Demo tennis racquets are available when it is time for you to consider an upgrade, and you need to try a few before making a final decision. When you are ready for more power, control or comfort, there are many options available and they will often seem overwhelming and technical, even if you have been playing for a long time. Here are the elements you need to consider with each demo racquet you try, so you can develop your preferences and find the perfect one.
Your racquet category
There are three general categories of tennis racquets: power, tweener and control. They are used to describe where you are in your skill level.
The power or game improvement racquets are made to give you an extra edge when your skills are still in development. They normally feature oversized heads, lighter weights, more length and more stiffness. Balance is also valued, as that makes them easier to swing. If you have a shorter or slower swing, the power racquet will offer an additional push to the ball.
Tweener racquets contain elements from both power and the next category, control. They are often a transition racquet for those who are not quite beginners but are not advanced players. They are lighter and offered in both head-heavy and head-light balances. Intermediate players find they offer better maneuverability.
Control or player’s racquets are used by high-level players, usually those at the college or professional levels. They have small heads and more weight, with greater flexibility. Many are head-light in order to allow for more maneuvering. They are meant to be low-power racquets because the players using them usually add their own power and desire more control. You can find these racquets in different lengths to match your preferences.
Even if you realize the category that works best for you, there are still variations. Even in the control racquets, there are different head sizes and lengths that will affect preferences. Therefore, you still need to understand the elements that make a racquet ideal or one to avoid.
Head size is a big consideration. Larger heads provide more power and a larger sweet spot, which makes them perfect for those just learning the game. As skills grow, players often prefer less power and more control so they can make the shots that win games.
Balance also comes into play. Weight and balance determine the ease with which a racquet swings. Heavier racquets create more power, but it may be easier to swing a lighter racquet. Also, whether the weight is all in the head or the grip makes a difference in swing. Players often have different preferences.
Length of a racquet varies between 27 to 29 inches. The standard size is 27 inches. A longer racquet offers better reach, especially for low bouncing balls, but may be more difficult to control for some players. If you decide to go longer, you may wish to go lighter so you do not feel you are swinging a club at each game.
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