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A tennis racket or the lawn tennis racket, the main equipment in the game of tennis, is a frame with strings. The frame is static and holds the strings in place. A good tennis racquet is a life long investment and hence adequate care must be taken to choose the right one. The following section gives you detailed description of the tennis racket, its size, materials, weight and balance, selection tips.

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Size of the Tennis Racket
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  • Lawn Tennis Racket length: The standard size of a lawn tennis racquet is 27 inch. Though the permissible range of lawn tennis racket length for tournament play is 27-29 inches.
  • Head size: The head size of a racket provides the power and control to hit the ball. Larger head size racquets allow more power, provide larger hitting area, and more space of sweet spot than smaller ones. The most common head sizes range between 95-110 square inches.

Lawn Tennis Rackets for Children Children of different ages require rackets of different length. We have brought some guide to you:

Children Age Racket Length
4-6 years 21 inch
5-8 years 23-25 inch
8-11 years 25-26 inch
Older 27-29 inch

Weight of Lawn Tennis Racket The weight and balance mostly affect the feel of holding a racket. Usually a heavier racket is more powerful, stable, and transmits less shock than lighter ones. On the other hand, a lighter racket can be swung faster. Earlier rackets average weight was 12-13 ounces and had balanced light head. After some time the average weight reduced to 10-11 ounces and have head-heavy balance. It was done to increase maneuverability without sacrificing the power.

Frame Stiffness: Stiffness of a lawn tennis racquet affects power, control, and comfort of your play. Stiffer rackets don't deviate too much during hitting, so they waste lesser energy in compare to flexible rackets. On the other hand, a more stiff racket will transmit more shock to your wrist, arm, and shoulder than medium stiff rackets.

Lawn Tennis Racket Materials The materials used in manufacturing a lawn tennis racket have taken a changeover since its origin. Previously, rackets frames were usually made of wood. Wooden lawn tennis racquets had smaller head and shorter string. These rackets have leather-wrapped handles and the strings were made of animal intestine known as natural gut strings. But nowdays, the traditional wooden frame has been replaced with metal frames, though wood is also used for tennis racquets. Various materials have been used since 1970s such as graphite, aluminum,steel, carbon fiber, titanium, alloys for making lawn tennis rackets.
  • Now-a-days graphite is mixed with materials such as boron and titanium to produce even stronger, and lighter lawn tennis rackets. These rackets are light weight and offer more flexibility.
  • The latest rackets are made from graphite composite that includes fiberglass, titanium, Kevlar. They offer more flexibility.
  • Rackets made of aluminum are inexpensive and tends to vibrate more than other tennis racquet materials. They deliver more impact to the arm of players.
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Selecting The Right Tennis Racquet Selecting a perfect lawn tennis racket is a challenging job, but we will make it easy for you with some very important buying tips. Whether you are buying a racquet for kids, youth, or adults it will be better to match the skill level of player who want to use it.
  • Always choose the lawn tennis racquet based on your skill level. You should know in which category you fall into: beginner, intermediate or advanced player. If you are a beginner, you tend to have slower and slower swings and need more power from the racket. Thus your racquet should be light weight (8-9.5 ounces), with a length of 27 to 29 inches), has an oversize head (107-135 square inches), and is head heavy. If you are an intermediate player, you will need less power from the racquet. You need a racquet that has enhanced maneuverability, lighter in weight (9.5-11 ounces), midplus (95-102 square inches) heads and have an extended length (27.5- 28 inches). Advanced to high-level players should select a racquet that offers more control. The racquet should be heavier in weight (11.5-13 plus ounces), has a smaller head (85-98 inches), thinner beams and a balanced head.

  • The second factor to consider is the weight and balance. The lighter the racket the more power, the heavier the more control. As a rule, a heavy racquet is stable, more powerful, and transmits less shock than a lighter one. A lighter tennis racket is easier for a player to swing and control.

  • Consider head size. If you consider yourself to be uncoordinated, then choose a head size that is over 100 square inches. If you are more skilled, get a smaller head.

  • Consider length of the racket. As racquet length increases, so does dynamic swing weight. A longer racket offers more power and more reach on ground strokes and is harder to control.

  • Consider tension of the racket. Lower tension reduces vibration and provides more power, while higher tension gives better control and spin. Try using both and decide which suits you better. Nowdays rackets can also be custom-made.

  • Another factor to consider is the grip size. If you have small hands, try a 1/8-3/8 size grip; try a 1/2 size grip for bigger hands, and if you want to have an overgrip, then go for a 3/8 grip. Manufacturers are improving handle design to reduce frame shock and vibration.

  • Lastly, consider aesthetics of your racket. Though, the performance of the racquet doesnot count but you can put some personal touches on it, like the color of the lawn tennis racket, flat or curved grips etc.

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