How To Choose A Tennis Racket

At tennisnuts we try all the rackets that we sell. We also get useful input from coaches who try all the rackets from their particular contracted manufacturer.
Each of the manufacturers have their own way of helping you to pick the right racket. We have simplified the decision making process for you:
  • Do you want a 'power' racket? (fast speed off the racket)
  • Do you want a 'control' racket? (slow speed off the racket)
  • Do you want something in between - (ALL ROUND) a powerful control racket?
  • How much do you want to spend? (based on 'Our Prices')
  • Is the weight of the racket important to you?
Factors that effect the power of a racket.
  • Head Size:The bigger the head size , the more powerful the racket...but also more forgiving , as this gives it a bigger sweet spot. Most control rackets are 98 sq in and below. Most in-between rackets are 98 to 102 sq in. Most power rackets are 102-110 sq in.
  • Thickness of Beam:The thicker the beam , the more powerful the racket. Most control rackets are 18 - 21 mm. Most in-between rackets are 22 - 24 mm. Most power rackets are 25 - 28 mm.
  • Weight of Racket:POWER RACKETS are generally Light rackets (225g to 280g).
    Powerful Control Rackets are generally 280g to 300g.
    Thin Beamed Control Rackets are generally fairly heavy (300 to 340g)

    We have play-tested each racket and given it a '' power rating from 1-10.
    Click on one of the links below to go to a list of rackets suitable for YOU...
  • If you take a big swing and hit the ball hard yourself, or an accomplished player, you need an ultimate control racket (tennisnuts power levels 1,2,3,4).
  • If you have a short swing, need help in hitting the ball, or want a very comfortable, easy to use racket, choose a power racket (tennisnuts power levels 8,9,10).
  • If you are a reasonable club player and need a good mixture of power and control, go for something in between (tennisnuts power levels 5,6,7). This category also includes the new style of powerful control rackets, like the Babolat Aeropro Drive.
    Click here for all the LATEST lightweight Power Rackets:

    Click here for all Clearance & SALE lightweight Power Rackets:

    This category would suit the following player profiles...The majority of club / recreational players who may or may not hit the ball reasonably well...for those who want an ultra-light , user friendly racket that is really easy to use...easy to serve with , easy to volley with...what more can you ask for ?
    So why do we not just recommend these to everyone ? may be a beginner or a recreational player who still takes an almighty swipe at the you would be better off with the 'mid' category.
    NB. A lot of good standard players (especially club coaches) get quite sniffy about light powerful rackets , BUT you need to consider for yourself what you need out of your equipment.

    Click here for all the LATEST Powerful Control (ALL ROUND) Rackets:

    Click here for all Clearance and SALE Powerful Control (ALL ROUND) Rackets:

    This category suits the majority of club/advanced players who are seeking loads of power from their control rackets.
    The category also suits the following player profiles...The majority of club / recreational players who hit the ball reasonably well.
    Advanced players who need 'touch and feel' , but who like a bit of power from the racket as well.
    Beginners who want an 'in-between' racket....not too difficult to use , fairly forgiving but not too powerful !
    Mid standard Juniors who need a bit of help at hitting the ball ie have not yet developed full strokes.

    Click here for all the LATEST Ultimate CONTROL Rackets:

    Click here for all Clearance and SALE Ultimate CONTROL Rackets:

    This category would suit the following player profiles...Advanced players playing team / tournament tennis.
    Harder hitting mid-standard players who have problems in keeping the ball in play.
    Advanced juniors or potentially good juniors....these rackets encourage the development of full flowing strokes and good technique...

    Other Factors that effect the power of a racket.
    • Stringing:
      All rackets for the European market come pre-strung. The quality of string will depend on the quality of the racket.Manufacturers are bound to use really good strings for their more expensive rackets and vice versa.
      All rackets have a specified string tension range , so the rackets are likely to be strung at the middle of the range , but will probably have lost 2-3 lbs since then as well.
      For future reference , the tighter the strings , the more control....the looser the strings ,the more power. Therefore , within the parameters of 'power' and 'control' as outlined can alter the playing characteristics of a racket by having it strung either very tight or very loose. For example , you may like a particular racket for its lightness or vibration dampening qualities , but it may be too powerful for you . You can go some way towards dampening the power by stringing it at the top of its recommended range. Obviously you have to be careful with this as very tight strings would also impact on your arm.

    But which grip size to go for ?
    A rough and ready way of telling which grip size you should go for is to hold a racket in your normal forehand should be able to squeeze a finger in which touches both the end of your fingers and your palm.
    GRIP 1 is 4 1/8 inches
    GRIP 2 is 4 1/4 inches
    GRIP 3 is 4 3/8 inches
    GRIP 4 is 4 1/2 inches
    GRIP 5 is 4 5/8 inches
    For most juniors...go for grip 1 or 2.
    For most women...go for grip 2 or 3.
    For most men...go for grip 3 or 4.
    Grip 5 for a really big hand.

    An Alternative way to measure your grip size is to use a measuring ruler....lign up the ruler on your line with the intersection of the thumb and fingers. The length from there to the top of your ring finger (next to the little finger) is roughly the right size.