How to Choose a Tennis Racquet for Beginners

Whether you are a beginner adult tennis player or competitive league winner, the tennis racquet is the most important piece of equipment in your bag. In this you get to know How to Choose a Tennis Racquet for Beginners It makes a difference, not only physically but also mentally. The balance, weight, and materials used are essential as not all racquets are not made equally. For a tennis player, the right racquet is the biggest investment. Making the right choice, in the beginning, will certainly aid in your development and eliminate the risk of injury.

The reviews of tennis racquets are classified in these three categories. They are a beginner, tweener (or intermediate), and advanced. If you buy according to your stage of development, then it will be helpful for you seek the advice of a teaching pro or local tennis pro shop before purchasing. If you are very athletic, you may have the eye-hand coordination to start with a tweener frame. For most beginners, tweener frames may be too heavy in the beginning. As you develop your techniques and hone your skills, your racquet choice will change.

 

Get some firsthand experience:

 

When looking at How to Choose a Tennis Racquet for Beginners, all of the information available can be confusing. There are a myriad of brands and types of racquets on the market. Your athletic ability and physical make up will also factor into your decision. So, the first thing you will want to do is to play-test or demo a few racquets and see which one feels comfortable at contact and fits your hand properly. Questions that you should consider when playing testing racquets:

 

  • Does the racquet feel stable at impact with the ball?
  • Does this racquet absorb vibrations at contact with the ball or make sounds?
  • Does it feel too light or too heavy?
  • Is the racquet maneuverable in comparison to others?
  • Do you feel like you are able to control the direction of the ball?

 

Racquets that are not for the beginners:

There are mainly two types of racquets that beginners should steer clear of:

 

  • A heavy frame that has a head-light balance (more weight toward the handle of the racquet). These types of frames are typically low in power are more beneficial in the hands an advanced player seeking more control. Unless you’re a strong, fit world class athlete already, this type of the racquet will not benefit you.

 

  • A very light but powerful racquet is suitable for players who do not really play often and is not particularly interested in proper form. As advertised by the manufacturers this type of frame is made from stiff materials and pack a punch; but, on the other hand, are the leading cause of tennis elbow and other sidelining injuries.

Appropriate Grip size:

Appropriate Grip size

For most adults, a 4 3/8-inch grip size is the most popular, and a good starting point if you don’t know. To measure the perfect size for you, measure from the middle line your palm to the top of the middle finger.

 

A good rule of thumb is that you should hold the racquet in your hand just like you do for playing. Slide your index finger of the opposite hand in between the tips of fingers and the base of your palm. If there is no place for the index finger, then the racquet is too small. If there is a lot of space, then this racquet is too large.

 

The index finger should fit snug in between the fingers and the base of the palm. Grip sizes are 4-inch, 4 1/8, 4 ¼, 4 3/8, 4 ½, and 4 5/8.


Three basic sizes

Three basic sizes

Most racquets are available in three basic sizes. The midsize is 85-95 square inches. The mid-plus size is 95 to 105 square inches. Your oversized frame come in at 105 square inches and above. Larger head sizes may give you more confidence to contact the ball cleanly, but they can be so powerful that you may feel discouraged from taking a full swing at the ball. Therefore, play-testing various frames—like test driving different cars—will help you make the right decision.

 

Head-size and frame flexibility:

Head-size and frame flexibility are two important factors. Most beginners will benefit more from a racquet with a bigger hitting surface (approximately 102 – 115 sq. in.), which offer a larger sweet spot—the most powerful area on the string bed—and makes it easier to contact the ball cleanly. Smaller head sizes (90 – 100) are preferred by more advanced players.

 

I highly recommend a more flexible frame versus a stiffer frame, notably for the reasons mentioned above. A stiff frame may offer more power but with that additional power comes a loss of control. A flexible frame is easier on the arm by absorbing more vibration upon contact and rendering more than enough power.

 

Budget and material:

The price is everyone’s concern while buying anything. Tennis racquets can range anywhere from $30 to $300 are made from light-weight graphite or graphite composites that incorporate materials such as titanium, Kevlar or fiberglass, and carbon fibers giving added levels of frame flexibility, while remaining cost-effective. Aluminum racquets are very flexible and are the least expensive, while graphite racquets are available in flexible and stiff forms and cost more.

Length:

How long is a tennis racquet is the common question for beginners? For an adult, 27 inches is the perfect size of the racquet. Shorter racquets are for children ages 10 and under. Longer racquets, for example, 27.5 inches, are for players looking a little extra reach on the court and more power in their strokes. Shorter players typically opt for the extra length racquets.

 

Weight:

Weight

A very light racquet, less than 10 ounces, is not suitable to play well. Lighter racquets are less stable when it collides with the ball, sending more vibrations up to your arm. Especially a light, stiff racquet. This continuous shock to the forearm and elbow areas eventually leads to a tennis elbow injury. Your best protection from ever experiencing this pain is to use the heaviest racquet you can comfortably swing. But for a beginner, that would be no less than 9.9 ounces but no more than 11 ounces.  Racquets are available in incremental weighs (i.e., 9.9, 10.0, 10.1, etc.). If you start out on the low end of the weight scale, you will want to graduate to heavier frames as your skills and techniques improvement.

 

Balance:

Balance refers to how the weight is distributed throughout the frame. There is much debate on where the weight should be and which is better for beginners. I recommend an evenly balanced frame (E), meaning the weight is evenly distributed from the head to the handle of the frame (i.e., if you were to rest the racquet on your index finger, it would remain balanced and not tip forward or backward). If the racquet handle tilts down, the racquet is considered headlight (HL). Beginners fair well with a headlight racquet as well because of its ease in maneuverability. If the racquet tilts toward the head, it is deemed head heavy (HH). A head heavy racquet will give you more power because there is more mass that collides with the ball, but it will feel sluggish trying to swing it each time.

 

Conclusion:

These were all the things you can consider when shopping for a racquet. It is important to playtest first and pick wisely when purchasing because no one wants to waste money on a tennis racquet that doesn’t serve their purpose. It is just as important to understand that just because your favorite player uses a certain racquet, doesn’t make it the right racquet for you. So, keep in mind these tips when selecting your first tennis racquet.