How to Choose Your Best Tennis Racquet

The best tennis racquet for you depends on your style of play. Do you prefer more power, more control or more flexibility?

Tennis Racquet

The best tennis racquet for you depends on your style of play. Do you prefer more power, more control or more flexibility? I will explain the differences and try to make it easier for you to choose the best racquet for your playing style.

First, decide how you like to end points: from the baseline, at the net or by grinding your opponent down. Second, look at different brands and compare them in relation to your style. If you like to score from the baseline, you might want a heavier racquet. From the net, perhaps a lighter one for quick volleys.

There is more to know before making your selection. The various racquet frames all play rather differently. A common misconception is that racquets with thin frames are "stiffer," because that's what the pros use. This is incorrect. The pros' racquets are more flexible to provide power and control and to better absorb their opponent's power. Thicker racquets, like the ones older adults tend to use, allow for more power but are more inflexible and thus provide less control.

The keys to remember when looking for the best tennis racquet for you:

  • Do you want power or control?
  • What fits your style best?
  • Compare similar racquets offered by different companies
  • Does it have an appropriate grip size. The thumb should overlap the middle fingernail when you wrap your hand around the grip)

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