Yonex E Zone Xi 98
Credit: Michael Pirrocco

THE TECH Though its head is on the smaller side – 98 square inches – this racquet's shape, Yonex claims, gives it a bigger sweet spot for fewer mis-hits. A grid in between the handle and shaft is said to kill shock.

ON THE COURT Leach was surprised by the racquet's flexibility. "It almost plays like a wooden racquet and feels fantastic on slices. But I wouldn't recommend it to high-level players. There's just too much give."

BEST FOR Players prone to arm problems. [$250; yonexusa.com]