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HOW TO CHOOSE A RACKET FOR BIG TENNIS

Game-enhancing and power-enhancing rackets
Rackets of this type are designed for players who give a strong upper rotation to the ball, who need more power. Rackets of this type are focused on increasing the power of blows, and, as a rule, have a greatly increased head size from 107 to 135 square meters. inches, light weight: from 226 to 269 grams, while the balance of the racket is shifted to the head (rackets with a weighted head) in order to concentrate the weight in the zone of impact. In addition, these racquets can be elongated from 27 to 29 inches. Rackets of this type are chosen by players playing strong topspins that need more power.

Club rackets
Rackets of this type provide medium impact power and improved maneuverability. This class combines the qualities of rackets that enhance the game and professional tennis rackets. Such rackets, as a rule, have less weight than professional ones, usually varying from 269 to 311 grams. The balance of club rackets is usually slightly biased towards the head. Head slightly enlarged from 95 to 102 square meters. inches. Club rackets can also be elongated from 27.5 to 28 inches. Rackets of this type provide average power of blows and improved maneuverability and they can be recommended to average and advanced players.

Professional Tennis Rackets
The balance of professional rackets is offset towards the handle. This is done to increase maneuverability. Professional tennis rackets provide a high level of control, they are used by professional tennis players and high-level club players. Rackets of this type are quite heavy – their weight varies from 325 to 370 grams, they have a small head size from 85 to 95 square meters. inches. The balance of professional rackets is shifted towards the handle, this is done in order to increase maneuverability. Such racquets give great control, while they are weak and designed for tennis players who put their own strength into the blow. The length of professional rackets is standard, in rare cases elongated.

Now we will give recommendations on what parameters you should pay attention when choosing a racket for tennis.

Racket Head Size Selection
The larger the head, the greater the power of the racket. The power of the racket directly depends on the size of the head; the larger the head, the greater the power of the racket. In addition, rackets with a large head have, respectively, a larger playing spot, thereby “forgiving” errors in off-center hits. At the moment, you can find racquets in tennis stores with head sizes from 85 to 135 square inches. The most common sizes vary in the area range from 95 to 110 square inches. The popularity of such sizes of a tennis racket head is due to the fact that it combines power and control, finding a compromise between them. This is the middle ground and determines the choice of many tennis players.

You can also recommend the use of rackets with a larger head for beginner tennis players who need a larger area of ​​the string surface (and as a result of the playing spot), and who themselves cannot invest in a hit, those who need more control should switch to a smaller head

Tennis Racket Length
Elongated racquets provide small advantages when playing with a rebound, but less maneuverable compared to standard racquets. The range of lengths of racquets is from 27 to 29 inches. This restriction is taken for a reason, it is an officially permitted range of lengths of rackets for tennis tournaments. The vast majority of rackets have a standard length of 27 inches. Elongated racquets give insignificant advantages when performing strikes from the rebound, feed, in addition, they add a little power, when compared with standard racquets, other characteristics remain unchanged. It should be noted that to maintain maneuverability, elongated rackets have less weight than rackets with a length of 27 inches. The transition from a racket with a standard length to an elongated one usually does not cause difficulties for tennis players. However, remember that today most professionals choose standard-sized tennis rackets, so before moving on, think about whether you really need it.

Racket structure density
The stiffer the racket, the less it absorbs the power of the strike, unlike flexible racquets. The potential impact power largely depends on the density of the structure of a tennis racket. If the racket of the racket is more flexible, the ball will lose more energy than in contact with a hard surface. A common misconception among tennis players is the so-called catapult effect – it is argued that the more flexible the structure of the racket, the more it will transfer energy to the ball. This has nothing to do with what is actually happening. In reality, the ball remains on the string surface of the entire lish for a few milliseconds, when it takes much longer for the racket body material to recover its shape.

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