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We Have the Racquet for You
Your racquet is personal to you, it’s your tool and weapon and can be tailored to your exact physiology and playing style. It is also the piece of equipment which seems to attract the most attention related to technological development.
There’s a lot to this conversation and the best way to know what you like is to play with different racquets. That’s where our demo program comes to the rescue. Come visit our racquet wall – you’ll find each frame in every grip size from 4 1/8" to 4 5/8" and we can order any grip size not in stock.
Things to consider –
Power is directly related to head size. A larger head will provide more power than a smaller head. A larger head also offers a larger hitting area and sweet spot providing more forgiveness on off-center hits. Head sizes range from 85-135 square inches and the most common is 95-110. Generally speaking, a smaller head appeals to more accomplished players seeking more control while larger heads appeal to beginning and intermediate players seeking more power and a larger sweet spot.
Racquets range in length from 27-29 inches which is the legal limit for tournament play. Standard racquets are 27 inches. A longer racquet provides more reach on groundstrokes, added leverage with serving and slightly more power overall than the standard length.
Weight & Balance
Generally, a heavier racquet is more powerful, more stable and transmits less shock than a lighter racquet and a lighter racquet is more maneuverable so a player can generally swing faster
Heavier, head-light racquets are preferred by most pro players and these are often referred to as having traditional weight and balance. They typically weigh 11-13 ounces and are balanced ½ - 1 ½ inches head light to retain maneuverability. These are generally more control oriented and designed for players who generate their own power.
Lightweight, head-heavy racquets offer more maneuverability without sacrificing power especially on groundstrokes. Some feedback suggests lighter racquets increase the amount of shock transferred to the wrist, elbow and shoulder. Reducing racquet weight is personal preference. As an aside, it’s easier to add weight than to reduce it.
As for stiffness or flexibility, a stiffer racquet bends less resulting is less energy loss from the ball whereas a flexible racquet bends more resulting in more energy loss from the ball.
In addition to young adult and adult racquets, we also have junior frames from 19”-26.” These are pre-strung so your child may get right on the court. We’re happy to spend time with you and your child to determine the best fit.
We know plenty about other racquet sports, too, and have the following –
- racquetball racquets and equipment
- a full line of pickleball paddles, nets and balls
- squash racquets, balls and equipment
- platform tennis paddles, balls and gear