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What is The Best Tennis Racket For Me? Take Our Quiz

Given we spend our lives either playing tennis, researching tennis or talking about tennis, there is one question the team here gets asked all the time.  Which tennis racket should I buy?  Whether it is friends or people we know through the industry, people are always after some advice on what to buy to best suit their game.

Trying to decide which tennis racket you should buy can be a daunting task.  There is a huge range of rackets out there, many accessories, and all at a wide price range.  Some tennis players are experienced and know what to look for, while others are new to the game and know what they need a tennis racket but not much more.

And I totally get it.  There is a huge range of tennis rackets on the market and it is hard to know which one may best suit your game.  Where to start? Is the brand any good? will it be too heavy?  Will I like it?  Whilst we can’t answer every question we are here to help.

So what is the best tennis racket?

Tennis Racket Quiz

We decided to create a guide on the best tennis rackets to buy in the form of a short quiz.  The team has performed hours of research on the market and we also asked many tennis players we know well for their views.  We collated a broad range of data and put it in the form of a quiz to help guide you step by step through the process.

It was fun pulling this guide together and it has educated us on the broad range of rackets available in the market today.  They just keep getting better and better and it is interesting to see the latest developments in technology and also how some of the older designs stand the test of time.  I even upgraded my racket on the back of this research after trying the latest Wilson Pro Staff.

Jump into our quiz below and find out which racket is best for you.

 

Key Points

  • Choosing the perfect tennis racket requires research and consideration of various factors, including skill level, playing style, physical attributes, and court type.
  • Players need to consider the weight, balance, and head size of the racket to ensure optimal performance on the court.
  • By following the guidelines outlined in this article, players can find the perfect tennis racket to improve their performance and enjoyment of the game.

What To Look For When Buying a Tennis Racket?

Weight

Pick a racket that suits your game play and body type.  Some players like a heavier racket that allows them to hit the ball harder, some prefer a light racket for speed and control.  Make sure you try a few different weighted rackets to understand what suits you best. If a racket is too heavy for you, it may cause injuries such as tennis elbow or shoulder injuries.

Head Size

Mid Headed Rackets

This head size is aimed at better players who want real control and precision, Small headed rackets tend to be the heaviest and stiffest options out there. Think of Pete Sampras or Roger Federer when you think of people who like playing with this racket head.

Most mid-sized rackets come in at 93sq in and under in terms of their overall head size, which is actually quite small when you compare it to newer rackets on the market today.

Midplus Rackets

A midplus racket strikes a nice balance between control, forgiveness and playability. The head size normally sits between 94sq in and and 104sq in, with the most popular configurations being 95sq in, 98 sq in, and 100sq in.

This is what most people reading this article will go for.  Go to any club and the majority of rackets will sit in this bracket from beginner to advanced.

These are lighter rackets and more give in the racket to allow players to adopt an all-round game.

Oversized Rackets

These rackets are used sized between 105sq and 120sq. These are designed for forgiveness, extra power and a consistent feel on contact thanks to a huge sweet spot. My 72 year old mother uses one and loves it as an example.

These rackets also tend to be on the lighter side and will have thicker frames for more absorption.  The rackets tend to be used by beginners or people who are carrying an arm injury.  You will not find a professional using an oversize racket.

Balance

You’ll hear people refer to balance a lot when talking about a tennis racket.  I never quite fully understand it, I take it to mean how does it feel in your hand, does it have a good balance.  Ultimately you are never balancing your racket on anything.

String Pattern

The choice tends to be an open (16×18) or closed (18×20) string pattern. Open patterns offer more spin potential, while closed patterns provide control.

Stiffness

A stiff tennis racket is a racket that returns some of the energy from the ball when it hits the racket head (little bending). This gives you more power as the racket absorbs less.  Better players tend to opt for a stiffer racket, whilst beginners like a racket that has more give in it.

A racket is classified as stiff when it has an Ra of 70 or more.

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Skill Level

A simple message to choose a racket that suits your playing style.  Too often I see kids with huge rackets or beginners with very expensive rackets that they use 20% of.  Our guide will help you filter the right racket for you.

Playing Style

Some rackets are designed with a playing style in mind.  Think of the different type of racket Andrev Rublev would need to a doubles specialist. Rublev wants a racket that can hit a hard flat ball.  Joe Salisbury on the other hand wants an all-round racket that combines touch at the net with firepower when needed.

Brand / Model

Tennis rackets have come on so much these days, but I do still think that there are brands out there that are on the ascendency.  Babolat and Yonex for me have really stood out in recent years with some of their new rackets and technologies.  Growing up Prince was also a leading brand but I am not sure that they have kept pace with racket developments.  That’s just my opinion. Don’t be swayed by brand only but know that sticking with leading brands you won’t go far wrong.

Demo / Playtest

It is not always possible to test 3 or 4 different rackets side by side.  Ideally you will have at least tried the racket before committing to it.  Some people I know will order 2 rackets, try the pick up, swing (maybe hit a few balls!) and then send the one back they don’t like.  I think a demo and playtest is particularly important for the higher priced rackets.

Budget

This is a hard one.  In life I always want something that is a little more expensive than my budget.  My view on buying a tennis racket is simple. Someone starting out does not need to use the top of the line Wilson first outing.  It will be wasted on them.  But also buying the cheapest racket available, you may move on quite quickly from it as your game progresses. Spend what you are comfortable spending, if the perfect racket is a little over your budget – take a view. But do not think by spending the most on a racket it is the best for you.

Gut Feel

I sometimes think as people we can overthink purchases, whether it be clothes or a new tennis racket.  If you like the feel of a racket, if it feels good when you serve and hit the ball then go for it.  Don’t use a racket just because everyone else has given them rave reviews. they are not the ones who will be playing with it.

What's The Best Tennis Racket For Me? Take Our Quiz To Find Out

Frequently Asked Questions

What factors should I consider when choosing a tennis racket?

When choosing a tennis racket, there are several factors to consider. These include the weight, balance, head size, and string pattern of the racket. Additionally, the player’s skill level, playing style, and physical attributes should also be taken into account.

How do I determine the appropriate size of a tennis racket for me?

The appropriate size of a tennis racket is determined by the player’s height and arm length. Generally, a longer racket is recommended for taller players, while a shorter racket is recommended for shorter players. It is also important to consider the grip size of the racket, which should be comfortable and provide a secure grip.

What are the differences between Wilson and Babolat tennis rackets?

Wilson and Babolat are two of the most popular tennis racket brands. While both brands offer high-quality rackets, they have some differences in terms of their technology, design, and feel. Wilson rackets are known for their control and precision, while Babolat rackets are known for their power and spin.

Can a tennis racket affect my game performance?

Yes, a tennis racket can affect a player’s game performance. The weight, balance, and string tension of the racket can all impact a player’s ability to generate power, control the ball, and hit with spin. Additionally, the racket’s design and technology can also affect a player’s comfort and confidence on the court. But remember, a tennis racket is a tool and you tell it what to do..

How do I choose a tennis racket that complements my playing style?

Firstly, make sure you take the quiz above to help guide your decision.  Choosing a tennis racket that complements your playing style, it is important to consider your strengths and weaknesses as a player. If you are an aggressive player who generates a lot of power, a heavier racket with a larger head size may be suitable. If you are a defensive player who relies on control and precision, a lighter racket with a smaller head size may be more appropriate.

What is the best way to test a tennis racket before purchasing it?

The best way to test a tennis racket before purchasing it is to demo the racket. Many tennis specialty stores offer demo programs that allow players to try out rackets for a few days. This allows players to get a feel for the racket and determine if it is a good fit for their playing style and physical attributes.

Final Thoughts

We hope that this quiz gives you some guidance when choosing the best racket out there for you.  Whether you are a parent choosing a racket for your son or daughter or you are looking to upgrade, this quiz will have you covered.

Pls let us know your thoughts, whilst we consulted many people in the industry for tips on this quiz there are many many rackets in the market and people may have their own views on what is best.  Pls get in contact with the team here if you think a racket should be in the quiz and importantly why.

Here are some other articles we have written on a different range of tennis rackets that may also be of interest.

14 Best Women’s Tennis Rackets for 2023 – Our Top Picks – Tennis Pursuits

The Best Tennis Rackets for Intermediate Players in 2023 – The Ultimate Guide – Tennis Pursuits

Top 7 Best Tennis Rackets for Beginners in 2023 – Our Review – Tennis Pursuits

The Best Tennis Rackets for Doubles of 2023 – Tennis Pursuits

The 8 Best 26 Inch Tennis Rackets for Juniors – Our Guide – Tennis Pursuits

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David Harris

David is the founder and chief writer at Tennis Pursuits. A tennis fanatic, David has extensive experience of the game and has reviewed 100s of products to date. He is passionate about helping others on their tennis journey.

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