It’s the eternal question really (especially for us racquetholics), but for people who don’t collect or care deeply about tennis racquets, this is mainly a question of getting the right stick for your game. It can be a lengthy and potentially costly process ending pretty much nowhere, so it’s good to start in the right direction.
Choosing a tennis racquet to use can be high science but it can also be relatively simple and a lot of tennis gear sellers have tried to guide potential customers using different methods. This infographic from Tennis Express is a decent enough start.
First of all you need to ask yourself the question of who you are on the tennis court. What is your level of play? Are you fit? Do you need to bring power or tame power?
I’ve already written extensively on the subject here in a post called Choosing a tennis racquet as well as a Gear of the Year guide (2016) to name a few, but it really never ends since the racquets fall out of fashion as well as supply and new ones with new technology enter the market. Right now, the trend in the market is to focus on stiffening (increasing in power) yet vibration dampening technologies such as Countervail (Wilson), TexTreme (Prince) or Graphene (the new Touch line by Head), but who knows what’s next?
I think no beginner is really helped (unless a young child) to be playing with a frame below 300 grams, simply because there isn’t enough mass to get the ball moving in a significant way. Better to start there and then you can either use lead tape to get more mass on your racquet if that’s what you want, or tinker with tennis strings.
Since I’ve written extensively about this topic and play-tested hundreds of racquets, I will now open up for Q&A. So if you’re curious about what frame will fit you, write a comment under this post about your level (posting a link to a video of your play would be helpful of course) and playing experience and I will try my absolute best to recommend you a racquet and string combo that can work for your game. If you prefer, you can also send an e-mail to helloATtennisnerd.net and I will try my best to give you a solid recommendation.
Right now for competitive play, I use a Tecnifibre Tfight 315 ATP Ltd 16×19 strung with Solinco Hyper-G, but I’m always play-testing new racquets and strings. On my list for testing right now is the Snauwaert line of racquets and strings as well as Ytex strings.
What are you playing with right now and what is your next tennis buy? Please write in the comments below.