Has your tennis racquet seen better days? Not sure if it really fits to you and your game? Or maybe it’s more than 3 years old and has no more power in it. Frame fatique is a big factor after restringing it several times and hitting thousands of tennis balls with a racquet.
The wrong racquet makes every single stroke harder for you. Therefore it’s extremely important, if you want to become a better player, that you know about your strengths and weaknesses to find the perfect racquet for you, your body and style of play.
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These are all the racquets from our Tennis Racket Test 2020. A simple click on the racket brings you directly to the detailed test.
|#18||Tecnifibre T-Fight 320 XTC||Very precise racquet for players that want to attack a lot|
|#17||Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour||Lots of control, spin and very good for players attacking the net|
|#16||Wilson Blade 98 V7.0||Very precise racquet for good players|
|#15||Prince O3 Beast 100||Lots of power and stability. Great for aggressive players|
|#14||Babolat Pure Drive||Most powerful racquet by Babolat|
|#13||HEAD Radical MP||Best allrounder by HEAD|
|#12||HEAD Ti S6||Best racquet for seniors|
|#11||HEAD Speed MP||Very good allrounder with lots of power|
|#10||Wilson Roger Federer 25 Kids||Great racket for kids|
|#9||HEAD Extreme PRO||Best racquet from HEAD for spin|
|#8||HEAD Gravity PRO||Lots of Spin and power. Great for modern players|
|#7||Babolat Pure Strike 3. Generation||Very good for players that like to swing very hard. (think Thiem)|
|#6||Wilson ProStaff 97L||Very good for beginners that want to quickly become an intermediate|
|#5||Head Prestige MID||One of the best racquets for players on a high level|
|#4||Wilson Blade 101L V7.0||Best racquet for beginners|
|#3||Babolat Pure Aero||Absolute best racquet for players with a lot of spin|
|#2||Yonex VCore Pro 97HD||Great racquet for intermediate players playing tournaments|
|#1||Wilson Clash 100||Very beginner friendly with an immense amount of power|
The racquet decides whether you win or lose a match quite often and we know what you enjoy more! 😁
Nowadays the newest racquets are more forgiving and powerful than ever before. This test tries to help you find the right racquet for you presenting differences between all the great racquets out there.
At the end you can decide between the Pro’s and Con’s of the racquets and decide which racquet makes the most sense to test.
3 different types of racquets
Basically there are 3 different categories you can put every racquet in. Surely there are even more subcategories and other factors defining a racquet but to save some time here are the 3 most important categories.
Which tennis racket is the best for you? Let’s now check the best of list for 2020 making it easy for you to find your next racket. Our list contains the best of the best for every level of play, age and player types.
It doesn’t matter whether you’r only good at drinking after you team matches or have an UTR of 13 you will surely find a racket that fits great to you on our list.
The 20 Best Tennis Racquets 2020
Tecnifibre T-Fight 320 XTC
The Go-To Racquet for professionals like John Millman and Dennis Istomin. The Technifibre ATP T-Fight 320 XTC is a great racquet for advanced players that can generate lots of power on their own.
At 11,28 oz, the 320 XTC is the heaviest racquet in the T-Fight range. Packed with stability and power, it’s a great choice for putting real pressure on your opponent with a powerful and precise racquet.
Tecnifibe is also not stingy with new technologies:
First of all we have the trademark technology of Technifibre, Xtreme Touch Construction. This is distributed in strategically important points in the frame to improve flexibility, touch and stability. At least that’s what Tecnifibre claims; but it feels really good!
Then we have the Armor Cap+ and EZ LOCK+ technology which protects the racquet from contact with the ground (everyone knows that cruel crunch when the racquet slides over the ashes 🙁 ) and makes stringing the racquet easier.
We are definitely not talking about a spin-friendly racquet, but we were still able to get enough accuracy in a medium amount of spin thanks to the 18 x 19 string ratio. When testing the T-FIGHT, we immediately noticed the precision the T-FIGHT delivers, but also the vibration reduction or lack of vibration. This thing is really easy on the arms!
In summary, the Tecnifibre ATP T-FIGHT 320 XTC is a good all-round racquet, but tends to be a bit aggressive.
- Large sweet spot
- For Powerhitter
- Made for good players
- Extremely precise
- not for players with a slow swing
Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour
The Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour feels like a classic old-school racquet combined with cushioning technology for enhanced comfort. It is very spin friendly and offers excellent control. The touch at the moment of impact is also excellent, but we didn’t get much power from the racquet. Therefore we recommend the Dunlop Srixon CX 200 Tour player with a clean technique that generates power effortlessly.
Dunlop’s new PowerGrid String Tech is used here. This allows the string to pull further into the upper half and feels more responsive.
At the net we constantly had the feeling of hitting a beer mat. Combined with the very good feel and the precision on serve, this is a great racquet for the classic serve and volley player who doesn’t have a lot of time to play.
- much control and spin
- very good for volleys
- very classic racket, not suitable for modern players
Wilson Blade 98 18×20 V7.0
The Wilson Blade 98 18×20 V7.0 is currently getting a lot of airtime on TV, as Stefanos Tsitsipas is currently playing an incredible career with the 7th generation of the Blade. The first men’s Grand Slam title for the Blade is just around the corner!
The “Blade” has always been a very classic racket and this does not change with the 7th generation. And that’s a good thing, because standing on the baseline with a blade has many advantages. The 334 swing weight lets the club go through the balls like butter, the “laser-like” accuracy and the high speed are just some of the many advantages the blade has brought for years.
In 2020 the new 7th generation will bring some changes, but these will only improve the club and not fundamentally change it. With FreeFlex and Carbon Mapping, the new blade will give you an even better feel for the ball and more depth in shots. According to Wilson, the new Blade frame also flexes in a way that fits the modern swing. Of course I couldn’t verify this, but even without this knowledge I can say that the racquet feels great. Compared to its predecessors the new blade has a little bit more weight in the head and therefore a little bit more power, although the total weight has been reduced to 10,75 oz.
In addition, Wilson has lengthened the grip a bit, making it easier for players with a two-handed backhand to find the right grip. With players such as Tsitsipas, Khachanov and Raonic, it quickly becomes clear what playing style is being promoted here. Crashing serves and even more crashin baseline rallies!
- FeelFlex for a lot of touch
- extreme accuracy
- longer grip positive for two-handed backhand
Prince O3 Beast 100
For the princes among you, here are a few rackets in our list of the best tennis rackets 2019! The Beast series convinces with immense power and speed. The weight of 10,58 oz gives the Beast an extreme potential, which must be mastered. This racquet is absolutely nothing for beginners and also not for most advanced players. Rather for the tournament players who really know how to play.
The Beast O3 100 comes with the 2nd generation Textreme, a “flexible, unique material matrix”, which has now been additionally reinforced with Twaron for even more cushioning. What does that mean? No idea, but it is arm-friendly! The result of our test was to be expected: A super racquet, just like the “normal” version, but with more power but of course more demanding and harder to swing. The serve is also impressive, which is normal for a racquet with so much power.
- Very much power
- Super name: “BEAST”
Babolat Pure Drive
Probably the most successful racket of Babolat, played by Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Li Na and Na Li, the great Fabio Fognini and Garbine Muguruza. When I think back to my time when I started playing tennis (around 2000), everyone had this racket in their hands. Even a Rafael Nadal played the Pure Drive before the AeroPro Drive was designed for him.
But the icon really has a lot to offer. The 11,18, combined with FSI Power Technology, adds to the spin and power of the racquet. Another highlight is the Cortex cushioning system with “viscoelastic” rubber, which Babolat claims is used in space travel, making the racquet more arm-friendly than ever before. FSI increases string spacing and gives the new version of the Pure Drive more spin than its predecessor, allowing the balls to launch higher. An absolute top racquet for the baseline.
But with such an aggressive racquet you still have to attack the net in 2020, and there it impresses with its fast handling and power. Just like HEAD’s Graphene technology, some players report a too dull feeling. Since then, a new generation Pure Drive has been available, but still we recommend as always: test it and then buy it (maybe).
- Very easy on the arms
- A lot of power
- Lots of spin
- Easy handling
- A little too “dull” for some players
HEAD Graphene 360 Radical MP
The radical racket from HEAD, currently even more radical in the Limited 25 Years Edition. HEAD celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Radical series with a great racquet for medium and high level play. This racket uses the well known Graphene 360 material and Kraibon to remove all vibration from the racquet. Some people report that the racket seems to be too deaf, we don’t see it that drastically, but we understand where this tendency comes from.
The Dynamic String Pattern makes the strings in the sweetspot narrower and gives us even more control. Personally, I was most impressed by the control of the length in the shots, which I often lose on shots with a lot of spin. By the way, he can also do spin, even very well (not as good as the Extreme, but that’s a different animal!).
The Radical MP weighs “only” 10.4 oz, has a swing weight of 323 and a 97,65 head. In summary, it is the best all-rounder of HEAD 2020. Everything can be done very well with it, “radically balanced” would be the appropriate slogan here, but the marketing people of HEAD probably see it differently. 😀
- Very good in all areas!
- Very easy on the arms
- too “dull” or “numb” for some players
HEAD Ti S6 Komfortschläger
The Head Ti S6 is THE tennis racquet for beginners and advanced players of all ages, with incredible statistics. When you ask yourself, “Which one is the best selling Head,” you immediately think of the more popular Speed or Prestige, but that’s not true.
THE BEST SELLING TENNIS RACKET FROM HEAD SINCE 1997!
This racquet is one of the lightest on the market at 7,93 oz and a little longer at 70cm. The titanium material makes this one very stiff and powerful in all rackets. The ShockStop system is designed for tennis players with arm problems and absorbs a huge amount of vibration.
The oversize head with 115 square inch is ideal for beginners as well as advanced players of advanced age. The very large SweetSpot makes it much easier to hit the ball in the right place with the racquet. The Head Ti S6 is our best 2020 racquet for seniors or older players looking for a lighter racquet. A small bonus is the unbeatable price of this racquet. This also makes it one of the most affordable tennis rackets.
- Very favourable despite good quality
- Very light, but still a lot of power
- Perfect for older players
- not suitable for advanced players; too light and club head too big
HEAD Graphene 360 Speed X MP
The speed of the modern game combined with the classic control that so many players crave. This actually describes the Speed MP from HEAD very well. HEAD has fortunately listened to the voices of your players and replaced the Graphene Touch with Graphene 360 (Graphene 360+ in the new 2020 model coming in March). This makes the racquet very stable in the hand, a little bit more powerful and since a little bit of Kraibon has been left out, it feels much more crisp. The Graphene 360 technology takes its name from the position on the clubhead at 3.9 and 12 o’clock.
Weighing in at 10,58 oz and with a 317 swing weight, this racquet is much more explosive than other racquets in this category, but still allows for great play on defense. It is also arm-friendly; 63 RA rating.
Like its predecessor, volleys are no problem for the new Graphene 360 Speed MP, very precise and simply fun at net. Thanks to the high degree of control, we served well in the test and returned like a Novak Djokovic. The added confidence of the Speed MP makes you take more risks and we think that’s very important because it makes you a better player!
Update: I have heard that a new HEAD Speed will be announced in the next weeks. More info will follow soon!
Update 2: I told you! The new HEAD Speed Graphene 360+ is out!
- Excellent control
- Gentle on the arms but still very sensitive
HEAD Speed Kids Tennis Racquet
Looking for a child racket?
But don’t know how big or heavy it should be?
There are no clear winners with kids racquets. In my opinion, the kids should choose a racket that looks good on them. However, there are some things that must be considered. I explain here in advance how to find the right tennis racket for children:
According to our list, a 10-year-old needs a racket that is about 25 inches long. This is exactly what the HEAD Speed Kids Tennis children’s racket does. It comes with a racquet cover and is already strung, weighing only 7,40 oz and with a large head size of 107 square inch.
The racket suggested here is only a recommendation. It is much more important that the length and weight of the racket fits the age and height of the young featherer.
- nice color
HEAD Graphene 360 Extreme Pro
After skipping a generation, here is finally the new HEAD Extreme Pro. The racket from HEAD that lives up to its name in the SPIN category. At 11 oz, the Pro is the heaviest racquet in the Extreme series and has enough mass to hold against fast balls. The swing weight of 331g fits very well.
I could go on and on about the Graphene 360 technology or the special grommets, but let’s face it… this one is all about SPIN. No other racquet from HEAD makes it so easy for beginners to play the “heavy ball” that hits in the opponent’s field and then explodes through spin up to shoulder level. If you’re looking for a racquet that lets you dictate the game through spin, the Extreme Pro is for you. However, if you’re more the classic player type, wearing long white pants and prefer wooden rackets, you’ll want to stay away from the Extreme. Another advantage that some people forget is the bright color. By the time your opponent’s eyes get used to it, the first set should be over!
Thanks to the 64 RA rated frame, it is also very arm-friendly, which is really important for a racquet that is mainly used for spin. The HEAD Extreme Pro also gives you easy access to power and length with little effort. The very wide 16×19 string pattern means that the balls start very high, after half an hour from the baseline you get used to it and get those balls down with the necessary topspin.
This racquet gives every topspin interested, advanced player or beginner a massive advantage when it comes to rallies from the baseline. Unnecessary mistakes are reduced and forced upon the opponent. Really great racket, but please just because of the EXTREME color… test it!
Conclusion: The best tennis racket for topspin from HEAD 2020, maybe even better than the Pure Aero from Babolat.
- You’ll be judged by the color of the racquet!
- A lot of spin with little effort
- should only be played by modern players with lots of spin
HEAD Graphene 360+ Gravity Pro
I was one of the first to see and test the Gravity in its final design at an exclusive HEAD event on Mallorca. Visually, it was immediately clear to me that the racket would be a success. The two-sided color finish, on one side red (officially coral), on the other green (officially turquoise): Looks just great! The rest of the racquet is simply black, very good HEAD!
First of all, the racket was developed in cooperation with Alexander Zverev (yes, double faults are integrated into the frame) and it is said that The Gravity Pro is played by Zverev exactly as it is sold in the shop.
In the Gravity, HEAD first used the new Graphene 360+ to add even more power to the racquet, and the new SpiralFibers add even more touch. This was a very good and necessary development, because the dampened feel of the “old” Graphene 360 had led to a very “dull” feel for some players.
Another change that is completely new in Gravity: The teardrop shape. This allows the frame to be much more responsive. Due to the string pattern, which is pulled apart by the teardrop shape, the Gravity Pro also gives a lot of spin to the ball.
The new Gravity series is made for modern players who like to stick to the baseline and deliver powerful shots, but also has a very classic “touch”. It impresses with great stability, even at high speed, and feels butter-soft with a frame hardness of 62RA. With a swing weight of incredible 332, the Gravity Pro is even more powerful than the Speed Pro, without making the frame stiffer! The result is of course a high level of comfort despite very powerful shots.
Conclusion: Combine the HEAD Speed with a bit more of control and “touch” and you get the HEAD Gravity Pro!
- Unique design
- Very good mix of spin and power
- Very sensitive
- none (maybe a bit vulnerable) to double error 😛
BABOLAT PURE STRIKE 3RD GENERATION 18X20
The racket makes this sound all by itself, at least when I have it in my hand. If you see the racket, which was then called ProjectOne7, in Thiem’s hand, you might think that it is a Winner’s magic wand, but it is not! The Pure Strike is a softer, easier to control version of the Pure Drive. It helps a Thiem to “put one in” without having to hold back.
From the baseline, the Pure Strike feels extremely good, accelerates very fast and is extremely precise. We found it quite difficult to produce any kind of unforced errors at all, because it feels so good in the hand from the beginning and never overpowered. Babolat has made the frame a little thicker at the heart, and with the FSI & Hybrid Frame Construction, we have a very modern, spin-friendly frame.
With the third generation of the Pure Strike, there were no significant updates except for the Purefeel technolog But this was absolutely necessary, because with the predecessors there were often complaints about arm problems, but with Purefeel these should be history! The racquet continues to impress with unbelievable precision and very high stability. 334 swing weight is thanks to it!
If you simply want to “hack” or “ripp”, you should try the Pure Strike. It could be worthwhile to combine this masterpiece of precision hitting with a fast arm! With its classic look, the Pure Strike also looks really good.
- FSI Power technology for more spin
- Incredibly easy to control
- Very forgiving
- “Full throttle” can be played very well with this
- Gentle on the arm due to Purefeel
Wilson Pro Staff 97L
Der Wilson Pro Staff 97 in der der leichteren Variante ist, unserer Meinung nach, einer der besten Tennisschläger in 2020 für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene, die vorhaben, viel Zeit auf dem Platz zu verbringen und an Ihrem Spiel zu arbeiten.
Durch seinen 625er Kopf und nur 290g schwingt es sich sehr zügig mit dem Pro Staff 97L und macht es Anfängern einfach, mit kraftvollen Schlägen zu antworten. Dabei hilft besonders das 315er Schwunggewicht, welches ein Stück über dem Durchschnitt, von Schlägern dieser Gewichtsklasse, liegt. Durch das 16×19 Saitenverhältnis liefert den Pro Staff eine super Kombination für Spin, Power und Kontrolle.
Ich könnte jetzt hier darauf eingehen, dass der Schläger von Roger Federer höchstpersönlich mitentwickelt wurde und er deswegen so unglaublich super ist, aber ich denke, dass die meisten Entscheidungen eher optischer Natur waren. Hier trotzdem ein Bild vom 🐐.
The Wilson Pro Staff 97 in the lighter version is, in our opinion, one of the best tennis rackets in 2020 for beginners and intermediate players who plan to spend a lot of time on the court and work on their game.
With a 50 square inch head and only 10,22 oz, it swings very quickly with the Pro Staff 97L, making it easy for beginners to respond with powerful strokes. The 315 swing weight, which is a bit above the average of clubs in this weight class, is especially helpful. The 16×19 string ratio gives the Pro Staff a great combination for spin, power and control.
I could mention here that Roger Federer himself helped develop the racquet and that’s why it’s so incredibly great, but I think most of the decisions were more visual. Nevertheless, here is a picture from the 🐐.
The Countervail technology is still the best innovation Wilson has brought to the market and makes the Pro Staff a very comfortable racquet. Countervail is a material technology designed to reduce vibrations when the ball hits the club, thereby reducing the strain on your arm.
ProStaff has been synonymous with a thin graphite frame for over 30 years that gives you extreme control over your racket and this version is not letting you down!
- Feels like a very professional racket
- Very stable despite low weight
- Countervail technology, therefore very arm-friendly
HEAD Graphene 360+ Prestige MID 2020
The legend of HEAD, the prestige! The new Prestige 2020 with Graphene 360+ is a successful further development, feels much crisper and more modern than the traditional, soft Prestige we all know from the past.
HEAD has slightly redistributed the 11,3 oz. Much of the weight from the heart has been redistributed to the tip of the racquet and the handle. This makes the Prestige MID feel faster, but also more stable. The 20mm wide frame and the dense 18×20 string ratio naturally support this stability.
But there are two very specific reasons for buying a Prestige: precision and feel. If the Prestige can do one thing, then that! It only took five minutes to test and the feeling of total control overcomes you. It feels as if, in the millisecond of the point of impact, you can predict exactly where the ball will land. It’s a great feeling and it’s also the reason why prestige players always remain prestige players.
But the incredible control and touch requires years of training. The Prestige is a racquet for technically advanced players who generate enough power themselves, because that is the only “disadvantage” of the Prestige. It is a multiplier for good technique and clean shots, so it can be a huge improvement for some players. However, if you multiply something by 0.7, it doesn’t become more, but less.
But HEAD has intervened here and with the 5 variants of the Prestige 2020 for almost every playing level, HEAD has brought a racket onto the market and tries to make the decision easier with the CPI value. CPI stands for Control Power Index, where the lowest number 100 stands for most control and the highest number 1000 for most power.
Personally, I think the Prestige is HEAD’s best looking racquet. The solid red frame with dark red highlights is an absolute beauty and features a nice mix of matt and shiny details. In addition, the Prestige 2020 has some details marked in orange on the inside of the frame.
If you are an experienced player with good technique and want to go all the way without losing control, the Prestige could be your racquet for decades to come! Especially the MP and MID are among the best 2020 racquets for good players.
- Tangible control
- Makes good players into very good players!
- Very stable at any speed
- Makes weaker players usually worse
Wilson Blade 101L V7.0
The Wilson Blade 101L V7.0 is the lighter brother of the 98 18×20 v7 and with its 9,6 oz allows it to be swung by players of intermediate level and young age. Equipped with Parallel Drilling Technology to absorb more vibration and a 16×20 string ratio, this is a very good racquet for the ambitious beginner, intermediate or junior player.
After the success of the Clash, Wilson decided to incorporate FreeFlex technology into the Blade, or the new generation of this technology “FeelFlex”. In summary, FeelFlex means: Carbon mapping throughout the entire racquet, resulting in a much more touch.
This lightweight racquet is very fast and controlled, surprisingly well balanced and allows even beginners to play aggressive tennis without too much effort.
The reason we put the Wilson Blade 101L so far at the top of our 2020 Best Racquets list is because of its incredible accuracy. Whether from the baseline with plenty of time, or under pressure, driven far out of the field, the Blade offers that extra touch to bring the ball back one more time. And as the saying goes, “You only have to bring the ball back one more time than your opponent.”
- FeelFlex for a lot of touch
- Very easy to move
- Very light
- Very easy on your arms
Babolat Pure Aero
It all started with the Babolat AeroPro Drive, continued with the Pure Aero, and now continued with the 7th generation, the all new Babolat Pure Aero. This racquet carries the DNA of Rafael Nadal.
It sounds more like a metaphor, but it’s so incredibly close to the truth, as you can see from this quote from Babolat’s CEO Eric Babolat. No other tennis racket has played so much money in Babolat’s bank account, and at the same time has given so many players a forehand that has so much spin that it doesn’t buzz, but rather gives off a quiet vamos.
To be fair, however, I must say that no other racket in the history of tennis has been responsible for so many frame hits. 😀
The new design of the Pure Aeros in 2019 is much more matte and not as bright as the yellow of its predecessor. The lettering is more aggressive and looks modern and cool.
The 10,5 oz of Pure Aeros are reinforced in the head by the well-known Cortex-System and protect the arm in the hitting position. FSI spin on the grommets at 6 and 12 o’clock gives more “snapback” of the strings and therefore more spin in the ball.
The most important feeling for every player who uses topspin is grip. With Pure Aero you have the feeling that the ball stays extra long on the strings and gives you the chance to make the “heavy ball” hard enough and put extra spin into the ball again!
Conclusion: The best tennis racket 2020 for topspin!
- The #1 racket for topspin
- Great on the offensive
- Also great on the defensive
- Only suitable for modern players with much topspin
Yonex VCore Pro 97
One-handed backhand, longline. That’s what I keep thinking about when I see this racket. Of course, Stan is no longer the only known Yonex VCore player. Top 10 contenders (in my opinion) Denis Shapovapolvaopalov and Nick Kyrgios belong to the team but also Francis Tiafoe. The VCore may not have as many grandslams on the racquet yet, but he has more winners! If we look at all these players we can see that they all play very aggressive tennis.
The VCore Pro 97 comes with a very dense 18×20 ratio for more spin and an isometrically shaped head for which Yonex is known to increase the sweetspot by 48%. In addition, the new edition of the VCore again uses the material called “Namd”. Similar to HEAD’s Graphene 360+, this material is designed to make the frame more flexible, more stable and at the same time increase the duration of ball contact, in other words, magic. The grommets on the 97 are arranged slightly differently, creating t-he very tight string pattern; Yonex calls this “Lock Booster System”. Yonex also has a technology to protect your arm: “Vibration Dampening Mesh” is the name of this technology, it is built into the handle and is supposed to reduce vibrations and improve the touch.
How does it feel? Very good, at least from the baseline it is a lot of fun to “rip” the VCore. The bigger sweetspot is really great and the extra spin makes it a safe weapon.
The combination of 18×20, a 20mm thin frame, a 59 RA value and a 98,5 square inch head makes the VCore not only a racquet with surgical precision on paper, but also on court you have a super competitor to the equally precise HEAD Prestige.
The Yonex 97 combines a butter-soft feel in the point of impact with very, very much control on full swings. With a swing weight of almost 325 it is very easy to return even extremely fast balls of the opponent with ease.
There are definitely other racquets in the VCore family that produce more spin and power, but the 97 definitely has enough to keep enough control. The lack of power is one of the reasons why this ingenious racquet should only be used by good tournament players.
But also at the net we had a lot of fun here due to some great stops and very precise volleys, because the racquet works like a wall due to its high weight of 11,28 oz (almost 12 oz when strung!) and is not impressed by fast balls of the opponent. A larger sweetspot helps a lot at net, where you often have little time to get the racquet behind the ball.
Yonex is doing everything right here and has once again released a VCore, which is one of the best advanced tennis rackets of 2020. However, it should not be underestimated that this racquet really needs a player who can generate a lot of power to reach its full potential. We’d rather put him on rank one on our list, but the nest racket is so damn good too!
- Large sweet spot
- For Powerhitter
- Made for good players
- Extremely precise
- not for players with a slow swing
Wilson Clash 100
The new Clash 100, a unique, flexible frame with explosive speed, lots of spin and a great feel. Strung, the Clash 100 Tour weighs 11 o and comes with a low swing weight of only 312, making it ideal for the ambitious player who needs a racquet that can easily generate a lot of speed.
With FreeFlex and StableSmart, Wilson has introduced the Clash, a racquet that offers a unique combination of flexibility and feel. According to Wilson, these two material technologies are the reasons why the Wilson Clash has the advantages of a flexible frame without losing the “crisp” feel of modern rackets. The Clash has sold extremely well since its release and this is almost certainly due to this unique combination (and a lot of marketing :P).
Although the Clash 100 has a little less weight and therefore a little less penetration power than the Clash 100 TOUR, it allows for very aggressive shots with lots of spin and depth. On the defensive or off the court, the Clash 100 also gives you the chance to hit some crushing winners because it is so easy to move. The only drawback is the low weight when volleying. At net, the racquet lacks the stability and mass to redirect fast balls. Advanced players should use the Clash 100 Tour anyway, as well as players who are often at net.
- Unique combination of flexibility despite crisp feel
- Easy access to lots of power and length
- Very beginner friendly
- little stability at the net. Alternative: Clash 100 Tour
What you should know about your best tennis racquet for 2020:
- Racquet Head Size
The clubhead size describes the size of the area within which the strings are located. The size is a big factor in the power transferred to the ball through your swing. A large head allows for more power transfer and a larger sweetspot. A small head, on the other hand, transmits less power, but this is not important for very good players, as they have enough power from their good technique, but use the smaller head for better control.
The length of a racket has a strong influence on the maneuverability. A longer club feels heavier when swinging, but increases the swing weight and increases the range. For example, when serving, the two extra centimeters can be helpful. The normal length of a racquet is 27 inches, but the maximum length of a tennis racquet is 29 inches.
Heavier clubs have more mass, transfer more power to the ball and remain more stable when they go through the ball. But this does not mean that lighter rackets do not have power! 😁 A higher weight helps the racket to remain more stable at the point of impact without being moved by the ball.
Although some clubs have the same weight, they feel different. That’s because of the weight distribution. Some clubs have more weight on the head, some on the grip. To find out which weight distribution suits you better, you should simply take two clubs to the next practice session and change every few minutes.
Many professional players choose the grip-heavy weight distribution because it improves maneuverability and very good players don’t need the heavy racket head to generate power.
Head-heavy rackets feel lighter to the touch and transfer more energy to the ball. Due to the high weight in the head and the low weight at the handle, these rackets often tend to give off a lot of vibration. Therefore you should look for arm-friendly technology.
- Frame Stiffness
The hardness of a frame, describes the degree of deformation when the ball hits the string. Manufacturers’ materials are becoming more and more modern (Babolat’s viscoelastic rubber is used in space travel) and manufacturers are now able to produce very light rackets. In order for a lightweight racket to withstand the stresses of a tennis match, a certain amount of hardness is required. The harder the frame the more energy is transferred to the ball.
- String Pattern
The string ratio describes the number of cross and long strings of the racquet. A tighter string pattern gives more control, while a more open string pattern gives more spin, through more string movement, resulting in more friction and ultimately more string wear.
Modern rackets have grips that absorb a lot of vibration and improve comfort. Each player also has individual preferences in the size of the grip.
We recommend the Wilson Blade 101L V7.0 for beginners, but if it is too light, the Wilson ProStaff97L is a very good choice, but should only be played by ambitious beginners who want to spend a lot of time on the course.
For most advanced players, the Yonex VCore Pro 97HD is an excellent choice.
The HEAD Ti S6 is a great choice for seniors looking for a racquet that is easy to move, has a large racquet head, is arm-friendly but still offers enough power for all strokes.
We recommend the Wilson Roger Federer 25 kids racket. Please read all further details about the best children’s racket on this page, as there are many factors that are important.
The absolute best racquet for players who generate plenty of spin is the Babolat Pure Aero from Rafael Nadal. A very good alternative from HEAD is the Extreme, which has become a great racquet for TopSpin in recent years.
Take enough time to find your new tennis racket! Every racket is different and comes with advantages and disadvantages for the different types of players.
If you play a lot of tennis and like to spend time on the court, it is really essential that you take enough time when choosing your racket. A racket from the big brands like Wilson, Head or Babolat will always be worth it! The high quality materials allow you to use racquets for a long time, even if you play frequently.
The technical differences between the different clubs allow you to say a few things about the racket before you even pick it up. Try to test a few rackets whose characteristics match the tennis you want to play.
Once you have found the best tennis racket for you, you should look at the grip strength. For men a grip strength of 2 or 3 is very common, especially big players with hands like a John Isner prefer grip strength 4 ( or 10? 😛 ). The right grip strength is not only important or bad for your tennis, but also for your tennis elbow and we don’t want it.
And now? Play, play, play. Go to sleep once in a while, but then play again! There is no better way to find your personal best tennis racket. This is the case in 2020, was the case in 1999 and will still be the case in 2025!