Tennis Racquet FAQs
Which is the best Racquet ?
This is the most common questioned asked, and the answer is very simple. There is no one perfect racquet for everybody; each manufacturer offers 10 to 20 models to meet the specific needs of different kinds of players. The most common mistake people make is to buy a racquet because it is the newest and most expensive one or because a professional player uses it. While it might be a good racquet, the real question is: Is it suited for your style of play? For more information and guidance on choosing a correct racquet for your level and style of play, contact our tennis expert.
Should I play with midplus or oversize ?
Head size is a personable choice, but there are some guidelines. Oversize offers a bigger sweet spot and therefore a greater margin for forgiveness, which is helpful if you are a beginner or a low-intermediate player. Midplus racquets are maneuverable and offer control. Most of the pros now a day’s use Midplus racquets. However there are players like Federer, Sampras, Safin who play with midsize racquets and players such as Andre Agassi and Serena Williams play with oversized racquets.
Should I buy a light racquet or heavy racquet ?
Even though lightweight racquets feel great to swing at the store and they grab people’s attention, you should play with the heaviest racquet you are able to handle comfortably for an entire match.
Do I need power racquet or control racquet or both ?
Power racquets are most commonly recommended for majority of club, recreational or developing players whose timing of the ball can be inconsistent. Usually lighter racquets are more powerful as they facilitate greater head speed enabling you to hit the ball harder. Lighter & easy to use racquets enables you to serve, volley and hit groundstrokes with ease thereby gives more power.
As the ability of the player increases, their racket demands may change, and from wanting a power oriented racked as a beginner, players may choose to select a racket that offers more control as their standard improves. Control rackets are popular amongst advanced tournament players and intermediate level club players who often struggle to find the court. Control rackets are generally ideal for the physically stronger player who can generate good levels of power themselves, and therefore require accuracy to channel their hitting – control rackets, with heavier frames and smaller heads provide this.
It is important to choose the right power/ control ratio racket for your ability to help you get the best out of your game. Too powerful and you may struggle to give direction to the ball, or too controlled and forgiveness is sacrificed for feel.
A tennis racket is more powerful when it has:
- A larger head size
- More stiffness as a result of specialist materials and profiles
- A longer length to increase the hitting arc and head speed
- More weight can increase power as long as it does not result in a slower swing speed.
- Lower string tension - the looser the strings the more power the racket packs
Tennis rackets are given control when they feature:
- A smaller head
- Tighter strings – although this is often tough on the arm.