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A Tennis Racket Can Make Or Break Your Game

Tennis RacketYou are in love with the game of tennis and can not get enough of it. Starting off in school learning to play on basic gym equipment was the beginning-then in college you made sure that you took tennis as your required physical education classes.

The time has now come for you to get your own personal equipment and you want to get a tennis racket of your very own. To make a personal statement to everyone that you have come of age, are serious about this sport, and want to compete with your friends evenings and weekends.

What type of tennis racket are you going to purchase? They vary in length, weight, and head size, and you will need to figure out which one is the best for you. Think back to your beginnings playing this sport-what did you like or dislike about the different tennis rackets you used. This can be a starting point to begin narrowing down your choices.

A very important component for the tennis racket is the head size as the power behind your swings is directly affected. A larger head will give you with more power than a small head and also provides you with a larger hitting area making it a little easier to hit the ball. Generally speaking, a smaller racket head appeals to more accomplished players seeking more control, while larger rackets appeal to beginning and intermediate players seeking more power and a larger head.

They range in length from 27-29 inches with most people selecting the 27 inch ones. However, a longer handle provides more reach on ground strokes, adds leverage on serves, and slightly more power, than one with a standard length.

The weight has also been reduced making them lighter and easier to hold.
If you have friends or co-workers that also play, ask them about the type they use and why. They will enjoy talking to you about the sport and in providing you with information and advise. And, there is nothing more flattering than to ask someone for their opinion on a topic that they really enjoy and believe that they are an expert in.

Some of these people might even loan you some of their equipment so that you can try it out and find out whether or not you like it. No matter what your preference for a tennis racket is, you have to find the best one that meets your needs. This may even mean renting them and testing them out for a few games. This is probably the best way to have an opportunity to use many different types, styles, models and different manufacturers without spending a lot of money on ones that will just end up collecting dust in the closet.

Get out and play every weekend. The exercise is good, you will meet new people, and be out in the fresh air. This is much better than spending your weekend sitting in front of the television or going to the office to catch up on work.

Enjoy yourself, life is too short.

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Colorful tennis rackets bring $10,000

A lot of tennis fans now have 8-foot-tall souvenirs to remind them of the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Winston-Salem last weekend.

Because of that, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will be sharing more than $10,000.

As part of the Davis Cup festivities, Associated Artists invited local artists and school children to turn 150 over-size tennis rackets made out of plywood into works of art to be displayed around Winston-Salem in the days leading up to the quarterfinals.

When it came time for the matches to begin, 88 rackets were taken to Joel Coliseum, where the Spanish and American teams competed, to be sold by silent auction.

People bought all 88. The highest price paid was $600 for Louise Pollard’s All the Dogs We’ve Loved Before. Around the head and handle, Pollard placed photographs that she took of 104 dogs. Some are dogs that she and her husband, Harold Pollard - who is a member of the Winston-Salem Organizing Committee - have owned over the years. Some belong to friends. Others are dogs she saw at the dog park at Washington Park or on the street and stopped to take a picture of.

"It was so much fun," Pollard said.

Thinking about how much dogs love to chase tennis balls gave her the idea, she said. She added a dog collar and custom-made giant dog tag to the racket’s handle.

Two rackets sold for $550 each - Tennis Star by Dennis Milsaps and Martha Harrington’s USA & Spain. A number of rackets, including ones by Gail Roberts and Sarah Simon, sold for $300 to $400.

Although many of the rackets are sticking around town, some are heading as far as California. Other new homes for the rackets include New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, Kansas and Iowa.

"A lot of people said they were going to give them heavy coats of polyurethane and put them outside," said Sharon Nelson, Associated Artists’ executive director. So racket yard art will be springing up across the country.

Nelson asked Judi Russell, Milton Rhodes and Ramelle Pulitzer to pick out some of the rackets for special recognition in such categories as "Top Serve" and "Good Volley." Among the people given awards were Karen Niemczyk, Sarah Simon, Kathryn Hensley, Spencer Newberry, Jessica Spear, Charli Tedder, Hayden Tedder, Callan Ramirez, Phoebe Lewis, the art students at Glenn High School, students from Forsyth Country Day School, the Top Cats and Miss Bristow’s class at Forest Park Elementary School, students from Union Cross Elementary School, students from Wiley Middle School, members of the Pottery Shed Craft Club and the class at Donna Caulder’s Art Studio.

Twenty-five percent - about $2,500 - of the money raised will go to the Arts Council. Associated Artists will receive about $7,500.

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