When choosing a racket, there are three elements which affect power and control: headsize, weight, and string pattern.
- Larger Headsize = More Power; Smaller Headsize = More Control.
- Lighter Racket = More Power; Heavier Racket = More Control.
- Open Stringbed = More Power; Denser Stringbed = More Control.
Additionally, what size tennis racket should I buy?
- Racquets that measure between 19 and 23 inches tend to be best for players age 8 and under.
- Racquets between 23 and 25 inches long are the best for players at the 9 and 10-year-old age level.
- The 26-inch racquet is best for players adjusting to the 78-foot court.
Thereof, does it matter what tennis racket you use?
Choosing the right tennis racket is an important matter for a player’s overall game. Depending on the player’s physique and playing style, some rackets will optimize the player’s strengths while others will accentuate weaknesses. In addition, choosing the wrong racket can eventually lead to injuries.
Is a lighter or heavier tennis racket better?
Some basic concepts – a heavy racket is more powerful, more stable and transmits less shock than a lighter racket (all other things being equal). A lighter racket is more maneuverable and thus, a player is able to swing it faster.
|4 – 5 years
|> 14 years
|2 ft. 11 – 3 ft. 3
|> 4 ft. 11
The main rule with grip size is that you want a handle big enough so that there is some space between the tips of your fingers and your hand (like the image on the left). If your fingers go all the way around the handle and run back into your hand (like the image on the right), you need a larger grip size.
Smaller frames will have more control. Most physically fit adults with an intermediate skill level and good coordination can choose a racquet between 98 to 104 square inches, and 11 to 11.5 ounces. This will provide a good combination of power and control as you develop your swing.
As a rule the more expensive the racket the better the string job. Less expensive rackets will likely not have great strings however if your strings feel good and you can play with them then certainly do not cut them out. Remember strings are the only thing that make contact with the ball, they are worth investing in.
26 in. racquets are generally for kids ages 11-12, who have played tennis for a few years or are able to handle swinging a longer racquet. If the junior is above the age of 12, we recommend that you look at purchasing an adult racquet ranging in length between 27 – 27.25 inches.
Beginners should stick to lightweight or medium rackets (weighing less than 11oz), with a head heavy balance. More advanced players, however, should choose medium or heavy rackets (more than 11oz) with a head light balance.
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