If you are considering a tennis racquet demo to determine the best one for you, knowing the terminology will make it easier to explain your preferences. Some people have to try many different racquets, while others find their ideal fairly quickly. Here are basic terms that will make it easier for you to explain your preferences:
Head size: The head size is exactly what it sounds like: It refers to the side of your racquet head. Offerings include mid, mid-plus and oversize. Mid is for advanced athletes, while the oversize is great for beginners who are still developing a consistent swing. Mid-plus is the intermediate racquet for those with higher skills than a beginner, but not quite ready for advanced. Even with these standards, there are still people who prefer certain head sizes, no matter where their skill set lies. While a smaller head offers power, a larger head produces a more forgiving surface for those just learning the game.
String pattern: You can try a 16×19 open string pattern or an 18×20 closed or tight pattern. If you value spin, you need fewer strings in your racquet and will likely tend towards the 16×19 option. Putting in more strings allows for better control. This is often a matter of preference, and you may want to try racquets with both patterns.
Weight: Racquets are considered light, medium or heavy when it comes to weight. Heavier racquets produce greater ball speed, so skilled players will often go for heavy weights. However, beginners who are still learning strokes will likely prefer the light racquets. Other considerations can also influence racquet weight, like past injuries or vulnerability to tennis elbow.
Balance: Depending on your racquet, it will either be weighted more in the head or the grip. This is rated as head light, even or head heavy. Head light racquets contain most of the weight in the grip, head heavy is weighted in the head and even racquets have equal or near-equal weight values in the head and grip. Depending on your preference, a head heavy racquet may feel sluggish, while other players may find the impact of the racquet against the ball is more effective with a head heavy racquet.
Swing weight: This number is determined by the manufacturer and will likely never make much sense to you. Rated low and high, it is a means of describing how easy it is to swing the racquet. Those rated low are considered easier to swing and offer more spin. However, going on the high end gives you more power. This can vary between manufacturers, so try out racquets before deciding you have an ultimate swing weight preference.
Stiffness: Measured from zero to 100, most racquets rate at 50 to 80. A stiff racquet is a powerful one, but will also deliver more shock to your arm. If you prefer a softer touch, consider a racquet with a low stiffness rating.
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