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The Best Racquets for Attacking Players

by TN

We have looked at my favorite racquets for control & spin racquets. Now it’s time for the best racquets for attacking players.

If you’re an attacking player, you’re going to hit fewer shots on average than all-court or baseline players, so you need to make them count, which means some power to finish the point is important. You will also play with smaller margins, which means precision is key to your success.

So what do you need when you attack? You need power and precision. It’s also essential that the racquet is relatively maneuverable for netplay and fast swings as you head to the net. Let’s look at racquets that give you that.

Watch the video of the Top Ten Attacking Racquets

Wilson Pro Staff 97 V13

The Pro Staff line is for attacking players. Guys like Edberg, Sampras and Federer all used Pro Staffs. Federer has his Autograph version, which requires you to be a pretty advanced player, but the 315g version is more user-friendly. Due to the 45-degree braid in the layup of V13, this is the most control-oriented Pro Staff yet. So you need to bring some heat on your own.

Read my review of the Wilson Pro Staff 97 V13
Read my review of the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph
Purchase the Pro Staff 97 at Tennis Warehouse, Tennis Only or Tennis Warehouse Europe

Tecnifibre Tfight RS 305

One of my favorite weapons for going for the lines. Precise thanks to the 18×19 string pattern, but with some power from the stiffness. Also, great feel when you venture to the net—the best Tfight yet, in my opinion.

Read my review of the Tecnifibre Tfight RS 305

Prince Phantom 93P 18×20

I mentioned this among the control racquets, but it’s only a racquet that can efficiently be used on offense. Defending with 93 sq inches is not easy! But it’s fast with that ultra-thin beam, packs some power thanks to the weight and just joy to serve and volley with.

Read my review of the Prince Phantom 93P

Babolat Pure Strike 16×19

The Pure Strike line is great for attacking players. It packs enough power to put away shots and gives you something extra on your serve. Stiffer than the other frames mentioned and very solid at the net. You can choose more directional control from the 18×20 pattern or a bit more spin from the 16×19 pattern.

Read my review of the Babolat Pure Strike 16×19

Yonex VCORE Pro 97

New Yonex VCORE Pro 97 Racquets

The VCORE Pro 97 is whippy, solid, and offers a nice spin from the 16×19 pattern. The mid-range stiffness gives you something extra on your shots.

It comes in the heavier, more stable 330g or a more whippy 310g (which in my mind requires some lead tape).

Check out my review of the Yonex VCORE Pro 97 330

Dahcor K97S

Dahcor is a relatively unknown brand that offers the customer a massive range of paint and design customizations. I tested their K97S racquet and was impressed by the solid feel and power it provided. The sweet spot was pretty small, but when you contacted the ball properly, the racquet sang.

Check out my review of the Dahcor K97S or listen to my podcast with Ricardo Dahcor

Wilson Six One 95

It’s only available in the Pro Labs program at the moment, but you can easily find these used online. I prefer the nCode version, but I know some like the original or the Hyper Pro Staff more. Rock-solid at the net and great for plowing through the ball with a flat stroke.

Read my post about Wilson Pro Labs racquets or read my classic nCode 6.1 95 review

HEAD Prestige Pro

This is the most attacking-minded racquet in the HEAD Line-up. 95 sq inches and 22 mm beam brings your mind back to the Six One 95, but you get a bit more spin on the ball with the 16×19 pattern.

Check out my HEAD Prestige racquet review 

Angell TC 97 Custom 18×20

Angell Custom TC 97 18x20 Racquet Review - V3

The Angell TC 97 Custom was a joy to attack the ball with and thanks to the foam filling, it’s very solid and plows through the ball beautifully. If you don’t want to choose your specs, the ASL 2 is another good option for the attacking player.

Read my Angell TC 97 Custom 18×20 Review

Tenx Xcalibre 315

TenX Pro Xcalibre Racquet Review

TenX Pro is another small-scale brand that creates nice racquets. Their Xcalibre impressed me with a thin beam, fast response, and a good blend of power and spin.

Read or watch my Tenx Pro Xcalibre review here


So there you have it. My top ten racquets for attacking tennis right now. Which one would you choose, or do you have a favorite that I missed? Precision is the name of the game when you’re shopping for an attacking racquet, but beware of getting a really low-powered one because you might not be able to finish the point right there and then.

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Tom Qi April 18, 2021 - 19:31

Hi Jonas

Do you know which Six.One 95 model Lajovic and Bautiats Agut use?
Edmund and Evans use the nCode right?

I want to buy a team version (289 grams), is it the same with the regular nCode Six.One except for the weight?

Thanks and stay safe and enjoy tennis.

TN April 18, 2021 - 20:17

Hi Tom,
I don’t, sadly, yes the Brits use the nCode. The Team should be the same but with far different weight distribution. But it can depend on which Team you go for. Cheers / J

Ryan January 21, 2024 - 07:09

I’ve been thinking about a racket change for awhile and I am interested in your opinion. I am a 5.0 level. One hand backhand, however, I heavily utilize the slice (I would say 60/40 slice to top spin/flat). My forehand is flat, super flat … think Mannarino. Similar play style to Mannarino and I like to get to the net. I use the Pure Strike 16×19 with Solinco Hyper G strung at 48lbs on both. I’ve tried other string type but really like the solinco. I feel like the pure strike is not as maneuverable on my backhand as I want it to be and some time on the forehand it feels heavy. Let me know if you think there is any racket I should try.


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