Choosing the Right Tennis Racket
So, you’re getting serious about tennis and it’s time to invest in a tennis racket. With an array of choices, it probably feels a little overwhelming. So, where to start? First, think about your skill level, strength, and age.
Now rate the importance of power, comfort and control because the perfect racket isn’t necessarily the most expensive, branded one. You should consider grip size, racket head size, and the racket’s weight distribution because the best racket can help you up your game.
As technology decreases the weight of a racket, most manufacturers want to make sure the grip is comfortable without adding additional ounces. Shock absorption and the vibration dampening system within the handle are just as important as diameter.
More importantly, you want to make sure that your tennis racket has a firm grip and doesn’t slide around in your hands. Tennis is a fast-paced game, and a slippery grip will greatly inhibit your ability to control the racket and the ball—especially if your hands become sweaty.
Racket Head Size
The tennis racket’s head size refers to the actual hitting area.
Here is a general guide to your racket’s head size:
Midsize 80-94 square inches
Midplus 95-105 square inches
Oversize 110-115 square inches
Super oversize 116-135 square inches
The larger the head size the more potential for greater power in your swing based on momentum and your personal strength. Plus there’s a greater area for the ball to hit the strings for a better response.
Beginners usually opt for a larger head because it is more forgiving.
Pro tennis players generally opt for a smaller head size depending on their precision and skill.
Racket Weight Distribution
Not all rackets are distributed equally. Beginners usually need a heavy head because it becomes an extension of their arm, increasing reach for a shorter swing that requires less strength. Conversely, a lighter head gives a more experienced player more control, hence more maneuverability built upon forearm and wrist strength. For this reason, head-light rackets are often referred to as “player’s rackets,” because of how they give the player more control over the ball.
Time to Shop
You’ve done your homework and thought about all considerations around your skill level, racket’s weight and head size. Now it’s time to match yourself up to the perfect racket and hit the court. Remember, a good racket can help you play a better game, but you’re still going to need to practice and sharpen your skills if you want to succeed.
What’s your favorite tennis racket?
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