How do I choose a racquet?
When choosing a racquet, grip size is perhaps the most important aspect to consider. Other important factors include material, weight, head size and string type/tension.
• Grip size directly impacts manoeuvrability, as a grip that is too small or too large will require more muscle strength and inhibit flexibility of use. An incorrect grip size also proves a health hazard, as it could potentially cause tennis elbow in the future.
• The head size of your racquet will determine its power, as a larger head will have more power than a smaller head. A large head is best for beginners, a medium sized head is best for intermediate players, and small racquet heads are preferred by professional players.
• The weight of a racquet determines how it feels in your hands. A heavy racquet is frequently more powerful, while a lighter racquet carries more shock when you hit the ball and is less stable. If a racquet is too heavy, however, it will be difficult to use. Experiment with different racquets and decide what weight is appropriate. Additionally, consider the distribution of weight, or balance, in the racquet, as this too will impact how it feels and moves in your hands.
• A looser string pattern will cause the ball to rebound more, while racquets with denser string patterns will require less re-stringing over time.