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So you have decided to take up tennis, and your first step is browsing through tons of different tennis racquets, trying to pick the perfect one for you. While choosing a new tennis racquet can be confusing because there are so many to select from, it doesn't have to be. Use this guide to help you decide on the best tennis racquet for you.

The first thing you need to know is the parts of a tennis racquet. Tennis racquets are made up of three different parts:

- The Handle - where you hold the racquet.
- The Head - the top part where the stings are.
- The Throat - the piece that connects the handle with the head.

The next thing you need to do is assess your skill level. If you are a beginner and are purchasing your first tennis racquet, don't let the profusion of choices confuse you. Ask questions, try a few different racquets on for size and keep this information in mind before you make your final decision.

Tennis racquets are usually designed according to skill level: Beginner, Tweener and Advanced. Most first-time tennis players will want to use a beginner racquet, because it has a larger head and this helps with hitting the ball. The larger head makes it easier to hit the ball if you don't yet have a lot of experience, but this means you have less control of the racquet.

Basically, the beginner racquet requires less control, or skill during the stroke. The larger racquet head gives you more power - and a bigger "sweet spot" - but their size reduces your ability to control the ball.

Tweener racquets have a smaller head size and they are a bit heavier. With a smaller head on your tennis racquet, you can't rely on the size of the head to help you hit the ball. Rather you must use your stroke more efficiently. As your skill level increases, the weight of your racquet will also go up, because your stroke becomes more powerful.

The weight of your racquet is also important. You would think that a lighter racquet is the best way to go, but it is actually just the opposite. It may take less body strength to wield a light tennis racquet, but a heavier racquet is better for you. The pros generally use a heavier racquet that is evenly balanced - the head and handle weigh the same - or just slightly heavier on one end or the other.

As you become more experienced in the game of tennis, you will see racquets you like and when it comes time to get a new one again, it won't be nearly as intimidating as choosing your first tennis racquet.

It is also wise to purchase tennis racquets that are manufactured by well-known brand names. Companies that specialize in tennis equipment have entire lines of tennis racquets spanning all different skill levels and requirements.


 

 


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