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How should I select a tennis racket?

Here are some tips for selecting a tennis racket:
  • Size: Beginners should choose a larger frame with a greater strung surface. With a greater area, you can hit the ball further from the center and still be a great shot. Intermediate and expert players may want to choose smaller frames, which allow for a medium strung area that generates good racquet speed.
  • Beam: Try a medium-width beam first, then work your way toward the beam width you enjoy the best. Wide beams can add power, but may recoil, decreasing your control.
  • Grip: Choose the grip that is most comfortable for your size and skill level.
  • Length: As ability increases, an athlete can add more length to their racquet. Keep in mind that added length may cause instability.
  • Weight: Choose the weight of a racket that feels the most comfortable and allows you to swing with ease.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Saint Louis University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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