After my post last week on five tennis form fundamentals, TeamSugar user PeachyKeen19 asked for a few tips on how to choose a tennis racquet. So I've rounded up the major factors you should consider when buying a racquet, whether it's your first-ever paddle or the latest in a long line.
- Power vs. control: The first question to ask is whether you need more power or more control. Beginners typically need power or game-improvement racquets because they don't yet have the strength of veterans, who use more control-focused racquets. If you're an intermediate player, choose a "tweener" racquet that's a mix between the two.
For the rest of my tips and thoughts,
- Racquet weight: The weight differential between a power racquet and a control racquet is minor but very significant. Beginners should choose a racquet that weighs between 9 and 10 ounces, since it will be easier to swing than a heavier, control racquet (typically 10.5 to 13 ounces).
- Head size: Not surprisingly, the larger your racquet's head, the better chance you have of hitting the ball. Beginners should go for oversized heads (107 to 135 square inches), while tweeners could try a 95- to 102-inch head. Advanced players prefer much smaller heads, since they offer more control.
- Head heavy or head light: How a racquet is balanced weight-wise affects how you hit. Some racquets are head heavy, which means the frame is heavier at the head, while head-light racquets are heavier at the handle. Players just starting out should look for head-heavy racquets to get more power while most average or above-average players will be well served by an evenly balanced frame that is neither head heavy nor head light.