2016 is about to end, this is a time for new year’s resolutions and some of you might be thinking of engaging in new activities or hobbies and for those who are considering giving a try at playing tennis we have this week’s blog on the best options of tennis racquets for starters.
This entry will focus on the play ability of the racquets, if you’re interested in knowing more about technicalities and specs visit the articles How to Choose a Tennis Racquet I and How to Choose a Tennis Racquet II. The following are the thoughts and comments of our store managers and sales associates here in Tennis Plaza.
Alfredo, manager from the South Miami store says: ‘Selecting a new tennis racquet will depend, along other factors on your body constitution and on your experience in sports over all. Let’s say you’ve played football or practiced martial arts or on the contrary this is the first time you face the rigor of a sport. This variables need to be assessed in order to choose the right frame but for the average adult player it should be a combination of 50% control and 50% power, something around 300 gr (10.6 oz), a head size of 100 sq inches and even balance. Every brand has a line of racquets that meet these requirements, once you’ve found the specs you can focus your attention on the technologies the different manufacturers offer, like composite fibers, dampening systems, geometry, etc.’
Stephano, tennis coach and sales associate from the Doral store recommends: ‘For adult beginners my choices are those frames that give easy access to great power and balanced control. Weight should be between 280 gr to 300gr for most adults. From my experience coaching tennis the Babolat Pure Drive, Wilson Ultra and Head Speed racquets offer great versatility and easy adaptability for beginners. After your technique and ability have developed you can start having a look at control oriented frames with smaller head-sizes and tighter string patterns.’
Danny, sales manager from the North Miami, Aventura store shares an important insight: ‘Buying a racquet is not only getting a frame that feels comfortable or a frame with the right specs. No doubt the racquet for someone who’s just starting has to be well balanced in terms of power / control and weight balance but something that’s often overlooked is the way the frame is strung. At this point you obviously don’t know anything about tennis equipment that’s why I’ll share a valuable bit of info here: when you are starting out on playing tennis your strings should be soft and comfortable, something like a multifilament or a synthetic string. This type of strings will prevent any arm injury and will lessen the effort the players have to do to get the ball over the net, once your game develops you can try hybrids and polyesters for spin and control.’
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