How To Select A Tennis Racket
There are 7 steps to consider when selecting a tennis racket:
Step 1: One should select a tennis racket based on his or her level of tennis. For example: a beginner player should go for racket which is light, has an oversized head and is head heavy. An intermediate player can consider getting a racket that is flexible and slightly heavier as compared to a beginner’s racket. Finally, an advanced player should go for a racket that offers more control, heavier in weight, a smaller head frame and a balanced head.
Step 2: Rackets have differing weights and balance. A racket above 300 grams is considered heavy and is usually used by better players to generate more power with a slower swing. However, as a beginner, one should try for lighter rackets around 280 grams. This is not to tire your arms out.
Step 3: The head size of the racket is also another important key factor. A more advanced player should use a racket with a smaller head size, whereas a beginner or an intermediate player should preferably still use a racket with a larger head size. A larger head will provide more power as there is a larger sweet spot and hitting area. As mentioned in step 2, try getting a racket which is not too heavy initially. Anything heavy may be impairment and may cause the beginner to lose heart in the game.
Point 4: The racket strings are equally important as it allows you to hit the ball. Knowing the tension of the string helps you focus on power or control. High tension normally results in more control while lower tension will allow more power. For a beginner, it is better to have more control. Hence, maybe tighter strings may help.
Step 5: Grip size is very important too in your choice of a racket. If you have small hands, you should use a smaller grip. If your hands are bigger, you should use a bigger grip or you can also wrap an over grip around your racket handle. Grips are important as it prevents your racket from slipping when you play as a result of perspiration.
Step 6: The length of a racket. A longer racket allows more reach to the ball but it is harder to manoeuvre. A longer racket also gives one more power. It is a matter of physics here. For a child, he should start with a shorter racket and slowly progressing to an adult size.
Point 7: Always be prudent and buy the racket which suits your level of play.
Ultimately, always buy a racket which is suitable to your current playing ability. Consult your coach or someone more experience for advice. Enjoy your tennis and have some fun. Do not let your racket be a hindrance to your game.