Tennis Rackets for Absolute Beginners

Beginner's Guide to Tennis Rackets

 

We have covered all the technical details of what beginners need to know about tennis rackets. We know that it can be overwhelming choosing a tennis racket for the first time as there are so many options to choose from... Here is a guide for beginner tennis players to get started so you can find out all about:

  • Material

  • Build Quality

  • Technology

Material


Rackets are made of varying materials including aluminium, which is highly affordable. This is also called Alloy. On the other hand, other rackets are made from graphite, Kevlar, fiberglass, copper, titanium and tungsten, which are strong and dramatically more expensive to create.

Build Quality
The build quality basically means how the frame is designed and built. Depending on the build, will depend on the amount of stability and strength when hitting the ball


Technology
Within the racket, the technology used within racquets can substantially increase the price.


With entry-level racquets, there’s not much going on in the form of new or advanced technology. There will always be a base level of technology integrated into the racket however will not be as advanced as professional rackets.
For example, Here’s are the specifications of one of the top range rackets, the Babolat Pure Aero 2019.


Aeromodular 3:  This design changes the thickness or beam at different points of the frame which reduces wind drag and increases swing speeds. This also improves the bumper guard to protect the strings and makes it easier to do the string installation.


Woofer: this technology allows the strings to freely move through the frame on contact with the ball for a more responsiveness from the string bed of the head of the racket. This increases the sweet spot so it achieves a better feel when hitting off-centered shots.


FSI Spin: Designed to increase the separation of the grommets, where the strings enter the frame of the racket head. The shape of the grommets themselves are elongated, which allows for the strings to move freely and helps increase snapback and the amount of spin a player can generate.


Carbon PLY stabilizer: Designed to provide added stability to the frame. This is a special layer of carbon integrated into the frame’s graphite to reduce the frame twisting on contact.


Cortex Pure Feel: This is a unique rubber that’s integrated directly into the frame to absorb and reduce vibration.


As you can see, the design, materials and structure of rackets plays a large part of the price. Manufacturers always tinkering with them every few years introduce new technology to improve the performance of high-end models. However, this is what pushes the price further. In saying that, there’s no shame in getting a second-hand racket if you want both quality and price. Keep in mind that the racket should be in good condition when you’re shopping for a good second hand deal.


Some of the ongoing costs with maintaining your racket can include grip and string changes each year. You can go to your local tennis club or pro shop so they can do this for you. This will be around $50 to $70 annually. 

 

Active Tennis Coaching also offer restringing services for you too. Check out our tennis racket restring service below.


 

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