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Tennis Racquets

CTA Racquet Guide

The following information should help, a little, getting through the minefield of purchasing a new racquet.

Having a quick chat with us will also put you in a better position to find the right racquet.


We can order in practically anything you require and at times have a demo of your chosen racquet before you commit. We can discuss this as and when you need this service.

AJ is the main contact for this service, so please feel free to talk to him at the Club or email retail@ctasussex.co.uk

Also, have a read of the information below. .  this is a good place to start.


Six of the most important factors to consider

1) Type of swing

There are three types of swing: Do you have a. . .

  • Long swing – a lot of control needed in the tennis racket as the swing generates power.
  • Average swing – an all round swing needs a racket that caters for control and acceleration.
  • Short swing – needs a frame that will help generate power.

Unsure?? CTA can of course help you analyse your swing type. We can even video it for you.


2) Head size

  • Usually, the power or striking strength of a tennis racket is in proportion with the head size:
  • the bigger the head size, the more power, but less control.

There are four different categories of tennis racket head sizes:

  • Midsize: Small head size: Maximum of 97 inch² or 625 cm²
  • Mid plus (MP): Standard head size: 97– 105 inch² or 626 – 677 cm²
  • Oversize (OS): Large head size: 106 – 115 inch² or 678 – 742 cm²
  • Super oversize: Extra large head size: Minimum of 116 inch² or 742 cm².

3) Frame length

  • The frame length is the length of an entire tennis racket.
  • The standard length is between 68.5 and 69 cm – or 27 inches
  • Longer racquets are available but very rare and not necessarily useful

The classifications of frame length are as follows:

  • 68.0 – 69.0 cm : standard
  • > 69.0 cm: long body.

4) Profile height

  • The profile height is the ‘height’ or thickness of the tennis frame
  • The thickness of a tennis racket influences the “striking power” of a racket.
  • The rule ‘the thinner a tennis racket, the more flexible, the more striking power and the more comfort’
  • You can assume nowadays that a tennis racket with a thin profile height, is usually a heavier tennis racket which gives you a lot of ball control, but less power or striking strength.
  • A tennis racket with a thick profile height is usually a light racket with less ball control, but large striking power.

Overview

  • 17.0 – 20.9 mm – tennis racket with a lot of control
  • 21.0 – 22.9 mm – tennis racket with average control
  • 23.0 – 24.9 mm – all round tennis racket
  • 25.0 – 26.9 mm – all round tennis racket
  • 27.0 – 28.9 mm – tennis racket with average power
  • > 29.0 cm – tennis racket with a lot of power.

5) Weight

  • The weight of a tennis racket is expressed in grams. Normally the heavier the tennis racket, the more ball control.

Weight overview

  • over 320 grams – very heavy tennis racket
  • 300 – 319 grams – heavy tennis racket
  • 280 – 299 grams – standard weight tennis racket
  • 260 – 279 grams – reasonably light tennis racket
  • 240 – 259 grams – light tennis racket
  • 220 – 239 grams – very light tennis racket
  • less than 220 grams – ultra light tennis racket.

6) Balance point

  • The balance point of a tennis racket is the point where the tennis racket is equally balanced
  • The average length of a tennis racket around 68 cm, which means that a racquet with a balance point of between 33 and 34 cm is a perfectly balanced racket.
  • When the balance point is less than 33 cm, meaning there is more weight in the handle, the racket is considered “handle heavy” or “handle weight.”
  • With a balance point of more than 34 cm,with more weight in the head, the racet is “head heavy” or “top weighted”.

Head heavy or top weight rackets

  • generates more power and striking strength.
  • disadvantage is that there is reduced ball control

Handle heavy or handle weight rackets

  • offers more ball control and is designed for players who have enough striking strength to generate their own power.

Balance point over view:

  • 29.0 – 30.9 cm – very handle heavy tennis racket
  • 31.0 – 32.9 cm – handle heavy tennis racket
  • 33.0 – 34.9 cm – all round tennis racket
  • 35.0 – 36.9 cm – head heavy tennis racket
  • < 37 cm – very head heavy tennis racket.

We hope this helps – a little! 🙂

Come and have a chat.

AJ