Hey guys Tim here from Play! Tennis. A very common question I get asked is how do I choose a tennis racket?
What tennis racket should I be using now? I’m going to try and cover this based on
three things I think are very important in choosing a tennis racket. Number one:
the weight. Number two: racket head-size and number three: the string pattern of
the racket. So the first thing I want to talk about is racket weight. Now it can
be said that a lighter racket produces more power than a heavier racket but
that’s only because with a lighter racket you can swing a lot faster. I
would recommend lighter rackets for beginners to lower intermediates, because being able to swing the racket faster helps those players produce a lot more
power, especially when they haven’t yet developed a proper technique.
Lighter rackets can range from 280 grams and below, and heavier rackets about 300 grams and
above are great for higher intermediate and more advanced players
who have developed a technique and who can use that technique to play over a
longer period of time and therefore hit much more consistently. Now for
beginners developing their techniques a lighter racket really helps because:
number one – they don’t have to have a proper full swing to generate power and
number two – a lighter racket allows them to play for a longer period of time
as they are practicing that technique. It’s also a great way to have fun with
your friends… … especially when you don’t
play tennis often or you’re new to the sport. Now let’s talk about the head-size
of the racket. Head-size pretty much just means the size of the head of the racket. A larger head-size is good for beginners and lower intermediates. This
is purely because there is a larger sweet spot and a larger
surface area on the strings where the tennis ball can actually hit the racket… Just like most players in the world no one is going to hit the ball in the center of the racket all the time, so
when the ball does go off center, a racket with a larger head-size allows for
that. It means that your shot will still go in even if you make a mistake
when hitting the ball. Now with a smaller head-size there’s less
room for error and you have to hit the ball relatively in the center of the racket.
However, it gives you plenty of control. Some advanced
players and higher intermediate players can use rackets with smaller head-sizes
because they have an established technique that allows them to hit the
ball in the center consistently. With a larger head-size you get a bit more spin,
you get more power, but you get less control. The good thing is that with a
larger sweet spot, especially for beginners, it is easier to get the ball
in but it’s not as easy to direct the ball. However, if you’re a beginner I
wouldn’t be too concerned about that. Finally, let’s talk about the string
pattern of the racket. This racket I’m holding here is a 16 by 19
string pattern. This means that there are 16 main strings that are vertical
going from up turn down and we have 19 cross strings which go horizontal side
to side. This is considered a more open string pattern. On the surface area of the strings the squares are slightly larger, so as the ball hits the tennis racket it sinks deeper into the strings and the
largest squares actually grip the ball and help to produce more spin. So the
benefits: more spin and more power; however, less control. Now let’s talk
about a more dense string pattern. I’ll just pick up my other racket here
This is an 18 by 20, so 18 strings on the main and 20 strings on
the cross. This is considered a more dense string pattern and it means the
squares on the surface area are smaller The ball doesn’t necessarily sink in as much and the strings do not grip the ball as much but
it is a very control oriented racket. This means that where wherever I point this racket… … where the ball contacts the racket –
that’s where the ball is going to go. So yes there is less power and less spin
but you get a lot more control and a lot more durability. Generally the strings on
a tighter string pattern like an 18 by 20 will last longer because there
are more of them to support each other and support the shock of the tennis ball
hitting the racket. So let’s summarize everything: what I recommend is that beginners and even lower intermediate players use lighter rackets
with larger head-sizes. This is because it’s easier to improve technique and
even if you’re just having fun and having a hit with friends it allows you
to hit with more power and it’s easier to hit the ball. For higher
intermediate players and advanced players it’s recommended that you use slightly heavier rackets, rackets with smaller head-sizes, rackets with denser string patterns. It’s all about personal preferences. Some advanced players use lighter rackets but the majority of advanced players
will use heavier rackets. You get a lot more control but you have to have a
technique that allows you to hit constantly for hours, especially
in those long matches. Thanks for watching and I hope you understood
everything I said.

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Dennis Veasley

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