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There are a myriad of racquet choices in the market today and choosing a racquet can be a daunting task. Below are the three main performance characteristics we feel are most important for you to consider when selecting a racquet.

Racquets can be categorized into four different sizes as follows:

  • Midsize: (85-92 sq. inches)
  • Midplus: (93-105 sq. inches)
  • Oversize: (106-115 sq. inches)
  • Super Oversize: (116+ sq. inches)

Power and control are directly related to the overall head size of the racquet. A larger head means more power and is usually preferred by beginning and intermediate players. A larger head racquet offers a larger sweetspot and greater forgiveness on off-center hits. A smaller head is ideal for more advanced players who generates plenty of power but desire more control on their shots.

Playing with the wrong grip size can be detrimental to your game and your arm. Prolonged use of a grip that is too big or too small can result in tennis elbow. Using a grip that is too small requires too much tension to hold onto the racquet and prevent it from twisting in your hand. A grip that is too big prevents proper wrist snap on serves and requires more muscle strength to hold on to the racquet.

The size of the holes formed by the main and cross strings is referred to as string pattern density. The bigger the hole the more "open" the string pattern. The smaller the hole the more "dense" the string pattern. Players seeking more spin and/or power will benefit from a more open string pattern. Players who don’t hit with much spin and are seeking enhanced control will generally prefer racquets with denser string patterns. A denser string pattern is typically preferred by hard-hitting topspin players seeking increased string durability.


Q: How do I tell what size the racquet is?
A: The size of the racquet is typically noted on the inside of the neck between the handle and racquet head. This will tell you the total square inch size of the head.

Q: How do I determine the proper grip size for me?
A: There are two simple ways to measure your hand for the proper grip size. To determine the right grip size using a racquet, grip the racquet in with your hitting hand with your palm placed against the same bevel as the string face. Now place the index finger of your non-hitting hand in the space between your fingertips and palm. If your finger just fits in the space you have the correct grip size. If there is not enough room for your finger the grip is too small. If there is space between your palm and finger then the grip is too big. You can also measure your grip size using a ruler. With your hitting hand open, palm facing you and fingers extended together, measure from the tip of your ring finger down to the bottom lateral crease in your palm.

Q: Is there anything I can do to prevent tennis elbow?
A: The two primary causes of tennis elbow are improper grip size and string tension. Make sure you have the right grip size and your racquets are not strung too tightly.

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