At courtsidesports.com we have tennis racquets ranging from less than CDN$50 to over CDN$400. Keep in mind when searching for the right tennis racquet that spending lots of money doesn’t guarantee that it will be the right frame for you. Typically higher priced tennis racquets will feature newer technology and lighter materials. These high-end frames typically are suited to recreational and club-level players that can benefit most from the advancements in technology. More advanced players will likely find suitable tennis racquets in the moderate price range as these frames don’t require as many hi-tech features. All the low-end frames at courtsidesports.com are good quality and come from reputable manufacturers; they just don’t offer all the bells and whistles that may be found in the higher end exotic frames.
Standard length tennis racquets offer more maneuverability over their longer counterparts. Longer tennis racquets will generate more power and spin through their added leverage. Players will also find added reach with a longer frame but may also find difficulties in quick reflex shots.
Balance is a measurement of the distribution of weight in a tennis racquet. Whether a tennis racquet is proportioned head heavy or headlight can have a dramatic impact on how the racquet will swing and feel. Typically, the lighter a racquet becomes, the more necessary it is to move the balance point of the frame towards the head, to add stability and power in the racquet. The heavier a racquet is the more likely it’s balance point will be proportioned towards the handle so that the head is still light.
Stiffness is measured by the Babolat Racquet Diagnostic Center. Stiff tennis racquets will be rated with a higher number and will offer more power. Flexible tennis racquets will be rated with a lower number and will offer more control. The stiffness of a racquet is determined by the materials used to make the frame and the cross section, or profile of the racquet.
String pattern is a way of measuring the density of strings in a tennis racquet. The more strings there are, the denser the pattern will be. The less strings there are the more open the pattern will be. Denser patterns give players more control and greater string durability. Open patterns give players more power, more bite on the ball, but less string durability.
All other things being equal, a tennis racquet with a larger headsize will have a bigger sweetspot and therefore more power than a tennis racquet with a smaller headsize and smaller sweetspot which would offer more control. Therefore, players with long fast swings will likely prefer the control of a smaller headsize, and players with shorter, slower strokes will likely prefer the added power of a bigger headsize. Players that suffer from tennis elbow, or any other type of arm injury will find more comfort in a larger headed racquet. Simply put, the shock and vibration caused by hitting a ball off center is less likely to occur with a bigger tennis racquet.
Lighter tennis racquets give players more maneuverability and faster swing speeds. Heavier tennis racquets have more stability, power and comfort (unless they’re too heavy). When looking for the perfect racquet for your game try to find a tennis racquet that is heavy enough that it feels solid and stable, yet light enough to react quickly to shots in pressure situations.
Swingweight is a dynamic measurement of maneuverability measured by the Babolat Racquet Diagnostic Center. The higher the number, the less maneuverable the tennis racquet will be. The lower the number, the more maneuverable the tennis racquet will be. A more aggressive, advanced player with a longer, faster swing, will likely prefer a racquet with a heavier swingweight. A less advanced player with a shorter, slower, more compact swing will likely prefer a tennis racquet with a lighter swingweight.
Cross Section is the measurement of how wide a tennis racquet is when viewed from a side profile. A traditional width racquet will usually offer more flexibility and therefore more control than a widebody frame, which, will offer more stiffness and greater power.
The manufacturer states a suggested tension range for every tennis racquet they produce. When choosing this range they will take into account how much tension a racquet can endure and also what tensions the racquet will perform best for the target audience they will be marketing the racquet towards. Most players will find their racquet will perform best when strung within the manufacturers recommended range. Occasionally players will find reason to string outside the recommended range, which in most circumstances is acceptable +/- 10%, however this will void the manufacturer’s warranty.