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Equipment Needed For Tennis

Aug 17, 2007
Tennis is a sport that has fans and competitors in over one hundred countries around the world. This sport does not require much equipment, just a tennis racquet, some tennis balls, decent tennis shoes, and loose clothing that is comfortable to wear and move around in. This game has two types of play. Singles matches are played between two single competitors. Doubles matches are played by two teams, and each team has two players.

A tennis racquet is the most important piece of equipment that you will purchase for the sport of tennis. In this area, price is not a reliable indicator of quality performance, as the more expensive racquets are usually designed for tennis players who have lots of experience and have already built up muscle mass where it is needed for this sport. For a beginner, an expensive racquet is not worth the price as you will not be able to effectively use these top end racquets until you are experienced at this sport. On the other hand, racquets that are very cheap may not be made well at all, and these tend to break easy. The usual advice is to stick with the major manufacturing brands of tennis racquet. A racquet should last at least two years, and then you can move up to some of the better racquets that require experience in tennis to use them effectively.

The fit of your tennis racquet is very important. There are three aspects to getting the right fit, and these are the grip size, the racquet weight, and the racquet balance point. The grip size is the distance around the handle of the racquet, and this measurement should be marked on the side of the racquet handle. This aspect is important so that you can comfortably grip the handle properly, as there are different hand sizes in respect to people. All grip sizes are measured in inches, and the number of inches will vary depending on the size of your hand. The racquet should fit comfortably in your hand, without any pinching, overlapping, or gaps. This ensures that your arm will not tire quickly from holding too tightly when the grip size is too big, or from the racquet slipping around in your hand from a grip that is too small.

The racquet weight is another variable, and beginners should start with a super light or light racquet, as this weight class is not too heavy for starters. The racquet weight is listed by the grip size, and may state SL, L, LM, or rarely, M. The last aspect, the balance point, lets you know whether there is more weight near the head of the racquet, the handle of the racquet, or if the weight is evenly distributed.
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