The success of a tennis player depends heavily on the tennis racket. A feature of the KPSME ®, the Keller Sports Product Matching Engine, is that it helps you find the ideal racket for you. If you are a beginner on the court, there are plenty of cheaper rackets to choose from. If you want to become a professional, we can give you the perfect advice! Tennis rackets differ mainly in head size, grip, balance and weight. Other criteria such as attenuation, stiffness and tension also affect the power and control of each shot. Beginners should first purchase a tennis racket that is suited for less experienced players. Keller Sports is here to help you choose one that suits your level, style and budget.
The head sizes of tennis racket are divided into three different categories: Midsize, Midplus or Oversize . Basically, the smaller the head, the more control you have over the ball. The acceleration of the ball is greater with a smaller racket. Players who often compete at tournaments choose a small mid-size racket with which they can make their game particularly punchy. Especially for beginners, the head size should be relatively larger. The bigger the head size, the easier it is for beginners to hit the ball, then the game isn´t overly fast and there is a greater chance of victory. Beginners should choose lighter rackets that are easy to handle, because swinging the racket and hitting the tennis ball is all much easier with a lighter racket. Professional players like to choose heavier rackets which enables better control over the ball. The grip size is particularly important. There are five grip sizes that are specified in inches or in European L- system. The thicknesses range from 4 1/8 up to 4 5/8 inches, or L1 through L5. Your hand should almost fully cover the racket, between the thumb and the fingertips there should only be a small gap. If you´re stuck between two grip sizes, you can simply choose the smaller of the two and make up the difference with overgrips.
In addition to racket size and grip, tennis rackets also vary according to their balance. There are top-heavy, bottom-heavy and balanced rackets. Recreational players and beginners usually choose well-balanced all-around rackets with an average-sized sweetspot. Players who play less punchy and have a short swing prefer a top- heavy tennis racket which is very suitable for topspin. Baseline players often choose a top-heavy rackets. Those who hit quickly are better off with a grip-heavy racket.
Every time the tennis ball hits the racket, it produces small vibrations. A soft-framed racket will dampen those vibrations and protect your arm joints from damage. Professional players who want to control the ball often select a hard frame that enables a more precise placement of the ball. Tennis rackets are usually sold unstrung. We restring your racket the way you want it and can advise you about tension and stringing. A detailed analysis of the style of play allows a perfect choice of stringing. Hobby and casual players are best off with average stringing. The strings are usually made from synthetic material which offers specially textured surfaces that can influence each shot. For beginners and casual players, Keller Sports has a range of strung rackets at lower prices.