Tips for using our guide
Hopefully, you find this list easy to use and navigate. As you review each tennis racquet, here are a few things to keep in mind.
For some more advice, in addition to what we share below, you may want to check out our guide on how to choose a tennis racquet.
Your Age, Experience Level, Technique, and Strength
Tennis racquets typically fall into four categories or types of racquets: power, control, tweener, and modern player’s frames.
Each type of racquet comes with pros and cons, with the primary goal of helping provide specific types of players with unique qualities that will maximize their success on the court.
Your Style of Play
A player’s style (or the style they’d like to develop) can influence the type of racquet a player purchases. Consider the following:
A scrappy baseliner who hits with a ton of topspin and runs down every single ball
A serve-and-volleyer who hits a big serve and follows their shots into the net to close out the point quickly
As you can imagine, the tennis racquet that will work well for each of these styles will likely differ, with each looking for specific characteristics that will align with their game and help them perform their best.
The good news is that we can evaluate each racquet across a consistent set of attributes for easier comparison to help you select the frame that best suits your preferred style. Of course, some will deliver better results in certain areas. For example, a racquet that scores high on power might not provide the best control.
However, knowing the style of play that you have or you’d like to develop will help you narrow down the racquet that will work well for your game.
If you haven’t developed a specific style or preference, then that’s fine too. It’s not a requirement to select a racquet but can be a practical consideration when sifting through the options.
Your Current Racquet
If you’re in the market for a new racquet, I always recommend you first take some time to clarify what you like and dislike about your current racquet, as it will likely be your main point of comparison.
With that in mind, I’d encourage you to jot down what’s working and what’s not working with your current racquet so you can use that information to help scout your next frame. For example, if you’re looking for more control and better feel, then you can use that data point to help guide your decision-making.
Furthermore, you can compare the specs of your existing racquet to the new racquet your considering. We’d encourage you to avoid getting too hung up on specs because what matters most is the feel, but they can serve as a useful point of context to narrow your options.
While we’ve done the hard work to help narrow down the best tennis racquets, it’s important to use this article as a guide.
In other words, let it help point you in the right direction, but make sure to keep in mind the above tips and do your best to avoid being swayed by what other players are using – including the pros.
What’s the best way to develop a strong opinion? It’s simple. Demo a racquet before you buy it. I recommend demoing at least two racquets before deciding, so you have at least two new points of reference.
Many brands, online retailers, tennis clubs, and racquet shops offer demo programs, and it pays to take advantage of them. Often what you spend to demo is applied to your purchase if you end up buying with them.
Don’t Forget About the Strings
Your experience level will influence how much weight you should put into selecting tennis strings. Still, it’s important to note that the type of strings you choose and the tension you string your racquet can significantly impact your racquet’s performance.
Here are a few resources we’ve built to help you find the perfect set of tennis strings to go along with your new racquet.
Similar to finding a new racquet, experimentation is crucial to finding the right strings. However, these guides should help make selecting a set of strings you’ll love more straightforward.
Selecting the Best Grip Size
When you purchase a new tennis racquet, it’s important to choose the appropriate grip size. Doing so will provide you with comfort while also helping reduce the risk of injury.
To help make selecting the best grip size for your racquet easy, we have a handy article that will walk you through exactly how to choose the perfect grip size. Check it out to learn more.