A tennis racket, like most sports gear, can range in price from as low as twenty dollars and upwards, with prices in the hundreds. If you’re going to make that kind of investment, it’s a good idea to know what you’re looking at, and for. With over twenty major brands to choose from in addition to several other factors— weight, length, head size, frame stiffness, and materials—the process may seem overwhelming. It’s not. You can always check with the Better Business Bureau or sites like Best Reviews Guide (a data driven assistance tool for online shopping research that continually updates ratings) to get current consumer recommendations.
However, your best bet is to get inside a store or with a personal trainer so that you can get your hands on a racket before you buy. Knowing your fitness level and skill set going in will be beneficial, too. Other factors such as age and physical build will also affect the purchase decision, and of course, budget or brand preferences may guide you as well.
If you are a beginner or intermediate player, not very strong or athletic, or are just looking for an easy to swing, user-friendly racket, then you’ll want to look at the lighter weight Power rackets.
Not recommended for: Physically strong athletic players, or very young players.
If you are an intermediate player, strong and athletic, or are inclined to really swing at the ball, then you’ll want to look at Control rackets. Advanced players looking for more power in their game, or who hit with lots of topspin, like these rackets to keep the ball in control. A good adult racket for juniors of all levels.
For players who have no problem generating their own power, a heavy racket with a thin beam gives the Ultimate Control you crave. These rackets are meant for advanced players with full strokes, athletic intermediates, or advanced juniors (of adult height) since they encourage stroke skill and technique development.
It can be tempting to want to buy the ‘latest and greatest’ racket being used by the professionals and your tennis peers. However, if you’re serious about developing your game then the wise thing to do is weigh all the pros and cons of the various types. Ask questions. Hold a racket, swing it . . . feel it. You want to find a racket that compliments your current skill set and physical attributes, and then upgrade as your talents increase. Our Columbus Tennis Instructors are happy to answer any questions you may have.