Selecting a racquet
There are a multiple of different models of racquets on the market. To select the model which best suits your individual needs and style of play, you will have to take into consideration a few important specifications - weight, grip size and head size.
At Tennismall.eu you can find a racquet by any of these important characteristics. For example, if you are looking for a racquet with a head size of 100-102 sq. inches, weight of 280-300 grams and grip size 3, you can see all our racquets with those specifications.
All you need to do is click on "Racquets" from the main menu and then choose the characteristics you want from the Racquet finder on the left side of the site. When you click on the button "Filter", you will see on your screen all racquets with the specified characteristics, chosen by you.
If you don't have an idea of the type of racquet you’re seeking, then choosing the right one for you might be pretty daunting given the shear amount of racquets available on the market. To make this process a little easier, here’s an primer on racquet characteristics and how they affect performance.
Racquet weight and balance:
Weight and balance are the values which mainly influence the performance of the racquet and it's results on the court. Advanced players and professionals prefer heavy frames with a low balance which offers them optimum control. Intermediate and beginner players must go for racquets that are not very heavy and have a high balance (top heavy).
Heavier, head-light racquets:
Preferred by most professional players, these racquets typically weigh 300-340 grams and are balanced 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches head light in order to retain maneuverability. These racquets are generally more control-oriented and designed for players who provide their own power.
Lightweight, head-heavy rackets:
The advantages of this racquet type are increased maneuverability without sacrificing power, especially on groundstrokes. The disadvantages are less clear - some “experts” argue that reducing weight increases the amount of shock transferred to the wrist, elbow and shoulder. Some players who have switched from traditionally weighted and balanced racquets to lightweight, head-heavy models claim the rackets don’t feel solid.
Another important characteristic which you should keep in mind when selecting a racquet is the size of the grip (the girth of the handle). If you are unsure of the size to choose, it would be best to choose a smaller size, which can be increased with an eventual overgrip, another grip or with a handle type adapter which slides on to the handle to increase the size.
When choosing the size of the handle, you should also know that there are two different charts - european and american. In the european size chart the grips are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 while in the american one they are respectively 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 and 5/8. In the following table you can find more information on the grip sizes and what players are they recommended for.
Racquet head sizes tipically range from around 90 to 115 sq. inches, though "super oversize" frames are a growing segment of the market.
Racquets with smaller head sizes generally feature smaller sweetspots, more control and added feel while the racquets with bigger head sizes provide more forgiveness and power.
Head size is a determining factor in frame power and stability, as longer strings in a larger racquet head will have a higher “trampoline effect” which can increase power. A wider head will have a larger “twist weight,” and will resist torque on off-center hits. A smaller head size can increase control, but will reduce sweetspot size, power, and torque resistance.
There is no industry standard for head size classification, but a common range would be as follows: Mid, Mid-Plus, Oversize and Super Oversize. In the following table you can find more information for each of those four head size categories: