Overall rating: 8.3
I will be conducting a review on the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3, by talking about the pros and cons of this tennis racket. Mind you, and it is one of Wilson’s best-selling tennis rackets. Referred to as a ‘Tweener tennis racket, the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 was created to maintain a good blend between power and control.
This further gives it the attributes expected of a pure player’s racket. This, in turn, makes it one of the best tennis rackets for intermediate players. Adults who want to play for recreational purposes can also generate lots of power without losing control. The Hyper Hammer 5.3 has two different models with head sizes that are quite distinct as well.
These models are the Midplus with a 95 sq.in head and the Oversize with a 110 sq.in head. The Hyper Hammer 5.3 had a lot of success when it was introduced to Tennis Magazine’s 1999 Spring Gear Guide. This was when testers rated it as the most powerful in its category then. During Tennis Industry Magazine’s spring playtest, the 5.3 Oversize beauty was ranked second overall.
This was just behind the Hyper Sledge Hammer 2.0 for men, while the women also ranked 3.5-4.5. Not entirely surprising, Wilson made incredible sales of this racket. This made many players pondered whether the Hyper Hammer 5.3 wasn’t the best tennis racket available on the market.
Through this, it rose to become Wilson’s most popular selling Hyper Carbon model quickly. Because of this, it has enjoyed a prolonged fortune and visibility on the pro tour in the hands of Lindsay Davenport. The 5.3 has also become Wilson’s advertisement material for their newest material technology. This new material is the Hyper Carbon.
Because of this and some other reasons, the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 racket has continued to get raves. There has also been a lot of admiration from players all over the world. In our review of the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3, we are going to be analysing the oversize model because of the additional power it affords you.
Since it became Wilson’s most popular Hyper Carbon model, there has emerged a need to analyze this racket in full details. This is to determine who the best level of player for this racket is. So, without taking too much of your time, we’ll take a step further to review the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3.
- It is much lighter than the majority of rackets
- It has significant amounts of power due to the head heavy frame and the larger beam width
- The open string pattern used, as well as the bigger head size, equates to a larger sweet spot
- It comes pre-strung, and therefore ready to use to play
- The increased racket length makes room for better angles to make serves and more reach
- It is most ideal for intermediate or recreational players who have moderate to fast swings
- It helps to improve your game
- Swings made at full length can create too much power
- There is little stability because of the increase in vibrations
Features and Benefits
The head size has been increased to 110 sq. In, to achieve more power, while the 27.5-inch length offers more power, better angles to make serves, and a longer reach. It has a 15% hyper carbon and 85% graphite composition. This makes it stronger and stiffer four times over, while also maintaining a 65% lighter weight composition than titanium.
The Wilson hyper hammer 5.3 tennis racket also comes pre-strung with the Wilson Ultra Synthetic Gut Natural at 58 lbs. The hammer technology it comes with gives the racket a lighter feel and a higher and larger sweet spot. Since the Hyper Hammer 5.3 comes pre-strung, you can also get on the court and play with the racket immediately.
Pre-strung rackets are generally more suitable for beginning and recreational players alike. This is because you do not have to worry about going through the stress of getting it strung at a shop and string tension and all that. But if the strings snap, it would be quite important to know that the racket is strung with Wilson Ultra Synthetic Gut Natural. This is in turn tensioned at 58 lbs.
It is not an understatement to say that the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 is definitely one of the most powerful rackets on the market currently. This it owes to its unique design and remarkable technology. Some major highlights of this racket include; the oversize head, 16×20 open string pattern, 10 point head heavy frame, and 28 mm dual taper beam width.
These all offer a large sweet spot that in turn helps to come up with lots of power. It can also be quite forgiving for shots that do not hit the very center.
Noting that the racket’s length is 27.5 inches, this propels an increase in the player’s reach for farther serves, balls, and volleys. All these specifications definitely come together to make the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 a force to be reckoned with in the tennis racket market.
Apart from factors like the head size, string pattern, and beam width, the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 also makes use of an ultra-modern technology.
This technology brings a remarkable increase in its power output. The Hyper Carbon is one of a kind space age material officially used in the aerospace industry to design modern aeroplanes and also build and maintain satellites. It is a great joy to announce that it is now being used even on tennis rackets. As quoted by Wilson, Hyper Carbon is “the first Ultra High Modulus graphite ever used in tennis rackets”.
When used alongside graphite, an extremely versatile material that is four times stronger is created, while also being four times stiffer, and 65% lighter than titanium.
This implies that apart from the fact that this racket can produce explosive shots, it is also sturdy, and has a flexible frame which in turn offers the player a certain degree of control to shoot balls wherever they prefer to.
After all that has been said, it can be further implied that the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 was primarily designed for intermediate and recreational players who possessed relatively fast swings. This explains why the racket falls under the ‘Tweener category. This racket holds a lot of benefits for all levels of players, especially the older, recreational players.
This is because of those who do not have a lot of energy to expend while trying to come up with compelling shots.
However, it is worthy of note that beginning players can acquire immense benefits from this racket majorly because of its larger sweet spot and increase in power output ratio. Apart from the fact that this racket places a lot of premium on power and control, it also places a ton of importance on the lightweight feature as well.
While adopting the Hammer Technology, the racket is afforded a 10 point head heavy frame. This is for creating incredible surges of power while still managing to stay light as a feather at only 9 ounces still when strung. From our explanations, the use of Hyper Carbon helps the racket to reduce its strung weight. This material weighs 65% lesser than titanium. This titanium is sometimes used in designing other rackets.
Hyper Carbon designs the frame and structure of the racket in a way that it can be easily maneuvered. This can be done with relative ease while also opting for an excellent feel for producing your shots. Because the racket is so light, you can often feel vibrations than when you are playing with a heavier control-oriented racket. This would pose a significant challenge if as a player, you favor stability.
This would also be somewhat difficult if you want to reduce the amount of shock that your wrists and shoulders take. This is why i make a recommendation of deciding to go for a high-quality shock absorber. This will further help in absorbing the number of vibrations if you choose to opt for this racket.
From the above reviews, I hope you have gotten more knowledge on this beauty of a tennis racket. I also hope you are also more decided on which racket you would be opting for, as there are no well-placed competitors in the market. Almost all-court players could gain enormous benefits by deciding to go for this racket. This would help with nearly everything.
From making strong groundstrokes to making powerful volleys, too fast and precise serves as well. With the primary focus on power, the lightweight feature of this racket makes it quite maneuverable and easy to control as well. The Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 is recommended for players who are on the intermediate and recreational levels.
This is due to their extraordinary amounts of experience playing tennis. Although beginners would also definitely learn fast with this racket, after all, I can say that the Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 is a sophisticated racket that can definitely help you improve on your game across all levels.