So you want to start playing tennis? Well you’re going to need a few things, so let’s start with the most important piece of tennis equipment you will ever need…a tennis racquet! Below are some of the tennis racquet reviews to help you pick out the best tennis racquet for you. Read the tennis racket ratings, demo a tennis racquet, and if you love it, buy it! Or if you just want to see what tennis racquets the ATP Pros use, I have a list. If you want know what racquets the WTA pros use, I have that as well; if you’re looking for a list of professional tennis strings, I got that too and if you’re curious about pro tennis shoes on the ATP and WTA tour, there’s a list.
Tennis racquet reviews and tennis racket ratings:
- 2013 Babolat AeroPro Drive review
- Babolat AeroPro review
- Babolat PureDrive GT review
- 2012 Babolat PureDrive review
- Babolat PureStorm review
- Babolat Pure Strike Tour review
- Donnay Forumal 100 review
- Donnay X-Dark Red 94 review
- Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour review
- Dunlop Biomimetic 200 Lite review
- Dunlop Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour review
- Head Graphene Prestige Rev Pro review
- Head Prestige Pro review
- Head Prestige Mid review
- Head YouTek IG Radical Pro review
- Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro 2.0 review
- Mantis Pro 295 review
- Mantis Tour 305 review
- Volkl Organix 8 review
- Volkl V1 Pro review
- Wilson Burn FST 99S review
- Wilson BLX Blade 98 Pink review
- Wilson BLX ProStaff Six.One 95 review
- Wilson Burn 100S review
- Yonex VCORE Tour 89 review
- Yonex VCORE Duel G 97 (310g) review
Finding the right tennis racquet grip size:
There are a few different sizes that come standard; 4 1/8″ (L1), 4 1/4″ (L2), 4 3/8″ (L3), 4 1/2″ (L4), and 4 5/8″ (L5). The most commonly used size for men is 4 1/2″ and for women is 4 1/8″. The best way to measure the perfect grip size for your tennis racquet is to use a ruler. With your ruler you will want to measure your dominant hand, or playing hand, from the middle crease of the palm of your hand and measure up to the tip of your ring finger. Whatever grip size you choose, make sure you start with something a little smaller, that way, if it’s not quite right you can built it up. If you pick too large, it’s close to impossible to make the grip smaller. One thing that many tennis players don’t realize is that grip sizes can be build up, if you decide that a 4 3/8″ grip is just not big enough, then you can always alter your grip to make it bigger. There are two ways of doing this; the first is probably the cheapest and easiest way of doing it. Use an over grip, it’s similar to a normal grip, however; it’s usually not as thick, they are simple to put on and replace when needed. Overgrips come in a vast variety of colors, absorbency, and thicknesses, The other is a little more challenging and may require you to visit your local pro shop to have them do it.. You can buy a heat shrink sleeve, which is a sleeve that is heat shrunk to build up a grip either 1/2 a grip size or one full grip size.
Finding the right tennis racquet weight:
Finding the correct racquet weight is essential to your game. There are many different weighted tennis racquets, some come as light as 8 ounces and some as heavy as 12 ounces (please note, these weights are for unstrung tennis racquets). The thing about heavier racquets is that you can swing them pretty hard and get some great pace with it, however; the draw back is that you will fatigue quickly if you are not accustom to it and there is the potential of hurting yourself if you play it for too long. With a lighter racquet you may have to swing longer and faster to get some real pace, but you won’t injure yourself quite a quickly. Similar to the tennis grip, you can modify the weight of a tennis racquet, you can purchase lead tape which goes on the head of the racquet, and you can even put some weight under your grip. A typical beginner tennis racquet will usually start at 9 ounces then as you become stronger and more confident in your game, you can add weight or purchase a heavier racquet.
Finding the right tennis racquet head size:
Many beginners don’t realize that there are a variety of tennis racquet head sizes, there are many different sizes ranging from 88″ squared all the way up to 110″ squared (and some even as large as 135 square inches!). Now, what’s the difference? Well, it’s simple really; smaller head size, smaller sweet spot; bigger head size, bigger sweet spot. What’s a sweet spot? It’s the small area in the string bed that produces the most power, spin, control, and feel of the ball. When buying your first tennis racquet you will probably want to buy a racquet with a bigger head size (100″ to 110″ square inches). With a bigger head size you will have a bigger sweet spot which will be more forgiving when making contact with the ball. As you grow into your tennis game and become a better player you may want to toy around with the idea of playing with a smaller head size. If you do purchase a tennis racquet with a smaller head size, you should expect to hit a few shanks right off the bat. You are missing the sweet spot! Though, when you do hit that sweet spot, it’s a thing of beauty, you’ll notice how quickly the tennis ball flies off the strings and how controlled the ball is. Using a smaller head size, does take a lot of practice of honing in the timing of your swing in relation to the ball. Most of the players we’ve talked to like the smaller head size because it allows them to get more pace off the ball and let’s them control points with ease.
Using all this information plus the tennis racquet reviews above, you will be able to easily pick out the best tennis racquet for your tennis game!