3 Signs You're Ready to Upgrade Your Tennis Racquet
1/22/2021 - Staff Writer - Racquets & Paddles
Are you in need of a new tennis racquet? Here are a few signs that it may be time to invest in order to improve your skills.
1. You Were a Beginner Who Is Now Getting More Serious About the Game
Once you got started playing Tennis, one of the first things you probably did was purchase your own racquet. Or perhaps you started playing because someone gifted you a racquet in the first place. Either way, you (or the gifter) might not have initially made a significant monetary investment in the equipment before it was obvious that you were going to enjoy the game and continue playing.
However, now that you are getting more serious about your game, it may be time to upgrade to a more serious racquet that will enhance your game even further. Additionally, a second racquet always comes in handy.
You may have a sentimental attachment to the racquet that you first learned to play with, but there are practical reasons to hold onto it as well. Bringing a spare racquet with you to the court comes in handy if your grip starts to slip due to sweat on the handle or if you break a string on your primary racquet.
2. You Are Becoming a Strong Player
We mean this both literally and figuratively. If your skills have progressed to the point that you are becoming a figuratively stronger (read: more competitive) opponent, then you will want to have the best possible equipment to back up your game.
On the other hand, if you have literally increased in muscle strength, then it is probably time for a stronger, sturdier tennis racquet. Upgrading to a racket that is a single piece (instead of two), made of high grade graphite or carbon fiber (instead of aluminum or alloy), and an overall heavier weight will transfer as much power as possible from your arm into the ball.
In either case, your game will benefit from the upgrade.
3. The Head Size of Your Current Racquet Doesn't Compliment Your Playing Style
The smaller the head size of the racquet the smaller that the “sweet sports” are, requiring more technical proficiency to use effectively. On the reverse side, the larger racquet the wider the margin for error but the slower it will swing through the air, reducing power.
If you are developing into a very technical player, able to strike with a high degree of precision and accuracy, then you could benefit from the added power you can put into swinging a racquet with a smaller head.
On the flip side, if you find yourself struggling at times with shanks or errors (especially when under pressure), then you should consider upgrading to a better racquet for your style. For most players, the best course of action is to choose the largest head size that doesn’t compromise on power.
Of course, upgrading your tennis racquet for any reason (including the three listed above) will have a positive impact on your game.
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