Choosing the right tennis racquet can really help improve your game. There are so many factors to consider including your play style, the racket’s string pattern, weight, head size, balance point, grip size, string material, swing weight, string gauge, string tension and frame stiffness. Do you want power or do you want more control? Or are you looking for a balance of both? Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Open string pattern racquets are more elastic and therefore tend to give the player more spin and power when hitting the ball. The spacing between strings as well as the fewer intersections let the ball rebound with more force. The downside is that it is typically less durable. The strings snap more easily. But if you are not yet a power hitter and need all the help you can get, an open string racquet is advisable.
The closed string racket is more durable but won’t rebound the ball as much. They are recommended for power hitters players who have the juice it takes to hit the ball hard. These types of rackets are also popular with those who prefer control to power.
Larger head sizes are recommended for beginners because they offer more power and a larger contact area. Advanced players who want more control eventually switch to smaller head sizes.
Heavier racquets tend to be more stable and powerful. They also deliver less shock. On the other hand, lighter tennis racquets are faster to swing and are superior when it comes to maneuverability. Choose a racket with a heavy head if you want to produce more powerful shots. A lighter head will give you more control.
Note that weight is different from swing weight, which is a measurement of how heavy the racket feels when you swing it. A higher swing weight indicates that the racquet is harder to swing. Most tennis rackets today are in the 280 to 350 range. A lower swing weight (below 310) can help you swing the racquet faster and create more spin. If you want more power and stability, a higher swing weight (above 330) might be a better option.