9 Best Tennis Rackets for Beginners in 2024, According to Gear Experts

9 Best Tennis Rackets for Beginners in 2024, According to Gear Experts

Best Racket for Beginners Overall

Wilson Clash 100 Pro V2 Tennis Racket

Clash 100 Pro V2 Tennis Racket

Best Racket for Beginners Overall

Wilson Clash 100 Pro V2 Tennis Racket

Pros
  • Utilizes the best technology Wilson has to offer
  • Blends flexibility and and stability to get the most from every shot
  • Excellent power performance that’s easy to control
  • Large sweet spot
  • Long lifespan
Cons
  • Expensive for a true beginner

We’ll get this out of the way: the Clash 100 V2 is not cheap. But for those who know they’re in it for the long haul or simply enjoy the finer things, this is the best all-around racket a beginner can buy. Its blend of power, comfort, and control makes it an ideal choice for players working on every part of their game, while the enlarged sweet spot improves forgiveness and prevents mis-hits.

Keep in mind a racket of this caliber will last you years of regular play when compared to much cheaper models in our roundup. Every beginner should consider making an investment on this model first before looking at a sub-$150 racket.

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Length 27 in.
Weight 10.9 oz
Headsize 100 sq. in

Best Deal Racket for Beginners

Babolat Boost Strike Strung

Boost Strike Strung

Best Deal Racket for Beginners

Babolat Boost Strike Strung

Pros
  • Designed to cater to handling
  • Adept at all shot types
  • Great for early beginners
  • Impressive shot consistency
Cons
  • Not the most powerful racket. Could use more pop

Well-designed and loved by players at every level of the game, including numerous professionals, you can’t go wrong with a Babolat. In fact, Macci told us that Babolat is “a brand that I always come back to.” The Boost Series, like its name suggests, adds an extra boost to your returns while maintaining a controllable feel that excels in every aspect of the game. We found this Strike model delivers impressive consistency on returns in both power and control.

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Length 27 in
Weight 9.8 oz
Headsize 105 sq. in

Best Affordable Racket for Beginners

Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Tennis Racket

Hyper Hammer 5.3 Tennis Racket

Best Affordable Racket for Beginners

Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Tennis Racket

Pros
  • Makes it easy to generate spin
  • Easy on shoulders and elbows
Cons
  • Lightweight design lacks natural power

The Hyper Hammer has been one of our favorite tennis rackets for beginners for years now. Its lightweight design makes it easy to maneuver throughout a match and keeps strain off your joints. This also means it takes less effort to create spin, enabling beginners to quickly progress and learn new shot shapes.

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Length 27.5 in
Weight 8.96 oz
Headsize 110 sq. in

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Best Oversize Tennis Racket

Prince Men’s Thunder Strike 110

Prince Men's Thunder Strike 110

Best Oversize Tennis Racket

Prince Men’s Thunder Strike 110

Pros
  • Large surface area makes for easier contact
  • Big sweet spot prevents mishits
Cons
  • Might be too heavy for smaller players

Prince is a legendary brand in tennis, known for everything from stylish off-court apparel to on-court technology. The Thunder Strike 110 has an oversized surface area that limits mishits and makes reaching that ‘tweener just a little bit easier. Since it’s on the heavier side at over 10 ounces when strung, this racket will provide power but may be too heavy for smaller players or marathon practice sessions.

Length 27 in
Weight 10.16 oz
Headsize 110 sq. in

Best Tennis Racket Under $100

Head Ti.S6 Strung Tennis Racquet

Ti.S6 Strung Tennis Racquet

Best Tennis Racket Under $100

Head Ti.S6 Strung Tennis Racquet

Pros
  • Extra long length improves reach
  • Composite construction is exceptionally durable
Cons
  • Progressing players may want a more technical racket

You may not want to drop the cash it takes to buy a pro-worthy racket, but you can still buy one infused with tech trusted by the best in the world. Novak Djokovic, longtime world number one, has used Head rackets for well over a decade, so it’s safe to assume that some of that championship pedigree has been passed down to Head’s more affordable options. This oversized racket makes it possible for beginners to hit Wimbledon-worthy shots, even if they still have a lot to learn.

Length 27.75 in
Weight 8 oz (unstrung)
Headsize 115 sq. in

Best Tennis Racket for Recreational Play

Oppum 27″ Pro Tennis Rackets (2-Pack)

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Best Tennis Racket for Recreational Play

Oppum 27″ Pro Tennis Rackets (2-Pack)

Pros
  • Comes in a two-pack
  • Made to take a beating
  • Storage bag included
Cons
  • Not ideal for consistent, competitive play

It takes two to tango, er, play tennis. Unless you love playing wall-ball, you’re going to need a playing partner. If you know someone who wants to break into tennis with you, this two-pack from Oppum is the perfect place to start. They’re made from a durable blend of aluminum and composite, come with carry bag for travel and storage, and suit players of all sizes.

Length 27 in
Weight 10.2 oz
Headsize 107 sq in

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Most Stylish Racket for Beginners

Burn 100ULS V5 Tennis Racket

Burn 100ULS V5 Tennis Racket

Most Stylish Racket for Beginners

Burn 100ULS V5 Tennis Racket

Pros
  • Weight makes it a good choice for those with a history of injuries
  • Generates exceptional spin
  • More power than the Wilson Hyper Hammer
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the Pro V2 from Wilson
  • Heavier than the Wilson Hyper Hammer

Yes, the Burn looks effortlessly cool on the court, but it’s also a stellar pick for players who want a lightweight, easy-swinging racket that eases strain on the joints. It comes in at a palatable, middle-of-the-pack price point, and makes up for its light weight with a stiff, powerful carbon fiber construction. This is the Goldilocks racket when compared to the three Wilson rackets we name in this roundup.

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Length 27 in
Weight 9.7 oz
Headsize 100 sq. in

Best Tennis Racket Under $50

Head Geo Speed Adult Tennis Racket

Head Geo Speed Adult Tennis Racket

Best Tennis Racket Under $50

Head Geo Speed Adult Tennis Racket

Pros
  • Name-brand tech trusted by elite players
  • Is an incredible value at under $50
Cons
  • Will likely be outgrown quickly by consistent players

Another value pick from one of tennis’s most trusted brands, the Geo Speed has a large hitting surface and strong, durable construction, two hallmarks of a top-tier beginner racket. The racket’s long length is helpful for small players with short swings, but is beneficial for all players who are just starting to play.

Length 27.5 in
Weight 10.4 oz
Headsize 105 sq. in

Best Pro-Approved Racket for Beginners

Babolat Boost Rafa 2nd Generation

Babolat Boost Rafa 2nd Generation

Best Pro-Approved Racket for Beginners

Babolat Boost Rafa 2nd Generation

Pros
  • Affordable version of a pro racket
  • Eye-catching colorway
Cons
  • Some beginners might prefer something less flashy

Affordable and easy to learn with, the Boost Rafa is made in the signature colorway of legendary Spaniard Rafael Nadal. You probably can’t hit a forehand like he can, but this racket takes the best tech Babolat has to offer and pares it back to tailor to beginners, making it easy to progress your game.

Length 27 in
Weight 9.8 oz
Headsize 102 sq. in

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Do I Need to Spend A Lot of Money on a Racket

You can easily spend $250 on a tennis racket and there’s no problem in doing so. However, if you are just getting into the game and aren’t sure if you will commit to playing frequently, spending less is no issue at all. There are a ton of options in the $100-range that are equipped with advanced tech and will progress with you as you get better. If you know you’re only going to play once a month or want a racket for your upcoming vacation, you can easily get away with spending $50 or less.

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Do All Tennis Rackets Come Strung?

No. When you’re buying a racket, we recommend making sure it’s actually pre-strung before you head to checkout. Most rackets that skew toward the affordable side of things will come with strings installed and ready to play straight out of the box, but many of the more expensive rackets come unstrung to accommodate the string preferences of better players.

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