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Old 02-01-2014, 11:56 AM   #1
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Hi there,

I'm a new member here on this forum and I don't know if I'm in the right section, but my son is 14 years old, when he usually plays tennis at school as a sport he will borrow the schools rackets however the rackets that the school uses for tennis are old and crappy, he said he would much prefer to get his own to use but he dosn't know what racket is good for his age and what are good type models for him. Where I live in Australia they don't have rackets that you can just test out from the store so it's a little bit harder to find the best racket for him.

My son has been playing tennis for about 6 months and enjoys it, also plays at our local tennis club (borrows the rackets from there and are bad quality).

He said he wants to get a good quality tennis racket and he is happy to buy an expensive one from his own money but just wants to know what some people think are good for him.


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Old 02-01-2014, 12:03 PM   #2
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choosing a tennis racquet is quite subjective. it depends on game style as well. if i may suggest that you introduce him to pro level racquets. which means that the racquet will only produce the desired result when moved properly. i use the prostaff 90 but i modify them by placing lead because they are too head light.

a head prestige MP is one of the best racquets out there and is one of the most versatile. just remember the racquet is only as good as the strings and player.
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:09 PM   #3
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Here's a website you can use: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/RacquetSelector.html
Tennis warehouse also has reviews on racquets, I think that would be useful for your son's decision.

But unlike the poster above me, I suspect it would be too early for a pro level racquet. A middle budget one would be fine, because I doubt your son is good enough to notice the difference and it's harder to play with a pro level one (less margin of error, more difficult to control the ball). With tennis racquets, the price is almost always a good indicator of the quality.

In short it's a matter of taste, different racquet brands suit different playing styles and people. Personally I use Head (Speed MP) or sometimes a Wilson frame.
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He's 14 so still quite young, over the next couple of years he'll probably have a better idea of what kind of game he likes to play and which racquet suits him best.

Agree with chenx15, I find Head in general to be quite good as a first proper racquet. The prestige and radical models are both quite decent.
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Here's a website you can use: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/RacquetSelector.html
Tennis warehouse also has reviews on racquets, I think that would be useful for your son's decision.

But unlike the poster above me, I suspect it would be too early for a pro level racquet. A middle budget one would be fine, because I doubt your son is good enough to notice the difference and it's harder to play with a pro level one (less margin of error, more difficult to control the ball). With tennis racquets, the price is almost always a good indicator of the quality.

In short it's a matter of taste, different racquet brands suit different playing styles and people. Personally I use Head (Speed MP) or sometimes a Wilson frame.
that is the main reason, i suggested pro level. mid level racquets reward lazy movements and wrong mechanics, which may develop bad patterns and injury and ineffective game style. but i agree that it might be too early
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Forget about all the above, here is one simple rule you should use - when he holds the racquet and lets it hang near the body, it should barely touch the ground.

That's the first most important rule for kids' racquets. Forget about his style, his age and similar bs.

Then, chose a racquet from a known producer, we all know them (my kid is 10 and plays with Babolat Junior 26, but he's quite tall for his age, so it doesn't mean your kid should take a bigger racquet, use the first rule above).

For a 14yo kid the racquet should be in the range of 245-275 grams, depending on his strength (my kid plays a 245gr racquet, so i guess a 14yo normally should be in the 260gr approximately).

That's all you need to know. I hope it helps.
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Well, I'm not an expert, but since I've played with many brands I think I can give you a few tips.

14 yo is not a kid anymore, I guess he probably could use a pro racket, I was using a pro racquet when I was 14 yo, not those junior or light racquets, it's waste of money, he'll use those 6 months and ask you for another. For the same reason, if you can afford, go for a top racquet, not a intermediate or beginner's one.

Brand? Forget about Head, Wilson and specially Babolat. You're paying the hype. Those racquets sold in the stores are not the ones used by the pros. Go for Yonex (the best), Prince or Dunlop. Much better material, much better quality control.

I currently have a Yonex VCore Xi 100, with Babolat RPM Blast strings. Weight is 298g unstrung. I strongly recommend this racquet!

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Old 02-02-2014, 12:42 AM   #8
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Default Recommendations for tennis racket for 14 year old son

I think the Yonex VCore Xi 100 would just be a bit to heavy for him, the Yonex E-Zone Xi 115 seems about the right weight for his age and has around just the right length for him, However not many reviews on it so I don't have a very good idea of how it would perform.

Anyone on here own the Yonex E-zone Xi 115? Could you tell me how it performs and what it's like.

I may start a new thread on the Yonex E-zone Xi 115 and see what people think about it.

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