The tennis racquet is the weapon of choice for every ace-hitting, serve-swerving, and overly aggressive volley-smashing player.
Capable of doing more than just hitting the ball to the other side of the net, tennis racquets have always complimented a player’s individual playstyle and with a special blend of stable construction and durable performance, it means now more than ever, that picking the right racquet for you will give you an advantage on the court.
Similar to many equipment-based sports like golf and hockey, the tennis racquet has been through a lot of designs over the decades. From the wooden spoons of McEnroe’s battles with Borg to the sleek blades that we see today, but before there was any design, or thought at all, the very first rackets were literal planks of wood with a handle.
Through some creative thinking and the added strength of new materials such as graphite and carbon fiber, the tennis racquet evolved as the performance level of the game’s top players got better and better.
The increasing demand for innovation was met with ingenuity and thanks to the advancements in technology, the racquet has become more than just a piece of equipment, but an extension of the player.
Brands like Dunlop and Babolat have utilised the very best technologies for the kind of player that takes their game seriously.
How to choose the best tennis racquet for your game
Choosing the best racquet can depend on your personal play style and individual skill level. You need to take into account head and grip size, as well as what kind of output you are looking for; stronger power? More topspin?
Beginners and casual players would be better going with a racquet that has a larger head size, meaning you will make consistent contact with the ball. While advanced players can go for a smaller grip size that will give them more overall control.
Understanding the difference between a cheap and expensive tennis racquet
The biggest thing to know when shopping is to spot the differences in their construction. A cheaper racquet tends to be made out of plastic or at the most, fiberglass. An expensive racquet has a higher price because it contains expensive materials such as graphite, titanium, and carbon fibre. How a racquet is made is how it will play, so the stronger the materials, the better it plays.
Picking the right racquet for you is made simple by breaking their racquets down into four categories; precision, power, feel and control, so whatever your style of play or an area of your game you're looking to take advantage of, their range has something for you. If you are looking the best though, don’t miss the ‘Naked Series’.
Using innovative technology to enhance your game such as their patented ‘Aeromodular2’ that decreases drag and promotes speed, and others that widen the space between strings for extra spin, so there is always something to match your playstyle. If you are looking for an advantage, check out the ‘Pure Aero’ series.
Add in the ‘Power Grid Technology’ that increases spin and you’ve got the best in an already solid range.
Across their entire range, they include a unique blend of features such as the isometric head shape, the ‘Integrated Power Weight’ technology which increases feedback with the ball, and their ‘Vector’ shafts that decrease twisting on your swing. Check out their top of the line ‘VCORE’ series for all of this and more.
With some of the lightest and most durable materials such as graphite and ‘textreme’, their racquets will not weigh you down and with cutting edge technologies such as the ‘Anti-Torque System’ seen in the ‘Phantom 100X’ series, you will be the epitome of power and control.
That’s exactly what Tecnifibre did with their ‘Tfight’ series and they delivered on creating a structurally stable frame that will not crumble against your opponent's power shots and can take a few scrapes on the court and won’t leave a mark.
Their entire range utilises unique technologies and materials that will give you increased accuracy and an overall competitive edge.
With their ‘Nickel-Mesh’ technology, you’ll find nickel anodised carbon fibers woven into a mesh frame, basically meaning that it won’t twist and send your shot into the umpire’s chair when you were clearly aiming for the baseline. Their ‘Protocol’ series is the very best in the range and is the shining example of speed, power and stability.
True to their word, their latest ‘Kinetics’ series comes packed with the latest in vibration dampening and torsional stability, and if you don’t know what that means, that’s okay because it was developed in an M.I.T sports technology lab, but that is a very good thing for your game.
Thankfully it’s turned out for the best and with this range of tennis racquets, your game will experience cleaner slices and stable volleys. The ‘RZR Bubba’ series is the best on offer, with its oversized head frame for a massive sweet spot.
Each series they release is an improvement upon the last, and if they can enhance a racquet's performance by even a sliver of a percentage, they will do it. With their ‘V-Feel’ series, you’ll find comfort and power that is promoted by the ‘Power Arm’ technology in the throat of the racquet that will give a mechanical advantage.
With their ‘Ultimate’ series, you’ll get a lightweight titanium alloy structure that allows for ease of movement and overall comfort, finished in a crisp monochrome.