Top 10 Best Tennis Rackets in 2019

In any sport, your performance is governed by the quality of your equipment. You can’t expect to perform well in a tennis match without a racket that offers enough control, power, stability, and spin.

However, with racket technology advancing by the minute, picking a new tennis racket that suits your playing style can be challenging, especially with the sheer number of options available.

Whether you’re a beginner looking to ascend to a higher tier or a professional that wants to give it a try with a new racket, this article will provide you with all the information you need.

1. Babolat Pure Strike

Fronting our list is the extremely popular Pure Strike tennis racket from Babolat. It has a 16 x 19 string pattern that grants it easy access to spin. It provides effortless swinging and a power level that’s almost close to that of the Babolat Pure Drive, but it’s only a tad harder to maneuver.

If you put the Babolat Pure Drive – which we’ll be reviewing next – head to head with the Babolat Pure Strike, you’ll notice that the difference lies in their stability. The Pure Strike being the heavier of the two, meaning that it offers more stability upon contact with the ball than the Pure Drive.

Why is stability so crucial? Well, the more stability a racket can offer, the greater the build up of energy going through the ball will be with every stroke. As a result, you get a heavier short with great spin and a ton of power. As far as the Pure Drive, energy-loss seem to be prominent.

For players who are more concerned about serves, we’d highly recommend the 16 x 19 model over the 18 x 20 one because it allows for more power and spin. If you can already serve pretty big, then you may want to go with the 18 x 20 model as it provides better control and accuracy.

The Babolat Pure Strike is a great all-around racket that offers a good blend of power, stability, and control. However, if you’re someone that likes to attack the net and serve a lot of volleys, it may not be the best option for you. Overall, this is a remarkable, must-have tennis racket.

Babolat Pure Strike
  • A TRUE PLAYER’S STICK: The Babolat 2017 Pure Strike 16x19 Silver/Orange Tennis Racquet is designed for advanced players looking to generate their own pace and really hit out on the ball, love thin beamed frames, and require a 16x19 string pattern in which to generate ample spin. This stick was made for precision shotmaking with lots of revolutions per second (aka SPIN!). The softer frame is made of graphite and tends to be easier on the arm than the iconic Pure Drive.
  • RACQUET SPECIFICATIONS: Head Size 98 sq. in. / 632.3 sq. cm.; Length: 27in / 68.58cm; Strung Weight: 11.3oz / 320.4g; 13in / 33.02cm / 4 pts HL; Swingweight: 323; Stiffness: 67; Beam Width: 21.3mm / 23.3mm / 21.3mm; Composition: Graphite; Power Level: Low-Medium; Stroke Style: Medium-Full; Swing Speed: Medium-Fast; Grip Type: Babolat Skin Feel; String Pattern:16 Mains / 19 Crosses; String Tension: 50-59 pounds
  • RACKET TECHNOLOGIES: Woofer Dynamic String System: Helps string and frame interact with strings being more fee to move - results in greater trampoline effect (power) and shock absorption; Hybrid Frame: Mix of square and elliptical frame shapes help the balance of feel, precision, and responsiveness; FSI Power: Low density string bed increases power, comfort, playability, and most importantly - SPIN!
  • FREE STRINGING: This frame comes strung with a high quality, 16 gauge synthetic gut in your choice of colors


  • Offers a great deal of control and stability
  • A perfect racket for hitting return shots
  • Provides plenty of power and ideal spin
  • Easy to swing and has great accuracy


  • It’s not as powerful as the Babolat Pure Drive
  • The quality of the strings could be improved

2. Babolat Pure Drive

The Babolat Pure Drive is a 11.2-ounces, 100-square-inches, head-light racket that ascended to its iconic status in the hands of some of the most notable names in the sport such as the former number one professional tennis player Andy Roddick and the astonishing Garbiñe Muguruza.

The Pure Drive isn’t just a go-to racket for professionals. Its head size and strung weight make it a pretty suitable racket for beginners and intermediate players as well. However, this racket isn’t the most affordable, so it wouldn’t be recommended for beginners merely based on its price tag.

There are a few keywords that define the Babolat Pure Drive: high speed, immense power, and great spin. The racket is heavily geared towards generating tons of power with minimal effort as it has a swingweight of 11.32 ounces. It’s also very maneuverable considering its power.

The 2018 version of the Pure Drive has incorporated FSI Power Technology, which changed the design of the racket’s grommets and increased its swing spacing, giving the racket more power. It also features the Cortex dampening system, allowing it to absorb vibrations very effectively.

The racket is able to deliver great spin and a lot of power on groundstrokes and great control on during serves. However, we wouldn’t classify the Babolat Pure Drive as a great tennis racket for volleys because it doesn’t have enough stability. Overall, a great racket for power and spin.


  • Perfect for groundstrokes and serves
  • Has a pretty commodious sweet spot
  • Great power with very minimal effort
  • Offers remarkable access to topspin


  • It falls short in the stability department
  • It’s too stiff for players with tennis elbow

3. Wilson Pro Staff RF 97

The Pro Staff RF 97 from Wilson is one of those tennis rackets you can recognize from miles away. It gained its stardom status from the likes of Roger Federer and Pete Sampras and it’s simply one of the most remarkable rackets out there when it comes to the heavyweight category.

With a significant weight of almost 12 ounces and a 97-square-inch head, the Pro Staff RF 97 is a racket that provides great control. In addition, this is an extremely head-light racket, and when you consider its weight, you’ll realize that it offers some serious impact and head speed.

If there’s one thing that this racket boasts that outshines its competition, it would be its ability to harness all the energy that you generate and direct it all through the ball, meaning that you’ll be sending rocket-fast projectiles towards your opponent rather than regular tennis-ball shots.

While we do consider the Babolat Pure Strike and Pure Drive top-tier rackets, this Wilson racket simply crushes them when it comes to hitting volleys. The Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 offers stability and maneuverability that the two above-mentioned products wouldn’t dream to have.

We’d say that the only major thing that may deter a lot of players from choosing this racket is its insanely hefty weight. If you’re a beginner player that’s still developing body strength, you’re not going to enjoy playing with this racket at all as it can wear you out very quickly.


  • Arguably the best racket for hitting volleys
  • Offers supreme stability and maneuverability
  • Provides great power when you fully swing
  • Boasts a very sleek and attractive design


  • It doesn’t supply remarkable power on its own
  • Only recommended for professional players

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4. Wilson Blade 98

The Wilson Blade 98 is designed for aggressive players who can generate a great deal of power on their own. Its braided graphite and basalt construction help provide a great mix of control and power while maintaining a lightness, sturdiness, and slight flexibility.

Weighing in at 11.3 ounces, the Wilson Blade 98 isn’t really a heavy tennis racket, but it’s heavy enough to keep you mindful of your swings. And compared to the older Blade, this racket feels way more comfortable and not as tough on the arm as its predecessor.

Not only that, but Wilson has also put a lot of time and effort to improve off-center responses. In previous versions of the model, it would feel like the racket is about to twist or bend of you hit a ball slightly off-center. The Blade 98, however, is a lot more forgiving to off-center hits.

The Wilson Blade 98 is equipped with Wilson’s very own Amplifeel Technology, which keeps the vibrations across the racket’s frame to a minimum so that the player feels comfortable hitting the ball, making this an ideal racket for people who suffer from tennis elbow or joint pain.

There’s one aspect, however, where the Blade 98 falls short a little, that aspect being spin. This is mainly due to having an 18 x 20 string pattern, also known as the closed pattern. If spin is an invaluable weapon in your artillery, you may want to go with the older, 16 x 19 version.


  • Provides very smooth feel and control
  • It offers great plow for groundstrokes
  • An incredible racket for hitting volleys
  • Great racket for coming into the net


  • Requires you to generate your own power
  • The closed pattern offers very limited spin

5. Yonex Ezone DR 98

The Yonex Ezdone DR 98 heavy, head-light, flexible racket that’s designed to achieve immense power with every stroke. It’s constructed from high-quality materials that give it admirable agility and durability. Due to its hefty strung weight and swingweight, this is a racket for professionals only.

The racket features some truly impressive technology. The ‘DR’ in its name stands for Dynamic Repulsion, which is the material used to grant its frame its slight flexibility. It also boasts a large sweet spot, allowing for more forgiveness and control when hitting off-center shots.

The Ezone also features a unique Zone Speed feature that helps improve the ball speed by 7%, which makes it an ideal racket for aggressive players. The Ezone DR 98 also does a great job of balancing power and control, allowing you to land the ball wherever you want.

Yonex has incorporated isometric technology into the Ezone DR 98 with the aid of an advanced eyelet system. By doing so, the system adds flat and deep eyelets into the racket’s frame, which allows for better snapback and grants the racket significant strength while maintaining lightness.

That’s not all, Yonex has also incorporated Quake Shut Gel to the handle, which helps reduce vibrations. As a result, the player feels more comfortable hitting the ball at full force. Overall, the Yonex Ezone DR 98 is a control racket, so don’t expect too much power out of it.


  • Has a lightweight and highly durable construction
  • Boasts vibration-dampening technology for comfort
  • Isometric technology allows for a better sweet spot
  • An ideal tennis racket for players with long swings


  • The color scheme is a little too boring
  • Doesn’t provide a whole lot of power

6. Babolat Pure Aero

It’s impossible to find a ‘top-10 tennis best tennis rackets’ list that doesn’t have the Babolat Pure Aero on it. This racket’s association with the incomparable Rafael Nadal grants it superstardom status, making it a must-have racket for any tennis player.

By using the Pure Aero, you’ll benefit from dreamy spin and insane power due to its responsive nature. Some players would kill to have such attributes in their racket, but players that are able to generate their own spin and power may find this racket overbearing.

Despite having the same weight, the 2019 version of the Pure Aero is less stiff than the 2018 model, meaning that you’ll enjoy more comfort upon impact with the ball. Due to the change in stiffness, the swingweight of the 2019 model is a bit less than that of the 2018 model at 11.4 ounces.

The Pure Aero provides a good blend of spin and power from the back of the court, and with the new developments in the 2019 model, you should find it very comfortable to do so without taxing your arms. It’s a remarkable racket when it comes to serves and groundstrokes.

As you might have guessed from a racket that’s good at serves and groundstrokes, this racket isn’t the best when it comes to hitting volleys as it doesn’t offer enough stability. Nevertheless, the 2019 version of the Pure Aero carries on the legacy of this great series gracefully.


  • Offers a great blend of power and spin
  • Impressive performance at the baseline
  • Pretty much a self-performing racket
  • Has an effective impact-absorbing system


  • It doesn’t excel as you approach the net
  • Can be too self-performing for some players
Babolat Pure Aero
  • Rafael Nadal`s racquet of choice, The Babolat 2019 Pure Aero Tennis Racquet get some nice upgrades and a beautiful bright yellow and black finish. The driving force for the Aero series is the Aeromodular beam construction for less wind drag and increased racquet head speed. This years Pure Aero incorporates Babolats Cortex Pure Feel to make the response a little more arm friendly at contact. The tech comes from a partnership with SMAC, a company with long standing ties to the aerospace indu!
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  • Carbon Ply Stabilizer . FEATURES: Smacwrap . FEATURES: Aeromodular Technology. FEATURES: 2019 Pure Aero Tennis Racquet
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7. Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro

There are three keywords that can sum up the Graphene 360 Speed Pro: maneuverability, feel, and control. Head has changed the weight of this racket to from 11.7 to 10.9 ounces, which may not be something that players who prefer heavier weight want to hear, but just hear us out.

The Head Graphene 360 Speed Pro is one of those few rackets that prove that you don’t really need a whole lot of weight to get an outstanding performance. It features a reinforced shaft and head, granting the user a little more pop than previous models from this series.

That’s not the only change that the 360 Speed Pro has gone through, there’s also a change in the string’s spacing. Don’t get us wrong, it’s still pretty much an 18 x 20 pattern, but it borrows a few attributes that you’d only find in an open string pattern.

One thing remains the same with all Speed Pro rackets, which is that they’re all equally efficient when it comes to groundstrokes, and the 360 is no different. It’s a perfect racket for aggressive players who like to follow their shots with a little bit of spin to trip their opponent.

The thing that we don’t appreciate the reduced weight in the 360 model is that it’s not as good as previous, heftier models when it comes to hitting volleys. While the 360’s weight makes it a great racket for hitting balls from the back of the court, it really doesn’t do it justice at the net.


  • Perfect for groundstrokes and serves
  • It allows for effortless swinging
  • Offers great control and shot accuracy
  • Has a lightweight and stable design


  • Requires a lot of effort to generate power
  • It’s not the most effective for hitting volleys
Graphene 360 Speed Pro
  • The HEAD Speed 360 Pro tennis racquet is designed for the advanced tournament player who needs optimized control.
  • The Speed Pro features the new Graphene 360 technology which provides greater stability and optimized energy transfer for more power as well as a head-turning new design.
  • The Speed Series is endorsed by Novak Djokovic and Sascha Zverev.

8. Prince Textreme Tour 95

This is yet another remarkable, control-focused tennis racket that has an 11.28-ounces strung weight, which is not too heavy but not too light either, it’s perfectly balanced. The racket features an open 16 x 19 string pattern, which means that you’ll get access to plenty of spin and power.

Unlike the Textreme Tour 100, which could be labeled as a self-performing racket with its 16 x 18 string pattern, the [amzon link=”B07F22GTCK” title=”Textreme Tour 95″] feels less involved and allows you to rely on your own technique rather than always producing more than you’d like to get.

The difference between the Textreme Tour 95 and 100 is very apparent when it comes to hitting groundstrokes. The Tour 95 feels slightly more dampened than the Tour 100, allowing for more comfort and durability. This is mainly because the Tour 95’s beam is thicker than that of the 100.

While a lot of the above-mentioned tennis rackets seem to fall short in the volleys category, this racket breaks out of that mold. It’s as equally efficient at the net as it is from the back of the court. It offers the perfect blend of control and maneuverability that players need to hit volleys.

Sadly, when it comes to tennis rackets, there’s no such thing as a perfect all-around racket. With more control comes less power, and that’s the only major setback to the Tour 95. If you’re able to generate big serves, however, you should be able to derive enough power from this racket.


  • Provides great control, feel, and touch
  • Absorbs vibrations and shocks effectively
  • One of the best tennis rackets at the net
  • Features an extremely sturdy construction


  • You’ll need to generate your own power
  • Not the best tennis racket for big servers
Prince Textreme Tour 95
  • The HEAD Speed 360 Pro tennis racquet is designed for the advanced tournament player who needs optimized control.
  • The Speed Pro features the new Graphene 360 technology which provides greater stability and optimized energy transfer for more power as well as a head-turning new design.
  • The Speed Series is endorsed by Novak Djokovic and Sascha Zverev.

9. Prince Phantom Pro 100

If you’re a fan of the Prince Phantom 100, then you’ll definitely enjoy its solid-beam Pro version. It offers a nice blend of maneuverability and speed that you’d find in a modern tennis racket, but it also borrows the control and feel aspects of a classic control-focused racket.

Featuring a 16 x 18 string pattern, the Phantom Pro 100 grants its holder a high launch angle. So basically, if you want the ball to drop back into the court, you’ll need to implement a bit of technique to topspin to your shot. The result is a heavy ball that will trip your opponent.

The great thing about most Prince rackets is that they’re all pretty good at the net, and the Pro 100 is no different. It offers enough precision and stability that will grant you enough confidence to approach the net if you’re not really someone that likes to charge towards it.


  • Offers great control and maneuverability
  • One of the most comfortable rackets out there
  • Has the ability to generate plenty of topspin
  • A great racket to have when you’re at the net


  • It compromises a bit on power and stability
  • It lacks the pop required for potent serves
Phantom Pro 100
  • This racquet will be shipped unstrung
  • Head Size: 100 sq. in. / 645.16 sq. cm.
  • Length: 27in / 68.58cm
  • Strung Weight: 11.4oz / 323.18g
  • Balance: 12.79in / 32.49cm / 6 pts HL

10. Yonex VCore Pro 97 310

The Yonex VCore Pro 97 is available in two weight variations: 310g and 330g. We thought the weight of the latter model is too much for most players to manage, so we’ve decided to include the 310g model instead as it’s a lot more responsive without compromising on power.

The VCore Pro 97 is a great racket straight out of the gate. It offers a great blend of power, spin, and control. Of course, it’s not going to match the power of its heavier brother, but it does have an advantage over the 330g model, which is maneuverability.

When it comes to volleying, the 310g models falls a little short compared to the 330g model as it’s not really as stable. We’re not saying that it’s not great for hitting volley shots, not at all. It’s just not as good as its heavier variant. Overall, a great racket with massive appeal.


  • Great performance as far as groundstrokes
  • Remarkable control with a high level of power
  • Very effective when it comes to volley shots
  • Provides great precision and shot accuracy


  • Power isn’t easily accessed with this racket
  • Some players may prefer the heavier model
Yonex VCore Pro 97
  • Yonexs newest VCore series gets a new update that brings their Namd graphite technology and Lock Booster System to the lineup.
  • Namd graphite technology
  • Black Micro Core stability
  • Lock Booster System
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Selecting the Right Tennis Racket

There are a lot of major factors that must be considered before heading out to buy a new tennis racket. From your style of play and the type of swing you have to all of the technical aspects of the tennis racket itself. The following buying guide will ensure the best bang for your buck.

Different Types of Tennis Rackets

The three most common types of rackets available are power, control, and tweener rackets. The difference between each type is present in aspects such as length, head, frame, and weight. For you to get a better understanding of what each type has to offer, here’s a brief breakdown.

Power Tennis Rackets

As the name suggests, power rackets are designed to grant players more hitting power with less effort. Often times you’ll find experts recommending this type of tennis rackets for beginners that haven’t yet developed the athleticism and technique that allow them to produce their own power.


  • Oversized head between 107-135 square inches
  • Lightweight construction between 8-9.5 ounces
  • Stiff and lengthy frame between 27-29 inches
  • Such models tend to be balanced head heavy

Control Tennis Rackets

Control rackets are pretty much the opposite of power rackets. It’s designed for players that are able to generate their own power and are more concerned about control and accuracy. This is a category of rackets that are highly popular amongst seasoned tennis players and professionals.


  • Smaller heads between 85-98 square inches
  • Heavyweight construction between 11.5-12 ounces
  • Flexible and short frame that’s around 27 inches
  • Such models tend to be balanced head light

Tweener Tennis Rackets

Tweener rackets offer the best of both worlds when it comes to power and control as they fall in between the two above-mentioned types. Tweener rackets are all-around great rackets that will an ideal blend of power and control. This type is highly recommended for recreational players.


  • Mid-sized head between 98-104 square inches
  • Light to medium weight between 9.5-11 ounces
  • Semi-stiff and semi-long frame around 28 inches
  • Such models tend to be evenly balanced

Technical Aspects of Tennis Rackets

Looking at the different types of rackets mentioned above, you might be wondering what kind of effect do things like head size, length, weight, and balance have on a tennis racket. Here’s your answer:


The head size of a tennis racket plays a major role when it comes to the power it can provide. A racket that has a larger head will produce more power than one with a smaller head. In addition, a larger head size provides you with hitting area, improving your off-center hitting chances.

Tennis rackets have head sizes that range somewhere between 93 and 135 inches. A seasoned player is more likely to opt for a racket with a small head size because it offers more control. For beginner and intermediate players, however, a large head that offers more power is preferred.


Tennis rackets are available in lengths between 27 and 29 inches. You can also find models that are 26.5-inches long. The longer the racket is, the more leverage you have on serves and reach you have on groundstrokes. Moreover, lengthier rackets offer more power than standard ones.

We’d highly recommend you to purchase a lengthy tennis racket if you find trouble maneuvering the racket. The reason why is because longer rackets tend to have higher swingweight, which is something that results in ease of maneuverability with very minimum effort.


Different players have different types of swings, and the weight of your tennis rackets has a very huge influence on your swing, making it one of the key factors to consider when you’re shopping for a new tennis racket. Luckily, most models are often available in a wide range of weights.

Heavyweight rackets that are 11.5 ounces and more are used by players who seek more power. However, such weight can make it challenging for the player to maneuver the racket, which can easily wear the player out. Lighter rackets, on the other hand, to weight 9.5 ounces or less.


Tennis rackets can come in three different variations when it comes to balance: head light, head heavy, or evenly balanced. Head-light rackets are often the heaviest rackets around, but they’re also the most maneuverable, surprisingly enough, as most of the mass is located at the handle.

Head-heavy rackets, on the other hand, are the lightest of the bunch in terms of weight as most of their mass is focused at the head. This type is prominent in lightweight power rackets. Lastly, evenly-balanced rackets offer a blend of maneuverability, power, and stability in one package.


Stiffer tennis rackets don’t bend as easily as flexible models. As a result, they aren’t very good when it comes to depleting an incoming ball out of energy. Flexible models, however, can bend very well, which grants them the ability to cause more energy loss than stiffer tennis rackets.

There seems to be a common misconception among tennis players that rackets that bend more grant the ball more power. However, this is completely false because the ball tends to remain on the strings for a few milliseconds shorter than the time taken by the racket’s frame to recover.


The swingweight of a tennis racket influences how heavy it will feel when you swing it. A racket that has a low swingweight is easier to swing but offers less comfort and stability. A racket with a high swingweight is harder to swing, but it offers more stability, power, and comfort.

If you’re a beginner or an intermediate player, a racket with a lower swingweight will be the best option because it will allow you to play with higher acceleration and stroke speed. Professionals, on the other hand, opt for high-swingweight rackets due to the immense power they deliver.


String patterns are also another factor that often goes unnoticed by a lot of players. Patterns are available in two variants: open or closed. Open string patterns provide more deflection, resulting in better rebound and higher launch angle. However, open strings are often not so durable.

Closed string patterns don’t reflect as much as their open counterparts, meaning that they don’t offer much rebound power. But on the bright side, rackets with closed string patterns are looked at as control rackets and they allow for great swinging. In addition, they’re a lot more durable.

Measuring Your Grip Size

Determining the ideal grip size of a racket can be quite tricky. The first thing you need to do is to identify the perimeter of the handle in millimeters. To do so, simply grab a ruler and measure the length between the second line on the palm of your hand and the tip of the ring finger.

Perimeter 100-102 103-105 106-108 109-111 112-114 115-117
Grip Size 4 4 1/8 4 1/4 4 3/8 4 4/8 4 5/8

If you’re not quite sure which grip size you should go for, go for the racket with the smaller grip size. You can then buy overgrips that you can place on top of the racket’s original grip to get a larger grip. Overgrips are very affordable, meaning that you can get a new grip at any time.


At the end of the day, the idea of a perfect tennis racket is completely subjective. However, one racket that stood out the most for us and has impressed us in every aspect is the Babolat Pure Strike. It just has everything right going for it, from great control and stability to ideal power and spin. Let us know which one of the above-mentioned rackets you think is the best.