What should you be looking at when buying your new tennis racquet? Well here is a quick run down.
Length – It is known that the longer the racquet the more power it can produce. Thus, 27 inch frames are better for control and 29 inch frames are better for power and longer strokes. Most of the longer racquets are slightly lighter than the standard lenght racquets, just to keep them maneuverable.
Head size – The larger the head size the more power it can provide. Additionally, the larger the head size the larger the sweet spot, but it also decreases the control on your shots.
Racquet weight – Weight directly affects power, control and maneuverability. Weight can vary from 8 ounces (230g) to 12 ounces (340g) unstrung. Normally, beginners should use lighter racquets because they have higher maneuverability. Rule of thumb is:
– 275 to 300 g – mostly club players choose this weight range
– 301 to 325 g – racquets for more experienced (intermediate) players
– 326 to 350 g – many of the advanced players choice
Racquet balance – There are two types of racquets:
– Head-light racquets (heavier) – most professional player´s preference. These provide good maneuverabily and control, plus are ideal for players who can generate their own power.
– Head-heavy racquets (lighter) – are less maneuverable but provide you with more power and stability.
String Pattern – The most common patterns are and 16×18 and 18×20. The closer the string pattern the less spin potential and power. String durability is higher when using denser string pattern.
Racquet Frame Stiffness – A less stiff (flexible) racquet bends more on the impact of the ball, thus transfering less power to the ball. A very stiff frame can transmit more shock on impact to the wrist, shoulder and elbow than a less stiff frame.
Grip size – the most common grip sizes are G2, G3, G4, G5. The measurement is made around the handle and the size is normally shown on the handle. It can be stated in different ways:
– G2 (L2 or 4¼)
– G3 (L3 or 4⅜)
– G4 (L4 or 4½)
– G5 (L5 or 4⅝)
A grip size that is too large can cause too much stress for the elbow and the wrist. The best thing to do when you are unsure between two grip sizes is to pick the smaller one.