It took a while but here it is, finally. We are going to give you answers on this week’s blog. Here are some of the questions our customers sent to us on facebook and also some of the questions we get asked everyday through our email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope this blog helps you develop a more conscious decision when purchasing tennis equipment.
- What is the best racquet now?
Performance Tennis Raquets cannot be classified into good or bad. Nowadays major brands offer a great variety of frames with different specs, one for each type of player. Even though there is some criteria when buying your performance racquet: look for frames made with the latest materials (graphene, kevlar, basalt), if you hit topspin, most likely a racquet with an open string pattern is the one for you. Likewise dense string patters will give you more control. Maybe you are a senior player or your arm has suffered a lot, why not trying a “power” racquet. All major brands carry a racquet that’s ultra-light, with a thicker frame that can generate incredible power. Combine that with a multifilament string and you get a racquet that’s easy on your arm and that will economize your energy.
- What’s my grip size, how to measure it?
Grip size is something you cannot get wrong. Playing with a grip size that’s not your size can led to arm injuries and to an uncomfortable experience. There’s a simple way to know your size: hold the raquet with the hand you play with and stick your index finger (from your free hand) in the space between the tip of your fingers and the palm of your hand. It should fit in without leaving too much space left. Bear in mind that a small grip can be made bigger with overgrip tape but not the opposite. Also, some brands run their grips a little bigger that others so always try out the racquets before you buy. For that reason here at Tennis Plaza we’ve developed an online and store demo program. Try before you buy!
This’s something we get asked a lot and again it’ll all depend on the way you play and the strings you put on your racquet. Broadly speaking lowering the tension increases power due to the trampoline effect and tightening up the strings allows for more control. Regarding tennis string, polyesters loose less tension than multi-filaments or synthetics. In the end there isn’t a straight answer unless a bit of information is given to the sales assistant. Knowing what racquet you use, how often you play, if you are a string breaker or not, etc.
- Regular duty? Heavy duty?
Tennis ball‘s materials are selected depending on the surface the ball is going to be used on. For hard courts the balls are made out of more resistant felts that can resist the extreme abrasion of hard surfaces, while regular duty balls are made with thinner felts that don’t absorb the moisture and particles of clay courts. They both lose pressure overtime, that’s why they come in pressurized cans.
- My kid is 11 y/o. What racquet should he use?
A guideline to junior racquets is with your kid standing let him hold the racquet with the arms fully extended. If the racquet touches the floor, go for a shorter racquet. On the other hand, kids grow very fast and buying a racquet every six months is not what you ‘d want. From 11 y/o up kids are ready to use full sized frames which can give you a larger span of usage.
- What’s my shoes size if I’m 9 in The UK?
Not all brands measure sizes the same way. Some run their tennis shoes smaller than others and getting the right size is just a matter of trial an error. For instance the Adidas Barricade are narrow width which gives you more stability but you might need half to one size more than usual. Another example is New Balance. Their shoes come the same model in different widths. There are also size conversion charts, they can be pretty accurate as well.
- Do the racquets you sell have warranty?
- Every item Tennis Plaza sells is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty, not by us. Since each manufacturer has different warranty procedures, please contact us and we’ll help get your warranty issue taken care of.
- All racquets sold by tennisplaza.com have a one year manufacturer’s warranty. Defective racquets will be replaced by the manufacturer for one year after the purchase date. Racquets that have been bashed on the ground, ran over, melted in the sun, etc. will not be replaced.
- It is up to the manufacturer’s discretion to approve or replace a defective / damaged racquet.
- When you send your racquet for warranty there are two options:
- 1). Wait for the manufacturer to review the racquet and give their decision:
- Tennis Plaza will ship your racquet to the manufacturer via UPS Ground at no charge. International customers will pay for the return shipping and related import costs. This whole process takes around 4-6 weeks after we receive the racquet.
- 2). ADVANCED EXCHANGE (Purchase a new tennis racquet while the defective racquet is reviewed by the manufacturer for warranty replacement).
- If a defective tennis racquet is replaced by the manufacturer, Tennis Plaza gives you a credit or refund for the amount of the racquet and shipping cost (UPS Ground). International customers must pay for the return shipping and related import costs.
- NOTE: If the request is denied by the manufacturer, your defective racquet will be returned to you with a denial note from the manufacturer. We do NOT assume costs for return shipping of denial warranty requests.
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