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 How to Choose the Right Tennis Racquet

Whether you want to play competitively or you play purely for fun, if you play tennis often, you need to learn how to choose the right tennis racquet. As it is with a lot of other sports equipment, tennis racquets come in many different styles, meaning one tennis racquet is going to differ from another. Racquets can differ in a lot of ways, too, including the quality of their construction. This makes knowing how to select the right tennis racquet important for anyone who takes tennis seriously.

Specifics for the Right Tennis Racquet

If you’ve started to play tennis recently, you’ll need to know how to choose a tennis racquet for beginners. As a new player, your needs will be different from the preferences of more experienced players.

Here are some tips to help you find your perfect racquet:

1. Measure Grip Size
Adult grips run from four inches up to 4 5/8ths inches in length. To determine your grip size, measure the distance between the middle line in your palm to the top of your middle finger. If you’re between two sizes, you should choose the smaller option because you can add overgrip tape later.

2. Select the Racquet Size
You can always consult a tennis racquet size chart to help you figure out what size racquet you should buy, but some basic guidelines can help you make the right choice. In general, beginners should purchase a 27-inch racquet.

More seasoned players may prefer longer racquets because they add more power to their shots. However, longer racquets lack the maneuverability smaller racquets have. They also can make it harder to aim accurately, which is why they’re not recommended for new players.

3. Choose the Racquet Type
The kind of racquet you should get is determined by several factors, including your skill level and your style of play. You need to use a tennis racquet that is appropriate for your skill level and playing style to play your best.

The three kinds of racquets that are used most often include power and game improvement racquets, tweener racquets and control and player’s racquets.

4. Test Several Racquets
Even if you feel silly, you should take a few test swings and go through your serving motions using several tennis racquets before you buy one in a store. When you visit the court, ask other players if you can take a few swings with their racquets to see how they feel and perform.

Testing different racquets will help you become familiar with all of the options available and will help you pick the racquet that’s right for you.

5. Consult an Expert
If you’re in the market for a tennis racquet, it can be helpful to consult with a tennis expert. The tennis experts at Marin Country Club provide the best instruction available in the San Francisco Bay Area. Schedule a tour at our facility and meet the people who can help you find the right tennis racquet today.