How does a racquet’s size affect my strokes?
Head size – the size of the area where the strings are – is by and large provided in square inches. The smaller the head, the more maneuverable and control-oriented the racquet will be; the bigger the head, the more margin for error and power a racquet will have. Most beginners should use a racquet with a head size between 100 and 115 sq. inches – consider the smaller end of the spectrum if you’re coordinated and/or looking to develop long, fluid swings through practice and lessons.
The racquet’s weight is usually given in ounces. Generally speaking, a light racquet will be more maneuverable; a heavy racquet will be more stable. Beginners should choose a racquet that weighs somewhere between 9.5 and 11 ounces – on the heavier end if you’re strong or relatively athletic.
The racquet length is measured from the cap of its handle to the top of its head. Longer racquets, the theory goes, give you more leverage on serves and greater reach on volleys; shorter racquets are more maneuverable. Until you’ve played long enough to know what your strengths and weaknesses are – and what you need from your racquet – it’s best to play with a racquet with a standard 27-inch length.
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