Top 5 Best Lightweight Tennis Racquets Reviews For 2021

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If you are lacking in PHYSICAL strength, or just generally struggling to wield your racquet around during LONG practice sessions or long matches…

Then a lightweight racquet is definitely something that you should consider.

Your Guide

Gavin Davison   Gavin Davison

Lightweight racquets are suitable for juniors, female players, older players, as well as male players that don’t hit with HUGE power.

They are really versatile, and they can help you play the game of tennis with greater ease than those heavier frames. Please see my recommendations for this category right here.

#1: Babolat Pure Strike Lite

The choice to use a LIGHTWEIGHT racquet stems from either physical strength reasons, swing speed preferences, or just for general comfort issues.

Whatever the reason is for you, I believe that the Babolat Pure Strike delivers one of the best lightweight racquets available in 2021.

Personally, I think it even has a better COLOR BLEND than other Pure Strike models too.

This racquet serves up FSI technology, as well as the recently implemented C2 Pure Feel that Babolat has managed to create.

When strung, this racquet only reaches 281g, so it is HIGHLY suitable for those of you that prefer racquets in this weight region.

The fun doesn’t end there with the Pure Strike Lite, however, and it’s got plenty more to offer.

Key Features

  • Manufactured using the latest Babolat technology
  • The lightest frame of the entire Pure Strike range
  • Designed with racquet head speed in mind, but without giving a dull feel
  • Plays incredibly well from the baseline

Specification

  • Weight strung: 281g
  • String pattern: 16 x 19
  • Head size: 100 square inches
  • Balance: 330mm (4 points head light)
  • Beam width: 21mm

Pros

  • A great racquet for those that love baseline play
  • Almost guaranteed that your arm won’t get tired, even in long matches
  • Very appealing paint job

Cons

  • Doesn’t really produce any extra juice when serving
  • The beam is very flat, which some players don’t particularly like

#2: Babolat Drive G

As much as it pains me to say this, I think that the color blend on this racquet is far better than my current racquet, the Babolat Pure Drive.

I think that the choice of DARK BLUE with the black looks awesome, and this racquet’s performance matches the quality of the paint job.

The head is also slightly larger, with an entire 102 square inches to smoke those baseline shots!

This racquet is also a slightly older racquet model, so there are numerous sites out there that are OFFERING some great deals.

This model is probably more suited to club players or strong beginners, but it can also be used by promising junior players since it’s so light.

Key Features

Specification

  • Weight strung: 286g
  • String pattern: 16 x 19
  • Head size: 102 square inches
  • Balance: 330mm (4 points head light)
  • Beam width: 24mm

Pros

  • Babolat’s Woofer technology provides added pop off the strings
  • An oversized racquet head is always a plus for beginners and lower intermediate players
  • One of the easiest racquets to string (if you are stringing them yourself)

Cons

  • The 102 square inches head size will not suit advanced players
  • This racquet can be susceptible to increased vibration on contact, so you should purchase a vibration dampener

#3: Head Ti S6

This racquet is super popular with beginners, and for those that just don’t enjoy using HEAVIER frames.

 It’s only 252g when strung, which makes it one of the lightest adult racquets on the market.

There’s much to love about this frame, as it really is one of the easiest racquets to HANDLE due to the balance and weight.

There’s a little secret sauce to go with the Head Ti S6, which is a bit of a love or hate thing.

This racquet is actually 27.75 inches in length, which can be a blessing, or it can be a curse.

It all depends on whether you are willing to take a few weeks to READJUST your game to get used to the added length.

One thing I will say is that if you do take this time, you probably won’t look back with this frame.

Key Features

  • Not the traditional oval shape seen with other tennis racquets
  • A massively oversized head, making it ideal for brand new players and seniors
  • Manufactured using graphite and titanium for added strength
  • Much cheaper than other lightweight models

Specification

  • Weight unstrung: 225g
  • String pattern: 16 x 19
  • Head size: 115 square inches
  • Balance: 380mm (8 points head light)
  • Beam width: 29mm

Pros

  • Super springy string bed, which is ideal for generating pace from the baseline
  • This racquet is actually very good to prevent tennis elbow
  • racquet is relatively old so you can get it at incredibly reduced prices

Cons

  • Not suitable at all for those who have a fast swing speed
  • With a head size of 115 square inches, it doesn’t have a concentrated sweet spot

#4: Wilson Roland Garros Elite

I don’t know about you guys, but I always love it when tennis brands bring out racquets that are specifically designed for the major slams.

I loved the Babolat US Open racquet previously, and now Wilson has got in on the action with the Roland Garros Elite.

Of course, it’s all down to PERSONAL preference, but I think that the paint job on this frame is fantastic.

At first, I was skeptical because the price seemed alarmingly low for a quality racquet, but I’ve seen no alarming discrepancies between this racquet and other lightweight models.

It’s been developed through the use of some of Wilson’s cutting edge technologies, and it’s just generally an appealing racquet.

Key Features

  • Manufactured for player’s that love some clay-court action
  • Airlite alloy build around the entire frame
  • Insanely cheap for the quality that it offers
  • Also has an extra 0.5 inches to assist with racquet velocity

Specification

  • Weight strung: 225g
  • String pattern: 16 x 19
  • Head size: 112 square inches
  • Balance: 330mm
  • Beam width: 25mm

Pros

  • Huge racquet head size, very appealing for seniors and beginners
  • Super lightweight so won’t cause rapid fatigue or injuries
  • The extra half-inch gives added reach across the entire court

Cons

  • Like other extra-long racquets, it takes some getting used to
  • Doesn’t have the same soft feel as other Wilson racquets

#5: Tecnifibre T-Flash 255

This is a bit of an interesting one, but it still deserves the number 5 spot on this list.

On the surface, you may think that this is just a discolored ‘knock in the park’ racquet, but after doing some DIGGING I feel that Tecnifibre has earned this listing.

It’s on the heavier side as far as lightweight racquets go, but it will appeal to a broad scope of players.

It’s been made using Tecnifibre’s HD fuse grip technology, which really does provide a nice CRISP feeling upon hitting the ball.

It also has much tighter spacing between the strings, and this means that it’s much easier to control the ball through extra slice or topspin.

Key Features

  • Very little vibration even when hitting at a fast speed
  • This racquet is absolutely perfectly balanced
  • Easy to maneuver the frame when defending, as well as attacking the net
  • Versatile enough to suit a wide range of game styles

Specification

  • Weight unstrung: 255g
  • String pattern: 16 x 19
  • Head size: 100 square inches
  • Balance: 343mm
  • Beam width: 25mm

Pros

  • Tecnifibre is the brand of choice for quite a few top-level professionals (Medvedev being the highest-ranked)
  • Able to significantly reduce vibration without sacrificing feel on the ball
  • Definitely a color scheme that will make you stand out

Cons

  • On the market for around £100, which is a lot for a lightweight racquet
  • The grip that this racquet comes with is not very comfortable at all

Conclusion

Of course the racquets within this list above vary in terms of their balance, actual weight, head size, and other KEY FACTORS, so it is up to you to filter these racquets down based on your personal preferences.

I personally prefer lightweight racquets that are a little more head heavy…

But that’s because I prefer less VIBRATION and a bit of a FIRMER feel than those that are very headlight – but that’s just my preference.

Take the time to understand your own preference, and you’ll know which racquet to get in no time at all.

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