Tennis Racket Singapore Choices
There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to tennis rackets. There are hundreds a diverse array of rackets available for you to choose from the market. Shopping for a racket could be more overwhelming than one could expect.
Making a wrong purchase will not only put a dent on your wallet but also affect your game undesirably. It is highly unlikely that you will be able to find two rackets from different manufacturers that allow you to play exactly the same. The slightest difference in weight or the thickness of the beam can result in drastic difference on the performance of a racket.
Considerations for Junior (Toddler) Players
It is essential for junior players to start off with the right tennis racket as it is vital factor in their evolution in the game. The choice of rackets depends on his or her age and height. One should look into the following criteria when choosing the right tennis racket for toddlers.
The right grip size for juniors it is quite easy to select because all manufacturers produce a 4 inch grip size for almost all juniors tennis rackets. You may find some variation, however, you’ll likely find other grip sizes to be rare.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR ADULTS
Racket choice for adults not only depends on age but also playing and skill level and physical strength. It is also dependent on what kind of play the player is aiming for:
Power vs Control
Power rackets are lightweight, longer and are loosely strung for more power. Such rackets feature over-sized heads which offers a larger surface area for maximum return on the ball and is head heavy, therefore offers the extra supply of force in the swing.
Beginner and intermediate players, especially those who are not physically very strong or athletic, would generally need lighter rackets that will add more power to their swing. The majority of regular club players love this category as all they want is an easy to swing, user friendly racket. Such rackets are not recommended for very physically strong or Athletic players, or very young players. The chances are these player would take a huge swipe at the ball, hence hitting the ball out because the rackets themselves are very powerful.
Control rackets are heavier and are tightly strung with thinner beams for enhanced ball control. Such rackets feature a smaller and lighter head to allow for more maneuverability.
Advanced players who are able to supply their own power or force to their swing would prefer control rackets as they allow for more control over the ball placement and spin. Such players with full strokes, or for powerful athletic Intermediates, are likely to take a big swing at the ball.
Also described as “tweener" rackets, they are by far the biggest category of tennis rackets and suits the majority of players. These rackets give a nice mixture of power and control.
The weight of the racket would most likely be the first thing that the average tennis players would notice when they pick up a racket. Depending on your preference of play. For example, a player who is looking for a faster swing will tend to agree more with a lighter racket as they are great for fast movements during volleys and serves.
On the other hand, a player who is looking at adding more power to their swing, the general rule of thumb is that the player should use the heaviest racket that they can handle. Reason being, a heavy racket will do the work for the player in a swing as it allows for more mass behind the ball. However too much weight could also disrupt a player’s timing and racket acceleration.
Nonetheless, a racket with more mass also helps protect the player’s arm as it provides more resistance to the acceleration of impact. Furthermore, it will also discourage a tendency to swing wildly at shots.
Head Heavy Vs Head Light
Lightweight, heavy-head rackets are suitable for beginners and intermediate players. These rackets can be swung faster while at the same time maintaining weight at the hoop for enhanced power and control. Heavy, head-light rackets, are more suited for advanced players place more emphasis on control as they are able to supply their own power.
A rough and ready way of telling which grip size you should go for is to hold a racket in your normal forehand grip. You should be able to squeeze a finger in which touches both the end of your fingers and your palm.
Other Variables: Players who like to hit a lot of topspin should go for a smaller grip as to enable going “over" the ball while players who like to hit flat should go for a bigger grip.