There are so many kinds of tennis rackets on the market today that it is difficult to know which one is best for you. Here’s a handy guide that will help you to choose a tennis racket that will serve you well.
1. Have a budget
There’s no need to break the bank when purchasing a tennis racket.
Though some racket prices can reach into the hundreds of dollars, you don’t necessarily need one that is so expensive unless you play professionally.
The trick to spending just the right amount of money on your racket is to set a budget beforehand.
Decide how much you’re willing to spend, and then work backwards from there to find a racket that fits within your spending constraints, but still meets your other requirements.
2. Choose a material
Rackets are available in several materials, including wood, graphite, titanium and aluminium.
The material and size of the racket will influence its weight. When shopping, feel the weight of each racket, and make a note of the material that it’s made from.
Once you figure out what weight you’re comfortable handling, you’ll likely notice that all the rackets you like are made from the same material.
Now you’ll be able to limit your selection to only those rackets that are made from that material.
3. Practice swinging
In the store, it’s not enough to just hold the racket.
Practice swinging it (after you make sure nothing is in the way!) so that you can feel for how it moves.
This will give you a great indication of whether the racket is too large or small for your swing and your body size.
4. Measure the grip
Everyone has different demands for their racket grips, which depend on how you hold the racket and the size of your hands.
Grip the racket the way you normally would if you were getting ready to swing.
You shouldn’t feel that the handle is too small or too wide for you to have total control over your grip and control of the racket.
5. Consider the head size
Tennis heads come in an assortment of sizes.
If you’re accustomed to a large, wide head, you might find that switching to a smaller size leads to a lot of swings and misses.
The best option is to choose a head size that most closely resembles the racket you already own.
Picking a racket perfect for your swing will play a major role in improving your game. Find what size and weight you are comfortable with and keep practicing with that racket.