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:
Wilson Blade 98 18×20
I feel like the racquet is an extension of my hand when I play with it and I can put the ball on a dime anywhere on the court. Spin potential isn’t the greatest, but the precision and exceptional responsiveness makes this my favorite of the bunch. This is currently my racquet of choice that I take into competition.
Yonex EZONE Ai 98
Ana Ivanovic‘s racquet of choice burst onto the scene a few months ago and immediately impressed our playtest team here at Tennis Warehouse. The open 16×19 string pattern is lively and spin-friendly, yet there’s enough control to allow you to go for the lines with confidence. “Ai” stands for Air Impulse, and you really can feel the ball explode off the stringbed when you make perfect contact.
Head Graphene Speed Pro
Novak Djokovic‘s racquet of choice, this one just feels incredible off the baseline. It’s 18×20 string pattern gives you tremendous control and surprising spin-potential for big hitting heavy topspin groundstrokes. The 100 square inch head also makes it quite forgiving. After our playtest, it came as no surprise to us why this is the choice of one of the world’s best.
Babolat Pure Control Tour
Maybe the biggest surprise of 2014, this is an awesome choice for the player looking to move on from their Babolat AeroStorm Tour or Pure Storm Tour. This one is all about maneuverability, control and feel. FlexCarbon technology also keeps this frame nice and comfortable as well.
Volkl Organix V1 Pro
With a unique 99.5 square inch head and Volkl’s signature dampening technology, this is an excellent choice for the big hitter looking for something a little more arm-friendly. At 1 point head light, it also possesses great plowthrough and stability for balls hit off-center. This is a good option for the C10 Pro or Organix 10 Mid user that wants something more forgiving and easier to use.
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