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Before you choose a tennis racquet, it is important to
understand the many factors that control a racquet's performance, and
how each of them can impact your game.
The bigger your racquet's head, the more powerful your shot. On
the other side, the smaller the head size the more control you have.
If you're in the middle, there are mid-sized versions that offer you
a little of both.
Measures between 107 square inches and 125 square inches.
Super oversize racquets come as large as 135 square inches.
Larger sweet spot means more power
More consistency from fewer mishits
Range from 100 square inches to 106 square inches
Slightly larger sweet spot
Better control without giving up too much power
For the stronger player who provides most of the power in a
The head size is smaller than 100 square inches
Much better control, but sacrifices power
Easier for smaller players to handle
The length of your racquet, the distance from the bottom of the
handle to the top of the head, depends on how big you are and what
type of game you play.
More than half of racquets made today are "long
Measure between 28.5-29 inches
Provides greater leverage on a swing, and therefore more
Easier to cover more area on the court
The standard 27.5-28 inch racquet is for you if you prefer a
more traditional look and feel
A combination of both power and control
Easier to handle if you are a smaller player
The weight of a racquet affects both power and control. With
today's racquets getting lighter, manufacturers have placed most of
the weight, or mass, in the head to increase the power.
Generally weigh more than 11 ounces
Supplies more power
Helps maintain control
Measures between 9.8-10.9
Offer a combination of control and power
Very versatile to fit most types of players
Weighs between 9-9.4 ounces
Superior shot control
Easier for smaller players to handle
Stiffness and flexibility
Any time a racquet "flexes" it is
wasting energy. Both of these factors only really impact advanced
players. All manufacturers have different ways of determining and
indicating their stiffness and flexibility ratings.
The stiffer the racquet, the more energy is returned to the
Better control of return shots
Dampens vibration and stress on the elbow
More power since less energy is wasted
Preferred by some players with higher and faster swing
Offers less power and therefore greater control
Makes it easier to finesse shots
The shape of the racquet head depends on your preference in the
look of the racquet and your skill level.
The sweet spot resides in the bottom half of this
standard-shaped head that is preferred by traditionalists
Excellent feel of the racquet
The tear drop shape allows more of the racquet to act as the
A sweet spot is the area on the racquet that allows for a
solid hit and return. The larger the racquet, the bigger the sweet
The tear drop-shaped racquet allows almost the entire face
to become the sweet spot
New materials have strengthened racquet frames to add more
A properly fitted grip will improve your control over the
tennis racquet, enhancing your performance
A grip that is too small will allow the racquet to twist in
your hand and can eventually lead to Tennis Elbow
A grip that is too large will decrease wrist snap on serves
and prolonged use can also cause Tennis Elbow
How to choose the right size grip:
Open your hand with your fingers extended and close together
Place the end of a ruler in the middle of your palm, inline with the bottom lateral crease of your palm.
Measure here from the middle of your palm to the tip of your ring finger
This is your ideal grip size
For the average woman, this size will be between 4 1/8" and 4 3/8"
For the average man, it will be between 4 1/2" and 4 3/4"
If you are between sizes, go with the smaller size and add an
overgrip or heat-shrink sleeve
for the perfect fit
Most overgrips will increase the size by 1/16 inch and
heat-shrink sleeves will increase grip by 1/8 inch