What a great post by our fellow tennis player, Will, a former US college player and co-founder of thetennisbros.com about how to choose a tennis racquet.

We all want to get the absolute most out of our tennis games, and while much of that is going to come from hard work, talent, and mental effort, your tennis gear can undoubtedly make a small difference. In a game where an entire match can swing on the result of a single point, the small difference of having the right racket can really swing things in your favor! So, to make sure you have peace of mind that you’re playing with the right racket for your game, here are 4 handy tips to help you choose the perfect stick.

 

 

There is No Best Racket

People often ask what’s the best racket out there, but there is no answer to this question. Novak Djokovic might be the best player in the world, but if the average person tried to play with his racket it’s likely they’d think it was almost impossible to use.
What’s really important is finding the best racket for you and this is going to be a very personal thing. No two people have the same game, and therefore no two people are going to have exactly the same requirements from a tennis racket.

This means the first thing you have to ask yourself is what is it that you specifically want from your racket? Do you value power, control, spin, maneuverability, comfort, feel, or something else? When you know the answer to this question, then you can’t start to narrow your search.

Heavier isn’t Always Better

When you see the pros on TV it’s interesting to know what kind of rackets they play with (many of them have customized specifications that don’t match what you buy at the shops).
If you look up the pro’s actual specifications, you will often find they use really heavy rackets, and you think, well, if it’s good for them, then it’s got to be good for me. This isn’t the case though, because the extra weight is only useful if you can wield it effectively.

Likewise, you might think a super light racket is ideal because you can swing really fast, but then you don’t have the weight to convert swing speed into power. You’ve got to find the weight that works for you and allows you to comfortably swing with plenty of speed while giving you the stability to create power.

This is the number one reason why you’ve got to test your rackets before you buy them! The more time you spend with your racket the more you will be able to feel if you have the right weight.

Brand Names Aren’t Everything

The big brands make some great rackets, but so do the lesser-known racket manufacturers. Don’t talk yourself out of a great racket just because you’re not familiar with the brand name.

Yes, it’s nice to rock up with the same racket as Roger Federer and look like a tennis GOAT, but at the end of the day, picking the right racket is all about finding the right stick to help you play great tennis.

Sometimes the best racket for you isn’t going to be from the most well-known brands and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Your Racket is Highly Customizable

Choosing the right racket is very important, but even when you commit to a racket, there’s a lot you can do to change the way it plays. Your strings play a massive part in how your racket performs, and by making little changes to your setup you can have your racket playing exactly how you want it.

So, if you find a racket that feels almost perfect, but is just missing a little something, see if you can add the extra je ne sais quois by optimizing your strings.

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Amazon Top Picks for Tennis Racquets

Bestseller No. 1
Wilson Sporting Goods Tour Slam Tennis Racquet (EA) , 4 3/8", Blue
  • The Tour Slam tennis racket has Volcanic Frame Technology, which provides power and stability, while Stop Shock Pads reduce racquet vibration for great control.
  • Power String bridge
  • Longer main strings of explosive power
  • Stop shock sleeves for improved comfort
  • Grip size: 4 3/8. Pre-strung
Bestseller No. 2
HEAD Graphene 360+ Instinct MP Tennis Racquet, 27 Inch Performance Adult Racket - 4 1/4 Grip, Unstrung
  • HEAD PEDIGREE: Born out of revolutionizing how we ski and play tennis, HEAD has constantly pushed athletic equipment into the modern era. For all levels of play, HEAD offers nothing but top tier tennis equipment.
  • MIDPLUS PERFORMANCE: The HEAD Instinct MP graphite tennis racket is an ideal choice for serious players searching for easy-to-access power. A specially designed cross-section provides more stability and a larger sweetspot for effortless pace.
  • UNPARALLELED SHOTS: The head light balance adult tennis racket boasts unmatched energy transfer and clean impact feel thanks to spiralfibers throughout the racquet.
  • DURABLE GRAPHENE: Made with a durable and lightweight graphite spiralfiber technology, this is a professional level tennis racket built to last.
  • DIMENSIONS: Frame Weight: 300 g / 10.6 oz, Head Size : 100in, Grip Size: 4 1/4in, Length: 27in, String Pattern: 16/19.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Fostoy Adult Recreational Tennis Racket, 27 inch Tennis Racquet with Carry Bag, Professional Tennis Racket, Good Control Grip, Vibration Dampe (2 pcs)
  • 🎾【Lightweight and Sturdy】The professional tennis racquet is lightweight but durable and strong. It's lightweight enough that won't tired you out over a long period.
  • 🎾【Super High Tension String】We did a nice job on the tightness of the strings. The racquet strings are properly tight and not easy to lost the tension. The strings tension allows you to execute good drops and lobs.
  • 🎾【Comfortable Handle】The adult tennis racket’s handle is good to control. The wrapping on the handle is strong, not easy falling apart. This tennis racket handle can reduce racket vibration protect your hands from injury, and help you comfortable to play the tennis with your friends and family.
  • 🎾【Large Sweet Spot】The tennis rackets adopt the integrated forming technology. The integrated tennis racquet has the advantages of high thread weight, tighter thread, more powerful, more elastic when the ball leaves the racket surface, with high accuracy. You can hit more accuracy and enjoy large sweet spot.
  • 🎾【Player Tape】Beginner or recreational teenager/adult player. A wide range of powerful and attractive colour ensure the needs of every men and women.
Bestseller No. 4
OPPUM 27" Pro Tennis Rackets -2PCS, for Adult Women and Men Student Professional Training Tennis Racquets and Beginners Rackets. (2pcs (Red+Blue))
  • 🎾【Package】: Include 2x Tennis Rackets, 1x premium quality carry bag,2x overgrips, 2x vibration damper(random color).
  • 🎾【Specification】: Head Size: 105 sq.in. Balance: 315mm; Strung Weight: 11.3 oz./320g; Unstrung Weight: 10.4 oz./295g; Length: 685mm/27inch; Beam: 23/26/23mm; String Pattern: 16/19; String tension: 45-50 Lbs; Grip Size: 4 1/4 inches.
  • 🎾【Tennis Racket Design】:Unique Matte Black, make the whole racket look very upscale. Free send overgrip, shock absorber and high-grade racket bag, it is a good product for personal use and gifts. Suitable For Intermediate players, Beginner or Recreational Teenager/Adult player.
  • 🎾【Racket Features】:the swing is very light but with attacking powerful. The handle is wooden handle, free send a very comfortable overgrip. The racquet face with a highly durable line, which improves the performance of the racquet and increases the strength and stability of batting ball.
  • 🎾【After-Sales Service:】: This tennis racket is particularly affordable and the quality of the racket is guaranteed. If you have any problem after purchase, you can email us in any time, we will reply you in 24 hours.
SaleBestseller No. 5
Babolat Evoke 102 Women's Strung Tennis Racquet, Blue/White/Orange (4 1/8" Grip)
  • HEAD SIZE 660 cm2/102 sq. in
  • WEIGHT 270 g/9.5 oz
  • BALANCE 330 mm
  • LENGTH 685 mm/27 in
  • COMPOSITION Fused Graphite
Bestseller No. 6
Teloon Tennis Rackets for Adults 2 pcs Recreational -27 inch Tennis Racquet for Men and Women College Students Beginner Tennis Racket.… (BLADE-V10-2PCS)
  • 🎾【Tennis Racquets Specifications】:Length: 27 inches(68.5-69cm)/Head size: mid+ (102 inch2) / Grip size: Size 2 (4-1/4 inch)/ Balance(unstrung):335±7 mm/string tensions: 50±5 lbs/string pattern:16x19/unstring weight:280±10 g
  • 🎾【Tennis Racket Handle Description】:The racket grip size is #2 (4 1/4 inch). The handle is made of wood and there is grip outside. As usual,we will not use this grip directly. We will offer you a roll of over grip,you need to wrap overgrip before you using it. Please see our product vedio to wrap the grip.
  • 🎾【Suitable For】:Beginner or recreational teenager/adult player.Our SENSUS collection has 2 colours for your choice ensures the needs of every men and women.
  • 🎾【Tennis Racket Design】:All of our racket are made with string,the tension of the string is about 50 lbs. the structure of our racket is one-piece molded and the face size is 102 inch square. with the weight of 280gram,the racekt is light but also heavy enough to hit the tennis.
  • 🎾【High Cost Performance】:Package include 2x tennis balls, 2x tennis rackets, with 2x premium quality protective carry case, 2x overgrip(random color), 2x vibration damper(random color). If you have any problems after the purchase, you can feel free to contact us in any time.
Bestseller No. 7
Babolat Pure Aero VS Tennis Racquet (4 1/4 Grip)
  • Babolat ups the control factor with the new Babolat Pure Aero VS Tennis Racquet.
  • More Control than Pure Aero
  • Thinner Cross Section
  • Size - (4_1/4) | Color - (See Description)
SaleBestseller No. 8
WOED BATENS Adult 2 Player Tennis Racket Perfect for Beginner and Professional Players, 27” Speed Tennis Racquet Include 2 Overgrips, Tennis Bag, 2 Vibration Dampes, 2 Covers
  • Product Description(One Pack): Length: 27in, Grip Size:4.25 in, Weight: 280±5g, Head Size: 105 in. The design of the racket allows you to grasp the rhythm of offense and defense at any time
  • Integrated Structure Vibration Dampe: The racket is equipped with Vibration Dampe and adopts integrated structure to make the racket more stable and shock-proof when receiving the tennis. When you hit the tennis, you can better control the force and direction.
  • Comfortable OverGrip: In order to make your handle comfortable to hold, the tennis racket uses Double Overgrip (base overgrip + high-elastic overgrip). When you start using it, you don’t need to tie overgrip. After you using for a period of time, you can replace the outer high-elastic grip.
  • Suitable for You: In order to allow beginners and professional players to better use the racket when playing, we have exclusively designed the head, frame and string of the product to make the racket not only suitable for beginners, but also for professional players.
  • After-sales Service: When you are not satisfied with the product, we will provide you with free return and exchange service. If you have any questions, you can contact us at any time, we will contact you within 24 hours and we will try our best to meet your needs.

Back to Top of How to Choose a Tennis Racquet

Amazon Top Picks for Tennis Racquets

Will is a former US college player and co-founder of www.thetennisbros.com.

Bestseller No. 1
Wilson Sporting Goods Tour Slam Tennis Racquet (EA) , 4 3/8", Blue
  • The Tour Slam tennis racket has Volcanic Frame Technology, which provides power and stability, while Stop Shock Pads reduce racquet vibration for great control.
  • Power String bridge
  • Longer main strings of explosive power
  • Stop shock sleeves for improved comfort
  • Grip size: 4 3/8. Pre-strung
Bestseller No. 2
HEAD Graphene 360+ Instinct MP Tennis Racquet, 27 Inch Performance Adult Racket - 4 1/4 Grip, Unstrung
  • HEAD PEDIGREE: Born out of revolutionizing how we ski and play tennis, HEAD has constantly pushed athletic equipment into the modern era. For all levels of play, HEAD offers nothing but top tier tennis equipment.
  • MIDPLUS PERFORMANCE: The HEAD Instinct MP graphite tennis racket is an ideal choice for serious players searching for easy-to-access power. A specially designed cross-section provides more stability and a larger sweetspot for effortless pace.
  • UNPARALLELED SHOTS: The head light balance adult tennis racket boasts unmatched energy transfer and clean impact feel thanks to spiralfibers throughout the racquet.
  • DURABLE GRAPHENE: Made with a durable and lightweight graphite spiralfiber technology, this is a professional level tennis racket built to last.
  • DIMENSIONS: Frame Weight: 300 g / 10.6 oz, Head Size : 100in, Grip Size: 4 1/4in, Length: 27in, String Pattern: 16/19.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Fostoy Adult Recreational Tennis Racket, 27 inch Tennis Racquet with Carry Bag, Professional Tennis Racket, Good Control Grip, Vibration Dampe (2 pcs)
  • 🎾【Lightweight and Sturdy】The professional tennis racquet is lightweight but durable and strong. It's lightweight enough that won't tired you out over a long period.
  • 🎾【Super High Tension String】We did a nice job on the tightness of the strings. The racquet strings are properly tight and not easy to lost the tension. The strings tension allows you to execute good drops and lobs.
  • 🎾【Comfortable Handle】The adult tennis racket’s handle is good to control. The wrapping on the handle is strong, not easy falling apart. This tennis racket handle can reduce racket vibration protect your hands from injury, and help you comfortable to play the tennis with your friends and family.
  • 🎾【Large Sweet Spot】The tennis rackets adopt the integrated forming technology. The integrated tennis racquet has the advantages of high thread weight, tighter thread, more powerful, more elastic when the ball leaves the racket surface, with high accuracy. You can hit more accuracy and enjoy large sweet spot.
  • 🎾【Player Tape】Beginner or recreational teenager/adult player. A wide range of powerful and attractive colour ensure the needs of every men and women.
Bestseller No. 4
OPPUM 27" Pro Tennis Rackets -2PCS, for Adult Women and Men Student Professional Training Tennis Racquets and Beginners Rackets. (2pcs (Red+Blue))
  • 🎾【Package】: Include 2x Tennis Rackets, 1x premium quality carry bag,2x overgrips, 2x vibration damper(random color).
  • 🎾【Specification】: Head Size: 105 sq.in. Balance: 315mm; Strung Weight: 11.3 oz./320g; Unstrung Weight: 10.4 oz./295g; Length: 685mm/27inch; Beam: 23/26/23mm; String Pattern: 16/19; String tension: 45-50 Lbs; Grip Size: 4 1/4 inches.
  • 🎾【Tennis Racket Design】:Unique Matte Black, make the whole racket look very upscale. Free send overgrip, shock absorber and high-grade racket bag, it is a good product for personal use and gifts. Suitable For Intermediate players, Beginner or Recreational Teenager/Adult player.
  • 🎾【Racket Features】:the swing is very light but with attacking powerful. The handle is wooden handle, free send a very comfortable overgrip. The racquet face with a highly durable line, which improves the performance of the racquet and increases the strength and stability of batting ball.
  • 🎾【After-Sales Service:】: This tennis racket is particularly affordable and the quality of the racket is guaranteed. If you have any problem after purchase, you can email us in any time, we will reply you in 24 hours.
SaleBestseller No. 5
Babolat Evoke 102 Women's Strung Tennis Racquet, Blue/White/Orange (4 1/8" Grip)
  • HEAD SIZE 660 cm2/102 sq. in
  • WEIGHT 270 g/9.5 oz
  • BALANCE 330 mm
  • LENGTH 685 mm/27 in
  • COMPOSITION Fused Graphite
Bestseller No. 6
Teloon Tennis Rackets for Adults 2 pcs Recreational -27 inch Tennis Racquet for Men and Women College Students Beginner Tennis Racket.… (BLADE-V10-2PCS)
  • 🎾【Tennis Racquets Specifications】:Length: 27 inches(68.5-69cm)/Head size: mid+ (102 inch2) / Grip size: Size 2 (4-1/4 inch)/ Balance(unstrung):335±7 mm/string tensions: 50±5 lbs/string pattern:16x19/unstring weight:280±10 g
  • 🎾【Tennis Racket Handle Description】:The racket grip size is #2 (4 1/4 inch). The handle is made of wood and there is grip outside. As usual,we will not use this grip directly. We will offer you a roll of over grip,you need to wrap overgrip before you using it. Please see our product vedio to wrap the grip.
  • 🎾【Suitable For】:Beginner or recreational teenager/adult player.Our SENSUS collection has 2 colours for your choice ensures the needs of every men and women.
  • 🎾【Tennis Racket Design】:All of our racket are made with string,the tension of the string is about 50 lbs. the structure of our racket is one-piece molded and the face size is 102 inch square. with the weight of 280gram,the racekt is light but also heavy enough to hit the tennis.
  • 🎾【High Cost Performance】:Package include 2x tennis balls, 2x tennis rackets, with 2x premium quality protective carry case, 2x overgrip(random color), 2x vibration damper(random color). If you have any problems after the purchase, you can feel free to contact us in any time.
Bestseller No. 7
Babolat Pure Aero VS Tennis Racquet (4 1/4 Grip)
  • Babolat ups the control factor with the new Babolat Pure Aero VS Tennis Racquet.
  • More Control than Pure Aero
  • Thinner Cross Section
  • Size - (4_1/4) | Color - (See Description)
SaleBestseller No. 8
WOED BATENS Adult 2 Player Tennis Racket Perfect for Beginner and Professional Players, 27” Speed Tennis Racquet Include 2 Overgrips, Tennis Bag, 2 Vibration Dampes, 2 Covers
  • Product Description(One Pack): Length: 27in, Grip Size:4.25 in, Weight: 280±5g, Head Size: 105 in. The design of the racket allows you to grasp the rhythm of offense and defense at any time
  • Integrated Structure Vibration Dampe: The racket is equipped with Vibration Dampe and adopts integrated structure to make the racket more stable and shock-proof when receiving the tennis. When you hit the tennis, you can better control the force and direction.
  • Comfortable OverGrip: In order to make your handle comfortable to hold, the tennis racket uses Double Overgrip (base overgrip + high-elastic overgrip). When you start using it, you don’t need to tie overgrip. After you using for a period of time, you can replace the outer high-elastic grip.
  • Suitable for You: In order to allow beginners and professional players to better use the racket when playing, we have exclusively designed the head, frame and string of the product to make the racket not only suitable for beginners, but also for professional players.
  • After-sales Service: When you are not satisfied with the product, we will provide you with free return and exchange service. If you have any questions, you can contact us at any time, we will contact you within 24 hours and we will try our best to meet your needs.

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