Guide to Choosing a Beginner’s Racquet

Beginner Racquet Buying Guide

Beginers Racquet Buying Guide

Buying a new tennis racquet, especially when you haven’t been playing tennis for a long time, can be a frustrating experience. After all, how do you know what you're supposed to look for in a racquet when you're new to the sport?

Trust us, we get it. The experience can be daunting and time consuming, and nobody wants to end up with a racquet they don’t like. So, we took the time to break down a few things that every beginner should know about tennis racquets, their own game, as well as a few other tips!

It's tempting to start with an expensive racquet loaded with features or to buy the racquet that your favorite player uses, but it's better to choose a racquet that matches your skill level.

Why The Right Racquet Matters

It’s important to play with an appropriate tennis racquet when learning the game. If you use a racquet designed for beginners, you should experience far more success than a racquet designed for an advanced player.

With the right racquet, you’ll be able to get more balls over the net and into the court. You will enjoy playing tennis more. If you enjoy playing, you’ll want to play more. If you play more, you’ll improve quicker.

Your tennis racquet matters. It’s worth spending a bit of time researching your options.

First a few basics before we dive in:

Factors To Consider When Buying

Body Size and Strength

Certain racquets will be better suited for different sizes and strengths of tennis players. You might be a naturally strong person in which case you’ll need to use a racket that gives you more control and doesn’t add too much power to your game. On the other hand, you might feel you need help in producing more power.

In general you will find that the wider the frame of a racquet then the more power it will give you. If you get a chance to look closely at the professionals on television you will see that the frames of their racquet aren’t actually very wide. This is because generally they are powerful players and capable of generating their own power rather than needing their racket to help them.

What Type of Swing do you Have

Basically you will have a fast, slow or average speed swing. Any tennis coach or decent tennis player will be able to look at your swing and tell you if it's fast or slow or average. A faster swing will often generate more power than a slower swing in which case the racquet you buy should be less powerful as your fast swing will add the power for you. You would want more control from your racquet so a narrower frame will probably be right for you.

Technical Aspects

Head Size


Adult racquets can be anything from 27-29 inches long, though most are nearer the lower end of the scale. Longer racquets are generally lighter than standard frames, and offer more reach and more power on serve. But beware because a longer racquet will be harder to control so make sure you are certain you can handle it before buying a long framed racket.

For most adults, we recommend starting with a 27 inch (68.58 centimeters) frame, as it’s usually a sufficient starting point.

Plus, the majority of tennis racquets on the market are 27 inches (68.58 centimeters), so you’ll have the most options, and if you switch racquets, it will be one less aspect to consider.


Another important factor to consider is the weight of your racquet. If you’re a beginner, it’s a good idea to stick with a racquet under roughly 11 ounces (312 grams). Racquets generally start at about 8 ounces (227 grams). If you’re a smaller person, you might want to start with a racquet on the lower end of this weight range. A light racquet is easier to maneuver and can help prevent injury from using a racquet that’s too heavy.

Grip Size

How to Choose a Tennis Racquet Grip Size

There are several ways to measure your grip size. Arguably the easiest way is to measure your hand with a ruler or measuring tape.

Look for the prominent crease that run through the top of your palm

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