Advanced racket reviews & play test: Mantis 315 PS
Professional players become very attached to their rackets, it can come down to the look, the weight, how easy they feel they can swing through the air. In fact, many top players stay with the same manufacturer for the duration of their careers. We decided to test and review the latest advanced rackets on the market to see what the difference is between 8 of the top brands on the market including the Mantis 315 PS
Now, that can trickle down to advanced level players – top club competitors, those in performance squads or juniors eager to break onto the pro circuit. At tennishead we understand this is a serious decision, so we have put together a series of play tests and reviews for the leading rackets on the market aimed at advanced players.
Here, tennishead reviews and play tests the Mantis 315 PS.
Background to the Mantis 315 PS
The MANTIS 315 PS is the heaviest racket in the PS Series but the head light balance helps to produce an exceptionally well balanced racket with surprisingly easy manoeuvrability.
Despite being the heaviest model in the MANTIS range the head light balance means that players are surprised when they learn the actual weight of the racket as they initially think it feels a lot lighter than it is!
The open string pattern allows for excellent spin generation and control. In addition, the sturdy 315g frame produces excellent levels of power for players with faster swings.
The 100 sq. inch headsize and overall weight give the 315 PS a good level of power, especially for advanced players with faster swings.
The play test
With most sports the main equipment is going to set you back a serious investment, but Mantis have once again come up with front-running quality for a modest and inviting price.
“I liked this racket a lot actually, it produced a lot of easy power from the baseline. This racket really helped you generate the force, so I wasn’t ever feeling rushed. I liked the level of control, I could cut my volleys very easily,” our test player Will said.
“Whilst serving I felt it was a pretty loose feel, it enabled me to snap my wrist for spin on the serve, making it a very adaptable and powerful racket.
“I could get quite a lot of spin, it was quite easy to rip up the ball opposed to something a bit stiffer.
“Even out of position out wide, the racket’s power allowed me to get back in the right place with a good shot. I would definitely recommend this racket, it’s a bit of a weapon.”
Even though you’ve been playing tennis for a while and have probably bought and used multiple different rackets, do oyu really know what all the different technical specifications mean and how they influence the racket you use? Make sure you have all the knowledge by reading our guide to tennis racket specifications here
Mantis 315 PS
RRP ⇒ £120
Head size ⇒ 100sq inches
Weight ⇒ 315g
String pattern ⇒16×19
Balance ⇒ 312mm
Beam ⇒ 22.5mm/25mm/22mm
Length ⇒ 27in
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