There are three important criteria to consider when selecting a racket that is best suited to your needs: weight, grip size and head size.
The choice of a tennis racket should not be taken lightly. A racket that is too heavy will interfere with your game which can lead to injury. On the other hand, a racquet that is too light offers less stability, control and shock absorption, which can also lead to injuries such as tennis elbow.
Every player’s skill level and preferences are different. Therefore, your playing style and skill level are important factors to consider when choosing your racket.
Start with a lightweight racket
Choosing a racket that weighs less than 280 grams will make it easier to maneuver and thus it will improve your game. Lightweight rackets are usually made of aluminum or composite. Beginner-level rackets have a large head size and a balanced handle. Why? A large head size provides a better target for hitting the ball, but offers less control over the shot.
Choose a slightly heavier racket
Once you've learned to control your swing, switch to a slightly heavier racket with a smaller head size (about 645 cm²) to increase your control of the ball and your hitting power.
If you favor maneuverability, look for a racquet that weighs between 260 and 280 g.
If you're looking for power, a racket that weighs between 280 and 295 g will offer more stability and hitting power. Heavier rackets absorb vibrations from contact with the ball better than lighter models, giving you a more comfortable shot.
Focus on power, control and accuracy
At this performance level, you'll likely have improved hitting power and control. Get a graphite racket with a balanced handle. The head size should cover an area between 630 and 645 cm². The weight of your racket should be over 295 g.
The grip size is the circumference of the racket handle and it must be adjusted to your hand size. It is an important criteria in determining your playing comfort.
Size 0: Suitable for children.
Size 1: Suitable for teenagers just starting out or women with small hands.
Size 2: Standard size for women or men with small hands.
Size 3: Most common size. Standard size for men of average height or for women with large hands.
Size 4 and 5: Suitable for men with large hands (and over 180 cm tall).
The head size of your racket is an important criteria to keep in mind. It refers to the strung surface or face of the racquet. There are three types of heads: small, medium and large.
The surface area of a small racquet head is approximately 600 cm². These frames are designed for people who hit the ball with power and good technique. It is important to ensure that you can master and control your racquet with ease before choosing a small head size.
The surface area of a medium racquet head covers approximately 630 cm² and 645 cm². This head size is suitable for everyone, regardless of their level. It offers the best of both worlds: power and control of the ball.
The surface area of a large racquet head varies between 660 and 740 cm². These are ideal for beginners but are also suitable for those who use different types of tennis shots: slice, volley or topspin.