Finding out the right tennis racket is a tricky job for beginners, but not so difficult. Once you catch the tricks up how to choose the best tennis racket, you will be able to pick the best piece.
In this article, we are going to provide you with the tricks!
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Table of Contents
- 1 How To Choose The Best Tennis Racket:
- 2 Racket Length:
- 3 Head Size:
- 4 What Is The Sweet Spot?
- 5 String Patterns:
- 6 What Is A String Pattern?
- 7 Grip Size:
- 8 How To Determine Your Grip Size?
- 9 Weight:
- 10 What Are The PROS & CONS Of A Lighter Racket And A Heavier Racket?
- 11 Frame Width:
- 12 Stiffness And Flexibility:
- 13 Balance:
- 14 Wrapping Up:
How To Choose The Best Tennis Racket:
To make the right selection of a racket, there are only two main aspects you should keep in mind- POWER and CONTROL.
Besides these, there are some additional considerable things to choose a perfect tennis racket that we are going to write about one by one in detail.
Longer rackets provide more torque and power on serve! But a shorter racket provides more control over it. A shorter racket is easier to maneuver than a longer racket and offers less leverage. Now determine your demands: what size of tennis racket is perfect for you?
While Choosing The Racket Length, You Should Keep In Mind That,
- A longer racket needs more controlling ability. That means, if you have enough ability to control the longer racket, then you can choose it for getting more power. You have to provide more effort to maneuver it for maximum swing speed. As it offers more power, swing speed can be forgivable.
- A shorter racket is easy to maneuver with less effort. The negative point is that it provides less power than the longer one. That’s why you have to make powerful shots with high swing speed.
When you are considering your age, you will find that there are mainly two types of the racket: adult racket and junior racket.
Adult Racket: Adult rackets measure between 27 inches to 29 inches. Most of the players like the standard size. Some players who need more power prefer 28 inches or longer. For the very beginners, we always suggest picking up powerful rackets. But for advanced players, a 27-inches racket is perfect.
Junior Racket: Junior rackets measure between 17 inches to 26 inches. According to ages, different sizes of rackets are suitable for different players. Here is a standard chart below:
|Age||Racket length (Inch)|
|Under 6 years||17, 19 and 21|
Many players are shorter or taller in the portion of their age. If you are also one of them, then choose your racket length considering your height. Here is another chart below:
|Height (cm)||Racket length (Inch)|
|Up to119||17, 19 and 21|
Does head size impact on playing performance?
We answer, yes! Head size is also the most important considerable fact. It dramatically changes the playing style and performance. There are several types of head-size such as Super oversize, Oversize, Mid Plus and Midsize.
As a beginner, you should choose a large head size for the best performance. A larger head offers a bigger sweet spot, more forgiving, and more power.
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What Is The Sweet Spot?
The middle area of the head of a racket is called the sweet spot. A larger sweet spot means less chance of missing the ball.
The head size chart is below:
|Head Size||Size (sq. Inch)||Size (sq. cm)|
|Super Oversized||116 or larger||748 or larger|
|Oversize||106 to 115||683 to 741|
|Mid Plus||97 to 105||625 to 677|
|Midsize||85 to 96||548 to 619|
Beginners cannot hit the ball perfectly and often miss the ball. So, larger head size is perfect for beginners.
If you have less controlling power, buy a smaller head size racket. It offers more control and a precise feel.
Those who are advanced feel comfortable with medium or small head size. Moreover, junior players should choose a Mid-Plus or a smaller one.
Racket string is the most important factor to consider. There is no way of overlooking this point at all. You should know all about tennis racket strings such as gauge, tension, material, pattern, etc. Among these, string patterns are the most important to consider for a beginner.
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What Is A String Pattern?
“String pattern” means the number of main strings and cross strings. Main strings are the up and down strings and crossed strings refer to side to side strings.
There are mainly two types of string patterns: Open string pattern and Closed string pattern.
Closed string means a dense string pattern where the strings are much closed. On the other hand, an open string means less density string pattern where there is more separation between two strings.
The closed string pattern is perfect for beginners. It offers more control and less power spin. But the open string patterns of the racket allow you to make harder hits with max-power spin.
There are several string patterns and the most common are: 14 x 18, 16 x 15, 16 x 16, 16 x 18, 16 x 19, 16 x 20, 18 x 16, 18 x 17, and 18 x 20 string patterns.
What if the tennis racket flies out during a game or you fail to hit the ball with force? Of course, it’s too disgusting, right?
So if you want to avoid these problems, you must choose the perfect grip size. The size which is smaller than your needs causes flying out because you can’t hold it perfectly. And it results in tire up your muscles. The thicker grip doesn’t allow you to hit the ball with power and you cannot twist your wrist in a full motion range. That’s why you should consider your grip size. Here are the common sizes below:
From the above list, select yours!
How To Determine Your Grip Size?
Well, another important point that I cannot but write about is how to measure the grip size! To determine what grip size is correct, do the followings:
- Hold a racket with your hand in such a way that you are going to play. Place your index finger between your fingers’ tips and the base of your palm.
- If the grip is perfect for you, you will find no space between the index finger and palm, and between the index finger and other fingers. If you find that there is not enough space between the tips of the finger and palm, then the grip size is small for you. On the contrary, if there is more space than the required, that is too large for you.
In this method, you only will be able to select your racket grip size but not the exact measurement. So, if you want to know the exact measurement of your grip size-
- Take a measurement tape or a ruler
- Measure from the prominent crease in your palm to the top of your ring finger
Now you know your grip size! If you find that the grip size of the selected racket is either small or large, then pick up the smaller one. The circumference is possible to increase, isn’t it?
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‘How much your racket weight should’ depend on your strength.
The more you play, the more your muscles get stronger. A player with good body strength should go for the heavier rackets. If you are not physically strong enough, we must recommend you to have the lighter racket.
Many beginners cannot swing the racket like a pro-player. If you are one of them, you should go with a lighter one. It will don’t provide power as the heavier but provide comfort and control. Moreover, you will be able to play with lighter rackets for a long time.
It means, ‘how much your racket weight should be’ depends on your strength and players’ level. In the market, the racket weights are between 227 to 369 grams (8 to 13 ounces). A racket weight up to 285gm is considered as the lighter racket. Medium rackets are between 285gm to 325gm and heavy rackets are above 325 gm.
What Are The PROS & CONS Of A Lighter Racket And A Heavier Racket?
Both light and heavy rackets have some advantages and disadvantages. Such as, a lightweight racket is very easy to maneuver and comfortable to use all the time; but not stable. While hitting the ball, it vibrates and gives the shock. On the other hand, a heavier racket is a little bit difficult to maneuver. But while playing, it is very user friendly. Providing power, it gives a friendly experience with no vibration, no shock. It is an ideal fit for beginners.
Professional players have enough power to transfer to the ball. So they don’t have to buy a racket with power but control. If you have such strength and power, then the racket with a narrower framed throat is perfect for you. A racket with a wider throat provides more power.
Here Is A Chart You Can Check For:
|Advanced||Up to 21 mm|
Only strength is enough to consider? Of course not. Consider your height, too. If you are a taller person, naturally your arms are long enough. Literally, you have longer swings, haven’t you? Well, longer swings generate more power. On the other hand, shorter swings generate less.
Considering this, select yours!
Stiffness And Flexibility:
Racket stiffness is a very important consideration for the best performance. Many players think that a flexible tennis racket generates more power! But the truth is, flexibility absorbs energy and allows friendly serves. It gives more control and less power.
On the other hand, a racket with less flexibility, means stiffer, transfers more energy to the ball. So if you want a powerful racket, you should look for stiffness.
The last important thing you have to pay attention to is the ‘BALANCE’ of a racket. It essentially means where most of the weight of the racket is!
Here you find two types of the racket:
- Head heavy racket
- Ballast racket
Head heavy racket means most of the weight is on the head. It provides more power when you hit the ball. It is a power racket that allows shorter swings. We have already said that shorter swings don’t provide power. So this is an ideal racket for you if you cannot make harder swings.
Ballast racket or control racket means most of the weight is on the shaft or handle. It is also called a light head racket. It is easy to maneuver. Moreover, this type of racket also has weight evenly. For maximum control, with less power, it is better for you.
Have got tired? Bid your tiredness now. We are not going to make this article any longer at all.
Finally, we would like to say to you that, just read this article and try to understand what type of racket is perfect for you.
Hope you will be able to find your best tennis racket!