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Beginner racket reviews: We test the 8 best rackets for new players in 2019


For anyone taking up tennis, the choice of a racket can be crucial. We tested eight models which are designed for beginners from Head, Wilson, Dunlop, Tecnifibre, Mantis, Volkl, Yonex and Prince in our beginner racket reviews and testing

 

If you’ve only recently taken up tennis or you are planning to do so, there’s no doubt about one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make. Which racket are you going to use? The choice can be bewildering, so whether you played back in school and fancy some exercise in the sun or you are keen to fill your spare time playing this social sport, your choice could be crucial.

We’ve tested the eight most prominent rackets on the market for beginners. Sometimes it can be tempting to select a racket on looks alone, but we think it’s really important to get out there on the court and see how it feels in your own hands when you strike the ball. We asked Gill, a racket sports enthusiast at Winchester Racquets and Fitness, to try each of them out. Here’s what she made of them.

First watch the video of our beginner racket reviews (with a big thanks to Jack from JackMansfieldVideography.com) from the testing day then read the verdicts on the eight rackets.

 

The rackets

Now you’ve watched the play test, find out more specific detail on each of the 8 rackets we tested including price, weight stringing pattern and more. Click the links within each racket to visit the dedicated review page for that specific racket.


Head Instinct Lite review

Head Instinct Lite

To read the full in-depth review of the Head Instinct Lite click here

SRP ⇒ £130

Head size ⇒ 107sq inches (Large head)

Weight ⇒ 270g (Light weight)

String pattern ⇒ 16×19 (Average string pattern)

Balance ⇒ 340mm (Central balance)

Beam ⇒ 23mm/ 26mm/ 23mm

Length ⇒ 27.2in (Average length)

Recommended string tension ⇒ 48-57lbs


Yonex Ezone Feel review

Yonex EZONE Feel

To read the full in-depth review of the Yonex EZONE Feel click here

SRP ⇒ £120

Head size ⇒ 102sq inches (Large head)

Weight ⇒ 255g (Light weight)

String pattern ⇒ 16×18 (Average string pattern)

Balance ⇒ 350mm (Central balance)

Beam ⇒ 25mm/ 27mm/ 23mm

Length ⇒ 27in (Average length)

Recommended string tension ⇒ 40-55lbs


Dunlop CX 400 review

Dunlop CX 400

To read the full in-depth review of the Dunlop CX 400 click here

SRP ⇒ £170

Head size ⇒ 100sq inches (Large head)

Weight ⇒ 285g (Heavy weight)

String pattern ⇒ 16×19 (Average string pattern)

Balance ⇒ 330mm (Central balance)

Beam ⇒ 24mm/ 24mm/ 24mm

Length ⇒ 27in (Average length)

Recommended string tension ⇒ 45-65lbs


Prince Beast 104 review

Prince Beast 104

To read the full in-depth review of the Prince Beast 104 click here

SRP ⇒ £189.95

Head size ⇒ 104sq inches (Large head)

Weight ⇒ 280g (Heavy weight)

String pattern ⇒ 16×19 (Average string pattern)

Balance ⇒ 330mm (Central balance)

Beam ⇒ 23mm/ 24mm/ 22mm

Length ⇒ 27in (Average length)

Recommended string tension ⇒ 50-60lbs


Wilson Ultra 100L review

Wilson Ultra 100L

To read the full in-depth review of the Wilson Ultra 100L click here

SRP ⇒ £160

Head size ⇒ 100sq inches (Large head)

Weight ⇒ 277g (Light weight)

String pattern ⇒ 16×19 (Average string pattern)

Balance ⇒ 325mm (Central balance)

Beam ⇒ 23mm/ 26.5mm/ 22.5mm

Length ⇒ 27in (Average length)

Recommended string tension ⇒ 50-60lbs


Tecnifibre T-Fight 280 review

Tecnifibre T-Fight 280

To read the full in-depth review of the Tecnifibre T-Fight 280 click here

SRP ⇒ £165

Head size ⇒ 100sq inches (Large head)

Weight ⇒ 280g (Medium weight)

String pattern ⇒ 16×19 (Average string pattern)

Balance ⇒ 325mm (Central balance)

Beam ⇒ 23.5mm/ 23.5mm/ 23.5mm

Length ⇒ 27in (Average length)

Recommended string tension ⇒ 49-55lbs


Mantis 265 CS 111 review

Mantis 265 CS III

To read the full in-depth review of the Mantis 265 CS III click here

SRP ⇒ £120

Head size ⇒ 100sq inches (Large head)

Weight ⇒ 265g (Light weight)

String pattern ⇒ 16×19 (Average string pattern)

Balance ⇒ 335mm (Central balance)

Beam ⇒ 22.5mm/ 25mm/ 22mm

Length ⇒ 27in (Average length)

Recommended string tension ⇒ 50-60lbs


Volkl V-Feel 1 review

Volkl V-Feel 1

To read the full in-depth review of the Volkl V-Feel 1 click here

SRP ⇒ £229.99

Head size ⇒ 115sq inches (Large head)

Weight ⇒ 255g (Light weight)

String pattern ⇒ 16×17 (Tight string pattern)

Balance ⇒ 355mm (Central balance)

Beam ⇒ 28.5mm/ 27.5mm/ 28.5mm

Length ⇒ 27.8in (Average length)

Recommended string tension ⇒ 48-58lbs

 

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