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What Makes A Good Tennis Racquet?

By Bob Proctor

Tennis rackets come in numerous shapes and sizes and can cost anywhere from a few bucks to more than a thousand. In the old days they were all made from wood and buying a racket also included purchasing a wooden frame to lock over the racket when not in use. This kept the wood from warping.

They are manufactured from several different materials including lightweight composites. They’re still available in wood, though few serious players use one of these. Many utilize some form of carbon or graphite in their composition and today’s rackets are much lighter than their predecessors. The heads are also larger than in the past and have become much more forgiving on those ‘bad’ shots.

Cheap tennis rackets aren’t hard to find and can easily be ordered from one of the many Internet sites offering bargains in this area. They’re also available in most every sporting goods store on the planet. Tennis is a popular pastime and when starting out it’s not a bad idea to buy a fairly inexpensive piece of equipment to see how you take to the sport.

Inexpensive, however, doesn’t mean that it has to be a piece of junk or hamper your playing ability as a beginner. There are some very useable rackets out there that can be had for not much more than twenty dollars, although to get something more serious you’re going to have to get into the two hundred dollar range. I don’t think tennis pros buy their own rackets (as they’re generally supplied to them by the manufacturers) but the rackets they use, when sold at retail can go upwards of a thousand.

For smaller players (whether child or adult), a junior tennis racquet is probably the best bet. These are smaller in size than a normal racquet and easier to handle. It’s important to get a piece of equipment that properly fits the user’s hand size. An improper grip can cause problems including carpal tunnel and tennis ‘elbow’.

Playing tennis is fun and good exercise too. Even elderly people find it enjoyable and, at this game speed isn’t always the determining factor. Being perceptive and accurate can be just as important.

If you have access to a court but haven’t yet tried the game give it a shot. A racket and a tube of balls don’t have to cost much and you may find a new love. Playing tennis is good fun.

Bob Proctor has been writing articles since 2006 and is an expert on tennis stringing machine, however he also likes to write about brochure stand

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