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The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Tennis Racket
Buying a tennis racket can often be a difficult and confusing process, particularly for those who are new to the game, as a variety of manufacturers promote their products and promise you the best results with the latest ground-breaking racket technology. This simple guide however will set you on the path to successfully purchasing a tennis racket that will suit and improve your game.
“Try Before You Buy!”
When considering buying a new tennis racket, there is one golden rule to follow – try before you buy! Although the internet does offer great deals, and it is tempting to click a button and order a racket you like upon first glance, you can never be sure that it will suit you personally. Even by just feeling a racket in your hand, you can learn a lot about it, and you’ll probably know whether or not it is appropriate for you. Many websites allow you to demo a racket you’re interested in by sending it to you to test.
Know Your Standard
Be honest to yourself before you look into buying a racket, by accepting your standard of tennis. Different rackets are designed to help players of different abilities. Beginner rackets offer more power than rackets that are meant for advanced players, because obviously beginners may have problems developing power on the ball entirely by themselves. Therefore, it is imperative to buy a racket that is suitable for your level. If a beginner were to invest in an expensive, heavy racket with a small head size (a racket suitable for an advanced player), they would not benefit from this purchase, and would struggle to improve their game. Being truthful to yourself is the best approach to take in the long-run, and if you start with a beginner’s racket, then don’t worry. It won’t be long before you move on to better things.
Don’t be Fooled by Advertisements
Most notably with younger players, it is easy to be fooled by the manufacturers and big brands in tennis. Despite seeing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal using the latest and most expensive rackets on television, we shouldn’t be fooled by this. The pro’s obviously do not use the same rackets that are sold in sports shops and on the internet. Their rackets will have been finely customized to suit their game and maximize their potential. However, the stickers and paint on their rackets will be the same as the rackets that Wilson and Babolat are selling to the public. Buy your racket for the right reasons – primarily if it improves and helps your game.
Lastly, an often overlooked matter when it comes to buying tennis rackets is sizing. If a racket is not the right size for you, then it comes as no shock that you will not be able to perform well with it. To determine what size of racket you require, you must know your grip size, and desired racket length and head size. If you are an adult, your racket length will probably be 27 inches, and for a child it can be calculated by examining your age and height. The size of the head of your racket depends upon your skill level; larger head sizes are recommended for beginners, and smaller head sizes for advanced players. Your grip size is based on the size of your hand and can be calculated by vertically measuring the distance from your ring finger to the intersection between your thumb and index finger in the middle of your palm.