Best Tennis Racquets for Intermediate Players 2017 & 2018

So you just got the news from your coach that you are good enough to move to the next level, from beginner to intermediate. Also, when you move to the next level, it also means that you need to a get a racquet that suits to the challenges in that level.

Unlike the beginner level, you don’t need a racquet that generates all the power, but at the intermediate level, what you need is a racquet that provides you with more control to improve your game further.

But choosing the best tennis racquet among the many racquets available on the internet can be a tough task and hence we’ve come up with a list of the best intermediate tennis racquets.

The best tennis racquet for intermediate players in the market today

7 Best Tennis Racquet for Intermediate Players

1. Babolat Pure Drive


Babolat is a popular racquet manufacturing company that provides high-quality racquets and the pure drive is another shining example of their top class products. If you have started your beginner level with the Pure Drive Lite, then no need to say that you choose the Pure Drive for the intermediate level.

The Pure Drive is slightly heavier than the Pure Drive Lite, which also means that you have added stability and power. The string pattern is tighter than the Pure Drive Lite and enables the players to feel the strike more and with a lot more consistency.

If you have a bad technique then the Pure Drive may not suit you. This is a stiff racquet and generally, stiffer racquets are not for everyone. But if you want a powerful frame without losing control, then you should get a Pure Drive.

Specifications:

Head Size: 100 sq. in.

Length: 27 in.

Weight: 11.2 oz (strung)

Balance: 4 pts. HL

Stiffness: 71

Swingweight: 324

Pros:

  • The all-new FSI technology provide more power can control with the racquet
  • The added control helps you to place your shots anywhere on the court
  • The frame is constructed with an Elliptic Geometry Elliptical shape to provide more resistance and increased power
  • It also helps in absorbing the power of the opponent’s shot to a great extent

Cons:

  • With a 4 point head light frame, it feels stiffer

2. Wilson Pro Staff 97


The Wilson Pro Staff 97 is specially designed keeping in mind the next generation tennis professionals and provides superior control and maximum performance. The Pro Staff 97 is a lighter version of the RF97, which the tennis legend Roger Federer uses during his tennis competitions. If you are looking to lay your hands on the series of racquets which Roger Federer uses, but want a racquet that is not much heavier as the RF97 then the Pro Staff 97 is your best choice.

The Pro Staff 97 comes with a solid frame with 11.7 oz strung weight. The 7 point head light frame provides the required balance, maneuverability and the spin effect technology helps in enhancing the ball RPM without needing the players to alter their swing.

With its low swingweight, the Pro Staff 97 is easy to swing while providing enough power to your shots. The frame is very stable too! It’s sweet spot is just about right.

The Pro Staff 97 comes with an improved and uncontaminated design and looks attractive and bold. Roger Federer also helped with the design. The Kevlar construction and the braided graphite provide the players with superior touch and playability.

Specifications:

Head Size: 97 sq. in.

Length: 27 in.

Weight: 11.7 oz (strung)

Balance: 7 pts. HL

Stiffness: 66

Swingweight: 324

Pros:

  • Comes with a great blend of power and control
  • Arm-friendly racquet
  • Easy to swing
  • Excellent design

Cons:

  • If you’re a new user, it may take some time to getting used to it

3. Yonex Ezone DR 98


The Yonex Ezone DR 98 is an upgraded version of the AI 98 and is also the first racquet to feature the NANOMETRIC DR carbon graphite material that provides added flexibility. The successful 16×19 string pattern enables the players to blend both spin and power in the same shot effortlessly. The DR 98 comes with an all-new Dual Shut System that enhances the control and comfort with each and every stroke.

When compared to other conventional racquets, the DR 98 features a Quake Shut Gel in the grip and the Shockless grommets at the bottom greatly reduce the vibration by up to 50%. The aerodynamic head shape also provides a much larger sweet spot are in the racquet that allows the player to place the ball anywhere in the opponents court easily. The shot response is stronger when hit high in the face to force an error on the opponent.

It has the same control as the Wilson Pro Staff 97. The DR 98 features a solid 11.5 oz strung weight and a 98 square inch head along with a beam taper to have more control during bigger swings.

Suffering from a tennis elbow? The Yonex Ezone DR 98 has a stiffness of 62 and it is very easy on the arms. In my opinion, this is one of the best tennis racquets for tennis elbow. If you are looking for comfort, get this arm friendly racquet.

Specifications:

Head Size: 98 sq. in.

Length: 27 in.

Weight: 11.5 oz (strung)

Balance: 6 pts. HL

Stiffness: 62

Swingweight: 324

Pros:

  • Players would love the greater control
  • Comes added with a lot more stability when compared to the AI 98
  • Provides a solid feel on each strike
  • Sweet spot is not too small and not too big
  • Comes with a lot of unique features including the Dual Shut system for added control the Quake Shut gel to reduce the vibration etc.

Cons:

  • Not a spin-friendly racquet

4. Head Microgel Radical Midplus


The Radical series of Head racquets have been doing the round in the tennis field for a lot of years now and the versatility and the extreme performance of these racquets make them one of the most sought-after racquets by intermediate to advanced players.

The HEAD MicroGel Radical comes with the unique MicroGel technology that provides the racket with the power to absorb the shock when in contact with the ball and evenly distribute it across the whole frame of the racquet. This enables the player to have a comfortable feel with each and every shot. Players looking for racquets with greater control and comfort, then the Head Microgel Radical is an optimal choice.

It is best suited for intermediate as well as advanced players. It comes with a dense string pattern and since it doesn’t generate the power by itself, the players need to play long and fast strokes. If you are looking for a budget friendly intermediate tennis racquet this is a great option.

Specifications:

Head Size: 98 sq. in.

Length: 27 in.

Weight: 11 oz (strung)

Balance: 2 pts. HL

Stiffness: 62

Swingweight: 315

Pros:

  • Greater control and comfort
  • Provides a natural feel during play
  • Shock is evenly distributed across the frame

Cons:

  • Smaller sweet spot

5. Prince Textreme Tour 100P


Prince has come out with another excellent addition to its Textreme line of products with the Textreme Tour 100P. It features the unique Textreme technology that strengthens the frame to a great extent and this provides the added flexibility and stability during play. The Tour 100P is an excellent mix of power, control and provides an impressive stability from the baseline and thus enables you to control the game according to your liking.

The Tour 100P is an excellent choice for people looking to play doubles or people who are always looking to surprise the opponent by rushing towards the net. It is suited for all kinds of playing style as it won’t disappoint you with its control and comfort anytime during the play. It comes with a dense string pattern with 11.5 oz strung weight that provides extreme precision and power during the course of play.

Specifications:

Head Size: 100 sq. in.

Length: 27 in.

Weight: 11.5 oz (strung)

Balance: 7 pts. HL

Stiffness: 62

Swingweight: 321

Pros:

  • Power, serve and groundstrokes
  • Has a great feel

Cons:

  • Lacking in volleys and plow through

6. Wilson Blade 98 Countervail


The Blade series comes revamped with the all-new Countervail technology to lower the shock the players could feel during the course of play. This shock reduction also helps in alleviating fatigue to the players to a great extent and players feel all the more energized throughout.

The Blade 98 Countervail is an all-around performer and comes with an open-string pattern with increased power and control. The frame also feels solid and you get a nice and comfortable feeling when holding the racquet in your hand.

The Blade 98 Countervail is best suited for players who like to play aggressive and big-hitting games and provides amazing control for attacking players. The design is attractive with a matte finish and laser engraving. When compared to the previous versions, it almost felt muted a lot and dampened thus providing more comfort and solid feel to the racquet.

Specifications:

Head Size: 98 sq. in.

Length: 27 in.

Weight: 11.3 oz (strung)

Balance: 3 pts. HL

Stiffness: 65

Swingweight: 328

Pros:

  • Shock is reduced to a great extent that also reduces the arm fatigue of the players
  • Great control and stability
  • Easy plow through
  • Beautiful paint job

Cons:

  • Not as stable as the Pure Drive, Pro Staff 97 and DR 98.

7. Babolat Pure Strike 100


Babolat Pure Strike 100 comes with an 11 oz strung weight and is best suited for players looking for more spin. The Pure Strike 100 is also great for players who like to be quick and agile on the court and who looks step into the baseline and surprise the opponents by taking the ball early.

Volleying with this stick is easy. Great on drop shots and touch shots too. The Pure Strike 100 enables the players to employ faster strokes, big spin with greater control and stability. Players looking to serve aces can find the Pure Strike 100 extremely useful as it is pretty much easy to add pace to the racquet quickly.

Sweet spot is small though, and the comfort is not that great either.

Specifications:

Head Size: 100 sq. in.

Length: 27 in.

Weight: 11.1 oz (strung)

Balance: 4 pts. HL

Stiffness: 68

Swingweight: 314

Pros:

  • Best suited to players looking to rush to the net and surprise the opponents
  • Great for volleying and serve

Cons:

  • Smaller sweet spot

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