The best tennis rackets for 2020 [Buyers Guide]
Looking for a new tennis racket but don’t know which one to buy? Take a look at my recommendations to find the best tennis racket and some frames that I think are the best on the market right now.
This buying guide is for you if:
you need a new tennis racket and you want to make sure it’s the right one for you you want to change the specifications of the racket but you don’t know what to change you have a racket in mind but you want someone to give a second opinion
Why is there no such thing as the best tennis racket
If you were hoping that this blog post would provide a list of the top 10 best racquets available at the moment, then I have bad news for you this guide is more oriented towards finding the best racquet for your game, without giving a single picture nickname of the best.
Although I make some specific recommendations on rackets later on the page, the first point I must make is that there is no such thing as the “best tennis racket”.
It is easy to give products in specific categories the “best” label like a paper shredder or even a tennis ball machine as far as tennis rackets are concerned, this is not the case.
You will probably have met a few tennis racket critics and the best of the guides who already tell you that X is the best racket, but that is not the case.
What’s that for? Because what works brilliantly for one player won’t work for another.Different racquet specifications suit different styles of play.
Giving a “best” racquet status is misleading, and the result is that consumers are parting with their hard-earned money on a racquet that may not be suitable for their game.
Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, I recommend that you read this guide in its entirety to better understand tennis rackets and it will help you find the best tennis racket for your game.
How to choose the best tennis racket
Go to any tennis forum and you will quickly realize that buying a new racket is a difficult and delicate decision for most players.There are hundreds of messages asking questions like, “Which racket should I buy?” “What is the best brand of tennis racket?” “Which tennis racket suits me best?” “Is the Wilson RF97 Pro Staff a good buy? and much more.
Read on and you will see many responses from well-meaning users who often share purely anecdotal evidence, further complicating the process.
In reality, when it comes to choosing a new racquet, it’s relatively simple.The best tennis racket for you is always: the heaviest racket you can handle, for the type of tennis you play and for the length of time you are on the court.
That’s right; it’s not the one with the latest gimmicky technology, it’s not the RF97 because Federer uses it, nor the most modern and brilliant racket on the market.
If you can find a tennis racket that you can accelerate on all strokes/contact points without getting tired quickly, then you have found the best tennis racket for your game.So how do we get to that point?
Don’t buy into marketing gimmicks and hype.
The first step to finding the perfect tennis racket is: don’t believe the hype.
All marketing material for snowshoe brands focuses on the size of the sweet spot, the power of the snowshoe and various other buzzwords that don’t mean much.These are just disposable terms that hopefully will appeal to you.
Despite what manufacturers might write in their press releases, there has been little or no progress in snowshoe technology over the past 20 or 30 years.
Just like the world of smartphone upgrade cycles, for tennis racket manufacturers, their business model relies heavily on convincing people to buy a new tennis racket more often than necessary.
Assuming you don’t hit thousands of balls a week with the same fury as Rafael Nadal, a well-designed tennis racket will last for years.Manufacturers know this and will do everything they can to sell you the latest and best technology.
Use simple physics to determine which snowshoes are right for you.
Hitting a tennis ball with a racket is an example of an unbalanced force acting on a moving object.We take a heavy object (the racket), hit a lighter object (a tennis ball) and hopefully watch it sail over the net deep into the opponent’s half of the court.
You can put on your physics hat and go much further, but this process of momentum transfer means that there are really only five characteristics of a tennis racket that govern how it performs this transfer of kinetic energy and how it feels to the person using it.They are:
The weight of the racket The balance of the racket The stiffness of the racket The string pattern of the racket The size of the head of the racket
That’s it! That’s it! The next task is to try to match each of these factors to a specification that suits your strength, goals and playing style.
Don’t be tied to a single manufacturer
Although we all have our preferences in terms of design, colors or the brand of racquet used by our favorite players.The truth is that almost all consumer brands make good quality tennis racquets.
This often means that rackets of virtually identical specifications are completely interchangeable.If they were only one solid color, you probably wouldn’t notice any difference between two competing racquets when playing with them.In reality, the only difference is the shape of the handle and the colour of the paint job.
This is why I recommend that you forget terms like “FlexFeel”, “countervail” or “BLX”, how a racket plays is determined solely by the five factors above.
Choose a tennis racket based on these five characteristics
All racquets have different weights, swings, stiffness ratings, string patterns and head sizes.When you combine these characteristics in certain ways, you end up with snowshoes that fall into different categories.The categories are as follows:
Beginner racquets: light racquets with large head sizes and heavy head balances Intermediate racquets: slightly heavier than beginner racquets with moderately large head sizes and neutral or slightly light head balances.Advanced Racquets: Heavy-duty racquets with medium head sizes and head-light balance.
The key to choosing the right racquet for your game is to tinker with these five features and find something that will generate a deep ball with good speed and spin, all from your normal swing.
You shouldn’t feel you have to swing harder, or hold back your normal swing to get the ball where you want it to go.You shouldn’t think of the racquet when you play with it, and as the pros often say, it should be an extension of your arm.Let’s see how we get there.
Which weight tennis racket is the best?
Weight is the number one factor in determining racquet power.The equation is simple: the heavier the racquet, the more power it has.
Unfortunately for some reason, an old wives’ tale has spread, which means that many players think the opposite is true.I recently received this e-mail highlighting the point:
A lot of people I talk to about my club say I should get a heavier racquet.They say the greater mass will give me more power.While others in the club say lighter is better.However, when I look at the racquets and their specifications online, they always seem to be the lightest with the highest power.I don’t know what to believe anymore.Do heavier or lighter snowshoes give more power?
To see why heavier racquets have more power, take this example: if you have a 400g Wilson racquet and a 200g racquet head and you swing both at 150 mph, then the Wilson racquet will hit the ball with twice as much power as the racquet head….
This is the explanation in the manual, but the warning here is how fast you can swing both rackets.If you’re strong, you might be able to swing both rackets at the same speed.However, most people will be able to swing the 200g racket faster than the 400g racket, but not twice as fast, which will give the 400g racket even more power.Therefore, the trick is to find the right balance between your swing speed and the weight of the racquet.
With this in mind, I recommend playing with the heaviest racket you can play well with.This weight is different for different people and does not depend on your skill level.It is based on your body weight and physical condition.
To find the right racquet weight, you need to demonstrate several racquets and see if you can swing them easily on all contact planes without tiring quickly.That’s why I recommend making sure you test the racquets against players you usually have trouble against.
Of all the people you are currently playing with, intend to play with or want to be able to play against in the near future, you must be able to retrieve their balls in time and be ready to hit a full normal swing.
Anyone can crush hand-fed balls, no matter how heavy the racquet is, and anyone can convince themselves that a racquet is shiny by testing it for 20 minutes against Aunt Annie and her chipped moonballs.
The acid test here is when you’re playing a competitive match and you’re on the run, can you put the racquet on the ball and hit it in time? Or are you always late? If you are too often late on the ball, your racquet is probably too heavy.
If you can hit deep when you have time to adjust the shot, but it shortens when you’re under pressure or on the run, your racquet is probably too heavy.The reason here is that when we hit on the run or higher bouncing balls, our major muscle groups become less involved and the smaller muscles usually take over and have to balance the same weight instead.
What are common mistakes to look for when choosing the weight of the racquet?
New players to the game often buy very lightweight racquets.Lightweight racquets are extremely easy to handle, but they prevent you from learning better strokes.
Heavier racquets encourage longer and fuller oscillations on the ball which require better technique and use of the body.
On the other hand, more advanced players tend to add weight to their racquets, making them too heavy.It will feel very good to smoke balls in warm-up, but when a match starts, and they are late at contact because they try to pull too much weight too fast and can’t handle it.
Which tennis racket is the right weight?
For a normal adult male who plays a lot or has ambitious plans to play a lot, I recommend a weight in the following ranges regardless of skill level: 290 to 320 g (10.5 to 11.3 oz).
For a normal adult female, the weight should decrease slightly: 280-310g (10.2-11 oz).
The weights shown are for an unstrung racket.
Is it acceptable to buy a heavier snowshoe than I can handle right now?
It is acceptable to buy a snowshoe with a little extra weight if you like it, and intend to develop some endurance/strength to use it.
But make sure the goals are realistic, will you make the effort? Don’t buy a heavier snowshoe to grow up in if you’re not ready to work.
What racquet balance is best?
The balance of a racquet is the way the weight is distributed.On a uniformly balanced racquet, the balance point would arrive exactly halfway up the frame.
The scale essentially controls one thing: the “swing weight” of the racket.You will see the terms head high and head light when reading descriptions or production reviews.
When more of the mass is further from the center of rotation towards the hoop of the racquet, it is the heavy head.It increases the effective weight of the racket when it comes in contact with the ball.This adds more power to the frame at the cost of making the racquet harder to swing and maneuver.
In theory, the heavy head seems to be a good deal, a lighter racquet but with lots of power.But there’s a compromise here and a big one.The weight in the head of the frame puts extra torque on the wrist, elbow and shoulder during the swing.
This extra pressure means that heavy rackets are a major cause of “tennis elbow” and other tennis related injuries.That’s why I advise you not to use tennis rackets for beginners.All you get is a racket that hinders the development of strokes and increases your chances of suffering tennis-related injuries.
Instead, you should always opt for a headlight frame, which means there is more weight in the handle.These are given in points by the manufacturer.Exactly how the head light depends on the weight of a racket.Generally speaking, the heavier the snowshoe, the more it should become a beacon.
280g-300g: headlamp 3-5 points 305-310g: headlamp 5-8 points 315-320g: headlamp 8-12 points
Which racket stiffness is the best?
The stiffness of a racquet contributes to power and comfort.A stiffer racquet will give you more power.A softer frame will absorb more energy from the bullet and take away the power of the shot.The stiffer the frame, the less it deforms or bends on impact, and the more power is maintained in the ball.
But how does that relate to comfort? It’s tricky and often comes down to personal preferences.But is the sweetness always better? When a racket hits a tennis ball, it vibrates.On stiffer frames, the vibrations are harder but shorter.On softer frames, they are less severe but last longer.
In general, softer frames are more comfortable to play and less likely to cause tennis elbow.But other players might find exactly the opposite.When you combine stiffness with string type, grip size, string pattern, etc., a stiffer frame can be as, if not more comfortable than a lower stiffness racquet.
In my experience, the type of tennis string you have will affect the comfort much more than the stiffness of the racket, so it is never my most important consideration, but if you have, or are worried about, arm problems, try to choose a string with less racket stiffness.A lower score indicates a more flexible racket and a higher score a more rigid racket with a large majority carrying between 55 and 75 RA.
Which chain model to choose?
The string pattern refers to the number of cross and main strings on the racket, e.g.16 main strings x 19 crosses.In terms of racquet play, the pattern affects stringbed stiffness and spin potential.
A string pattern with a higher string density, such as an 18 x 20, produces a stiffer string bed because it will flex less on contact with the ball.A bed with a lower density such as 16 x 19 means a less rigid rope bed.The stiffer the stringbed, the less variation you will get when hitting the ball.
Perhaps the most important factor is the spin.A looser chain pattern will generate more spin than a tighter chain pattern because there is more space between the chains; this creates more movement between them.
For most players, I would recommend a looser 16 x 19 pattern as access to spin is such a massive part of the modern game.The exception will be if you are a very flat hitter using little spin, in which case a tighter pattern might give you a more consistent response.
What head size should you get?
Like stiffness, head size is another tricky area to say one is better than the other.With a larger head size, you will see a slight increase in the amount of energy you can generate.But this is negligible and to say that a 98m2 frame is more powerful than a 95m2 frame when all other specifications are the same is not necessarily always true.
What you get with a larger racquet is increased rotational stability because there is a larger string surface.The farther the center of the string is from the weight of the frame, the more force it takes to twist the racquet in the hand.
As a result, when hitting a ball off-center, the racquet can resist more twisting, helping to reduce missed shots and balls flying where you don’t want them.That’s why you’ll see the term “forgive” in many larger head size racquet magazines.
As with the weight, there is a compromise here because the wider the head is, the harder it is for the player to twist the racquet when he wants to.For example, on an inclined flight or when trying to close the face, add more spin.
For most players.I recommend a head size between 98 and 100 square inches.
The best racquet specification for most players
Now that we’ve put these five things together with some recommendations, the final recommended racket specifications you should look for are as follows:
For a typical grown man:
280-320g, headlight 5-12 dots, string pattern 16 × 19, head circumference 98-100 “.Rigidity of personal preferences after the demonstration.
For a typical grown woman:
270-310g, 3-8 point headlamp, 16 × 19 string pattern, head circumference 98-105 “.Rigidity of personal preferences after the demonstration.
So here it is, a fairly detailed guide on how to find the best tennis racket for your game.Remember that the above is based on my own experience of buying, testing and helping others choose a tennis racket.Your personal experiences may differ. we have also a lot of used tennis racket on the market, it could be a good option.
Everything I’ve written aside, the most important thing about buying a new snowshoe is that you love it.The way the racket feels to you, the way it plays and the way it looks.If a racquet is too stiff, too fragile, too deaf, too light, too heavy, the handle doesn’t feel right, you hate the color or it hurts in any way when you hit, then it’s not the right racquet for you.
If you have to think about the equipment in your hand, you won’t be able to play to your full potential.You should be able to take your racquet and play with it without second thoughts.Hopefully this guide will help you find the right.