Tennis Racquet.

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    Jun 29, 2012 12:17 PM GMT
    I want to take up tennis this summer....but really know nothing about it.

    I need to purchase a racquet....but I'm not sure what makes a racquet a "good" racquet. I've seen them priced from $20.00-$100.00.

    Can someone please explain!?

    A link to a tennis racquet would be greatly appreciated too! I'd just buy it online!

    Many thanks.

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    Jun 29, 2012 6:55 PM GMT
    For a good, professional racket you need to be spending around 100.

    I know this sounds silly, but you should choose a racket based on its design or colour! You will be spending a lot of time with it (hopefully!), so it is like a friend - you want it to be smart and attractive, right?

    Yes, there are loads of things about balance, size of head, blah blah blah but you are not at that stage yet.

    Alternatively - who is your favourite player, who do you want to emanate? Look at what he uses.

    Models change constantly, so if you find that you really like one - buy another!

    A decent shop will let you take a racket to try out if you leave a deposit. Alternatively, you could be a bit mean and try it out, hand it back, then buy it cheaper over the internet!
  • aznmtl

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    Jun 29, 2012 9:06 PM GMT
    There are different tennis racquets for different levels and styles of play. It's best to talk to a pro at a pro shop who can help you out with this. It's important you get the correct grip size and weight for your style of play...otherwise you can injure yourself. You also might want to talk to a coach to get you set up.

    Good luck and have FUN!!!
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    Jun 30, 2012 10:03 AM GMT
    I found mine on Craigslist. Researched the brand and model, read reviews on several adds... found one that seemed good cheap (like $40) and then ended up buying it. It's a HyperHammer something or other. I don't know much about racquets either.. seems to do the job just fine though. It's super light.. send the ball flying like crazy.. and looks really attractive compared to a lot of the other racquets I've seen on the courts. Guy gave me a sweet case for it, too... Couldn't be happier. icon_razz.gif
  • silverfox

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    Jun 30, 2012 11:13 AM GMT
    The racquet will not make or break your game at your level. I think it is realistic to figure out this summer if it is a sport you are going to stick with. I wouldn't spend a lot of money right now..... who knows what kind of game you are going to develop? Buy a basic racquet (maybe one you can get at Walmart or Costco even) and spend your saved money on lessons, or usage of a ball machine.

    Once you establish your game reward yourself and get a new racquet.

    Have fun !
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    Jun 30, 2012 11:23 AM GMT
    When I started playing tennis, I randomly picked a light racquet because it was cool looking. I loved it. My second racquet is a little heavier (in terms of racquets...), and I don't love it. It's a preference. I think a lighter racquet is the best for beginners. Good luck.
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    Jun 30, 2012 1:41 PM GMT
    Hey, a big thanks to all of you!

    See, I'm glad I asked. I didn't realize weight of the racquet meant anything hahaha!

    I'm going to Modell's today.....we'll see what happens!

    Thanks again team!
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    Apr 21, 2013 11:13 AM GMT
    i bought a Djokovic 2013 Head requet and was mocked. as i played only four times and was so busy picking balls. no rallies.
    i need a coach hopefully he could take me to bed after we play on court.

    if shanghai, please message.
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    Jul 22, 2013 10:34 PM GMT
    From a guy who plays tennis competitively, it's not shame buying a used racquet, especially if you're only planning to just begin playing.

    As a beginner I would imagine you'd want a very "forgiving" racquet. Forgiving means that you don't have to hit the centre of the strings perfectly to get the ball in the court.

    Therefore, I would go with a used Babolat Pure Drive (not roddick, or pure drive plus or a roddick plus). This racquet tends to be a bit stiff, so if you have any past or chronic injury to the arms I would avoid this racquet.

    If you do have an injury I would suggest going with a lighter (around 295/300g racquet), head heavy, flexible (flex rating of approx. 58-62). An example of a racquet like this is the Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.2
  • ai82

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    May 23, 2014 12:39 AM GMT
    I just started playing about 2 months ago and I did'nt know what to get either. My first racket I got on sale at Dicks for about $20, a Slazenger. It worked well, I'm new so I could'nt really tell if it was bad anyway. A few weeks ago I found some rackets marked down and got 2 more, both head rackets, but with different strings. Cost about $80 together and I feel like they're better for some reason. Can't really say why though. I'd say just get a basic one, you can always get another later after you figure out your game. Its more about the technique than the racket as a beginner.