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Need a new tennis racket?


Originally published on: 26/02/10 16:44

tennishead has been busting some serious groves on the tennis court in the last few months in order to make your life easier when tracking down a new weapon for the summer.

It can be easy to rush into buying a bat especially one that may not be entirely suitable for your needs. tennishead has therefore tested a plethora of rackets from improver, intermediate and advanced level categories to give you a better understanding of the current bats in the market.

Once you have identified your playing level from our guide below, read our reviews so you can suss out the market before you take the plunge and make the big buy.

Oh and before you get stuck into the detailed reviews, make sure you read tennisheads in-depth buying guide.

How we test them
When testing each category or racket (improver, intermediate and advanced), we selected a batch of suitable players to critique the rackets (including ourselves). We then formed a review of the racket from our testers comments

Playing level categories explained

Designed for improvers and recreational players who are quite new to the game or have returned to tennis after a long break. This category of racket is also suitable for older players who have less physical strength.

Aimed at the club-standard player who is no longer a beginner but not yet a pro. The larger head sizes provide a greater sweetspot and the moderate weight makes the racket more comfortable to use.

Tournament and performance frames play best when used by highly skilled and physically fit players who have the ability to generate a fast racket swing speed through the ball.


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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.