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Top Player Tennis Racquets 2018

by TN

The 2018 tennis season has kicked off and it’s time to look at some of the more interesting racquets on the market for intermediate to advanced players. Here are my top racquets right now.

I’ve mainly looked at the player category and tried to list the most interesting racquets and specs for a variety of player styles. Around 300-310 grams unstrung is a decent starting point for customization and I think most players will be happy with 345 grams strung or less to make sure the racquet remains manoeuvrable and you can maintain high swing speeds.

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For the Prince Phantom Pro 100P and the Babolat Pure Drive Tour Plus – reviews are to come in February.

Prince Phantom Pro 100P

Prince are potentially confusing customers with all their different Phantom racquets (Phantom, Phantom Pro, Phantom Pro 100P). The Phantom Pro 100P is the more interesting racquet to me though, because it lacks the ports of the normal Phantom, it’s still a flexible frame (RA 59), but not ridiculously so and it has more weight (310 grams unstrung) to help with stability and which also boosts up the uncustomized swing weight to 329. I’m really keen to review this racquet and will be playing with it later this month so expect a written and/or video review in February.

I applaud Prince for releasing player racquets with low stiffness rating in a landscape where racquets get stiffer and they try to compensate with some sort of dampening materials. I also enjoyed the previous Prince editions Prince Textreme Tour 95 (read my review) and Prince Textreme Tour 100P and I’m happy to see that the Prince Phantom Pro 100P includes Textreme. A material addition that I actually think works.

Specifications Prince Textreme Phantom Pro 100P

Head Size: 100 sq. in. / 645.16 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11.5oz / 326.02g
Balance: 12.79in / 32.49cm / 6 pts HL
Swingweight: 329
Stiffness: 59
Beam Width: 20mm / 18mm / 16mm /
Composition: Textreme/Graphite
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors: Black
Grip Type: Prince ResiPro
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 18 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H
Two Pieces
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 45-55 pounds

 

Babolat Pure Drive Tour Plus

Although it was a bit too powerful for my liking, I did enjoy hitting with the latest Babolat Pure Drive (read my review here) and that makes me wonder how I would like the slightly less stiff, but heavier version in extended length could actually work for my game. So I’m keen to shortly get my hands on one for a review!

Check out the other Babolat Pure Drive racquets here.

 

Strung Specifications

Head Size: 100 sq. in. / 645.16 sq. cm.
Length: 27.5 in / 70 cm
Strung Weight: 11.7oz / 332 g
Balance: 12.79in / 32 cm / 6 pts HL
Swingweight: 328
Stiffness: 71
Beam Width: 23mm / 26mm /23mm
Composition: Graphite
Power Level: Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors: Black
Grip Type: Prince ResiPro
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses

 

Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour 18×20

Dunlop is back in business now after the acquisition by Srixon and they’re releasing some interesting models for 2018. For tennis players looking for flexible players’ frames the specs are quite exciting to see with the low RA, closed string pattern and weight ripe for customization. Really keen to try this racquet.

Strung Specifications Dunlop Srixon Revo CX 2.0 Tour

Head Size: 95 sq. in. / 612.9 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11.6oz / 328.85g
Balance: 12.4in / 31.5cm / 9 pts HL
Swingweight: 315
Stiffness: 61
Beam Width: 20mm / 20mm / 19mm /
Composition: Sonic Core/Graphite
Power Level: Low
Stroke Style: Full
Swing Speed: Fast
Racquet Colors: Black/Red/Anthracite
Grip Type: Leather!
String Pattern: 18 Mains / 20 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,10T,8H,10H,
One Piece
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 45-60 pounds

 

Angell K7 Red

The Angell K7 Red was released earlier this month and is a more commercially-minded racquet than the Angell Custom line where you can choose the specs you want for your racquet. However, the K7 Red comes in highly customizable specs, weighing in at only 305 grams unstrung and has an open 16×19 string pattern, a really soft and control-oriented feel and looks smoking in red and black. Read my review of this racquet here.

Angell K7 RED (Unstrung specs)

Headsize – 98
String Pattern – 16×19
Weight -305g / 10.7oz
Balance – 320mm / 7 pts HL
Stiffness – 64RA
Length – 27” / 685.8mm
Grip shape – B
Grip type – High Tack PU Black

HEAD Graphene Touch Prestige Pro

Since the introduction of Graphene, there hasn’t been much positive feedback among tennis nerds about HEAD racquets, especially considering the companys’ legendary heritage. Like with everything, some like them and some dislike them but in general the feedback and reviews have been quite negative compared to the IG line. But they’ve tried to reduce the stiffness in all their Prestige frames so there might be something there. I’ve tried a lot of the other Graphene racquets, but not yet the Graphene Touch Prestige line so I’m definitely curious about it and that’s why it’s on this list.

Read about the other HEAD Graphene Touch racquets here

Specs of the HEAD Graphene Touch Prestige Pro

Head size: 95”
Weight: 315g
Beam: 21mm
Balance: 315mm
String pattern: 16×19
RA: 63

Wilson Ultra Tour

A racquet I’ve been hyping up quite a bit here and I thoroughly enjoy hitting with is the Wilson Ultra Tour (read my Ultra Tour review here). It’s just nice to see Wilson release a true player frame based on the H19 pro stock model. Let’s just hope they release the H22 pro stock later this year!

Strung Specifications

Head Size: 97 sq. in. / 625.81 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11.4oz / 323.18g
Balance: 12.76in / 32.41cm / 6 pts HL
Swingweight: 319
Stiffness: 63
Beam Width: 21mm / 21mm / 21mm /
Composition: Graphite
Power Level: Low
Stroke Style: Full
Swing Speed: Fast
Racquet Colors: Blue
Grip Type: Wilson Sublime
String Pattern: 18 Mains / 20 Crosses
Mains skip: 9T,8H,10H
One Piece
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 50-60 pounds

 

Yonex VCORE SV 95

If there is one racquet in the current Yonex line-up that entices me it is the Yonex VCORE SV 95, which is the evolution of the excellent Yonex VCORE 95D. It’s stiffer than what I normally use but seems perfect for customization and quite an interesting spec for a player that likes manoeuvrable and fast-paced racquets.

Strung Specifications Yonex VCORE SV 95

Head Size: 95 sq. in. / 613 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Weight: 11.5oz/326.02g
Balance: 32cm/12.6in/7HL
Swingweight: 324
Stiffness: 65
Beam Width: 21mm / 21mm / 20mm /
Composition: H.M. Graphite/ Black Micro Core/Nanometric XT
Power Level: Low
Stroke Style: Full
Swing Speed: Fast
Racquet Colors: Black/Red
Grip Type: Yonex Synthetic
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 20 Crosses
Mains skip: 8T,8H
Two Piece
String Tension: 45-60 pounds

 

Tecnifibre Tflash 300 Powerstab

French Tecnifibre produces some high quality racquets and the new Tflash 300 PS got a raving review from veteran TW play-tester Chris Edwards and is by hearsay a slightly more control-oriented and comfortable Pure Drive. Is this true? I need to hit this racquet to find out!

Strung Specifications

Head Size: 100 sq. in. / 645.16 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11.2oz / 317.51g
Balance: 12.99in / 32.99cm / 4 pts HL
Swingweight: 313
Stiffness: 71
Beam Width: 24mm / 25mm / 23mm /
Composition: Graphite w/Sensor Link Dampening
Power Level: Low-Medium
Stroke Style: Medium-Full
Swing Speed: Medium-Fast
Racquet Colors: Black, White, Red, Blue
Grip Type: Tecnifibre Xtra Feel
String Pattern: 16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 7T,9T,7H,9H
Two Pieces
No Shared Holes
String Tension: 49-59 pounds

 

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2 comments

Magnus Pettersson January 13, 2018 - 11:14 am

More racquets… and it’s not even mid January!! I would never ever call you lazy Jonas!! And, of course, the list of racquets you review contains one or two I’d like to try out! Generally I’m disappointed with Head, it’s been a long time since they released a good racquet IMO. The Head Radical Liquidmetal is probably the “peak Head”, it still holds its own easily compared to newer editions!

Magnus

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Tennisnerd January 14, 2018 - 2:56 pm

If you’re a true tennis nerd there is no time to rest, Magnus!

Yes, HEAD can only improve from here on. Would love to see them move back to flexier frames. If Angell can use Twaron, why not HEAD? Cheers / J

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