Rankings: Sweet spot

The center of percussion (COP), also known as the "sweet spot," is a point. It’s not an area. This point is located along the racquet’s centerline, and the higher this point, i.e. the closer to the tip, the better for reducing the resultant force from impact. See the formula for locating the sweet spot. A high sweet spot is good; a low sweet spot is bad.

The sweet spot varies according to where the racquet is held, and choking down, as for the serve under the Second and Fifth Benchmark Condition (2, 5 BC), will lower the sweet spot. A good (low) rank number means a high sweet spot. The rankings in the left column are for a forehand (1 BC), volley (3 BC), or return (4 BC) where the hand is at the 7 cm axis. For some of the long racquets (e.g. the Prince TT Hornet), you may get better accuracy if you don't choke down on the serve.

Rank Sweetspot 2002 Tip to Sweet Spot (cm) 1,3,4 BC
1 Prince Graphite Classic OS 15.5
2 Prince Triple Threat Warrior MP 15.9
3 Prince Triple Threat Hornet MP 16.0
4 Prince Triple Threat Bandit MP 16.1
5 Head I.Prestige Mid 16.3
5 Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.3 MP 16.3
7 Babolat VS Drive 16.4
7 Prince Triple Threat Rebel MP 16.4
9 Prince Triple Threat Vendetta MP 16.5
9 Weed T-Zone 16.5
11 Babolat VS Control 16.6
11 Blackburne DS-107 16.6
13 Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Stretch OS 16.7
14 Prince Triple Threat Graphite OS 16.8
14 Blackburne Excalibur Ti 97 16.8
14 Prince Triple Threat Graphite MP 16.8
14 Head Classic MP 16.8
18 Prince Triple Threat Attitude MP 16.9
18 Babolat Pure Control 16.9
18 Cayman Excel Comp II 16.9
21 Blackburne Excalibur Ti 107 17.0
21 Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.3 Stretch MP 17.0
21 Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.3 Light MP 17.0
21 Babolat VS Power 17.0
25 Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.3 OS 17.1
25 Head i.S2 MP 17.1
25 Prince Triple Threat Scream OS 17.1
28 Yonex Muscle Power 3i 17.2
28 Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.3 Light OS 17.2
28 Cayman Strike X 17.2
31 Prince Triple Threat Bandit OS 17.3
31 Yonex RD Ti-70 88 17.3
31 Volkl V1 Classic 17.3
31 Pro Kennex Ti Intensity PBT Reach 17.3
35 Prince Triple Threat Vendetta OS 17.4
35 Prince Triple Threat Attitude OS 17.4
37 Dunlop 300G 98 17.5
37 Gosen Carbon Plus I 17.5
37 Prince Triple Threat Warrior OS 17.5
37 Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 6.5 MP 17.5
41 Volkl Quantum Force 17.6
41 Babolat Soft Drive 17.6
41 Babolat Soft Power 17.6
41 Prince More Game OS 17.6
41 Babolat Pure Power Zylon 360 17.6
41 Wilson Hyper Pro Staff Extreme 6.7 17.6
47 Wilson Hyper Pro Staff Zone 7.1 17.7
47 Gosen Carbon 15 17.7
47 Prince Triple Threat Sovereign OS 17.7
47 Pro Kennex Kinetic Pro 5g 17.7
51 Wilson Hyper Hammer 2.7 17.8
51 Weed 3/4 Weed XL 17.8
51 Slazenger Pro Braided 17.8
51 Volkl Quantum V1 MP 17.8
51 Cayman Pro Smash II 17.8
51 Pro Kennex Core 1 No. 20 17.8
51 Prince Triple Threat Graphite Mid 17.8
51 Yonex Ultimum RQ Ti-2000 Long 120 17.8
51 Pro Kennex Core 1 No. 24 17.8
60 Volkl Quantum V1 OS 17.9
60 Wilson Hyper Hammer 4.0 OS 17.9
60 Prince More Game MP 17.9
60 Cayman Catalyst II 17.9
60 Babolat Pure Drive 17.9
65 Volkl Quantum 10 RAP 18.0
65 Pro Kennex Kinetic Pro 15g 18.0
65 Babolat VS Nanotube Drive 18.0
65 Head i.Speed MP 18.0
69 Head i.S2 OS 18.1
69 Wilson Hyper Pro Staff Surge 5.1 18.1
69 Pro Kennex Core 1 No. 22 18.1
69 Head i.S4 MP 18.1
69 Babolat Pure Drive Zylon 360 18.1
69 Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.2 MP 18.1
75 Prince More Thunder OS 18.2
75 Yonex Ultimum RQ Ti-2000 Long 110 18.2
75 Yonex MP Tour-1 Mid 18.2
78 Head I.S6 OS 18.3
78 Volkl C10 Pro 18.3
78 Head I.S10 18.3
78 Dunlop Vision 110 18.3
78 Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.2 MP 18.3
78 Head i.S9 OS 18.3
78 Volkl Catapult 1 18.3
85 Pro Kennex Type S 18.4
85 Cayman Airlite 18.4
85 Babolat VS Nanotube Power 18.4
85 Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 MP 18.4
85 Cayman Pro Heat II 18.4
85 Dunlop Vision 102 18.4
91 Pro Kennex Kinetic Pro 7g 18.5
91 Prince Triple Threat Scream MP 18.5
91 Prince More Dominant OS 18.5
91 Wilson Hyper Hammer 5.2 OS 18.5
95 Yonex MP Tour-1 MP 18.6
95 Dunlop Spirit 100 18.6
95 Head I.S18 18.6
95 Cayman Energizer II 18.6
95 Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 6.1 MP Stretch 18.6
95 Topspin CL 628 18.6
101 Yonex RD Ti-70 Long 98 18.7
101 Volkl Quantum 10 Tour 18.7
101 Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.2 OS 18.7
101 Prince Triple Threat Hornet OS 18.7
101 Volkl Quantum 8 RAP 18.7
106 Babolat Pure Control + 18.8
106 Yonex Muscle Power 5i OS 18.8
106 Head I.S12 18.8
106 Head i.Prestige MP 18.8
106 Head Classic Mid 18.8
111 Volkl Tour 10 Mid 18.9
111 Wilson Hyper Hammer 4.0 MP 18.9
111 Yonex Ultimum RQ Ti-1500 Long 105 18.9
111 Yonex Muscle Power 5i MP 18.9
111 Dunlop Inferno 118 18.9
111 Gosen Tri Tube 400C 18.9
111 Babolat Pure Control Zylon 360 18.9
111 Volkl Catapult 3 18.9
119 Head I.Prestige MP XL 19.0
119 Dunlop Inferno 104 19.0
119 Yonex Ultimum RQ Ti-1700 Long 110 19.0
119 Topspin CL 633 19.0
123 Fischer Pro No. One 19.1
123 Yonex Ultimum RD Ti-50 19.1
123 Wilson Pro Staff Original 6.0 85 19.1
123 Yonex Ultimum RD Ti-80 19.1
123 Volkl Catapult 2 19.1
123 Fischer GDS Spice 19.1
123 Head i.extreme MP 19.1
130 Yonex V-Con 20 19.2
130 Cayman Energizer Ti 19.2
130 Cayman Pro Talis II Long 19.2
130 Cayman Pro Talis II 19.2
130 Cayman Energizer II Pro 19.2
130 Yonex Ultimum RQ Ti-1700 Long 98 19.2
136 Head I.S6 MP 19.3
136 Weed T-Zone Plus 19.3
136 Fischer GDS Rally FT Titanium 19.3
136 Volkl Quantum 5 19.3
136 Fischer GDS Spirit 19.3
136 Cayman Sidewinder Ti 19.3
136 Yonex V-Con 20 19.3
136 Prince Precision Graphite Classic MP 19.3
136 Cayman Catalyst II Pro 19.3
145 Topspin CL 603 19.4
145 Dunlop Inferno 110 19.4
145 Topspin TPC1000 19.4
148 Dunlop 200G 95 19.5
149 Fischer GDS Take Off 710 19.6
149 Fischer GDS Take Off 1210 19.6
149 Dunlop Spirit 110 19.6
149 Fischer GDS Take Off 910 19.6
153 Head I.Radical OS 19.7
153 Wilson Triad Pro Staff 6.0 MP 19.7
155 Head i.S4 OS 19.8
156 Volkl Tour 8 19.9
157 Wilson Triad Hammer 5.0 OS 20.0
158 Wilson Triad Hammer 4.0 OS 20.1
158 Wilson Triad Hammer 4.0 MP 20.1
160 Yonex Ultimum RD Ti-50 Long 20.2
160 Wilson Triad Hammer 5.0 MP 20.2
162 Volkl C-10 Pro OS 20.4
162 Fischer Pro Tour FT Air Carbon Ti 20.4
164 Head I.Radical MP 20.5
165 Fischer Pro Extreme 20.8
166 Wilson Triad Hammer 3.0 21.0
167 Wilson Triad Hammer 2.0 w/Rollers 21.8
Average 18.31
Standard Deviation 1.10
Worst 21.76
Best 15.51
Median 18.35