Best Tennis Rackets for One Handed Backhands

A question I am often asked is what are the best tennis rackets for one handed backhands, so I have decided to publish this article to look at what characteristics you should look for when you are considering buying a tennis racket that will help you hit a better one handed backhand.

5 Best Tennis Rackets for One Handed Backhands

The below tennis rackets are in no particular order but if you are a beginner then I would recommend going for the Wilson Clash 98 as it has the best combination of power and control.

Other Racket Recommendations are below.

Best Racket for Intermediate Players: Wilson Blade 98 18×20
Best Arm Friendly Racket: Wilson Clash 98
Best Racket for Advanced Players: Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph

Wilson Blade 98 18×20

Wilson Blade 98

The Wilson Blade 98 18×20 is part of Wilson’s Blade range of tennis rackets that focuses on control and is used by one handed backhand players like Stefanos Tsitspas. The Blade 98 has been around for a long time and is very popular amongst recreational players.

At a weight of 305g unstrung, the Blade 98 is on the lighter side of the rackets in our list but it still gives good plough through for your backhand and it has good stability at the net.

Wilson Blade 98 18×20 Key Specs

Head Size:98 in²
Racket Length:27 in
Unstrung Weight:305 g
String Pattern:18 x 20
Stiffness Rating: 62

Where can you buy the Wilson Blade 98

Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph

Wilson RF 97 Autograph

The Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph is Roger Federer’s weapon and when he made the change from his old racket in 2015, it led to big improvements in his backhand. This is my racket of choice and I love hitting my one handed backhand with it.

If you are an advanced player, the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph is the best tennis racket you can get for your one handed backhand. It offers excellent plough through on your backhand and provides great feel and control on your shots.

The only downside to the racket is that it is on the heavy side. From my own experience, playing with the RF 97, I have found that I will play great for a set and a half but then my arm will start to feel tired. This will lead to me losing some power on my forehand and serve. However, this is probably more due to my lack of fitness and the quality of my technique rather than it being the fault of the racket. This has been more of an issue for me in singles as I have never had this issue in doubles.

Wilson RF 97 Autograph Key Specs

Head Size:97 in²
Racket Length:27 in
Unstrung Weight:340 g
String Pattern:16 x 19
Stiffness Rating: 68

Where can you buy the Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph

Yonex VCore Pro 97

Yonex vcore pro 97

The Yonex VCore Pro 97 is endorsed by three time grand slam winner Stan “The Man” Wawrinka and is a very stable racket from the baseline, which makes it perfect for a one handed backhand.

Like the RF97, the Yonex VCore Pro 97 is fairly heavy at 330 g unstrung so I wouldn’t recommend the racket for beginners. However, for intermediate to advanced players, this is a great racket for your backhand as it provides excellent plough through on your shots and the weight give you good stability at the net.

The racket also has a fairly high stiffness rating of 65 so it may not be as arm friendly as other rackets on this list such as the Blade 98 and Clash 98.

Yonex VCore Pro 97 Key Specs

Head Size:97 in²
Racket Length:27 in
Unstrung Weight:330 g
String Pattern:16 x 19
Stiffness Rating: 65

Where can you buy the Yonex VCore Pro 97

Babolat Pure Strike 18×20

Babolat Pure Strike

The Babolat Pure Strike 18 × 20 is used by ATP pro Dominic Thiem who has one of the best one handed backhands in tennis. Unlike many other rackets on this list, the Babolat Pure Strike has a string pattern of 18 x 20, which should give you more control on your backhands.

Babolat Pure Strike 18 × 20 Key Specs

Head Size:98 in²
Racket Length:27 in
Unstrung Weight:320 g
String Pattern:18 x 20
Stiffness Rating: 66

Where can you buy the Babolat Pure Strike 18 × 20

Wilson Clash 98

Wilson Clash 98

The Wilson Clash 98 is an excellent choice for players who want control but don’t like the stiffness of some other control oriented rackets like the Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph.

The Clash 98 is the most arm friendly racket on this list as it has a low stiffness rating of 55. Also at a weight of 310 g unstrung, it is more manageable for beginner to intermediate players to use.

Wilson Clash 98 Key Specs

Head Size:98 in²
Racket Length:27 in
Unstrung Weight:310 g
String Pattern:16 x 19
Stiffness Rating: 55

Where can you buy the Wilson Clash 98

What should you look for in a racket for your one handed backhand?

Although having a good one handed backhand, has more to do with the technique you use than the tennis racket you use, there are still some things you can look out for when buying a tennis racket that will suit your one handed backhand.

If you are looking for the best tennis rackets for one handed backhands then the main things to look out for are the racket’s beam width, length, head size, and weight.

Beam Width

Most rackets that are suitable for one handed backhands have a beam width between 18 and 21mm as a thinner beam will give you more control on your single handed backhand.

Head Size

You should look for a racket with a head size of between 95 and 98 inches. Looking at the rackets used by the ATP pros below, you can see that the vast majority fall within this range. I have hit my backhand with rackets with a head size of 100 inches or more in the past and I never get the same feeling on my backhand as I have when I hit with a sub 100in racket.

Racket Length

It is best to stick with rackets that have a standard 27in length as longer rackets can affect your manoeuvrability on your backhand side.

Racket Weight

Look for rackets in 315g plus range but preferable over 330g. This range would be considered very heavy for beginner to intermediate players but if you want the best tennis racket for your one handed backhand, then you need to be looking in this range.

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What rackets do the ATP Pros with one handed backhands use?

Just over 10% of the top 100 ATP players use a one handed backhand and we have listed those players below and detailed what racket they use. Many ATP players play with a racket that is painted to look like the racket the player is endorsing. We have done our best with the list below, to include the actual racket used by the player.

RankPlayer NameTennis Racket
4Stefanos TsitsipasWilson Blade 98 18×20
6Dominic ThiemBabolat Pure Strike 18×20
9Roger FedererWilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph
10Denis ShapovalovYonex VCORE 95
21Grigor DimitrovWilson Pro Staff 97
28Daniel EvansWilson Six One 95
30Stan WawrinkaYonex VCORE Pro 97
43Dusan LajovicPro Staff 97
54Richard GasquetHead Liquid Metal Instinct Tour XL
62Lorenzo MusettiHEAD Extreme Tour
82Marco CecchinatoBabolat Aero Storm GT
86Pablo CuevasHead Graphene 360+ Prestige MP
90Feliciano LopezWilson Ultra 100
(last updated 15/07/2021)

WTA One Handed Backhand Players

Viktorija Golubic is the only WTA player currently ranked in the top 100 that has a one handed backhand and she uses the Yonex VCORE SV 100. In the past, the one handed backhand was much more popular on the WTA tour with grand slam winners like Steffi Graff, Justine Henin, Margaret Court, and Martina Navratilova all having a one handed backhand.

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Best Tennis Rackets for One Handed Backhands
Best Tennis Rackets for One Handed Backhands

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