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The Best Tennis Racquets

When competing at an elite level, every tennis player knows the margin for error is small. Performance becomes a matter of millimeters, angles, balance, and equipment. The last thing you want to have to worry about is your equipment. When you have the right gear, you will know that your wins come from your skill and dedication and that the losses will never be because of your equipment.

Best Racket Length

Best Racket Length

The standard length for an adult tennis racket is 27”. Some manufacturers still make models longer than this, however they seem to have fallen out of popularity in the ten or fifteen years. It has been an ongoing debate for the past two decades as to whether or not an extra long racket can increase your game. In the mid 90’s Michael Chang, a top competitor in professional tennis, began using an extra long 28” racket. He was claimed to...
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Best Racket Head Size

Best Racket Head Size

In 1874, Major Walter C. Wingfield patented the rules and equipment for what most consider the first version of modern tennis. His rackets were made of heavy wood, with a head size of approximately 60-65 square inches. The first century of tennis saw little improvement in equipment. Rackets became slightly lighter and stiffer due to developments in laminating technology, but the head size remained virtually the same until the 1970’s. Metal rackets were introduced in the 60’s, but it wasn’t...
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Playing with Different Grip Sizes

Playing with Different Grip Sizes

Choosing the correct grip size for your racket will not only impact your playing style and ability, but help prevent serious injury. Your grip is the primary communicator between yourself and your racket. Picking an appropriately sized grip and maintaining it the correct way will do wonders for the health of your tennis arm and your game. Straining to keep hold of a grip that is too small is one of the primary ways to get tennis elbow quickly. Using...
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History of Tennis Rackets

History of Tennis Rackets

  It is believed that tennis was first played by monks in France in the eleventh century. They first played with their hands, the sport was similar to what we consider handball. Eventually they began using gloves, which evolved into gloves with webbed fingers. Then players began using hard, solid wooden paddles resembling large ping pong paddles. By the sixteenth century, players across the world were using the tools that looked much like our modern day rackets. They were frames...
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Difference in Head-heavy and Head-light Rackets

  As modern racket technology increases, players find more and more ways they can customize their rackets. Head size, string tension, racket material, length, and weight, and all play crucial parts in racket performance. With the advent of new materials such as graphite, Kevlar, and titanium, rackets have become lighter and lighter. In order to cater to different styles of play, manufacturers have modifying the balance of different models. The balance point of a racket is the spot on the...
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Types of Racket Grips

  Purchasing a racket for its strings and head size isn’t the only way to go. The grip type and style is equally important. There are two types of grips: main grips and overgrips. Main grips are the standard grip that comes on the racket at the time of purchasing. This grip is important because it absorbs most of the vibrations formed when the racket makes contact with a tennis ball. They are also the main determining factor in comfort...
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Best Tennis Racket for Kids

Best Tennis Racket for Kids

  The two most important components for kids learning to play tennis are fun and safety. The last decade has seen a huge influx of children players, and accordingly junior racket technology. A junior player should play with the longest racket that they can easily and safely handle. However in order to reduce the chance of injury, special attention should be paid to the size and muscle mass of children playing tennis. Junior rackets range from 15” to 26”, with...
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Best Beginner’s Tennis Racket

Best Beginner’s Tennis Racket

Buying your first tennis racket can be a daunting task in today’s market. With hundreds of different models from competing manufacturers all over the world, there are an overwhelming number of options. Here’s a quick and comprehensive guide to finding the right racket for a beginner. Often, reviews will classify racquets into three categories: beginner, tweener, and advanced. These can be helpful, and if you’re not looking to get serious, then make sure you choose a racket in the beginner...
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Things to look for in a tennis racquet

Things to look for in a tennis racquet

There seems to be no end to the making of different types of tennis racquets. This is actually a good thing. The best tennis racquet should be chosen according to the needs of the player. Each person has their own style of play and therefore needs their own unique racquet. Qualities to consider when choosing a racquet include control, forgiving, comfort and power. Features to consider are head size, grips, weight and balance, string pattern, frame stiffness and length. This...
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