About Tennis Rackets


Tennis Racket is generally made of different types of Materials. Most commonly used materials are Graphite, Aluminum, Boron and Kevlar or the Wood. The vast majority of rackets manufactured today use graphite in one form or another as the base ingredient. Graphite is the technological generation’s equivalent of the trusty laminated wooden racket that was so popular until about the 1970s. Graphite is remarkably strong for its relative light weight. It provides terrific power, as well as good control and feel for the ball. But graphite is best in a composite mixture with any of the various thermoplastic and Fiberglass type resins used today.

Boron and Kevlar are the two fibers resemble graphite, but boron and Kevlar are even lighter and stiffer than graphite. These materials are strong, enabling you to hit with a lot of power. But unless they are mixed with other materials, their stiffness can transmit a lot of shock and vibration to your arm and shoulder, especially if you don’t hit the ball on the sweet spot. Beginners should stay away from these materials. They make sense only for strong players with a lot of experience in tennis.

Aluminum offers decent power and a surprising amount of feel. Feel is the sensation you get for how you are striking the ball and where it’s going. Some racket materials are more sensitive than others to things like impact and vibration, so they transmit information about them more readily.

Recently, a clutch of new rackets made from a very strong, extremely light material called titanium have hit the market. Titanium is similar to aluminum. Either aluminum or titanium is an acceptable choice for beginners.

Many people still have wood or fiberglass rackets. You can use these rackets, but doing so won’t help your game any. All those rackets feature the obsolete, standard-sized heads. Also, when you buy new racket, you should get the racket restrung, which means that you don’t end up saving any money. Old strings are so brittle that they are sure to break soon after you start playing with them. And if they don’t, old, dead strings may make you swing so hard just to get the ball over the net that you could hurt your arm in the effort.

The frame of the racket shall not exceed 29 inches (73.66 cm) in overall length, including the handle. The frame of the racket shall not exceed 12.5 inches (31.75 cm) in overall width. The hitting surface shall not exceed 15.5 inches (39.37 cm) in overall length, and 11.5 inches (29.21 cm) in overall width.

The frame, including the handle, shall be free of attached objects and devices other than those utilized solely and specifically to limit or prevent wear and tear or vibration, or to distribute weight. Any objects and devices must be reasonable in size and placement for such purposes. The frame, including the handle and the strings, shall be free of any device which makes it possible to change materially the shape of the racket, or to change the weight distribution in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the racket which would alter the swing moment of inertia, or to deliberately change any physical property which may affect the performance of the racket during the playing of a point. No energy source that in any way changes or affects the playing characteristics of a racket may be built into or attached to a racket.

The hitting surface of the Tennis racket shall be flat and consist of a pattern of crossed strings connected to a frame and alternately interlaced or bonded where they cross and the stringing pattern shall be generally uniform, and in particular not less dense in the centre than in any other area. The racket shall be designed and strung such that the playing characteristics are identical on both faces.

The strings shall be free of attached objects and protrusions other than those utilized solely and specifically to limit or prevent wear and tear or vibration, and which are reasonable in size and placement for such purposes. Always remember that there can’t be more than one set of strings on the hitting surface of racket.


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