Shopping guide for rackets
Choosing the right racket is very important if we want to upgrade our game. Here you will find a full guide for choosing your racket starting from the explanation of the rackets specifications that you see under each racket. Then you will see a rating (NTRP) of various levels of play so you can find your level of play and the rackets that we suggest of each level of play. Also, you will find a guide of selecting the right grip size. Do not forget that under the description of each racket there is a score of control-power-spin potential-comfort.
1. RACKET SPECIFICATIONS EXPLANATIONHead Size:
The size of the head of the racket in square inches. Generally, headsize of 100 square inches or more provide more power to the racket and forgives any mistakes while heads of 100 square inches and under offer more control and feel to the hits but they require better skills.Weight:
The weight of the racket in grams. The weight refers to unstrung racket (sometimes strung) and it increases about 14 grams by adding the string. Generally, lighter rackets under 280 grams offer strength and maneurability and they are used from beginners and medium level players. Rackets over 280-300 grams offer more control and are ideal for medium to advanced level and professionals .Length:
The length of the racket in inches. The standard length is 27 inches but several models have more length for greater power.Balance:
The balance of the racket expressed in points as mentioned usually from manufacturer to measure whether the racket has more weight in the head (Head Heavy) or whether it has less weight in the head (Head Light). A racket which is balanced is called Even Balanced while a racket that is, for example, 10 points Head Light is very headlight. The balance of each racket is very important because it is directly related to the playing of each individual as well as his level. Generally, headheavy rackets are used for beginners to medium level players who hit slowly and with little swing of the racket while headlight rackets are used from medium level, advanced and professional players who hit hard and swing very fast the racket.Swingweight:
The swingweight of the racket depends on the weight and the balance of the racket. Rackets with low swingweight are very easy to handle and suitable for beginners and medium level players. Rackets with high swingweight are suitable for advanced players.Racket width:
The width of the frame of the racket expressed in millimeters. If there is one number indicating the width this means it's the same everywhere but when there are three different width sizes this refers to three different parts of the racket. Generally, larger width is translated into more power at ball impact while less width means more control.Power Level:
The level of power offered by each racket. Usually, a high power level is recommended for beginners, medium power for intermediate level players and low power for advanced players who can provide their own power in every hit by using good technique.Material:
The material of each racket. All companies are now using sophisticated technology in construction materials in most models.String Pattern:
Refers to the pattern of the string of the racket. The pattern of each racket is featured as "very open" when it's 16/15 or 18/16, "open" when it is 16/19 or 16/20 and as "dense" when it is 18/20. Rackets with a "very open" pattern offer extreme spin and are suitable for players that do not play with spin, rackets with "open" pattern offer more spin and power to the ball to players tha play with spin while rackets with "dense" pattern offer more control but sacrifice power.
(String pattern refers to main strings and cross strings, for example a 16/19 string pattern has 16 mains and 19 crosses)String Tension:
Refers to the suggested string tension from the manufacturer. Low tension offers more power and comfort while high tension offers more control. Players with arm problems should prefer lower tensions.2. FIND YOUR LEVEL OF PLAY (NTRP)1.0
This player is just starting to play tennis.1.5
This player has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play.2.0
This player needs on-court experience. This player has obvious stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles play.2.5
This player is learning to judge where the ball is going, although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.3.0
This player is fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth, or power. Most common doubles formation is one up, one back.3.5
This player has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, and is developing teamwork in doubles.4.0
This player has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots, and volleys with some success. This player occasionally forces errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident.4.5
This player has begun to master the use of power and spins and is beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. This player can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. This player tends to overhit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.5.0
This player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or attribute around which a game may be structured. This player can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys, overhead smashes, and has good depth and spin on most second serves.5.5
This player has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. This player can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hits dependable shots in a stress situation.6.0
The 6.0 player typically has had intensive training for national tournament competition at the junior and collegiate levels and has obtained a sectional and/or national ranking.7.0
The 7.0 player are world-class players.3. Choose from the following list your level of play to display the rackets that suit you.
Men over 18 years old with NTRP: 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 7.0
Women over 18 years old with NTRP: 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 7.0
Boys from 12 to 18 years old with NTRP: 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0
Girls from 12 to 18 years old with NTRP: 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0
Kids up to 12 years old
Kids up to 12 years old - competitive level
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