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How to choose your tennis racket

A good Tennis Racket is a must-have for any player of any skill level. Find out how to find your perfect fit.

There are few things more important than finding the perfect tennis racket. Your tennis racket is an important step in your tennis-playing journey, whether you're just starting out or have been playing for years. Find out how playing frequency and your playing preferences will come into play when making your choice.

What to consider

While it could seem like the best idea to buy the tennis racket with the coolest design and most vibrant colours, it’s better to initially focus on yourself instead of the racket.
Considering factors such as your size, playing style and how often the tennis racket will be used, will make finding the perfect racket much easier.

Let’s have a look at the specifics.

Playing frequency: This is a question you could ask yourself over any piece of sporting equipment, especially with an integral instrument such as a tennis racket, to make the most economical choice. While you should always be looking for the tennis racket that works best for you, there’s no need to invest in pricey gear when it's going to be used only a few times a month.

Your size and strength: Certain tennis rackets will suit different body types. In general, the taller a person is, the longer their arms are and the longer their swing will be. This usually means the player will be able to generate more speed and power than someone with shorter arms and a smaller swing. When looking at tennis rackets, it’s generally accepted that the wider the frame, the more power you’ll get from your shot. This width is found just underneath the surface area, in the gap that is known as ‘the throat’ and is the area that has the most effect on the ball when you make contact. However, if you check out a professional's racket, they are rarely that wide, meaning that the more you play, the less you'll rely on your racket for power.

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Playing frequency

FOR OCCASIONAL PLAYERS
Your main focus should be control. By choosing an aluminium or composite racket with a large surface area and balance point, you'll make your time on the court much easier.

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FOR REGULAR PLAYERS
It’s important to feel comfortable. Look for a graphite racket with a balance point at the head and a surface area of 645cm². If as a regular player, control is something you want to improve, opt for a tennis racket weighing between 260 and 280g. If you want to introduce more power to your game, opt for a racket weighing between 280 and 295g.

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FOR INTENSIVE PLAYERS
Power and precision should be at the forefront of your thinking. A graphite tennis racket with a balance point at the handle and a surface area of between 630 and 645cm², with a racket weight of more than 295g is the perfect pick for you.

Playing frequency

Are you an aggressive or defensive tennis player? 
You may not have thought about it, but it’s rare that a player isn’t doesn't fall into one of these categories. Defensive players like to use the pace of the ball against their opponents, and in turn, should look for a narrower racket. If, on the other hand, you like to play aggressively and create power from your own shots, you’ll be wanting a racket that lets you hit the ball harder. While your playing style is important, it should never come ahead of what tennis racket works with your body shape

What’s your swing style? 
If you don’t play regularly, it may be worth speaking to a tennis instructor or even visiting a Decathlon store and having a chat with one of our experts about your swing style. You will either have a slow, average or fast swing. Unsurprisingly, a faster swing generates more power than a slower swing, meaning you don’t need to look for a powerful racket if you have great speed; you should be looking for a narrower, more controlled racket instead.

Specifications

WEIGHT
Weight plays a major role in the effectiveness of your swing and should be an important factor in the tennis racket you buy. It’s more than likely that you will be able to find the model of racket you like, suitable to your weight, so make sure to enquire about varying sizes with your chosen manufacturer. Heavier, more powerful rackets are around 320gs and beyond, whereas lighter rackets weigh less than 310g. It’s also important to note that strings themselves will add around 30g to the racket.

LENGTH
For adults, tennis rackets can be anywhere from 27-29 inches long, although it’s common for them to be on the lengthier sides. In general, longer rackets are lighter than the standard frame. They also offer more reach and power on serve, as you can hit the ball from higher up, and in turn, are able to steepen your angle when hitting downwards. However, longer rackets are harder to control, so it’s worth trying them out before you buy one.

HEAD
The surface area of your racket is an important aspect to keep in mind. Below are the three types of surface area available and what they mean to you.

Tennis racket surface area

Racket With A Small Surface Area
When it comes to rackets, a small surface area means around 600cm². This surface area is aimed at intensive players. You need good control to play with these rackets as they’re harder to control.

Racket With A Medium Surface Area
Rackets with a medium surface area are usually between 630cm² and 645cm². They are suitable for all kinds of players, from beginners to seasoned players.

Racket With A Large Surface Area
Rackets with large surface areas vary between 660 and 740cm². Rackets with a large surface area are perfect for beginners or players who like to use lots of spins. These surface areas increase power.

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