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Buying your Adult Size Tennis Racquet Guide

Racquet science meets Player!

ADULT SIZE (27"plus):

To help us understand racquets and their suitability, we have summarised some of the key areas below that will help you start to narrow your search and build your knowledge on suitability.

With racquets being subjective and dependent on a number of additional scientific influences listed below (a-e), as a starting point on our website, we class adult tennis racquets into three sub head size category areas. This is a good starting point relative to your overall ability.

You can read through this written guide to help you get started and build your knowledge. Alternatively, just call us to discuss your needs and use bespoke racquet supply service to help you get the right racquet for your ability and needs. Once you have read below, our service details can be found here.

Racquet Head Size:

Head sizes come in 3 types:

  1. Over-supersize 
  2. Mid-Plus
  3. Mid-Size

1. Oversize-Supersize:

These racquets normally offer head sizes of between 105-135 square inches in size and with these larger head sizes come larger sweet spots and more natural power "from the racquet".

Oversize racquets can suit adult players who fall into the following categories:

  • Players with shorter swings
  • Players with slower swings
  • Players with weaker swings
  • Players managing elbow probs
  • Intermediates with the above
  • Beginners developing technique 

It is important to note that these oversize racquets are not really designed for the adult power player or the younger player with a powerful swing. The result would be too much unnecessary power being consistently generated by the player and the racquet with the same time. 

2. Mid-Plus: 

These racquets are the most popular category with head sizes ranging from 95-104 square inches with 98-100 sizes being very common in this category. They are also known as "tweeners" in some circles as they sit in between the oversize category and the next category. 

Mid-plus racquets can suit adult players who fall the following categories:

  • Players with longer swings
  • Players with faster swings
  • Players with stronger swings
  • Intermediates with the above
  • Advanced players with the above 

Via different brands, these racquet sizes will come in a number of variations to offer different levels of spin and power and control and are by far the most popular category of racquet on the market as they appeal to intermediate to advanced ability.

It is important to note that these mid-plus racquets are not really designed for the adult player or the younger player with a weak swing. The result would be too little power being consistently generated by the player and the racquet which could cause more arm and shoulder stress with weakened swings. 

3. Mid-Size:

The this third category and smaller head size category ranges from 80-94 square inches. These racquets are more control based racquets due to smaller head sizes and are more aligned to advanced players with strong powerful ability seeking more control from a frame. These racquets can also sometimes be found with dense string patterns to allow for more control from the string bed to compliment control orientated frame. 

Mid-Size racquets can suit adult players who fall the following categories:

  • Advanced power players
  • Players with longer swings
  • Players with faster swings
  • Players with strong swings
  • Advanced players seeking control

Like the mid-plus size, it is important to note that these mid-size racquets are not really designed for the beginner or the younger player with a weaker swing, developing swing & technique. The result would be too little power being consistently generated by the player and the racquet which could cause  more arm and shoulder stress with weakened swings. The very experienced player might opt for this size or stay with the mid plus aka tweener if that was suffice.

INFLUENCES (a-e):

In addition to head-size, there are a number of other influencing factors that are also built into racquets to help tune and design the racquet to assist with a variety of players needs. Here are some of them below briefly explained. 

a.Beam Width

The racquet beam width is an important part of the racquet to consider. In summary, the thinner the beam, the more control your racquet will help you deliver. The thicker the beam, the less control delivered but more power is delivered. A wider beam trade-off however is less manoeuvrability. Here are some beam references to bear in mind.

  • 22m or less = narrow beam
  • 22-24mm = average beam
  • 24mm or more = wide beam

So, experienced stronger and advanced players will most likely play better with narrower beams to take advantages of efficient 

manoeuvrability as they will already have power under their wing. Wider beams offering more mass and power will favour players developing their power game or in need of more natural power from the racquet. 

b.Weight balance

The weight balance of a racquet will also determine whether the racquet offers more natural power, more ability to control it or a balance of both. This is referred to in three categories:

  1. Head light
  2. Head heavy 
  3. Evenly balanced

Balance on a 27 inch racquet: 

  • Balance less than 345mm = head light
  • Balance greater than 345mm = head heavy
  • Balance is 345mm (34.5cm) or very close = evenly balanced

1.Head light means that a larger proportion of the racquets weight has been applied below the balance point (centre) of the racquet. This makes the racquet more manoeuvrable, easier to control and execute the swing more swiftly.

    2.Head heavy means that a larger proportion of the racquets weight has been applied above the balance point (centre) of the racquet. This makes the racquet less manoeuvrable but more powerful. 

    3.Evenly Balanced refers to the weight being equally distributed or nearly equally allowing for an even balance of power and control/manoeuvrability. 

    Racquets can be further weigh balance customised (we offer this service) to make them more heavy or light depending on the players needs.

    c.Grip Size

    A very important factor in racquet purchasing is making sure you have the right grip size. We can talk you through getting the right size.

    • 4 1/8" = 1
    • 4 1/4" = 2
    • 4 3/8" = 3
    • 4 1/2" = 4
    • 4 5/8" = 5

    d.Weight

    The mass weight of the racquet is very important. Racquets will have an unstrung and strung weight so it is important to allow for string weight and grips if they are not on the palette.

    Ideally, you should try and find a racquet that feels a comfortable weight strung but not too light to avoid over stressing your arm and shoulder.

    Racquet weights can vary from 220 grams up top 340grams. Common weights for sizes are below so bear these in mind when looking at racquet ranges.

    • Oversize = 220g-285g 
    • Mid-Plus = 280g-300g
    • Mid-Size = 300g +

    e. String pattern

    Adult size racquets will offer two common forms of pattern:

    • Open
    • Closed

    Open patterns will have less strings which will offer more spin while closed patterns are more dense and offer more control. Common open patterns are 16x19 and closed patterns offering 18x20.

    JUNIOR SiZE (up to 27"):