tennis racquet

 

What criteria to consider when buying a tennis racquet?

1. The weight

The weight of a tennis racquet varies from 250 to 350 grammes (without string, add 15 grams for a stringed racquet). Today, because of lightweight and high performance materials used in the manufacture of tennis racquets, models can be both light, rigid and tolerant. The weight will affect your feelings in the game

Weight

Power

Maneuverability

+ heavy

+

-

- heavy

-

+

 

 

2. The headsize
The equation is simple, you choose a large headsize, you will gain more power and forgiveness. Conversely, a smaller headsize you will gain control.

A player seeking power will turn to big headsize to generate easier the ball speed. A player of very powerful opt for small screen in order to gain precision in his game. Headsize 645cm ² of great interest for their versatility.

Headsize

<630cm²

645cm²

>645cm²

Control

+

=

-

Power

-

=

+

Comfort

-

=

+

Precision

+

=

-

 

 

3. The balance
The balance of the racquet is the calculated measure between the base of the grip and the balance point of a racquet, usually located at the midpoint of the tennis racquet. Closest to the grip the balance point will give you more control and maneuverability. Further away, you will gain power.

Balance

<32cm

De 32 à 33cm

>33cm

Power

-

=

+

Control

+

=

-

 

4. The rigidity
The stiffness index is expressed as Ra (index Rahmen). It may be conditioned by the profile of the racquet frame, that is to say by its thickness as the material component. A stiffer racquet will give you more power than a more flexible racquet, providing for its over control the players already powerful in nature.

Rigidity

50 à 60RA (soft)

61 à 67RA (semi soft)

+ de 67RA (rigid)

Control

+

=

-

Power

-

=

+

 

 

5. Stringing pattern
A stringing pattern is the number of mains and the number of states that crosses the racquet.
A racquet with more than 16 mains will spin, tolerance and power.
A racquet 18 mains offer more control and precision.

 

 

6. Profile
More the profile of the frame is fine, the more you gain control, in feeling and precision.
Conversely, more the thickness of the frame is thicker and more you will gain in power.

 

 

7. Size of grip
You select the grip size is very important. There are five grip sizes (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) 1 being the lowest and 5 the grip thicker. To find your size of grip: take racquet full hand and the space between your middle finger and palm of your hand should be between 5mm and 1cm

From experience, we find too many players who have a grip too thick and ill-suited. Having a grip too thick you unconsciously force to hold the racquet firmly causing additional stress in your wrists and forearms.

If you do not know what size grip to choose, prefer a smaller grip. You can always add an overgrip or opt for a increaser grip.