Thanks to a flurry of tech refinements, the new crop of tennis racquets have an edge. To pick the best ones, we recruited tennis consultant Rick Leach, who is a former number-one-ranked doubles player, winner of nine Grand Slams, and a current champ on the 40-plus ITF Senior circuit. He coaches in Newport Beach, California, and instructs current pros Leander Paes and Scott Lipsky. Advising on new racquets is part of his job: "It's a disadvantage for any player if they're not up on the new tech. You can't avoid the fact that our game changes because of it." Launch Gallery >>
Dunlop Biomimetic 400 Tour
THE TECH The 400 Tour's tapered beams are designed to cut drag for quick strikes. It's the most head-light racquet in our test – meaning its weight is balanced toward the handle for quick maneuvering.
ON THE COURT "This isn't forgiving enough for most weekend players," says Leach. "But when you hit its sweet spot, you can make magic. It has power and feel."
BEST FOR The extremely competitive. [$210; dunlopbuzz.com]
Credit: Michael Pirrocco