Choosing a New Racquet

Choosing the best racquet for you Websites Local stores

 Racketman – Has an awesome demo program and a ball machine in store to try out racquets. In Chesterfield.

 Sells brands that you won’t see at Sports Authority or Dick’s  Sports Authority – Decent selection of racquets, more for casual players in store, online have similar racquets to Racketman

 Sells the basic brands: Wilson, , Prince  Dick’s – Similar selection to Sports Authority, carries more “performance frames”

 Sells the same brands as Sports Authority #1 Grip Size

 If you choose the wrong grip size it can lead to elbow

 Adult racquets start at 4” and go up to 4 5/8” or a number system 0 to 5

 Most girls will need a 4 3/8” or 3

 Most boys will need a 4 3/8” to 4 ½”  Use this to help measure your grip  Should purchase a new replacement grip every season, if you don’t use overgrips

 Should purchase a roll of overgrips, to reduce wear and tear grip #2 Types of Racquets

 Game improvement

 Oversided head (106-135), lightweight, but head heavy

 For beginners with shorter swings, helps generate power

 Larger sweetspot  Tweener/Intermediate

 Smaller head (95-105)

 A little less power, more control

 Player supplies more power  Control/players racquet

 Smallest head (85-94)

 For Advanced players, very precise

 Player has to generate most power #4 Head Size

 Racquets come in 3 head sizes and is measured in sq inches

 Oversized head sizes (106+) – larger sweet spot, not as maneuverable and accurate, more power, less control

 Midplus head sizes (95-105) – smaller sweet spot, more maneuverable/accurate, a bit less power, more control

 Midsize (85-94) – same as Midplus essentially  We shouldn’t get anything less than 95 or over 110 #3 and Stringing

 Most racquets come unstrung, so you can choose the strings

 Strings are like racquets, different ones are made for different things  Gauge of string ranges from 15g-18g in most stores

 Larger number = thinner strings = more spin, but not as durable

 Most use 16g or 17g  String tension depends on the racquet

 Lower tension = power, higher tension = control

 Suggestion: 58-62 lbs  Don’t restring a cheaper racquet

 Anything less than $70 unless it was on sale

 We have a stringer so I can string at cost, and you won’t have to pay markup on the strings  You should restring at least once a year #4 String Pattern

 The string pattern can affect how you hit the ball as well

 An open string pattern (16x18, 16x19) will create more spin, a bit more power, a bit less control

 A denser string pattern (18x19, 18x20) string pattern will not create as much spin, a bit less power, a bit more control Suggestions

 Have your child make a list of a few racquets they like

 Send that list and I can help pick out the best

 Or give me a price range and I will for racquets in that range

 Look at game improvement or tweener racquets  Demo racquets if you can

 Most websites as well as racketman let you demo

 Don’t just buy the most expensive, it may not be the best for you

 Take your time in making the choice

 Look at other lesser known brands (, Volkl, Yonex, Dunlop)

 Usually doesn’t cost more than $5-10 dollars per racquet

 2010 models will be out, so lots of good sales will start on older, but still quality racquets Suggestions Con’t

 I wouldn’t spend anything over $200 for a racquet

 Most racquets are in the $70-$150 range

 There is a list of racquets on the team website to help with your search  Think about purchasing a second racquet if you plan on playing a lot in the off-season

 You don’t want to break your strings in a match and have to switch back to an older completely different racquet

 Get it strung the exact same way, or change the tension slightly  Keep the strings out of the sun and don’t get them wet, they won’t last as long