Which Tennis Racquet to Buy
Which Racquet is right for you?
Every great tennis player knows that different racquets can have a dramatic impact on a players performance. The racquet, like a spartan and his spear, is truly a weapon of choice, and choosing the right racquet can be a daunting task. Every tennis player has different preferences for their racquet including its feel, power, weight, and even appearance. While every racquet is different, there are a few factors to should consider in order to narrow down your search for the right racquet. I know every tennis player strives to be like Roger Federer. Just because Roger uses the Wilson K-Six does not mean it is the right racquet for you. In fact, Roger hand picks his racquets, which are made to be unique to his specifications, straight out of a factory. The point being, if one is serious about improving performance, don't buy a racquet just because another player uses it. Every player is unique and every racquet is unique. The key is to find the perfect match...No pun intended. The first thing to consider when buying a new racquet is your skill level. Listed below are things to consider for players of all levels including beginners, intermediate, and advanced players when searching for a new tennis racquet.
For beginners a lighter racquet-around nine or ten ounces-with an oversized head is suggested. As a beginner in search for a new tennis racquet a frame of one hundred square inches or greater is ideal.The larger headsize typically results in a more forgiving racquet due to the larger frame. Essentially, the larger frame allows for a greater chance of clean contact and will usually have a larger "sweet spot". The larger "sweet spot" on the racquet is important for players at this level because it makes it easier to create power, which in turn, keeps a player under control. The head size of an oversized head frame is generally one hundred square inches or larger. A few quality racquets for beginners that meet this criteria are the Wilson K Factor KZero, Head MicroGEL 12, and the Babolat Drive Z 110.
If you are an intermediate player with a skill level around a 3.5, I suggest a racquet with a weight just over ten ounces. This weight would be considered about average in the market. Generally this weight is enough for intermediate players to generate a good swing speed while not being heavy or stressful on the arm. Personally, I would also consider getting a mid plus sized head frame of around 100 sq. inches, however, at this level it is strictly preference. However, a mid-plus sized head frame will provide intermediate player with both the power and control needed. TENNIS Magazine writer Bruce Levine says, "for most levels of play, you need a racquet that isn't too powerful and yet isn't all about control". Bruce Levine, an extremely credited tennis writer, perfectly addresses the need for balance in an intermediate players racquet. Finding the healthy mix between power and control will provide significant benefits to players at this level. A few racquets that meet the criteria for intermediate players are the Babolat Aeropro drive, Prince speedport black, Yonex RDS 001, and the Head MircroGEL Extreme.
Finally, an advanced player should consider using a heavier racquet with a weight over 10.5 ounces and a smaller head size. Specifically, it is suggested to use a midplus or mid sized head of about eighty five to one hundred sq inches. The smaller head size will reward a player with more control, despite sacrificing some power. However, the loss of power in the racquet should not concern most players at this level, as they should be able to generate power using proper technique and fundamentals. A few racquets I suggest for more advanced players include the Prince 03 tour, Wilson K Factor KSix, and the Babolat Pure drive.
When trying out racquets there are a few more generalities that should be taken account of. If a la racquet feels good make sure to check what strings are on it. The strings can make a big difference in the overall feel of a racquet. While you're at it, try different strings! Personally, my favorite is Luxilon's Big Banger. Most racquets have its physical specifications, as well as string recommendations, on the inside beam of the racquet. Also be sure to try the racquet with and without a vibration dampener. Dampeners can also have an affect on the feel of a racquet. Lastly, if there is a racquet that has a great feel to it but is a bit light, lead tape can be applied to the inside beam, in the grip, or on the frame to increase the weight to ones liking. Lead tape is pretty inexpensive and can be found at most local tennis stores or clubs.
Technology is constantly advancing, with so many options on the market it can be difficult selecting a suitable racquet. However, choosing the right racquet is essential in taking your game to the next level. I hope this blog provided some useful tips and suggestions to at least point you in the right direction. Comment below with any questions and vote for your favorite tennis brand!