How do you choose the right tennis racket?
In the market you can find plenty of models of rackets designed for different playing styles and objectives. When it comes to choosing the most suitable racket, it is necessary to know that all the rackets have a series of parameters that differentiate them and determine for that type of player it is more appropriate. The most important ones are:
- Weight: The weight of the racket is one of the most important parameters to consider. The higher the racket weight the greater the shot potential but also the greater the force that will be necessary to be able to hit the ball.
- Cross-section: The cross-section is the surface area of a stroke. A greater the shot surface area the less the control that is produced in the stroke, although the greater the probabilities of reaching the ball.
- Balance: The balance refers to the distribution of the weight of the racket. This balance affects the “balance” that exists in the racket and with that the control with which you can perform each shot. For example, when the racket has a “big head” – that is to say, has a higher weight in the strike zone that in the handle – the shot power is much higher but so is the lack of precision.
All major racket brands bring to the market different ranges of similar models that differ mainly in the material that are manufactured in. Logically, depending on the range of the racket the selling price will greatly fluctuate:
- The low range rackets are manufactured mainly in aluminum and typically cost between about 30 and 50 euros. These types of rackets are recommended for very occasional players who are seeking tennis as entertainment.
- The mid-range ones have a higher quality and the price ranges between 60 and 120 euros. They are made of graphite and fiberglass, and are among the most commonly used by players who are training in tennis.
- The price of the high-range ones goes up from 120 to 400 euros, and are made of a mixture of very resistant materials such as graphite, titanium or carbon. There are many players who opt for this type of racket, whether they are professional and semiprofessional or beginners, since these rackets enable you to perform a good stroke and achieve the maximum control in the shot.
After getting to know which are the most important parameters to take into account and check what are the ranges that exist in the market and its prices, the last and most important step in choosing the proper racket is what is the type of swing that the player has. The swing is the characteristic gesture that every tennis player makes with the arm when hitting the ball, and greatly affects which racket you should buy. The swing can be:
- Short swing: characteristic of novice or very veteran players. For players with short and slow swing the rackets are very lightweight, with a broad cross-section and a high balance (weight towards the head). These features provide great power with little effort and a maximum comfort. Normally these are range high, and high quality rackets.
- Medium swing: proper of intermediate level players. For players with medium swing the rackets also have medium parameters, also with medium weight, cross-section and balance. They are the most widely used thanks to the fact that they adapt to a large number of players whether beginners, intermediate or competition. These types of rackets often found in all ranges, from the lowest to the highest.
- Long swing: used by the professional players of great experience. The rackets designed for players with long and fast swings are quite heavy, with a smaller cross-section and a low balance (weight towards the handle). The control of the shot is much higher and so is also the accuracy. Normally, these rackets are designed from mid as well as high ranges.