Having power as a tennis player can be devastating for opponents. The problem is, the average player doesn’t always know the best way to generate power. Technique makes an impact, but so does having a racquet built for power in the first place.
Here are the 7 best tennis racquets for power (ranked from number 7 to 1).
7. Prince Ripstick
The Prince Ripstick is a popular tennis racquet known for its power and overall versatility. It has a wide body design and a stiff frame, helping to provide a stable and solid hitting surface. The racquet also has a medium weight and a balanced feel, making it easy to maneuver and control.
Many players who have used the Prince Ripstick have reported that it has a comfortable grip and a smooth swing. The racquet has a large sweet spot, which allows for more forgiveness on off-center hits. It’s also very easy to generate power on the serve with a sweetspot like this.
The Prince Ripstick is a high-quality racquet suitable for players of all skill levels. It is not that popular at the highest levels of play, but intermediate players love crushing the ball with it.
The racquet offers a solid combination of power, control, and comfort that’s well-suited enough for both casual and competitive play.
- Above-average sweetspot size
- Smooth on all shots
- Great for doubles play
- Racquet body is slightly bulky
- Built for intermediate players only mostly
6. Solinco Blackout 300
The average tennis fan knows all about Solinco as a stringing giant, but they also have a racquet line that is starting to pick up traction.
For players wanting power, the Solinco Blackout 300 might be the best way to go. It does a great job of combining power with spin so players can have a modern type of game.
Players will love the fact that there’s a big sweet spot and plenty of opportunity to hit the ball with confidence.
Throwing in Solinco Hyper G can take things to the next level as well, as it’s built for providing good power for those wishing to take big cuts at the ball.
It would probably be a little bit higher on this list if Solinco had a better reputation for racquets. Marketing hurts them somewhat, but they can change that by putting out more and more outstanding options.
- Solid spin potential to go with power
- Pairs well with Hyper G strings
- Streamlined look
- Hard to find in stores
- Solinco isn’t the most trusted brand for racquets just yet
5. Head Boom MP
For a fairly new option from Head, the Boom MP can provide a good amount of power. What Head has done with this racquet is blend the box beam shape of a classic racquet with a side upper hoop to create a pretty large sweet spot. Not only does this add power, but spin potential is there as well.
A lighter frame like this one can also be great for intermediate players looking for extra power. It weighs in at 295 grams, which helps improve maneuverability as well.
It’s just not going to be built for advanced players who also want to hit for power. Hitting against stronger players could make a person feel like they are getting pushed around.
Head does a good job of offering different types of racquets for all sorts of players. As long as a person knows what they are getting by demoing a few different racquets, they might start to feel pretty confident overall.
The Head Boom MP might not be the most popular option from Head, but players struggling to find their own power have started gravitating toward it.
- Easy power
- Trusted brand
- Can feel too light for intermediate/advanced players
- Other Head options have more history
4. Babolat Pure Aero
Read enough about tennis racquets online, and there will be a lot of people talking about both the Pure Aero and Pure Drive from Babolat.
They both have a lot of similarities, but the general labeling is that the Pure Drive is for power, and the Pure Aero is for spin.
While that might be true to some degree, players might get plenty of power from the Pure Aero if they play a certain style.
Hitting for power on certain strokes means that there will be spin added also. The Pure Aero will maximize that spin, creating a bite to the ball that can be devastating for opponents. There’s still plenty of free power with the right setup, as the sweet spot is just as big as the Pure Drive.
Players need to take pretty good cuts at the ball to get the most out of the Pure Aero. While it is powerful, it’s not going to trampoline off of the racquet unless a person swings somewhat hard. That’s why the racquet’s recommended for intermediate to advanced players to see what they can do.
- Solid amount of power to go with amazing spin potential
- Feels a lot like the Pure Drive
- Built for the modern game
- Lacks the same pop as the Pure Drive
- Touch isn’t the best
3. Wilson Clash 100
The first thought of the Wilson Clash might not be that it’s powerful, but the 100 in.² version can help people take their game to the next level. It’s built for intermediate players for the most part, as it’s easy to generate power and some spin with every shot.
It all starts with a large sweet spot and a flexible frame. Players can pocket the ball and power through on certain shots. There’s also a good amount of control and touch with any shot on the court.
As a player progresses, they might not feel like the Wilson Clash 100 is the best option for them. There are other options in this line, but it will be easy to be pushed around against better players. Going with heavier Clash models might be the best solution to get around that.
- Built for beginners and intermediate tennis players
- Large sweet spot
- Excellent pocketing
- Improving players will have to upgrade
- Lacks some feel on certain shots
2. Yonex EZONE 98+
For advanced players, using the Yonex EZONE 98+ can be a great way to get power on all shots. Any type of extended racquet is going to feel a little bit different first, but this one is about as comfortable as one can find.
Players can hit the ball big and plow through shots on the ground while also hitting big serves. Getting that extra reach with the + option might not seem like much, but it does play a role.
Beyond power, this is also a racquet that has great overall playability. There is stability with every shot, and the fairly tight string pattern offers control as well.
The overall head size might be a little smaller than what people are used to, but it is easy to adjust to after a little bit of playing.
- Comfortable adjusting to an extended length
- Solid stability
- Added control
- Head size is slightly smaller than what some are used to
- Not the best for anyone below advanced players
1. Babolat Pure Drive
The Pure Drive has always come with a lot of power since it was first released by Babolat. The latest release builds off that, as players can hit the ball hard on all types of strokes to see results.
A big sweetspot on a 100 in.² racquet helps out with power. Players can dictate points off the serve, while still getting a decent amount of spin if they wish. It helps on groundstrokes as well.
Since most players play with the polyester string in this racquet, it does require a pretty decent swing to get the most power. Once a player gets the hang of it, they can start to add miles per hour to their serve and dictate the rest of the point as well.
Keep in mind that some people do complain about the stiffness of this racquet. It is stiff because of the power provided. There are ways to make it a little softer with the right string setup, but players with tennis elbow might still want to shy away from this racquet unless they have demoed it a bit.
- Some of the best power on the market today
- Large sweet spot
- Provides a good amount of spin opportunity
- Takes an advanced player to get the most out of the power
Is There Such a Thing As Too Much Power?
If a player likes the power that their new racquet brings to the table, there are ways to tone it down a bit so that the ball still stays in. Yes, there is a thing as too much power, and a powerful racquet can mess a player up if it’s not tweaked.
One option is to switch up strings with a racquet. Certain strings will prevent the racquet from becoming too lively. If the racquet is strung at a high tension, it’s going to be more about control than power.
The type of string also makes a difference in power. Generally speaking, the modern player enjoys the extra boost of power and durability of polyester strings.
Technically also plays a pretty significant role in how much power a player has with their shots. Most are going to find ways to adjust, but keep in mind that power still comes mostly from the player. No racquet and string setup is going to make a casual player hit as hard as pros.