The Tennis Warehouse playtesters are choosing their favorite gear of 2015 after a year of reviews. Today they weigh in on their favorite racquets of the year.
Considering the popularity of the EZONE Ai models, it comes as no surprise that Yonex scored well with the EZONE DR 98 and EZONE DR 100. Three playtesters chose an EZONE DR model as their favorite of 2015.
Andy on the Yonex EZONE DR 98: “Yonex took a racquet that was already my favorite on the market and made it EVEN BETTER!”
Brittany on the EZONE DR 100: “The update to my racquet of choice was excellently executed. Great combination of power and control, and I loved the spin potential and feel!”
Jason couldn’t pick just one, also choosing a Wilson Ultra model: “Yonex Ezone DR 100 or Wilson Ultra 100. The Yonex DR version offers a bit more stability than the Ai model, which is already my racquet of choice. It feels like my weighted up version without the additional weight added. And the Wilson Ultra 100 was a real surprise to me. It felt great from the get-go. Maneuverable, plenty of pop, spin friendly. What’s not to like?”
A longtime favorite, Babolat’s Aero line received an update this year, and the Pure Aero Tour in particular caught attention from our review squad.
Both Mark and Chris chose the Babolat Pure Aero Tour. Chris: “Rock solid stability, great power and exceptional spin. What’s not to like!? Every time I pick up this heavier version of the Pure Aero it feels like a natural fit for my game.”
Not to be ignored, the Pure Drive line also garnered a vote for its powerful response. Troy on his choice, the Babolat Pure Drive Tour Plus: “This racquet packs a ton of power, especially on serves! I love the extended length handle for my two-handed backhand and added range on my returns. The added mass in this Tour version satisfies my craving for plowthrough in a racquet. I really enjoy how this 2015 update, with the FSI string pattern, amped up the control to tame this beast of a racquet!”
Prince’s Textreme line also drew plenty of praise from the TW playtesters. Two players switched to the Textreme Tour 95 this year.
Sebastian: “My current racquet of choice is the Prince Textreme Tour 95 because of its solid and control-oriented feel. I also appreciate the overall comfort I get out of this Prince racquet. To maximize the performance of my racquet of choice, I would string it with a hybrid setup. To get the best possible blend of power, spin and feel, I would use Babolat RPM Blast 17 gauge in the mains and Babolat VS 16 gauge in the crosses.”
Karly: “I can’t say enough good things about the Prince Textreme Tour 95 — it’s a traditional playing racquet with extreme amounts of control, comfort, stability and maneuverability.”
Tiffani was also a fan of the Textreme Tour racquets, making the Textreme Tour 100P her pick: “I synced so quickly with this racquet. The racquet is comfortable on my arm, and the balance of power and control is just the right mix for my game. I just feel more confident during points when I’m playing with this racquet.”
Jason chose the Wilson Ultra 100 as one of his favorites, but other Wilson racquet families got some love, too.
Marco switched to the Wilson Blade 98 16×19 this year: “The blend of comfort, control, power, and precision is spot on for me in this racquet and it fits my game well.”
Although Michelle uses the RF97 Autograph as her go-to, she found a spin frame she liked. Michelle on the Wilson Pro Staff 97S: “This is the first Spin Effect racquet I really enjoyed hitting with as the spec falls into that of a ‘player’s frame’ and the string pattern doesn’t create any erratic launches off the stringbed but rather generates spin right when you need it. With a bit of customization, this was one of my guilty pleasure racquets of the year!”
Get excited! One of the most popular and versatile racquet collections this sport has seen has just received an update! We have already given you guys a few sneak peeks of what the new Pure Drives look like, but here’s a first look on this update from someone who has hit a bit with these. And don’t worry, you won’t be waiting too long for these as they will be available to order in a few short weeks on December 2nd!
I must preface this blog and say I may have a slightly biased opinion since I have been using one form or another of the Pure Drive since 2001, so with that being said, I was insanely excited for this update! And I can say with confidence, if you love the Pure Drive series, you should enjoy this update!
It’s no secret around here that if I’m jumping on the court for a hit, the Babolat Pure Drive is right there with me. It has been my racquet of choice for more than 10 years and is a popular frame among all levels of players from the pros to top college players, to intermediates and club players. While I don’t think I can ever sub out another racquet for my tried and true Pure Drives, I thought I would dive into some interchangable options for your guys to check out and possibly demo.