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INTRODUCTION Finding the racquet that works best for you is important. Using equipment that is designed for your skill level and playing style will maximize your enjoyment of the game. You will play with more consistency and confidence. Most of all, you'll have more fun on thecourt using equipment that was built to suit your preferences.

Racquets are not only better than ever, they're also more sophisticated and complex than ever. Today's tennis racquets are a showcase of high tech materials and engineering. Some of it is rocket science ? Literally!

Read on to get a break down of the underlying fundamentals of racquet technology for you.

BASICS

At a very fundamental level, every racquet design tries to find an ideal balance of playing characteristics for its target market. Every design team consciously makes compromises in: (1) power vs. control, (2) comfort vs. feel,(3) light weight/maneuverability vs. solid shot response and stability.

They do this by altering the design of the racquet in many ways. This includes changing the size and shape of the racquet head,weight, balance, length, thickness, and frame materials. Here's how some of these factors affect overall racquet performance.

Head Size: Larger head sizes increase power, spin, and the ideal hitting area of the racquet known as the "sweet spot". Smaller head sizes allow players to swing more freely and aggressively without hitting balls out of the court.

Choose a head size of 107 square inches or more for power.
Choose a head size of 98 square inches or less to optimize control.
Get the most even balance of both with a head sizes in the range of 100-105 square inches.

Length: The "standard" length of a tennis racquet is 27 inches. Over the last decade, advances in racquet technology have allowed manufacturers to offer longer racquet designs. Most current racquets are between 27 & 28 inches long. Long racquets have been a great equalizer for smaller or less agile players, providing more reach as well as more spin capability and power. The additional reach and power boost also works well for beginners and many recreational players.

Control oriented players favor racquets near the shorter end of the range. Shorter racquets provide better shot placement for intermediate and advanced players.Longer is better for the power-hungry, beginners, and casual players. Short, small or less mobile players at all skill levels will benefit from extra length. Minimize length to maximize control.

Weight: Weight affects the power, maneuverability, and stability of the racquet. Heavy racquets have greater power potential and are very stable when hitting back an opponents powerful shots. Touring pros love heavy racquets, but they are fit enough and quick enough to use them effectively. In the amateur ranks, the more advanced skill levels generally prefer a racquet that is heavier than average.

Lighter than average racquets are usually easier for beginners and recreational players to handle. Light racquets also work well for competitive senior players that like to conserve energy in match play. Many intermediate doubles players also prefer a lighter than average racquet because it is quicker around the net.

Super light racquets are usually found in the largest head sizes where other design characteristics are used to compensate for loss of power and stability.

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Competitive baseliners and advanced players usually prefer a racquet that weighs 11 ounces or more unstrung. Many control racquets built for advanced players are heavier than average. 9.6 - 11 ounce middleweight designs work well for a broad range of players. Super light racquets weighing less than 9.5 ounces must lack power and stability. Designers frequently try to offset this with a very large head size. They can be good for beginners and recreational players that need a very easy handling racquet.

Swing Weight: Swing weight is a much better real world measure of a racquet's quickness than it's actual weight! As the name suggests, swing weight describes how heavy the racquet feels when you swing it. It also goes by the more scientific name of "moment of inertia". It can be measured with a precision instrument like The Tennis Company's Babolat RDC machine. Equalizing swing weight is a critical part of the racquet matching service we perform for our customers who want all of their frames to play the same.

Length, balance and weight all factor into swing weight. All other things begin equal, longer racquets swing heavier; racquets with a head-heavy balance swing heavier. Baseliners and advanced players are usually less sensitive to a high swing weight. Shorter racquets and racquets with a head-light balance swing lighter. Players who want a racquet that is quick at net should look for something with a swing weight around 310 or lower.

Head Shape: The head shape can define the shape and location of the "sweet spot". The sweet spot is the most powerful part of the string bed. It also generates the least amount of shock and vibration. It's where every tennis player wants to hit every ball. Advances in technology have expanded the size and potency of the sweet spot on modern racquets. In some super oversize models, the entire racquet face feels like the sweet spot. In smaller head sizes, the location and shape of the sweet spot is more noticeable.

Round head shapes typically have a round sweet spot located more closely to the bottom half of the racquet face. Teardrop shaped heads usually have an oblong sweet spot. Often, this kind of design lets the sweet spot extend higher up into the string bed. Teardrop shaped heads are often seen in "game improvement" racquets which are targeted at beginners and casual players. They are generally more common in power-oriented racquets.

Racquet recommendations for power players

  • Wilson K Zero
  • Wilson K Three
  • Wilson K One
  • Wilson K Four 112
  • Dunlop Aerogel 900
  • Dunlop Aerogel 1000
  • Prince Speedport O3 Platinum
  • Prince Speedport O3 Gold
  • Prince Speedport O3 Silver
  • Prince Speedport O3 Blue
  • Head Metallix 10
  • Head FP 10
  • Head I.S12
  • Head LM 8

Racquet recommendations for optimum power/control combination

  • Babolat AeroPro Drive
  • Babolat AeroPro Drive +
  • Babolat Pure Drive
  • Babolat Pure Drive Roddick
  • Babolat Pure Drive Roddick +
  • Dunlop Aerogel 500 Tour
  • Dunlop Aerogel 600
  • Dunlop Aerogel 700
  • Dunlop Aerogel 800
  • Wilson KSix-One Team
  • Wilson K Six-Two MP
  • Wilson K Pro Open
  • Wilson K Blade Team
  • Wilson K Four 105
  • Wilson K Surge
  • Head MicroGEL Radical OS
  • Head MicroGEL Extreme
  • Head MicroGEL Extreme Pro
  • Head MicroGEL Extreme Team
  • Head MicroGEL Instinct
  • Head MicroGEL Mojo
  • Head MicroGEL Monster
  • Head Metallix 6
  • Head Metallix 4
  • Prince Hybrid Hornet OS
  • Prince 03 Hybrid Spectrum MP
  • Prince O3 White
  • Prince Shark OS
  • Prince Triple Threat Scream OS
  • Prince More Control DB 850

Racquet recommendations for control players

  • Babolat Pure Storm
  • Dunlop Aerogel 200
  • Dunlop Aerogel 300
  • Prince Original Graphite MID
  • Prince O3 Tour
  • Head MicroGEL Radical MP
  • Head MicroGEL Prestige MD
  • Head MicroGEL Prestige MP
  • Head MicroGEL Prestige Pro
  • Wilson K Blade Tour
  • Wilson K Blade 98
  • Wilson K Pro Tour 96
  • Wilson K Tour 95
  • Wilson nPro Open
  • Wilson KSix-One Tour
  • Wilson KSix-One 95
  • Wilson KSix-One 95 X
  • Wilson KSix-One Team
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