Choosing your first racquet may not be that easy, especially for total beginners. The information out there is so huge and some recommendations are not helpful at all. I decided to create this article because this is one of the most common questions.
So “what really is the best tennis racquet for beginners?”. Literally, every manufacturer out there claims that their products are the bombshell. So, how do we separate a great racquet from the pack of endless choices? Don’t fret; actually, researching and choosing a racquet is not that hard. You just need some pointers to help you choose what is the right for you. Beginners and everyone out there will benefit from this ultimate guide. So read more below to find out.
Table of Contents
- Here’s how to choose a tennis racquet for beginners:
- 5 Best Tennis Racquets for Beginners
- 1. Babolat Pure Drive – Great overall performance racquet
- 2. HEAD Ti.S6 Tennis Racquet – Affordable racquet with a large head size
- 3. HEAD MicroGEL Radical MidPlus – Easy to control with decent power racquet
- 4. Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Stretch OS – One of the best oversized tennis racquet.
- 5. Wilson Tour Slam Tennis Racquet – A very affordable starter racquet
Top Pick: Babolat Pure Drive
Runner-up: HEAD Ti.S6
Budget Pick: Wilson Tour Slam
Here’s how to choose a tennis racquet for beginners:
Generally speaking, the heavier the racquet the more power it can generate. But for a beginner, lightweight racquets are ideal to build coordinated ball hit- swing speed. Also, they can provide enough power while being a little bit easy on the arms. It also depends on your physical strength and you swing speed, but as a beginner, you still finding out what your swing speed really is.
Don’t overthink this, it is all about your personal preference. Some like light weight sticks while other like heavier sticks.
The balance affects the swing weight of the racquet. It determines how the weight is distributed. Head-heavy racquets are generally powerful but less maneuverable because their balance location is more than halfway up. While head-light racquets can generate less power but easier to control because the balance location is less than halfway. Even balance racquets have a balance point more or less near the center of the racquet.
This is also important. Most beginners think a cheaper racquet can do the job. You can use those cheap sticks with cheap materials, but I can guarantee you that they are not durable and will do you more harm than good. Great racquets generally cost $70- $200, remember this! I would suggest going one step up and buy a racquet that has a good history, enough features and reliability.
The racquet will give you more power to your shots from its head size. Head sizes are ranging from 80 – 130 square inches. Often times you will hear people saying that “the bigger the head size the larger the sweet spot.” This is not entirely true, sure there are lots of racquets with a big head size that also has a big sweet spot but it also depends on the racquets overall structure, not just on the head’s size alone.
Anyway, below is a list of tennis racquets from different popular brands, price points, materials, has a solid reputation and of course, perfect for all of the beginners out there.
5 Best Tennis Racquets for Beginners
1. Babolat Pure Drive – Great overall performance racquet
A high-quality performance racquet, this product offers great control and power. The new FSI technology incorporated in this racquet makes this possible. It’s good for players with no experience. It’s a perfect fit for intermediary players too.
The aerodynamic shape helps with the serve as well as the groundstrokes. Right off the bat, users might notice a difference in shot accuracy. Moreover, customer reviews suggest that it’s one of the easiest racquets to use.
- Head Size – 100 square inches
- Length – 27 inches
- Weight – 11.2 ounces
- Balance – Head Light
- Material – Graphite
Why I liked it – It’s a well-balanced racquet, and it has a solid feel to it. The user-friendliness and the easy access to power make this product a hit with the masses. The best part is that the ball just flies off the racquet once in contact with the sweet spot.
The sweet spot combined with the easy grip, easy power, and spin allows more penetration through the ball, so one can really play well with this racquet. Its moderate weight and unique design offer really nice control, so it becomes easy to switch from defense to offense and vice versa.
2. HEAD Ti.S6 Tennis Racquet – Affordable racquet with a large head size
It’s a nice and powerful tennis racquet for beginners. The grip size and the overall feel of the product makes it a perfect fit for beginner tennis players. It is a longer racquet (27.75″) to help beginners to extend their reach.
It has a large head size and it’s pretty lightweight as well. A comfortable racquet that is easy to swing and maneuver. Moreover, it’s easy on one’s elbow too. If your need is to have lightweight, durable, and a game improving racquet, HEAD Ti.S6 tennis racquet will fit the bill.
- Head Size – 115 square inches
- Length – 27.75 inches
- Weight – 8.9 ounces
- Balance – Head Heavy
- Material – Graphite / Titanium
Why I liked it – Despite being light, it has lots of power, and it’s more forgiving on the groundstrokes. It appears that the sweet spot is pretty big as well. So, even if you are not precise with your strokes, the ball will still sail over the net. The strings are solid, and the product is made to last.
3. HEAD MicroGEL Radical MidPlus – Easy to control with decent power racquet
If you to learn how to control the ball, the Head MicroGEL Radical MP is a good choice. Comes in at 98 square inch head size, this stick is maneuverable and it can generate just enough power with it. But if you’re a player that can generate his/her own power then you will definitely have an easier time using this stick.
It has a nice and simple design which makes it popular for men and women players. The HEAD MicroGEL Radical MidPlus is marketed as a beginner to intermediate racquet. This racquet is easy to use for beginners that wants to improve their technique and you can learn how to control the ball much sooner. For me, it is a great all-around racquet for any skill level.
- Head Size – 98 square inches
- Length – 27 inches
- Weight – 11 ounces
- Balance – Head Light
- Material – Microgel / Graphite
Why I liked it – A “precise” racquet that has a great control, spin and also great for groundstrokes. Recreational players or even seasoned players love this stick that is why it is one of the best selling racquets in the market.
4. Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Stretch OS – One of the best oversized tennis racquet.
It is light and head heavy so this racquet is not easy to control but it gives powerful serves. Overall, this racquet is not a bad choice if you want a powerful racquet.
- Head Size – 110 square inches
- Length – 27.5 inches
- Weight – 9 ounces
- Balance – Head heavy
- Material – Hyper Carbon / Graphite
Why I liked it – Powerful racquet with an extended reach. A big head size to help players hit the ball more often.
5. Wilson Tour Slam Tennis Racquet – A very affordable starter racquet
The Wilson Tour Slam Racquet is the only aluminum racquet on this list. Normally, I don’t recommend aluminum racquets because they are just basic racquets and hitting with them may be unpleasant for some. But if you are a total beginner and wanted to start playing tennis right away, plays occasionally or you have a tight budget, this racquet is a good choice.
It has an oversized head with a big sweet spot that can help beginners encourage to play more because of fewer mis-hits. The racquet is also great for teenagers that are upgrading from junior racquets.
- Head Size – 112 square inches
- Length – 27.5 inches
- Weight – 10.4 ounces
- Material – Aluminum
Why I liked it – An inexpensive racquet that can easily be replaced after you decided that you want to play tennis regularly.
Frequently Ask Questions
1. Can I buy those cheap $10- $30 racquets?
Yes, of course! But don’t expect longevity. Those pure aluminum racquets are easy to break and hitting with them can be unpleasant. Total beginners can buy them just to know what does it feel like to play tennis. My recommendation is to save your money and get a decent priced high-quality stick.
2. Which is better lightweight racquet or heavy racquet for a beginner?
Lightweight racquets are the most common choice for beginners. A lighter tennis racquet helps beginners to swing easier and direct the racquet. But don’t go for too light racquets. For me, 226 grams is the minimum you can buy. You can add weight to your racquet anyways.
Heavier racquets are also a good choice if you want to improve more quickly. Although, you may get frustrated using this type of racquets during your first few practices or matches. Keep in mind that this choice is all about personal preference and your physical strength.
3. What’s the best tennis racquet for beginner kids?
For kids, you may want to choose a tennis racquet depending on their age and height. Here is my separate article dedicated to kids tennis racquets. But anyway, here are the two most popular beginner tennis racquets for them:
Wilson US Open Junior Tennis Racquet
Hello Kitty Sports Junior Tennis Racquet
4. What material should I choose?
The most common materials used in today’s racquets are graphite and aluminum. Graphite is much more durable and often found on higher level tier racquets but they are more expensive. While aluminum racquets are generally cheaper but their durability is not that great.
5. Is the paint job of a racquet important?
For my personal experience, it is important that you enjoy your racquet. You may want to pick a racquet that looks cool. A nice paint job may also boost your confidence and you will love to use your racquet more and more!
6. What are extended racquets?
Extended racquets are longer racquets, usually around 27.5″ and above. They can offer more power and great serves but they have less control. A great choice if you only want to have a powerful racquet.
7. What is the average lifespan of a racquet?
If you choose to get a high-quality racquet, their lifespan is about 20 years. A good racquet will definitely last for a long time. Cheap sticks that are made out of cheap materials will not last for very long.
8. Tips for beginners?
First, find a racquet that you really want. Find a good coach. Hitting against a wall can be good practice. Start with the basics first! Read some popular tennis books. And last but not the least, Practice. Practice. Practice!