Finding the Right Tennis Racquet

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Racquet Type

As a keen tennis player you want to be sure that you pick the right racquet for your type of game. You will also want to be sure that your selection works with your physique and importantly, you should feel comfortable with your racquet. Selecting the proper grip size on your tennis racket is important not only for comfort and for performance, but also for injury prevention. Using a tennis racket with a grip that is too large or too small can lead to arm injuries. Selecting the right racquet can help you avoid serious injury and enhance the performance of your game. Whether a beginner, recreational, or a professional player the choices are many and you are sure to find one that suits your style of play.

Players that are more skilled generally prefer the manoeuvrability of standard length rackets. Players that suffer from tennis elbow, or any other type of arm injury will find more comfort in a larger headed racquet. Simply put, the shock and vibration caused by hitting a ball off center is less likely to occur with a bigger tennis racquet. Players new to the game of tennis generally need a lighter racket that can add more power to their swing. Power rackets are lightweight (8-10 ounces) and feature oversized heads (100-130 square inches); they're generally longer and head-heavy to supply that extra torque in the swing.

Players who use a lot of topspin or backspin should avoid widebody frames because the ball is more likely to clip the frame when they angle the racquet during the stroke. Players tend to slide more on these courts. Because the balls travel somewhat slower rallys tend to be longer.

Strings

Strings with low tension tend to generate more power than strings that have a high tension. However, it is important to ensure that the tension of the strings isn't low enough to cause the strings to actually move. Strings are an important part of your game. They can add power or control to your shots, stiffen or soften the feel of your racquet, and provide relief for sore joints. Stringing your racquet at a lower tension also reduces the vibration and lessens the risk of developing arm and elbow problems.

String pattern is measured by how many strings go up and down (called mains) and how many strings go side to side (crosses) when the racquet is fully strung. An open string pattern is one where there is a lot of empty space in the string bed because there are fewer strings. String your racquet at least once a year. After a few months your strings become loose and lifeless.

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This article was published on 2010/04/17