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Tennis Racquets
Tennis racquets continue to evolve from the days of the original wood racquets. Today, high-tech materials are used to give the racquet better control, more power, and lighter weight. While a basic racquet is not very expensive, the high end line can be extremely pricey. Plus, expect to pay additional for high quality strings and grip.

Features to Consider

There seem to be about as many racquet designs as there are professional players. But this is for good reason: attributes that seem to be an advantage can detract from other attributes, which makes tennis racquet design both player specific and a matter of personal preference. Here are some characteristics to consider when buying a racquet:

  • grip - the most basic design element of a racquet is the grip; do not expect good performance if you are unable to properly grip the handle. Test feel a variety of grips to find the grip size best for your hand.
  • weight - weight takes more energy and reduces nimbleness, but lightness is not always better. Basic physics teaches that force is equal to mass times acceleration. If you reduce the racquet weight, you also reduce its mass, which makes it harder to reverse the direction of the ball. The best racquets move the weight from the head to the handle, which provides the advantages of weight while retaining the nimbleness of lightness.
  • strength - even though a tennis ball is light, it is moving at a high speed and can hold a tremendous amount of force. Consequently, a racquet needs to be strong to endure that punishment over time as well as not to deform during each hit. However, if the racquet is too rigid, it does not dampen the vibrations from the hit.

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