Power Tennis Racquets
As you may have guessed, power tennis racquets, also referred to as game improvement racquets, help players hit with more power and depth with less effort.
As a result, these types of tennis racquets are typically great options for beginners who have not yet developed the proper technique, form, and skill to generate power. At this stage, players will tend to have shorter compact strokes, which evolves with time.
An alternative name to describe this category of racquets is “game improvement,” which is a nod to the characteristics these racquets offer to help new players develop their skillset.
However, this type of tennis racquet can also be an excellent choice for smaller players, men and women who don’t have a ton of strength or players as they reach their golden years who struggle to generate the power they once were able to achieve when younger.
Common racquet characteristics of power racquets include:
- Oversized Head: 105 in² (677.4 cm²) or greater
- Extended Length: 27 – 29 in
- Stiffer Frame: 66 or greater
- Lightweight Construction: 8 – 9.5 oz
A bigger racquet head size often works well for two reasons.
First, the bigger the head, the more power the racquet will provide – think trampolines. The bigger it is, the more “spring” it has, thus, the more power it can provide.
A larger head also offers more surface area for hitting, allowing for a higher margin of error, something many new players will find helpful.
An oversized head will also provide a larger sweet spot, which is the area at the center of the strings where striking the ball provides the greatest comfort and best performance.
Last but not least, a bigger head size tends to make it easier to generate topspin as the strings are separated further apart.
The length of a tennis racquet can also have a significant impact on a racquet’s power. The longer the racquet, the more leverage a player has when swinging, which allows the player to generate more power.
The standard size for a tennis racquet is 27 inches (68.58 cm), so extended length refers to any racquets that are longer up to 29 inches, which is the longest length allowed by the rules of tennis.
Not all power racquets feature extended lengths, but it is an attribute that many manufacturers will adjust to increase power.
Power racquets will also usually feature stiffer frames. Frame stiffness refers to the extent that a racquet bends or flexes when making contact with a tennis ball – the higher the rating, the stiffer the racquet.
A stiff frame doesn’t flex as much when it comes in contact with a tennis ball, which may seem counterintuitive, allows the ball to rebound more quickly, with greater speed and less effort.
Lighter construction is another common characteristic of power tennis racquets, which helps make the racquet easier to maneuver.
In some cases, reducing the weight of power racquets stems from the fact that they feature larger head sizes.
All things being equal, a larger head size will increase the weight at the top of the racquet and reduce maneuverability. However, dropping the weight of the frame can counteract the extra weight in the head.
Popular Power Racquets
Here’s a selection of frames that exemplify the characteristics of power racquets.