5 Best Modern Player’s Tennis Racquets (Andy’s Picks)

 

Roger Federer has switched to a more modern-style player's frame that's more forgiving and easier to use.

Roger Federer has switched to a more modern-style player’s frame that’s more forgiving and easier to use.

Roger Federer‘s new prototype racquet is a perfect example of how the MODERN PLAYER’S FRAME is becoming more and more popular in the game of tennis. He’s shed his traditional midsize Pro Staff for a more powerful and forgiving 98 square inch frame.

Modern player’s frames possess a slightly larger head size and a crisper, livelier response, similar to the more modern “‘tweener” frames like the Babolat AeroPro or Pure Drive.  At the same time, they retain the classic precision and feel of a more traditional-style racquet like the Wilson Six.One or Pro Staff. They are ideal for the intermediate to advanced player that appreciates the classic touch and feel but just wants something a little more forgiving in order to help keep up with the modern game.

Here are my 5 current favorites:

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How to Choose a Tennis Racquet: Racquet terms explained

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Picking out a new racquet for yourself or a loved one can be daunting. With 20 different brands and hundreds of different models, choosing the right racquet can make one’s head spin. Kind of like what happens to me when I walk into a perfume store or cereal aisle. At Tennis Warehouse, I think sometimes, we forget not everyone is as into tennis as we are. Our everyday tennis vernacular isn’t very everyday and common to most recreational players. So I want to break down racquet terminology in layman’s terms in hopes of clarifying what makes racquets play and perform the way they do so you can make a more informed decision before buying your next racquet. (From Tennis Warehouse I hope.)

Head size

Mid - Less than 95 square inches (example: Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85)
Midplus - 95 to 104 square inches (example: Babolat Aero Pro Drive)
Oversize - 105+ square inches (example: Prince Premier 115L ESP)

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When we’re talking head size, we’re talking about the size of the racquet head (where the strings are). Obvious, I know. The larger the head size, the larger the sweetspot. Usually, a racquet’s headsize is in proportion to the level of player the racquet was designed for. Key word being “usually.” So racquets with an oversize head (105 sq in and bigger), tend to be meant for beginner players who need that bigger sweetspot and more power. They also tend to be more stable for those times the ball isn’t hit exactly in the sweetspot. And racquets that have mid size head’s are meant for the more advanced player.

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One Strings Spin Deeper racquet delivers on that promise

It seems like all the racquet brands are telling me that spin is in. It’s time to add our newest racquet brand to the list. One Strings has a couple of racquets called Spin Deeper, and they feature a 14×19 string pattern.

Because I tend to hit flatter, I haven’t quite found my spin racquet companion, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying all sorts. I’ve been testing the Spin Deeper 300, although it is offered in a heavier 315g version as well. As with most spiny racquets, this one took my flat strokes and I a bit of an adjustment period, but I’m glad I stuck out the hour or so of misfires.

I am certainly spinning the ball deeper as the racquet name suggests, and I’m really enjoying the easy response of this one. The 14×19 string pattern isn’t as wide open as Wilson Spin Effect racquets so the spin hasn’t been quite as extreme, but it’s more than enough for me. What I’m noticing more than spin from the string pattern, however, is its responsiveness. The ball just flies off the stringbed. That’s helped me to hit a deeper shot with more spin and pace when pushed back deep off the baseline.

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