Are these the best racquets for intermediate players? Possibly. These racquets are excellent for a wide group of players.
The Best Racquets for Intermediate Players?
I get a lot of questions about the best racquets for intermediate players. This is a WIDE group, and racquets are very personal, so giving general statements is tough. However, I think the below racquets work really well for players in between the intermediate to advanced level. Since these are generalizations, I generally recommend you to demo a few racquets in a suitable category to find one that feels right to you. Try not to overthink it and don’t fall for the premise that there is one PERFECT racquet for you. There is no perfect racquet. All of them come with compromises. Instead, take comfort in that there are many racquets that can work well for your game.
If you want help to choose a racquet beyond these recommendations or the content on my YouTube channel, I recommend going for the Tennisnerd e-book, video course or consultation service. These sources will help you identify your playing style and give you racquet and string recommendations based on your game.
You will have different categories based on player style and level when you read the book or check out the course. These recommendations are versatile racquets that can work for different styles and preferences.
HEAD Gravity MP Auxetic
The new Gravity has a great blend of some power, good control and comfort (RA 59). It is a versatile racquet. I know many advanced players that love it despite it being more suited towards the intermediate level. For more heft, you can go for the Gravity Tour instead.
Prince ATS Tour 100P
This has an 18×20 string pattern but is relatively spin-friendly and has a low stiffness rating, which is excellent for comfort.
Wilson Shift 300
This is another balanced racquet that remains easy to swing and use. This is a bit more on the spinny side, so players with flat strokes might not like this one as much.
Dunlop CX 400 Tour
This is an often overlooked excellent racquet with a nice blend of power, spin, but also a great connection toe the ball.
Yonex VCORE Pro 100
If you want more control but stay with a forgiving racquet, the VCORE Pro 100 is a good option. This racquet is a tad more dampened than the rest of the recommended racquets.
Wilson Blade V8 100
The Wilson Blade 100 is a more forgiving Blade with more power, spin potential, and forgiveness than the classic Blade 98.
Check out my Wilson Blade V8 100 review.
Volkl V1 Evo
This racquet has a tad higher swing weight on average than the others but offers a nice plush, comfortable feel. Good spin and power too.
Check out my Volkl V1 Evo review.
The racquets above are all excellent choices for ambitious intermediate players that don’t want to go all the way to a power racquet or a spin racquet. With the above choices, you get a good blend of power, spin, comfort and forgiveness. It’s always best to demo if possible.
I would rate the power level of these racquets as follows, with the most power being mentioned first. Wilson Shift, Dunlop CX 400 Tour, Wilson Blade 100, Yonex VCORE Pro 100, Prince ATS Tour 100P, HEAD Gravity MP.
I hope this helps. Please comment below if you have tested any of these racquets. I encourage you to share your thoughts with other tennis nerds to help them in the process towards a good racquet choice.