TENNIS RACKET: FIVE TIPS FOR YOUR PERFECT CHOICE
1) Level of play: the choice of tennis racket made on its level of play. In reality, there are excellent rackets for all levels, but we do not recommend the option of 300 euro rackets for a newbie in this sport. As usual, we also advise some rackets that are too cheap for beginners due to a series of problems that we will see later.
2) Power of the shot: In most cases, the models designed to produce a greater pulling force are larger than standard rackets (600/630 square cm), are medium-heavy (over 300 grams), and longer (67-75 cm). They will tend to be stiff and balanced with the head slightly heavier than the body (or equally balanced). This type of racket born for the kind of players with shorter and slower oscillations who want more power from the racket by making a limited swing of the arm.
3) Size of the head/string plate: The pull force directly connected to the head section of the racket. A larger head will offer more power than a smaller one, with the same strength applied to the stroke. A larger string plate also offers a greater area of ”hitting area,” allowing more precise strokes for shots that are not precisely in the center of the head of the racket. Today’s tennis rackets usually offered in head sizes ranging from 230 to 330 cm square. Besides, the most used rackets have a string plate around 600 square cm, or between 98 and 110 square inches.
4) Length: Tennis rackets usually come in lengths ranging from 68 to 74 cm, which is the legal limit for participating in professional tournaments. A longer racket allows you to reach higher shooting ranges and offers a slightly higher pulling power than a standard racket. On the other hand, a long racket requires more movement to complete the rotation at the moment of the shot.
5) Balance and weight: These two characteristics strongly influence how a racket “feels” when it took and when it used to hit both on the front and back on the tennis court. In general, a heavy racket is more powerful, more stable and transmits less shock than a lighter racket. A lighter racket is more maneuverable; therefore, a player can complete the swing of the shot faster. The rackets range from the super lightweight of 260 grams to the heavy that is over 320 grams. Specifically, we will see the best balance by type of player.
Tennis racket – The right size
In particular, when choosing a tennis racket, especially the less experienced persons may find it challenging to select the size.
Now, if you choose an amateur or intermediate racket, you will often find “universal” rackets, that is to say, standard size, suitable for your preferences. But if you look for something specific and high level, then you will have to choose the exact size of the racket depended on your body.
A useful way to adjust the measurements is the “middle palm line – middle finger end“: we measure the distance between the middle line of the palm and the end of the middle finger. Therefore, the centimetres obtained correspond to the part of the circumference of the handle that the hand will be able to cover.
With this data, it is possible to use a simple conversion table. For example, a distance between palm and finger between 5 and 7 cm, the ideal handle is of size L1.
As usual, the size of a tennis racket may depend on the stature. Tennis racket size L2 = stature under 160 cm
- Tennis racket size L3 = stature between 160 and 175 cm
- Tennis racket size L4 = stature between 175 and 185 cm
- Tennis racket size L5 = stature over 185 cm
Finally, trying different racquets, we had the chance to discuss among ourselves with different players and professional teachers.
For any question related to measurements, grips, or even just feedback on a racket that you have tried, we are always there for you.
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