What matters when choosing the right tennis racket?

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The selection of tennis rackets is quite large, especially for beginners, but also some advanced players are quickly overwhelmed.

Which racket suits me? What do I need to pay attention to when purchasing? How do the individual models differ?

These are typical questions that players should ask themselves before choosing their new tennis racket because not all rackets are the same. Depending on the playing style, physical fitness, and stature, the models in question vary considerably.

The following article provides an overview of what to look out for when buying a new tennis racket.

Differences in tennis rackets

Which tennis racket suits you depends on several different values. Because it is easy to lose track of things, we list the different influencing factors here for you:

Grip strength

The handle (from L1 with 4 1/8 inch to L5 with 4 5/8 inch) must lie comfortably in the hand without slipping or restricting movement in the wrist. The following rule of thumb applies: the hand completely encloses the handle, with a small distance between the fingertip and the ball of the hand. And since similar shoes, the sizes of the respective manufacturers are different (yes, despite the uniform designation), if in doubt it is better to buy a size smaller, with grip straps you can help!

Weight

The weight (ultra-light <240g, light 241-280g, medium-heavy 281-300g, or heavy> 301g) of a racket determines how much power can be put into one shot. However, as weight increases, control becomes more difficult. Light rackets are suitable for beginners because they are easy to handle, while heavy rackets should only be used by experienced players.

Head size / face

The larger the striking surface (in mid-size <600cm², mid plus 601-689cm² or oversize 690-739cm²), the larger the sweet spot, i.e. the area in which the ball should ideally be hit. However, the smaller the head, the greater the control.

Balance

Top-heavy rackets provide more power, which means that playing requires less effort, while head-heavy rackets relieve the joints in the arm and shoulder because the center of gravity is closer to the body and thus simplify control. The balance (head-heavy> 340mm, balanced 340-350mm, top-heavy <350mm) is often a value that can only be found by testing.

length

The length of the racket is tailored exclusively to the stature of the player in order to improve guidance. Children and juniors play short clubs, large players play clubs with extra length (> 690mm).

width

The width of the frame affects the accuracy and speed. Beginners play with a wide frame (> 22mm) for a lot of power with little effort, professionals with a narrow profile (18-21mm) for better stick control.

Stringing

An open string pattern (16×19) enables a high hit speed, a tight string pattern (18×20) better ball control, but at the same time a lower ball speed, which must be compensated with powerful strokes.

The right club for your level

In general, beginners should choose light clubs with a large face in order to better “forgive” mistakes and to compensate for the shortest swing, which means they hit the ball with less force.

Advanced tennis players choose rackets with less strong frames and evenly distributed weights for more power and control.

Professional players value control and precision and can choose head-heavy clubs with a small face.

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