Have you ever picked up a racquet and never wanted to let go?
The beauty of the sport is that it can be played at any age. However, for senior players, the needs may change and you may need a more suitable racquet. One of the main problems you may have is loss of strength and power, but not to worry, some racquets are designed to give you easy access to power. So, what are the best racquets for senior players? Read our article to find out!
What makes an ideal racquet for senior players?
Senior players should take a few precautions when choosing their racquet so they can perform at their best and reduce the risk of pain and injury.
The ideal characteristics of a senior racquet are a lightweight nature (between 260 g and 280 g) and a larger head size (more than 645 cm²). This will help you increase your pace and regain some power.
Check out our list. We’ve selected the best racquets for serious players to help you make the right choice.
Best rackets for senior players
|Image||Product||Who it suits||Price|
|Wilson Ultra 108||
|PROKENNEX Tennis Racket Ki 15||
|Wilson Clash 108||
|HEAD Graphene 360+ Speed PWR||
|YONEX EZONE 105||
Wilson adds another chapter to the Ultra 108! Originally launched in 2015, this update features greater levels of power and explosive speed. As with the previous version, it features a luxurious 697 cm² headsize, making it one of the most forgiving racquets in the Ultra line.
For 2021, Wilson increased the power with the use of a thicker frame and a more open string pattern (from 16×19 to 16×18). The power is also amplified by three structural improvements: increased stability at impact, thanks to the Power Rib structure in the handle integrated with the Perimeter Weight System in the headstock. These are complemented by Sweetspot Channels technology at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions in the headstock, featuring longer horizontal strings to improve power return.
The racquet also features Crush Zone grommets in the throat, which compress upon ball impact. From the baseline, this model is comfortable, powerful and spin-friendly. Players with medium length forehands will find good depth and speed in fast swings.
At net, the Ultra 108 is not only fast, but also solid and forgiving. On serve, the extended length of 69.2 cm allows you to reach higher speeds. With this update, Wilson has created a great alternative for beginners and intermediate players looking for more power. Also perfect for doubles players.
For 2020, ProKennex updates the Ki 15 (260 g) with a sleek new color scheme. Like the previous version, this racquet’s light weight and large 677 cm² headsize make it perfect for tennis players who are still learning but also for doubles players looking for more powerful serves, responses and smashes. With its longer length of 69.8 cm, this racquet provides extra momentum and power on forehands, serves and smashes.
Comfort is incredible, thanks to Kinetic Technology, which uses a dynamic mass in the head to reduce shock to the arms. Other comfort-enhancing technologies include the Comfort Cap, which uses Kinetic Technology at the cap to dampen residual vibration. The Ki 15 also has a Spiral Tech Carbon layer to create a more stable and powerful response. On straights, power is easy to come by and the high comfort level ensures a comfortable hitting experience.
There’s also enough spin potential to close out shots with power. At net, the 677 cm² headsize offers a generous surface area for clean ball contact. This racquet is also great on the serve, where the increased length translates to greater stroke width and power.
With this update, the Ki 15 (260g) remains a great option for the evolving tennis player looking for comfort and power.
Introducing the Clash 108! With this racquet, Wilson introduces its unique flexible formula in a wider headsize. This racquet is also slightly longer for more power and spin potential. At 295g strung, the Clash 108 is perfect for intermediate players or doubles specialists looking for a maneuverable racquet with great feel.
The Clash 108 also works well for avid beginners looking to improve. With a 697 cm² headsize, this racquet is forgiving of small mistakes. However, like the other Clash models, it has great control, making it a solid alternative when it comes to versatility. What makes it special is the extremely low flex point, making it one of the most arm comfortable racquets on the market.
Wilson tells us that flexibility comes from two innovative technologies, FreeFlex and StableSmart, both of which facilitate flexibility without forgetting the solid feel and power of the modern game. From the baseline, the Clash 108 is not only super solid and comfortable, but also fast and maneuverable when accelerating on the run.
At net, this racquet is fast and the large headsize provides a comfortable, generous surface for a clean, efficient shot with the ball. On serve, the increased length definitely aids in power.
In conclusion, the Clash 108 is a great alternative for tennis players looking for an oversize racquet with great feel. The fact that it has great control makes it very attractive.
Introducing the most powerful and comfortable racquet in the Speed line! Called Graphene 360+ Speed PWR, this racquet is perfect for beginners, doubles specialists or those looking for more depth in their strokes.
With a luxurious 740 cm² headsize, this racquet allows for a wide margin of error without diminishing comfort, stability or power. The Speed PWR has a longer length of 69.6 cm, which provides extra momentum on forehands and serves.
For 2021, the Speed PWR has been updated with Graphene 360+ technology, which combines the power and stability of Graphene 360 with SpiralFibers on the underside for improved feel at ball impact.
From the baseline, the Speed PWR not only allows you to hit the ball deep, but rewards full swings with incredible power. It’s also comfortable on the arm and extremely fast for its length.
At net, the wide, stable hitting surface facilitates clean, efficient contact with the ball. The Speed PWR is also great on serve, where the increased length translates into cleaner, more powerful shots.
Overall, with its incredible combination of stability, comfort and power, the Graphene 360+ Speed PWR is a great option for those looking to step up their game.
New to the EZONE franchise, this racquet is perfect for beginners and intermediate players. With a 677cm² headsize, the EZONE 105 is forgiving and more powerful than a standard midplus racquet, but also offers enough control and spin to hit the ball efficiently.
At less than 300g strung weight, this racquet is not only super easy to swing, but allows you to move it quickly when you need spin and speed out of the box. Like other members of the EZONE 2020 line, this racquet benefits from the Linear Tech system, which reduces friction on the strings for extra comfort and power. This technology also features less spacing between the center strings for maximum control and more space in the side strings to absorb impact from non-central shots. To improve the stability and flexibility of the frame, Yonex added a uniquely strong and elastic graphite (called M40X) to the throat.
This racquet also features Vibration Dampening Mesh technology in the handle for a cleaner, more comfortable impact. From the baseline, the EZONE 105 moves quickly and is comfortable at ball impact. Medium length forehands produce good depth with power for those who can move the racquet quickly. With an open 16×19 string pattern, the player will have the power available to hit the ball with spin and efficiency. The limited weight comes in handy when defending or hitting shots on the run.
At net, the ease of use and generous surface result in easy dribbling; not to forget the excellent power and spin on serve. With the introduction of the EZONE 105, Yonex has created a great alternative for players looking for a lightweight, comfortable racquet with controllable power.