A Beginners Guide To Picking The Right Tennis Racquet
Do you aspire to play tennis flawlessly like Andy Murray, Pete Sampras or Serena Williams?
Do you want to know how to pick the right tennis racquet for yourself?
Whether you are a beginner or dreaming of becoming like your favourite tennis player, buying the right tennis racquet can make all the difference. Before you begin your search for the best racquet, you must know that all tennis racquets are not created to work the same way, and consequently they all have their own pros and cons. If you are planning to play tennis more frequently as a beginner, picking up the right tennis racquet is an investment which is worth researching.
This detailed article is intended for any beginner who is interested in playing tennis professionally in the long run. Experts suggest that when you, as a beginner buy a tennis racquet, do not buy one that feels too light, because a light racquet will make you flick your wrist easily and also put strain on it. Also avoid a racquet that is too heavy because it might give you tennis elbow. Heavier racquets that weight 320g or more are, no doubt, more powerful, but they are hard to manoeuvre, especially for beginners, so buying a racquet that is lighter in weight is considered best for a beginner.
It is also very important to get the right head size, a bigger racquet works better for you and also has a larger sweet spot (the area in the centre of the racquet for optimum impact), but if your get one whose head size is too big will stop you from developing a good technique. This is the reason why most professional players use a racquet that has a smaller head because their technique is quite good that they don’t really need any additional help from their racquet.
There are also different grip sizes for both genders. Experts recommends a 2 (4 2/8) or at most 3 (4 3/8) for women and 3 (4 3/8) or at most 4 (4 ½) as ideal for men. In order to understand this, when you are at the shop, make sure your little finger fits easily between the end of your thumb and rest of the fingers while you are holding the racquet.
Tennis racquets are generally categorized as beginner, tweener and advanced. Beginner racquets that are rated the best tend to be more powerful, and even you are a strong, athletic beginner, you might find it hard to control. Therefore, it is best to pick a racquet that suits you best.
As a beginner, you must not pick a racquet that is
- Heavy, low-powered and head-light racquet is intended for advanced players.
- Extremely light, for instance, it is under 9.5 ounces, strung.
- Very powerful, since beginners usually lack the strength to generate a smooth, powerful swing.
Once you have the above features sorted out, we are left with key considerations in picking up the right tennis racquet that must not be overlooked.
Most of the beginner racquets are made of aluminum. Their flexible material works best for players who do not hit too hard and will not easily bend their racquet through force. Aluminium material allows beginners to get used to the feel of the tennis racquet. Beginners who are interested in becoming professional players quickly may want to invest in graphite racquet later on, which is a comparatively more expensive than aluminum and also is less flexible. Graphite racquet allows players to hit harder and offers them more control.
The ideal length for adult beginners is 27 inches. Anything shorter is meant for a junior. These racquets are intended to give beginners more reach, control and leverage. It offers greater serving power and can also enhance your serve,
Choose a racquet that is neither too light, nor too heavy. If you get a racquet that is too light, the shock of its collision with the tennis ball will automatically get transmitted to your arm, causing pain. As a beginner, racquets weighing 12-14 ounces or more, can feel pretty heavy, get a racquet that weighs between 10 and 11.5 ounces.
If you are planning to advance more quickly, you might want to consider investing your money in a graphite racquet, the prices start from $70 and go up to $300. But if you are on a budget, you can buy an aluminium tennis racquet that is an entirely adequate for less than $20 from any sports shop near you.
Among the main factors that govern the power of a tennis racquet are the head size and the flexibility of the frame.
Lower string tension may increase power, but it can also make the ball fly farther away due to the looser strings that release the ball later as soon as the racquet has tilted slightly upward. As a beginner, you should go with for inexpensive racquet that comes pre-strung at the middle of its tension range.
If your racquet has a larger head gives, it will give you more power, as well as, a larger sweet spot. But overall you will have less control over it. Most of the racquets come in three basic sizes;
- Midsize with a hitting area of of 85-95 square inches
- Mid-plus with a hitting area of 95-105 square inches, and
- Oversize that has a hitting area that is greater than 105 square inches.
If your hitting is above average, go for mid-plus; if it isn't, then choose an oversize racquet that offers you up to 115 square inches.
As far as flexibility is concerned, for beginners, the more flexible the racquet, the less power and even slightly less control it offers. But if you learn to hit hard early on, you will be able to get a good grip and control over a flexible racquet.
Beginner tennis players should take into consideration the advice and features discussed above and choose the racquet that fulfills their goal.
Happy racquet hunting!
- September 21, 2017
- Stian Slatlem