What the best tennis racquet has

  • The right head size. The bigger the hitting area, the more power the racquet provides. With a smaller hitting area, you gain more control.
  • Appropriate weight. Although the trend is toward lighter racquets made with space-age materials like titanium, graphite or Kevlar, too light of a racquet can cause elbow pain and eventually damage. Head-heavy racquets produce more power but less control and are recommended for beginner-intermediate players.
  • Adequate length. Less advanced players tend to go for longer racquets, since they provide better leverage to slower swings.
  • Properly Sized Grips. Measure your grip (see our Tennis Racquet Review) and match it to the racquets grip size. If you have extra-ordinarily large or small hands, do not fear. The local pro-shop should be able to custom size your handles for $15 or less.

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Know before you go

What is your playing style? It is difficult to find a racquet that complements both power and finesse simultaneously. Power players will want a bigger head size, more topspin from a stiffer frame, while finesse players should look for a maneuverable, accurate racquet with a smaller head for precise volleys.

What is your skill level? Racquets are available for every skill level from beginners to advanced players. A beginning player will benefit from a larger racquet head to allow for a larger sweet spot. An advanced player's concerns may be more focused on maneuverability and swing speed.

Don't buy the first racquet you see. You can injure yourself if you use a tennis racquet that doesn't fit your body and style of play. Major retailers of high-quality tennis rackets, even those that sell online, will let you demo three or four models at a time to see which one works best for you. And after you find one that works, there are all kinds of tweaks that can be done to get an even better fit, even if it's just a little lead tape to alter the balance.

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