Racquets

When added together, sports where a racquet is used are the most popular in the world. Over thirty racquet sports are known to exist. TennisRacquets.com is here to be your go-to source for the equipment needed to play the most popular racquet sports.

When added together, sports where a racquet is used are the most popular in the world. Over thirty racquet sports are known to exist. TennisRacquets.com is here to be your go-to source for the equipment needed to play the most popular racquet sports.

What do all racquet sports have in common?

  • A player holds a critically important piece of equipment (usually a racquet or a paddle)  to strike an object (a ball or shuttlecock) in order to score points.

  • Usually played by two or four players at a time.

  • Play is conducted in a confined space - either indoors or outdoors.


What are racquets made of?

  • Depending on the sport, there are many different materials used. Some are simple wood materials while others use space-age exotic materials such as carbon fiber.

  • Many racquets are now evolving using combinations of various materials to maximize performance and minimize wear and tear on the body.


Tennis Racquets

  • Materials have changed dramatically in a generation.

  • Many brands closely guard the specifics of their materials to maintain a perceived competitive advantage.

  • Different materials can be found in racquets designed for beginners vs. intermediates vs. pros.

  • There are all kinds of shapes and sizes. Some are designed for power and some for control.

  • Construction may be in layers consisting of carbon fiber, fiberglass, and/or polymers with a very wide array of price points.

  • Our Tennis Racquet Buying Guide is a great place to start your search for the perfect racquet.

  • Our Kids Racquet Buying Guide will help you pick the best option for your future superstar.


Pickleball Paddles

  • The explosion in popularity for Pickleball means there is unprecedented variety in paddles.

  • They often have different materials used in handles vs. the paddle face.

  • Very small differences in weight can make a huge difference to the player.

  • With a variety of price points, paddles can appeal to widely varying skill levels.

  • Fiberglass, polymers, and an infinite array of combinations are common.

  • Check out our Getting Started with Pickleball Guide


Badminton Racquets

  • With the emphasis on light, yet stiff and durable materials, carbon fiber graphite has become the material of choice.

  • There is a big quality difference between “picnic” style aluminum/steel racquets and competition style and a price difference that goes with it.


Squash Racquets

  • Like Badminton, the emphasis is on lightweight yet stiff materials.

  • Carbon fiber is the dominant material in most squash racquets.


Racquetball Racquets

  • Racquetball racquets have had a stunning transformation in a relatively short period of time. Even the way they are strung is different than in the past.

  • What used to be cast aluminum is now composites including carbon fiber. 

  • There are attractive price points for every ability level.


Platform Tennis Paddles

  • With poly foam a dominant material, these have also undergone transformation in recent years.

  • A unique material on these paddles is the grit that is applied to all or part of the hitting surface.

  • Unlike any other racquet, Platform Tennis paddles may include a bottle opener that enhances the playing experience in a somewhat different way.


Other features to consider

  • Grips vary considerably in size, material, and ability to absorb perspiration.

  • Weight can be very different both in terms of total and distribution across the item.

  • Balance is important as different players want the feel to match their preferences.

  • Even color scheme can be a factor. Players want to look as good or better than they play.


With over 200 racquets and paddles covering many sports, TennisRacquets.com is your one-stop shop for the budding racquet sports star. Our expert professionals are standing by to help you at every step in the buying process.


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