When starting to play tennis, selecting a Tennis Racquet can be challenging. We've outlined 5 key components for you to get out there on the court at our Youth Tennis Camp.
Racquet Grip Size
o Hold the racquet in one hand and slide the index finger of the other hand in between the tips of your fingers and base of palm.
o Not enough room for your index finger, grip is too small.
o Tons of extra room, grip is too large.
o Choose the smaller one instead of larger if you’re stuck between the two.
o Oversize racquets (between 105-130 square inches) are best for beginners. Larger head allows more spin, more power and fewer miss-hits with a larger sweet spot.
Racquet Weight and Materials
o Consider the balance of the weight of the racquet. Those who play on the baseline tend to prefer head-heavy racquets while those who play up (at the net) prefer handle-heavy. Handle-heavy racquets are easier on the arm and better for control.
o You can select from graphite, which is considered light weight or aluminum and titanium racquets which also provide solid power.
Racquet Length and Beam Width
o Traditionally a racquet is about 27 to 28 inches in length, but you can have a racquet up to 29 inches. The longer the racquet the greater the leverage on the swing, which could make your shot more powerful.
o Wider beam width will give more power to the shot, but could reduce the control of the ball.
o Tighter strings mean more shot control and spin which is perfect for those who need to improve accuracy. Looser strings mean more power but less control. Think of your strings like a slingshot.