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What criteria to consider when buying a tennis racquet?

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

+

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

+

=

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

32 – 33cm

>33cm

Power

=

+

Control

+

=

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 – 60RA (soft) 61 – 67RA (semi soft) >67RA (rigid)
Control + =
Power = +

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.

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.

Which range to choose?

There are ranges for each brand of tennis racket which are distinguished by a playing orientation (control, power, spin, versatility …) and a distinct cosmetic. Here is a non-exhaustive classification which will guide you in your choice. Of course, hitting sensations may vary from one brand to another depending on their technologies and innovations, but this table may serve you as a basis for comparison. Each range is broken down according to the weight of the rackets. So you will often find an ultra light model (around 255/265 grams), ideal for young players looking for a first adult frame, a light model (270/280 grams) ideal for women, adult beginners or players looking for a very manoeuvrable racquet, a classic model (295/305 grams) the most versatile of the range and a tour model +310 grams for competitors.

Orientation Power Control Spin Versatility
Babolat Pure Drive Pure Strike Pure Aero
Head Instinct Prestige, Gravity Extreme RadicalSpeed
Wilson Ultra Pro StaffBlade Burn Clash
Tecnifibre T-Flash TF40 T-Fight

 

If you are looking for comfort above all else, we recommend the Pro Kennex rackets. They incorporate technologies that limit the risk of injury (tennis elbow …). See Pro Kennex rackets.

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