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Buying a Racquet FAQS

Tennis Racquets:

What racquet should I buy?

Today, racquet manufacturers offer customers a great choice of racquets that aim to capture the needs of player from game style through to weight and physical arm support.

To help narrow down choices, we offer a personalised demo service to help you test out racquets before you buy so contact us to see how we can help.

What determines racquet choice? 

Technical variables:

  • Frame technology
  • Vibration 
  • Mass weight
  • Stiffness & flex
  • Beam width
  • Swing weight 
  • Balance 
  • Head Size 
  • Grip size
  • Frame length
  • String pattern

Human variables:

  • Player ability 
  • Age and height 
  • Strength and agility
  • Game requirements
  • Injuries & special needs

What is adult tennis size?

  • Racquets over 26"

What is junior tennis size?

Sizes will vary with ages below:

  • 0-4 yrs: 19"
  • 4-5 yrs: 21"
  • 6-8 yrs: 23"
  • 9-10: 25"
  • 10-12: 26"

What are the tennis grip sizes?

Adul Tennis:

  • GRIP 0 = 4" (100-103mm)
  • GRIP 1 = 4 1/8" (103-106mm)
  • GRIP 2 = 4 1/4" (106-110mm)
  • GRIP 3 = 4 3/8" (110-113mm)
  • GRIP 4 = 4 1/2" (113-118mm)
  • GRIP 5 = 4 5/8" (118-120mm)

Junior Tennis: 

  • 26"= 4 inches
  • Sub 26"= 3 7/8 inches

What are balance points?

Normally referenced in 1/8 of inch measurements above and below the balance racquet point.

What does head heavy mean?

Weight mass proportionally distributed past the middle of the racquet towards the hoop of the frame. This results in the racquet being more powerful with more energy produced at the top end of the racquet. 

What does head light mean?

Weight mass proportionally distributed in the grip end of the frame. This results in the racquet being less powerful but with more mass at the base of the racquet for enhanced control and manoeuvrability. Head light balance is common in most racquets as opposed to head heavy. 

What is evenly balanced?

With a more evenly balanced racquet, weight is distributed more evenly across the frame allowing for power and control to be more "evenly balanced". 

What evenly balanced suits?

A tennis player seeking a more equal balance of control and power in the frame will do well with an evenly balanced racquet. Intermediate to advanced players will benefit from this balance type if they are seeking a good balance of power and control. 

What flex offers?

The more flex the racquet has, the more it will bend which is great for players managing elbow conditions. 

What is swing weight?

In simple terms, swing weight is a measurement of how heavy a tennis racquet feels when swinging to hit a ball. Swing weight is primarily a function of the distribution or balance of weight throughout a tennis racquet. The higher the swing weight, the heavier the racquet.

What smaller head sizes offer?

Smaller head sizes offer more control. If the head size is complimented with a dense string pattern like an 18x20, then this will add even more control due to less deflection and more strings on the bed to assist with the control of the ball.

What does a thinner beam offer?

More control as it absorbs more of the energy at impact.

What does a thicker beam offer?

More power. 

    Badminton Racquets:

    What are the badminton grip sizes?

    • G1 = 3 inches
    • G2 = 3 1/4 inches
    • G3 = 3 1/2 inches
    • G4 = 3 3/4 inches
    • G5 = 4 inches

    What are the racquet weights?

    • U: 95-99g
    • 2U: 90-94g
    • 3U: 85-89g
    • 4U: 80-84g
    • 5U: 75-79g
    • 6U (F): 70-74g

    What are the popular weights?

    • 3U and 4U are popular 

    What are training weights?

    • U and 2U and apply for forearm development

    What is shaft flex?

    In the badminton world, the shaft of the racquet will have a level of flexibility. This "flex" or flexibility refers to the shafts ability to bend in line with the swing of the racquet frame. Shafts can be referred to as flexible, medium flex, stiff, to extra stiff stiff and are suitable for different player requirements.

    Summary: 

    What stiff suits?

    • The less flex in a shaft, the more power delivery the shaft assists with. So stiff shafts will bend less and therefore assist in channelling optimum energy with delivery in the swing process before the shuttle is hit. Stiff shafts suit strong arm players able to move frames swiftly and suit players with the above deliver more power & control. In summary, advanced and skilled players will benefit from stiff and extra stiff shafts as they have evolved their technique and are looking to maximise control and power.

    What flexible suits?

    • At the other end, the more flexible shafts bend more easily and assist beginners, intermediate players and juniors who are not swinging the racquet at high speeds and looking to develop technique, or have a racquet that can help them adapt to defensive play. More flexible shafts will assist players deliver power but overall deliver less control and power than a stiffer shaft due to the shaft bending.

    Squash Racquets:

    Types of squash racquets available?

    Two main categories: 

    • Open throat (teardrop)
    • Closed 

    What does teardrop offer me?

    • More surface area
    • More power delivery

    What does closed offer me?

    • Reduced surface area
    • More control delivery

    What do wider beams offer?

    • More mass & power 
    • Suiting developing players

    What do thinner beams offer?

    • More manoeuvrability
    • Suiting very skilled players

    What head lite racquets offer?

    • More manoeuvrability
    • Suiting attacking players

    What are the squash grip sizes?

    Squash racquets grips normally come in one default size. The grip can be built on with replacement or over-grips to suit the players hand size, or reduced by removing the original replacement grip and replacing with an over-grip

    What does head heavy mean?

    Head heavy refers to the weight of the squash racquet proportionally being heavier in the hoop of the squash frame. This results in the racquet being more powerful. 

    What does head heavy suit?

    A squash player seeking more power with reduced swing effort but able to manage less natural control. In addition, a player who is able to manage a head heavy racquet in terms of managing the racquets manoeuvrability. 

    What does head light mean?

    The opposite of the heavy type of racquet where the weight is proportionally heavier towards the squash racquet handle. This results in the racquet being more manoeuvrable and easier to control.

    What does head light suit?

    A player seeking more natural control from the racquets energy. A junior, beginner or person less able to hold a heavier racquet who is not looking for power but more racquet manoeuvrability.