At the Tennis Tribe, we believe transparency is crucial to earning and maintaining your trust. You deserve to know exactly how we get paid, and our process for testing, researching, and reviewing tennis gear.
How We Review Tennis Racquets
In our tennis gear reviews, we recommend dozens of different racquets from a variety of brands. We have spent hundreds of hours testing, researching, and reviewing the racquets on this website. We do this through a combination of reading the manufacturer’s website, other online reviews, and actually testing the products on the tennis court.
Through our partnership with Tennis Warehouse, we demo racquets at no cost, so we are able to play-test all the racquets they offer. More on play-testing below.
We review the following criteria for each tennis racquet:
- Racquet Specifications: Size, Length, Weight, Balance, Flex Rating, String Pattern
- These specs help us categorize racquets and gives us an idea of how they might perform on the court. They improve our recommendations by giving us data to compare racquets.
- On-Court Performance: When we test a racquet, we have certain expectations based on other reviews and the specifications above. However, we play-test each racquet for at least one full hour hitting session.
- We rate each racquet on power, control, spin, comfort, stability, maneuverability, and feel.
- We also rate each racquet on the serve, return, groundstrokes, and volleys.
Do you test every tennis racquet?
The beginner tennis racquets on this site have been tested by other players with whom I’ve consulted. Because I (Will Boucek) am an experienced NTRP 5.0 player, it doesn’t make sense for me to test beginner tennis racquets myself. Instead, I choose from trusted tennis brands and use the opinions of real beginners to help in my reviews.
How We Reviews Strings, Shoes, & Other Tennis Gear
For other tennis gear, we are able to test nearly every product you see on the site. In most cases, we purchase the products at a discounted rate from our partners at Tennis Warehouse. On some occasions, we do receive free gear, but that does not affect how we rate the product. We are always honest in our reviews, listing both pros and cons or drawbacks of each product.
In the case of shoes for tennis, we have tested all the men’s tennis shoes. We have another NTRP 5.0 player who tests all the women’s tennis shoes.
For tennis strings, we purchase each string before reviewing it. We play test the string for at least 3 full matches and rate the string on its power, control, spin, feel, and durability.
When we review tennis bags and other gear, we do not always test the gear in person. For example, we have tested most, but not all of the tennis ball hoppers.
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