We have all been guilty of looking at a professional tennis player and thinking we look like them when we step on court. But the reality is very different, particularly if you are new or returning to the game. You might be tempted to choose Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer’s racket but they will be far too heavy and unforgiving for improvers. You should probably look for a bigger head size and most certainly a lighter frame.

It is a good idea to test out rackets before buying, to get a feel for what the racket is like. There are technical things you could understand about racket technology, but how you feel playing with a certain frame is also important. The good ones are not cheap so you want to make a good investment and your racket is the most crucial piece of kit (along with your shoes) that will help you enjoy, and improve, your game.

Babolat Pure Drive 110

Dunlop NT R6.0

HEAD Graphene Touch Speed PWR

MANTIS Performa 260


Pacific BXT Nexus

Prince Warrior 107T


Tecnifibre T-Fight 265

Volkl VSense4



Wilson Ultra 108

Yonex VCore SV 105

Thank you to Bromley Tennis Centre for the use of their courts.