Guide to Tennis Rackets

Guide to Tennis Rackets


Tennis Rackets

Tennis rackets may all look the same with a head, neck, grip, and strings but there are subtle differences that can make a whole lot of difference to your game. Usually, they can be categorized based on the aspect of the game they favor- power or control.

The rackets that offer more power to the game are the ones that are usually oversized and lighter than the average unstrung weight of 285g. In addition, when hinged at the neck, they usually fall to the side of the head indicating greater head weight. In addition, tennis rackets have a tension rating, which is the strain in the strings of the racket. A lower tension implies that the racket can offer more power while playing. Rackets designed for adding power to the ball usually have a tension less than 60.

Tennis Racket

Rackets meant to offer greater control to the player over the ball might look similar to the previous category of rackets but there are considerable differences. These rackets are usually heavy, sometimes as much as 350g. Moreover, their head sizes are standard, around 90sq. inches, as opposed to the 110sq inch oversized heads of the power rackets. Some rackets of this type are designed to be versatile in the style of play and are hence balanced at the neck, while the others tilt in the direction of the grip. Tension rating of control rackets is in the range of 55-60 or even higher and it is important that this be followed otherwise both the racket life and the game can be adversely affected.

Both the types of rackets are similar in their build. They usually have an aluminum frame with added graphite or titanium for extra strength. The key for the right racket is to assess your style first and pick one that complements your style.