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Choose the Right Tennis Racquet
Need help with choosing the right tennis racquet.  The information below will help you make an informative tennis racquet selection.  We stock a great selection of tennis racquets at low Internet pricing.  All racquets come strung with free synthetic gut or we can you choose to upgrade.  We have racquets from Wilson, Prince, Yonex, Pro Kennex, Dunlop, Head, Slazenger and Babolat

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The Tennis Company is dedicated to offering the best possible service to our customers. All staff stringers are either USRSA or CRT Certified Stringers. Being certified is just one of the many steps we take to making sure our customers get the best care and racquet maintenance. A pro shop environment allows our stringers to work with our customers one-on-one. To appreciate the abilities of our stringing staff is to see this skilled and experienced group produce 30+ high quality string jobs each day! Read more about our tournament experience and state-of-the-art stringing equipment!


 

Finding the racquet that works best for you is important. Using equipment that is designed for your skill level and playing style will maximize your enjoyment of the game. You will play with more consistency and confidence. Most of all, you'll have more fun on the
court using equipment that was built to suit your preferences.

Racquets are not only better than ever, they're also more sophisticated and complex than ever. Today's tennis racquets are a
showcase of high tech materials and engineering. Some of it's rocket science ? literally!

Read on and let us break down the underlying fundamentals of racquet performance for you. If you want to learn more about the basic
characteristics of tennis racquets, you've come to the right place.

At a very fundamental level, every racquet design tries to find an ideal balance of playing characteristics for its target market. Every
design team consciously makes compromises in: (1) power vs. control, (2) comfort vs. feel, (3) light weight/maneuverability vs. solid
shot response and stability.

They do this by altering the design of the racquet in many ways. This includes changing the size and shape of the racquet head,
weight, balance, length, thickness, and frame materials. Here's how some of these factors affect overall racquet performance.


Head Size: Larger head sizes increase power, spin, and the ideal hitting area of the racquet known as the "sweet spot". Smaller head sizes allow players to swing more freely and aggressively without hitting balls out of the court.

Choose a head size of 107 square inches or more for power.
Choose a head size of 98 square inches or less to optimize control.
Get the most even balance of both with a head sizes in the range of 100-105 square inches.

Length: The "standard" length of a tennis racquet is 27 inches. Over the last decade, advances in racquet technology have allowed manufacturers to offer longer racquet designs. Most current racquets are between 27 & 28 inches long. Long racquets have been a great equalizer for smaller or less agile players, providing more reach as well as more spin capability and power. The additional reach and power boost also works well for beginners and many recreational players.

Control oriented players favor racquets near the shorter end of the range. Shorter racquets provide better shot placement for intermediate and advanced players.
Longer is better for the power-hungry, beginners, and casual players. Short, small or less mobile players at all skill levels will benefit from extra length.
Minimize length to maximize control.

Weight: Weight affects the power, maneuverability, and stability of the racquet. Heavy racquets have greater power potential and are very stable when hitting back an opponents powerful shots. Touring pros love heavy racquets, but they are fit enough and quick enough to use them effectively. In the amateur ranks, the more advanced skill levels generally prefer a racquet that is heavier than
average.

Lighter than average racquets are usually easier for beginners and recreational players to handle. Light racquets also work well for competitive senior players that like to conserve energy in match play. Many intermediate doubles players also prefer a lighter than average racquet because it is quicker around the net.

Super light racquets are usually found in the largest head sizes where other design characteristics are used to compensate for loss of power and stability.

Competitive baseliners and advanced players usually prefer a racquet that weighs 11 ounces or more unstrung. Many control racquets built for advanced players are heavier than average. 9.6 - 11 ounce middleweight designs work well for a broad range of players. Super light racquets weighing less than 9.5 ounces must lack power and stability. Designers frequently try to offset this with a very large head size. They can be good for beginners and recreational players that need a very easy handling racquet.

Swing Weight: Swing weight is a much better real world measure of a racquet's quickness than it's actual weight! As the name suggests, swing weight describes how heavy the racquet feels when you swing it. It also goes by the more scientific name of "moment of inertia". It can be measured with a precision instrument like The Tennis Company's Babolat RDC machine. Equalizing swing weight is a critical part of the racquet matching service we perform for our customers who want all of their frames to play the same.

Length, balance and weight all factor into swing weight.
All other things begin equal, longer racquets swing heavier; racquets with a head-heavy balance swing heavier. Baseliners and advanced players are usually less sensitive to a high swing weight. Shorter racquets and racquets with a head-light balance swing lighter. Players who want a racquet that is quick at net should look for something with a swing weight around 310 or lower.

Head Shape: The head shape can define the shape and location of the "sweet spot". The sweet spot is the most powerful part of the string bed. It also generates the least amount of shock and vibration. It's where every tennis player wants to hit every ball. Advances in technology have expanded the size and potency of the sweet spot on modern racquets. In some super oversize models, the entire racquet face feels like the sweet spot. In smaller head sizes, the location and shape of the sweet spot is more noticeable.

Round head shapes typically have a round sweet spot located more closely to the bottom half of the racquet face. Teardrop shaped heads usually have an oblong sweet spot. Often, this kind of design lets the sweet spot extend higher up into the string bed. Teardrop shaped heads are often seen in "game improvement" racquets which are targeted at beginners and casual players. They are generally more common in power-oriented racquets.

Racquet recommendations for power players

Racquet recommendations for optimum power/control combination


Racquet recommendations for control players