How to Buy a Tennis Racquet
Power or Control?
When buying a racquet, you must decide whether you want one that will provide you with power, control
or a blend of the two.
If youíre a beginner, you should play with a racquet thatís light
enough so itís easy to swing and powerful enough so it adds pop
to your shots. Go with a racquet that:
9 and 10 ounces
Has an oversize head measuring 107 to 110
square inches (which will give you more power and improve your
chances of making solid contact with the ball)
Has a beam
width (the thickness of the frame) of at least 25 millimeters. A
wide beam makes the frame stiff and, therefore, powerful.
If youíre an advanced player and can generate your own juice
on the court, itís a different story. Youíre looking for more
control, and you can get it with a racquet thatís heavier (over 10.5
ounces) with a smaller head and thinner beam.
If youíre an intermediate player, try a racquet that offers a blend of
power and control, falling between the heavy, thin-beamed
racquets and the lighter and bigger power sticks. ďFor most levels
of play, you need a racquet that isn't too powerful and yet isn't all
about control,Ē says Bruce Levine, TENNIS Magazineís racquet
adviser, ďbecause power wonít mean a thing if you canít keep the
ball in the court, and all the control in the world does you no
good if you canít get enough gas on your shots.Ē
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