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Freephone for Landline and Mobile UK: 0800 999 4915.

Working hours: 9.30am-5.00pm.Closed Sunday.

For Tennis, Squash and Badminton

If you want a racket for Control, look for the following features:

  • Smaller headsize
  • Lighter weight
  • 27 inches long (tennis)
  • Narrow frame
  • Less stiffness

    If you want a racket for Power, look for the following features:

  • Larger headsize
  • Heavier weight
  • Longer than 27 inches (tennis)
  • Wide frame
  • More stiffness

    If you want a racket for Control and Power, you have to compromise!


Basic Racket Facts

A larger headsize racket is more resistant to twisting on mishits, has a larger sweetspot, transmits less shock and more vibration due to the length of the string, and is less aerodynamic and more difficult to control than smaller headsize rackets. It is also difficult to play single-handed backhand with a larger headsize racket.

A heavier racket transmits less shock and less vibration to the arm, and has a larger sweetspot than lighter racket.

A lighter racket transmits more shock and more vibration to the arm than heavier racket. In tennis, volleying and service returns are more difficult.

A longer racket is more powerful and has longer reach, but can cause more harm to the wrist and arm than a shorter racket.

A wider frame racket makes it more difficult to play top-spin than narrower racket.

A stiffer racket has a larger sweetspot, transmits more shocks and less vibrations to the arm and provides a more uniform ball response across the enitre string plane than a less stiff racket.


Basic String Facts

A higher string tension generates more ball control and less power, and can cause more harm to the arm.

A lower string tension generates more power, providing string movement does not occur.

A thinner string produces more power and feel, weighs less, is more aerodynamic, and breaks quicker.

A thicker string lasts longer and has less feel.

A longer string or string plane area generates more power.

A more elastic string generates more power and absorbs more shock and feels more comfortable than a stiffer string, and loses its tension quicker.

A stiffer string maintains its tension longer, generates less power, and transmits more shock to the arm.

A softer string with a soft coating tends to vibrate less.

A textured string generates more control and feel.

A lower density string pattern in the racket provides a softer string plane and may generate more spin, but the string breaks quicker.

A higher density string pattern in the racket provides a stiffer string plane and may generate more spin, and the string lasts longer.



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