Tennis Rackets

Our Tennis Racket Blog helps you make an informed decision on your next tennis racket!

 

Tennis Rackets Blog

Tennis enthusiasts of all levels can find helpful information on the latest tennis gear, techniques, and Rackets on the Active Away Tennis Racket Blog. Looking for information on Tennis Racket specifics that will help you with tennis injuries? Or which Tennis Racket to use depending on how often you play and your game style? Look no further! This blog provides comprehensive information on Tennis Rackets including key Tennis Racket information from our highly educated team of coaches.

Tennis Racket how to choose

Key Information to consider when purchasing a Tennis Racket

1. Size:

The size of the Tennis Racket makes a big difference. The sweet spot is the place in the middle of the strings where making contact with the ball is more pleasurable and produces better results.

Larger Tennis Racket Head Size (above 102 square inches)

  • The size of the Tennis Racket head is directly proportional to the power that is generated (so the bigger the head size, the higher chance of power).
  • A larger Tennis Racket head will result in a larger margin of error – increasing your chances of hitting a good shot because the sweet spot is also bigger (especially useful for beginner – intermediate level payers).
  • With a larger sized Tennis Racket, it is easier to generate Topspin.

Smaller Tennis Racket Size (below 100 square inches)

  • For players who do not have a hard time finding the sweet spot, a smaller Tennis Racket head size allows them to achieve greater accuracy within their tennis shots.
  • With it being harder to find the sweet spot with a smaller Tennis Racket head size, it can be disadvantage for certain players.

At Active Away, we believe a Tennis Racket head size between 100 and 102 square inches is perfect for finding the sweet spot and a key advantage of a larger head size is that even when the sweet spot is missed, the larger head size allows for redemption to still be able to hit a shot over and in.

2. Material:

Tennis Rackets can be made from several different materials. While this does not automatically make one racket superior to another, different materials will suit different players.

Most racket frames nowadays are built of light-weight graphite or graphite composites using elements like titanium, kevlar, or fibreglass, which provide greater frame flexibility while being cost-effective. We recommend using a Tennis Racket made from graphite materials and here is why…

  • Graphite Tennis Rackets are reasonably priced.
  • Available at most Tennis Racket retailers.
  • Graphite is lighter than titanium with the same advantage of power, giving more control to the player.
  • Tennis Racket designers have been able to develop frames using graphite that take into account the mechanics of the swing while avoiding the structural limits of wood.

3. Weight:

The weight of a Tennis Racket can affect your playing style. Tennis rackets made of graphite can weigh anything from 225 to 340 grams with heavier Tennis Rackets ranging from 300+ grams and lighter rackets starting below 280 grams.

Fun Fact: In the 1970’s tennis rackets got heavier and players got better. In response to the new technology, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) banned rackets over 11.5 ounces. But that didn’t stop people from using them. And it didn’t make them play any worse. In fact, they started winning more. Eventually, the USTA lifted the ban and now almost every player uses a heavier racket.

With that being said, the heavier a Tennis Racket is, the less likely you are to be able to achieve your desired spin on your shots. On top of that, if you are hitting with a heavier Tennis Racket, it can make it harder for you to move around and adjust yourself quickly on the court.

Although every tennis player has a different athletic build, game style and comfort level with a Tennis Racket, rackets that fall between between lightweight and heavy (between 280 and 300 grams) are the most popular because they offer a competitive specification that players can use comfortably.

4. Grip:

The grip is important for controlling the tennis racket and choosing the right grip size can help to avoid common injuries like tennis elbow.

If a grip size is too small, it can lead to tennis elbow from the Tennis Racket racquet twisting in your palm. A big grip prevents wrist snap on serves, makes changing grips more harder, and necessitates more muscle power. It is important to remember that with a smaller grip size, you can always add an over grip onto the racket for extra comfort so always choose a grip size that you feel comfortable with.

Active Away Tip – You need a larger grip size if your fingers go all the way around the handle and back into your hand (as seen on the right).

If this all sounds a little complicated, don’t worry! Our team is always happy to recommend a Tennis Racket that you will find comfortable to match your game and goals. Also, check out our How to choose the right Tennis Racket blog.

Tennis Racket Recommendations

There are a lot of factors to consider when picking the right tennis racket. If you’re a beginner, you’ll want something light and easy to swing. If you’re an experienced player, you may want something with more power. Here are four different tennis rackets and their corresponding benefits:

1. Wilson NXT Tour Tennis Racket

This Tennis Racket is perfect for beginners because it’s lightweight and has a low swing weight.

2. Babolat Pure Drive Lite

The Babolat Pure Drive Lite gives you effortless power due to its manoeuvrability weighing in at 270g unstrung.

3. Head Graphene 360+ Instinct MP

For players who like to hit groundstrokes and control the game from the baseline, this is a great choice due to its great spin and control. Active Away FUN FACT – Maria Sharapova plays with this racket.

4. Yonex VCORE Pro 97 310

Yonex has come to light in recent years producing Tennis Rackets that many professional players are using like Kyrgios, Wawrinka, and Osaka to name a few. The Yonex VCORE Pro 97 310 is great for players who like to incorporate precision and feel into their game (especially on volleys).

Tennis Racket vs Racquet

There is a big difference between Tennis Rackets and Racquets. Tennis Rackets are specifically designed for tennis, while racquets can be used for other sports such as badminton, squash, or racquetball. A tennis racket has a larger head and is curved in shape. This design helps to increase the size of the sweet spot, which is the part of the racket that makes contact with the ball and generates power. Racket is the preferred spelling in tennis for any tennis enthusiasts who were not sure.

Key Takeaways

  • The market for tennis rackets can look daunting, with many brands and models on offer, making it hard to find the right racket.
  • Choose a racket suited to your personal game style, budget and comfort level.
  • Use our buying guide and send us a message or give us a call to help you choose the best racket for your game!

Active Away Tennis Racket Blog Top Tip – If you can, always try out a racket before you buy it. Many retailers will allow you to rent and demo Tennis Rackets before making your decision.

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