Tennis is considered as a fast sport which needs lots of stamina and energy. One of the most important aspects of the game is the racquet. A player’s game depends on his racquet. The choice of your tool in this sport is akin to the choice of a weapon before a warrior gets into a battle.
All racquets are not suitable to all players. And so it becomes imperative to choose the right one which, in my limited experience is to say the least, is a very tough task. There are many things that must be kept in mind, the different brands and prices are the superficial element but one should consider more importantly the three elements that are the frame, strings and head size. Here is a cheat sheet that will help bring out the Fedrer in you by wielding the right racquet
JUDGE A RACKET BY THE SIZE, LENGTH, STIFFNESS AND WEIGHT OF FRAME
The first thing to be considered when buying a racquet it its size, length and stiffness. The size should be neither too big nor too small; it should feel just right when sitting in your palm.
It is considered that a larger frame racquet provides greater power and is less likely to twist in hand when hitting balls off centre. The larger the frame of the racquet, the larger the sweet spot or the area of the strings where the impact of the ball is least likely to be unmanageable.] but the larger it is the tougher it becomes to wield it properly.
A stiff frame also works the same as a large frame. It helps to provide greater power and a bigger sweet spot area. It helps to distribute the impact of the ball across the whole string area and it gives a uniform and a solid feeling response.
When a racquet frame is longer, it gives great speed when trying to swing it. When the velocity is more, more power and spin is possible in the shots – helping the shots to be exact. A longer racquet frame is also good for increased leverage and control. The best length of a racquet is 27 to 29 inches long.
A heavy frame is considered to be helpful in giving greatest power. It may be painful to use in a 5 setter (courtesy it’s weight), but the power it can give might be the difference between a win and a loss. A heavy frame also helps to have a higher sweet spot and also transmits fewer vibrations.
IT IS ALSO ESSENTIAL TO CONSIDER THE HEAD SIZE
There are different hoop sizes for beginners and advanced level players. Beginners usually prefer large headed racquets. It is easy to make shots in large headed racquets and shots can also be made even if the ball hits the racquet off centre. And as the sweet spot is larger, you normally tend to get more power. Advanced level players can play with small headed racquets and they get more control using it.
THE WEIGHT AND BALANCE SHOULD BE PROPER
Head light racquets are mostly preferred by the professionals as they can get more power and control with them.
THE STRINGS AFFECT THE BALL’S IMPACT AGAINST THE RACQUET
The strings can be open ended or closed pattern. The open pattern feels loose and light and deflects the ball upon impact, and it produces great spin. But these racquets require more maintenance. The closed pattern racquet provides less spin but greater control and durability.
All of these points must be kept in mind while purchasing a racquet. The racquet must be bought depending on the needs and demand of the individual player.