Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Re: How do you choose a tennis racquet?
I would suggest a "player's" racquet. This usually means a thin frame, standard size 95 sq.in., standard 27in length. Basically its the type of racquet most pros would use. Pros have enough power - what they want is consistency in the racquet. This type of racquet requires a long, fast swing for groundstrokes, a full swing on serves, and good technique for punching volleys to get sufficient ball speed. My own choice is the Wilson ncode six-one 95. Every manufacturer makes at least one model of player's racquet so you have some choice.
I am assuming you are not an A player. You probably won't even like a "player's" racquet as much as a lighter, more powerful recreational racquet that will give you good ball speed with just short strokes or the flick of your wrist. The player's racquet will simply not perform well if you use short strokes or flick your wrist for shots. But, because of its performance characteristics, it will encourage you, almost force you, to develop proper strokes, whereas the recreational racquet will encourage you to develop technically deficient strokes that will insidiously limit your development. So, for your longer term improvement, trust me on this, and buy a player's racquet and persevere with it so you will eventually make good shots with it.
Oh, and take some lessons as well, because practice does not make perfect...it only makes permanent. If you learn how to do it right, you will win tennis matches throughout your life that you never would have been able to otherwise.
Basically, I think the recreational racquets are produced as a marketing tool to give players almost instant gratification on the tennis court. A lot of people are just not prepared to put in the effort over the longer term to become good players, and tennis is a sport that demands it. So you have to decide what your goal is.
Last edited by empressdiver; 07-26-2007 at 07:44 PM.