How to choose a Racquet
Step 1: Racquet Weight
The first step of choosing a racquet is determining which weight of racquet is appropriate for your size, strength, and skill level. We start with every customer with weight because it quickly filters out several racquet choices that will not help them improve their game. We designate racquet weight for tennis players in 1 of 3 categories:
1. Juniors, Beginner Women, Seniors - this category is for those of slighter build or need a lighter racquet in order to make good contact on the ball. These racquets are also a good recommendation to lessen the potential for tennis elbow injuries.
2. Average Players - this category can be narrowed in two segments, you're a strong enough to handle most any racquet but you're a beginner - intermediate tennis player, or you may be a very skilled player, but in order to preserve your shoulder, elbow and don't want to risk future injury, this category will be the right fit for you.
3. Advanced Players - this racquet is for stronger physique players who are intermediate to advanced and make solid contact with the ball on nearly every swing. The benefit of these racquets is that the heavier the weight, the more ability to overpower your opponent but only highly skilled adults should contemplate using this segment.
Start your search today by clicking on which Category is right for you:
1. Juniors, Beginner Women, Seniors
2. Average Players
3. Advanced Players
Step 2: Racquet Headsize
After you've determined the which Racquet Weight which is best for you, the next step will be determining which racquet headsize is appropriate for your skill level:
1. Forgiving / Beginners - this category is for new players who have play less than 12 times per year. These racquets afford the most forgiving sweetspot on the racquet and allow for mishits to still keep you in the point. These racquets range above 101+ square inches.
2. Average Hitters / Intermediate - this category is for players who play significantly throughout the year but need a racquet with the wider sweetspot than a 95 square inch racquet. These racquets range from 100 - 101 square inches. A lot of pros play with these size headsizes because as technology of string and racquet composition, racquets at 100 square inches afford great forgiveness as well as great feel.
3. Precise Hitters / Advanced - these racquets are for precise hitters who hit the sweetspot of the racquet a large percentage of their play. We only recommend this racquet if you're a regular competitor and need the precise feel of a smaller racquet headsize.
Note: you can always filter your search in our layered navigation.
Step 3: Racquet Flex
Racquet Flex (or sometimes denoted as RA - assigned stiffness rating) is the final step to choosing the best fit for your game:
1. More Control - the lower the flex rating, the higher ability to be able to absorb the ball off the racquet and therefore, players who want more control will use lower stiffness to generate more spin.
2. Even Balance (Control & Power) - these racquets are a good medium between control and power, if you're unsure whether you should play with higher or lower stiffness, select this category.
3. More Power - higher stiffness means that the ball will bounce off the racquet at because there's less force absorption and therefore the ball will pop off the racquet face. Players looking to generate a lot of power or need power should select this category.
Everyone's game is different but we have seen a lot of growth in our customer's tennis game based on these 3 very simple steps!