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Pick The Perfect Tennis Racket

By Bessie Johns

Selecting the right tennis racket is very important. It can have a positive impact on your game and give you more confidence, as well as eliminate the possibility of injuries further down the line. There are hundreds of different rackets on the market, but once you narrow them down to those that are best for your playing style and skill level you should be able to find your perfect racket.

By recognising your playing style you will be able to select the right type of racket along with the ideal head size for your skill level. The correct grip size will ensure that you are comfortable and reduce the risk of injury.

A light and manoeuvrable power racket is ideal for those with either a narrow or short swing. If you are a serve and volley player then your game will benefit from a power racket that can generate a higher ball speed

For players who have not fully mastered the game, a hybrid racket will not generate a huge amount of power but will be very forgiving to less than perfect shots. Hybrid rackets have a great balance of power and control.

Hybrid rackets are suitable for aspiring players who haven’t fully mastered their strokes but want a racket that will help them make shots with confidence. They are forgiving rackets but do not generate a huge amount of power.

Depending on your skill level, you will need a racket with a certain head size. The head sizes are as follows:

Larger head sizes have a bigger sweet spot. This gives a good balance of power and control and makes them ideal for beginners. Smaller head sizes are better for more experienced players who can generate more power in their swing and if they used a larger head size it may lead to control problems.

A racket with a large head size is ideal for a beginner due to its larger “sweet spot”. This spot allows for a greater margin of error when making shots. A smaller head size is better for a player that can generate power in their swing.

Grip 1 – 4 1/8″ Grip 2 – 4 ” Grip 3 – 4 3/8″ Grip 4 – 4 ” Grip 5 – 4 5/8″

Grip sizes are based on the circumference of the racket handle. If you have the racket in the wrong grip size it can be very uncomfortable. If you continue using the wrong grip size racket then you will almost certainly injure yourself.

You measure the grip size by “shaking hands” with the racket. Once you have the racket in your hand you should then just be able to fit your index finger between the end of your fingers and the palm of your hand.

Grip 1 – 4 1/8″ Grip 2 – 4 ” Grip 3 – 4 3/8″ Grip 4 – 4 ” Grip 5 – 4 5/8

The majority of players are a grip size 3. Please be aware that the smaller rackets sizes are best for Juniors or those with smaller hands.

Normally grip size 1 is just for juniors, with 2 and 3 for adults with smaller hands, 4 for those with bigger hands and 5 reserved for those with the large hands.

I hope this information has been useful. With the right racket you are sure to be on the way to improving your game and having more fun in the process.

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