Having a quality racket (or racquet) matters a lot in sports like tennis, squash, and other racquetball related activities. To buy the best racquet, you need to evaluate your skill level, speed, and the way you swing.
Generally speaking, players fall into one of three categories: a finesse player (slow swing wtih compact stroke), a power player (fast, aggressive swing), or a combination of the two. There are rackets designed to suit each type of player.
There are generally three things to keep in mind when buying a racket: the balance of weight in the head, the size of the head, and whether the racquet is pre-strung or unstrung. If you tend to lob the ball hard, you need a control swing racquet to keep your power in check. This means tighter strings will be needed. If you tend to hit slower, you’ll need a power racket with looser strings to add more power to your swing. Advanced players should look into unstrung racquets so that they can adjust the string tension to their comfort. Thicker strings will last longer, but thinner strings offer a more sensitive feel that some players prefer.
The racket head and weight you’ll need depends a lot on the power of your swing. If you tend to be a slower hitter, a racket with a wider head, longer frame, and balanced weight in both head and handle will add more power to the hitting zone. A pre-strung racquet typically suits someone who is a beginner, but also works well for all skill levels.
For beginners, a rigid racket is best since it reduces vibrations on the elbow and hand, which often affect players who are still perfecting their swing. More advanced players, however, may prefer a flexible racket that allows for greater control.
Tear drop and oval shaped rackets are another factor to consider, since each will offer different “sweet spots” where you will be able to send the best returns.
The last thing to consider is the size of the grip. A grip that’s too small or large will affect the snap of your wrist and could even cause injury if your wrist snaps too easily. This, in turn, leads to tennis elbow. Check standard grip measures by measuring from the middle of your palm to your ring finger. Usually, there are standard sizes for men and women, so take those into account too.
These details are all crucial to improving your comfort, control, and power in racket-related sports. Before you start worrying about things like shoes and other fitness gear, focus on getting the right racket.