SX 300 Tour, SX 300 LS, SX 300 Lite, and SX 600. Advanced players will favor the heavier and more stable SX 300 Tour, while beginner and intermediate players will enjoy the lighter models like the SX 300, 300LS, and Lite.
2020 French Open Champ Iga Świątek surprised many when shortly after winning her first major title, she made the decision to partner up with the French brand for a new racquet. Just over a year later, TF brought the T-Rebound 298 Iga to the market. The current version of her racquet drops the T-Rebound moniker and instead is simply called the Tempo 298 Iga. While the previous T-Rebound models have all featured a slightly reduced length, the 298 Iga is a standard 27 inches, to make sure it has the stability to hold up on tour.
The frame represents a nice middle ground between the precise and controlled T-Fight racquets and the maneuverable yet powerful T-Rebound models. To enhance the racquet’s feel, the entire frame is foam-filled. The 98 square inch head and 16×19 string pattern make the 298 Iga a very user-friendly racquet to play, and it can work for competitive players, as well as recreational weekenders.
The Tecnifibre TF40s are the brand’s most controlled racquets. The racquets borrow a little bit from the T-Fight RS models, but they feature a less rounded and more box-beamed RS Sharp Section. The racquet heads of the TF40s are filled with foam for a classic feel and a comfortable response. The line includes the TF40 305 16×19, TF40 305 18×20, and TF40 315 16×19. Chronic string breakers will love the more dense 18×20 version. Also, those who want more height and spin will favor the 16×19 versions.
Babolat’s “Sharp Control” Pure Strike arsenal adds two new models. The Pure Strike VS, and the Pure Strike 103. The Strike VS doubles down on precision. It also applies Control Frame Technology to a thinner beam, softer flex, and classic 16×20 string pattern. Throw in the leather grip and you have the most controlled Pure Strike yet. The Strike VS fits the mold of an advanced player who craves control, but the 103 offers a bit more mobility and forgiveness. The 103 takes the Pure Strike beam design and gives it a more forgiving 103 square inch head. The recipe is perfect for control enthusiasts who still favor a traditional racquet design, but who need an extra boost of power.
The brand launched the Blackout series racquets, which includes four models: The Blackout 300, 285, 265, and 245. Each Blackout frame features a modern “tweener” cross-section of 23.5-26.5-23 millimeters. Solinco embedded a unique material, 40T Carbon at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions of the racquets for greater stability and an expanded sweet spot. The Blackouts have the maximum beam width just above the racquet bridge they call the Power Flex Zone to increase power and stability. To make the racquets more comfortable, Solinco used Liquid Crystal Fibers in the layup to reduce vibration and improve flex and feel. Each Blackout model has a spacious 100 square inch head with a 16×19 string pattern.
The two Whiteout models, 290 and 305, feature thinner, more traditional box beam designs and they benefit from Foam Core Technology. Additionally, a PU density foam fills the racquet head for a better feel and vibration dampening.
Both models are compatible with Solinco’s Weight Control Module. This model features interchangeable 5- and 10-gram end cap plates to customize the weight and balance of the racquets.
The V-CELL V1 Pro toes the line between crisp feel and comfort at contact. Volkl’s Super-G grommet system, along with their Revolutionary EVA material inside the handle and V-Tex butt cap helps the V1 Pro play very forgiving for a heavier racquet. While most Volkl racquets feature a more open string pattern, the 16×19 pattern in the V1 Pro offers a nice blend of control and pop.
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