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Whether you are just starting to get into tennis or you have been playing for years, there are a few things that you may want to know about getting a new racket. If you forgot some of them or you are new to the sport, do not worry, we searched for you to find some of the highest quality rackets out there today.
We also put a quick section at the bottom that you can use to help you find what you are looking for in a racket, regardless if it is for a friendly game or an intense competition.
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You might like this racket the best no matter how skilled a player you are. It is easy enough to be used by a beginner yet sturdy enough to be used aggressively by an experienced user for several years.
You can get it in several different styles that vary in string weight and balance; the higher the string weight the more easily controlled the racket is, but the lower the string weight the more powerful it is.
You can also get this in a grip size of 4 inches to 4 3/8 inches, but some of the styles are only available in certain sizes; so you may have to compensate power/control for the ability to hold the racket in both hands well.
This racket does not have as many options as the previous one, but you can choose the grip size for it; between 4 1/4, 4 1/8, and 4 3/8 inches. However, like the racket, this one also comes pre-strung and has an average strung weight, 10.4 ounces.
For being one of the more expensive rackets, it is one of the most popular, and you might say that it is because of the high-quality material of the frame and handle; and you would be right.
Just like with the last racket, it can be used aggressively and last just as long as it would if you were going to use it conservatively, making it great for you no matter how experienced you are.
This racket is another in the above-average-price club that has a pretty decent frame and handle.
You can get this racket with a grip size of 4 1/4, 4 1/8, 4 3/8, and 4 5/8 inches, which is a little less common but great if you are a person who has slightly larger than average hands.
The string weight can make it a bit difficult for beginners and especially novices to get used to since it is pretty powerful. Still, if you are at an intermediate level, then you may like it or use the power to train yourself to a more advanced level.
While this racket is targeted more for kids, it can be a good option for you if you have smaller arms and especially smaller hands.
You can get it in four different sizes, 25, 23, 21, and 19 inches, and each one is color-coded according to the size, too. So, if you need to get two of these for a couple of children, then they will be able to tell whose is whose fairly easily (25 is blue, 23 is yellow, 21 is red, and 19 is green).
They are not as durable as the previous ones, but they are one of the most affordable, making them fairly easy to replace when they reach their limit, which is a few years if they are treated carefully.
The last on the list, this is one of the more affordable rackets from Wilson you can get, and you can get the newer version (which has a slightly improved handle design and material) or the old version (has a wider handle and is more black than white).
This is one of the best, affordable options for you if you are a beginner because the strung weight is high enough that it lets you get used to controlling where you are hitting the ball.
Unfortunately, it is only available in one grip size, 4 3/8 inches, but since that is about the average-sized handle, it may fit you just fine.
Our top value-choice: Wilson Burn 100 Series Tennis Racket.
If you are a teen or adult, your tennis racket should at least be 25 inches or so. Any smaller than that is typically child-size and can be a bit awkward to swing with. Most adult-sized rackets are usually between 26 and 29 inches long; the regulation limit is 29 inches.
Many players find it easier to have a racket that is about as long as their arm; if they have short arms, they use a 26-inch racket, and if they have long arms, they use a 29-inch racket.
The size can also be talking about the grip size (how big the handle is), and that can be anywhere from 4 1/8 inches to 4 1/2 inches or so. Many people get a racket with a grip size that is enough to hold both their hands and maybe 1/8 to 1/4 inch of extra room, and you can find your grip size by measuring your hand if you are not in the store to hold the rackets for size reference.
There are several different materials that you can get tennis strings in; nylon (or other synthetic materials), multifilament, monofilament, and hybrid are the most common.
Each reacts differently to how you hit the tennis ball. Nylon and other synthetic materials are usually the most balanced between power and durability.
Multifilament strings are typically the most powerful when it comes to hitting the ball, but they tend to break easily because of the power they use. Monofilament strings are pretty much the opposite since they let you have control and are more durable.
You should pick your strings based on how you like to play, but do not worry if a racket that you like comes with a different kind of strings than the one you want. You can always replace the strings; it can take some time but it is fairly easy.
Other than getting wiped down after being used, you should always regularly check on the strings and the grip tape to make sure they are not becoming worn down. The last thing you need is your racket falling apart in your hands in the middle of a game, and it could happen even if there is a small fray in your strings.
If you notice that parts of your racket are starting to need replacing, you can get the replacement parts (grip tape, strings, etc.) easily either online or in a sporting goods section/store.
If you have never changed strings before and you are having difficulty with it, some sporting goods stores will be happy to change them for you or show you how to change them, but you may have to pay a fee.
The Wilson Burn 100 Series Tennis Racket is probably the best when it comes to all of these rackets from the long lifespan along. True, the strings may or may not last that long depending on how you play, but the racket itself is pretty durable, an average size, it meets regulation requirements, and grip is one of the most comfortable there is.
Feel free to click the link so that you can check it out for yourself, and compare it with the other rackets to see if it is truly the best for you.