Tennis Rackets: Ratings of Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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by Staff and contributors to Tennis Warehouse
Our AssessmentTennis Warehouse is a large online retailer of tennis equipment. This website has informative capsule summaries on each of the 245 tennis rackets (including junior rackets) that Tennis Warehouse sells. Almost all of them have customer comments, and about 50 rackets have long, extremely detailed, hands-on reviews by the staff that include numerical ratings. The overall ratings range from a high of 85 for the Wilson K-Factor [K] Six.One Tour 90 to a low of 65 for the Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.3 Midplus (Traditional Bumper), which the reviewer found just a bit "sluggish and head-heavy." There is also a message board, general buying advice and a feature that lets you compare several tennis rackets by features and price. The one thing the site lacks is a way to see at a glance which models scored highest on the reviews.
by Editors of Tennis Magazine
Our AssessmentTennis Magazine's website offers capsule reviews of 186 rackets and gives Editors' Choice designations to 26 of them. The reviewers really don't appear to dislike anything although the budget-priced elbow-wreckers just aren't included. One handy device on the website is the racket finder powered by the U.S. Racquet Stringers Association. It lets you start with one model and then tweak the specs to find a model that is, for instance, more powerful or longer or less expensive. This website doesn't make the research effortless for the consumer, but its assessments are credible and the number of products reviewed is unbeatable. Tennis Magazine also gives awards for Best Gear of the Year. Winners for 2007 include the Prince O3 Speedport Red for best tweener frame, the Head MicroGEL Extreme and the Dunlop Aerogel 5Hundred Tour for favorite new player frames, the Wilson [K] Six.One and the Babolat Aeropro Drive with Cortex for best updates and the Dunlop Aerogel 7Hundred for best sleeper stick.
Tennis Racquet Reviews
by Staff of Tennis Company
Our AssessmentThis website is the online arm of the pro shop at the San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club. It offers staff reviews, based on hands-on playing, of 34 models. Also included here are reprinted reviews from Tennis Magazine for those models that don't get staff reviews. As with most retailers, nothing gets trashed, but the reviews do a good job of describing which type of player would find a specific tennis racket to be a good fit, and in some cases it will offer alternatives if you need more power or more control than that model offers. This website does not say which racket is best overall for, say, an intermediate baseliner, so consumers may need to spend some time looking at individual reviews unless they've already narrowed their search at another site.
by Editors of Which.co.uk
Our AssessmentWhich? is a British-based magazine that rivals Consumer Reports in thoroughness (though Consumer Reports doesn't review tennis rackets). Nine rackets are tested in a tennis laboratory where devices shoot balls at them at up to 78 mph. Veteran tennis coach Toby Clark also tests them on the court, and three are named "Best Buys." The Prince O3 White has a large head and sweet spot which make it an ideal choice for beginners and improvers, the testers say. The Head Flexpoint Radical and Yonex RDS 001 Square Shape are reported to be great for volleying, but not suitable for beginners.
The Best Sticks Money Can Buy
by James Martin
Our AssessmentSmash magazine says it's "From the loins of Tennis Magazine" - in other words, it's Tennis Magazine's spawn, and it's written for younger players. On the Head Flexpoint Radical, for instance, it notes that the Radical "has been around longer (13 years) than you've been playing tennis." James Martin names four rackets -- the Head Flexpoint Radical, the Prince O3 Tour MP, the Babolat Aeropro Drive and the Wilson N4 as the best. He never explains why they achieve this status, but the review is knowledgeable and critical.
Tennis Racquet Reviews
by Staff of Tennis-X.com
Our AssessmentThis tennis commentary website reviews five rackets by Prince, three by Wilson and one by Babolat, but none of the reviews have been written since November 2006. Reviews are thorough and insightful with hands-on testing and comments from three players at Levels 5.0 to 5.5 but there is no attempt to rank products.
Tested: tennis rackets
by Sean Ingle and Georgina Turner
Our AssessmentGuardian.co.uk is the online presence of the British newspaper The Guardian. In this review, Sean Ingle and Georgina Turner rank nine tennis rackets, broken into three price ranges. Although Prince rackets get the highest scores in each price range, the ratings seem critical. The reviewers give no indication of how the rackets were tested, although it's obvious from the comments that there was hands-on use. Except in the least expensive category, the reviewers contrast their assessments with a "second opinion" from Tennis-Warehouse.com. The top selections have since been discontinued -- the Prince TTT Sierra Ti OS, Prince Tour NXG Mid Plus, Prince More Attack but there's some useful information on other tennis rackets.
Racket Review '05
by Richard Osborn
Our AssessmentThe California-based tennis magazine, which has announced New York and Atlanta editions for 2008, gives a good explanation of how nano-technology is applied to the manufacturing of tennis rackets, then reviews 18 rackets in this somewhat dated report. There is helpful information, but there are no negative comments, and the tennis rackets aren't ranked.
by Randy Kramer
Our AssessmentE-Rackets.com is the online store of the Los Angeles brick-and-mortar retailer The Racket Doctor, and it gives numerical scores to most rackets it sells, although without comment that would illuminate the scores. Nevertheless, the scores seem to be an honest appraisal. Most of the rankings are high no racket that's rated gets a score below three.
Fine, Finer, Finest
by Ben Court
Our AssessmentBest Life, an offshoot of Men's Health magazine, picks three tennis rackets in three price ranges but doesn't say which rackets were considered or whether there was hands-on testing. Selected, cheapest to most expensive, are the Dunlop M-Fil 300, Wilson K-Zen and the Prince O3 Speedport Red.
Tennis Racquet Reviews
by Nawin Singh
Our AssessmentThe author of this tennis blog is an amateur player in Singapore who has written long reviews, based on hands-on use, of the Head Liquidmetal Prestige, Head Flexpoint 4, Babolat Pre Drive, Yonex RDS 001, the Wilson K-Factor [K] Six.One Team and the Wilson K-Factor [K] Six.One 95 tennis rackets. Of special interest are his comments on his search for a racket after developing tennis elbow.
by John Gugel
Our AssessmentJohn Gugel is a "Master Racquet Technician" and tennis shop owner in Winter Park, Florida. As of this writing he reviews four tennis rackets. Reviews seem knowledgeable and are based on his observations while stringing a racket and during post-stringing testing.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAbout 80 tennis rackets receive some customer ratings at Amazon.com, but most are reviewed by only one or two people, and the contributor could be an expert or someone who has just picked up a tennis racket for the first time. Nevertheless, it's always worth a visit after narrowing the search elsewhere. Amazon.com does offer the ability to sort the rackets by experience level beginner, intermediate and advanced. Most rackets get perfect scores, so it's hard to glean much wisdom from Amazon.com reviews.
by Contributors to Tennis Warehouse.com.au
Our AssessmentTennis Warehouse Australia is an online retailer that offers customer reviews of some of the rackets it sells, plus it has a pretty good forum section. Comments are usually positive, but contributors seem serious about their tennis playing.
by Staff and contributors to TennisExpress.com
Our AssessmentThis website is the online retail site of a Houston brick-and-mortar store, and it offers staff and consumer comments on some of the rackets it sells. We saw no negative assessments of any tennis rackets, although there appears to be an honest evaluation of which type of player would match with a specific racket. This website also offers a message board and pretty extensive general buying advice, not just for rackets but for other tennis items.
Tennis Racket Models
by Roger Webster
Our AssessmentThis British retailer offers basic information and statistical comparisons about the somewhat obscure Kuebler and ROX rackets that are hard to find elsewhere. In fact, it says, "The main brands of rackets such as Head, Prince and Wilson are not shown as information can easily be obtained from other sources." The website also includes a short but informative newsletter.
by Mike Wallace
Our AssessmentThis website, co-founded by Bob and Mike Wallace, provides up-to-date news on all things relating to tennis rackets. Mike Wallace, a teaching pro, does occasional reviews of rackets and other tennis gear, but the most detailed reviews, with comments and numerical scores in a variety of categories, are from 2005. More recent products generally get a non-critical blurb and a link to a retailer.