For a tennis player with a closet full of trophies, the worst thing about aging is that you can’t stop it. But the Boris Becker London can help you live another day in the main draw. The London makes up a little for what nature takes away in strength and agility by lightening the swing load for tournament-tested 40-somethings who find themselves hitting just a little late when they drag around their old 12-plus ouncers. The lightweight London easily cuts through the air on serves and ground strokes, and it’s agile at the net. It has a familiar players’ thin beam and head-light balance, but its stiff box-beam construction and rigid DNX carbon on the outer edges add some power and stability. Our testers felt the London had more dampening than a lot of player sticks, which muffled a little of the feel of the ball on precision shots. But it does increase the overall comfort for the aging shoulders and arms of big hitters.
Bottom Line: Not a fountain of youth, but it will help skilled players age more gracefully.