In this review, we will be going over one of Wilson’s top-most selling rackets. The Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Tennis Racket is by far one of the best tennis rackets in the “tweener” category.
The Hyper Hammer 5.3 comes in two models, which can be mainly distinguished by their head sizes, although other attributes differ:
- Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Midplus Tennis Racket (95 sq. in head)
- Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Oversize (OS) Tennis Racket (110 sq. in head)
In this review, we will be talking about Hyper Hammer 5.3 Oversize because of the sheer admiration it has garnered from numerous players worldwide.
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The head size of 5.3 OS has been increased by 15 sq. in compared to its older brother, the Midplus. The increase in its head size aims to produce more powerful strokes with less effort, which goes along well with seniors playing for recreational purposes and yet love power hitting and aces.
It has an oversize length of 27.5 inches, which allows for easy maneuvering. It also helps in creating wider angles while serving and also has a great reach, which again helps players who aren’t great with their footwork and are not fast enough to reach wide balls or sudden drops.
The Hyper Hammer 5.3 Oversize is different from other models in its own league because of the materials it is made up of. The racket’s frame comprises of a mixture of carbon (15%) and Graphite (85%), which makes it four times stronger compared to traditional rackets made of titanium. It also weighs 65% lighter compared to the rackets that have a titanium frame.
Another feature that is of interest to players who are raring to go immediately is that it comes pre-strung. The racket uses Wilson Ultra Synthetic Gut Natural strung at 58 pounds for its strings, which is known for its durability even with hardcore players. The Hammer Technology gives 5.3 OS a featherweight feel along with a sweet spot that is larger as well as larger.
One of the essential features that many players look in for a racket is its weight. Weighing just over 9 ounces (9.2 to be accurate) after strung, Hammer 5.3 OS is one of the lightest rackets in its category, making it a favorite among beginners and adult players.
Hammer 5.3 OS – Benefits
Since the racket comes pre-strung, there is no need, especially for the beginners, to take the pain of visiting a shop to get it strung or worrying about the string tension.
Apart from its oversized head, it comes with a 16×20 string pattern (open). It is 10 pt head heavy and has a 28mm beam width (dual taped). Owning to its remarkable design and state of the art technology, the racket can be considered one of the most powerful rackets in the present market.
Another advantage of the Hyper Hammer 5.3 OS over conventional models is that it has a larger sweet spot, which helps produce powerful controlled shots if you hit the ball off-center.
What We Like
Now, let us have a look at 5.3 OS’ pros in short:
- Lightweight compared to most others in its category.
- Head-heavy frame for heavy power.
- Large open string pattern for a larger sweet spot.
- It comes pre-strung.
- Longer length for better reach and serves.
What We Don’t Like
Though there are not many cons, they are:
- Full-length swings can be too powerful for the ball to stay in court without spin.
- The racket can induce more significant vibrations.
- Less control of the ball due to the bigger head size.
- Player: Beginner/Intermediate
- Head: 110 Sq inch
- Weight: 9.2 ounces
- Length: 27.5 inches
- Material Composition: Graphite and Carbon (Hyper)
All in all, opting for Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Oversize Tennis Racket can be of great advantage for players who want to improve power on their shots. It is also an equally great choice for older people who play for recreational purposes. Given its oversized head, Hammer 5.3 Oversize can be very forgiving even if a player doesn’t hit the ball in the center of the racket and its longer length means less footwork.
If you are still on the fence about your next tennis racket check out our complete guide to the best tennis rackets for 2021.